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Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 4/20 - BRIGHT STAR, ALADDIN, THE MUSIC MAN and More!

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:00:54 PST

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature BRIGHT STAR, ALADDIN, THE MUSIC MAN and More! Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below! Want more great global content? Check out our "Around The World" section! Los Angeles: Contributor Michael Quintos reviews FLYING SOLO. He writes "To reiterate the show's intimacy, Gunn is only joined on stage by his unassuming (but hard-working) musical director/pianist Michael Bagby, who pretty much stays behind the piano hidden in the shadows for the show's entirety. By contrast, Gunn moves about on stage throughout, taking on several other roles besides playing himself, as he reaches for props, costume accessories, and other minimal stage props from behind the antique chair that is a replica of the one that used to be owned by his father." Salt Lake City: Contributor Tyler Hinton reviews THE MUSIC MAN at the Hale Centre. He writes "Chris Brown as Mrs. Paroo (double cast with JaNae Gibbs Cottam), Christian Johnston as Marcellus Washburn (double cast with Matt Baxter), Allan DeWitt as Tommy Djilas (double cast with Cory Reed Stephens), Zac Zumbrunnen as Mayor Shinn (double cast with Brandon Suisse), and Shawnda Moss as Eulalie Shinn (double cast with Sharon Lynn Kenison) are also memorable in their parts." Denver: Contributor Chris Arneson reviews The Arvada's SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE. He writes "To produce a solid production of Sunday in the Park with George, it takes a theatre company that can successfully create the ambiance of Seurat's work using suitable tech. Few have the opulence of the Arvada Center, which may explain why this show is done less frequently. Directed by Rod. A. Lansberry, the production plays with an unpretentious sophistication, focusing on the characters but not overlooking the art of it all. Not only is the scenic design (by Brian Mallgrave) meticulously crafted, costumes by Claire Henkel emulate Seurat's work exquisitely, along with a delectable touch of mid-'80s fashion." Brisbane: Contributor Virag Dombay reviews AMERICAN IDIOT at QPAC. She writes "Once you've seen the show, it is clear to see as why the musical is a two-time Tony winner for Best Scenic Design of Musical and Best Lighting Design of a musical. John Mcintosh's bedraggled, grimy, two-level set is representative of the way the characters see the world around them and their role in it, however, it further allows space for Craig Wilkinson's video design to splash the walls with graffiti, live footage of the characters and newsreels of various political figures, such as the current American president. Mathew Marshall's lighting design compliments Lucas Newland's dynamic ensemble choreography (the only colour in the black and white world) through not only bringing light to nooks and crannies of the set in which the characters abide, but involves the audience in the narrative through quite frequently, leaving them in the light or, having the colourful lights circle around them, as if they were trapped in the same tale.My favourite lighting elements were the graffiti of the dates and handful of words from Johnny's diary entries splattered over the backdrop and the constant flashes of the television screen; the media becoming an eye surveilling each character's movements and relationships. Melaine Knight's costuming is the perfect punk-rock blend, with each character wearing clothing of a divergent design but of the same colour palette (with the exception of St Jimmy's bedazzled suite), additionally signifying how they are all the same, in their city of the damned." Denver: Contributor Chris Arneson reviews ALADDIN at the Denver Center. He writes "A few new songs are featured in the production. Some, like "Proud of Your Boy" and "High Adventure," were originally written for the movie by As[...]



Island City Stage Announces 2018-2019 Season

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:16:50 PST

Island City Stage is excited to announce the 2018-2019 season! The mission of the theater is to create quality theatrical productions that focus on the LGBTQ experience but have a heart and soul that is truly universal. This will be Island City Stage's 7th season. "Buyer and Cellar" by Jonathan Tolins. The hit off Broadway play makes its Broward debut. Matthew Buffalo stars as Alex More who has a story to tell. A struggling actor in L.A., he takes a job as a "shopkeeper" in the nostalgic, Main Street-inspired basement of beloved megastar, Barbra Streisand. One day, the Lady Herself comes downstairs to play. It feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs? BUYER & CELLAR is an outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs. Runs Nov. 1 through Dec. 2, 2018 "Bette and Barry: From Bathhouse to Broadway" by Michael Leeds. A World Premiere! - Imagine Bette Midler and Barry Manilow premiering their new club act in Wilton Manors! All those unforgettable songs, from "Wind Beneath My Wings" and "The Rose" to "I Write The Songs" and "Copacabana", sung by two of the biggest pop stars in the world! These two superstars haven't performed together since the Continental Baths but now they're back - or are they? Tony Award nominee and Island City Stage Associate Artistic Director Michael Leeds imagines what an evening would be like if these two temperamental talents took to the stage together. It's an evening of fantasy, fireworks and fun and, of course, that music! Could It Be Magic? Come find out! Starring Carbonell Award-winner Mallory Newbrough and multiple Carbonell Award nominee Michael Ursua. Runs Jan. 10- Feb. 10, 2019 "From White Plains" by Michael Perlman. In an emotional Academy Awards acceptance speech, Dennis Sullivan publicly denounces Ethan Rice, the high school bully Dennis believes pushed his gay best friend Mitchell to suicide, and who, fifteen years later, inspired the screenplay that garnered the Oscar. As the speech rapidly escalates from internationally-televised to viral, a now more mature Ethan must confront what he did as a teenager. As the two men are thrust into the court of public opinion, their closest relationships begin to unravel. When old actions have unforgivable consequences, how can the world be expected to move forward, and does anyone ever outgrow who they were in high school? Runs Mar. 21- Apr. 21, 2019 "Veronica's Position": Love, politics and art intermingle in Rich Orloff's star-spangled comedy set in Washington, D.C., 1990. When Veronica, a self-absorbed movie star in mid-life (think Liz Taylor) agrees to co-star in a revival of Hedda Gabler with her favorite ex-husband (think Richard Burton), both egos and calories get burned. The director (who is young, female and attractive) gets a better performance from Veronica's ex-husband off-stage than on. Meanwhile, Veronica's gay assistant falls in love with an old pal, a controversial photographic artist who has just been denounced by Veronica's current flame, a powerful United States senator. When conflicts build between those she adores, the fervently apolitical Veronica is forced to take a position on the one subject she cares about - love. Runs May 30- Jun. 30, 2019. TBA - Another great play or Shorts Gone Wild 7 to be decided later in the season. All productions will be presented at Island City Stage, 2304 N Dixie Hwy. Wilton Manors. For more information or to order tickets please go to islandcitystage.org or call 954-519-2533.[...]



Fort Lauderdale Mayor & LGBTQ Advocate Dean Trantalis to Receive First-Ever Pride Center Alan Schubert Award of Excellence at 4th Annual Diversity Honors Gala on Apri

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 19:02:33 PST

Fort Lauderdale Mayor and LGBTQ Advocate Dean Trantalis will be the recipient of the first-ever Pride Center at Equality Park "Alan Schubert Award of Excellence " during the fourth annual Diversity Honors presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida at 7 p.m. on April 27 at the Hard Rock Event Center. The globally renowned gala benefitting Harvey Milk Foundation and The Pride Center at Equality Park will also recognize Dolores Huerta, preeminent leader of the Latino, Labor and Women's Civil Rights Movement, with the Harvey Milk Foundation Honors Medal plus honor Craig Stevens, WSVN-TV anchor, David Richardson, Florida State Representative serving District 113 and current primary candidate for Congress in Florida's 27th District and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Gay-Straight Alliance for their local efforts in making a significant impact on improving the quality of life for the LGBTQ community. Emceed by WSVN's Lynn Martinez, the important celebration serves as a kick-off to Harvey Milk Day events around the world and spotlights those who are transforming lives by living authentically and advancing inclusiveness. "Dean Trantalis' recent elected victory in the City of Fort Lauderdale makes him the first openly gay mayor of one of the largest cities in the South," said Robert Boo, CEO of The Pride Center at Equality Park. "As a passionate public servant and outspoken leader of civil rights and equality for many years, we are delighted to celebrate him as our inaugural Pride Center award recipient." Dean Trantalis was elected mayor of Fort Lauderdale in March 2018. His election represented the largest victory in city history for a candidate running for a first term as mayor. Mayor Trantalis previously served on the City Commission representing District 2 for eight years. He was born in Norwich, Conn., and maintains a successful general law practice in Broward County. His long track record of public service in our community began with his involvement in the fight for equal rights. As mayor, he is committed to responsible growth, community involvement in development decisions, increased fiscal responsibility in city government and the maintenance of the great quality of life in our neighborhoods. Recognized for his leadership in our community, Mayor Trantalis has received multiple awards and honors. In spring 2015, he was an inaugural honoree of the Diversity Honors awards presented by the Harvey Milk Foundation. He also was honored as a Community Champion by the Broward County Commission and the Broward County Human Rights Board for his work on behalf of equal rights. This collaborative effort between the Harvey Milk Foundation and The Pride Center at Equality Park, along with generous support from Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, has put South Florida on the international stage of LGBTQ rights and activism in honor of Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States who was assassinated shortly after winning a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Harvey Milk's historic service. The celebratory evening will also see the presentation of the Harvey Milk Foundation Honors Medal award to Dolores Huerta, an iconic Latina women's rights leader, labor leader, activist and community organizer who has worked for civil rights and social justice for over 50 years. In 1962, Huerta and Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers of America. In 2002, she received the Puffin/Nation prize for Creative Citizenship which she used to establish the Dolores Huerta Foundation. DHF connects community-based organizing to state and national movements to register and educate voters; advocate for education reform; bring about infrastructure improvements in low-income communities; advocate for greater equality for the LGBT community; and create strong leadership development. Huerta is a two-time U.S. Presiden[...]



Area Premiere Of NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Comes to Manatee Performing Arts Center

Manatee Performing Arts Center is pleased to announce Manatee Players' area premiere of the musical Nice Work If You Can Get It! for 13 performances, April 26 - May 13, in Stone Hall. History of Nice Work If You Can Get It!

Nice Work If You Can Get It!, music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, was created by playwright Joe DiPietro, based on material by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse, through a series of readings and workshops over nearly two decades. The musical was initially produced in 2001 at the Goodspeed Opera House as They All Laughed!, direction by Christopher Ashley. Nice Work!, directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall and starring Matthew Broderick (Jimmy Winter) and Kelli O'Hara (Billie Bendix), received two Tony awards after it opened on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre in April 2012.

Nice Work If You Can Get It! takes a poke at the Prohibition Era clash between boorish bootleggers and elegant socialites, and features some of the most beloved and often-heard songs by American-musical legends George and Ira Gershwin, including "Someone to Watch Over Me," "S'Wonderful," "They All Laughed," "I've Got a Crush on You," "Do, Do, Do," and "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off."

Rating: G

Synopsis of Nice Work If You Can Get It!

"Set in the 1920s, Nice Work If You Can Get It! is the story of charming and wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter, who meets rough female bootlegger Billie Bendix the weekend of his wedding. Jimmy, who has been married three (or is it four?) times before, is preparing to marry Eileen Evergreen, a self-obsessed modern dancer. Thinking Jimmy and Eileen will be out of town, Billie and her gang hide cases of alcohol in the basement of Jimmy's Long Island mansion. But when Jimmy, his wife-to-be and her prohibitionist family show up at the mansion for the wedding, Billie and her cohorts pose as servants, causing hijinks galore." (Broadway.com)

Director's Notes

Who does not love the toe-tapping score of George and Ira Gershwin, right? I love directing/choreographing a Gershwin piece. Even in my cruise ship days, we performed a lot of Gershwin songs in cabarets and mainstage shows. Nice Work If You Can Get It! premiered in 2012 after many years of workshops and cast changes. It first came onto the scene in 2009 starring Harry Connick Jr., but later was replaced with the Broadway premiere starring Matthew Broderick and Kelli O'Hara. The show is set in 1927 during Prohibition. It's a fast-paced, witty script, fun dancing, and a feel of the old classic musical theatre style, which I love!! Sit back and let us help you escape from the craziness in the world, with a silly musical comedy!!! Enjoy.