Kevin Black presents AN EVENING WITH MIMI J at The Township Center for the Performing Arts – June 25th

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Kevin Black and Mimi J
Team Up Once Again to Create
An Evening With Mimi J
At the Township Performing Arts Center
June 25th Only

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Carol Kassie
Carol@CarolKassie.com  / 561-445-9244

May 14, 2019

COCONUT CREEK, FL:  Kevin Black, one of South Florida’s best-known producer/director/choreographers, is once again collaborating with award-winning vocalist Mimi J to create a concert program that will appeal to audiences of all ages. The two have worked together several times developing shows that achieved great success – most notably On the Radio: Sounds of the 70s, which debuted at Stage Door Theatre in 2014, and eventually morphed into I Will Survive.  That show went on to play several other area venues.

An Evening with Mimi J will debut on Tuesday, June 25th at 8 pm at The Township Center for the Performing Arts.

“This will be a ‘one time only’ concert – at least for now,” Black said recently. “We’re still in the tweaking stages, but we really wanted to see how audiences respond to our program, and we decided the best way to do that was to… yes… perform for a live audience! So… we’re only charging $10 per ticket!

“We’ve divided the program into two sections – On the Radio – A 70s Celebration and Color My Soul, and devised playlists appropriate for each title,” Black continued. And we’ve hired some of South Florida’s very best musicians for the evening.”

Just a few of the songs Mimi will perform during the Color my Soul portion of the program are Tina Turner’s “River Deep”, Chaka Khan’s “I’m Every Woman”, Gladys Knight’s “Midnight Train to Georgia”, and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk”. Color My Soul will also feature a tribute to Aretha Franklin.  On the Radio numbers will include an ABBA medley, Queen’s “We Will Rock You”, Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock & Roll”, Freda Payne’s “Band of Gold”, and a Donna Summer medley.

Caryl Fantel will serve as conductor/pianist for the evening; the band includes Wes Anthony on Sax, Doug Michels on trumpet, Greg Minnick on guitar, Rupert Ziawinski on bass, and Roy Fantel on drums.”

Mimi J

Mimi J. was born and raised in Miami. She is a professional singer currently performing in the South Florida tri-county area and has been the recipient of numerous awards in vocal performance.  She received her degrees in Musical Theater from the University of Central Florida Conservatory Theater in Orlando, where she attended on the Walt Disney Scholarship. Mimi has been a member of the gospel recording group, Revelation S.E.E.D. founded and led by Margaret Reynolds of KC and the Sunshine Band, and has sung background for a number of award-winning artists including Gloria Estefan, Bobby McFerrin, Betty Wright, Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill of the R&B group New Edition, and Quan Howell of the gospel group Sounds of Blackness. Some of her regional theatre and Broadway National and International Tour credits include Ain’t Misbehavin’, Smokey Joe’s Café, Fame, Nunsense, and Rent. Mimi was the first woman to play Teen Angel in the classic 70’s hit, Grease during the show’s Pan-Asian tour.  Mimi recently starred in WaistWatchers the Musical at Actor’s Playhouse in Coral Gables.

Kevin Black

Kevin Black is the owner and artistic director of Kevin Black Productions. His expertise, experience, and creativity in directing and choreography, as well as in set, costume, and lighting design have built him a solid reputation as one of the top ‘go-to guys’ in South Florida.  Just a few of his directing credits include including La Cage Aux Folles, The Jazz Singer, Smokey Joe’s Café, Funny Girl, Victor/Victoria, Cabaret, Dreamgirls, Spamalot, Tommy, and The Rocky Horror Show.  Corporate clients of Kevin Black Productions include HP, Motorola, Muvico & Giorgio Armani; tours include original works – Cirque style shows, as well as musical theater productions. And for the past two years Kevin has been the producer/director of the Carbonell Awards, the South Florida equivalent of Broadway’s Tony Awards.

Tickets for An Evening with Mimi J are $10 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Township Center for the Performing Arts at 954-970-0606.

For more information about An Evening with Mimi J and/or Mimi J and Kevin Black, please contact Carol Kassie (Carol@CarolKassie.com / 561-445-9244).

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An Evening with Mimi J
Tuesday, June 25th at 8 pm
Co-conceived and written by Kevin Black and Mimi J.
Tickets: $10
For tickets: 954-970-0606
The Township Center for the Performing Arts
2452 Lyons Road
Coconut Creek, FL  33063

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AVERY SOMMERS To Conduct Classes in The Art of Song Performance at Actor’s Rep

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Renowned Musical Artist
Avery Sommers
To Conduct Classes in
The Art of Song Performance
at
Actor’s Rep
June-July 2019

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Carol Kassie
Carol@CarolKassie.com / 561-445-9244

April 30, 2019:

WEST PALM BEACH, FL:  Award-winning actress, singer, and director Avery Sommers will add teacher to her already impressive resumé this summer; the powerhouse performer will conduct two eight-week master classes at Actor’s Rep in West Palm Beach.

Called The Art of Song Performance, the courses will be offered to teens ages 15 to 19 (June 1 – July 27), and to adults ages 20 and up (June 3 – July 29). 

Sommers, who has been universally lauded for her heartfelt interpretations of jazz, pop, and Broadway music, will instruct her students on ‘the art of bringing a song to life’.  Choice of material, song presentation and blocking, acting the song (motivation), dressing the part, and vocal training will all be covered in both courses.   Each class will be capped at 10 students.

“I love to teach and to direct.” Sommers says.  “I love seeing the excitement when my students understand what I have said. It’s very satisfying when I see them ‘get it’!

Avery Sommers

“When I started in this business everyone talked about their training and who they studied with. But not now,” she continues. “I feel that training your instrument – which is your body – will give you the confidence you will need to walk into any audition or onto any stage.”

Avery Sommers has appeared on Broadway in Ain’t Misbehavin’Show Boat, and Chicago. She delighted audiences in the national tour of Chicago with Chita Rivera and Joel Grey, and her portrayal of Matron Momma Morton garnered her the L.A. Ovation Award for that production. She also performed the role of Jewel in the first national tour of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas with Ann-Margret.

In 2016, Avery sold out two performances of her one-woman show, You’re Gonna Hear from Me, in Dreyfoos Hall, and in 2018 she sold out her new show For Sentimental Reasons in Persson Hall, both at the Kravis Center. Avery also performed For Sentimental Reasons and her cabaret show Love…It’s Magic to sold-out houses at Arts Garage in Delray Beach.

Avery has been nominated multiple times for South Florida’s prestigious Carbonell Award; she won the award for her one-woman show But Not For Me at The Caldwell Theatre. She was also nominated for her portrayal of Bessie Smith in The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith at Arts Garage, Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray at Actors’ Playhouse, and Sheila in Jimmy Buffett’s Don’t Stop the Carnival at Coconut Grove Playhouse. Avery showcases her unique vocal artistry on her highly acclaimed album, You’re Gonna Hear from Me.

Actor’s Rep (Bob Carter’s Actor’s Workshop and Repertory Company), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization is well known for its strong training programs for actors of all ages, and its productions of daring, avant-garde, and seldom-seen classic plays. The company offers classes for children, teens, and adults in beginning and advanced acting and improvisation.

For more information about Actors Rep and/or The Art of Song Performance with Avery Sommers, please visit https://www.actorsrep.org.  For more information about Avery Sommers, please contact Carol Kassie at Carol@CarolKassie.com / 561-445-9244.

Registration information can be found on the Actor’s Rep website at: https://www.actorsrep.org, or by calling 561-833-7529.

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The Art of Song Performance with Avery Sommers
For Adults – ages 20 and up
June 3 – July 29, 2019 (8 weeks – No class the week of July 4)
Mondays – 6:30 pm – 9 pm
Tuition: $245
All classes will take place at
Actor’s Rep
1000 N. Dixie Highway,
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

The Art of Song Performance with Avery Sommers
For Teens – age 15-19
June 1 – July 27, 2019 (8 weeks – No class the week of July 4)
Saturdays – 12 pm – 3 pm
Tuition: $295
All classes will take place at
Actor’s Rep
1000 N. Dixie Highway,
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

              Avery Sommers with Students Tess LaBella and Joshua Houchins

 

 

MNM THEATRE COMPANY to present Two Iconic Musicals in 2019

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MNM Theatre Company
Will Present Two Iconic Musicals in 2019

Man of La Mancha
and
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Carol Kassie
carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244

March 8, 2019

WEST PALM BEACH, FL:  The award-winning MNM Theatre Company, under the direction of Executive Producer and Artistic Director Marcie Gorman, will mount two of Broadway’s most beloved and successful musicals in 2019.  Man of La Mancha will run from September 13th through September 29th, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum will run from November 22nd through December 8th.  Both shows will be performed in the Raymond F. Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse, and Forum will be a co-presentation with the Kravis Center.

Marcie Gorman

“We chose these two shows after much deliberation,” Gorman explains. “And it was a truly collaborative decision.  Our team sat down together right after Grease closed and looked at every aspect of our season.  We were thrilled with the audience response to our shows – two sell-outs in one season! (Grease and Avenue Q).  And since our patrons were so supportive, we decided to include them in the process – Grease audiences were surveyed as to what they would like to see for our next season.  Man of La Mancha was the top pick by far, with Forum coming in a strong second.  We’re thrilled, since these two shows are both Broadway classics, but totally different from one another.

“We pride ourselves on the fact that MNM uses local talent almost exclusively in our productions,” Gorman continues, “and these two shows will allow us to continue to showcase the incredible abilities of our own community.”

Dominick Ruggiero will direct the witty, irreverent, and deliberately and hilariously politically incorrect A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Bruce Linser will helm Man of La Mancha.

Bruce Linser & Paul Reekie

Linser is a 2018 Carbonell nominee for his recent direction of Palm Beach Dramaworks production of Woody Guthrie’s American Song: “Man of La Mancha has been on my bucket list for years,” Linser said recently.  “Set in a Seville prison during the Spanish Inquisition, the musical theatricalizes the adventures of epic literary character, Don Quixote, as performed through the eyes of his creator, author Miguel de Cervantes. It is one of the most beloved musicals of all time, and is a testament to the power of art, hope, and love to enrich and transform our lives.”

Paul Reekie, who has worked with MNM since their first production (A Chorus Line, 2014) will serve as the musical director for both Man of La Mancha and A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum: “While both shows are “period pieces” (in their own ways), the orchestration in Forum has a contemporary yet classical musical theatre sound, while La Mancha strives for an organic, natural tone (no piano!),” he says.  “Both shows were written within five years of each other, and both have a trumpet in them, but contrast a “musical theatre” trumpet sound from the modern age (Forum) with a renaissance trumpet sound (La Mancha), and there you will hear the vastly different effect one instrument can have on the mood of the show.”

Man of La Mancha will run from September 13 – September 29, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum will run from November 22 – December 8.  Both productions will take place in the Raymond Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Rinker Playhouse.   Ticket prices and details will be coming soon.

MNM Theatre Company attained not-for-profit 501(c)(3) status in 2018. They are an award- winning theatre company that performs at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in the Rinker Playhouse. Donations can be sent to MNM Theatre Company, 318 S. Lake Drive, Lantana, FL 33462.  For more information, please visit mnmtheatre.org.

For more information about MNM Theatre Company and/or Marcie Gorman, please visit mnmtheatre.org or contact Carol Kassie at Carol@CarolKassie.com / 561-445-9244.

Photo credit: Jacek Photo

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Man of La Mancha
September 13 – 29
Written by Dale Wasserman
Music by Mitch Leigh
Lyrics by Joe Darion
Performances:
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 7:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday at 1:30 pm
All performances at
The Rinker Playhouse at
The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
701 Okeechobee Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
November 22 – December 8
Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performances:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 7:30 pm (no Thanksgiving night performance)
Saturday & Sunday at 1:30 pm
All performances in
The Rinker Playhouse at
The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
701 Okeechobee Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
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MY ONE AND ONLY – THE GERSHWIN MUSICAL – Opens at Stage Door Theatre on March 8th

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Stage Door Theatre
present
s
My One and Only
The Gershwin Musical

March 8 – 24

“My One and Only is a Crazy Big, Tap-Happy Musical…”
Gail M. Burns and Larry Murray – Berkshire on Stage

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Carol Kassie
Carol@CarolKassie.com / 561-445-9244


February 25, 2019:

LAUDERHILL, FL:   The timeless music of George and Ira Gershwin plus an aviator, a Channel swimmer, exuberant dance numbers, sparkling costumes, romance, comedy, and America in 1927 equals My One and Only, Stage Door Theatre’s upcoming production at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC). The show will open on March 8th and run through March 24th.

Created to showcase the Gershwins’ marvelous music, My One and Only ran for two years on Broadway and won 6 Tony Awards and 3 Drama Desk Awards.

The plot is classic musical comedy:  Captain Billy Buck Chandler, a barnstorming aviator, falls for Edythe Herbert, a former English Channel swimmer and the star of Prince Nicolai Erraclyovitch Tchatchavadze’s International Aquacade. Billy, who plans to be the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, hopes to win Edythe’s hand by taking a crash course in sophistication at Mr. Magix’ Tonsorial and Sartorial Emporial. Billy’s wisecracking female mechanic, Mickey, adds a bit of sass as a series of escapades and misadventures keep the potential lovers from finding happiness.

Jonathan Van Dyke

Jonathan Van Dyke will direct the production: “My One and Only is the all singing, all dancing, all hilarity Gershwin musical comedy and it’s such a thrill to be able to present it with Broward Stage Door Theatre,” he says.  It was a giant hit in the early 1980’s with Tommy Tune and Twiggy and we have assembled a spectacular cast and creative team to tap this gem into the Lauderhill PAC. The song list is a treasure, and this feel good musical will have everyone “Kicking’ The Clouds Away”!”

Along with “Kicking the Clouds Away”, My One and Only features such Gershwin classics as “I Can’t Be Bothered Now”, “’S Wonderful”, “Strike Up the Band”, “Funny Face”, “Nice Work If You Can Get It”, and of course, “My One and Only”.

Van Dyke’s cast includes Derek Seay, who will play Billy Buck Chandler and Caiti Marlowe, who will ‘channel’ Edythe Herbert. Also cast are Larry Buzzeo as Prince Nikke, Colleen Pagano as Mickey, Michael Small as Reverend Montgomery, and Ben Bagby as Mr. Magix.  Bagby was in the original Broadway production of My One and Only.

Ben Bagby

“The year was 1983 and I had just gotten my Actors Equity card from a contract with DreamGirls,” Bagby reminisced recently. “I began going to Equity auditions for Cats, My One and Only, and other shows running on Broadway at the time. The night before I opened in My One and Only, I was offered a spot in the Broadway cast of Cats. Of course, I declined but it was nice to be asked.

“I went into the My One and Only cast in August ’83 as a replacement. This means I didn’t get to appear on the Tony Awards, but I did get to record the Original Cast Album (thus my Original Cast status).

“In 2013, I was invited and attended the 30 year MOAO Cast Reunion in NYC (on my birthday) where I was able to catch up with cast members I had not seen or spoken to in 30 years.

“This will be my first time performing in any production of My One and Only since performing in it on Broadway 36 years ago,” He continued. “I’ve always wanted to play Mr. Magix so I’m absolutely thrilled I will have the chance to with the Broward Stage Door at the LPAC. Charles “Honi” Coles, the Original Mr. Magix, was my friend and has forever influenced the way I tap dance. I’m happy to be presenting his original timeless choreography in this role.”

Other cast members are Raymond Bennett, Kaitlyn Casanova, Amanda Eisele, Alexandra Garcia, Luis Gomez, Melissa Jones, Aaron Kenisberg, Ellen Kilgo, T.J. Lamando, Dequan Mitchell, Samantha O’Donnell, Sarah Rose, Ashley Rubin, and Nicholas Winterowd.

David Taustine will serve as the production’s Musical Director and Danny Durr is My One and Only’s Choreographer. Set Design is by Johnny Blessed, Sound Design is by King Raymonvil, and Costume Design is by Lenora Nikitin.  The production’s Stage Manager is Nancy Clay.

My One and Only will run from March 8 – 24 at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC). The theatre is located at 3800 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill (33311), in the Central Broward Regional Park on the North East corner of Sunrise Boulevard and 441 (State Road 7).

Tickets for My One and Only range from $48 to $58. (LPAC charges a $5 service fee per ticket, however if a package of four Stage Door shows is purchased the service fees will be waived.) Group rates are available, as are student prices (with valid ID). Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 954-344-7765 or 954-777-2055 (LPAC) or on line at www.stagedoorfl.org or on the LPAC website at https://lpacfl.com.

For more information about My One and Only and/or Stage Door Theatre, please visit www.stagedoorfl.org, or contact Derelle Bunn Executive Producer/Artistic Director, at DerelleBunn@yahoo.com / 954-344-7765 or Carol Kassie (carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244).

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My One and Only
March 8 – 24, 2019
Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Book by Peter Stone and Timothy S. Mayer
Tickets:  $48 – $58
Tickets:  954-344-7765 / www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
All performances take place at
The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC)
3800 NW 11th Place
Lauderhill, FL 33311

www.stagedoorfl.org/
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Grammy-Nominated CELTIC WOMAN to bring their new tour ANCIENT LAND To the Charles F. Dodge City Center Pembroke Pines Tuesday, March 5th

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Grammy-Nominated
Celtic Woman
To bring their new tour
 Ancient Land
To the Charles F. Dodge City Center Pembroke Pines
Tuesday, March 5th 

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Carol Kassie
carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244

February 15, 2019

PEMBROKE PINES, FL: Celtic Woman (www.celticwoman.com) the Grammy®-nominated, multi-platinum international music group returns to North America with a brand-new live show, Ancient Land. The tour comes on the heels of the release of the group’s 13th studio album of the same name. Celtic Woman will visit nearly 70 North American cities in 2019 including one performance at The Charles F. Dodge City Center in Pembroke Pines on Tuesday, March 5th at 7:30 pm.

Ancient Land is the next chapter of Celtic Woman’s extraordinary musical journey, as the group continues to touch the hearts of a huge global audience with the centuries-old Irish tradition of telling stories through song: stories of the land, stories of love and stories of dancing — songs that will bring a piece of Ireland to audiences everywhere.   An exciting new concert spectacular will air on PBS stations this fall (check local listings for airdates).  Filmed against the backdrop of the historic Johnstown Castle in County Wexford, Ireland, the outdoor concert special features brand new music from Ancient Land, timeless Irish favorites and unexpected cover songs.

Continuing the remarkable legacy of introducing some of Ireland’s most talented singers and musicians onto the world stage, Celtic Woman features the angelic voices of Megan Walsh, Mairéad Carlin, Éabha McMahon and the breathtaking Celtic violinist Tara McNeill, accompanied by a full ensemble of musicians and dancers. Celtic Woman celebrates Ireland’s rich musical and cultural heritage and combines the finest musical talent with epic stage productions to present a unique, inspiring live experience.

Tickets for Celtic Woman Ancient Land range in price from $39.50-$115.00 and are on sale now. Advance ticket sales are available only through Ticketmaster at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at Ticketmaster outlets. On the day of the show, tickets are available at the Charles F. Dodge City Center Pembroke Pines box office 90 minutes before the show.

There is no charge for self-parking. Valet service is available for most performances on the west side of the main entrance for $17.00.

The Charles F. Dodge City City Center Pembroke Pines is located 601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines, FL 33025. For more information visit www.charlesfdodgecitycenter.com.

In the attached photo, from left to right: Tara McNeill, Mairéad Carlin, Éabha McMahon, Megan Walsh.

For more information about Celtic Woman Ancient Land, please visit www.celticwoman.com or contact Carol Kassie at Carol@CarolKassie.com / 561-445-9244.

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Celtic Woman Ancient Land
Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 pm
For tickets:  www.ticketmaster.com / 1-800-745-3000
Tickets:  $39.50 – $115.00
Performance Venue:
Charles F. Dodge City Center Pembroke Pines
601 City Center Way
Pembroke Pines, FL 33025

About the Charles F. Dodge City Center Pembroke Pines
The mission of the Charles F. Dodge City Center Pembroke Pines is to serve the community by offering a state-of-the-art facility with professional management and by hosting local events, conventions, trade shows, meetings and concerts generating significant economic impact for the City of Pembroke Pines as well as promoting education, entertainment and community pride in a fiscally responsible manner. In addition, the PPCC will support and encourage actions and programs that enhance the desirability and attractiveness of Pembroke Pines to neighboring communities. The Charles F. Dodge City Center Pembroke Pines is located 601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines, FL 33025. For more information visit www.charlesfdodgecitycenter.com.

Tara McNeill, Mairéad Carlin, Éabha McMahon, Megan Walsh

 Tara McNeill, Mairéad Carlin, Megan Walsh, and Éabha McMahon

 

 

Romance, Comedy & Crosswords! Pigs Do Fly Productions Presents 2 ACROSS – March 7 – 24

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Pigs Do Fly Productions
presents
2 Across

March 7 – 24

“A charming, character driven comedy” ~ Los Angeles Times”

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Carol Kassie
carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244

February 12, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL:   Rehearsals have begun for 2 Across, Pigs Do Fly Productions’ upcoming production of Jerry Mayer’s ‘comedy of crosswords and romance’. The show will run from March 7th through March 24th at Empire Stage in Fort Lauderdale.

2 Across finds two strangers, a man and a woman, on board a San Francisco BART train at 4:30 a.m. Alone in the car, the only thing they have in common is that they are both doing the New York Times crossword puzzle.  Soon the puzzles they unravel are more intriguing than any crossword puzzle could ever be.

Ellen Wacher

“This is our first play that focuses on a relationship between two people,” says Pigs Do Fly Productions’ founder and Executive Producer Ellen Wacher. “It also totally meets with our company’s mission – to show people over the age of 50 living interesting and active and real lives. I was captivated by these characters’ development, and I believe our audience will be too.”

Deborah Kondelik

Deborah Kondelik, who starred in both of Pigs Do Fly’s recent successful productions of The Ladies Foursome, will direct 2 Across: “It has been said that opposites attract,” Kondelik said recently.  “Whether or not that rings true remains to be seen in Jerry Mayer’s hilarious yet poignant, romantic comedy.  One thing that is guaranteed though, is a delightful very early morning romp by two strangers on San Francisco’s BART train.  The tie that binds is that both of them are hard at work on the Saturday New York Times crossword puzzle.  Although they tackle the puzzle with very different approaches, they soon discover commonalities that cannot be ignored. The stumbling block is that both are married . . . to someone else.”

Barbara Sloan and David R. Gordon will star in 2 Across, and both are excited at the prospect of exploring their diametrically opposite characters: Sloan’s Janet is a responsible, honest, rule-abiding psychologist, and Gordon’s Josh is part-free spirit, part executive, part dreamer, and part Peter Pan.

Playwright Jerry Mayer has written scripts for All in the Family, M*A*S*H*, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and the Bob Newhart Show (where he served as story editor).  His first play, Almost Perfect ran for a year and a half at the Santa Monica Playhouse.  Other plays include the musical You Haven’t Changed a Bit, and Other Lies and Dietrich and Chevalier, The Musical.

Tickets for 2 Across are $39 and are available on line at www.pigsdoflyproductions.com  or by calling 866-811-4111.  Performances are on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 pm, and on Sunday at 5 pm. All performances will take place at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304.

For more information about Pigs Do Fly Productions, please visit www.pigsdoflyproductions.com.   For more information about Ellen Wacher, please visit www.ellenwacher.com.  To arrange for interviews, or for photos, please contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244.

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2 Across
By Jerry Mayer
Directed by Deborah Kondelik
March 7 – 24
Performances:
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 8 pm
Sunday at 5 pm
Tickets:  $39
For tickets:  www.pigsdoflyproductions.com / 866-811-4111
All performances will take place at
Empire Stage
1140 N. Flagler Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
www.pigsdoflyproductions.com
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The Cultural Theatre Art Series at B’nai Torah Produced by Cantor Udi Spielman and Directed by Shari Upbin presents MIKVEH By Hadar Galron

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The Cultural Theatre Art Series at B’nai Torah
Produced by Cantor Udi Spielman and Directed by Shari Upbin
presents
Mikveh
By Hadar Galron
February 20, 2019

Mikveh imagines a #MeToo moment in an Orthodox Jewish Community”
~ The Toronto Globe and Mail

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Carol Kassie
Carol@CarolKassie.com / 561-445-9244


February 4, 2019

BOCA RATON, FL: Hadar Galron’s powerful play, Mikveh, offers a glimpse into the secretive world of the Jewish ritual bath. The intimate stories of seven women unfold in this revealing story of religious observance and evolving feminist consciousness. With humor, sincerity and tragedy, this provocative play explores the evolving position of women in this religious society. Nominated for six Israeli National Theatre Awards and winning two, including Play of the Year for 2005, Mikveh will be performed at 2 pm and 7:30 pm at Boca Raton’s B’nai Torah Congregation on February 20th, 2019 in the Weiner Auditorium.

Mikveh focuses on two mikveh attendants: Shoshona an older one who believes in respecting the privacy of the women who come for their ritual immersions; and Shira a younger one from an outside community who believes the all-female space should be a place to find solidarity and share information. The two clash early and often over what to do and say regarding, among others, Chedva, a client whose naked body reveals she is clearly being physically abused by her husband, a powerful politician; and Tehila, another, just 18 years old and terrified of her wedding night with a groom she will only meet earlier in the day. (J. Kelly Nestruck, The Toronto Globe and Mail)

Shari Upbin

Shari Upbin, one of the driving forces behind B’nai Torah’s Theatre Arts Series, will direct Mikveh.   The production will feature Rene Barrett, Jennifer Coe, Kai Alivia Koren, Peggy Linker, Ellen Murray, Lory Reyes, Erika Scotti, and Yafi Yair.

“The beauty of purification under the laws of Judaism, immersed with the courage and empowerment of women that has indeed led to many changes in both women and men have driven me throughout this project,” Upbin says. “The #MeToo Movement, which women have privately felt for centuries, and the awareness of recognizing the signs of depression and actually stepping up to do something are paramount in this compelling piece by Hadar Galron. I thank her for the play… and I thank my mother for giving me the most beautiful Jewish upbringing.”

Sound design for Mikveh is by Carbonell Award-winner Matt Corey and lighting design is by Sean Cutler, Producing Director of Ft. Lauderdale Children’s Theatre and two-time winner of BroadwayWorld.com’s Best Director of a Musical award.  Set design is by Ardean Landhuis, costume design is by Carole Barou Mootoo, and the production’s stage manager is Jerry Jensen. Musicians Mario Zelaya (Violin) and Leanna Ginsberg (flute) will accompany the production.

Mikveh will run for two performances only – on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019, at 2 pm and 7:30 pm at B’nai Torah Congregation, 6261 SW 18th Street, in Boca Raton (33433).  Tickets are $36 ($25 for congregational members) and may be purchased by calling 561-392-8566 or on line at https://btcboca.org. Group rates are available.

For more information about Mikveh or Shari Upbin, please contact Carol Kassie at Carol@CarolKassie.com / 561-445-9244.

Mikveh
February 20, 2019
2 pm & 7:30 pm
By Hadar Galron
Tickets: $36 / $25 congregational members (group rates)
Tickets:  561-392-8566 / https://btcboca.org/event/mikveh/
Performances take place at
B’nai Torah Congregation
6261 SW 18th Street
Boca Raton, FL 33433
https://btcboca.org

Shari Upbin
(Producer/Director) became a member of Actors Equity when she was just 13. She is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers; she was the president of the League of Professional Theatre Women/New York for seven years and is currently President of the National Society of Arts and Letters, Florida East Coast Chapter.   Shari has produced and directed over 50 productions in New York and around the country and was one of the original producers of the hit Off Broadway Grammy nominated show One Mo Time.  Some of Shari’s Florida directing credits include Women’s MinyanBroadway Live! and Hollywood Live!, Confessions Of A Jewish Shiksa…Dancing On Hitler’s Grave at the Kravis Center, Dames In Divaland, From Door to Door, In the Voice of Our Mothers (at the Posner JCC), and Bridge & Tunnel and the recent sold out production of To Life at the Willow Theatre in Boca Raton.  

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Stage Door Theatre presents THE PRODUCERS – A MEL BROOKS MUSICAL – January 18 – February 10

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Stage Door Theatre
present
s
The Producers
A Mel Brooks Musical 

January 18 – February 10

“[The Producers] is to put it simply, the real thing: a big Broadway book musical that is so ecstatically drunk on its powers to entertain that it leaves you delirious.”
~ Ben Brantley, The New York Times

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Carol Kassie
Carol@CarolKassie.com / 561-445-9244

January 8, 2019:

LAUDERHILL, FL:    Mel Brooks’ musical comedy The Producers won a record-setting 12 Tonys in 2001, including Best Musical – the most in the awards’ history.  It also set the standard for outrageous, in-your-face, politically incorrect humor. Stage Door Theatre will present what Variety’s Charles Isherwood called ‘a rip-roaring, gut-busting, rib-tickling, knee-slapping, aisle-rolling … good time’ musical at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC). The show will open on January 18th and run through February 10th.

The plot is simple: Failed producer Max Bialystock and his reluctant accountant, Leo Bloom, cook up a plot to convince a group of elderly women to invest two million dollars in a horrendously offensive Third Reich-themed musical, which they know will be a sure-fire flop. This, they conclude, will leave them with the money, which they plan to use to retire to Rio.  But against all odds show is a hit, and Bialystock and Bloom have to deal with their success.

The Producers takes an absurd and politically incorrect look at a horrible time in history. It also takes a hysterical look at the “art of the deal” in theatre itself,” the show’s director, Clayton Phillips says.  “These days I feel we just have to laugh, or we just might go crazy.  The Producers will make you laugh, for sure.  Laugh at the absurdities of life.” 

“This is a bucket list role for me,” says South Florida’s Ken Clement, who will play Max Bialystock in the production. “When Clayton offered me the role, I didn’t hesitate for even one moment… I said ‘yes’ without a second thought!”

Phillips has also cast T.J. Lamando as Leo Bloom, Melissa Jones as Ulla, Larry Buzzeo as Roger de Bris, and Frank Vomero as Garmen Ghia. Other cast members include Michael Biggs, Allison Blanchard, Marty Craft, Versee Damien, Alexandra Nicole Garcia, Luis Gomez, Stephen Hohendorf, Caiti Marlow, Christopher Morucci, Cat Pagano, Vincent Pelligrino, Jacob Rice, Sarah Ros, Laura Titus, Dyllan Vallier, Alexandra Van Hasselt, and Shanna Woods.

David Nagy will serve as the production’s Musical Director and Danny Durr is The Producers’ Choreographer. Scenic Design is by Randall Parsons, Lighting Design is by Guy Haubrich, and Costume Design is by Lenora Nikitin.  The production’s Stage Manager is Nancy Clay.

The Producers will run from January 18 – February 10 at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC). The theatre is located at 3800 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill (33311), in the Central Broward Regional Park on the North East corner of Sunrise Boulevard and 441 (State Road 7).

Tickets for The Producers range from $48 to $58. (LPAC charges a $5 service fee per ticket, however if a package of four Stage Door shows is purchased the service fees will be waived.) Group rates are available, as are student prices (with valid ID). Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 954-344-7765 or 954-777-2055 (LPAC) or on line at www.stagedoorfl.org or on the LPAC website at https://lpacfl.com.

For more information about The Producers and/or Stage Door Theatre, please visit www.stagedoorfl.org, or contact Derelle Bunn Executive Producer/Artistic Director, at DerelleBunn@yahoo.com / 954-344-7765 or Carol Kassie (carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244).

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The Producers
January 18 –  February 10, 2019
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Tickets:  $48 – $58
Tickets:  954-344-7765 / www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
All performances take place at
The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC)
3800 NW 11th Place
Lauderhill, FL 33311
www.stagedoorfl.org/

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TO LIFE: STORIES & MUSIC CELEBRATING THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF JEWISH COMPOSERS TO THE GOLDEN AGE OF BROADWAY – Jan 18 – Feb at the Willow Theatre

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Black Box Booking & Hy Juter
Present

To Life: Stories & Music Celebrating the Contributions of Jewish Composers to The Golden Age of Broadway

January 18 – February 3, 2019

 “Musicals are plays, but the last collaborator is your audience, so you’ve got to wait ’til the last collaborator comes in before you can complete the collaboration.” 
~ Stephen Sondheim

“I think it is just as important to sing about beautiful mornings as it is to talk about slums. I just couldn’t write anything without hope in it.”
~ Oscar Hammerstein”

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Carol Kassie
carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244

December 27, 2018
BOCA RATON, FL:  From Irving Berlin to Leonard Bernstein, and from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim, not to mention Fanny Brice, Zero Mostel, Jerry Orbach, and Barbra Streisand, Jewish composers and artists have contributed tremendously to Broadway.   Black Box Booking and Hy Juter will present To Life: Stories & Music Celebrating the Contributions of Jewish Composers to The Golden Age of Broadway at the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park from January 18th through February 3rd.

To Life: Stories & Music Celebrating the Contributions of Jewish Composers to The Golden Age of Broadway is chock full of fascinating narrative and charming anecdotes about some of the greatest Broadway artists of the 20th and 21st century.  The production features five of South Florida’s top actor singers:  Jeffrey Bruce, Broadway’s Jodie Langel, two-time Carbonell Award-winner Wayne LeGette, Alix Paige, and Carbonell Award-winner Mark Sanders.

Producers Jerry Seltzer of Black Box Booking and Hy Juter have tapped Shari Upbin to direct the show, and Paul Reekie to handle To Life’s musical direction.

“Jewish contribution to the Broadway musical has been phenomenal,” Upbin says. “In fact, Jewish composers and lyricists created the Broadway musical. Children of immigrants, called outsiders – people who struggled for acceptance in mainstream society – created the greatest American shows in history. Show Boat, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, Gypsy… and scores (pun intended!) more!

“Growing up in a household where my mother was a singer and my dad a writer for Jack Benny, I learned musical theatre songs early, and created dances for my parents to enjoy,” she continues. “I was encouraged by their enthusiasm for a good song, a good joke. Yes, my parents spoke Yiddish when they did not want me to understand what they were saying… but I always felt the warmth of the light in their eyes. I dedicate all the Jewish one-liners and the amazing songs heard in this show to my parents and grandparents. Immigrants who found their place in America urging me to continue their legacy. Tradition!”

To Life: Stories & Music Celebrating the Contributions of Jewish Composers to The Golden Age of Broadway was created and written by Scott Siegel.  Siegel is a well-known pop culture critic who covers film, theatre, and cabaret with his wife, Barbara, writing “The Siegel Column” for TheatreMania.com, and “The Two of Clubs” column for Talkin’Broadway.com. He has created more than 300 major concerts that have been performed worldwide, he has written/produced/directed concerts for Michael Feinstein, and has created scores of nightclub acts that have played at major clubs around the globe. However, he is perhaps best known as the creator/writer/director/host of New York City’s Town Hall Theatre’s signature series, Broadway by the Year® and Broadway Unplugged.

Nicole Stav is the production’s Stage Manager, and Jason Pierre will serve as Assistant Stage Manager.  Technical crew includes Laura Fulton (Lighting) and Andrés Alessandro Beuses Casasanta (Sound).

To Life will run from January 18 through February 3 at the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park.  Tickets are $35; group rates (6 or more tickets purchased in one transaction) are $30.  Tickets can be purchased on line at www.willowtheatre.org or by phone at 561-347-3948.  The Willow Theatre is located at 300 South Military Trail, in Boca Raton’s Sugar Sand Park (33486).

For more information about To Life: Stories & Music Celebrating the Contributions of Jewish Composers to The Golden Age of Broadway please contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244.  To learn more about Black Box Booking please visit www.blackboxbooking.com, and for more information about Hy Juter please contact jupitertheater@yahoo.com.

To Life:  Stories & Music Celebrating the Contributions of Jewish Composers to The Golden Age of Broadway
January 18 – February 3, 2019
Created and Written by Scott Siegel
Directed by Shari Upbin
Tickets: $35 / $30 for groups of 6 or more
For tickets:  561-347-3948 or www.willowtheatre.org
Showtimes:
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm
All performances take place at
The Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park
300 South Military Trail,
Boca Raton, FL 33486
www.willowtheatre.org

About The Willow Theatre:
The Willow Theatre, opened in 1998, is a beautiful 155-seat proscenium theater, located inside Sugar Sand Park Community Center and allows for a unique experience for theatre patrons. Before or after a show, you may wander the nature trails, visit the Children’s Science Explorium, look at the art exhibit on display, or picnic at one of our pavilions.

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OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center January 9 – February 10, 2019

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Old Jews Telling Jokes
at
The Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center
January 9 – February 10, 2019

…a priest, a rabbi and a frog walk into a bar….

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Carol Kassie
Carol@CarolKassie.com / 561-445-9244

December 19, 2018

BOCA RATON, FL:  Philip Roger Roy and Playhouse Productions, Inc. will present the Off-Broadway hit, Old Jews Telling Jokes at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center beginning January 9, 2019. The show will run through February 10.

When Eric Spiegelman and his partner Tim Williams asked film and television producer Sam Hoffman if he had any ideas for an internet website, he pitched the concept of
Old Jews Telling Jokes.  Millions of views, shares, and guffaws later, Hoffman – in collaboration with Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent, brought his Old Jews to New York for an extremely successful run at the Westside Theatre.

Old Jews Telling Jokes, which has been called a “pickle-barrel full of giggles”, showcases five actors in a revue-type production that pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present.  It celebrates the rich tradition of Jewish humor “and all the rabbis, complaining wives, fed-up husbands, patience-challenged physicians, gossiping ladies and competitive men” populating it. The humor can be suggestive (sometimes even bawdy – the show has been suggested as being appropriate for audiences age 21 and up!) as the ‘Old Jews’ make fun of themselves as well as followers of every other religion.  “Think Catskills comedy – with jokes, songs, stories, skits, and routines,” says Old Jews producer Philip Roger Roy. “The humor is reminiscent of the great Jewish comedians from Buddy Hackett and Alan King to Tom Lehrer and more. This show makes it obvious that Jewish humor is Universal – it’s American humor!”

“I attribute [Old Jews Telling Jokes’] success to a number of factors,” Sam Hoffman has said.  “It’s funny. We launched …in [2009] the year when the recession was nearly at its worst and I think people really liked having something fun to download…. it celebrates older people with no irony, and I think that’s a fairly unusual commodity in popular entertainment.”

Jeremy Quinn will direct the production, which will feature Robyn Eli Brenner, Emily Freeman, Janna Morrison, David Samuel, Michael H. Small.  Freeman and Small both recently received rave reviews when they were featured in Stage Door Theatre’s production of Nice Work if You Can Get It.

Michael H. Small

Small, who will be reprising the role he played four years ago in the show’s regional premiere, is looking forward to the production: “I relish the opportunity to play this material in South Florida again,” Small says, “It’s a wonderful show for the area – the humor is timeless and South Florida audiences love to laugh. There are a lot of funny people down here. I got lost in Boca on Tuesday and couldn’t find my way back to the highway. I saw a man walking on the sidewalk, so I pulled over and put down my window. I hollered, ‘how do you get to 95?’ He looked at me and said, ‘Don’t eat meat!’”

Jeremy Quinn

Old Jews Telling Jokes is one of the funniest scripts I’ve read in a very long time…simply because of the number of laughs – one right after another,” the show’s director Jeremy Quinn says. “When I first read it, I found myself laughing out loud…loudly. I’m sure they heard me in Cleveland. You certainly don’t have to be Jewish to appreciate and relate to the humor or the funny stories; but the style of the writing absolutely lends itself to the Catskills comedy shows of yesteryear. And with the addition of projections and musical numbers, this show is NOT just “stand-up”. It’s also quite touching from time to time – a perfect balance.

“I’m quite fortunate to be working with a cast who inherently gets the timing and delivery necessary for this script,” he continues. “That is a HUGE advantage and not something easily taught. Two out of five actors have done the show before, so we’re blessed to have their performance experience alongside us during the rehearsal process.

“Throughout my 38-year career in theatre (as both an actor and director), the one thing that is consistently the most rewarding, is the sound of laughter when a joke is perfectly delivered and lands with open arms around the entire audience. For me,” Quinn says, “applause is secondary to the sound of even one person laughing…it’s the gauge of a job well done. But put 200 or more people laughing together, experiencing the same relatable, LIVE experience for 90 minutes; and it’s an unforgettable symphony of pleasure for everyone involved. Who could ask for anything more? Ok, yes…maybe whirled peas.”

Old Jews Telling Jokes will open on January 9, 2019 at The Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center in Boca Raton. The theatre is located at 201 Plaza Real (2nd Floor), in Boca Raton (33432)

Tickets for Old Jews Telling Jokes range from $45$65, and may be purchased online at  http://playhouseinfo.com/miznerpark or by calling 844-672-2849.  Group rates are also available and can be arranged by calling 888-264-1788.

For more information about Old Jews Telling Jokes and/or Playhouse Productions, please visit http://playhouseinfo.com, or contact Carol Kassie (carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244).

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Old Jews Telling Jokes
January 9 – February 10, 2019
Created by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent
Based on the website:  www.oldjewstellingjokes.com
Tickets:  $45 – $65
For Tickets:  844-672-2849 / http://playhouseinfo.com/miznerpark
Group Sales: 888-264-1788
Performances:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 pm
Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 3 pm
All performances will take place at
Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center
201 Plaza Real (2nd Floor)
Boca Raton, FL 33432
http://playhouseinfo.com/miznerpark

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