The PGA Arts Center Announces a Laughter Filled Summer Season!

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The PGA Arts Center
Announces a Laughter Filled Summer Season!

The popular new Palm Beach Gardens theatre will host
Boomers, Broads, and Cheerleaders with hilarious tales to tell …

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

March 17, 2017

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL:  Dana Matthow and Philip Roger Roy, managing directors of the Presley Theatre Productions Corporation (a 501(c)3, not for profit corporation), opened the PGA Arts Center in January.   The long-time theatrical producing partners quickly demonstrated they have a pretty good idea of what South Florida audiences are looking for when they visit the newly renovated Palm Beach Gardens theatre.   The company’s recent offerings – Brad Zimmerman’s My Son the Waiter:  A Jewish Tragedy and WaistWatchers The Musical! elicited enthusiastic audience response and excellent ticket sales during their recent runs at the PGA Boulevard venue, formerly known as PGA Cinemas.

Matthow and Roy’s summer line-up will ‘amp up the laughter factor’ with three shows sure to please:  Comedy Central and National Lampoon star Tommy Koenig will start the summer season off in April with Baby Boomer Baby; comedienne Caryn Bark will be joined by funny women Pam Peterson and Jan Slavin in Funny Old Broads in July; and in August audiences will be treated to Sandy Gelfound’s The Kosher Cheerleader (A Truish Jewish Love Story).

Baby Boomer Baby is Tommy Koenig’s hilarious, touching and wildly entertaining flashback through our times and the music that defined it. The show’s well received and successful run at the Plaza Theatre last May prompted Matthow and Roy to invite the popular comedian back to the area for an encore run.  As one patron put it, “It connects the dots between the generations. It’s historical and it’s hysterical!”  Koenig displays his comedic talent and versatility throughout the show, portraying numerous genres, characters, and impressions ranging from Doo Wop to Hip Hop, with original songs and parodies of everyone from The Beatles to Lady Gaga, Elton John, Billy Joel, Blondie, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, The Bee Gees, The Eagles, and more.

Writer, comedienne, humorist, essayist, novelist, and playwright Caryn Bark has performed throughout the United States and in Canada. Her newest production – Funny Old Broads – a mixture of song and standup comedy (“We’re too old to dance!”) featuring her well-observed domestic comedy interspersed with touching personal memories, will resonate with audiences, no matter how old they are. She will be joined on stage by comediennes Pam Peterson and Jan Slavin – both of whom are popular and critically acclaimed performers individually, and known together as ‘The Boomer Babes’.
Celebrated standup comedian Sandy Gelfound will star in The Kosher Cheerleader (A Truish Jewish Love Story). Gelfound, who has performed alongside Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno, spins an hilarious, and at times heartbreaking, true story of her journey from NFL Cheerleader to Orthodox Jew. Born with a literal hole in her heart, Gelfound’s quest to fill that void takes her, and audiences, on a journey where she expertly embodies the outrageous characters of her life in this singing, dancing, cartwheeling comedy.
Tickets for Baby Boomer Baby, Funny Old Broads, and The Kosher Cheerleader are on sale now, and can be purchased on line at www.pgaartscenter.com or by calling 1-855-448-7469 or 561-508-8819.  For group sales (12+), call 888-264-1788. Tickets for all shows are $45.  Show days and times are listed below.

The PGA Arts Center is located at 4076 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410. Ample parking is available within close proximity to the theatre.

For more information about the PGA Arts Center, Philip Roger Roy and/or Dana Matthew, please contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com at 561-445-9244.

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Baby Boomer Baby
“A Master of Caricature. He’s A Major Talent!” – New York Times
“Hilarious. Hysterical. A Steady Stream of Fun!” – LA Weekly
Opening April 27
Thursday 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Friday 7:30 pm
Saturday 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday 2 pm
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Funny Old Broads
“Fast Paced Humor with Musical Comedy mixed in… Delicious to Watch!” – Chicago Stage Standard
“Always Hilarious!” – LeBon Travel & Culture
July 6 – 30
Thursday 2pm & 7:30 pm
Friday 7:30 pm
Saturday 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday 2 pm
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The Kosher Cheerleader (a Truish Jewish Love Story)
“Compelling… Engaging…. Beguiling!” – Miami Herald
“Hilarious…. Remarkable Story” – KABC Talk Radio
August 3 – 27
Thursday 2pm & 7:30 pm
Friday 7:30 pm
Saturday 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday 2 pm
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PGA Arts Center
4076 PGA Boulevard,
Palm Beach Gardens, FL  33410
www.pgaartscenter.com

Directions to the PGA Arts Center:
On PGA Blvd heading East, (& RCA Blvd) take first right at Shell Gas Station, and then take the 2nd right into the shopping center driveway. The theater is on the left. Formerly the Cinema 6 Movie Theater inside the former Loehmann’s Plaza. This is less than 1/4 mile off of the PGA Blvd. Exit of 95 North.

 

Entr’Acte Theatrix to present an encore run of PETER AND THE STAR CATCHER – March 31 – April 9

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Entr’Acte Theatrix 
to present an encore run of
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Peter and the Starcatcher
to inaugurate the brand new
Conrad N. Hilton Theatre at the Esther B. O’Keeffe
Center for Creative Education (CCE)
in West Palm Beach
March 31 – April 9

Peter and the Starcatcher is a tiny show, but spectacle, wit, and joy spill out of it like treasure from a magic pocket.” Justin Davidson ~ Vulture

February 28, 2017
WEST PALM BEACH, FL:  Entr’Acte Theatrix and the Peter Halmos Foundation will mount an encore presentation of their well-received production of the award-winning musical play Peter and the Starcatcher from March 31st through April 9th. The show’s original run, which was produced in association with Theatre of Collaborative Arts, was interrupted by the onset of Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.  Peter and the Starcatcher will be the first production to open the brand-new Conrad N. Hilton Theatre at the Esther B. O’Keeffe Center for Creative Education in West Palm Beach.

“Entr’Acte Theatrix’ mandate to nurture and support the next generation of theatre artists, and the mission of the Center for Creative Education to empower students to grow academically, creatively, and socially through arts based education are a perfect fit,” says Entr’Acte’s Founder and Executive Producer, Vicki Halmos.

The winner of numerous honors, including five 2012 Tony Awards, Peter and the Starcatcher was named one of the New York Times, New York Magazine, New Yorker’s Top 10 shows of the year. The play is based on the best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and was conceived for the stage by a multiple award-winning creative team including directors Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, writer Rick Elice, and composer Wayne Barker.

Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair, and the bonds of friendship, duty, and love.

A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, containing a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training, who realizes the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.

Carlo-Rufino Sabusap

Carlo-Rufino Sabusap

Carlo-Rufino Sabusap will once again direct the production: “Peter and the Starcatcher is by far my favorite play,” Sabusap recently explained. “I saw it on Broadway a few years ago and absolutely fell in love with its magic and inventive use of the theatrical experience. It uses some of the oldest, most traditional methods of stage craft, but uses it in a way that is totally inventive and fresh. I’m sure audiences of all ages who appreciate true, live theatre will enjoy every moment.”

All but one of the October cast members will reprise their roles: Tom Matthews will once again play Peter and Devin Tupler will play Molly Aster.  Other cast members include David W. Lamphier as Lord Leonard Aster, Rosseroni Paris as Black Stache, and Greg Halmos as Smee, Nik Rosa as Bill Slank/Fighting Prawn, Christopher Lam as Mrs. Bumbrake, Matthew Cejmer as Ted, Brayan Betancourt as Prentiss, Alex Fine as Alf/Captain Scott, Amada Ruggiero as Grempkin.  Devin Rizo joins the cast as Hawking Clam/Mack/Sanchez.

cast-photo-webEntr’Acte Theatrix is a not-for-profit, semi-professional, showcase company providing opportunities for emerging theatre artists, both on-stage and backstage.  The fifteen-year-old company gives students with a goal of working in the theatrical profession a chance to gain experience in their area of training or interest.  Entr’Acte, as the name suggests, is the “next step,” from classroom to career, and provides the young theatre artist with one of his or her all-important resume-building credits.

Peter and the Starcatcher will run from March 31 – April 9 at the Conrad N. Hilton Theatre at the Esther B. O’Keeffe Center for Creative Education in Northwood Village/West Palm Beach.
Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased on line at: http://www.theatreca.com. Tickets are $38; student tickets are $20.

For more information about Entr’Acte Theatrix, Theatre Collaborative Arts or Peter and the Starcatcher, contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244.             

Peter and the Starcatcher
A Play by Rick Elice
Music by Wayne Barker
Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
March 31 – April 9
Tickets: $38
(Seniors and Students with ID $20)
For tickets: http://www.theatreca.com
Performance Schedule:
Friday, March 31st – 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 1st – 2 PM
Saturday, April 1st – 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 2nd – 3 PM
Thursday, April 6th – 7:30 PM
Friday, April 7th – 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 8th – 2 PM
Saturday, April 8th – 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 9th – 3 PM

All performances will take place at:
Conrad N. Hilton Theatre at the Esther B. O’Keeffe Center for Creative Education
425 24th Street,
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
http://www.theatreca.com
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Stage Door Theatre presents THE KID FROM BROOKLYN: THE DANNY KAYE STORY – February 24 – April 9

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Stage Door Theatre
presents
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The Kid from Brooklyn: The Danny Kaye Story
February 24 – April 9

“Life is a blank canvas, and you need to throw all the paint on it you can.”
~ Danny Kaye

February 21, 2017

MARGATE, FL:   Stage Door Theatre will present The Kid From Brooklyn: The Danny Kaye Story, from February 24 though April 9 in the larger of their two theatres.

Based on the turbulent and triumphant life of the multi-talented singer, actor, comedian, and philanthropist,  this intimate musical portrayal chronicles Danny Kaye’s career and his relationships on and off the stage – from an undisciplined improvisational comic to his success under the guidance of his wife, Sylvia Fine.

The Kid From Brooklyn: The Danny Kaye Story includes many of Kaye’s signature songs, including “Tchaikovsky,” “By Jingo,” “Minnie the Moocher” and “Inchworm”, and features the work of songwriters Kurt Weill, Ira Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Frank Loesser and Cole Porter, and of course, Sylvia Fine.

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Peter J. Loewy

The production will be directed by Peter J. Loewy, with musical direction by David Nagy.  Loewy, who owns and operates the Forum Theatre in Metuchen,  New Jersey,  directed three productions in South Florida in 2016, two for Stage Door Theatre, and one for Pigs Do Fly  Productions.  All three were Carbonell Recommended.

Loewy has cast Joshua Kolb as Danny Kaye, and Kimberly Adams as Sylvia Fine.

Kolb is pleased and excited to have been chosen to portray the iconic entertainer: “If Danny Kaye had not been born,” a Hollywood writer once observed, “no one could possibly have invented him. It would have been stretching credibility far past the breaking point.” Kolb quotes.  “Telling the story of such a man, therefore is stretching me just as far as an actor. This opportunity is comfortably the biggest challenge I have ever attempted, and I only hope to give the audience as entertaining a remembrance of the man as they, and he, deserve.”

ds-2“During the rehearsal process for this show, Sylvia Fine became a personal hero of mine,” says Kimberly Adams. “She was a shockingly brilliant woman who did it all – she was Danny Kaye’s wife, the mother of their child, his career manager, and the composer/lyricist of all of his most famous songs. She is the reason Danny Kaye became a household name, and it’s truly an honor to bring her to life on stage.”

Brad Rakushin and Ashley Brooke will play various characters throughout the play, including Samuel Goldwyn, Cole Porter, Billy Rose, Laurence Olivier, Eve Arden, Kitty Carlisle, and Vivien Leigh.

The Kid From Brooklyn will run from February 24 – April 9 at Stage Door Theatre. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate.

Tickets for The Kid From Brooklyn are $38 – $42; $16 student tickets are also available.  Tickets may be purchased at the Broward Stage Door Theatre box office at 954-344-7765 or on line at  www.stagedoorfl.org

For more information about The Kid From Brooklyn 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).

The Kid from Brooklyn:  The Danny Kaye Story
Book by: Mark Childers and Peter J. Loewy
Music by Various Composers
February 24 – April 9

Tickets:  $38 – $42
Phone:  954-344-7765
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
The Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, FL 33065
www.stagedoorfl.com
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The Concert and Theatre Arts Series at B’nai Torah & present James Sherman’s BEAU JEST – February 22

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The Concert and Theatre Arts Series at B’nai Torah
&
Shari Upbin
present
beau-jest-red-1ckJames Sherman’s
Beau Jest
February 22 at 7:30 pm


“Hilarious and quite moving …blending farce and genuine insight.” ~ Chicago Sun Times

“Very funny…The well-crafted play has a lot to say about nuclear families of any ethnic persuasion.” ~The Wall Street Journal


February 9, 2017

BOCA RATON, FL: The Concert and Theatre Arts Series at B’nai Torah and Producer/Director Shari Upbin will bring James Sherman’s ‘comedy with romance’, Beau Jest, to the B’nai Torah Stage for one performance only, on February 22nd at 7:30 pm.

Sarah Goldman is a nice Jewish girl with a problem:  her parents want her married – to a nice Jewish boy, of course. They’ve never met Sarah’s boyfriend, who happens to have the unfortunate name of Chris Kringle, and who doesn’t exactly fit that description, so to make them happy she invents Dr. David Steinberg – the man of their dreams.  When they insist upon meeting Dr. Steinberg, Sarah contacts an escort service to provide her with a Jewish date – but instead they send her Bob Schroeder, an out of work actor who agrees to perform the impersonation.  Sarah’s mother – armed with challah and lokshen kugel sets out to snare this Beau for her daughter with hilarious mix ups and consequences!

Now in its 21st season, The Concert Series at B’nai Torah has proven to be a popular program for congregational members and non-members alike.  The Theatre Series, spearheaded by Cantor Udi Spielman and Producer/Director Shari Upbin, was added three years ago.

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Shari Upbin

“When Cantor Udi Spielman asked me to bring a comedy to B’nai Torah, I immediately thought of the wonderful Beau Jest by James Sherman, the author of the highly successful Door To Door – which I also directed for our Theatre Series,” Director Upbin says. “This well-crafted play has a lot to say about families of any ethnic persuasion. Coming from a family devoted to comedy – my dad was a writer for Jack Benny – it was a wonderful experience blending farce with a genuine insight into this family I knew so well.

“Jewish mothers are a tribute to society,” she continues. “I miss my own Jewish, mother but now that I have grown children of my own, I get the opportunity – over and over again – to pass down the very statements my own mother used to say to me. “So… that’s what you are wearing?” is now an anthem filled with love and familiarity. I believe our audiences will enjoy seeing the Goldman family on stage!”

Emily Freeman, who recently placed first in the National Society of Arts and Letters Musical Theatre competition will play Sarah Goldman.  Roy Lynam, Christopher Mitchell, Larry Bramble, Chris Anthony Ferrer, and Phyllis Spear round out Upbin’s talented cast.
b-j-actor-stripJames Sherman is the author of numerous plays, including The God of Isaac, Mr. 80%, The Escape Artist, Romance in D, From Door to Door, The Old Man’s Friend, Affluenza, and Jacob and Jack. He began his professional career as a writer and performer with The Second City in Chicago and received an M.F.A. degree from Brandeis University. Since 1985, he has had thirteen plays premiered at the Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, and he was a founding member of the Victory Gardens Playwrights Ensemble. His plays have been published and are regularly produced by theatres throughout the United States and have also been seen in Canada, Mexico, Australia, South America, England, Germany, Austria, Turkey, South Africa, Australia, China, and Korea.

Beau Jest will play for one performance, only – on Wednesday, February 22nd, at 7:30 pm at Congregation B’nai Torah in Boca Raton.  Tickets are $45 ($36 for congregational members), and may be purchased by calling 561-392-8566 or on line at www.bnai-torah.org.  Group rates are available.

For more information about Beau Jest or Shari Upbin, please contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244.

Beau Jest
February 22, 2017
7:30 pm
By James Sherman
Tickets:  $45 ($36 for congregational members)
Click HERE to purchase tickets on line.
Phone: 561-392-8566
B’nai Torah Congregation
6261 SW 18th Street
Boca Raton, FL 33433
www.bnai-torah.org

Shari Upbin:
Shari Upbin (Producer/Director) has been a theatre professional since the age of 13 when she became a member of Actors Equity. (Her father was a writer for Jack Benny). She has been a professional tap dancer and choreographer and 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. Her directing Credits include Vincent, The Passions Of The Artist Van Gogh, Danny And Sylvia at the Forum Theatre in New Jersey. Other credits include Life With Father,  Fiddler On The Roof, Cabaret, Jacques Brel, and The Roar Of The Greasepaint; she was awarded Best Director for her production of Side By Side By Sondheim. Shari will be producing the national classical ballet competition En Pointe in South Florida in 2017.
Along with Beau Jest, some of Shari’s Florida directing credits include Bridge & TunnelWomen’s Minyan, Broadway 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, and In the Voice of Our Mothers (at the Posner JCC).
Shari served as assistant director to the world renowned British Director Michael Langham for the first Black/Hispanic Julius Caesar and Coriolanus at the New York Shakespeare Festival with Joe Papp starring Morgan Freeman.
Shari Upbin and Sandi Durell have been long time producing partners in Hollywood Live! and Broadway Live! as well as the Manhattan Association of Cabaret Award nominated Timeless Divas! series with hosts Ben Verreen, Tony Randall, Karen Mason,  Tovah Feldshuh , Phyllis Newman, and Leslie Uggams.   She is producing the 2017 National Classical Ballet Competition at Florida Atlantic University in June.

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Stage Door Theatre presents THE BRIS, THE BAR MITZVAH, & BEYOND – February 10 – March 26

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Stage Door Theatre
presents
David Jay Bernstein’s
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“Funnier than The Producers!”  David Jay Bernstein’s Mother

 

February 6, 2017

MARGATE, FL:  Stage Door Theatre will present David Jay Bernstein’s delightful comedy,The Bris, The Bar Mitzvah, & Beyond, beginning February 10th.  The production will run through March 26th in the popular Margate venue’s Theatre 2.

“And, verily, The Lord said unto Abraham: “Cut the off the foreskin of thy organ as a covenant of obedience.”  And Abraham did replieth: “You’re kidding, right?” Playwright David Jay Bernstein has long wondered what the ‘guest of honor’ at a Bris ceremony would be thinking if he knew what was going on.

“And on the eighth day after his birth, little Max Shapiro begins a life-long conversation with his dad, Gary, by asking the age-old question: “What do you think you’re doing with that knife?”  The Bris sets the stage for the Shapiro’s lifetime together,” Bernstein explains, “As we stop to visit with them at some of the rites of passage that define the relationships between Jewish fathers and sons.”

The Bris, The Bar Mitzvah, & Beyond is, I feel, actually a drama with some very funny moments in it,” says the show’s director, Randy Brenner. “In fact, I’ve been referring to it as a ‘dramedy’. It’s about relationships – and from a director’s point of view, it’s always a challenge to do a play with three characters and bring those three characters’ lives to life on stage. At the same time, you try to stay true to the author’s vision.”

Brenner has cast Jonathan Brett as Max, Ben Prayz as Gary, and Emily Freeman as Lori.  Emily recently placed first in the National Society of Arts and Letters Musical Theatre Competition.

The Bris, The Bar Mitzvah, & Beyond will run from February 10 – March 26 at Stage Door Theatre. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate.

Tickets for The Bris, The Bar Mitzvah, & Beyond are $38 – $42; $16 student tickets are also available.  Tickets may be purchased at the Broward Stage Door Theatre box office at 954-344-7765 or on line at  www.stagedoorfl.org

For more information about The Bris, The Bar Mitzvah, & Beyond 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).

Photographs and graphics available on request.

The Bris, The Bar Mitzvah, & Beyond
February 10 – March 26, 2017
By David Jay Bernstein
Tickets:  $38 – $42
Phone:  954-344-7765
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
The Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
www.stagedoorfl.com
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Kevin Black’s VEGAS: A NIGHT ON THE STRIP at Boca Raton’s Willow Theatre – February 3 – 12

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Kevin Black’s
Vegas: A Night on the Strip
Invited to Boca Raton’s Willow Theatre for a limited 2 week run!
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February 3 – 12

“… Look for the flames from the three-alarm fire as the production
burns down the house.”

Bill Hirschman – FloridaTheaterOnStage.com

January 24, 2017

BOCA RATON, FL:  Broward Stage Door Theatre in association with Kevin Black Productions will bring Black’s hit show, Vegas:  A Night on the Strip to Boca Raton’s Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park for a limited run from February 3rd to February 12th.   The production, which premiered at Stage Door on December 9th,  played to packed houses through its run , and was so well received by audiences and critics alike that when The Willow expressed interest in the production, Black and Stage Door Executive Producer felt the show deserved to be extended, and Palm Beach County audiences given the chance to see what Broward County theatre patrons had been enjoying during the show’s sold out run.

From Soul to Swing, Kevin Black’s recent productions – created exclusively for Stage Door Theatre – have had audiences on their feet and dancing.  The Soul of Motor City, his tribute to the music of Motown, which was extended several times over this past summer, and Swing! Swing! Swing! his lovingly assembled compendium of Jazz and Swing classics were both recommended for Carbonell nominations.

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Kevin Black

Vegas: A Night on the Strip dives into the rich history that made the city of Las Vegas a hot destination for entertainers from around the world.  Featuring music from some of Vegas’ most memorable icons – from the Rat Pack and Elvis to the modern-day Cirque-type spectacles; from showgirls to headliners; from high-rollers to high-flying acrobatics…  “with maybe a Vegas wedding thrown in!” Black said recently.

“When most people think of Vegas, they immediately remember the likes of Frank, Sammy, and Dean…The Rat Pack,” Black continued.  “However, Vegas: A Night on the Strip is so much more. I decided to tell the history of ‘The Entertainment Capitol of The World’, through the construction and implosion of those iconic hotels on The Strip, and the entertainment that graced their stages. Our six vocalists pay tribute to this great city with nods to numerous Vegas icons – not only the Rat Pack, but legends like Celine Dion, Elton John, Tom Jones and Wayne Newton, and the lavish cirque -style shows that dominate The Strip today.

“The creative “workshop” process is my favorite,” Black explained when asked about the evolution of the production. “Arranging new ways to present some old classics and seldom heard gems is so satisfying. Our Musical Director/Arranger Ben Bagby is a master at this and you’ll see his work shine more than ever in this show.”

Five of the of the six original Stage Door vocalists will make the transfer to the Willow – they are: Daniel Bourgoin, Arlene Coutee, Chantal Deshaies, Gabrielle Graham, and Brad Rakushin.  Joshua Graham, who wowed audiences in Black’s recent hit show The Soul of Motor City, will replace Jar’Davion Brown, who had a prior commitment. Black has also added variety comedic host Nikki Adams to the mix.  Specialty artists Cherrise Pawlak and Derick Pierson, and 12 year old vocal sensation Emily Taylor Kaufman round out the cast of 10.

Vegas: A Night on the Strip will run from February 3 to 12 at The Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park. The theatre is located at 300 South Military Trail in Boca Raton (33486).

Tickets for Vegas: A Night on the Strip are $35.  Tickets may be purchased at on line at www.willowtheatre.org, or by phone at 561-347-3948.
For more information about Vegas: A Night on the Strip and/or The Willow Theatre please contact Carol Kassie (carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244) or Carter Bogush (CBogush@ci.boca-raton.fl.us / 561-347-3909)  For more information about Stage Door Theatre, please visit www.stagedoorfl.org, or contact Derelle Bunn Executive Producer/Artistic Director, at DerelleBunn@yahoo.com / 954-344-7765.

Vegas – A Night on the Strip
February 3 – 12
Conceived, directed, and choreographed by Kevin Black
Musical Director:  Ben Bagby
Musical Arrangements:  Ben Bagby
Costume Design:  Jerry Sturdefant
Lighting Design:  Ardean Landhuis
Scenic Design:  Michael McClain
Sound Design and Stage Manager:  Paul O’Donnell
Tickets:  $35
Phone:  561-347-3948
Show times:
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday at 2 pm
The Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park
300 South Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL  33486

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The Princeton Triangle Club To Present All New Musical Comedy GREECE’D LIGHTNING! at the Crest Theatre February 2nd

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The Famous Princeton Triangle Club
To Present
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Its Annual Original, All-New Musical Comedy
at the Crest Theatre
February 2nd

“Hey Homer, how was your day? Epic.”  Greece’d Lightning

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Carol Kassie
Carol@CarolKassie.com /561-445-9244
Contact:   Robert Maciejko
robert@maciejko.com / 561-800-7441
Contact: Bill Metzger
jwmetzger@aol.com / 561-309-3169

January 23, 2017
DELRAY BEACH, FL:  Princeton’s famous Triangle Club, the oldest touring collegiate musical-comedy troupe in the nation, will present its only South Florida performance on ThursdayFebruary 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Crest Theater at Old School Square, located at 51 North Swinton Avenue in Delray Beach.

The Triangle Show brings a unique theatrical experience to a very few locations each year and South Florida and the Crest Theatre have been selected to host this one time only performance of the company’s 2017 125th anniversary tour. Greece’d Lightning! opened in Princeton this past November to rave reviews and sold-out houses. Audiences were unanimous in their praise – citing the show as “truly wonderful and one of the best shows they have done ever… Triangle’s professional quality of original song, dance, humor, and musical composition has risen to delightful heights.”
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For this landmark 125th Anniversary edition of the Triangle show, it’s all Greek – when a can-do baker from Greece’s smallest city-state tries to win the world’s first ever Olympics! But how can she compete when her sponsor is the Ruler of the Dead; she’s falling for Zeus’ athlete; and sports haven’t even been invented? From Icarus’ flight to Oedipus’ bedroom, join the greatest cast of characters Western civilization has ever known. Ending with Triangle’s famous all-male kick-line, Greece’d Lightning! will “get you to drachma like it’s hot!”

triangle_orange_logo-01For 125 years the Princeton Triangle Club has been creating professionally-produced, original student-written musicals in “The House that Triangle Built”, the renowned McCarter Theatre. In fact, The Princeton Triangle Club has the distinction of being the oldest touring (as well as the oldest co-ed) collegiate musical-comedy troupe in the United States, and the only co-ed collegiate troupe to take their show on a national tour each year.

The Triangle Club boasts a rich history and long list of alumni who have graduated to eminence in the creative arts, including F. Scott Fitzgerald ’17, Jimmy Stewart ’32, Jose Ferrer ’34, Wayne Rogers ’56, Clark Gesner ’60, Jeff Moss ’63, David Kelley ’79, Brooke Shields ’87, Wentworth Miller ’95, Ellie Kemper ’02, and Molly Ephraim ’08. The club’s seventy current members have diverse academic interests from astrophysics to economics, public policy to literature, and many plan on pursuing professional theater in some capacity.

Greece’d Lightning! offers audiences a one-time opportunity to see America’s most brilliant young minds and talents sing their hearts out and uphold a cherished musical tradition!

Greece’d Lightning! will be performed at the Crest Theatre at Old School Square on February 2nd at 7:30 pm only.  Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for students; group rates are also available.  The Crest Theatre at Old School Square is located at 51 North Swinton Avenue in Delray Beach (33444).  Tickets may be purchased on line at www.triangleshow.com/tour-palm-beach/

A video and photos from Greece’d Lightning! can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBu2V9psqzY

Greece’d Lightning!
February 2, 2017
7:30 pm
Tickets:  $35 Adults/$15 Students
Purchase Tickets on line: www.triangleshow.com/tour-palm-beach/
Phone: 561-800-7441
The Crest Theatre at Old School Square
51 North Swinton Avenue
Delray Beach, FL  33444
http://www.triangleshow.com
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Jake Ehrenreich (A Jew Grows in Brooklyn 2.0) To Appear at the Miami Jewish Film Festival January 21st & 23rd

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Jake Ehrenreich (A Jew Grows in Brooklyn 2.0)
To Appear at the Miami Jewish Film Festival
January 21st & 23rd
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Ehrenreich to discuss his participation in The Last Laugh – Ferne Pearlstein’s look at Humor and the Holocaust and the ever-shifting line separating good taste from bad in comedy.

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

January 10, 2017
MIAMI, FL:  Jake Ehrenreich will open in A Jew Grows in Brooklyn 2.0 at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center on February 2nd. But prior to that opening, he’ll visit the Miami Jewish Film festival as a special guest speaker to discuss his participation in the recent film, The Last Laugh, cinematographer Ferne Pearlstein’s fascinating look at the importance of laughter under even the most dire of circumstances.  In the film, Ehrenreich joins an ‘A’ list roster of comedians and actors, as well as several Holocaust survivors as they debate the fine line between appropriate and inappropriate humor, and whether the Holocaust and the Nazis should indeed be permissible subject for laughter.

Jake Ehrenreich

Jake Ehrenreich

Ehrenreich’s participation is a natural fit.  His show A Jew Grows in Brooklyn, and the newly revised and revamped version A Jew Grows in Brooklyn 2.0 reflect his own deeply personal feelings and experiences as the child of Holocaust survivors.  In fact, after the enormous success of the original show, and after countless interviews and related projects including films, books and personal appearances, Jake is now globally recognized as an academic expert on the Catskills, Comedy, and The Holocaust. On November 15th, 2016 he was awarded the civilian Certificate of Special Recognition from the United States Congress “in recognition of outstanding and invaluable service to the community.”

Ehrenreich will be joined on stage at the film’s screenings by Ferne Pearlstein and the movie’s producer Robert Edwards to introduce the film, and to participate in question and answer sessions after each showing.

The Last Laugh premiered at this year’s prestigious Tribeca Film Festival, and has been screened at over 50 festivals world-wide, including the Jerusalem Film Festival, the BFI London Film Festival, and the Vermont International Film Festival.  It has been called ‘compelling’ and ‘thought-provoking’, and Oliver Lyttelton of The Playlist said “…it ends up feeling like as definitive a film on comedy and the Holocaust as you could ever want.”  Some of the film’s other participants include Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Gilbert Gottfried, Joan Rivers, and Judy Gold.

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The Last Laugh participants Renee Firestone, Judy Gold, Gilbert Gottfried, Alan Zweibel, Ferne Pearlstein, Jake Ehrenreich, Elly Gross, and Klara Firestone

The Last Laugh screenings will take place at 8 pm on Saturday, January 21st at O Cinema in Miami Shores, and at 8:30 pm on Monday, January 23rd at the Regal Cinema in South Beach.

For more information about The Last Laugh, and/or to purchase tickets for either screening, visit: http://miamijewishfilmfestival.org/films/2017/the_last_laugh.

Ferne Pearlstein & Mel Brooks in The Last Laugh

Ferne Pearlstein & Mel Brooks in The Last Laugh

A Jew Grows in Brooklyn 2.0 will run from February 2 – 26 at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, and at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts March 10-12.  Tickets for A Jew Grows in Brooklyn 2.0 range from $39 – $69 and can be purchased by phone at 877-238-5596 (Mizner Park Production) and 954-344-5990 (Coral Springs Center for the Arts production) or on line at www.ajewgrowsinbrooklyn.com.  Group rates are available.

juniors_logo_onlyDuring the show’s run at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, A Jew Grows in Brooklyn 2.0 will partner with the newly opened Junior’s Restaurant & Cheesecake, offering the popular restaurant’s customers exclusively priced tickets to the show.

For more information about A Jew Grows in Brooklyn 2.0  and/or Jake Ehrenreich, please visit www.ajewgrowsinbrooklyn.com or contact Carol Kassie (carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244).

A recent press release about A Jew Grows in Brooklyn 2.0 can be found on line at: http://wp.me/p1S9OR-19m

Photographs and graphics are available at:
http://www.jakeehrenreich.com/press-shots.html

This press release can be viewed on line at:

A Jew Grows in Brooklyn 2.0
By Jake Ehrenreich
February 2 – 26, 2017
Performances:
Thurs:  3PM and 7:30 PM
Fri: 8 PM
Sat 3 PM and 8 PM
Sun 2 PM and 5:30 PM
Tickets:  $39 – $65
Phone:  877-238-5596
Group Sales are available.
To Order Tickets on Line: www.ajewgrowsinbrooklyn.com  or http://www.smarttix.com
Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center
201 Plaza Real
Boca Raton, FL 33432
(Opposite Lord & Taylor)

Coral Springs Center for the Arts
March 10 – 12, 2017
Performances:
Fri: 8 PM,
Sat: 3 PM & 8 PM,
Sun: 2 PM & 5 PM
Tickets:  $39 – $70
Phone:  954-344-5990
Group Sales are available.
To Order Tickets on Line: www.ajewgrowsinbrooklyn.com or
http://www.coralspringscenterforthearts.com
Coral Springs Center for the Arts
2885 Coral Springs Drive
Coral Springs, FL  33065
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WAISTWATCHERS THE MUSICAL! Opens the PGA Arts Center – February 1st

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Playhouse Productions
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February 1 – March 26

Alan Jacobson’s ever-popular musical about food, friendship, love, life, sex and fun after forty will open the newly created PGA Arts Center in Palm Beach Gardens.

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Carol Kassie
carol@carolkassie.com  / 561-445-9244
Jennifer Sardone-Shiner
jen16sardone@aol.com / 561-891-7278

January 5, 2017
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL:  Playhouse Productions’ producers Dana Matthow and Philip Roger Roy have chosen Alan Jacobson’s WaistWatchers The Musical! as the first production to play in their brand new PGA Arts Center in Palm Beach Gardens. The perennially popular musical will begin previews February 1st and run through through March 26th.

In the same energetic and fun spirit as Menopause The Musical®, WaistWatchers The Musical! – set in Cook’s Women’s Gym – takes a lighthearted look at four women ‘of a certain age’ dealing with assorted body image issues; it covers topics such as dieting, exercise, plastic surgery, and sex over the age of forty – areas of concern to women, and to men – of all ages.

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Alan Jacobson

“When I first wrote Waist Watchers The Musical! I was looking to create a fun show that people of all ages, backgrounds, and lifestyles could enjoy,” the show’s creator Alan Jacobson explained recently. “I couldn’t think of anything more universal and topical than food. I truly don’t know anyone who doesn’t eat it! And people sure talk about and obsess over it. What has given me the greatest satisfaction is seeing how people respond to the show,” he says, “Not only with laughter and pleasure, but how so many people identify with the struggles, and are inspired to lead healthier lives. And to me, that is what theater is all about.

“And I’m extremely excited about the direction WaistWatchers has been going in,” Jacobson continues. “I had produced it on my own for a few years quite successfully, but felt that to take it to the next level I needed to turn over the producing responsibilities to other producers…producers who shared my passion for the show, who share my vision and the direction I have always seen it going in, and who have the resources and connections to thrust it further into the national and international arena.

“Dana Matthow and Phil Roy were exactly the right producers,” he explains.  “We just finished a 40-week national tour of the show, and though very successful, we still envision greater things. Together with our director, Matt Silva, we decided we would inject the show with Vince Di Mura’s new, original music set to my existing lyrics, incorporating more variety and a style all our own, and which would free us up to be more inventive with our staging and choreography.”

The musical will exercise the considerable musical and comedic abilities of four talented actresses:  Patti Gardner as Carla, Krissy Johnson as Cheryl, Stephanie Genovese as Cindy, and Valerie DiLorenzo as Connie.

Matt Silva will direct the production; the show’s musical director is Emily Whitaker, and choreography will be handled by Dani Tucci-Juraga.

Waist Watchers The Musical! will run from January 25 – March 26 at the PGA Center for the Arts.  The theatre is located at 4076 PGA Boulevard, in Palm Beach Gardens (33410).

Tickets for WaistWatchers The Musical! are $40-$65. Group rates (12 or more) are also available. Tickets may be purchased on line at http://waistwatchersthemusical.com or by phone at 855-448-7469.  For group rates call 888-264-1788.

For more information about Waist Watchers The Musical or Alan Jacobson, please visit http://waistwatchersthemusical.com , or contact Carol Kassie (carol@carolkassie.com  / 561-445-9244) or Jennifer Sardone-Shiner (jen16sardone@aol.com / 561-891-7278.

Photographs and graphics available on request.

Waist Watchers The Musical!
Book and Lyrics by Alan Jacobson
Music by Vince Di Mura
February 1 – March 26
Tickets:  $40 – $65
Phone855-448-7469
On line:  http://waistwatchersthemusical.com
Group Sales (12 or more): 888-264-1788
Show Times:
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday at 2 p.m.
Thursday at 7 p.m.
Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m.
Sunday at 6 p.m.
PGA Arts Center
4076 PGA Boulevard,
Palm Beach Gardens, FL  33410
http://waistwatchersthemusical.com

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PGA ARTS CENTER – A NEW ‘LIVE’ THEATRE – TO OPEN IN PALM BEACH GARDENS!

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LIVE THEATRE COMES TO PALM BEACH GARDENS!
PGA ARTS CENTER
To present Live Theatre
In Palm Beach Gardens
In 2017

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Carol Kassie
carol@carolkassie.com  / 561-445-9244
Jennifer Sardone-Sardone-Shiner
jen16sardone@aol.com / 561-891-7278

January 3, 2017

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL:  Palm Beach Gardens will add live theatre to its ever-growing cultural landscape when the PGA Arts Center opens its doors in late January.  Veteran producers Philip Roger Roy and Dana Matthow have taken a multi-year lease on the PGA Cinemas, located at 4076 PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens, and are in the process of converting two of the building’s six auditoria to accommodate live productions. The two theatres will seat 260 and 280 patrons respectively.  They plan to adapt a third space – which will seat approximately 160, and be available for rentals – within the next year.

Roy and Matthow are lifelong friends and have been producing partners for well over 20 years.  Together they run the popular Penn’s Landing Playhouse in Philadelphia (http://plplayhouse.com). They also produce shows in Arlington, MA, Providence RI, George St. Playhouse in NJ, Chicago, Phoenix, Sacramento, Walnut Creek CA, San Jose, San Diego, Huntington Beach CA, Los Angeles, Denver, Boulder, New Hope PA, and other cities throughout the United States and Canada.

“Dana and I have both owned theatres throughout our lives,” Roy explained recently. “Dana owned the Soho Playhouse in New York City’s Greenwich Village for 10 years.  My first venue was a coffeehouse on the campus of Kenyon College in 1971. It was called Ma & Pa Eclectic & Son’s International House of Chutzpah. I later shortened the name to Grendel’s Lair Cabaret TheaterI opened another cabaret theater in Philadelphia in 1972, also called Grendel’s Lair which I ran for 15 years producing theatrical shows & music events.

“Our production company controls the rights to several Off Broadway shows which we produce in 18 markets throughout the USA and Canada.” Roy continued. “With so much ‘product’, we are always looking for new theaters to play. The most challenging part of our jobs is to find theaters we can rent. As a result it was only natural for us to jump at the opportunity to rent a theater (and in the case of the PGA Arts Center – two theaters in one building!) in one of our most receptive markets – South Florida. Our niche has always been Off Broadway comedies and musicals. We hope to bring year-round professional theater to the Palm Beach market with (mostly) shows never seen here before.”

The PGA Arts Center’s first production – projected to open for previews on January 25th – will be WaistWatchers The Musical!, local playwright Alan Jacobson’s ever-popular light-hearted look at four women dealing with food, friendship, love, life, and sex. The show will have all new music to go with its clever and funny lyrics. Brad Zimmerman’s My Son the Waiter:  A Jewish Tragedy, which is currently playing at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center in Boca Raton, will begin a limited run in the second theatre on February 2nd.

The PGA Arts Center is located at 4076 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410. Ample parking is available within close proximity to the theatre.

For more information about the PGA Arts Center, Philip Roger Roy and/or Dana Matthew, please contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com at 561-445-9244 or Jennifer Sardone-Shiner at jen16sardone@aol.com / 561-891-7278.

For rental inquiries call 212-400-6800.

Photos and graphics available on request.

Directions to the PGA Arts Center:
On PGA Blvd heading East, (& RCA Blvd) take first right at Shell Gas Station, and then take the 2nd right into the shopping center driveway. The theater is on the left. Formerly the Cinema 6 Movie Theater inside the former Loehmann’s Plaza. This is less than 1/4 mile off of the PGA Blvd. Exit of 95 North.

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Philip Roger Roy is a Philadelphia native who attended Kenyon College and graduated from Temple University. He has produced more than 50 shows since 1972 including the current national tours (with co-producer Dana Matthow) of My Son The Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy,  WaistWatchers The Musical,  My Mother’s Italian My Father’s Jewish & I’m In Therapy!, Old Jews Telling JokesRESPECT: A Musical Journey of Women, and You Say Tomato I Say Shut Up!. Other recent productions include Becoming Dr. Ruth, Cooking With The Calamari Sisters, Baby Boomer Baby; and Love Loss & What I Wore!  New York credits include the 15 month engagement of My Son The Waiter…. at the Triad TheaterOff Broadway and A Jew Grows in Brooklyn. He was Associate Producer and General Manager in Philadelphia of Menopause the Musical, which played 3.5 years to more than 212,000 (mostly) menopausal women. His production of Let My People Come (LMPC) played over 2300 performances in Philadelphia from 1977 to 1987, and he produced LMPC in 20 cities in the United States and Canada, including 8 years in Toronto. Other productions include: Renee Taylor’s My Life On A Diet’ Geraldine Fitzgerald in Street SongsFamily Secrets, Grandma Sylvia’s Funeral (co-produced in Phila. with Dana), Greater Tuna (Walnut St. Theatre and the Delaware Theatre Company), The World of Lenny Bruce, Confessions of an Irish Rebel, Judy! The New Judy Garland Musical, El Grande de Coca Cola, Pretzels (by Jane Curtin), Murray Horowitz as Sholom Aleichem, Cloud 9, Groucho: A 1-Man Show With 2-WomenBullshot Crummond, and The Fantasticks (in which he also performed). As owner/founder of Philadelphia’s legendary Grendel’s Lair Cabaret Theater (for 15 years), Mr. Roy produced hundreds of concerts including The Police, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich, Charles Mingus, Mose Allison, Charlie Byrd, David Bromberg, Phil Ochs, Buffy St. Marie, and many others. Philadelphia singer Jill Scott performed every Sunday night for a year at Mr. Roy’s second nightclub, the New Market Cabaret Theater.  He co-produced The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron? and Say Goodnight Gracie both in Philadelphia.

Dana Matthow is a Long Island Native New Yorker whose theatrical career spans more than 25 years of producing, general management, theatre management, advertising, and promotions. His credits include Broadway, off-Broadway and touring Productions: Kingdoms staring Roy Dotrice, Armand Assante and Maria Tucii, My Son The Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy, A Jew Grows In Brooklyn, Carnival Knowledge, a behind the scenes look at the astounding and disappearing world of the American sideshow; Magic Hands Freddy starring Michael Rispoli and Ralph Macchio, Underneath the Lintel, Maybe Baby It’s You, Grandma Sylvia’s Funeral (a/k/a the longest running funeral in history), and Hysterical Blindness starring Leslie Jordon. He recently co-produced national tours of My Son The Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy, Waist Watchers The Musical, My Mother’s Italian My Father’s Jewish & I’m In Therapy!, Old Jews Telling JokesRESPECT: A Musical Journey of Women, and You Say Tomato I Say Shut Up!.  Matthow began his producing career with Sea Marks by Adventures in Paradise star Gardner Mckay. He has also produced for the screen the feature film Silent Prey. He is also the founder and original publisher of City Guide magazine, New York’s #1 weekly visitor and entertainment guide.