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

 

 

 

 

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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Stage Door Theatre presents THE WIZ December 7 – December 31

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Stage Door Theatre
present
s
The Wiz
December 7 – December 31
at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC)

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


November 29, 2018:

LAUDERHILL, FL:  Stage Door Theatre’s third production in their new home is an exuberant journey down the yellow brick road! Based the L. Frank Baum’s classic “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, The Wiz is a dazzling mix of rock, gospel, and soul music, and told in the context of African American Culture.    The family friendly musical will open at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC) on December 7th and run through December 31st.

The winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and Five Drama Desk Awards, The Wiz retells Baum’s tale of Dorothy, who is transported by a tornado to a world of Munchkins, witches, and magic.  On her way to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard of Oz, who she believes can help her get back to Kansas, she encounters the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion – friends who help her battle the Wicked Witch of the West – and eventually learn that there really is ‘no place like home’.

The Wiz will be directed and choreographed by Lloyd Culbreath who brings years of theatrical experience to the production.  He has performed on Broadway, and on tour for over 25 years as a dancer, singer, actor, teacher, dance captain, stage manager, and assistant and associate choreographer.

“Working on The Wiz is such a joy!” says Culbreath. “Soulful, sassy, and brimming with joy! The show is such a wonderful combination of amazing memorable songs, spectacular dancing and armfuls of heart and love. It offers something for everyone. I’m thrilled to spend this time in the land of Oz!”

Cast in The Wiz are Nayomi Braaf as Dorothy, Kedrick D. Faulk as Scarecrow, Ben Bagby as Tin Man, Darius J. Manuel as Lion, Kyaunnee Richardson as Aunt Em/Glinda, Arlene Coutee as Addaperle, and Jamari Johnson Williams as The Wiz. 2017 Carbonell Award-winner (Best Actress, Musical) Sarah Gracel will play Evelline. Also in the cast are Michael Baugh, Kolten Bell, Alexander Domingue, Cameron Jackson, Kimberly Mhoon, Johanna Moise, Alicia Nicole, Mickey Nixon, Amy Romero, Andre Russell, Johanna Taylor, and Shanna Woods.

David Nagy will serve as the production’s Musical Director and keyboard 1; he will be accompanied by Karen Nagy on keyboard 2,  Andrea Gilbert on woodwind, Sandy Poltarack on bass and Guitar, Brian Sayre on drums, and Rupert Ziawinski on Bass.  Marissa Calabrese is The Wiz’ Associate Director. Scenic Design is by Randall Parsons, Lighting Design is by Kirk Bookman, and Sound Design is by Rushnay Henry.  The production’s Stage Manager is Nancy Clay.

The Wiz will run from December 7 – December 31 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 Wiz 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 on line at www.stagedoorfl.org or on the LPAC website at https://lpacfl.com.

For more information about The Wiz and/or Stage Door Theatre, please visit http://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).

Production photos by David Martinek

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The Wiz
December 7 – 31
Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
Book by William F. Brown
Based on “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum
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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Rome Saladino’s FEELIN’ GOOD – A SALUTE TO MICHAEL BUBLÉ in Aventura & Boca in December

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Rome Saladino’s
Feelin’ Good
A Salute to Michael Bublé
 at
The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center &
The Boca Black Box Center
in December

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

November 20, 2018

AVENTURA & BOCA RATON, FL:  Multi-talented singer/dancer/actor/choreographer Rome Saladino will celebrate the stylings of Grammy and Juno Award-winner Michael Bublé in Feelin’ Good – A Tribute to Michael Bublé at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center on December 20th and return to the Boca Black Box Center for the Arts on December 23rd.  (The show was a sell-out when it played at the Boca Black Box in April.)

Saladino will sing the songs that made the popular singer-songwriter a world-renowned phenomenon.  He will be accompanied by a seventeen-piece band at Aventura, and (due to space constraints) a seven-piece band at the Boca Black Box, talented dancers, and special guest star Cantor Geniene Shelley.

“Many people ask me why I tribute Michael Bublé,” Saladino says. “Well, because, he truly brings ALL GENERATIONS TOGETHER! Other artists do amazing jobs in their individual styles and genres, but he brought back the music of the last 100 years and made it cool again!”

Inspired by Bublé’s Jazzy Big Band style, Saladino will perform the hits that put the Canadian superstar on the charts –“Haven’t Met You Yet”, “Everything”, and “Home”, and will channel ‘Frank, Dean, Ray, and Ella’ with classics such as “Feeling Good”, “Come Fly With Me”, “Cry Me a River”, and “Sway. The evening will also include covers of The Beatles, The Eagles, Otis Redding, and Queen.  The show will also feature some of Bublé’s beloved renditions of everyone’s favorite holiday classics.

Rome Saladino was born and raised in Miami, Florida.  His extensive theatrical career – he has a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Florida Atlantic University –  has included such roles as Curly in Oklahoma, John the Baptist in Godspell, Caleb in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Charles Dalrymple in Brigadoon.  He has also appeared in Annie, A Chorus Line, Camelot, Fiddler on the Roof, and West Side Story, and he was one of the leads in Encore!  The American Theatre in Tokyo Disney, Japan.  During his ballet career he performed with the Sacramento Ballet, Icelandic Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre.  Rome appeared on the Discovery Channel during Shark Week playing the role of Ian in an Australian shark attack reenactment, and in the film, “Catch Me If You Can”, where he played an FBI Agent next to Tom Hanks. He recently self-produced, directed and starred in Singin’ and Dancin’ in the Rain, a song and dance revue honoring the career highlights of Hollywood legend Gene Kelly, and Gotta Dance, a celebration of the Great American Songbook and the Hollywood movie musical.

Geniene (Miller) Shelley has been acting, singing, and dancing since she was a child. She has had leading roles in numerous shows at the Hollywood Playhouse, Dillard High School of the Performing Arts, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and theatres in Los Angeles and Chicago. Shows include Oliver, Oklahoma, Bye Bye Birdie, Meet Me in St. Louis, HMS Pinafore, A Chorus Line, Life With Father, and Cabaret.  She is a graduate of Dillard High School for the Performing Arts and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Geniene’s life took a spiritual turn – she studied and became the Cantorial Soloist at prominent synagogues in South Florida; she can be heard weekly as the Cantor at Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center. She leads Passover Seders weddings, and religious life cycle events throughout the country. Geniene and her husband, Commissioner Bob Shelley share the love of theatre.  She is the mother of three beautiful children.

Tickets for Feelin’ Good – A Tribute to Michael Bublé at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center are $42 – $50; tickets for the performance at the Boca Black Box Center for the Arts are $35 – $45.  All tickets are on sale now.  Ticketing information is listed below.  The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is located at 3385 NE 188th Street in Aventura (33180). The Boca Black Box Center for the Arts is located at 8221 Glades Road (#10), in Boca Raton (33434).

For more information about Rome Saladino and/or Feelin’ Good – A Tribute to Michael Bublé please contact Carol Kassie at Carol@CarolKassie.com / 561-445-9244.

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Feelin’ Good – A Tribute to Michael Bublé
Created, directed, and choreographed by Rome Saladino

Thursday, December 20th at 8 pm
Tickets: $42 & $50
Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
3385 NE 188th Street
Aventura, FL  33180
Click HERE to purchase tickets on line
or call 877-311-7469

Sunday, December 23rd at 7 pm
Tickets:  $34-$45
Boca Black Box Center for the Arts
8221 Glades Road, #10
Boca Raton, FL  33434
Click HERE to purchase tickets on line,
Or call 561-483-9036

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Jake Ehrenreich’s A TREASURY OF CHRISTMAS SONGS – With Jazz Artist Roger Kellaway – December 9th, 12th, & 16th Only!

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Jake Ehrenreich’s
A Treasury of Jewish Christmas Songs
Pays Tribute to Jewish Songwriters of the Christmas Classics
Performances on December 9th, 12th, and 16th Only!

Jake Ehrenreich & Roger Kellaway celebrate the contributions of Jewish Composers to Christmas!

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

November 13, 2018

BOCA RATON/WEST PALM BEACH/AVENTURA, FL: Broadway, film, and television star, recording artist, author, and playwright are just a few of the titles to which Brooklyn Jewish Hall of Famer Jake Ehrenreich can lay claim. The popular entertainer, whose one-man-show A Jew Grows In Brooklyn has been a perennial hit with South Florida audiences, will be joined by Grammy Award-winner / Oscar nominee Roger Kellaway in a brand new show A Treasury of Jewish Christmas Songs that features many great Christmas songs written by Jewish composers. The show is based on Ehrenreich’s newest CD of the same name.

“The idea for this project has been with me for over decade,” Ehrenreich explained recently. “As a child of Holocaust survivors growing up in Brooklyn, the idea that I would have a secret love affair with Christmas music was as incongruous as… well the very notion that Jewish songwriters would create so many of the classics. But, as life is often stranger than fiction, I did, and they did.”

Featuring behind the scenes stories and rare video appearances by Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof), Charles Strouse (AnnieBye Bye Birdie), and Alan and Marilyn Bergman (“The Way We Were”, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”) among others, Ehrenreich and Kellaway will be accompanied by world class jazz musicians Roni Ben Hur on Guitar, and Floridian David Winograd on Bass.

Ehrenreich and Kellaway’s exciting new interpretations have garnered universal praise since their CD’s release in December 2017.  It was selected as Downbeat Magazine’s Top Holiday Pick and is now in consideration for a Grammy Award nomination.  Among the classics Ehrenreich and Kellaway will perform in A Treasury of Jewish Christmas Songs are “Christmas Time is Here,” “Let it Snow,” “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland, “I’ll be Home for Christmas,” and “Silver Bells”.

Jake Ehrenreich and Roger Kellaway’s A Treasury of Jewish Christmas Songs will be performed in three prestigious local venues between December 9th and December 16th:  The Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center (December 9), The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (December 12), and the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (December 16).   Performance times and ticketing information are listed below. These dates are part of a tour which includes the world-famous Birdland Jazz club in New York City.

For more information about A Treasury of Jewish Christmas Songs and/or Jake Ehrenreich, please visit www.jewishchristmassongs.com/ or contact Carol Kassie (carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244).

www.jewishchristmassongs.com
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A Treasury of Jewish Christmas Songs
With Jake Ehrenreich and Roger Kellaway

Sunday, December 9th at 3 pm
Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center
Black Box Theatre
201 Plaza Real, 2nd Floor
Boca Raton, FL  33432
Tickets $36 – $48
Ticket Link:  http://miznerparkculturalcenter.com/events/jewish-christmas-songs/

Wednesday, December 12th at 7:30 pm
Rinker Playhouse at
The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
701 Okeechobee Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Call:  561-832-7469
Tickets: $35
Ticket Link:    www.kravis.org/jewishchristmas

Sunday, December 16th at 3 pm & 7 pm
Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
3385 NE 188th Street
Aventura, FL  33180
Tickets:  $45 – $55; $75 VIP tickets include premium seating and an autographed CD
Ticket Link:  https://www.aventuracenter.org/events/detail/jake-ehrenreichs-2018

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JAKE EHRENREICH is a vocalist, musician, author and playwright. He is currently featured in the film The Last Laugh alongside Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner. A Brooklyn born child of survivors, he is best known as star and creator of the award-winning show A Jew Grows in Brooklyn, which broke box office records at the historic Lambs Theater in the heart of Broadway. Jake has appeared on Broadway in Dancin’, Barnum, and They’re Playing Our Song, and toured internationally as Ringo in Beatlemania. A veteran NY vocalist and musician, Jake has performed and recorded with such diverse artists as Richie Havens, Tito Puente, Greg Allman, and Whitney Houston. His writings appear in Summer Haven, The Catskills, The Holocaust and the Literary Imagination alongside Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer, and A Jew Grows in Brooklyn, The Curious Reflections of a First Generation American is now a best-selling book by HCI (the Chicken Soup for the Soul publishers). Jake received a Special Congressional Citation and was inducted into the Brooklyn Jewish Hall of Fame in 2016. His new TV variety talk show, The Jake Ehrenreich Show premieres in November 2018 on JBS TV.

ROGER KELLAWAY is a Grammy Award winner and Academy Award nominated Pianist/Composer and has recorded more than two hundred and fifty albums. He’s worked with everyone from Duke Ellington to Elvis, and Barbra Streisand to Quincy Jones and Yo-Yo Ma. He has written and conducted twenty-nine film scores including the Clint Eastwood film INVICTUS and Barbra Streisand’s A Star Is Born, for which he received an Academy Award nomination. Kellaway composed and performed Remembering You, the closing theme for All in the Family. In 2005, Roger conducted the world premiere of Sir Paul McCartney’s “Nova” and has toured as musical director with Tony Bennett, Van Morrison, and Bobby Darin.

Praise for A Treasury of Jewish Christmas Songs:

“Swings like a young Tony Bennett. Add Roger Kellaway and it’s enough to make nuns and orthodox rabbis put away their rulers.  Fun stuff throughout.”
Chris Spector ~ Midwest Record 

“Jake Ehrenreich is a classy Jazz singer who projects pure tones…”
  Frank-John Hadley ~ Downbeat Magazine – December 2018

“Jake is so much more than just a vocalist…the pacing is perfection;
every little nuance is full of joy.”
Dick Metcalfe – Contemporary Fusion Reviews

“You will wish Christmas came more than once a year. It’s just wonderful!”
Alan & Marilyn Bergman~ Legendary Grammy/Oscar winning songwriters

“I can’t think of a better Christmas present! Jake & Roger’s rendition truly
brings the song to life.”
Johnny Mandel ~ Legendary Grammy/Oscar winning songwriter (composer of “A Christmas Love Song”)

 

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WAISTWATCHERS THE MUSICAL! Jogs into the Miracle Theatre for a 4 Week Run! (December 14 – January 13)

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Dana Matthow
presents
WaistWatchers The Musical!
December 14, 2018 – January 13, 2019

The High-Energy Musical Comedy about Food, Friendship, Fun, and the Universal Journey to Positive Self-image Heads to Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Mile

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

November 12, 2018

CORAL GABLES, FL:  The show that has had audience members “burning off pounds just laughing,” according to the Los Angeles Times, WaistWatchers The Musical! will spend five fun-filled weeks at Miracle Theatre.  Produced by Dana Matthow and starring four talented local actresses, including award-winning performer Mimi J, who wowed audiences recently in I Will Survive, the musical takes a lighthearted and hilarious look at women dealing with their relationship to food, diets, body image, and fitness, while celebrating the transformative power of female friendship on the journey to self-acceptance. Capturing audiences of all ages from start to finish, the production will run from December 14th through January13th at the popular Coral Gables theatre.

“Women have described WaistWatchers The Musical! as an empowering vehicle – one that defines happiness as confidence, laughter and love,” says the show’s producer Dana Matthow. “WaistWatchers The Musical! encourages women to reject the social pressures of achieving the mirage of so-called perfection and to simply embrace themselves for who they are.”

Boasting successful tours across the country in over 20 cities, including an upcoming international tour across Australia and New Zealand, WaistWatchers The Musical! is full of high-powered energy. The production is 90 minutes of non-stop exercise, song, and dance, featuring three women and their exuberant younger trainer, as they all tackle the universal issues of dieting, exercise, plastic surgery, sex, and self-love.

Krissy Johnson, will direct and choreograph the production, taking over from the show’s original director Matt Silva. Johnson has been part of the WaistWatchers family for over 3 years, performing in the show’s national tour first as Cheryl, and then as Carla.

The show’s original choreographer Dani Tucci-Juraga describes it best – “WaistWatchers The Musical is about strong, sensitive, passionate and evolving women who function best with humor, grit, and good friends by their side.  As choreographer, getting to work with the cast is much like the plot. We are there to support each other and above all, laugh.”

WaistWatcher’s musical director is the show’s composer, Vince DiMura, who has provided original music to accompany creator Alan Jacobson’s clever lyrics.

Along with Mimi J, who will play Cheryl, the WaistWatchers cast includes Jordana Forest as Cindy, Sara Elizabeth Grant as Carla, and Angela Thomas as Connie.   Nicole Stav will pull double duty as the show’s MC and Stage Manager.

WaistWatchers The Musical! will run from December 14, 2018 – January 13, 2019 at Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre. The theatre is located at 280 Miracle Mile, in Coral Gables (33314).  Tickets for WaistWatchers The Musical! are $49-$59. Group rates (12 or more) are also available. Tickets may be purchased on line at waistwatchersthemusical.com or www.actorsplayhouse.org/ or by phone at 305-444-9293.  For group rates call 305-504-5020.

For more information about Waist Watchers The Musical please visit waistwatchersthemusical.com , or contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com  / 561-445-9244.
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Waist Watchers The Musical!
December 14, 2018 – January 13, 2019

Creator, Book and Lyrics by Alan Jacobson
Music by Vince Di Mura
Tickets: $49 – $59
Phone: 305-444-9293
On line: wwww.waistwatchersthemusical.com / www.actorsplayhouse.org/
Group Sales (12 or more):305-504-5020
Show Times:
Wednesday at 2 pm & 7 pm
Thursday at 7 pm
Friday at 8 pm
Saturday at 2 pm and 8 pm
Sunday 3 pm
All performances will take place at
The Miracle Mile
280 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33314
www.waistwatchersthemusical.com
www.actorsplayhouse.org/
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ABOUT:

Alan Jacobson

ALAN JACOBSON (Creator, Author & Lyrist) Born in New York City and raised on Long Island, Alan is a true renaissance man. He is a former clothing manufacturer, world-class track and field athlete and actor. He has had his own theatre and entertainment company for many years, including many years in Palm Beach County, and has produced more than 80 productions around the country, with two, If You Ever Leave Me I’m Going With You and Down the Garden Paths, reaching Broadway and Off Broadway. Not only does he fill the roles of producer, actor, director and coach, but with the hit production WaistWatchers The Musical!, he adds the title of playwright. The production (which was originally titled “Food Fight”) premiered in 2007 at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, ran for 6 months at The Plaza Theatre in Palm Beach County, 3 months at the Broward Stage Door Theatre, and has continued to tour nationally. Alan produced WaistWatchers The Musical! for several years until turning it over to Dana Matthow in late 2015. Alan lives in Jupiter with his wife, Melissa. Their sons, Noah and Eli, go to UCF and the University of Miami.

VINCE Di MURA (Musical Director, Music Composer) Vince is an award-winning composer, arranger, jazz pianist and musical director. He has appeared on concert stages and theatres throughout North America, Canada, Europe and Latin America. He currently serves as the Resident Composer and Musical Director for the Lewis Center of the Arts at Princeton University. Vince is best known for his arrangements of “My Way: A Tribute to the Music of Frank Sinatra,” I Left My Heart: A Tribute to Tony Bennett,” and “Simply Simone.” Vince is also the author and curator of “A Conversation with the Blues,” a 14-part web instructional series on improvisation through the blues. Produced by Soundfly Inc., Vince has five CDs on the market, including the 2000 release, “Imperfect Balance,” the 2007 release, “A Darker Shade of Romance,” 2008 release, “For Lost Words,” in collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Yusef Komunyakaa, the 2010 release, “California Sage:” (with James Leary on Bass and Fritz Wise on drums) and the 2012 release, “Love Was,” a second collaboration with poet Yusef Komunyakaa.

DANA MATTHOW (Producer) is a Long Island-born native New Yorker whose theatrical career spans 35 plus years of producing, general management, theatre management, advertising, and promotions.  His credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Touring Productions:  Kingdoms starring Roy Dotrice, Armand Assante, and Maria Tucci, 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), Hysterical Blindness starring Leslie Jordan, My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m In Therapy!, You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up!, RESPECT – A Musical Celebration of Women, My Son the Waiter – A Jewish Tragedy, The Calamari Sisters, and his first show, Sea Marks by Adventures in Paradise star Gardner McKay. For 10 years Mr. Matthow owned and operated the Soho Playhouse in New York City.  For the screen he produced the feature film Silent Prey.  He is also the founder and original publisher of City Guide Magazine, New York’s #1 visitor and entertainment guide.

 

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