Entr’Acte Theatrix Presents THE ADDAMS FAMILY – A NEW MUSICAL COMEDY – October 25 – November 4

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Entr’Acte Theatrix
presents
The Addams Family – A New Musical Comedy
October 25 – November 4

They’re creepy… and they’re kooky…and they’re back!
Charles Addams’ weird and wonderful family comes to life in this award-winning musical comedy.     

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

October 1, 2018
DELRAY BEACH, FL: Entr’Acte Theatrix audiences are in for a fiendishly delightful treat beginning October 25th when Delray Beach’s Crest Theatre @ Old School Square will host Charles Addams’ wonderfully bizarre cast of characters known as The Addams Family – just in time for Halloween! The award-winning musical will run through November 4th

Charles Addams’ ghoulishly clever and devilishly satirical Addams Family cartoons first began appearing in the New Yorker magazine in 1938, and his characters captured the hearts and the humor of the American public almost immediately.  A close knit, loving family, with a few odd quirks – and a definite affinity for the bizarre and macabre – the Addams Family has appeared in a number of film and television adaptations since their debut, however The Addams Family – A New Musical Comedy is based on Addams’ cartoons, rather than any of the characters as they were portrayed in film or on television.

Addams Family patrons are being encouraged to come dressed in Halloween costumes, and several appropriately garbed audience members will be invited to join the cast on stage during the last scene of the show!

Jeremy Quinn, who directed Entr’Acte’s most recent production of The Rocky Horror show will helm the production:

The Addams Family has been around for a little over 80 years, whether in cartoon form, on television, in film or on Broadway,” he says. “This family has endured the test of time because they are, above all else, a family. Even though they have a zombie for a butler, a cousin covered in hair, and a dismembered hand in a box named “Thing”, they are actually quite relatable. If we look closely enough at our own families…we’ve got at least one “Addams” somewhere along the line! 

“But we love the Addams Family because they embrace their strangeness, which we should all do, within the most “normal” of circumstances,” he continues. “There’s nothing “wrong” here…just different. Let’s be real – unique authenticity is an increasingly valued trait. With 7.7 billion people on Earth, a little diversity provides an abundance of beautiful color!

“I am inspired by the book writer’s quote,” he says: “The unknown may be frightening, the darkness overwhelming, but if we don’t run from it, we may see our mysterious, miraculous lives finally illuminated. If we move toward the darkness, we might find love and acceptance. For when it is dark enough, we can see the stars.” – Rick Elice, book writer for The Addams Family.

Entr’Acte’s Addams Family members include Ashley Gravlin as Morticia Addams, Carlo Sabusap as Gomez Addams, Mary Grace Tesoriero as Wednesday Addams, Greg Halmos as Pugsley Addams, John Costanzo as Fester Addams, Rosseroni Parris as Grandma Addams, Gustavo Garcia as Lurch, Robyn Eli Brenner as Lucas Beineke, Nicole Stav as Alice Beineke, and Mark Kirschenbaum as Malcolm Beineke. Also cast – as Addams Ancestors – are Irma Gloria, Emma Sue Harris, Nysia Matos, Mackenzie Anderson, Elana Vital, Jonathan Thoresen, Ben Shaevitz, Andy Morejon, and Trevohnn Garner.

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Entr’Acte Theatrix’ The Addams Family – A New Musical Comedy will run from October 25 – November 4 at The Crest Theatre @ Old School Square in Delray Beach.  Tickets are $45 (premium seating) or $35 (regular seating). Student and group rates are also available. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Crest Theatre box office at 561-243-7922 or on line at www.entractetheatrix.com.  The Crest Theatre @ Old School Square is located at 51 North Swinton Avenue in Delray Beach (33444).

For more information about Entr’Acte Theatrix contact Carol Kassie at 561-445-9244 / carol@carolkassie.com.

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The Addams Family – A New Musical Comedy
Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Based on Characters Created by Charles Addams
October 25 – November 4
For tickets:  561-243-7922 / www.entractetheatrix.com
Performances:
Thursday, October 25th at 8 PM
Friday, October 26th at 8 PM
Saturday, October 27th at 2 PM and 8 PM
Sunday, October 28th at 2 PM and 7 PM
Wednesday, October 31st at 8 PM
Thursday, November 1st at 8 PM
Friday, November 2nd at 8 PM
Saturday, November 3rd at 2 PM and 8 PM
Sunday, November 4th at 2 PM
All performances at
The Crest Theatre @ Old School Square
51 North Swinton Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33444
http://oldschoolsquare.org/about/crest-theatre/
www.entractetheatrix.com
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“Gomez and Pugsley are enthusiastic. Morticia is even in disposition, muted, witty, sometimes deadly. Grandma Frump is foolishly good-natured. Wednesday is her mother’s daughter. A closely knit family, the real head being Morticia—although each of the others is a definite character—except for Grandma, who is easily led. Many of the troubles they have as a family are due to Grandma’s fumbling, weak character. The house is a wreck, of course, but this is a house-proud family just the same and every trap door is in good repair. Money is no problem…”  Charles Addams

 

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MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL Announces Aventura Cast! Limited Engagement – October 23 – 28 at The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center

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Menopause The Musical®
Announces the Aventura Cast
For the Show’s Limited Engagement 
October 23 – 28
at
The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center

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

September 26, 2018:

AVENTURA, FL: – GFour Productions has completed casting for Menopause The Musical’s limited run at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center. The production will run from October 23rd through October 28th only.

Linda Boston will play ‘Professional Woman, South Florida native Ingrid Cole will take on the role of ‘Earth Mother’, Terri Dixon will play the ‘Iowa Housewife’, and Kathy St. George has been cast as the ‘Soap Star’.  Three of the four women have performed in the musical previously, however the Aventura run will be Terri Dixon’s first time in the production.

Although the Menopause The Musical debuted over seventeen years ago in Orlando, Florida, the show is as relevant today as it was in 2001.  Not only does it entertainingly deal with the issues all women inevitably face as they navigate ‘the change’ – hot flashes, body changes, and short term memory loss just to to name a few – it addresses the larger meaning of what it means to be a woman, and delivers an empowering message to women of all ages:   Take charge of your life, celebrate the now, and look to the future.

Chock full of clever wit and humor, great songs and exhilarating dance numbers, the laughter filled production consistently inspires its audiences – both men and women – to jump out of their seats and sing along to the catchy parodies of classic pop songs of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

Menopause The Musical® is recognized as the longest-running scripted production in Las Vegas and continues to entertain nightly at Harrah’s Las Vegas. The show recently celebrated its 5000th performance there.  The much-loved musical has entertained audiences across the country in more than 450 U.S. cities, nearly 300 international cities, and a total of 15 countries.

Menopause The Musical® will run from October 23 – October 28 at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.  Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased on line at http://menopausethemusical.com/ or   https://www.aventuracenter.org/ or by calling 877-311-7469.  Tickets are $46.50 – $66.50. For group sales (10 or more) call 954-660-6307. The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is located at 3385 NE 188th Street, Aventura, Florida 33180.

For more information about Menopause The Musical®  visit www.MenopauseTheMusical.com or contact Carol Kassie at 561-445-9244 / carol@carolkassie.com.

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Menopause The Musical®
October 23 – October 28
Tickets:  $46.50 – $66.50
For Tickets:  http://menopausethemusical.com/ / https://www.aventuracenter.org/  or
877-311-7469
For Group Sales (10 or more) call:  954-660-6307
Performances:
Tuesday, October 23 – 8 pm
Wednesday, October 24 – 8 pm
Thursday, October 25 – 8 pm
Friday, October 26 – 8 pm
Saturday October 27 – 2 pm
Saturday, October 27 – 8 pm
Sunday, October 28 – 2 pm
Sunday, October 28 – 6 pm
All performances will take place at
Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
3385 NE 188th Street
Aventura, FL 33180
http://menopausethemusical.com/
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Linda Boston (Professional Woman) – has decades of performing, literary and teaching arts experienceHer collaborations include Randy Scott, Mary Wilson (Supremes), Wendell Harrison, Whitney Houston, Anthony Mackie, Pearl Cleage, Tavis Smiley, Michael Eric Dyson, Dick Gregory, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson & MORE… including requested opening vocalist for Detroit’s 2006 Mayoral Inauguration, President William Clinton, the LINKS National Convention, several Detroit Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Dinners, and a host of weddings & home-goings. Return for the one woman show Moms Mabley: The Naked Truth remains ongoing. Visit www.imdb.com for film, series and other credits, With almost a decade of MTM performances, she says, “Change manifests when we embrace intuitive thought to see our similarities…not our differences. Remember, YOU ARE the CHANGE you seek.

Terri Dixon (Iowa Housewife) is originally from the Maryland suburbs of Washington DC. She is so excited to be joining the Menopause The Musical family. Credits include Smokey Joe’s Café on Broadway, the national tours of My One and Only and Best Little Whorehouse in Texas with Ann Margret and Gary Sandy. Regional credits include Godspell at the Muny in St. Louis, Smokey Joe’s Café at Maine State Musical Theatre, Always…..Patsy Cline at the New Harmony Theatre. Terri was in the world premiere of Frank Wildhorn’s Waiting for the Moon. She has performed extensively as a cabaret performer with her tribute to Patsy Cline, and has performed on cruise ships for many years, first as lead singer/dancer, then as lead vocalist.

Ingrid Cole (Earth Mother) is a critically acclaimed actor/singer based in Atlanta, GA. In 2010 and 2012, she was honored with a Suzi Bass Awards for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for A Catered Affair at the Aurora Theatre, and for her portrayal of Rose in Gypsy with the Atlanta Lyric Theatre. She has toured the US extensively with Menopause The Musical. Other regional credits include Matron Mama Morton in Chicago, See What I Want To See (Suzi Bass Award for Best Ensemble and Atlanta Theatre Fan Winner Best Actress in a Musical) Music Man, Grand Night For Singing (Curtain Up Award Best Actress in a musical) The Medium, Into The Woods, Fiddler On The Roof, Call Me Madam, Ragtime, Pirates Of Penzace, Iolanthe, The Mikado, Cinderella, A Funny Thing Happened…Forum, And Nunsense.  www.IngridCole.

Kathy St. George (Soap Star), first appeared in Menopause The Musical in 2004 in Boston, MA.  She played two roles in the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival Of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF starring Topol and directed by Jerome Robbins.  Off-Broadway: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, and six national tours. Some regional credits include Gypsy, Respect, Peter Pan, Mame, Dear Miss Garland, Showboat, Violet, Significant Other, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Pete ‘N Keely, 42ndStreet, Shear Madness, 9 To 5, Follies, and Ruthless! Kathy has received the Elliot Norton Award and two IRNE Awards.  B.S., M.Ed. Salem State College. www.kathystgeorge.com

About GFOUR PRODUCTIONS: Proud producers of Menopause The Musical, now in its seventeenth year as the longest-running musical in Las Vegas history and can be seen nightly at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas strip. Menopause is also on tour around the U.S., as well as playing in Spain, Australia, Mexico City, and the U.K. Other recent productions include The Play That Goes Wrong on Broadway, winner of London’s Olivier Award for Best Comedy, and starting its U.S. tour this fall; their acclaimed production of Dreamgirls, currently selling out on London’s West End; Groundhog Day The Musical, nominated for 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical; and their Tony Award-nominated production of Fiddler On The Roof, also launching its national tour this fall. Other selected highlights include winning the 2013 Tony Award for their 50th anniversary production of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf; Co-financing the 5 time Tony Award, 5 time Drama Desk Award, and 7 time Olivier Award winner for Best Musical, Matilda The Musical; and producing the popular 9 To 5 The Musical with music by Dolly Parton, and Ring Of Fire the Johnny Cash Musical Show. They began producing in 1981 with Nine, winning the Tony Award that year for Best Musical. Among their favorite past Broadway productions are My One And Only starring Tommy Tune, Zorba The Greek starring Anthony Quinn, The Rink starring Liza Minnelli, Baby, Grand Hotel, Grind, Big, True West, the original and the revival of La Cage Aux Folles which won them Tony Awards for Best Musical in 1983 and Best Revival in 2004. Their combined shows have been nominated for 121 Tony Awards, winning 44 and 110 Drama Desk Awards, winning 56. For more information, please visit GFourProductions.com.

Sol Children Theatre Presents THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE – October 19 – November 4

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Sol Children Theatre
to present
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
October 19 – November 4

“…Hilariously F-U-N-N-Y (enjoyment, amusement or lighthearted pleasure) and delightfully Q-U-I-R-K-Y (characterized by peculiar or unexpected traits) night of theatre.”
Ilene Chalmers – DC Metro Theater Arts

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

September 25, 2018

BOCA RATON, FL:  Sol Children Theatre will present The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Sol Theatre in Boca Raton from October 19th through November 4th.

Nominated for six Tony Awards, and winning 2, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee features an eclectic group of sixth graders who arrive at a fictional spelling bee set in the geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School to vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter – one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box! 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will be directed by Ryan McAtee.  McAtee is a Seattle based director, choreographer, actor and solo performance artist.  He is also Theatre/Movement Educator and teaches youths spanning pre-K to 12th Grade:

Ryan McAtee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is one heck of a musical comedy, and truly one of my favorite shows” McAtee says. “This story revolves around a handful of 10-to-14-year-olds as they traverse the societal and familial pressures of what it means to be a competitive speller. While originally the roles are played by adults, implementing a cast of teens and preteens illuminates an honest and motivated outlook to the quirks and realities of these characters. Given this fresh perspective, I am beyond fortunate to be working with this cast: to present a story full of loveable and relatable humans with a passion for words and language. Even in a setting as organized as a Spelling Bee, we discover that life really can be P-A-N-D-E-M-O-N-I-U-M.”

Spelling Bee’s young cast consists of Mia Salerno as William Barfee, Kylie Lawrence as Olive Ostrovsky, Angeline Zylstra as Leaf Coneybear, Abigail Medvecky as Judy Blanch, Brayden Wartmann as Chip Tolentino, Kimmy Wilkinson as Marcy Park, Sofia Jorgensen as Logan Schwartzandgrubenierre, Celia Roberts as Rona Lisa Peretti, Melissa Garcon as Douglas Panch, Nisa Guvenilir as Mitch Mahoney, Tinsley Louv as Leaf’s Mom and Carl, and Maureen Tracy as Jesus and Leaf’s Sister.

Ryan McAtee will also serve as the production’s Musical Director, and Sara Elizabeth Grant is the show’s Assistant Director and Stage Manager.  Scenic Art is by Kate McVay, Set Construction and Lighting Design is by Ardean Landhuis, and Costume Design is by Briana Earhart.  Natalie Macadar is the Assistant Stage Manager.

Tickets for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee are on sale now and can be purchased on line at www.solchildren.org, or by phone at 561-447-8829. Tickets are $20 and $15 for Juniors (11 and under).

For more information about Sol Children Theatre or The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, visit www.solchildren.org or contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244.        

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

October 19 – November 4
Music & Lyrics:  William Finn
Book: Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by: Rebecca Feldman
Additional Material by: Jay Reiss
Performances:
Friday & Saturday at 7:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm
Tickets:  $20 / $15 juniors (11 and under)
Tickets:  561-447-8829 / www.solchildren.org/
Performances:
Friday & Saturday: 7 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 2 pm
Sol Theatre
3333 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL  33431
www.solchildren.org/
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Stage Door Theatre presents DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at LPAC – October 12 – November 4

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Stage Door Theatre
present
s
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
October 12 – November 4
at their new venue
Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC)

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

September 25, 2018:

LAUDERHILL, FL:  Stage Door Theatre’s move to the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC) has proved to be the right one, according to the company’s Executive Producer, Derelle Bunn.  “Our patrons’ responses have been totally positive,” she says.  “They love the venue, the ambiance, and the conveniences LPAC offers them.  They’ve all promised they’ll be back, and that they’ll be bringing their friends!”

Stage Door’s second production in their new state-of-the-art home should definitely entice their audiences –returning and new:  Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is an award-winning musical comedy based on the hit movie of the same name.  It will open at on October 12th and run through November 4th

Lawrence Jameson makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money.  Freddy Benson more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother’s failing health.  After meeting on a train, they attempt to work together, only to find that their small town isn’t big enough for both of them. They agree on a settlement – the first one to extract $50,000 from their mutual target, young heiress Christine Colgate, wins, and the other must leave town.

Sophisticated, suave, and with a good dash of mischief, this thoroughly entertaining musical features a delightfully jazzy score and was nominated for eleven Tony Awards.  The music is by David Yazbek (The Full Monty, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and this year’s Tony Award winner for Best musical, The Band’s Visit).  The show’s book is by Jeffrey Lane (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown).

Clayton Phillips

The production will be directed by Clayton Phillips: “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a perfect example of an escapist piece of musical theatre,” he explains.  “It does not take itself too seriously, and it has a wonderfully jazzy score.  I guess if there is a message in it at all, it is that greed does not pay (or does it?). The show is full of twists and turns and is a real comedy from start to finish.  I love this musical because it is smart and funny and entertaining,” he says.  “And what more could we want these days?!”

Cast in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels are Michael Cartwright as Lawrence Jameson, Matthew Kurzyniec as Freddy Benson, and Sabrina Lynn Gore as Christine Colgate. Also in the cast are Aaron Bower, Austin Carrol, Marty Craft, Alexandra Nicole Garcia, Sebastian Goldberg, Chris Hendricks, Michael Kruetz, Cat Pagano, Vincent Pelligrino, Sarah Rose, Laura Titus, and Alexandra Van Hasselt.

David Nagy will serve as the production’s Musical Director, Choreography is by Danny Durr, Scenic Design is by Daimien Matherson, Lighting Design is by Ardean Landhuis, and Costumes are by Jerry Sturdevant.  The production’s Stage Manager is Nancy Clay.  

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will run from October 12 – November 4 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 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and for all Stage Door productions remain at $48. (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 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 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).

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
October 12 – November 4, 2018
Book by Jeffrey Lane
Music and Lyrics by David Yazbek
Tickets:  $48
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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Pigs Do Fly’s THE LADIES FOURSOME Returns to Empire Stage – October 4 – 21

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Back by Popular Demand!

Pigs Do Fly Productions
The Ladies Foursome
Will hit the links again!

“Norm Foster’s hit comedy The Ladies Foursome is a fun-filled romp from beginning to end” ~ Joe Belanger ~ The London Free Press

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

September 11, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL:   Pigs Do Fly Productions’ production of The Ladies Foursome played to consistently full houses when it ran at Empire Stage last March.  The show was such a success that the company’s founder and Executive Producer, Ellen Wacher decided to bring ‘the ladies’ back onto the golf course and let them swing their way through another round!   The show will run from October 4th through October 21st – once again at Empire Stage in Fort Lauderdale.

“Why not?” Wacher said recently.  “I kept hearing from people saying their friends heard great things about the show and were sorry they’d missed it. Or that they hadn’t laughed so much in the theatre for ages and wanted to see it again.  The play – and the dialogue – is thoughtful, clever, realistic, and very, very funny, and it really resonated with our audiences – both men and women.   So this is truly a case of ‘back by popular demand’!”  

The show’s premise is simple: It’s the day after the funeral, and three women gather for a round of golf in honor of their recently departed play partner.  A mysterious fourth joins them, and so begins a raucous and rowdy 18 holes filled with secrets, surprises, confessions… and sex

The production will once again be directed by Genie Croft and all four original cast members – Janice Hamilton, Deborah Kondelik, Jacquie Laggy, and Elissa Solomon are back on board for this round.

“I am delighted we have the opportunity to be on the links once more, with this production,” Croft says. “Having done the show with this talented cast before, this time around they are able to expand in a more significant, and deeper way to their friendships, and pursuits of their own dreams, while achieving a higher level of humor.

“These four women have played golf together every week for 14 years, and they believe this is the perfect way to honor their friend,” Croft explained when she spoke about the play last March. “Each one of the foursome has her secrets – some have been taken to the grave, and others are revealed in moments of anger, jealously, drunkenness, and guilt.  As they play the links, confessions about men, sex, love, children, and careers come to the fore as they challenge each other’s views.  The Ladies Foursome is a tribute to the pitfalls and pleasures of friendships and their lasting significance in our lives.”

Norm Foster is considered to be Canada’s most produced playwright. He discovered his talents as a playwright in Fredericton, New Brunswick, while he was working as host of a popular morning radio show. He accompanied a friend to an audition, and landed his first acting job, as Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey, without ever having even seeing a play. Intrigued with the theatre, he set his pen to paper and wrote his first play titled Sinners.

An extremely prolific writer, Foster has had more than fifty plays produced on professional stages around the world. Other well-known plays include The Love ListThe Long WeekendBedtime StoriesKiss the Moon, Kiss the SunStorm WarningSkin FlickOutlawHilda’s YardOn A First Name BasisOld LoveMending Fences and Here on the Flight Path. Frequently compared to American playwright Neil Simon, Foster pens plays that are known for their humor, accessibility, and insight into the everyday tribulations of life.

Tickets for The Ladies Foursome 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 Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flager 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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The Ladies Foursome
By Norm Foster
Directed by Genie Croft
October 4 – 21
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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2018-2019 THEATRE & CONCERT PRODUCTION SCHEDULES

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2018-2019 THEATRE/PRODUCTION SCHEDULES
for
Pigs Do Fly Productions
GFour Productions
Entr’Acte Theatrix
Menopause The Musical
Playhouse Productions
Black Box Booking
Shari Upbin/B’nai Torah
Stage Door Theatre
Spanish River Concerts

PIGS DO FLY PRODUCTIONS

The Ladies Foursome
By Norm Foster
October 4 – 21, 2018
Tickets: $39
Tickets:  866-811-4111 / www.pigsdoflyproductions.com
Performances:
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday: 8 pm
Sunday: 5 pm
All performances will take place at
Empire Stage
1140 N Flagler Drive,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
www.pigsdoflyproductions.com
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It’s the day after the funeral, and three women gather for a round of golf in honor of their recently departed play partner.  A mysterious fourth joins them, and so begins a raucous and rowdy 18 holes filled with secrets, surprises, confessions… and sex.   Directed by Genie Croft.  Starring Janice Hamilton, Deborah Kondelik, Jacquie Laggy, and Elissa Solomon.

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SOL CHILDREN THEATRE

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
October 19 – November 4
Music & Lyrics:  William Finn
Book: Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by: Rebecca Feldman
Additional Material by: Jay Reiss
Performances:
Friday & Saturday at 7:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm
Tickets:  $20 / $15 juniors (11 and under)
Tickets:  561-447-8829 / www.solchildren.org/
Performances:
Friday & Saturday: 7 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 2 pm
Sol Theatre
3333 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL  33431
www.solchildren.org
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Nominated for six Tony Awards, and winning 2, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on an eclectic group of sixth graders, who arrive at a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School to vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime; the Bee is run by three equally quirky grown-ups. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter – one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box!

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GFOUR PRODUCTIONS

Menopause The Musical
October 23 – October 28
Tickets:  $46.50 – $66.50
Click HERE For Tickets or call  
877-311-7469
Performances:
Tuesday, October 23 – 8 pm
Wednesday, October 24 – 8 pm
Thursday, October 25 – 8 pm
Friday, October 26 – 8 pm
Saturday October 27 – 2 pm
Saturday, October 27 – 8 pm
Sunday, October 28 – 2 pm
Sunday, October 28 – 6 pm
All performances will take place at
Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
3385 NE 188th Street
Aventura, FL 33180
http://menopausethemusical.com/
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Four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 17 years! It’s the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change®

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ENTR’ACTE THEATRIX

The Addams Family – A New Musical
Book by Marshall Brickman
Book by Rick Elice
Music and Lyrics by  Andrew Lippa
October 25 – November 4
Tickets: $35 – $45
For tickets: 561-243-7922 /
Performances:
Thurs, Oct 25th – Soft Opening:  8 pm
Fri, Oct 26th – Opening Night 8 pm
Sat, Oct 27th – 2 pm & 8 pm
Sun, Oct 28th – 2 pm
Wed, Oct 31st – Halloween Show 8 pm
Thurs, Nov 1st – 8 pm
Fri, Nov 2nd – 8 pm
Sat, Nov 3rd – 2 pm & 8 pm
Sun, Nov 4th – 2 pm
All performances will take place at
The Crest Theatre at Old School Square
51 N. Swinton Avenue
Delray Beach, FL  33444
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That lovable family of creepy kooks is alive and well and living in their super-spooky mansion in Central Park. The Addams family, led by the elegantly gaunt and seemingly undead Morticia and her ever-devoted husband Gomez, is in turmoil. Their daughter Wednesday, now 18, finds herself falling in love—a sensation that is unsettling for both her and her family of endearing misfits. When the teen invites her new boyfriend, Lucas Beineke, over with his “normal” family to get better acquainted with the Addams household, comic chaos (including everything from mixed-up potions to a scorching tango) ensues.

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Waist Watchers The Musical!
December 14, 2018 – January 13, 2019
Book and Lyrics by Alan Jacobson
Music by Vince Di Mura
Tickets:
Phone: 305-444-9293
On line: www.waistwatchersthemusical.com
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
Actor’s Playhouse at Miracle Mile
280 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33314
www.waistwatchersthemusical.com

This hilarious and inspirational musical  comedy will leave you laughing so hard you’ll burn more calories during the show than in the past week!  Come and dance in your seat, or jump right in!
Set in Cook’s Women’s Gym, Waist Watchers The Musical is a lighthearted look at four women dishing on food, diets, exercise, friendship, love, and sex!
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PLAYHOUSE PRODUCTIONS

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: 1-888-264-1788
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

Old Jews Telling Jokes showcases five actors in a comedy 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 raunchy) as the ‘Old Jews’ make fun of themselves as well as followers of every other religion.

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BLACK BOX BOOKING

To Life – The Stories and Music of the Golden Age of Broadway
January 18 – February 3, 2019
By Scott Siegel
Tickets:  $35 / $30 for groups of 6 or more
Tickets:   561-347-3948 / www.willowtheatre.org
Showtimes:
Friday, & Saturday at 8:00 pm,
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday at 2:00 pm
All performances take place at
The Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park
300 S. Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33486
http://www.willowtheatre.org

An exciting concert event that highlights the contribution of Jewish composers and stars to Broadway.  From Irving Berlin to Brock and Harnick, and from Rogers and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim, not to mention performers such as Fanny Brice, Barbra Streisand, Zero Mostel, and Jerry Orbach.  Starring Jodie Langel, Wayne LeGette, Alix Paige, and Mark Sanders.  Conceived and Written by Scott Siegel. Directed by Shari Upbin.

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CULTURAL THEATRE ARTS SERIES AT B’NAI TORAH
PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY SHARI UPBIN

Mikveh
February 27, 2019
2 pm & 7:30 pm
By Hadar Galron
Tickets: $36 / $25 congregational members (group rates)
Tickets:  561-392-8566
Performances take place at
B’nai Torah Congregation
621 SW 18th Street
Boca Raton, FL 33433
www.bnai-torah.org

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.  Mikveh was nominated for six Israeli Theatre Academy Awards including Best Play, Playwright, Director, and Scenery and was named the Play of the Year 2004 at Israeli Theatre Academy Awards.

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STAGE DOOR THEATRE

Group and Subscriber Discounts are available for these productions
Please note that Stage Door Theatre’s production of La Cage Aux Folles will be the first in their new home – the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (

La Cage Aux Folles
August 31 – September 23, 2018
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Based on the play by Jean Poiret
Tickets:  $48
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
https://www.stagedoorfl.org/
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After twenty years of unwedded bliss, Georges and Albin, two men partnered for better-or-worse get a bit of both when Georges’ son (fathered during a one-night fling) announces his impending marriage to the daughter of a bigoted, right-wing politician. Further complicating the situation is the ‘family business’: Albin and Georges run a drag nightclub in St. Tropez, where Albin is the star performer, Zaza. 

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
October 12 – November 4, 2018
Book by Jeffrey Lane
Music and Lyrics by David Yazbek
Tickets:  $48
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
https://www.stagedoorfl.org/
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Sophisticated, suave, and with a good dash of mischief, this hysterical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score and was nominated for eleven Tony Awards.   Lawrence Jameson makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money.  Freddy Benson more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother’s failing health.  A hilarious tale of cons and high jinks on the French Riviera.  Based on the popular 188 MGM film.

The Wiz
December 7 – 31, 2018
Book by William F. Brown
Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
Based on “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank BaumTickets:  $48
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
https://www.stagedoorfl.org/
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A beloved Broadway gem, The Wiz infuses L. Frank Baum’s classic tale with a dazzling mix of rock, gospel, and soul music.   This timeless tale of Dorothy’s adventures in the land of Oz is a fun, family friendly, modern musical.  Winner of seven Tony Awards.

The Producers
January 18 –  February 10, 2019
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Music and Lyrics by Mel BrooksTickets:  $48
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
https://www.stagedoorfl.org/
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Bialystock and Bloom! Those names should strike terror and hysteria in anyone familiar with Mel Brooks’ classic cult comedy film:  A down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, thereby bilking their backers out of millions of dollars.  Only one thing goes wrong:  the show is a smash hit!

My One and Only
March 1 – March 24, 2019
Book by Peter Stone and Timothy S. Mayer
Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira GershwinTickets:  $48
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
https://www.stagedoorfl.org/
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Take the heart-stopping songs “S’Wonderful”, “Funny Face”, and of course “My One and Only” from George and Ira Gershwin’s Funny Face, along with great numbers from several other Gershwin shows and joins them into a fun, frothy, and buoyant musical spoof about a barn-storming pilot, a pretty Channel swimmer, and a host of other wonderful characters.

Ghost the Musical
April 12 – May 5, 2019
Book and Lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin
Music and Lyrics by Dave Stewart
Music and Lyrics by Glen Ballard
Tickets:  $48
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
https://www.stagedoorfl.org/
https://www.facebook.com/stagedoorfla/

Adapted from the hit film by its Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Bruce Joel Rubin, Ghost the Musical follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death.  Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger.  Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic, Oda May Brown, who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death.

Thoroughly Modern Millie
May 24 – June 16, 2019
New Lyrics by Dick Scanlon
New Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book by Richard Henry Morris, Dick Scanlan
Original Story and Screenplay by Richard Morris for the Universal Pictures Film
Tickets:  $48
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
https://www.stagedoorfl.org/
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Set in New York City in 1922, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of young Millie Dillmount who comes to the big city from Kansas in search of a new life for herself.   Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men, and a dragon lady of a villainess, the show is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment.  Winner of the 2002 Tony Award for Best Musical.

The Soul of Motor City
July 5 – July 28, 2019
Conceived, directed, and choreographed by Kevin BlackTickets:  $48
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
https://www.stagedoorfl.org/
https://www.facebook.com/stagedoorfla/

In the early 1960s Detroit was on the move.  The distinctive sound that emerged from the city was the sound of young America.  The music from that time left an indelible stamp on the heart, soul, and minds of subsequent generations.   The Soul of Motor City celebrates the classics of the time by such artists as The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, The Temptations, The Supremes, and many more.

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SPANISH RIVER CONCERTS

Concerts take place at Spanish River Church (2400 Yamato Road, Boca Raton, 33431) and Kings Point Theatre (7000 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, 33446).  For tickets, and information: https://spanishriverconcerts.com/ or 800-716-6975.  Series ticket prices:  Premier: $269, Preferred: $239, Standard: $209, Value: $159. 

David D’or
January 28 – February 5, 2019
Israeli superstar David D’or flaunts his 4-octave vocal range, in a magical evening of international music.  D’or has 15 gold and platinum albums to his credit, and is also an accomplished painter and humanitarian, known for integrating his diverse interests into his live performances.  Backed by a full orchestra, David welcomes special guest soprano Betty Lipska to the stage during this very special engagement.

American Rustic
January 7 – January 21, 2019
A concert featuring uniquely American music and instrumentation.  Country and Folk music have evolved into sophisticated art forms, fostering the emergence of highly skilled instrumentalists and uniquely emotive singer-songwriters.  Featuring the heartfelt lyrics and soulful harmonies of some of the most beloved Folk, Country, and Folk-Rock icons, including Peter, Paul, and Mary, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Bonnie Raitt, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and more.

Four Best Men
March 11 – March 25, 2019
By popular demand, Spanish River Concerts brings back four of the most lauded tenors we have introduced to South Florida audiences in recent years.  The members  of this all-star cast have individually thrilled: now the sky’s the limit as Daniel Montenegro, Marc Devigne, Omer Shaish, and David Burnham join forces to create an incredible evening of Broadway, Opera, and Popular favorites.

Vintage Reflections
February 18 – March 4, 2019
A tribute to the quirky genius of Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox concept, featuring a collection of fabulous singers, performing in visually stunning vignettes.  This performance showcases popular songs that have been re-stylized in ways that will make audiences fall in love with the music all over again.

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES at Stage Door Theatre – August 31 – September 23

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Stage Door Theatre
present
s
La Cage Aux Folles
August 31 – September 23
at their new venue
Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC)

“We are what we are, and what we are is an illusion.”
La Cage Aux Folles

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


August 7, 2018:

LAUDERHILL, FL:  Stage Door Theatre’s first production at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC), their brand new, state-of-the-art home, will be the multiple Tony Award-winning La Cage Aux Folles.   The production will open on August 31st and run through September 23rd.   (The theatre will celebrate the move to their new home at a Gala Party on September 1st – details to be announced.)

After twenty years of un-wedded bliss, Georges and Albin, two men partnered for better-or-worse experience a bit of both when Georges’ son (fathered during a one-night fling) announces his impending marriage to the daughter of a bigoted, right-wing politician.  Further complicating the situation is the ‘family business’: Albin and Georges run a drag nightclub in St. Tropez, where Albin is the ‘star’ performer, ZaZa.

The musical, based on the French play by Jean Poiret, was adapted for the stage by Broadway royalty – Harvey Fierstein wrote the book, and Jerry Herman provided the music and lyrics.  The original production received nine Tony nominations, and won six, including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book.  It is the first musical to win the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical twice.

Carbonell nominee (as both actor and director) Bruce Linser will direct the production: “I see this show as somewhat of a period piece,” Linser explains. “It is set in the 70s, a time when gay people and drag queens were still fighting to come out of the shadows. This story of a young straight man forcing his parents to change themselves and their lives so drastically – or these two gay men being willing to suffer that humiliation so willingly – would seem ridiculous or even downright hateful today. Not that gay people aren’t still marginalized. With lawsuits around gay wedding cakes and “religious freedom” laws, there is definitely a culture of fear and hatred for the LGBT community, and there are looming signs of it being allowed to grow under the current administration in Washington DC. So in a way this production of this show at this time is a bit of a warning. “Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it”, as they say. We need to remember where we’ve been, so we can prevent ourselves from going there again in the future. And that’s for all of us – gay and straight alike. What we need right now is empathy and understanding for each other, and what better way to explore that than through the joy and thoughtfulness that is musical theatre?

“To that end, we are following much more of the style of the most recent revival of the show,” he continues.  “Harvey Fierstein, who wrote the book to La Cage, has said that the original production, while glamorous and beautiful, wasn’t really “right” for the world of the play. It was glitzed and glittered up for Broadway, in large part to make it palatable and acceptable for the Broadway audience at the time. And it worked – it’s a beloved, Tony-winning show, gay relationships now enjoy widespread support and acceptance, and drag queens have their own TV shows! Which is why we can now take that shiny veneer off of the show, at least a little bit, so we can explore more of the darker truth that the original movie and show were revealing. Don’t get me wrong – there will still be gorgeous costumes and fabulous dance numbers. It’s a musical, after all! But we’re also looking for the heart and soul underneath all of that … the fear and love that drives these people to be who they are and do what they do. The humanity of these characters and their relationships. That, to me, makes for interesting, powerful, and entertaining theatre.”

Linser has assembled a top-notch cast to populate the Riviera town of St. Tropez:  Larry Buzzeo will play Albin/ZaZa, and Jamie Parnell will play Georges.  2017 Carbonell Award-winner Elijah Word will play Jacob, and Connor Delves will play Jean-Michel.  Dalia Aleman and James Skiba, who recently starred in Stage Door’s production of Victor/Victoria will also be featured. Other cast members include 2017 Carbonell nominee Kat Gold, Alexandra Van Hasselt, JR Coley, Rebeca Diaz, Sean Davis, Nicole Kinzel, Kevin Lozano, Courtney Poston, Dyllan Vallier, Stephen Hohendorf, Korey Harlow, Jonathan Eisele, Johanna Moise, and Cat Pagano.

Paul Reekie will serve as the production’s Musical Director; Choreography is by Danny Durr, and the show’s Assistant Choreographer is Jenny Hegarty.  Scenic Design is by Michael McLain; Lighting Design is by Ardean Landhuis; Sound Design is by King Raymonvil; and Costumes are by Jerry Sturdevant.  The production’s Stage Manager is Nancy Clay.

La Cage Aux Folles will run from August 31 to September 24 at Stage Door Theatre’s new location, 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 La Cage Aux Folles (and for all Stage Door productions) will remain at $48. (LPAC will charge $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 La Cage Aux Folles 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).

La Cage Aux Folles
August 31 – September 23, 2018
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Based on the play by Jean Poiret
Tickets:  $48 ($53 with s/c)
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
(Central Broward Regional Park – NE corner of Sunrise Blvd. and 441)
www.stagedoorfl.org
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MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL® October 23 – 28 at The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center

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Menopause The Musical®
Comes Home!
Limited Engagement
October 23 – 28
at
The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center

Great for a girls’ night out! Tickets are on sale NOW!

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

July 31, 2018:

AVENTURA, FL: – GFour Productions, winner of 44 Tony Awards and 54 Drama Desk Awards, proudly brings the international hit show Menopause The Musical® to the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center for a limited engagement beginning Tuesday, October 23 through Sunday, October 28.

Four women meet in a department store while shopping for black lace bras at a lingerie sale. After noticing unmistakable similarities to one another’s ‘situations’, the women compare comical (and eminently relatable) notes about their woeful hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles, weight gain and much more. These women form a sisterhood and unique bond they share with the entire audience as they rejoice in celebrating that menopause is no longer “The Silent Passage.”

Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, Menopause The Musical® is a celebration of women who find themselves at any stage of “The Change.” The laughter-filled 90-minute production consistently gets audience members out of their seats and singing along to parodies from classic pop songs of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

Now celebrating 17 years of female empowerment – GFour’s first production of Menopause The Musical® was in South Florida in 2004 – Menopause The Musical® is a hilarious groundbreaking celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived “The Change.” The show has evolved as a “grassroots” movement for women who deal with life adjustments after 40 by embracing each other and the road ahead.

“We are very excited to bring Menopause The Musical® back to Florida – the place it all began!” says the one of the show’s producers, Kathi Glist.  Glist is a founding partner in GFour Productions. “Menopause The Musical® is very much thought of as a celebration of women,” she continues, “But we have consistently found that men love it just as much as the women do. We look forward to sharing the Menopause The Musical® experience with South Florida audiences again.”

Menopause The Musical® is recognized as the longest-running scripted production in Las Vegas and continues to entertain nightly at Harrah’s Las Vegas. The show recently celebrated its 5000th performance there.  The much-loved musical has entertained audiences across the country in more than 450 U.S. cities, nearly 300 international cities, and a total of 15 countries. 

Menopause The Musical® will run from October 23 – October 28 at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.  Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased on line at menopausethemusical.com or www.aventuracenter.org or by calling 877-311-7469.  Tickets are $46.50 – $66.50.  The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is located at 3385 NE 188th Street, Aventura, Florida 33180.

For more information about Menopause The Musical®  visit www.MenopauseTheMusical.com or contact Carol Kassie at 561-445-9244 / carol@carolkassie.com.

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Menopause The Musical®
October 23 – October 28
Tickets:  $46.50 – $66.50
For Tickets:  menopausethemusical.com, www.aventuracenter.org,
or 877-311-7469
Performances:
Tuesday, October 23 – 8 pm
Wednesday, October 24 – 8 pm
Thursday, October 25 – 8 pm
Friday, October 26 – 8 pm
Saturday October 27 – 2 pm
Saturday, October 27 – 8 pm
Sunday, October 28 – 2 pm
Sunday, October 28 – 6 pm
All performances will take place at
Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
3385 NE 188th Street
Aventura, FL 3180
www.aventuracenter.org
menopausethemusical.com
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ABOUT GFOUR PRODUCTIONS: Proud producers of Menopause The Musical, now in its seventeenth year as the longest-running musical in Las Vegas history and can be seen nightly at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas strip. Menopause is also on tour around the U.S., as well as playing in Spain, Australia, Mexico City, and the U.K. Other recent productions include The Play That Goes Wrong on Broadway, winner of London’s Olivier Award for Best Comedy, and starting its U.S. tour this fall; their acclaimed production of Dreamgirls, currently selling out on London’s West End; Groundhog Day The Musical, nominated for 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical; and their Tony Award-nominated production of Fiddler On The Roof, also launching its national tour this fall. Other selected highlights include winning the 2013 Tony Award for their 50th anniversary production of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf; Co-financing the 5 time Tony Award, 5 time Drama Desk Award, and 7 time Olivier Award winner for Best Musical, Matilda The Musical; and producing the popular 9 To 5 The Musical with music by Dolly Parton, and Ring Of Fire the Johnny Cash Musical Show. They began producing in 1981 with Nine, winning the Tony Award that year for Best Musical. Among their favorite past Broadway productions are My One And Only starring Tommy Tune, Zorba The Greek starring Anthony Quinn, The Rink starring Liza Minnelli, Baby, Grand Hotel, Grind, Big, True West, the original and the revival of La Cage Aux Folles which won them Tony Awards for Best Musical in 1983 and Best Revival in 2004. Their combined shows have been nominated for 121 Tony Awards, winning 44 and 110 Drama Desk Awards, winning 56. For more information, please visit GFourProductions.com.

Sol Children Theatre Presents YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN August 3 – 19

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Sol Children Theatre
Presents

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
August 3 – 19

“Happiness is singing together when day is through, and happiness is those who sing with you. Happiness is morning and evening, daytime and nighttime too…for happiness is anyone and anything at all that’s loved by you.”
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Clark Gesner, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown

“Happiness is…pizza with sausage.”
~ Clark Gesner, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown

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


July 24, 2018:
BOCA RATON, FL:  Charles Schulz’s beloved comic strip will come to life in Boca Raton when Sol Children Theatre presents You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.  The musical, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, will run from August 3 – 19 at Sol Theatre in Boca Raton. 

The whole gang will be there:  bossy Lucy, hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder; perfectionist Sally, harassing blanket-toting Linus; Snoopy, in (or on) his doghouse, and of course ‘Blockhead’ himself, Charlie Brown.  Brief vignettes span the months from Valentine’s Day to Beethoven Day, from wild optimism to utter despair.  But through it all, the sweet, joyful innocence of the Peanuts gang stays true.

Courtney Poston will direct the production: “It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to direct You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and to help keep Peanuts alive for this younger generation,” she says. “I grew up on the comics and TV show, as did my parents (and grandparents), and this musical has a special place in my heart as I played “Sally” in a production in Boca years ago. The musical is written to be performed by adults, but I think it is even more charming to have children portray these iconic characters. They deliver the lines with such honesty, and don’t even have to think about “the funny”, it just comes out naturally.

“Charlie Brown and the gang deal with such relatable topics to young people (and adults, for that matter) such as: fitting in, bullying, struggling in school, breaking bad habits, valuing your friends, etc.” she continues.  “In our table read, we discussed some of these situations, and to quote the kids: “Sometimes people are hard on you, sometimes you’re hard on yourself, but it’s important to find happiness in the little things and to remember your friends and family love you.” 

Poston’s young cast consists of Ava Callahan as Charlie Brown (Boca Raton Community Middle School), Nisa Guvenilir as Lucy (Omni Middle School), Piper Fine as Snoopy (Citrus Cove Elementary School), Tillie Pepos-Lebrun as Schroeder (Pine Crest School),  Maureen Tracy as Linus (Somerset Academy), and Eden Wexler as Sally (Del Prado Elementary School).

Sara Elizabeth Grant who is acting as both the show’s producer and choreographer has seen the show’s young cast come together and form a special bond: “An overall theme throughout You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown is that though times may be difficult, at least you’re surrounded by those who have your back,” she says.  “This is a remarkably fitting production for our cast, where on the first day of rehearsal not a one of them knew each other and were so nervous, to now where they have built a sweet energetic family unit both on and off stage.  It’s encouraging to watch this young group of actors tackling such difficult material with ease and confidence.  They have truly embraced what it is to be the “Peanuts” and are bringing this musical to life.”

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’s lighting design is by Ardean Landhuis. The show’s Scenic Artist is Kate McVay and Costume Design is by Briana Earhart.  The production’s Stage Manager is Ava Cavasos with Kimmy Wilkinson as Assistant Stage Manager.

Boca Raton’s Sol Children Theatre is a not-for-profit theatre organization founded by veteran director and actor Rosalie Grant.  The company’s mission is to provide children with a safe, secure, and highly professional theatre experience.  Those children in then in turn provide quality theatre experiences for audiences.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown will run from August 3 – 19 at Sol Theatre in Boca Raton.  Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased on line at www.solchildren.org or by calling 561-447-8829.  Tickets are $20; $15 for children aged 11 or younger.  Call the theatre for group and industry discounted tickets.  Sol Theatre is located at 3333 North Federal Highway in Boca Raton (33431).

For more information about Sol Children Theatre, visit www.solchildren.org, or contact Sara Elizabeth Grant at 561-447-8829 / solchildtroupe@aol.com or Carol Kassie at 561-445-9244 / carol@carolkassie.com

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You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
August 3 – 19
Based on the Comic Strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
Additional Dialogue by Michael Mayer
Additional Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Tickets:  $20 / $15 juniors (11 and under)
Tickets:  561-447-8829 / www.solchildren.org
Performances:
Friday & Saturday: 7 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 2 pm
Sol Theatre
3333 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL  33431
www.solchildren.org
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This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida” (Section 286.25, Florida Statutes).

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Conundrum Stages presents SOUTH FLORIDA’S GOT TALENT: THE CONUNDRUM STAGES EXPERIENCE – Saturday, August 4

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Conundrum Stages
presents
South Florida’s Got Talent:
The Conundrum Stages Experience
Saturday, August 4

For Immediate Release
Contact: Kevin Johnson, President, Conundrum Stages, Inc.
conundrumstages@ymail.com / (954) 673-5124
www.conundrumstages.net
Carol Kassie
carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244

June 26, 2018

SUNRISE, FL:  Conundrum Stages will return to the Sunrise Civic Center on August 4th to present a brand-new variety showcase, South Florida’s Got Talent: The Conundrum Stages Experience, spotlighting talented performers from the Tri-County area.  Their previous event, Café Conundrum played to packed houses almost four years ago.

South Florida’s Got Talent will not only celebrate Conundrum Stages’ 10th anniversary, it will also explore the ideology of the company: “To provide a platform for our neighborhood talent, and to educate the public about what we have in our own backyard!”

South Florida’s Got Talent: The Conundrum Stages Experience will feature two critically acclaimed vocalists – cabaret singer David Meulemans, and singer-songwriter Dana DellaCamera, world-renowned magician Pasquale, and family belly dance duo Symphony Hau and Elviza, as well as several other talented local artists. The event will be hosted by comedian Rhett Thompson.

Conundrum Stages is a South Florida based performance company that produces variety programs featuring local performers in various disciplines, including theatre, music, comedy, and other forms of arts and entertainment.   Established in 2008, Conundrum was created to provide platforms for local acts to showcase their skillsets as well as to work with like-minded entities in an effort to strengthen the South Florida talent scene.  Conundrum has produced shows in intimate hospitality venues such as Gigi’s Music Café in Sunrise, and the Open Stage Club in Coral Gables, as well as in performance focused venues such as ArtServe and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, both in Fort Lauderdale.   Conundrum has also provided talent for a number of community events including the Sailboat Bend Art Festival, the Doral Food and Wine Festival, and the NE Focal Point Senior Center.

South Florida’s Got Talent:  The Conundrum Stages Experience will be presented at the Sunrise Civic Center on Saturday, August 4th at 7 pm.  Tickets are $18 ($10 for students).    The theatre is located at 10610 W. Oakland Park Boulevard in the Sunrise City Hall Complex.  To purchase tickets call the Civic Center Box Office at 954-747-4646; to purchase tickets online, visit www.conundrumstages.net or https://www.sunrisefl.gov/tickets.html.

For more information about Conundrum Stages and South Florida’s Got Talent:  The Conundrum Stages Experience contact Kevin Johnson at (954) 673-5124, conundrumstages@ymail.com.

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South Florida’s Got Talent: The Conundrum Stages Experience
August 4 at 7 pm
Tickets: $18 (Students: $10)
For tickets:  954-747-4646
To purchase tickets online:  www.conundrumstages.net  or https://www.sunrisefl.gov/tickets.html
Sunrise Civic Center
10610 W. Oakland Park Boulevard
Sunrise, FL 33351
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South Florida’s Got Talent: The Conundrum Stages Experience
Performer Bios

RHETT THOMPSON (Host) is a comedian, screenwriter and actor, originally from Akron, Ohio, now based in Miami. She has been an avid Conundrum Stages contributor since 2011; she made her debut at Conundrum Stages On the Boards Alternative Theater Festival. Since then, Rhett has acted in other capacities with Conundrum Stages including hosting and associated producing. Rhett also has an Instagram channel, @YoPhatGirl, where she flips thrift store selling into profit. She credits her Japanese mother’s strength, tenacity and love of Black Culture for her fish-out-of-water survival skills and dark humor.

DAVID MEULEMANS (Performer) has been active in Conundrum Stages programs since 2010 and has been part of the South Florida entertainment scene since the late 1990s.  Career highlights include a duet with Carol Channing, and a regional tour of Cinderella with Davy Jones and Jude Parry. He has appeared with the South Florida Grand Opera, South Florida Light Opera, Piccolo Opera, South Florida Concert Association.  David has travelled throughout the United States and to London with tours of his one man shows – “Hello, New York”, “Welcome to My World”, “Journeys of the Heart” and “December Songs”, among others.  He has appeared in New York City at Don’t Tell Mama and the Metropolitan Room, as well as London’s Pheasantry, and the famous West End cabaret Crazy Coqs, Chicago’s Davenports and Stage 72, and in St. Louis at The Emerald Room, and the Kranzenburg Theatre.  David has studied with Tony Award nominee, Sally Mayes, Tony winner Faith Prince, Ann Hampton Callaway, and Christine Ebersole (opening for her at the Kranzenburg Theatre in St. Louis in 2016).  David has also been a featured performer at Yale University where he participated in the “Music on the Green” series where he was named one of Cabaret’s future stars.  For more info on David, check his website at www.davidmeulemans.com.

DANA DELLACAMERA (Performer) – is a musician, actor, director and producer originally from Connecticut, however she has lived most of her life in South Florida. Dana has acted in award winning short films like “Bon Voyage”​ (Lonely Avocado Productions, 1st place in the 48 Hour Film Festival, 2013) and she won 1st “Best Film” for being the Assistant Director/Producer on “Deep Within”​ in 2016. She also completed her first feature film, “Kali Mah Tina” as Assistant Director/Producer with the 1310 Bandits Collective, which was released in March 2017 and was screened at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. Dana has performed in a variety of musical theater productions including Wake Up Sleeping Beauty at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Dana has been an enthusiastic Conundrum Stages contributor since 2010, working in different capacities as performer, host, and collaborator, and continues to partner with Conundrum to create more platforms for artists to perform and connect with the community.

PASQUALE (Performer) is an instantly likable older gentleman from Italy with a fancy mustache and a charming demeanor. Billed as Italy’s Greatest Magician in America, his wonderful accent, storytelling, jokes, music, Italian sayings, philosophies, and yes, a bit of really good magic will charm every person in the audience. Pasquale is the brainchild of veteran performer Dan Christopher, who has been working for over 40 years in venues from South Florida to Las Vegas. Dan joined Conundrum Stages in 2015, participating in the company’s comedy shows and community events and we are glad to have him back with his alter ego. The character of Pasquale is based on Dan’s grandfather (same name), as well as other Italian character actors. Since creating Pasquale, audience reactions and repeat bookings have been through the roof. For more info on Pasquale and Dan Christopher, visit www.italianmagician.com or www.danchristopher.com.

SYMPHONY HAU & ELVIZA (Performers) Symphony Hau joined Conundrum Stages in November 2017, presenting her original music at the Doral Food & Wine Festival. She has been dancing since the age of 8 and has performed in several festivals, and taught classes over the years. In addition to dance, her music is out on digital platforms such as iTunes & Spotify. Symphony recently took a more serious turn towards acting in which she is humbled to have lead in a film that recently made it to its third international film festival. Symphony’s mother, Elviza is a professional performer of Middle Eastern belly dance. Elviza has been featured at many events over the past 15 years such as the Grand opening of the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center, City of Homestead Halloween, Dragon Boat Festival, etc. and closed out the HealthSouth Annual Fair for almost 10 years running. She produced her own annual holiday event called Skeleton Dance/Dia De Los Muertos Bailando for 8 years. She was the house dancer at UVA Restaurant 2003-2008, and has taught at various studios. Her daughter Symphony Hau performs with her as part of their Rockabelly Hippies dance troupe and they also sing old-timey music together in the band Corn Country! Elviza also has a classic rock band called Medusa Stoned which had the honor of appearing at a recent Miami Festivals and Events Convention.

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