Stage Door Theatre Presents THE SUNSHINE BOYS – August 18 – September 24

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Stage Door Theatre
presents
Neil Simon’s
The Sunshine Boys
August 18 – September 24

“…A shrewdly balanced, splendid and rather touching slice of the show biz life.”
New York Daily News

August 13, 2017
MARGATE, FL:  Stage Door Theatre will present Neil Simon’s classic comedy The Sunshine Boys in the popular venue’s intimate Theatre 2, from August 18th through September 24th.

The Sunshine Boys – Al Lewis and Willie Clark – were Vaudeville stars and partners for over forty years, but haven’t spoken to one another for over eleven. When Willie’s nephew Ben approaches his uncle about reuniting with his ex-partner to perform one of their classic skits on a CBS television comedy, their eventual reunion is fraught with acrimony, arguments, memories, and laughter.

Michael Leeds

The Sunshine Boys is the fourth Neil Simon play I’ve directed and I think it’s his best,” says the show’s director, Michael Leeds. “It’s incredibly funny, I mean rolling in the aisles funny, and also quite touching.  It’s based on a real actor named Willie Howard who was a very eccentric vaudeville comedian.  Simon got the idea of taking Willie and giving him a partner whom he hasn’t spoken to in twelve years and now they’re going to be on an Ed Sullivan special – and they can’t stand each other.

“I was lucky enough to get a great cast led by Michael Small and Peter Librach, two pros who have these characters in their bones,” Leeds continues. “There’s a hysterical scene where they’re rehearsing the routine, arguing about everything from the line delivery to the furniture placement and it has one of the funniest moments I’ve seen on stage.  If there was a definition of “crowd pleaser” in the dictionary, it would say: ‘Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys’.”
Along with Small and Librach, Leeds has cast Ben Sandomir as Willie’s nephew Ben Silverman.  Also in the cast are George Schiavone, Vicki Klein, Jeanin Gangloff, and Elijah Pearson-Martinez.

The show’s production team includes Set Designer Michael McClain, Lighting Designer Dean Landhuis, and Costume Designer Jerry Sturdivant.  Stage manager is Jose-Luis Ramos, and Paul O’Donnell is the productions Operations Manager.

The Sunshine Boys will run from August 18 – September 24 at Stage Door Theatre. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate.

Tickets for The Sunshine Boys are $48. (Student prices are also available with valid ID). Tickets may be purchased at the Broward Stage Door Theatre box office at 954-344-7765 or on line at www.stagedoorfl.org.

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

The Sunshine Boys
August 18 – September 24
By Neil Simon
Tickets:  $48
Phone:  954-344-7765
On line: www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
The Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
www.stagedoorfl.org
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2017 – 2018 Theatre & Concert Schedule

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2017-2018 THEATRE/PRODUCTION SCHEDULES
for
Playhouse Productions at the PGA Arts Center
Playhouse Productions
2 J Productions in association with E&M Theatricals
Black Box Booking
Pigs Do Fly Productions
Primal Forces
Entr’Acte Theatrix
Evening Star Productions
Sol Children Theatre
Stage Door Theatre
Thinking Cap Theatre/The Vanguard Sanctuary for the Arts
Spanish River Concerts

 

PLAYHOUSE PRODUCTIONS AT THE PGA ARTS CENTER

The Kosher Cheerleader
August 3 – 27, 2017
By Sandy Gelfound
Tickets:  $45 – $59
Tickets:  1-855-448-7469 / www.pgaartscenter.com
Group Sales: 1-888-264-1788
Performances:
Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 2 pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday:  7:30 pm
PGA Arts Center
4076 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL  33410
www.pgaartscenter.com
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Celebrated comedian Sandy Gelfound spins this hilarious and at times heartbreaking true story of her journey from NFL Cheerleader to Orthodox Jew.  Born with a literal hole in her heart, Gelfound’s quest to fill the void takes her on a journey where she expertly embodies the outrageous characters of her life in this singing, dancing, cartwheeling comedy. 

Cooking with the Calamari Sisters
January 25 – March 25, 2018
Tickets:  $45-$65
Tickets:  1-855-448-7469 / www.pgaartscenter.com
Group Sales: 1-888-264-1788
Performances:
Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 2 pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday:  8 pm
PGA Arts Center
4076 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL  33410
www.pgaartscenter.com
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Hilarity, delicious dishes, and two over-the-top plus-size Italian Sisters from Brooklyn (stars of their very own fictional cable television show) take you on a Tour de Force of Italian, pop & show tunes and cuisine as they sing (Volare, Botcha – Me and more), dance, joke, and laugh through a very special cooking lesson! 

Old Jews Telling Jokes
January 17 – March 4, 2018
Created by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent
Based on the website:  www.oldjewstellingjokes.com
Tickets:  TBA
Tickets:  1-855-448-7469 / www.pgaartscenter.com
Group Sales: 1-888-264-1788
Performances:
Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 2:3o pm
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday:  7:30 pm
PGA Arts Center
4076 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL  33410
www.pgaartscenter.com
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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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PLAYHOUSE PRODUCTIONS

My Son the Waiter – A Jewish Tragedy
February 1 – March 25
Written & Performed by Brad Zimmerman
Tickets:  $45 – $65
Tickets:  1-855-448-7469 / www.mysonthewaiter.com
Performances:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 7:30
Saturday & Sunday:  2 pm
NSU Museum of Art in Ft. Lauderdale
One Las Olas Blvd.,
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
www.mysonthewaiter.com
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My Son the Waiter:  A Jewish Tragedy is the story of Brad Zimmerman’s struggle to fulfill his dream and ‘make it’ as a comedic actor in New York, He spent 29 years “temporarily” waiting tables in New York, all the while chasing a career in acting and comedy.  Brad tells of his pursuit, along with stories about his childhood, family, and misbegotten love life with warmth, wit, self-deprecating humor, and wicked charm, and combines his years of training as an actor with his innate comedic talent.

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2 J PRODUCTIONS IN ASSOCIATION WITH E&M THEATRICALS        

Raunchy Little Musical – Belle Barth is Back!
October 6 – November 12
Book by Joanne Koch
Music by Ilya Levinson
Lyrics by Owen Kalt
Tickets:  $49-$54
Tickets:  1-855-448-7469 / www.pgaartscenter.com
Group Sales: 407-688-1951
Performances:
Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 2 pm
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday:  7:30 pm
The PGA Arts Center
4076 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL  33410
www.pgaartscenter.com
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An evening with Belle Barth, the pioneer of edgy comedy. Peppered with plenty of Barth’s original jokes, and interspersed poignant moments from her private life, Raunchy Little Musical showcases the self-proclaimed founder of ‘Ball Breakers Anonymous” and purveyor of dirty jokes whose attitude made her off-limits for Ed Sullivan – but her Adult Only records consistently topped the charts. 

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BLACK BOX BOOKING

Garland in Word and Song
January 26 – February 11, 2018
Book by William Randall Beard
Tickets:  $35 / $30 for groups of 6 or more
Tickets:   561-347-3948 / www.willowtheatre.org
Showtimes:
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 8:00 pm,
Saturday & Sunday at 2:00 pm
The Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park
300 S. Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33486
www.willowtheatre.org
Actress Jody Briskey channels Judy Garland and recreates the star’s iconic 1961 performance at Carnegie Hall.  Musical direction and accompaniment by David Nagy.

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PIGS DO FLY PRODUCTIONS

Mismatched
By Peter J. Loewy
March 15 – April 1, 2018
Tickets: $35
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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A brand new musical comedy about the perils of dating at a certain age… in South Florida.

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PRIMAL FORCES (in association with Andrews Living Arts)

The Good Girl
By Emilie Collyer
October 13 – October 29, 2017
(Preview performances October 11 & 12 at 8 pm – tickets $25)
Tickets:  $30
Tickets:  http://primalforces.com/
Performances:
Thursday & Friday:  8 pm
Saturday: 7 pm (& 9 pm on 10/14)
Sunday: 2 pm
Andrews Living Arts
23 NW 5th Street
Ft. Lauderdale, FL  33301
http://primalforces.com/
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In this futuristic capitalist dystopia, an outbreak of disease killed millions and resulted in heavily regulated human interaction (and intimacy). Anjali has a government-issued job as the madam to a sex robot. When Ven, the maintenance man, finds the robot exhibiting unusual and illegal human-like behavior, the pair strike up an uneasy black market partnership; she expands her robot’s human-like repertoire of behaviors and he brings in the high-paying clientele. But when the clients start asking for more, and want to pay more, Anjali must decide just how far she’s willing to go.

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ENTR’ACTE THEATRIX

Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show
By Richard O’Brien
October 19 – November 4
Tickets: TBA
Performances:  TBA
PGA Arts Center
4076 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL  33410
http://entractetheatrix.org
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The Rocky Horror Show is an outrageous assemblage of – and humorous tribute to – the most stereotypical science fiction and horror movies, Marvel comics, Frankie Avalon/Annette Funicello outings and rock ‘n’ roll of every vintage. The play (upon which the classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show is based) has grown from an experimental production originally produced in a small London theatre in June 1973, to a cult phenomenon with fans world-wide.  The musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple who, when caught in a storm, find refuge in the home of a decidedly unusual scientist who is madly working towards unveiling his latest and greatest creation.

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EVENING STAR PRODUCTIONS

Oleanna
September 21 – October 8, 2017
By David Mamet
Directed by Rosalie Grant
Featuring Todd Bruno and Sara Grant
Tickets:  $30 / $20 for students
Tickets:  561-447-8829
www.eveningstarproductions.org
Performances:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday:  8 pm
Sunday: 2 pm
Sol Theatre
3333 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL  33431
www.eveningstarproductions.org
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A seething investigation of “political correctness” in a time when the nation’s morality has been tested by increased incidents of sexual harassment. “Oleanna is likely to provoke more arguments than any play this year.” —NY Times. “One of the ten best plays of 1992…reason enough to cheer for the future of the theatre.” —Time Magazine. 

Macbeth
October 26 – 28, 2017
By William Shakespeare
Adapted and directed by Seth Trucks and Sara Grant
Tickets:  $20
Tickets:  561-447-8829
 www.eveningstarproductions.org
Performances:  8 pm
Sol Theatre
3333 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL  33431
www.eveningstarproductions.org
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Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy, thought to have first been performed in 1606, “The Scottish Play” explores the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake. Of all the plays Shakespeare wrote during the reign of James I, who was patron of Shakespeare’s acting company, Macbeth most clearly reflects the playwright’s relationship with his sovereign.
The premiere production of ‘Sol After Dark’.  

Secondary Cause of Death
April 19 – May 6, 2018
By Peter Gordon
Directed by Rosalie Grant
Tickets:  $30 / $20 students
Tickets:  561-447-8829
 www.eveningstarproductions.org
Performances:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday:  8 pm
Sunday: 2 pm
Sol Theatre
3333 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL  33431
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The hilarious sequel to the author’s hit comedy thriller Murdered to Death: It’s now 1939, and storm clouds are gathering over Europe. Having inherited Bagshot House, Colonel Charles Craddock has converted the property into a hotel for the discerning visitor. Soon Inspector Pratt arrives once again at Bagshot House, bearing grim news for Colonel Craddock. But that’s just the beginning—who is the strange Polish Count? Is Henrietta really an army captain? And where does the flamboyant thespian Cardew Longfellow fit into the picture? When Joan Maple’s sister Cynthia arrives to stage a murder mystery evening, it’s not long before Pratt’s visit turns into a chaotic nightmare as the bodies pile higher than ever!

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SOL CHILDREN THEATRE

Around the World in 80 Days
December 8 – 23, 2017
Book and Lyrics by Chris Blackwood
Music by Piers Chater Robinson
Based on the book by Jules Verne
Directed by Rosalie Grant
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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Based on Jules Verne’s classic novel, the musical recounts the journey of Phileas Fogg who has made a bet with the members of his gentlemen’s club that he can travel around the world in 80 days. Accompanied by his servant Passepartout the plot revolves around the adventures Fogg faces in his attempt.

Cinderella  
March 1 – 18, 2018
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Directed by Seth Trucks
Tickets:  $20 / $15 juniors (11 and under)
Tickets:  561-447-8829 / www.solchildren.org
Performances:
Thursday, 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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The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm, and elegance. Adapted for the stage with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when
the slipper fits!

James and the Giant Peach
August 24 – September 9, 2018
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Based on the book James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Directed by Rosalie Grant
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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When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach… and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach, among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, but after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James’ quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family.  Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a curiously quirky book.

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STAGE DOOR THEATRE

Group and Subscriber Discounts available for these productions 

The Sunshine Boys
August 18 – September 24, 2017
By Neil Simon
Tickets:  $48
Tickets:  954-344-7765 / www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
www.stagedoorfl.org
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The Sunshine Boys follows the attempts of a young theatrical agent to re-unite his elderly uncle, a former Vaudeville great, with his long-time partner for a television reunion.  Despite their celebrated reputation, the two elderly men have not spoken in 12 years.  

Saturday Night Fever
September 1 –  October 15, 2017
Based on the Paramount/RSO Film and story by Nik Cohn
Adapted for the stage by Robert Stigwood in collaboration with Bill Oaks
Tickets:  $48
Tickets:  954-344-7765 / www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
www.stagedoorfl.org
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This musical adaptation of the ‘70s classic film is the quintessential story of a talented, streetwise kid from Brooklyn who attempts to escape his dead-end life through dancing. 

Tickling the Ivories
October 13 – November 19, 2017
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
Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
www.stagedoorfl.org
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We love a piano!  A song always begins at the fingertips of its songwriter on those black and white keys.  Tickling the Ivories celebrates the amazing artists who share our love for this timeless instrument – the piano. Featuring the music of Barry Manilow, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and many more.

Dreamgirls
November 3 – December 10, 2017
Book and lyrics by Tom Eyen
Music by Henry Krieger
Tickets:  $48
Tickets:  954-344-7765 / www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
www.stagedoorfl.org
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Dreamgirls is a show about a time in American musical history when rhythm and blues blended with other styles of popular music creating a new American sound. The subject matter of this award-winning musical deals with the musical contributions to America of such importance that only now — decades later —we beginning to understand.

Smokey Joe’s Café – The Songs of Leiber and Stoller
December 18, 2017 – January 14, 2018
Words and Music by Jerry Leiber and Mike StollerTickets:  $48
Tickets:  954-344-7765 / www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
www.stagedoorfl.org
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Leiger and Stoller, as much as anyone, virtually invented rock ‘n’ roll, and now their songs provide the basis for an electrifying entertainment that illuminates a golden age of American culture.  Featuring nearly 40 of some of the greatest songs ever recorded Smokey Joe’s Café isn’t just great pop music – it’s compelling musical theatre.

Flashdance – The Musical
December 29 – February 11, 2018
Book by Tom Hedley and Robert Cary
Music by Robbie Roth
Lyrics by Robbi Roth and Robert Cary
Tickets:  $48
Tickets:  954-344-7765 / www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
www.stagedoorfl.org
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Set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the show revolves around 18-year-old Alex, a welder by day and ‘flashdancer’ by night, and her dreams of attending the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy.

Imagine – A Beatles Retrospective
February 2 – March 11, 2018
Conceived, directed, and choreographed by Kevin Black
Tickets:  $48
Tickets:  954-344-7765 / www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
www.stagedoorfl.org
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The Fab Four have left a permanent mark in history with their vast songbook of now timeless classics.  Imagine celebrates the music of The Beatles.  Featuring a live three piece band, and a cast of vocalists and dancers. 

Nice Work If You Can Get It
March 2 – April 15, 2018
Music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin
Book by Joe DiPietro
Inspired by Material by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse
Tickets:  $48
Tickets:  954-344-7765 / www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
www.stagedoorfl.org
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Set in the 1920’s, Nice Work If You Can Get it is the story of charming and wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter, who meets female bootlegger Billie Bendix the weekend of his wedding.   Jimmy, who has been married three (or is it four?) times before, is preparing to marry again…

Time Step
March 30 – May 6, 2018
Conceived, directed, and choreographed by Kevin Black
Tickets:  $48
Tickets:  954-344-7765 / www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
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That recognizable rhythmic tap combination – the time step –  a term that derives from the era of great tap dancers who used their distinctive footwork to set the pace of the music.  A mix of European Jig, Reel Steps, Clog, and African Rhythms all combined to create an exciting new dance style.

Victor/Victoria
May 4 – June 7, 2018
Book by Blake Edwards
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Tickets:  $48
Tickets:  954-344-7765 / www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
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Victor/Victoria is based on the beloved 1982 film of the same name.  Victoria, a penniless soprano, schemes with a struggling impresario to disguise herself as a man named Victor – who entertains as a female impersonator known as ‘Victoria’ – and as a result becomes the toast of Paris.  Complications arise when a Chicago mobster sees the act, and finds himself attracted to the star. 

From Door to Door
May 25 – July 1, 2018
By James Sherman
Tickets:  $48
Tickets:  954-344-7765 / www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
www.stagedoorfl.org
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When one woman reflects upon her past as a daughter, wife, and mother, who does she see?  From Door to Door is a bittersweet celebration of one family of women across generations.

Breaking Up is Hard to Do
July 6 – August 12, 2018
Featuring the songs of Neil Sedaka
Book by Erik Jackson and Ben H. Winters
Music by Neil Sedaka
Lyrics by Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield, and Philip Cody
Tickets:  $48
Tickets:  954-344-7765 / www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
www.stagedoorfl.org
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Set in a Catskills resort in 1960, this sweetly comic story of two friends from Brooklyn in search of good times and romance one wild Labor Day weekend.  The score showcases 18 Sedaka classics.

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THINKING CAP THEATRE / THE VANGUARD SANCTUARY FOR THE ARTS

 

Straight White Men
September 8 – October 1
By Young Jean Lee
Tickets:  $35 ($37.22 with s/c)
For Tickets: 813-220-1546 /www.thinkingcaptheatre.com
Performances:
Friday and Saturday: 8 pm
Saturday: 3 pm
Sunday: 5 pm
The Vanguard
1501 S. Andrews Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
www.vanguardarts.org
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During the Christmas holidays, three brothers return to their family home in the Midwestern United States, to keep their widowed father company.

Lizzie: The Musical
October 20 –  November 5
Music by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Alan Stevens Hewitt
Lyrics by Steven Cheslik-Demeyer and Tim Maner
Book by Tim Maner
Tickets:  $35 ($37.22 with s/c)
For Tickets: 813-220-1546
www.thinkingcaptheatre.com
Performances:
Friday and Saturday: 8 pm
Saturday: 3 pm
Sunday: 5 pm
The Vanguard
1501 S. Andrews Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
www.vanguardarts.org
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A rollicking rock musical.  On a sweltering summer morning in 1882, in a small New England city, a prominent business man and his wife were brutally axed to death in their home. Their daughter, Lizzie Borden, was the prime suspect.  Lizzie’s trial was a coast-to-coast media sensation, and her story has become an American legend.

Mistletoe Lounge
December 1 – 17
By Various Playwrights.
Tickets:  $35 ($37.22 with s/c)
For Tickets: 813-220-1546
www.thinkingcaptheatre.com
Performances:
Friday and Saturday: 8 pm
Saturday: 3 pm
Sunday: 5 pm The Vanguard
1501 S. Andrews Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
www.vanguardarts.org
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Mistletoe Lounge is an original holiday show inspired by old Hollywood legends.

SPANISH RIVER CONCERTS

Series:

An Evening of Romance
January 29 – February 10
Jackie Evancho, world-renowned prodigy who gained national acclaim on America’s Got Talent, joins powerhouse tenor, Daniel Montenegro to perform a beautiful combination of arias and crossover favorites with a full orchestra. Heralded as “the girl with the voice of an angel”, Evancho starred in three PBS specials, released six albums (including one gold and one platinum), and has performed with Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, and David Foster. Daniel Montenegro, longtime favorite of Spanish River Concerts subscribers, thrills audiences around the world, and has shared the stage with the likes of Placido Domingo.
www.spanishriverconcerts.com 

On Broadway
January 8 – January 16
There is magic in the air as Spanish River Concerts once again, captures the essence of the Great White Way. This original theatrical revue showcases top-notch performers from famed Broadway casts. No element is spared – lavish costumes, great musicians, artistic choreography, and of course, stunning vocals, performing your favorites in an exciting array of vignettes. On Broadway is a fast-paced whirlwind that will leave you standing and cheering for more.
www.spanishriverconcerts.com 

Greatest Divas of the Silver Screen with Full Orchestra
February 26 – March 6
Another Spanish River Concerts original production, this concert features Jeanette Bayardelle and other wonderful singers with a full orchestra, performing some of the signature songs, originated by the great Divas for hit films of yesterday and today. Lose yourself in the imagery created by Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, and others.
www.spanishriverconcerts.com 

70 Years in the Promised Land
March 12 – March 20
Musical Director and Producer, Tomer Adaddi, assembles a cast from around the world, celebrating the 70th birthday of Israel. Through their musical artistry, this diverse group of fabulous performers bestow their heartfelt birthday wishes for peace and prosperity upon the young nation. The evening will immerse you in a profound experience, comprised of the sights and sounds of Israel and the far reaches of the Diaspora.
www.spanishriverconcerts.com 

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For more information about this list, or any of the productions listed, please don’t hesitate to contact me at:

Carol Kassie
Theatrical Marketing & Public Relations
www.CarolKassie.com
P.O. Box 811207
Boca Raton, FL 33481-1207
561-445-9244
carol@carolkassie.com

RAUNCHY LITTLE MUSICAL – BELLE BARTH IS BACK! Heats Up the PGA Arts Center – Opening October 6th

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Raunchy Little Musical – Belle Barth is Back!
to Heat Up The PGA Arts Center
“If I embarrass you…tell your friends!”

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

August 8, 2017
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL – Before Amy Schumer or Sarah Silverman…before Joan Rivers or Roseanne, Belle Barth was the original irreverent female comic deflating anyone who dared take sex too seriously. 

2 J Productions in association with E&M Theatricals will present Raunchy Little Musical – Belle Barth is Back! an evening with this pioneer of edgy comedy, at The PGA Arts Center, opening October 6, 2017.

Belle Barth burst onto the 1950s Miami Beach scene as the “female Lenny Bruce”. . The self-proclaimed founder of “Ball Breakers Anonymous”, this purveyor of dirty jokes who topped the charts of the Adults Only record section, had an attitude that made her off-limits for Ed Sullivan. Her records were the forbidden fruit of the Fifties—with 3 million of her “party records” serving as sex education for today’s baby boomers; her nightclub act was SRO from Miami to Chicago, New York to Vegas to LA.

In Belle’s words: “I talk dirty in a cute way!”

Belle Barth

Born Annabelle Salzman, Belle started performing at Borscht Belt hotels and small nightclubs at age 16.  She initially billed herself as a singer-pianist who also did impersonations; but when Barth mixed her talents for music and comedy with a splash of ‘red hot mama’ spice, her career began to flourish.  She travelled throughout the United States with her nightclub act as she strove to please her mother by appearing at Carnegie Hall…which she did…almost.

Raunchy Little Musical is an evening with this pioneer of comedy, peppered with plenty of Belle Barth’s original jokes, and interspersed with poignant moments from her private life and loves, as well as high and low comedy.  With signature Belle Barth songs, plus original numbers by Grammy-nominated composer Ilya Levinson and lyrics by Owen Kalt, the script of Raunchy Little Musical was penned by Joanne Koch, author of the Off-Broadway show Sophie, Totie & Belle.

Sara DelBeato

Backed by a three-piece on-stage band, award winning actor/singer/comedienne, Sara DelBeato belts the “ditties of the titties” and grabs Belle’s character by…well, you know!

Tickets for Raunchy Little Musical are on sale now, and can be purchased on line at www.pgaartscenter.com or by calling 1-855-448-7469.  For group sales (10+), call 407-688-1951.  Ticket prices range from $49-$54.

EARLY BIRD SAVINGS OF $5 PER TICKET, $7.50 PER GROUP TICKET ARE AVAILABLE.  EARLY BIRD OFFER VALID THROUGH SEPTEMBER 1, 2017.

For more information about Raunchy Little Musical – Belle Barth is Back! visit www.raunchylittlemusical.com or contact Carol Kassie (carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244).

Raunchy Little Musical is an unforgettable, 90-minute musical, filled with laughter and touching reminders of the ongoing struggle of women and men to find both love and sex…and a good laugh. And in Belle’s words:

“If I embarrass you…tell your friends!”

Fun Facts:  In 1953, Belle Barth was arrested and fined 25 dollars for her act; several other cases against her were thrown out of court, including one lawsuit for 1.6 million dollars, brought by two schoolteachers who claimed that Barth’s act had corrupted them morally and harmed their health.

Raunchy Little Musical – Belle Barth is Back!
Opening: October 6
By Joanne Koch
Music by Ilya Levinson
Lyrics by Owen Kalt
Tickets:  $49 – $54
Tickets:  1-855-448-7469 / www.pgaartscenter.com
Group Sales: 407-688-1951
Performances:
Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 2 pm
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday:  7:30 pm
PGA Arts Center
4076 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL  33410
www.pgaartscenter.com
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Directions to the PGA Arts Center:
On PGA Blvd heading East, (& RCA Blvd) take first right at Shell Gas Station, and then take the 2nd right into the shopping center driveway. The theater is on the left. Formerly the Cinema 6 Movie Theater inside the former Loehmann’s Plaza. This is less than 1/4 mile off of the PGA Blvd. Exit of 95 North.

Sol Children Theatre Presents ALICE IN WONDERLAND – August 10 – 20

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Sol Children Theatre
Presents
Alice in Wonderland
August 10 – 20

Especially adapted for Sol Children Theatre by Seth Trucks

July 28, 2017
BOCA RATON, FL:  Sol Theatre will play host to The Mad Hatter, The Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum, Tweedledee, and of course The White Rabbit, when Sol Children Theatre presents Seth Trucks’ adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s magical classic, Alice in Wonderland.  The production will open on August 10th, and run through August 20th at the popular Boca Raton venue.  Alice and her friends will then move to the Delray Beach Children’s Garden for three special sunset performances on August 24th, 25th, and 26th.

“This is an original adaptation written specifically for Sol Theatre the actors involved in the production,” explains the show’s director, Seth Trucks.   “Our co-director, Savannah Rootes, is a recent graduate of Sol Children’s Troupe and she has returned to pass on her knowledge and passion to our newer members.

“We have enough enthusiasm to power Boca for a year!” Trucks continues. “Our production will balance a faithful approach to Carroll’s language, with a ton of new twists and takes on Wonderland and its strange inhabitants.”

Alice in Wonderland – originally titled Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – was first published in 1865 and immediately became a publishing sensation, beloved by children and adults alike.  The book has never been out of print, and has been translated into close to 180 languages.  In Trucks’ adaptation, Alice finds a glove belonging to a White Rabbit, and wanting to return it, she follows him down a rabbit hole, into a fantastical Wonderland, where the Queen of Hearts rules over a peculiar assortment of creatures, and Alice’s adventures become ‘curiouser and curiouser’.

Alice in Wonderland’s Alice will be played by three actors:  Eden Wexler, Mandy Feuerman and Zoe Alarcon; Noah Fineman has been cast as The White Rabbit, Ava Cavasos as The Mad Hatter, and Brooke Hall as The Queen of Hearts.  Other cast members include Jamie Feuerman, Zoe Wexler, Addison Wexler, Zoe Alarcon, Sami Mascaro, Kimberly Wilkinson, Faith Alfieri, Isabella Welch, Natalie Macadar, Emma and Kylie Lawrence, Alan and Amalia Hasselman, Violet Zeiders, Olivia Shiver, Celia Roberts, and Rylee Siegel.

Seth Trucks studied experimental theatre at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and classical theatre at the British American Drama Academy and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.  In New York, Seth performed with Fractured Atlas, Synaesthetic Theatre, and worked as a freelance fight choreographer.  He also spent five years as a writer/performer with the New York based comedy troupe, The Six Characters.  In Florida, Seth has performed with the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival, Outré Theatre Company and Entr’Acte Theatrix.  He recently received glowing reviews in Evening Star Productions’ Waiting for Godot, and is currently starring in Outré Theatre Company’s 1984.

Boca Raton’s Sol Children Theatre is a not-for-profit theatre organization founded by veteran director and actor Rosalie Grant sixteen years ago.  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.

Tickets for Alice in Wonderland 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.  Sol Children Theatre is located at 3333 North Federal Highway in Boca Raton (33431).  The Delray Beach Children’s Garden is located at 137 SW 2nd Avenue in Delray Beach (33444).

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

Alice in Wonderland
August 10 – 20 at Sol Theatre
August 24 – 26
at Delray Beach Children’s Garden
Adapted and Directed by Seth Trucks
From the novel by Lewis Carroll
Tickets: $20 (Juniors – 11 & under $15)
Phone: 561-447-8829
Online: www.solchildren.org
Showtimes:
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 7 pm
Saturday & Sunday at 2 pm

Sol Theatre
3333 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL  33431
www.solchildren.org
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Delray Beach Children’s Garden
137 SW 2nd Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33444
www.delraybeachchildrensgarden.org


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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Playhouse Productions at the PGA Arts Center presents Sandy Gelfound in THE KOSHER CHEERLEADER – August 3 – 27

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Playhouse Productions at the PGA Arts Center
presents
Sandy Gelfound
in
The Kosher Cheerleader:
A Truish, Jewish Love Story

August 3 – 27

A former NFL Raiders Cheerleader’s journey to Jewish Orthodoxy… and beyond.

July 18, 2017:
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL:  Sandy Gelfound’s life story is a fascinating tale filled with love, laughter… and cheerleading.  Beginning August 3rd, the multi-talented comedienne, raconteur, and former NFL Raider cheerleader will spend four weeks at the PGA Arts Center performing her one person show, The Kosher Cheerleader.  The production will run through August 27th

Gelfound, who has performed stand-up alongside the likes of Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno, tap dances, pom-pom waves, eats, shops, writes, and cartwheels through her life’s journey, which begins with her father – a Borscht Belt performer, who was a Jewish atheist: “He knew he was one of the Chosen People, he just didn’t know by Whom,” she explained recently; and her mother, a Russian Orthodox gypsy flamenco dancer who taught her to play the castanets.  “Theirs was like a marriage between Carmen Miranda and Jackie Mason,” she has said.

Gelfound spent five years as a Raiderette, travelling with the team, and making an impressive $35 per game: “I loved being an NFL Cheerleader,” she says, “But my Jewish grandmother didn’t understand my excitement. “It’s the Raiders, Grandma – I get to cheer for the team – I get to go to the game”.  And she said, “Other people go to the game. The owner’s wife, that’s a job for a Jewish girl!”

Born with a hole in her heart, Sandy Gelfound’s childhood was filled with drama and trauma. Her decision to write, and subsequently perform her story “Came to me during my morning meditation,” she explains.  “The next thing I know I have a clothesline in my kitchen, pinning up and arranging the order of the scenes to a play about my life.  I wanted to share with the world my story…. hoping I can give some experience, strength, hope, and lots of laughter to anyone who is overcoming any hardships.

“In Judaism the Rabbi’s say, “Gams zu la tova” – everything is for the good,” she continues. “I was born with a hole in my heart. How can that be good?  Well after many years the doctors have finally said that nothing needs to be fixed…the hole never grew bigger…only my heart did!”

Tickets for The Kosher Cheerleader are on sale now, and can be purchased on line at www.pgaartscenter.com or by calling 1-855-448-7469.  For group sales (12+), call 888-264-1788. Ticket prices range from $45-$59.

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

For more information about The Kosher Cheerleader, Sandy Gelfound and/or Playhouse Productions at the PGA Arts Center please contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com at 561-445-9244.

The Kosher Cheerleader
August 3 – 27, 2017
By Sandy Gelfound
Tickets:  $45 – $59
Tickets:  1-855-448-7469 / www.pgaartscenter.com
Group Sales: 1-888-264-1788
Performances:
Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 2 pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday:  7:30 pm
PGA Arts Center
4076 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL  33410
www.pgaartscenter.com
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Directions to the PGA Arts Center:
On PGA Blvd heading East, (& RCA Blvd) take first right at Shell Gas Station, and then take the 2nd right into the shopping center driveway. The theater is on the left. Formerly the Cinema 6 Movie Theater inside the former Loehmann’s Plaza. This is less than 1/4 mile off of the PGA Blvd. Exit of 95 North.

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AVI HOFFMAN’S TOO JEWISH? at Stage Door Theatre – July 19 – August 3 Only!

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Avi Hoffman Returns to the
Stage Door Theatre after 20 years
in the original
Avi Hoffman’s Too Jewish?
July 19 – August 3 Only!

“Delightful tour of Jewish humor, language, and music. Avi has an instant rapport with his audience.  Touching, moving, and delightful.”  NY Newsday

July 5, 2017
MARGATE, FL:  20 years ago, multi-talented actor, director, comedian, singer, and Jewish cultural activist Avi Hoffman brought his award winning New York show Avi Hoffman’s Too Jewish?  to the Stage Door Theatre. His life was never the same. Now, he’s back! Avi Hoffman’s Too Jewish? will open on July 19th, and run through August 3rd.

Avi Hoffman’s Too Jewish? premiered Off-Broadway at New York’s Houseman Theatre in 1994 and has been presented thousands of times all over the world, as well as on the national PBS network.  Hoffman, a child of Holocaust survivors, was taught at an early age to appreciate the beauty and depth of Jewish literature, music, and tradition.  In Avi Hoffman’s Too Jewish? he combines a delightful mix of music, comedy, impersonations, and personal reminiscences to take his audiences on a journey through his own Jewish roots, and to illustrate the traditions and history of his beloved Yiddish culture.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be returning to Stage Door for the 20th anniversary of the production that changed my life,” Hoffman says. “With the incredible success of Too Jewish? at the Stage Door, we moved our family to Florida, and the rest, as they say, is history!  This will be the ORIGINAL production, with some new perspectives on how my life has dramatically changed since then.”


Avi Hoffman’s
Too Jewish? has won multiple awards, including Performer of the Year ’95 by NY Press Magazine, and the prestigious Los Angeles Ovation Award as Best Actor in a Musical in 2001. His recent portrayal of Willie Loman in the Yiddish production of Death of a Salesman garnered him a NY Drama Desk Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play, and was featured last summer at The Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto, the largest Yiddishkayt Festival in North America. He has also been nominated for both the NY Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards.  His 2012 Carbonell Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical was in recognition of his work as Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray at Actors Playhouse in Miami. He performs worldwide and has proudly worked in nearly every professional South Florida theatre, garnering multiple awards and nominations. Hoffman was also featured in the hit Starz series ‘Magic City’ and Netflix’s ‘Bloodline’, as well as USA’s ‘The Glades’ and NBC’s ‘Law and Order’. His upcoming Yiddish film Shehita (Slaughter) will be featured in next season’s Miami Jewish Film Festival. Hoffman recently directed and performed in the world premiere of Unlikely Heroes, and performed in the Daryl Roth Florida tour of Stars of David. His two popular sequels to Too Jewish? – Too Jewish Two!, and Still Jewish After All These Years, have been seen throughout North America.


Avi Hoffman’s Too Jewish? will run from July 19 – August 3 at Stage Door Theatre. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate.  Performances are Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and Thursdays at 2 p.m.

Tickets for Too Jewish? are $36. Tickets may be purchased at the Broward Stage Door Theatre box office at 954-344-7765 or on line at www.stagedoorfl.org.

For more information about Too Jewish? contact: Carol Kassie (carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244). For more information about Avi Hoffman visit:  www.avihoffmanactor.com

Mr. Hoffman can be contacted through:
Margie Sernik | JWI PR |margie@jwipr.com | 786-200-2516
Jessica Wade Pfeffer | JWI PR | jessica@jwipr.com | 305-804-8424

Yiddishkayt Initiative, Inc., in association with Stage Door Theatre
Presents:
Avi Hoffman’s Too Jewish?
July 19 – August 3
Created and performed by Avi Hoffman
Tickets:  $36
Phone:  954-344-7765
On line: www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday at 8 p.m.
Thursday at 2 p.m.
The Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
www.stagedoorfl.org
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Stage Door Theatre presents MINNIE’S BOYS – June 30 – August 6

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Stage Door Theatre
presents
Minnie’s Boys
(The Madcap Marx Brothers Musical)
June 30 – August 6

“My mother loved children – she would have given anything if I had been one.”  Groucho Marx

June 26, 2017
MARGATE, FL:  Julius, Adolph, Herbie, Leo, and Milton – names that are not at all familiar in the American comedic lexicon.  However, almost any mention of Groucho, Harpo, Zeppo, Chico, and Gummo will immediately elicit nods of recognition, and in most cases happy smiles.   Broward Stage Door Theatre will present the musical Minnie’s Boys – the tale of how the sons of Minnie Marx became The Marx Brothers – one of the most beloved and respected comedy acts in history.  Minnie’s Boys will open on June 30th and run through August 6th in Stage Door’s Theatre 2.

Based on the works of Groucho’s son, Arthur Marx, Minnie’s Boys is a song-filledcelebration of the Marx Brothers’ early years – the beginning of their rise to fame and fortune. But it is really the story of their mother, Minnie Marx, who shaped, molded, encouraged, cajoled, pushed and pulled them towards their eventual – and in her mind – inevitable success.

Peter J. Loewy will direct and choreograph Minnie’s Boys.  Loewy has directed the show before – at his own Fourm Theater in Metuchen, New Jersey; he recently directed Stage Door’s Carbonell-recommended production of Nine: “I love this show,” he says. It’s rarely done.  It has a great score by Larry Grossman, and it’s full of humor and heart.”

Loewy has cast Melody Lieberman as Minnie Marx, Jonathan Eisele as Julie Marx (Groucho), Michael Brown as Adolph Marx (Harpo), Will Nash Broyles as Leonard Marx (Chico), R. J. Magee as Herbie Marx (Zeppo), Steddy Amory as Milton Marx (Gummo), and Ben Prayz as Sam “Frenchie” Marx.  Also in the cast are Matthew Korinko, Sean Dorazio, Whitney Grace, Hilleah Neve, Ellie Pattison, Caterina Randazzo, and Ashlley Rodriguez.

Dave Nagy is the show’s musical director, and Kevin Black will assist Loewy with the choreography. Minnie’s Boys’ set design is by Michael McClain, lighting design is by Dean Landhuis, sound design by Rushnay Henry, costumes by Jerry Sturdefant, and Paul O’Donnell takes care of operations.  The show’s stage manager is Nancy Clay.

Minnie’s Boys will run from June 30 – August 6 at Stage Door Theatre. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate.

Tickets for Minnie’s Boys are $48. (Student prices are also available with valid ID). Tickets may be purchased at the Broward Stage Door Theatre box office at 954-344-7765 or on line at www.stagedoorfl.org.

For more information about Minnie’s Boys 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).

Minnie’s Boys
June 30 – August 6
Book by Arthur Marx and Robert Fisher
Music by Larry Grossman
Lyrics by Hal Hackady
Tickets:  $48
Phone:  954-344-7765
On line: www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
www.stagedoorfl.org
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5 Marx Brothers c. 1957

Pigs Do Fly Productions Presents The World Premiere of Michael Leeds’ IMPRESSIONS – July 21 – August 6

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Pigs Do Fly Productions
Presents
The World Premiere of
Impressions
by Michael Leeds
July 21 – August 6
(Preview performance July 20)

Art… literally brought to life…

June 20, 2017

WILTON MANORS, FL: “I’ve always been drawn to the paintings of the great Impressionists,” award-winning playwright and director Michael Leeds mused recently.  “As opposed to the idealized forms and perfect symmetry that was the norm, the Impressionists chose subjects from all walks of life, capturing who they were and what they were doing in that fleeting moment in time.  I was especially intrigued by the women in their paintings.  What were they thinking? What were they feeling?  What was their world like?”

Leeds explores this theme when Pigs Do Fly Productions presents the World Premiere of his new play, Impressions, at the Abyss Stage in Wilton Manors.  The production will run from July 21 – August 6. (There will be a preview performance on July 20th at 8 pm.)

From a Monet matron to a Degas dancer, Impressions brings these women to life to reveal their joys, their fears and their passions.

“When Michael approached me with his ideas during our last production, Invasion of Privacy, I became excited immediately,” Pigs Do Fly Productions founder and Executive Producer Ellen Wacher says.  “By wonderful coincidence that period of art is my favorite. I’ve worked with Michael – I am, and always have been – a great admirer of his work, and now, after reading the play I can hardly wait to see it myself!”

“Writing Impressions gave me the opportunity to enter the world of each painting and imagine the events surrounding the moments captured by these incredible artists,” Leeds explains.   “And, although it wasn’t intentional, when I was done, I found these women were all linked in some way by the limitations society imposed on them due to their gender, their class, or their age.

“Of course, none of this would be possible without the enthusiastic support of Ellen Wacher and Pigs Do Fly Productions,” Leeds continues.  “When I first brought the project to Ellen, I had no idea she was a passionate devotee of the Impressionists.   We’re both incredibly excited to see how it all comes together. The production elements of the play present many challenges in how to best bring these paintings to life.  Luckily, I’ve got three extremely versatile actresses, and a great design team.  To quote a Sondheim lyric, “Putting it together bit by bit… Art isn’t easy!”

Wacher and Leeds have cast three award-winning actresses – Patti Gardner, Barbara Sloan, and Karen Stephens – to bring the iconic paintings Leeds has chosen to life.  Along with Edgar Degas and Claude Monet, Leeds has chosen works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Édouard Manet, Mary Cassatt, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Gustave Caillebotte, Frédéric Bazille, Isaac Israëls, and Marie Bracquemond to ‘illustrate’.

Leeds and Wacher have enlisted recent Carbonell Award-winner Jodi Dellaventura to design the Impressions set.  Others on the show’s design team are Kevin Black (Projections), Ardean Landhuis (Lighting Design), Jerry Sturdefant (Costume Design), David Hart (Sound). Kevin Raymond Hammond (Wigs). Jeff Ostrow will serve as Impressions’ Production Stage Manager.

Tickets for Impressions are $35 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 The Abyss Stage, 2304 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors, FL 33305

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 set up interviews, or for photos, please contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244.

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Impressions
By Michael Leeds
July 21 – August 6
(Preview performance July 20 at 8 pm)
Performance times:
Thursday – Saturday at 8 pm
Sunday at 5 pm
Tickets:  $35
For tickets:  www.pigsdoflyproductions.com / 866-811-4111
All performances will take place at
The Abyss Stage
2304 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors, FL 33305
www.infinite-abyss.org
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Michael Leeds: (Writer/Director) B’way: Swinging On A Star (Writer/Director Tony Award nom. Best Musical).  Off-B’way: Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah – The Songs of Allan Sherman (Drama Desk Award nom. Best Director/Best Choreographer), the European Premiere of Arthur Miller’s Playing For Time (Edinburgh Fringe Festival First Award), A Little Night Music at Houston Grand Opera starring Frederica Von Stade and Regina for Florida Grand Opera starring Lauren Flanigan. Film:  choreographed End of Summer starring Jacqueline Bisset, co-wrote The Simian Line starring William Hurt and Lynn Redgrave, and The Last Film Festival starring Dennis Hopper. His many SF directing credits include Mack And Mabel (Carbonell Best Musical) and The Light In The Piazza (Carbonell nom Best Musical, Silver Palm Award for Direction).  Michael is Assoc. Artistic Director of Island City Stage where his directing credits include The Twentieth Century Way (Carbonell nom. Best Ensemble), The Timekeepers (6 Carbonell Awards including Best Director and Best Production of a Play), the World Premieres of Have I Got A Girl For You, POZFeeding The Bear and his own play Who Killed Joan Crawford? which received the 2016 Award for Best New Work of 2016 by the Broward/Miami New Times.  His other plays include The First Step – Diary of a Sex AddictThe GiftStarmaker and Impressions.   Michael teaches an ongoing weekly acting class. (www.LeedsWorkshop.net)

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The PGA Arts Center presents FUNNY OLD BROADS – July 6 – 30

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The PGA Arts Center
presents
Caryn Bark, Pam Peterson, and Jan Slavin
in
Funny Old Broads
July 6 – July 30

“… fast paced humor with musical comedy mixed in … delicious to watch …”
~ Angela Allyn, Chicago Stage Standard

June 13, 2017:

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL:  Audiences looking for laughter this summer will find it at the PGA Arts Center when comediennes Caryn Bark, Pam Peterson, and Jan Slavin take the stage in Funny Old Broads, which will open on July 6th, and run through July 30th.  The show is part of the PGA Arts Center’s Summer Series.

Funny Old Broads is a delightful mixture of song and stand-up comedy, and features well-observed domestic humor interspersed with touching personal memories.  The Broads’ reflections on the absurdities of middle age and beyond, living in the ‘burbs’, and growing up in the sixties, not to mention Bark’s description of ‘middle aged Jewish ladies floundering through the Byzantine rules of Mah Jong’, will resonate with all audiences, no matter how old they are.

Funny Old Broads was created, as the multi-faceted (writer, comedienne, humorist, essayist, novelist, and playwright) Bark explains: “When I came to the shocking realization that I am older than Aunt Bee!”  It was her belief that she needed to embrace aging with laughter “…as well as a good support bra and Spanx.” 

Bark enlisted Pam Peterson and Jan Slavin – both of whom are popular and critically acclaimed performers individually, and known together as The Boomer Babes – and built the show around the three of them.

Caryn Bark is the creator/performer of the critically acclaimed one woman show Diary of a Skokie Girl, which played to sold-out audiences in Chicago, Kansas City, Little Rock, Phoenix, and Canada’s Winnipeg Jewish Theater. She has appeared on Lifetime Channel’s “Girls’ Nite Out”, has opened for Joel Grey, and worked for HBO and Comedy Central. She has been heard on NPR’s “The Savvy Traveler”, has been a frequent guest commentator on Chicago Public Radio station WBEZ, and a regular on Marie Osmond’s radio show, “Marie and Friends”. She has performed at comedy clubs across the country, including Catch a Rising Star and The Improv. She is the author of the novel “Mittelschmerz”, a comic romance about Chicago’s Jewish community.

Pam Peterson is the recipient of Chicago’s prestigious After Dark Award for Outstanding Cabaret Artist.  She has performed with pops symphonies and big bands nationwide, as well as at numerous premiere Chicago venues, including Maxim’s, Park West, Davenports, Drury Lane, Bailiwick Theater, and The Peninsula.  A member of Actor’s Equity Association, Pam’s theater credits include Chicago’s Victory Garden’s Theater, and the St. Louis Muny, and has appeared in TV spots for many Fortune 500 companies, including Motorola, Walgreens, MacDonald’s, and Prudential.

Jan Slavin is a singer, writer and stand-up comic who has performed in clubs and theaters throughout Chicago. Comedy venues have included Laugh Factory, Zanies, Comedy Bowl and many others. Most recently, Jan performed stand-up at the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival and the Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival. Jan performs regularly with Pam Peterson in their musical duo, The Boomer Babes which was created while sitting next to each other at a Passover Seder 13 years ago, during the gefilte fish course. Jan is a registered Music Together instructor, bringing the joy of music to young children. Her only regret is that she has never made homemade chicken soup but she is not about to start now.

Tickets for Funny Old Broads are on sale now, and can be purchased on line at www.pgaartscenter.com or by calling 1-855-448-7469.  For group sales (12+), call 888-264-1788. Ticket prices range from $45-$59.

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

For more information about Funny Old Broads, Caryn Bark, Pam Peterson, Jan Slavin, and/or the PGA Arts Center please contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com at 561-445-9244.

Funny Old Broads
Written & Performed by Caryn Bark, Pam Peterson, and Jan Slavin
July 6 – July 30
Tickets:  $45 – $59
Phone:  1-855-448-7469
For Group Sales (12+): 888-264-1788
To purchase tickets on line:  www.pgaartscenter.com
Showtimes:
Thursday 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Friday 7:30 pm
Saturday 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday 2 pm
PGA Arts Center
4076 PGA Boulevard,
Palm Beach Gardens, FL  33410
www.pgaartscenter.com
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Directions to the PGA Arts Center:
On PGA Blvd heading East, (& RCA Blvd) take first right at Shell Gas Station, and then take the 2nd right into the shopping center driveway. The theater is on the left. Formerly the Cinema 6 Movie Theater inside the former Loehmann’s Plaza. This is less than 1/4 mile off of the PGA Blvd. Exit of 95 North.

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Kevin Black’s SWING! SWING! SWING! Returns to Stage Door Theatre – June 16 – July 30

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Back by Popular Demand!

Stage Door Theatre
presents
Kevin Blacks
Swing! Swing! Swing!
June 16 – July 30

“It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing!” Duke Ellington

“From the opening drum riffs, rippling bass and piano fanfare, you are put on notice:  This show is going to … blow out the roof.”
Bill Hirschman – FloridaTheaterOnStage.com

June 1, 2017
MARGATE, FL:  Last fall Stage Door Theatre’s Theatre 2 jumped and jived with Kevin Black’s exuberant production of Swing! Swing! Swing! The Carbonell Recommended musical revue was so popular with Stage Door audiences, that the theatre’s Executive Producer Dee Wilson-Bunn decided it would be the perfect vehicle to ‘jazz up’ Stage Door’s 2017 summer season.  Swing! Swing! Swing! will open once again on June 16th in the ever-popular venue’s Theatre 2, and run through July 30th.

Kevin Black

“Swing music has its roots in Jazz, beginning in New Orleans and Kansas City then eventually moving its way across the nation.” Black explained last October.  “Once it reached New York City, the phenomenon quickly became the pop music of its day. Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller took the jazz infused sounds of George Gershwin and Louis Armstrong and invented a genre that featured a strong drum and bass line, creating that unmistakable rhythm that lead to the high energy dance styles of the jitterbug and the jive.

Swing! Swing! Swing! pays tribute to these Jazz and Swing classics, told through various thematic groupings of songs and artists,” he continued. “That Big Band sound, normally created by a 20 plus piece swing band, will be reimagined by utilizing live piano, bass and drums, while incorporating the cast as the brass section through rhythmic vocals and harmonized scatting. The show is set in an Art Deco style club, masterfully envisioned by Michael McClain. We are certain the more senior patrons of Stage Door will thoroughly enjoy reliving these timeless classics. Our hope is to bring this magnificent musical style to a new generation of audiences.”

Just a few of the classic pieces that will be revisited include ‘Tuxedo Junction’,’In the Mood’, ‘Stardust’, ‘Stormy Weather’, ‘I Got Rhythm’, and of course ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing.’

Three of the show’s original cast will return for this production of Swing!:  Alexandra Van Hasselt, Sharyn Peoples, Elijah Word have all signed on to reprise their roles.  They will be joined by Pasqualino Beltempo, Rebeca Diaz, and Christopher Patterson.

Kevin Black is the owner of Kevin Black Productions, a global company providing entertainment to cruise lines, corporate events, resorts, musical theater productions, ,and tours. Kevin’s extensive cruise line work includes costume design, choreography, production, and direction on Norwegian, Saga, Royal Caribbean and Asuka Cruise Lines. Corporate clients include HP, Motorola, Muvico, and Giorgio Armani; tours include original works – Cirque style shows, as well as musical theater productions including La Cage Aux FollesThe Jazz SingerSmokey Joe’s CaféFunny GirlVictor/VictoriaCabaret, and Dreamgirls. Kevin’s work can currently be seen at the Villa de Palmar Resorts in Cabo, Mexico. His most recent work includes Laffing Matterz at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts; 8 TrackI Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, and Rags at The Plaza Theatre in Manalapan, Florida; What’s New Pussycat?On The RadioA Chorus LinePromises, PromisesPompadour, Evita, and The Soul of Motor City at The Stage Door Theatre in Margate, Florida. He also recently directed and choreographed SpamalotTommyThe Rocky Horror Show, and Into The Woods for Entre’Acte Theatrix performing at The Crest Theatre in Delray Beach, Florida. Kevin is the producer, director and choreographer of an original children’s show, The Adventures of Bella & Harry, and is the Artistic Director for CAST (Career in the Arts, School of Talent) located in Cooper City, Florida.

Swing! Swing! Swing! will run from June 16 – July 30 at Stage Door Theatre. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate.

Tickets for Swing! Swing! Swing! are $48. (Student prices are also available with valid ID). Tickets may be purchased at the Broward Stage Door Theatre box office at 954-344-7765 or on line at www.stagedoorfl.org.

For more information about Swing! Swing! Swing! 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).

Swing! Swing! Swing!
June 16 – July 30
Conceived and Directed by Kevin Black
Choreographed by Kevin Black and Ben Bagby
Assistant Choreographer Isabel Trelles
Musical Direction by Ben Bagby
Assistant Musical Director Michael Friedman
Costume Design by Jerry Sturdefant of Carousel Theatrical
Scenic Design by Michael McClain
Lighting Design by Ardean Landhuis
Sound Design by Paul O’Donnell
Band Leader / Pianist – Michael Friedman
Bassist – Rupert Ziawinski
Percussionist – Roy Fantel
Tickets:  $48
Phone:  954-344-7765
On line: www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, &  Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
The Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
www.stagedoorfl.org
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