Comedian/Commentator/Writer  JOE DEVITO to appear at Mizner Park Cultural Center and the Delray Beach Playhouse

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November 5th & 6th

“Joe DeVito from New York, ruled the room… 9.5 out of 10.” – Montreal Gazette

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

October 23, 2021

BOCA RATON/DELRAY BEACH, FL:  Comedian/writer/raconteur Joe DeVito will bring his unique comedic talents to the Mizner Park Cultural Center on November 5th and the Delray Beach Playhouse on November 6th.

Whether taking on relationships, his Italian-American family, or current events, Joe DeVito’s dead-on timing, unexpected twists and sheer flights of lunacy make him a favorite at clubs and colleges throughout the United States, and at the top venues in New York City.

After spending a decade as a journalist and advertising writer, Joe gave into his coworker’s demands to try performing so he could find fame, while they finally got some work done! Since then, he has appeared on television more than 150 times, including Comedy Central, The Late

Late Show (CBS), Last Comic Standing (NBC), AXS-tv’s Gotham Comedy Live, Comics Unleashed, E! Network, CNN, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, and more. He has been a regular panelist on FOX News Channel’s Red Eye and Kennedy discussing current events with a satirical bent.  He has also appeared on FOX’s The Greg Gutfield where he serves as the show’s lead comedy writer.

As a writer, Joe has contributed to Maxim Magazine, MTV, and the award-winning film “Super Size Me”. In 2006, he was invited to the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Canada, where the Montreal Gazette rated his performance “9.5 out of 10.”

Joe’s debut album “First Date with Joe DeVito” is in regular rotation on Spotify and Sirius XM satellite radio.

Joe DeVito will perform at the Mizner Park Cultural Center on Friday, November 5th at 7:30 pm and at the Delray Beach Playhouse on Saturday, November 6th at 8 pm. Tickets for both performances range from $25 to $35, and can be purchased online at https://miznerparkculturalcenter.com and https://delraybeachplayhouse.com.

Masks must be worn in order to attend.

The Delray Beach Playhouse is located at 950 NW 9th Street, in Delray Beach (33444).
The Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center is located at 201 Plaza Real, in Boca Raton (33432)

For more information about Joe DeVito or to arrange an interview, please contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244.

Joe DeVito performance dates & times:

Mizner Park Cultural Center:
Friday, November 5 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: $25/$35
For tickets: 
Call 844-672-2849
Online: https://miznerparkculturalcenter.com/events/joe-devito/
201 Plaza Real, 2nd Floor
Boca Raton, FL 33432

Delray Beach Playhouse:
Saturday, November 6 at 8 pm
Tickets: $25/$35
For tickets: 
Call 844-272-1281
Online:https://delraybeachplayhouse.com/performance/joe-devito-comedy/
950 NW 9th Street
Delray Beach, FL 33444

The Delray Beach Playhouse Presents the PLAYHOUSE PLAYWRIGHTS’ PROJECT

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New plays by nine local playwrights will be showcased over a two-day period

Saturday, October 23rd & Sunday, October 24th

“We’re making magic here!”  
Marianne Regan, Director Playhouse Playwrights’ Project

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

October 8, 2021

DELRAY BEACH, FL:  The 2021 edition of what has become a popular vehicle for South Florida playwrights to showcase their work, the Playhouse Playwrights’ Project, (“P3”) will take place on October 23rd and 24th at the Delray Beach Playhouse.  This year’s event will feature nine brand new one-act plays.

In 2019, director Marianne Regan and art historian Dan Bellante approached the Delray Beach Playhouse with the idea of starting a local playwright’s festival. 

“We called it the Playhouse Playwright’s Project and we had over 30 submissions that first year,” Regan explains. “We chose eight brand new, locally written plays to perform on the Playhouse’s Cabaret stage.” 

The event was a huge success.  The plays were warmly received and thoroughly enjoyed by sell-out audiences.

“Dan and I realized we had hit a nerve in the community and while 2020 put us in COVID-limbo, we are thrilled with the interest and excitement generated by this year’s submissions,” Regan continues. “So, this is officially our Second Annual Playhouse Playwright’s Project Festival of New Plays, written and performed by a community of talented playwrights and actors.”

The call for scripts went out in March, with a May 31st deadline.  Criteria are well specified:  Submissions must be 20 minute one-act plays and should not have had any previous productions.  They must contain at least two, and not more than seven characters, and are judged on concept, dramatic action, and characterization.

The committee chose the plays in June (once again there were over 30 submissions) and everyone is encouraged to audition – actors with and without experience. “These are just readings,” Regan says, “there is no blocking, no sets, minimal props, and best of all, no memorizing!

“We hold a “mixer” with the playwrights and the actors to meet one another and then we start rehearsals,” she continues. We usually have 2 two-hour rehearsals before our final dress-tech rehearsal and then we’re ready to perform. Playwrights are invited to attend all the rehearsals because it is so valuable to them to hear their creation come to life. And it also gives them the opportunity to polish their writing because of the collaboration with the actors.”

Nine plays were chosen for this year’s Festival.  Five plays will be produced on Saturday evening, and four will be produced on Sunday afternoon. (The list of plays and playwrights is below.)

The Playhouse Playwrights’ Project will take place on Saturday, October 23rd at 8 pm and on Sunday, October 24th at 2 pm at the Delray Beach Playhouse Tickets for each of the performances are $12 and can be purchased online at https://delraybeachplayhouse.com.  A $20 Festival Pass covering both days is also available.

Masks must be worn in order to attend.

The Delray Beach Playhouse is located at 950 NW 9th Street, in Delray Beach (33444).

For more information about the Playhouse Playwrights’ Project, please contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244.

Playhouse Playwrights’ Project
Saturday, October 23 at 8 pm
Sunday, October 24 at 2 pm
Tickets:  $12/$20 for a Festival Pass
For tickets:  https://tix5.centerstageticketing.com/sites/delraybeach6/event-details.php?e=944
Call 844-272-1281
Delray Beach Playhouse
950 NW 9th Street
Delray Beach, FL 33444

Playhouse Playwrights’ Project list of Plays and Playwrights:

TODD CASTER: INTO WISHIN’
Todd Caster is a local playwright and has an extensive catalog of short plays. His regional full-length productions include Broken Angels, Riddle Of Three, Surfing The Rubicon, Little Piggies, Stranded On The Isle Of Few, and Approaching The Speed Of Life.  Todd was a finalist in the Delray Beach Playhouse’s 2019 Playwrights Festival of New Plays with The Burden Of Truth.

ANNE DICHELE: MEETMARKET.COM
Anne Dichele has been involved in many aspects of the theater including acting, play writing and production. Her short plays have been part of play readings produced by the South Florida Theatre League Summer Short Play Festival, Boca Raton Theatre Guild, and the Looking Glass Theatre in Manhattan. Her full length play Piano Man won an Honorable Mention in the California Stage Three Festival of New Plays and was a Semi-Finalist in the McClaren Play Writing Contest. She is a past president of the Boca Raton Theatre Guild, where her production credits included A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Jerry’s Girls, She Loves Me, Lend Me a Tenor, Goodbye Charlie, and Squabbles. She is thrilled to have her plays included in the 2019 Festival (Debbie Squared) and now in the 2021 Playhouses Playwrights’ Festival.

JUDY MARILYN GOLDSTEIN: STRANGERS AT THE BAR
Judy Marilyn Goldstein is a published poet and playwright. She began writing plays in the summer of 2018 and many of her plays have since been produced on stage and Zoom. She also enjoys acting and writing short fictional stories. Judy appreciates the opportunities that the Delray Beach Playhouse Playwrights Project has provided to local playwrights.

ED KESSLER: DINNER PLANS
Ed is a frustrated comic who performed for 3 years at New York City’s “Catch a Rising Star” and “The Improv.” He moved to Florida with his wife Melody in 2009. They reside at Villaggio, a 55 and over community, in Lake Worth. Ed is the President of the Villaggio Softball Team. This is the only way they will let him play. He is also a member of the Villaggio Players. It’s a theater group that performs two shows a year for the community. He has written short plays for the group and has acted in many shows. Ed is thrilled that Delray Beach Playhouse selected his play to be read at the theater.

PAMELA MEEK: FAMILY SECRETS, FAMILY REMAINS
Pamela Meek is a retired psychologist who wrote and performed her one-woman show in 2015 titled “How to Be a Good Mom…When You’ve Got a Schizophrenic Mother for a Role Model” in NYC, DC and Maryland. She’s been writing plays ever since. Her 10-minute play Undecided about a teenager born with both sexes has been produced by TAP Productions at Standing Ovations Performing Arts in Lake Worth Beach and Love Fest 2021 in South Florida. She is currently working on a play about the forgotten existence and benefits of matriarchies.   

DORIS OBERSTEIN: WOW! IT WORKED
Doris is the author of two novels, RIPTIDE and THE SHOE TREE. She taught elementary education for twenty-six years while earning two Masters of Education Degrees, and trained student teachers for four universities in Connecticut. She was listed in the 1975 edition of “Outstanding Elementary Teachers Of America”. As a retiree, she became an Adjunct Professor in the University of Nevada Las Vegas College of Education training student teachers and facilitated “Literature: The Short Story” in the University of Nevada College of Continuing Education. Recently, she gave lectures, “Amusing Tales In Greek Mythology” in many local venues. She is honored to have her play read at the Delray Beach Playhouse.

LAURA RATTO: BEASTS IN BALL GOWNS
Laura Ratto is a writer and playwright. Her debut play, All In The Family Tree, was produced last year at Theatre Nova, in Ann Arbor, MI. Laura participated as a reader/actor in the 2019 Delray Beach Playhouse Playwrights’ Festival, a wonderful experience which inspired her to submit a play for this year’s project.  She is beyond thrilled that BEASTS IN BALL GOWNS was selected and grateful to Marianne Regan and the talented actors who are bringing her “fabulous ladies” to life.  

PHYLLIS SPEAR: MY MOTHER’S SABBATH CANDLES
Phyllis is delighted to have been chosen for the Playhouse Playwrights’ Festival of New Plays. A long time Florida resident, she spent the bulk of her working life as a mother, business executive, and doing acting in the evening. When she retired ten years ago she decided to “live her dream” and has been an actress and director since then. She always had an interest in playwriting, and with the onset of the pandemic picked up a script she had started working on several years before. This play is her first playwriting effort and is dedicated to her Jewish mother.

PATRICIA WAKELY WOLF: MEMORIES IN STORAGE
Patricia Wakely Wolf began at an early age writing poetry, short stories and had her own column in her high school newspaper. She won the Writer’s Digest award for her first full-length play, Closed Casket. Recently, her full-length play, Stung & Wounded, was selected for The South Florida Theatre League’s Summer Theatre Fest 2015 and a staged reading was performed at Main Street Playhouse in Miami Lakes. Patricia’s 10-minute plays have been produced at The South Florida Theatre League’s Summer Reading Series, Group Repertory Theatre in North Hollywood, CA, Playwrights’ Slam at The Kennedy Center and Pinky Swear Productions, Washington, DC. Her short play about Mary Cassatt was published by 365 Women A Year – A Playwriting Project. Her One-Minute-Plays have been produced at Anarchist Jurisdiction, Collaboration between the Dramatists Guild and #1MPF, South Florida One-Minute Play Festival in Miami, Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City and at Theatre J in Washington, DC. Patricia participated in several spoken word evenings that included her original work at Spark Off Rose in Los Angeles. Patricia is an actor/model in South and Central Florida and has also worked in commercials, theatre and independent film in Los Angeles and New York. Member: The Dramatists Guild, Stage 32, and The Writer’s Group/LA. Board Member: Shakespeare Troupe, Inc.

2 Guys & a Doll Do Broadway(and Boca & Delray!)

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Singer, Actress, Comedian, Storyteller
Sharon Ruben
Celebrates Life Through the Art of the
Broadway Song

November 2nd, 3rd, & 4th
at Mizner Park Cultural Center and the Delray Beach Playhouse

“…touching, engaging, upbeat, and relatable.” ~ Nora Davis, Times Square Chronicles

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

October 7, 2021

BOCA RATON & DELRAY BEACH, FL:  Cabaret veteran, actress, singer, comedian and storyteller Sharon Ruben will bring her “Broadway Journey through life” production, 2 Guys and a Doll Do Broadway to the Delray Beach Playhouse and the Mizner Park Cultural Center on November 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.  Joining her on stage will be two of South Florida’s top talents, actor/director Jonathan Van Dyke, and actor/cabaret artist Michael Scott Ross.

Conceived and written by Ruben and Music Director Bill Magaliff, 2 Guys and a Doll is a fast- paced celebration of the many aspects of life – “It’s about everyone’s story – from childhood to young love to marriage, divorce, turning points, the golden years – using the music of ‘the Great White Way’ to illustrate the art and relevance of the Broadway song,” Ruben explains. She relates stories of her life on stage and off – and with over 30 years ‘in the business’, she has stories to tell.  

Music, and musical theatre is Ruben’s deep and abiding love and has been ‘forever’.  “When I was 5, I entertained in a hula skirt on a stage with a band in the Catskill Mountains,” she says.  “I share in my show how a physical limitation, which happened to me when I was four years old and contracted polio, and couldn’t raise my right arm, couldn’t stop me from communicating with people through song and dance and humor. How fortunate I am that I have done what I love all my life, and even more, that I am still doing it.”

A graduate of the Julliard School of Music, Sharon has performed at Radio City Music Hall as a principal vocalist, sung “The Star Spangled Banner” for the Knicks and the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, entertained at Feinstein’s 54 Below, and at many other venues and cabaret rooms in New York and beyond. She has also appeared in numerous musicals including Hal Prince’s Fiddler on The RoofKiss Me KateOklahoma, and Carousel with Howard Keel.

The 2 Guys joining Sharon on stage are musical theatre performers Jonathan Van Dyke and Michael Scott Ross – both of whom are well known to South Florida audiences. The show’s music director Bobby Peaco will be at the piano.

2 Guys & a Doll Do Broadway will run for two performances at the Delray Beach Playhouse on Tuesday November 2nd and Wednesday November 3rd, and at the Mizner Park Cultural Center in Boca Raton on Thursday, November 4th.   Tickets for these performances range from $34 to $44, and can be purchased online at https://miznerparkculturalcenter.com and https://delraybeachplayhouse.com.

Masks must be worn in order to attend.
All patrons must be vaccinated.

The Delray Beach Playhouse is located at 950 NW 9th Street, in Delray Beach (33444).
The Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center is located at 201 Plaza Real, in Boca Raton (33432)
Sharon and her Guys will also perform at the Herb Skolnick Cultural Center on November 10th.

For more information about Sharon Ruben and 2 Guys & a Doll Do Broadway contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244.

2 Guys & a Doll Do Broadway performance dates, times, and locations:

2 Guys & a Doll Do Broadway
Tuesday, November 2 at 12:30 pm
Wednesday, November 3 at 12:30 pm
Tickets: $44
Click HERE for tickets 
Call 844-272-1281
Delray Beach Playhouse
950 NW 9th Street
Delray Beach, FL 33444

2 Guys & a Doll Do Broadway
Thursday, November 4 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: $34/$44
Click HERE for tickets 
Call 844-672-2849
Mizner Park Cultural Center
201 Plaza Real, 2nd Floor
Boca Raton, FL 33432

2 Guys & a Doll Do Broadway
Wednesday, November 10 at 7:30 pm
Click HERE for tickets
Call:  954-786-4590
Herb Skolnick Cultural Arts Center
800 SW 36th Avenue
Pompano Beach, FL 33069

2 Guys & a Doll Do Broadway – Cast and Creative Team

SHARON RUBEN has brought her cabaret act to Feinstein’s, Tuscany, Italy and opened the season at The Ocean House. Trained at the Juilliard School of Music, Sharon has performed at Radio City Music Hall as a principal vocalist, and in many musicals including: Hal Prince’s Fiddler On The Roof, Kiss Me Kate, Oklahoma and Carousel with Howard Keel. Her musical  comedy, storytelling one woman show “The Best is Yet to Come” played to packed houses at The Laurie Beechman Theater in NYC and Florida. Sharon was a guest on the Dr Oz Show in February 2017 in the episode FAKE NEWS.  Her pride and joy was the epiphany of creating and performing Two Guys & a Doll Do Broadway

MICHAEL SCOTT ROSS (One of the Guys) is a native New Yorker who now calls Florida home. Most recent regional credits include Ned in Groundhog Day (Slow Burn Theatre Company – The Broward Center), Hysterium in …Forum (MNM Theatre Company – The Kravis Center) and How To Succeed… (Maltz Jupiter Theatre). Michael originated the role of Man 2 in the NY Regional Premiere of Edges. Other New York credits include: Raffi on Broadway (Vocalist) and Twist (Mr. Sowerberry). He has performed on the Las Vegas Strip as well as his cabarets Some Enchanted Evening and The Glory of Gershwin on various cruise lines. You can also catch Michael portraying Dick Van Dyke in Practically Perfect: The Music of Julie Andrews with Matthews Entertainment.

JONATHAN VAN DYKE (One of the Guys) started off as a dancer at Walt Disney World in high school, and then he attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC.  National Tour credits include Oh Calcutta starring Gennifer Flowers, Bye Bye Birdie (Albert) and You Say Tomato I Say Shut Up (Jeff Kahn). Favorite roles include Sam in Mamma Mia, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Phil Davis in White Christmas, Cosmo Singin in the Rain, Jesus in Godspell, Mervin Oglepthorpe in Smoke on the Mountain, Zach in A Chorus Line, Ernst in Cabaret, Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, Billy Earle in No No Nanette, Jesus in Godspell and Jerry in The Full Monty. He has been seen in commercials for Universal, Coke, Carrier Sea World and Nutrisystyem. His film work includes Prime Of Your Life, The Glass Window and Not Alone.  Jonathan was on Americas Got Talent with the group Tell A Vision in which he was also on the creative team.

BOBBY PEACO In an interview with Playbill magazine, Jerry Herman (composer/lyricist of Hello Dolly, Mame, etc.) called Bobby Peaco “The best show pianist I have ever heard.” Bobby worked closely with Mr. Herman and appeared in his Off-Broadway revue Showtune. At the Helen Hayes Theater in Nyack, NY, he was the onstage pianist/music director for writer/director Blake Edwards’ Big Rosemary. For his work in NYC cabaret and nightclubs, he has received 9 MAC awards and 3 Bistro awards, and has music directed among many others, Julie Wilson, Terri White, Kristine Zbornik, and Emmy nominee Jackie Hoffman. Since moving to South Florida in the Summer of 2019, Bobby has music directed and played for musicals and cabaret shows at the Kravis Center, the Wick Theater, the Arts Garage, the Wilton Theater Factory, and several other venues working with Anthony Nunziata, Avery Sommers and Rob Russell, to name a few.

BILL MAGALIFF (Co-Creator, Director, Music Director) has engaged in live theatre and music for the past 35 years as a music director, director, conductor/arranger, accompanist, teacher and performer. Past work includes the Jerusalem English Speaking Theatre, Cider Mill Playhouse, and Palistage Youth Theatre. Currently he directs and arranges for the vocal group SHTYX and the band New Relics, is the music director for the original musical Holding On, leads community singing through Come, Let’s Sing! and is producing the second in a series of parodies that interpret the bible in a human and humorous way.

Tovah Feldshuh Returns to Mizner Park in TOVAH IS LEONA!

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Back by Popular Demand!

Tovah Feldshuh
Returns to the
Mizner Park Cultural Center
in
Tovah is LEONA!

Three Performances Only:
Saturday & Sunday October 16th & 17th 
 

“Dead 14 years, and I can still nail a middle C!”
Tovah Feldshuh as Leona Helmsley

“This Is A Do-Not-Miss!! Tovah Embodies This New York Name With Every Fiber Of Her Being”
—Times Square Chronicles

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

September 13, 2021

BOCA RATON, FL:  Six-time Tony and Emmy nominee Tovah Feldshuh will return to Boca Raton’s Mizner Park Cultural Center on Saturday October 16th and Sunday October 17th for three performances of her acclaimed one woman show Tovah is LEONA! The show, in which Feldshuh assumes the persona of real estate mogul and hotelier Leona Helmsley, played to sold-out houses in January 2019.  

As Helmsley, the disgraced doyenne comments and sings about anything and everything – from her meteoric rise from office temp to trophy wife, from wheeler-dealer to hotel magnate, to her relationship with real estate rival Donald Trump.

Created by Feldshuh, Director Jeff Harnar, and Musical Director James Bassi (and based on the New York Times best-seller by Randell Pierson), Leona Helmsley is given one hour up from Purgatory to SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT!!… and sing a few show tunes. She fulfills her dream to star in her own cabaret show as she sings for her innocence in a long-awaited RE-trial with the audience as her jury. So “HARRY on Down!” for an evening of fun, frolic & foreclosure! If you’re indicted, you’re invited!!

“Dear Ones, I am overjoyed to be returning to South Florida with Tovah is LEONA!, home of such fabulous audiences.” Feldshuh enthuses. “Needless to say Leona will want everything “Helmsley perfect,” and as such, she insists “No Vaccination, No Entry.” So please, let’s avoid her wrath and abide by this request.  Hell hath no fury like Leona scorned!”

Tovah is LEONA! features original music by Ron Passaro, lyrics by David Lee, and a book by Alex Lippard and David Lee.  The show is directed by Jeff Harnar, and Musical Director James Bassi provided the musical arrangements and additional lyrics.  

Tovah Feldshuh is a six-time Emmy & Tony nominee and has been awarded three honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters. Additionally, for her theatre work, she has won four Drama Desks, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, three Dramalogues, the Obie, the Theatre World, and the Helen Hayes and Lucille Lortel Awards for Best Actress. 

Tovah Feldshuh

Feldshuh has appeared on Broadway (Yentl, Cyrano, Rodgers & Hart, Dreyfus in Rehearsal, Sarava!, Lend Me a Tenor, Golda’s Balcony, Irena’s Vow, and as the show stopping trapeze-swinging Berthe in Pippin), Off-Broadway, and in dozens of productions around the country. Her numerous television roles include Deanna Monroeon “The Walking Dead”, Danielle Melnickon “Law & Order”, POTUS Pauline Mackenzie on “Salvation”, and Naomi Bunch, on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” where Feldshuh can be seen singing the dignified showstopper: “Where’s the Bathroom!?”  Her film credits include Kissing Jessica Stein, (Golden Satellite Award), A Walk on the Moon, Brewster’s Millions, Just My Luck, Daniel, The Idolmaker, and Paramount’s soon-to-be released Clifford. Recently Ms. Feldshuh’s award-winning performance as Prime Minister Golda Meir in Golda’s Balcony was made into a film entitled Golda’s Balcony The Film which won 20 out of 20 Audience Choice Awards. She is about to star as Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer in Becoming Dr. Ruth by Mark St. Germain, opening December 4th in New York City at the state-of-the-art Safra Hall in the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Her first memoir, LILYVILLE: Mother, Daughter, and Other Roles I’ve Played, has been chosen as a “Must Read” by Good Morning America and was immediately ranked the Number One New Release in Parent and Adult Child Relationships on Amazon. Follow Tovah’s travels around the world on Instagram @tovahfeld and her future engagements on her website: www.tovahfeldshuh.com.

Tickets for Tovah is LEONA! are on sale now and range in price from $39 – $59. Tickets can be purchased online at http://miznerparkculturalcenter.com or by phone at 844-672-2849.  The Mizner Park Cultural Center is located at 201 Plaza Real in Boca Raton (33432).

Masks must be worn in order to attend.
All patrons must be vaccinated.

For more information about Tovah is LEONA!, to arrange for tickets, or to speak with someone involved in the production, please contact Carol Kassie at Carol@CarolKassie.com / 561-445-9244.

“Tovah Is a Life Force!” Theater Pizazz

“Fast, funny and vastly entertaining.” Cabaret Scenes

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Tovah is LEONA!
Saturday, October 16 at 3 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 17 at 2 pm
Created by: Tovah Feldshuh, James Bassi, & Jeff Harnar
Directed by Jeff Harnar
Musical Director:  James Bassi
Music by Ron Passaro
Lyrics by David Lee & Alex Lippard
Tickets: $39 – $59
For tickets:  http://miznerparkculturalcenter.com  844-672-2849
All performances take place at
The Mizner Park Cultural Center
201 Plaza Real, 2nd Floor
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Like us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/MiznerParkCulturalCenter

Puppy Pals – The Comedic Stunt Dog Show Starring Wesley Williams – to Perform in Boca Raton and Delray Beach

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“Sit, stay, and get ready for a howling good time!”

“So professional.  It’s amazing” – Sofia Vergara

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

July 26, 2021

BOCA RATON & DELRAY BEACH, FL:  Boca Raton and Delray Beach are ‘going to the dogs’!  Puppy Pals, the comedic Stunt Dog Show, will bound onto the stage at the Mizner Park Cultural Center on September 25th, and at the Delray Beach Playhouse on September 26th.  Both performances will take place at 1 pm. 

Filled with surprises and laugh-out-loud canine comedy, Puppy Pals is a show suitable for all audiences – adults, children, and dog lovers! The performing pooches – most of them rescued and adopted by the show’s creator Wesley Williams – execute challenging and comical tricks in an atmosphere of controlled chaos.   Veterans of both America’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent, these ‘from shelter to showbiz’ Puppy Pals perform challenging stunts, including jumping rope, climbing ladders… and back flips!

The Tri County Animal Rescue will be holding a fundraiser in conjunction with the Puppy Pals performance at the Mizner Park venue.

Wesley Williams

Puppy Pals founder Wesley Williams has had a love of animals his entire life, and has combined his comedic skills, creativity, and deep devotion to his furry friends to bring his lifelong dream of forming an animal act into reality. 

The Puppy Pals will perform at the Mizner Park Cultural Center in Boca Raton on September 25th at 1 pm, and the Delray Beach Playhouse on September 26th at 1 pm. Tickets for both performances are $35/$25 depending on seating and can be purchased online at miznerparkculturalcenter.com and delraybeachplayhouse.com.

The Delray Beach Playhouse is located at 950 NW 9th Street, in Delray Beach (33444).
The Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center is located at 201 Plaza Real, in Boca Raton (33432)

For more information about Puppy Pals, visit www.puppypalsshow.com/show or contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244

Puppy Pals performance dates and times:

September 25 at 1 pm
Tickets: $25/35
Mizner Park Cultural Center
201 Plaza Real,
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Box Office:  844-672-2849
Tickets online:  September 26 at 1 pm
Tickets:  $25/35
Delray Beach Playhouse
950 NW 9th Street
Delray Beach, FL  33444
Box Office:  561-272-1281
Tickets online: https://miznerparkculturalcenter.com/events/puppy-pals-as-seen-on-americas-got-talent

September 26 at 1 pm
Tickets:  $25/35
Delray Beach Playhouse
950 NW 9th Street
Delray Beach, FL  33444
Box Office:  561-272-1281
Tickets online: https://delraybeachplayhouse.com/performance/puppy-pals-comedic-stunt-dog-show-starring-wesley-williams

Wesley Williams & Cash

Shakespeare Troupe of South Florida to present Twelfth Night in Boca Raton & Delray Beach August 14th & 15th

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Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit” ~ William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Carol Kassie
carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244
or
Peter W. Galman
Shakespeare Troupe of South Florida
anon@shakestroupe.org / 718-813-7383“Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.”
― William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

July 22, 2021

BOCA RATON & DELRAY BEACH, FL:  The Shakespeare Troupe of South Florida will present their production of Twelfth Night for two performances only – at the Mizner Park Cultural Center in Boca Raton on August 14th, and at the Delray Beach Playhouse on August 15th.

One of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays, Twelfth Night is a romantic comedy of love and ambition, and centers on twins Viola and Sebastian. Separated in a shipwreck, each believes the other has been lost.  Viola disguises herself as a young man named Cesario, and the now identical sister and brother separately seek their fortunes in the sea-coast country of Illyria.   Viola/Cesario unwittingly captures the heart of the wealthy countess Olivia and romantic and comedic complications ensue. 

The play is believed to have been written between 1601 and 1602 as a Twelfth Night entertainment for the close of the Christmas season, and features several of Shakespeare’s most iconic characters, including Sir Toby Belch, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, the fool Feste, and Malvolio the pompous steward of Countess Olivia’s household.

Peter Galman

Founded by noted South Florida Actor/Director/Producer Peter Galman, the Shakespeare Troupe of South Florida’s mission is to cultivate an appreciation of Shakespeare among new audiences through the employment of professional actors trained to give the most authentic performance culled from the cues and clues found in the 1623 First Folio.  The company has performed the Bard’s plays and conducted workshops in multiple venues and schools throughout the state.  

Galman has assembled an impressive cast for this production, including Sara Elizabeth Grant as Viola, Seth Trucks as Malvolio, Johnbarry Green as Sir Toby Belch, Michael Font as Feste, and Laurie Tanner as Maria.  Galman will take on the role Sir Andrew Aguecheek.  

General Admission tickets for Twelfth Night are available online and are Free.  There are also VIP tickets available for each performance.

For more information about the Shakespeare Troupe of South Florida please visit https://shakestroupe.org or contact Peter W. Galman at anon@shakestroupe.org / 718-813-7383 or Carol Kassie at Carol@CarolKassie.com / 561-445-9244.

Twelfth Night performance dates and times:

August 14 at 7:30 pm
Tickets:  General Admission – Free
VIP Tickets: $25
Mizner Park Cultural Center
201 Plaza Real,
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Box Office:  844-672-2849
Tickets online: https://miznerparkculturalcenter.com/events/twelfth-night-or-what-you-will August 15 at 2:00 pm
Tickets:  General Admission – Free
VIP Tickets: $25
Delray Beach Playhouse
950 NW 9th Street
Delray Beach, FL  33444
Box Office:  561-272-1281
Tickets online:  https://delraybeachplayhouse.com/performance/twelfth-night-or-what-you-will

MNM Theatre Company Partners with King of Cats Theatre Company to Bring Live Theatre to Schools and Families in Three Counties

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

June 16, 2021

BOCA RATON, FL: MNM Theatre Company will partner with King of Cats Theatre Company to bring Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) to the area. TYA’s purpose is to bring arts education and arts exposure to communities that are often overlooked and underserved within the South Florida community.  King of Cats Artistic Director Devin Tupler, along with the MNM Theatre Company team, have created a program that will be available to audiences who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience live theatre. The company’s pricing and business model are predicated on the premise that schools and families should be able to afford to experience theatre regardless of their socio-economic circumstances.

Marcie Gorman

“We are so pleased to be partnering with King of Cats,” MNM’s Producing Artistic Director and CEO said recently. “MNM has always been about community – we cast and hire within our South Florida community, and this is one project that fits our mission statement to a tee.”

“Theatre has given me my passion, my work ethic, my love of reading, my love for my fellow man, and almost every other trait I consider positive within myself,” Tupler says. “And I am not an anomaly. Almost every person I’ve met who was exposed to theater as a child (and I don’t mean just those working professionally in the field now) are some of the kindest, warmest, and hardest working people I know. So, when I heard from teacher friends that schools’ arts and theatre budgets kept getting cut, I knew I had to do something.  TYA is focused on inspiring the next generation through the arts, and that mission truly resonates with me.”

When asked about the origin of the name of her company, Tupler explains “I picked King of Cats because it refers to the character Tybalt in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, one of the plays we’ll be doing in 2022.  He’s the big brother everyone wishes they had (he’s a cousin in the play but still!). He’s protective, he loves his family with all of his heart, and his headstrong and fiery nature only show itself when he feels his family being slandered.” 

King of Cats will mount a four-show season beginning next fall, based on the current public school English curriculum, and will travel to three venues in three counties – Pinecrest Gardens in Miami/Dade, Miramar Cultural Center in Broward County, and FAU’s Barry Kaye Auditorium in Palm Beach County, during the 2021-2022 school year.

The company’s season will open with the world premiere of Robin Hood: How a Hero Came to Be, by local playwright/actor Robyn Eli Brenner. A devised work that is zany, quirky, fun, and full of heart, Robin Hood will be directed by Seth Trucks, and will run from late October through November.

King of Cats’ Devin Tupler will helm the January production, the world premiere of Treasure Island, by South Florida and New York based playwright Luis Roberto Herrera. The play is a swashbuckling, heart-stopping pirate adventure designed for middle schoolers, but has been approved for advanced elementary and 9th and10th grade students.

A new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, directed by Samantha Kaufman, will be King of Cats’ third production of their season.  This newly adapted version will retain Shakespeare’s classic language, but will add modern music, anachronistic costuming, stunt work, and the innovative use of multimedia. This show is designed for high school students. Romeo and Juliet will run from early February through the first week of April.

Awaken! is an adaptation of the Sleeping Beauty story by David and Paul Rigano, the award-winning cabaret and musical theatre song-writing team known as the Rigano Songbook. The multi-talented brothers will direct and musical direct the production –TYA’s only musical of the season.  Awaken! is designed for elementary school students and will run in April and May.

To learn more about King of Cats Theatre Company visit www.kingofcatstheatreco.org/MNM Theatre Company’s website can be found at www.mnmtheatre.org/. For more information about reservations, ticketing, pricing, specific dates, and availability, please contact Devin Tupler at  kingofcatstheatre@gmail.com / 954-850-0464

Jordon Armstrong and Devin Tupler as Romeo and Juliet

Stars to Sing in Concert: A MILLION DREAMS Will Feature Broadway’s Derek Klena, Christy Altomare, and Samantha Pauly

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Broadway Stars to Sing in Concert:
A Million Dreams

Featuring Broadway’s
Derek Klena, Christy Altomare, and Samantha Pauly
Will Showcase the Students of
Making It On Broadway

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jodie Langel, CEO Making It on Broadway
jodie@makingitonbroadway.net / 310-497-5964
Contact:  Carol Kassie
carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244

June 1, 2021

LAUDERHILL, FL:  Making It On Broadway, an educational musical theater training program, will host a summer concert entitled A Million Dreams, featuring Broadway notables Derek Klena (Jagged Little Pill), Christy Altomare (Anastasia), and Samantha Pauly (Six) and the students of Making It On Broadway at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Sunday, July 11th at 7:30 pm

A Million Dreams will feature songs from Broadway productions such as Mean Girls, Carrie, The Greatest Showman, Dear Evan Hansen, and Jagged Little Pill. Klena, Altomare, and Pauly will perform alongside students from the Making It On Broadway program who they will have been mentoring and teaching all week. (Mrs. Doubtfire star Rob McClure will also be one of that week’s mentors.)

Making It On Broadway is an acclaimed musical theatre program, founded by Broadway actress, teacher and author Jodie Langel, wherein students learn the realities of what it means to be a modern Broadway professional.  Participating in classes taught by Broadway professionals, students take acting, singing, and dancing classes every day, and are also given the opportunity to work with, learn from, and perform for professionals from every aspect of ‘the business’, including directors, music directors, producers, and Tony Award winners.  Past notable Making It On Broadway master class instructors include Sutton Foster, Kristin Chenoweth, Jeremy Jordan, Megan Hilty, Norm Lewis, and Jason Alexander.

Derek Klena originated the role of Eddie Birdlace in the stage adaptation of Dogfight and the role of Dmitry in Anastasia on Broadway.  He received a 2020 Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Nick Healy in Jagged Little Pill.

Christy Altomare played Wendla in the first national tour of Spring Awakening and Sue Snell in the Off-Broadway revival of Carrie.  She made her Broadway debut as Sophie in Mamma Mia and originated the titular role in the Broadway premiere of Anastasia.

Samatha Pauly originated the role of Katherine Howard in Six the Musical on Broadway.  She played Eva Peron in the critically acclaimed West End revival of Evita at Regent Parks Open Air Theatre.

Derek Klena, Christy Altomare, and Samantha Pauly
Jodie Langel

Jodie Langel’s many Broadway and touring credits include Les Miserables (Cosette), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator), Cats (Grizabella), and the pre-Broadway production of Martin Guerre (Bertrande). Her New York credits also include Bernstein’s Mass at Carnegie Hall/Kennedy Center, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at the Westside Theatre. Jodie won “Best Actress” in I Come For Love at the NYMF Festival in New York City and was a part of the New York Workshop of The First Wives’ Club (understudy to Ana Gastayer). Locally she has received numerous Carbonell Award nominations and a Silver Palm Award.  Jodie also co-authored the book ‘Making It On Broadway: Actors’ Tales of Climbing to the Top’, which has become required reading at leading conservatories around the country.

Tickets for A Million Dreams range in price from $50 to $80 and can be purchased online at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pesptpm/10735597/1080236.

The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center is located at 3800 NW 11th Place (33311), in the Central Broward Regional Park on the Northeast corner of Sunrise Boulevard and State Road 7. 

For more information about Making It On Broadway and Jodie Langel, visit https://www.makingitonbroadway.net or contact Jodie Langel at Jodie@makingitonbroadway.net / 310-497-5964.

MNM Theatre Company and North End Theater Company Partner to Produce Broadway at LPAC at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center in 2022

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MNM Theatre Company and
North End Theater Company
Partner to Produce
Broadway at LPAC
at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center in 2022

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

June 1, 2021

BOCA RATON, FL:  MNM Theatre Company will partner with North End Theater Company, the production division of Arts Center Management (ACM), a multi-platform theatre management company, to produce the Broadway at LPAC series at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center. ACM recently signed a long-term contract to produce the series for the City of Lauderhill.  The three-show 2022 season will feature the hit musicals Grease, Sister Act, and Guys and Dolls.

MNM Theatre Company is an award-winning not-for-profit 501(c)(3) theatre company whose mission is to produce high quality professional live theatre that inspires audiences and enriches the cultural life of the community while creating Florida based jobs in the Arts. 

Since the company’s debut production of A Chorus Line in 2014, Marcie Gorman, MNM’s Producing Artistic Director and CEO has been committed to providing job opportunities for Floridians, and as of January 2021 MNM Theatre Company has created over 800 theatrical employment opportunities both in front of and behind the curtain.

MNM has produced large scale musicals (including Spamalot, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Hair, La Cage Aux Folles, Little Shop of Horrors) as well as smaller, intimate productions (Side By Side By Sondheim, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, My Way, A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra), garnering critical and audience acclaim, numerous prestigious South Florida Carbonell Award nominations – and a win, and multiple Silver Palm Awards. Their recent innovative online production of Closer Than Ever received rave reviews from audiences and critics throughout the United States, and kudos from the show’s creators, Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire.

Marcie Gorman

“We are extremely excited to begin working with the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center and North End Theater Company,” Gorman says, “And to bring MNM Theatre Company and musical theatre to Lauderhill and Broward County!”

The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center has hosted numerous theatrical events and productions since it opened its doors in January 2016 and has grown its audiences to include theatre patrons from not only Broward County, but from Miami/Dade and Palm Beach counties as well.

“The City of Lauderhill is pleased to be working with our new partners, MNM Theatre Company and Arts Center Management, to present our upcoming Broadway series,” says Lauderhill City Manager Desorae Giles-Smith.  “After a year of being dark due to COVID-19, we are thrilled to bring light and life back to the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center!”

Arts Center Management is a multi-faceted theatre management, consulting, and production company whose main focus is to help theatres and theatre companies improve their programming and operations.  The company was founded by ACM President Kevin Barrett in 2014. Barrett began working with the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center in 2014 and was instrumental in bringing the successful Broadway in Lauderhill series to LPAC. 

“It’s an honor to work with Marcie Gorman and her award-winning MNM Theatre Company,” says Barrett. “During the last year, we have been working behind the scenes, formulating our plans, and there’s no one I would want leading this exciting new venture more than Marcie. She is one of the most respected regional theater producers in Florida.”

Grease will run from January 14th – January 30th, 2022; Sister Act from February 18th – March 6th; and Guys and Dolls from April 1st – April 17thGrease and Guys and Dolls will be directed by Jonathan Van Dyke, and Sister Act will be helmed by Michael Ursua. 

Tickets and subscriptions to Broadway at LPAC will be on sale soon, and various subscription packages will be available.

The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center is located at 3800 NW 11th Place (33311), in the Central Broward Regional Park on the Northeast corner of Sunrise Boulevard and State Road 7.  For more information about LPAC visit https://www.lpacfl.com.

For more information about MNM Theatre Company (www.mnmtheatre.org/), ACM and North End Theater Company and/or the Broadway at  LPAC series, please contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244

MNM Theatre Company’s Innovative Virtual Production of CLOSER THAN EVER Extended Through January 10th, 2021

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Theatre in the Time of COVID!

MNM Theatre Company Proudly Extends

Maltby & Shire’s
Closer Than Ever
The Critically Acclaimed Production
Is Now Available for Streaming
On Demand
Through January 10th, 2021

Innovation is the key for MNM Theatre Company’s production of Closer Than Ever.

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

December 22, 2020

BOCA RATON, FL:  MNM Theatre Company’s cutting-edge production of Maltby and Shire’s Closer Than Ever will now be available for streaming on demand through January 10th, MNM Producing Artistic Director Marcie Gorman announced today.

Marcie Gorman

“We are so proud of this project,” Gorman explains, “and we want to make sure everyone who would like to see Closer Than Ever has the opportunity to do so.  Our director, Jonathan Van Dyke, came up with an incredibly creative and innovative way to make live theatre during the pandemic, using video, audio, and projections.  Our cast and crew stayed safe and healthy throughout the entire creative process, and their dedication to this project is another reason why we want to ensure their work remains available for a while longer. Plus, of course,” she adds, “The reviews by both audiences and critics alike have been nothing less than stellar, so it’s a popular demand extension, too!”

Closer Than Ever has received universal praise since it began streaming on November 27th, including glowing endorsements from both composer David Shire (“The performances were honest and great, the musical direction, staging, production design, choreography all first rate, and [your] direction and overall conception of how to present CTE and keep it “Covid-safe” was truly impressive.”) and lyricist Richard Maltby Jr. (“The performances were all on the money and very true, Surprisingly, that isn’t usually the case with this show. Your staging ideas and your filming ideas were very very clever. It was an actual film version of the show, which was daring to attempt. Clearly you approached the show with a great deal of love and a great deal of respect for the material. I heard every word, and the vocals were glorious.”)

Closer Than Ever features self-contained songs which deal with such diverse topics as security, aging, mid-life crisis, second marriages, working couples, and unrequited love. Maltby and Shire based many of the songs on real-life experiences of their friends, or stories told to them.

Closer Than Ever stars Aaron Bower, Johnbarry Green, and Carbonell Award-winners Shelley Keelor, and Elijah Word, each of whom have worked with MNM Theatre Company in the past.   The technical crew, almost all of whom are also MNM alumni, includes Eric Alsford as the production’s Musical Director, and Emily Tarallo as the show’s Choreographer.  Lighting Designer is Clifford Michael Spulock, Sound Designer is Mike Kelly, Scenic Artist is Cindi Taylor, and Scenic Designer is Jordon ArmstrongJohnbarry Green serves as Technical Director, Cliff Burgess as Videographer, Michael Joseph as Assistant Videographer and Wig Design is by Justin Lore of Tease & Floof Custom Wig Boutique.  Amber Mandic and Andrea Guardo are the production’s co-Stage Managers and co-Props Mistresses.

Closer Than Ever will be available On Demand through January 10th, on Music Theatre International’s (MTI) streaming platform www.ShowTix4U.com via MNM Theatre Company’s website www.mnmtheatre.org.  Once tickets are purchased, patrons will receive a link to view the production.  The link will be active for 48 hours from the first click.  Tickets are $20.

MNM Theatre Company is an award-winning not-for-profit 501(c)(3) theatre company whose mission is to produce high quality professional live theatre that inspires audiences and enriches the cultural life of the community while creating Florida based jobs in the Arts.

For more information about Closer Than Ever and MNM Theatre Company please visit www.mnmtheatre.org/ .  To speak with Marcie Gorman or Jonathan Van Dyke, please contact Carol Kassie at Carol@CarolKassie.com / 561-445-9244.

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Closer Than Ever
Streaming On Demand
Through January 10th, 2021

Music by David Shire
Lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr.
Conceived by Steven Scott Smith
Directed by Jonathan Van Dyke
Tickets: $20
Tickets available at https://www.mnmtheatre.org/
Direct ticketing link:  https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/41307

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