Lightning Bolt Productions presents YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN – THE MEL BROOKS MUSICAL – April 13 – 22

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Lightning Bolt Productions
presents
Young Frankenstein – The Mel Brooks Musical
April 13 – 22

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

April 5, 2018

BOCA RATON, FL:  Lightning Bolt Productions’ Young Frankenstein – The Mel Brooks Musical will open at the West Boca Performing Arts Center at West Boca High School* on April 13th, and run through April 22nd.

A wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend, Mel Brooks’ comedy masterpiece follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein (that’s Fronkensteen!) as he attempts to complete his grandfather’s masterwork and bring a corpse to life. Together with his oddly shaped and endearing helper Igor (that’s Eye-gor), his curvaceous lab assistant Inga, and in spite of his incredibly self-involved madcap fiancé Elizabeth, Frankenstein succeeds in creating a monster — but not without scary and quite often hilarious complications.

Young Frankenstein was Mel Brooks’ follow-up to his hit musical The Producers, and audience reaction to the production was consistently positive, much to his delight: “I love what they do,” Brooks said in an interview shortly after the show opened. “The audience knows Young Frankenstein the movie; they didn’t know The Producers. They all neigh when anyone on stage says “Frau Blucher”. And they can’t wait for the Blind Hermit to spill the hot soup on the monster’s lap. It’s great to see the audience play ping-pong with the actors.”

Jessie Hoffman

Lightning Bolt founder, and the show’s director Jessie Hoffman has drawn upon a special piece of the film’s history to inspire and inform her directorial choices: “I think it’s safe to say that everyone has a special place in their heart for Gene Wilder,” she explains. “Throughout the filming process of Young Frankenstein he and Mel Brooks only had one disagreement, which would probably shock most fans of the movie. Mel Brooks strongly disliked Wilder’s idea to include a scene where Fredrick Frankenstein performed “Puttin’ On The Ritz” with the monster. Of course, once the scene was done, Brooks admitted that he’d been wrong and stated that it was the best thing in the movie.

“As a director, it’s my job to find the difficult balance of staying true to what the piece is meant to be, while making it my own,” she continues. “Because of this, Young Frankenstein might very well be the most difficult show I’ve ever directed, but also, the most rewarding. If I can learn anything from this production, it’s to trust my instincts, my ideas, and myself no matter what others say. To trust my humor and my creativity, because if Gene hadn’t trusted his, one of the most beloved, hilarious, and iconic moments of this film wouldn’t exist. It’s truly amazing how something that can bring such laughter, joy, and amusement to so many people can also teach such an important life lesson, and I’m truly grateful to Gene Wilder for helping me learn that.”

Nicole Stav

Lightning Bolt has enlisted Nicole Stav to help shepherd the fledgling theatre company’s show onto the stage – she will serve as the production’s Stage Manager, and has designed many aspects of the show including the Set, Lighting, Costume, and Props: “I’m truly excited to be able to blend my passion for theatre with my skills in business management,” she says. “It’s not very often that we get to do what we love, but when you do, it never really feels like work. Spearheading this new production company has been rewarding in so many ways, and the relationships we’re forming within the South Florida Theatre Industry are invaluable, to say the very least. Managing such a large cast while simultaneously taking care of props, costumes, lighting design, and set design has been challenging; however, I feel that the hard work we’ve put in will be so obvious once everyone sees the show!”

Young Frankenstein cast members include Max Miller (Frederick Frankenstein), Jonathan Cabrera (Igor), Jessie Hoffman (Inga), Josh Nelson (The Creature), Eileen Flanagan Parente (Frau Blucher), Taryn Bagdasarian (Elizabeth), Larry Bresslerr (Inspector Kemp), and Murphy Hayes (The Hermit, etc.).  Also cast are Michael Reizburg, Ravelle Miller, Victoria Kuhns, Angela Moormann-Davis, Valerie Bressler, Aaron Bravo, and Christian Matthiesen.

The show’s Musical Director is Angela Moormann-Davis; Choreography is by Taryn Bagdasarian.

Tickets for Young Frankenstein The Mel Brooks Musical are on sale now and can be purchased on line at www.lbptheatre.com or by phone at 561-886-8286.  Tickets are $35.  Group rates (6 or more tickets purchased in one transaction) are $28, and student tickets ($20 with valid ID) are also available.

For more information about Jessie Hoffman, Lightning Bolt Productions, and/or Young Frankenstein, please contact Carol Kassie at Carol@CarolKassie.com / 561-445-9244.

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Young Frankenstein – The Mel Brooks Musical
Book by Mel Brooks
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Book by Thomas Meehan
April 13 – 22
Tickets: $35 (Student & Group Rates available)
For Tickets:  www.lbptheatre.com / 561-886-8286
Performance Schedule:
Friday and Saturday at 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm

All performances at
West Boca Performing Arts Center at West Boca High School
12811 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL  33498
www.lbptheatre.com
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*Disclaimer: Lightning Bolt Productions (“LBP”) is not affiliated with or endorsed by the School Board of Palm Beach County or West Boca High School (“WBHS”) and the events/activities hosted by Lightning Bolt Productions on West Boca High School’s premises pursuant to a lease agreement shall not be construed as being conducted, funded, hosted, or sponsored by the School Board or West Boca High School on behalf of Lightning Bolt Productions.  The School Board and West Boca High School undertake no responsibility for supervising or monitoring Lightning Bolt Productions’ events/activities and will not be liable for any and all actions of Lightning Bolt Productions on West Boca High School’s premises.

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Rome Saladino Salutes Michael Bublé in FEELIN’ GOOD – April 20th at the Boca Black Box Center for the Arts

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Rome Saladino Salutes
Michael Bublé in
Feelin’ Good
at
The Boca Black Box Center for the Arts
Friday, April 20

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

April 3, 2018

BOCA RATON, FL:  Multi-talented singer/dancer/actor/choreographer Rome Saladino will celebrate the stylings of Grammy and Juno Award-winner Michael Bublé when he brings his newest production Feelin’ Good – A Tribute to Michael Bublé to the Boca Black Box Center for the Arts on April 20th at 8 pm.

Saladino will sing the songs that made the popular singer-songwriter a world-renowned phenomenon.  He will be accompanied by a seven-piece band, several talented dancers, and special guest star Sarah Amanguel.

Inspired by Bublé’s Jazzy Big Band style, Saladino will perform the hits that put the Canadian superstar on the charts –“Haven’t Met You Yet”, “Everything”, and “Home”, and will channel ‘Frank, Dean, Ray, and Ella’ with classics such as “Feeling Good”, “Come Fly With Me”, “Cry Me a River”, and “Sway. The evening will also include covers of The Beatles, The Eagles, Otis Redding, and Queen.  “It will,” says Saladino, “be an evening of some of the greatest music ever written, with the coolest new arrangements!”

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

Sarah Amengual began performing at age 5.  After she was bitten by the theatre bug she began performing professionally in theatre, film, voice over, and commercials.  She received her BFA from the University of Miami and moved directly from university to New York City to take over the role of Maria in the Broadway production of West Side Story.  She has worked alongside such legends as Meryl Streep, James Earl Jones, Annette Benning, Alec Baldwin and Brian Dennehy.

Tickets for Feelin’ Good – A Tribute to Michael Bublé are $40 (VIP) or $30, and on sale now and can be purchased by phone at 561-483-9036, or click HERE to purchase tickets on line.  The Boca Black Box Center for the Arts is located at 8221 Glades Road (#10), in Boca Raton (33434).

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

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Feelin’ Good – A Tribute to Michael Bublé
Created, directed, and choreographed by Rome Saladino
April 20, 2018 at 8 pm
Tickets: $30 and $40 (VIP)
For tickets:  561-483-9036 / www.bocablackbox.com/
Boca Black Box Center for the Arts
8221 Glades Road, #10
Boca Raton, FL  33434
www.bocablackbox.com
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Stage Door Theatre presents The World Premiere of Kevin Black’s TIME STEP – March 30 – May 6

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Stage Door Theatre
presents
The World Premiere of
Kevin Black’s
Time Step
March 30 – May 6

Tap Dance is like Morse Code for the soul…

For Immediate Release
Contact: Derelle Bunn
DerelleBunn@yahoo.com /954-344-7765
Contact:  Carol Kassie
Carol@CarolKassie.com  / 561-445-9244

March 23, 2018

MARGATE, FL:  Time Step, award-winning Director/Choreographer Kevin Black’s newest creation, will have its World Premiere at Broward Stage Door Theatre on March 30th.  Black, along with Musical Director Ben Bagby have combined their talents to celebrate a unique American dance phenomenon. The production will run through May 6th.

The origins of the Time Step – that unmistakeable rhythmic tap combination – can be traced back to the Vaudeville era in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Dancers would repeat a ‘time step’, usually for six measures of music, and then perform two measures of improvised steps choreographed in the moment to set the pace of the music. A true mix of European Jig, Reel Steps, Clog, and African Rhythms, often spontaneously combined, this improvisation created an exciting new dance style. It was, some say, the creation of tap in America as a theatrical art form.  The Time Step reached a peak in popularity in the 1920s and 1930s, when tap dancers began performing with large orchestras and needed a way to communicate tempo to the musicians. 

Kevin Black, whose creativity seems to know no bounds, has created a brand-new show featuring the Time Step, along with other forms of dance including Irish Celtic, Flamenco, Stomp, and Clogging.   The production will also feature numbers from the classic Broadway tap shows 42nd Street and Crazy For You, as well as tributes to Big Band Jazz performers such as The Nicholas Brothers, Swing Music, and Sing, Sing, Sing.

“This production is a true collaboration,” Black explained recently. “Along with our amazing Musical Director and Arranger Ben Bagby, I have a cast and crew that has contributed so much to the show’s development.  Our choreography is most definitely a result of incredible teamwork – Allison C. Scott, Sebastian Goldberg, Ashley Bachner, McKayla Cephas, and Alessandra Torres have all poured their creativity, talent, and expertise into this show.  It’s a true labor of love, and I know our Stage Door audiences are in for a treat.”

Black has assembled a multi-talented dream team to showcase the project.  Along with participating choreographers Sebastian Goldberg and Allison C. Scott, he has cast Ariel Siedman-Wright, MacKenzie Cutcliffe, Nathaniel J. Washington, and Stephen Potter to interpret everything from Flamenco to Stomp.  They will be joined by vocalists Sandra Marante and Matt Staley.  Staley and fellow cast member Ariel Siedman-Wright will accompany the Celtic and Western sections of the production on acoustic guitar and fiddle.

Time Step’s Set and Lighting Design is by Paul O’Donnell, who will also serve as the show’s Technical Director.   Costume Design is by Jerry Sturdefant, and Jose-Luis Ramos, the production’s Stage Manager, will run the show’s sound, lights, and projections: “One man in the booth!” Black exclaims.

Kevin Black

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 Folles, The Jazz Singer, Smokey Joe’s Café, Funny Girl, Victor/Victoria, Cabaret, 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 Track, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and Rags at The Plaza Theatre in Manalapan, Florida; What’s New Pussycat?, On The Radio, A Chorus Line, Promises, Promises, Pompadour, Evita, Tickling the Ivories, and Imagine, and Carbonell recommend Swing, Swing, Swing and Soul of Motor City at The Stage Door Theatre in Margate, Florida. He also recently directed and choreographed Spamalot, Tommy, The Rocky Horror Show, and Into The Woods for Entr’Acte Theatrix performing at The Crest Theatre in Delray Beach, Florida. Kevin is also the producer, director and choreographer of an original children’s show, The Adventures of Bella & Harry, and the Artistic Director for CAST (Career in the Arts, School of Talent) located in Cooper City, Florida.

Ben Bagby

Ben Bagby was in the Original Broadway Cast of My One & Only and in the First National Tour of Dreamgirls. He is also a featured dancer in the “Blues Brother’s Movie” and in the Movie “Eddie” starring Whoopi Goldberg. Choreography credits include television commercials for Levi’s 501 Jeans, Harrah’s Casino, and Mazda. He has performed on cruise ships for Royal Caribbean and Carnival, and in local productions of Aida, Chicago, Spelling Bee, Hairspray, The Life, Smokey Joe’s Café, and West Side Story. He has recorded vocals for several indie record labels and is an acting and voice coach when he’s not performing.

Time Step will run from March 30 – May 6 at Stage Door Theatre. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate.  Tickets for Time Step are $48. Group rates are available, as are student prices (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 Time Step and/or Stage Door Theatre, please visit www.stagedoorfl.org, or contact Derelle Bunn Executive Producer/Artistic Director, at DerelleBunn@yahoo.com / 954-344-7765 or Carol Kassie (carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244).

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Time Step
March 30 – May 6, 2018
Conceived and Directed by Kevin Black
Musical Direction by Ben Bagby
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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Lightning Bolt Productions Presents YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN – THE MEL BROOKS MUSICAL – April 13 – 22

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Boca Raton’s Newest Theatre Company
Lightning Bolt Productions
Begins Rehearsals for its Second Production
Young Frankenstein – The Mel Brooks Musical
 April 13 – 22

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

March 6, 2018

BOCA RATON, FL:  Lightning Bolt Productions burst onto the Boca Raton theatre scene last August with their well-received production of The Addams Family at the Boca Black Box Center for the Arts.  The success of the fledgling company’s first effort encouraged the company’s young founder Jessie Hoffman, to ‘bump it up a level’: their next production, Young Frankenstein – The Mel Brooks Musical, will open on April 13th at West Boca Performing Arts Center at West Boca High School*.  The show will run through April 22nd

Jessie Hoffman

Hoffman, who has already amassed an impressive list of theatrical credits at age 27, will direct the production.  She is enthusiastic – and very serious about her theatre company. “I want to bring more professional theatre to Boca Raton,” she explains.  “I want to give young, up and coming local professional and soon to be professional actors a chance to show what they can do, and to show local audiences they don’t have to go far to see excellent theatre – it’s right here in their own back yard.”

Jessie Hoffman as Wednesday Addams

Jessie Hoffman grew up in Boca Raton.  She attended Dreyfoos School of the Arts and is a graduate of Boca Raton High School. She also completed studies at the New York Film Academy in New York, NY majoring in their Musical Theater program. Jessie has won singing and acting competitions from Florida to New Mexico and has performed and worked with various celebrities including Pat Cooper and Pete Barbutti. One of her proudest moments was being chosen as a “long lost member of The Addams Family” by the original Broadway cast of The Addams Family, which included such stars as Nathan Lane, Bebe Neuwirth, Kevin Chamberlin, Krysta Rodriguez, and Wesley Taylor.

Jessie has had leading and supporting roles in many productions including the Off Broadway hit The Fantasticks, The Wizard of Oz, The Addams Family, Reefer Madness, Next to Normal, The Sound of Music, Into the Woods, RENT, Spring Awakening, Footloose, Gypsy, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and 13 the Musical. As a director she has worked on such shows as Annie, The Addams Family, Young Frankenstein, 13 the Musical, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, Alice In Wonderland, Seussical, Willy Wonka, and many musical revues she wrote and put together herself.  Jessie has also worked and directed at Children’s Theaters and camps for over eight years and enjoys nothing more than sharing her love of theater with kids of all ages.

Hoffman is already hard at work directing the cast of Young Frankenstein – several of whom are Addams Family returns including Jonathan Cabrera who will play Igor, and Max Miller who will play Frederick Frankenstein. Jessie herself will play Inga.  The young dynamo has no qualms about handling the double-duty roles of directing and acting.  “I played Wednesday in The Addams Family, she says, “and it worked out really well… no problem at all!”

When asked how she came up with the name ‘Lightning Bolt Productions’, Hoffman is eager to explain: “Growing up, all the stories that had a major impact on me in a positive way had something to do with lightning,” she says. “Whether it was Harry Potter, The Flash, Struck By Lightning, and even a character’s costume in a Youtube series created by Thomas Sanders… these were the stories that inspired me, and I want the shows that my company puts on to give the audience that same inspired and positive feeling that those books, movies, and series gave me.”

Tickets for Young Frankenstein – The Mel Brooks Musical are on sale now and can be purchased on line at www.lbptheatre.com or by phone at 561-886-8286.  Tickets are $35.  Group rates (6 or more tickets purchased in one transaction) are $28, and student tickets ($20 with valid ID) are also available.

For more information about Jessie Hoffman, Lightning Bolt Productions, and/or Young Frankenstein, please contact Carol Kassie at Carol@CarolKassie.com / 561-445-9244.

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Young Frankenstein – The Mel Brooks Musical
Book by Mel Brooks
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Book by Thomas Meehan
April 13 – 22
Tickets: $35 (Student & Group Rates available)
For tickets:  www.lbptheatre.com561-886-8286
Performance Schedule:
Friday and Saturday at 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm

All performances at
West Boca Performing Arts Center at West Boca High School
12811 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL  33498
www.lbptheatre.com
Like Us on Facebook!

*Disclaimer: Lightning Bolt Productions (“LBP”) is not affiliated with or endorsed by the School Board of Palm Beach County or West Boca High School (“WBHS”) and the events/activities hosted by Lightning Bolt Productions on West Boca High School’s premises pursuant to a lease agreement shall not be construed as being conducted, funded, hosted, or sponsored by the School Board or West Boca High School on behalf of Lightning Bolt Productions.  The School Board and West Boca High School undertake no responsibility for supervising or monitoring Lightning Bolt Productions’ events/activities and will not be liable for any and all actions of Lightning Bolt Productions on West Boca High School’s premises.

Pigs Do Fly Productions presents the Southeastern Premiere of THE LADIES FOURSOME

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Pigs Do Fly Productions
Presents
The Southeastern Premiere of
The Ladies Foursome
March 22 – April 8
(Preview performance March 21)

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

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

March 5, 2018
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL:   It’s the day after the funeral, and three women gather for a round of golf in honor of their recently departed play partner.  A mysterious fourth joins them, and so begins a raucous and rowdy 18 holes filled with secrets, surprises, confessions… and sex.  Pigs Do Fly Productions will present award-winning Canadian playwright Norm Foster’s The Ladies Foursome from March 22nd – April 8th at Empire Stage in Fort Lauderdale.  There will be a preview performance at 8 pm on March 21st.

The production will be directed by Genie Croft: “Welcome to the Southeastern premiere of The Ladies Foursome, a witty insightful comedy following four women as they navigate the ups and downs of life on the links,” she enthuses.  The fun starts at the first tee when golfer Tate starts stretching to “loosen up” and Margot does the same by cracking open a beer! 

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

Croft has cast Janice Hamilton, Deborah Kondelik, Jacquie Laggy, and Elissa Solomon to portray her swinging foursome.

The Ladies Foursome is so fascinating that I can hardly wait to see the production open myself!” says Pigs Do Fly Productions founder and Executive Producer Ellen Wacher.  “It shows exactly what Pigs Do Fly stands for – people over 50 doing interesting things with their lives.  And our director Genie Croft has created a fabulous show with this foursome.”

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

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

Tickets for The Ladies Foursome are $39 and are available on line at www.pigsdoflyproductions.com  or by calling 866-811-4111.  Performances are on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 pm, and on Sunday at 5 pm. All performances will take place at Empire Stage, 1104 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

For more information about Pigs Do Fly Productions, please visit www.pigsdoflyproductions.com.   For more information about Ellen Wacher, please visit www.ellenwacher.com.  To arrange for interviews, or for photos, please contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244.

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The Ladies Foursome
By Norm Foster
March 22 – April 8
(Preview performance March 21 at 8 pm)
Performance times:
Wednesday, March 21, at 8 pm (preview)
Thursday, March 22, at 8 pm
Friday, March 23, at 8 pm
Saturday, March 24, at 8 pm
Sunday, March 25 at 5 pm
Wednesday, March 28 at 8 pm
Thursday, March 29 at 8 pm
Friday, March 30 at 8 pm
Saturday, March 31 at 8 pm
Thursday, April 5 at 8 pm
Friday, April 6 at 8 pm
Saturday, April 7 at 8 pm
Sunday, April 8 at 7 pm
Tickets:  $39
For tickets:  www.pigsdoflyproductions.com / 866-811-4111

All performances will take place at
Empire Stage
1104 N. Flagler Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

 

 

 

 

 

Stage Door Theatre presents NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT – March 2 – April 15

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Stage Door Theatre
presents
Nice Work If You Can Get It

March 2 – April 15, 2018

“…a rowdy, dopey-smart, dance-driven screwball comedy…”
Kathleen Marshall ~ Newsday

For Immediate Release
Contact: Derelle Bunn
DerelleBunn@yahoo.com /954-344-7765
Contact:  Carol Kassie
Carol@CarolKassie.com  / 561-445-9244

February 13, 2018

MARGATE, FL:  Bootleggers and ‘business men’, duchesses and dancers, and senators and ‘servants’ will populate Stage Door’s Theatre 1 when Nice Work If You Can Get It opens on March 2nd.   The production will run through April 15th.

It’s 1927. Playboy Jimmy Winter is celebrating yet another marriage.  Three thugs are trying to figure out where to hide 400 cases of gin and their beautiful bootlegger boss Billie Bendix is looking for a place to stash the hooch and hide out from the Prohibitionists.  Add some chorus girls, a Vice Squad, and of course a romance or two to the mix; season this soufflé with the glorious music of George and Ira Gershwin, and voila! Nice Work If You Can Get It, the riotous multiple Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning musical comedy takes all these ingredients and creates the epitome of a 1920’s screwball comedy perfect for 21st Century audiences.

Nice Work If You Can Get It, the ‘brand-new’ Gershwin musical, is a fun filled romp that harkens back to the days of prohibition and the speakeasies,” says the show’s director, Clayton Phillips. “Vice squads, rum runners, dancing girls, hi jinks and romance galore.  Audiences will sing along with the music and dance out of the theatre with a happy heart!”

Clayton Phillips is very pleased to be returning to Stage Door Theatre, where he last directed Deathtrap in 2013.  Phillips, who was Harold Prince’s assistant for the national tours of Kiss of the Spider Woman and Parade, is an award-winning director whose recent production of The Addams Family was nominated for 12 New Hampshire Theatre Awards and won 5.  He has also directed numerous national tours, including Ruthless, The Full Monty, The Mousetrap, Leading Ladies, Falsettos, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

Phillips has cast T.J. Lamando, Rebecca Tucker, Michael Small, and Emily Freeman to portray Jimmy Winter, Billie Bendix, Bootlegger Cookie McGee, and ‘Modern Dancer’ Eileen Evergreen.  Other cast members include Michael Schneider (Duke Mahoney), Jerry Weinberg (Senator Max Evergreen), Dalia Aleman (Duchess Estonia Dulworth), Haley Jones (Jeannie Muldoon), Michael Collins (Chief Berry), and Gail Byer (Millicent Winter). Also cast are Austin Carrol, Jamie Lyn Cleary, Evan Dolan, Jonathan Eisele, Jennifer Fain, Connor Hubbard, Barry Kramer, Natalie McPherson, Sarah Rose, and Kelly Ziegler.

The Musical Director for Nice Work If You Can Get It is Dave Nagy; Choreography is by Danny Durr. The show’s Scenic Designer is Randall Parsons. Lighting Design is by Ardean Landhuis, Sound Design is by Rushnay Henry, and Costume Design is by Jerry Sturdefant.  Nancy Clay is the production’s Stage Manager.

Nice Work If You Can Get It will run from March 2 – April 15 at Stage Door Theatre. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate.  Tickets for Nice Work If You Can Get It 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 Nice Work If You Can Get It 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).

Photos and graphics available on request.

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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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Sol Children Theatre presents CINDERELLA – March 1 – 18

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Sol Children Theatre
Presents
Cinderella
March 1 – 18

“A lovely night… a lovely night… a finer night you know you’ll never see…”
 ~ Cinderella

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


February 13, 2018:

BOCA RATON, FL:  Enchantment will rule at Sol Theatre beginning March 1st, when Cinderella, Richard Rodgers’ and Oscar Hammerstein II’s magical musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale is brought to life in the intimate Boca Raton Theatre. The production will run through March 18th.

Cinderella is a prime example of a classic musical, although it was originally commissioned by CBS as a television vehicle for Julie Andrews in 1956.  “Cinderella is [another] example of what musical theatre is all about”, composer Richard Rodgers once explained. “No matter what the medium, a score is more than a collection of individual songs.  It is, or should be, a cohesive entity whose words and music are believable expressions of the characters singing them.  When the lonely, bullied heroine sings “In My Own Little Corner”, it’s not merely a song, it’s a revelation of the girl herself.  When she finishes, we know something more about her than we did before: her sense of humor, her naïve optimism, her imagination, and her relationship to the rest of her family.”

The production will be directed by Rosalie Grant, Sol’s founder and artistic director. The award-winning Broadway production of Cinderella is currently on tour across the United States, so obtaining the rights was a definite coup for Sol and Grant:

Rosalie Grant

“I have directed three different versions of Cinderella, but this version has been at the top of my bucket list for years!” she says.  “Finally obtaining the rights was a dream come true for me!  I am absolutely having the time of my life directing this talented, wonderful and dedicated cast of young actors, and, as always, I love collaborating with our designers, each one a dear friend.

“But I think what I most look forward to is bringing this fairy tale love story to life for the many children who will attend and be transported to another time and place where dreams are possible and do come true! We could all use a little magic in this world so full of chaos and unhappiness,” she continues. “I love the message from Cindy and her Godmother … “It’s possible!  Impossible things are happening every day!””

Grant’s young cast members include Isabella Welch as Cinderella and Trevor Whitfield as The Prince. Ethan Barrocas will play The King, and Kimmy Wilkinson his Queen.  Other cast members include Faith Alfieri (Stepmother), Emily Singer (Godmother), Catalina Echeverria, Genesis Soto-Alfonso, Sami Mascaro, Monique Whitfield, Megan Mascaro, Mia Salerno, and Dakota Hachimi.

Cinderella’s Musical Director is Anthony Campisi, with choreography by Sara Elizabeth Grant, and lighting design by Ardean Landhuis. The show’s Scenic Designer is Kate McVay; Costume Design is by Briana Earhart; and Makeup Design by Kylie Lawrence, Ava Cavasos and Natalie Macadar.  The production’s Stage Manager is Kylie Lawrence.

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 Cinderella 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.  Group rates are also available. Sol Children Theatre is located at 3333 North Federal Highway in Boca Raton (33431).

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

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Cinderella
March 1 – 18, 2018
Music by Richard Rodgers
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Directed by Rosalie Grant
Tickets:  $20 / $15 juniors (11 and under)
Group rates are also available.
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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Stage Door Theatre to become the Resident Theatre Company at The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC)

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Stage Door Theatre to become the
Resident Theatre Company at
The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC)

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Derelle Bunn
DerelleBunn@yahoo.com / 954-344-7765
Contact:  Carol Kassie
Carol@CarolKassie.com / 561-445-9244

January 26, 2018

MARGATE, FL:  Stage Door Theatre is on the move! The award-winning theatre company has been awarded an exclusive contract to mount their productions at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center beginning in September 2018.

“This is such a great opportunity for us!” Stage Door’s Executive Producer Derelle (Dee) Bunn enthuses.  “It’s the perfect 25th Anniversary gift!  LPAC is a brand new modern and up-to-date facility – it has everything we need and more.  Its main auditorium can be adjusted to become a more intimate space, or accommodate over 1100 patrons.  It has state of the art lighting and sound equipment, great dressing room space, and a lovely Green Room – things we’ve been missing for years!”

The timing is perfect for the well-regarded theatre company; their audience is growing, and their productions are becoming more elaborate. In fact, Bunn says, they’ve simply outgrown the building they have occupied for the past 25 years which is in great need of repairs.

“The timing for this opportunity couldn’t be better,” she explains. “Being at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center will give us so much space to grow…  And we’ll even have outside signage!

“We’re going to finish our season at our current venue,” Bunn continues.  “Patrons can purchase their tickets through our box office or online – for this season’s productions at Stage Door in Margate or for next season’s shows at LPAC. We’re doing everything we can to make the transition as easy as possible for our patrons.  We’ve started telling our audiences about our move and their response has been absolutely 100% favorable.”

Stage Door Theatre will bring a solid background of award-winning theatrical productions and a roster of over 30,000 patrons to LPAC when they arrive in September.  The company was recently honored with three Carbonell Award nominations:  For Sarah Gracel as Best Actress in a Musical and Elijah Word for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical – both for Dreamgirls.  And Kat Gold scored a nomination as Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for the company’s production of Nine.

Bunn, along with Stage Door’s Associate Producer Kevin Black are looking forward to continuing to build upon the company’s already solid reputation, as well as grow their audience in the new venue.  “This move is a total win/win for everyone involved,” Black says.

Lauderhill Commissioner M. Margaret Bates is also excited about LPAC’s new residents. “We welcome Broward Stage Door Theatre Company and all of their patrons to our newly opened Lauderhill Performing Arts Center,” she says. “We look forward to their upcoming season of fantastic Broadway shows – we know they’ll love their new home!”

The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center’s mission is to provide diverse, quality arts programming to the City of Lauderhill and its neighboring communities.  The facility opened in January 2016 and is a LEED Silver Performing Arts Structure. (LEED certification provides independent verification of a building or neighborhood’s green features).

Stage Door Theatre is located at 8036 West Sample Road in Margate (33065).  Flashdance – The Musical is currently playing in the venue’s Theatre 1; Kevin Black’s Imagine – A Beatles Celebration will open in Theatre 2 on February 2nd.   For more information about Stage Door Theatre contact 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 Lauderhill Performing Arts Center is located in the Central Broward Regional Park on the Northeast corner of Sunrise Boulevard and State Road 7.  For more information about LPAC visit http://lpacfl.com.

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Stage Door Theatre presents IMAGINE – A BEATLES CELEBRATION – A New Kevin Black Creation

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Stage Door Theatre
presents
Imagine – A Beatles Celebration
A New Kevin Black Creation

February 2 – March 11

And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make

For Immediate Release
Contact: Derelle Bunn
DerelleBunn@yahoo.com /954-344-7765
Contact:  Carol Kassie
Carol@CarolKassie.com  / 561-445-9244

January 23, 2018

MARGATE, FL: The World Premiere of Imagine – A Beatles Celebration, created by award-winning director/choreographer Kevin Black, will open at Stage Door Theatre on February 2nd and run through March 11th.  Black, the creator of numerous Stage Door hits, such as The Soul of Motor City, Swing! Swing! Swing! and What’s New Pussycat? has taken the music we all remember by the band that changed the face of music, and put his own inimitable spin on it.

The Beatles left a permanent mark in history with their vast songbook of now timeless classics.  Imagine honors their incredible legacy with a joyous celebration of these legendary musical innovators. More than 24 Beatles tunes are included in the production: “Twist and Shout”, “I Saw Her Standing There”, “Hard Day’s Night”, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, “Blackbird”, “Day Tripper”, “Let It Be”, and Hey Jude”, are just a few of the iconic songs that will be interpreted by a cast of five talented singers and a live three-piece band.

Kevin Black

‘You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.”  “This message by John Lennon, was the engine that drove me to create Imagine,” Kevin Black explains. “John, Paul, George, and Ringo sang about what we felt, what we thought, what we hoped to do, and how love could change every one of us. The world was fun with them in it!

“Creating this show has become a unique challenge – there are so many great tunes to choose from,” he continues. “I mean this could easily be a three act show with all the material!  Imagine presents these timeless classics in new and refreshing forms; my overall goal is to present an evening of great music with a message of hope and peace for the future.”

Sarah Statler

Black has chosen Charrise Shields, Cameron Jordan, Rio Peterson, Jordana Forrest, and Mario Castro to interpret the music that shaped and influenced so many lives and in some cases, musical careers.  They will be backed by pianist Sarah Statler, who most recently wowed audiences with both her musical prowess and strong vocals in Black’s Tickling the Ivories.  She’ll be joined by percussionist Roy Fantel, and guitarist/bassist Rupert Ziawinski.

The Musical Director for Imagine is Ben Bagby and the Assistant Musical Director is Sarah Statler. The show’s Set Design is by Stage Door Scenic Design and Kevin Black. Lighting is by Ardean Landhuis, and Costume Design is by Jerry Sturdefant.  Joes-Luis Ramos is the production’s Stage Manager.

Imagine – A Beatles Celebration will run from February 2 – March 11 at Stage Door Theatre. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate.  Tickets for Imagine 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 Imagine – A Beatles Celebration and/or Stage Door Theatre, please visit www.stagedoorfl.org, or contact Derelle Bunn Executive Producer/Artistic Director, at DerelleBunn@yahoo.com / 954-344-7765 or Carol Kassie (carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244).
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Imagine – A Beatles Celebration
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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Brad Zimmerman in MY SON THE WAITER: A JEWISH TRAGEDY in Ft. Lauderdale – February 1 – March 25

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My Son the Waiter:  A Jewish Tragedy
at
The Norma & William Horvitz Auditorium at the NSU Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale

February 1 – March 25, 2018

Actor/Comedian Brad Zimmerman’s hilarious and inspiring story
about the grit and passion required to ‘make it’ as an artist and the sweet rewards that come from never giving up on your dream. 

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

January 11, 2018

LAUDERDALE, FL: Brad Zimmerman will bring his hit New York Comedy to Ft. Lauderdale this season in his highly praised autobiographical comedy, My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy.  The show will run from February 1 – March 25 at the Norma & William Horvitz Auditorium at the NSU Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale.

My Son the Waiter:  A Jewish Tragedy is the story of Zimmerman’s struggle to fulfill his dream and ‘make it’ as a comedic actor in New York.  One-part standup, one-part theatrical, and all parts uproarious My Son the Waiter:  A Jewish Tragedy has garnered rave reviews wherever it has played, including sold out runs Off Broadway in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta,  Toronto, San Diego, Thousand Oaks, CA, Huntington Beach, CA., Palm Beach, FL., the Northshore PAC in Skokie, Illinois, The Gordon Center For Performing Arts in Maryland, the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and dozens of other cities throughout the USA.

Every mother dreams her children will grow up to be happy, healthy, and successful.  Every Jewish mother secretly – and often not so secretly –  adds specifics to her wish:  A doctor, a lawyer, a dentist, or these days, a Silicon Valley tycoon would make her very happy.  Brad Zimmerman’s mother has finally adapted to her ‘actor-waiter’ son’s career choice and financial situation: “If all goes well, I think Brad is going to buy a bookcase,” she boasts to her friends.

Brad Zimmerman has paid his dues.  He spent 29 years “temporarily” waiting tables in New York, all the while chasing a career in acting and comedy.  He 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.

Zimmerman also examines the trials and tribulations of waiting on tables – particularly for someone not exactly invested in that career, and with little tolerance for persnickety diners:

“I don’t want 60 questions, get to the point!” he said he would tell restaurant patrons when he sat down for a recent interview for The New York Times. He joked that if diners prefaced their orders by saying they were in a hurry he would say “So go!” He says he did enjoy some of the bantering he did with diners, and often tried out material on them, however there were also ‘the bossy customers who would snap their fingers to get his attention… and the health-food obsessives who elaborately customized their orders and button-holed him over ingredients.’  As he says in My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy, he was convinced his epitaph would read “I’ll be right with you.”

His perseverance and hard work eventually did pay off, and Zimmerman went on to act – he had a small part in “The Sopranos” playing Johnny Sack’s lawyer – and to become the opening act for a number of well-known entertainers, including George Carlin, Brad Garrett, Dennis Miller, Julio Iglesias, and Joan Rivers who said “I’ve had three great opening acts in my lifetime:  Billy Crystal, Garry Shandling, and Brad Zimmerman.”

Zimmerman worked on the script for My Son the Waiter:  A Jewish Tragedy for 9 years and performed it in small venues all over the country, including a stint at Florida’s Stage Door Theatre, where it came to the attention of producers Dana Matthow and Philip Roy (Respect: A Musical Journey of Women, Old Jews Telling Jokes, My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy). Since then My Son the Waiter:  A Jewish Tragedy spent 2 years at Off-Broadway’s Stage 72 (Triad Theatre) in New York, and has toured the USA from coast to coast.

My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy will run from February 1 – March 25 at the Norma & William Horvitz Auditorium at the NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale.  Tickets are on sale now, and are available on line at MySonTheWaiter.com or by phone at 1-855-448-7469. For group rates (12 +) call 1-888-264-1788.  Tickets for My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy range from $45 – $65.

For more information about My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy please visit MySontheWaiter.com or contact Carol Kassie at 561-445-9244 / Carol@CarolKassie.com.

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My Son the Waiter:  A Jewish Tragedy
By Brad Zimmerman
February 1 – March 25
Tickets:  $45 – $65
Phone:  1-855-448-7469
On Line: MySonTheWaiter.com
Group Rates (12 +):  1888-264-1788
Showtimes:  Thurs. 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm; Friday 7:30 pm; Sat. 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm; Sun. 2:00 pm
Norma & William Horvitz Auditorium at
The NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale
1 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL  33301
MySontheWaiter.com
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Praise for My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy:

“Delicious! Distinctly original… powerfully poignant.” “Great Comedy!” ~ The New York Times

“A Must See. It’s Hysterical, Heartfelt, Timely and Poignant. I cried, I laughed, I forgot where I parked.” ~ Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond)

“Zimmerman is a funny man with funny material.” ~ Thomas Burns Scully (On Stage)

“This is easily the funniest show to hit an off-Broadway stage since ‘Old Jews Telling Jokes.’ What makes this SUPERIOR is that it isn’t just jokes. It’s a life.” ~ The Jewish Daily Forward

 “AN ABSOLUTE MUST-SEE! You’ll laugh and you’ll walk out of the theater with a lesson: If you can find something that you truly love, it gives your life meaning. ~ Palm Beach Arts Paper

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