‘Hot Gypsy Jazz’! The DJANGO FESTIVAL ALL STARS at the Boca Black Box – November 8th Only!

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Pat Philips in Association with
Boca Black Box Center for the Arts
presents
Django Festival All Stars
Performing ‘Hot Gypsy Jazz’

November 8th Only!

“Lightning-fast finger-work, powerful strumming, wide sweeps across the fingerboard, and astonishingly fast tempos…” – LA Times

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

October 3, 2022

BOCA RATON, FL:   The Django Festival All Stars,a group of renowned French jazz musicians, have wowed audiences in venues across North America including the Kennedy Center, New York’s Birdland Jazz Club and Carnegie Hall, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, and the Newport Jazz Festival. 

The group will appear at the Boca Black Box Center for the Arts for one night only, on November 8th at 8 pm.

Led by Gypsy guitar great Samson Schmitt of the legendary Schmitt musical family, the Django Festival All Stars’ performances bring to mind Paris in the 1920s and 30s when ‘gitane’ music filled the air in the cafés, in the streets, or in the countryside.  It is evocative of a romantic Paris evening, filled with lovers in the time of Montmartre and la belle époque. Yet their music, in the style of the legendary Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, is fully that of the twenty-first century.

Reinhardt’s driving, swinging style became known as hot jazz. With its roots in American popular music and reverence for Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and other American jazz greats, hot jazz continues to enjoy world-wide popularity to this day.

The brilliantly cohesive Django Festival All Stars with their unique, high-energy performances pay tribute to Reinhardt while adding their own interpretations, arrangements, and original compositions to the mix. A sample of the All Stars’ music can be found HERE.

Along with Samson Schmitt on lead guitar, the group members are Ludovic Beier on accordion and accordina, Pierre Blanchard on violin, Antonio Licusati on bass, and Michael Harris on rhythm guitar.

A photo filled musical slide show can be viewed HERE.

The Django Festival All Stars will perform on November 8th at 8 pm and 10 pm at the Boca Black Box Center for the Arts in Boca Raton.  Tickets, which range in price from $36.50 to $46.50, are on sale now, and can be purchased online at www.bocablackbox.com or by phone at 561-483-9036. The Black Box Center for the Arts is located at 8221 Glades Road in Boca Raton.

For more information about the Django Festival All Stars visit the222.org/django-festival-allstars/ or contact Carol Kassie at Carol@CarolKassie.com / 561-445-9244.

“The highpoint of the entire weekend of the Playboy Festival at The Hollywood Bowl was The Django Festival Allstars” – LA Scene Magazine

Django Festival of All Stars
November 8th at 8 pm.
Tickets:  $35.50/$46.50
Direct link for tickets:  www.bocablackbox.com/detail.php?id=2358#detailsection
Or call:  561-483-9036
Boca Black Box Center for the Arts
8221 Glades Road #10
Boca Raton, Florida 33434

“Some of the greatest musicians in the world”
Leonardo DiCaprio

Maplewood Playhouse presents YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN (revised) at Stage West Theater- October 7 & 8

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Maplewood Playhouse Presents
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
(revised)

October 7th & 8th

Happiness is great musical theatre! 

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


September 22, 2022

LAKE WORTH, FL:  Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang will take the stage at the Stage West Theater in Lake Worth when Maplewood Playhouse presents You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (revised) at Stage West at the Duncan Theatre on October 7th and 8th

With charm, wit, and heart, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown explores life through the eyes of Charlie Brown and his friends as they battle with kites, school, baseball, and misunderstandings before finally coming to realize what makes them truly happy. A charming revue of vignettes and songs, spanning the months from Valentine’s Day to Beethoven Day with emotions ranging from wild optimism to utter despair. 

“We are very excited to be producing the classic family musical You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” says the show’s director and Maplewood Playhouse Artistic Director Kimberly Rommel-Entright. “We wanted to focus our return season on friendship, love, happiness, and positivity. We wanted audiences to be able to come to the theater, sit back and enjoy a feel-good show and leave the theater relaxed and renewed.”  

“I’ve loved the Peanuts characters since I was a kid,” says Jessie Hoffman, who will play Snoopy in the production, and shares choreography duties with Demi Master. “They’re each so lovely, everyone can find a character they relate to. My childhood dream role was Snoopy… he’s always had a special place in my heart. I admire his imagination, how he can look at a doghouse and see a home, a bed, a plane, a writing desk for his typewriter, and more! I do my best each day to try to be as creative as he is. I’m honored that I get to bring him to life in this production.”

Justin Roland-Bramkamp, who will be playing Charlie Brown, agrees: “This show is special to me as it is the first music I sang together with my husband, Josh. It has also been a long time favorite of mine,” he says.

Along with Jessie Hoffman and Justin Roland-Bramkamp, Rommel-Enright has cast Heidi Salonia as Sally Brown, Jy’ireze Bell-Bennett as Schroeder, Christopher Ombres as Linus, and co-choreographer Demi Master as Lucy Van Pelt.  Michael Ursua is the production’s Music Director.

Tickets for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.maplewoodplayhouse.org/ or by phone at 561-657-6400.  Tickets are $35 plus service fee).

For more information about You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and/or Maplewood Playhouse, visit www.maplewoodplayhouse.org  or contact Carol Kassie at Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244.

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You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (revised)
October 7th & 8th, 2022
Music & Lyrics:  Clark Gesner
Additional Music & Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Additional Dialogue by Michael Mayer
Based on the characters created by Charles M. Schulz
Performances: 
Friday at 7:30 pm
Saturday at 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Tickets:  $35 (plus service fee)
Direct link for tickets: 
https://www.ticketsource.us/Maplewood-Playhouse/youre-a-good-man-charlie-brown-revised/e-oxalgb   or
Call 561-657-6400
All performances will take place at
Maplewood Playhouse/Stage West at the Duncan Theatre
4200 Congress Avenue
Lake Worth, FL 33461
www.maplewoodplayhouse.org

Pigs Do Fly Productions Presents THE SAVANNAH SIPPING SOCIETY – November 4 – 20

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“…the perfect show for these times – many of us have faced uncertainty, loss, and the struggle of rediscovering who we are and who we want to be – difficulties the characters in this show face with much humor and grace.”  Andrea Stephenson – Broadwayworld.com

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

September 13, 2022

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL:   Rehearsals will begin shortly for Pigs Do Fly Productions’ production of the Jones, Hope, Wooten comedy, The Savannah Sipping Society.  The show will run from November 4th through November 20th at Empire Stage in Fort Lauderdale.

Filled with laughter, hilarious misadventures, and the occasional liquid refreshment, The Savannah Sipping Society focuses on four unique Southern women, initially strangers, as they successfully bond and find the confidence to jump-start their lives.  Together they discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment – and most importantly, realize it’s never too late to make new old friends.

“This play is absolutely perfect for us,” says Pigs Do Fly’s Executive Producer Ellen Wacher.  “It completely fulfills our mission to produce plays that highlight actors – and characters – over the age of fifty, who are doing interesting things with their lives.  And these four women are certainly doing that!  We have assembled an amazing cast, who will bring these four women to life with humor, grace… and perfect timing.  And I can’t wait to see it!”

Ellen Wacher
Deborah Kondelik

“Everyone needs purpose, self-affirmation, and connection,” says the show’s director and Pigs Do Fly Productions’ Artistic Dirctor, Deborah Kondelik.  “The Savannah Sipping Society is about four women of a certain age, being accepted for who they are and realizing that there is more to life than they can imagine. It is through friendships and influences that the women in the play relearn how to have fun, make discoveries, and flourish. After all, ‘girls just wanna have fun!’”

Kondelik has cast Dalia Alemán as Randa, Barbara Bonilla as Marlafaye, Janice Hamilton as Jinx, and Carol Sussman as Dot.

The Savannah Sipping Society’s Stage Manager is Joseph Long; David Hart will do the Sound Design; Preston Bircher will create the Lighting Design; director Deborah Kondelik will provide Costumes and Props, and MNM Theatre Company’s Jordon Armstrong and Johnbarry Green will Design and Construct the Set.   Jessica Kaschube is the Company Manager.

Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, collectively known as “Jones Hope Wooten”, enjoy the reputation of being three of the most popular and widely produced playwrights in the United States. They specialize in writing laugh-out-loud comedies and creating vivid strong roles for women.  Between them, they’ve written classic television, hit movies, and Off-Broadway comedy.

Tickets for The Savannah Sipping Society are $39 and are available online at www.pigsdoflyproductions.com  or by calling 954-678-1496.  Performances are on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, and on Sunday at 5 pm. All performances will take place at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304.

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

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The Savannah Sipping Society
By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten (Jones, Hope, Wooten)
November 4 – 20, 2022
Directed by Deborah Kondelik
Performances:
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Sunday at 5 pm
Tickets:  $39
For tickets:  www.pigsdoflyproductions.com / 954-678-1496
All performances will take place at
Empire Stage
1140 N. Flagler Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
www.pigsdoflyproductions.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/PigsDoFlyProductions/

The Celebrity Housewives Invade Delray Beach!

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The Delray Beach Playhouse Presents
The Ultimate Girls Night Out

When
The Celebrity Housewives Invade Delray Beach!

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

September 8, 2022

DELRAY BEACH, FL:  Get ready to get real with your favorite Celebrity Housewives – onstage in person! The Delray Beach Playhouse is launching a special series this season featuring reality stars from all your favorite Housewives shows. Each evening will feature a different Housewife as they discuss the scandals and the high points of the ground-breaking TV program that changed the face of television!

Audiences will learn all about these dazzling ladies, their personal lives, cherished families, amazing businesses, and how fame has changed their lives forever! Meredith Marks (Salt Lake City) will take the stage on December 8, Dolores Catania (New Jersey) on February 2, Jill Zarin (New York) on February 23, and Marysol Patton (Miami) on March 23.

See below for more information about each of these Fabulous Housewives.

To purchase tickets or for more information about the Celebrity Housewives shows, visit www.delraybeachplayhouse.com or call 561-272-1281.  Tickets range in price from $50 to $75.  There will also be a limited number of Meet & Greet/Photo Op tickets available and an exclusive, very limited Ultimate V.I.P. Package for customers which includes a private “Meet & Greet” backstage, champagne toast, exclusive limited edition signed poster from the show, souvenir VIP Pass, and a personal photo op with the Celebrity Housewife prior to the show.

The Delray Beach Playhouse is located at 950 NW 9th Street, in Delray Beach, 33444. (561-272-1281).

For more information about The Celebrity Housewives at the Delray Beach Playhouse, contact  Kevin Barrett/Executive Director, Delray Beach Playhouse at kevinbarrettgm@gmail.com / 561-272-1281 or Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com /561-445-9244.

The Celebrity Housewives at the Delray Beach Playhouse:

Meredith Marks (Salt Lake City) December 8, 2022 @ 7:30 PM

Meredith Marks

Meredith Marks is an award winning and celebrity favorite jewelry designer and TV personality. After joining the cast of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City franchise in 2020, she quickly became a fan-favorite due to her extravagant looks and extensive background in fashion. As the founder of a multi-functional, luxury jewelry line ‘Meredith Marks Jewelry’ her designs have been worn by many A-list celebrities including Charlize Theron and Courteney Cox. Marks currently resides in Utah with her husband Seth and her two children, as she continues to embark on new business ventures. Third season premieres September 29th.

Dolores Catania (New Jersey) February 2, 2023 @ 7:30 PM

Dolores Catania

Dolores Catania came into the limelight when she joined the main cast in the seventh season of Bravo franchise The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Prior to becoming a television personality, she worked as a Surgical Technician and a Realtor. At present, Catania is a business entrepreneur owning and operating two local gyms, an active philanthropist who is involved with charities across the United States, and is most known for her recurring role as one of New Jersey’s favorite Housewives!

Jill Zarin (New York City) February 23, 2023 @ 7:30PM

Jill Zarin

As a former, and one of the original cast members of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York City, and who recently appeared in “Ultimate Girls Trip”, Jill Zarin is no stranger to the spotlight! Zarin had a major career in fashion and textiles prior to her time on RHONY, which helped start her entrepreneurial journey of creating her own home decor and fashion line, The Jill Zarin Home collection. Aside from Zarin’s business and philanthropic endeavors, she appeared in the film “Night of the Wild” and has made multiple cameos on other Reality TV shows. As a current resident of Boca Raton, Florida, she focuses on her rapidly growing, woman-owned company Jill & Ally.

Marysol Patton (Miami) March 23, 2023 @ 7:30 PM

Marysol Patton

Marysol Patton, founder of one of the most premiere PR firms in Miami, The Patton Group, was an original member of Bravo TV’s Real Housewives of Miami franchise. After three seasons as a Miami Housewife, serving as both a main cast member and a “friend of”, she returned for the franchise’s revival on Peacock. Since then, she continues to film RHOM, while also running her high-end, successful PR firm.

(Photo credits: The Stander Group)

Entr’Acte Theatrix Presents Mel Brooks’ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN – October 21 – 30

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October 20 – 31, 2022

The Tony Award-winning musical will run at the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park
just in time for Halloween!

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

September 6, 2022

BOCA RATON, FL:  Entr’Acte Theatrix, whose previous productions such as Into the Woods, Avenue Q, Spamalot, and The Rocky Horror Show have proven to be consistently popular with young and older audiences alike, will present Mel Brooks’ Young FrankensteinThe Mel Brooks Musical from October 21st through October 30th at the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park. This will be the company’s first production at the popular Boca Raton venue.

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.

“We have not produced a show since 2019 because of the pandemic, and I was not prepared to do so until the audience was ready to return,” says Entr’Acte Theatrix producer and founder Vicki Halmos. “Fortunately, I have seen strong evidence of that in the last few months. We will be in a new venue The Willow Theatre, in Boca Raton, which is very exciting. We are fortunate to have Jeremy Quinn as our director, who has expertise in the Mel Brooks comedic style and he will be joined by our long-standing music director, Roger Blankenship. In addition, we will be adding Andy Morejon, from our Entr’Acte ranks, to choreograph.

“Entr’Acte Theatrix has a tradition of promoting young artists to director positions who have honed their skills working in Entr’Acte productions specifically,” Halmos explains. “At Entr’Acte, our practice is to engage local emerging talent, and give them continuing support and opportunities to polish and enhance their skills. Several of our Young Frankenstein cast members were part of the Halmos’ Palm Beach Principal Players group several years ago, and are now back with freshly minted theatre degrees, and looking for the on-stage experience Entr’acte provides.  Our young cast is enthusiastically gearing up to be a part of what promises to be one of the outstanding productions of the coming season!  We hope our South Florida audience will continue to support local theater in developing a world class body of actors, and creative teams,” she concludes.

“I’m delighted to be returning to Entr’Acte for my fourth show, directing Young Frankenstein,” says director Jeremy Quinn. “This is my first opportunity to direct a large-scale musical (in-person) after the pandemic, so I’m incredibly grateful to Vicki Halmos and Entr’Acte for inviting me back to the table. I’ve been wanting to sink my teeth into something like this for quite some time, needless to say.

Jeremy Quinn

“Comedy has always been a strong suit in my 40+ year career in theatre, so the opportunity to tackle one of the greatest comedic properties of all time is nothing short of thrilling!” he continues. “After directing the national tour of Old Jews Telling Jokes (before the pandemic), I realize how much more I’ve added to my comedic canon from working with several masters of comedy in that production…and what a fitting segue to this project! Obviously, I’m a long-time fan of Mel Brooks and his unapologetic comedic style, so all the good stuff audiences remember from his movies will be on display here; including all the funny bits, nuances and innuendos.

“I can’t wait to share my joy of comedy with the Young Frankenstein cast and strengthen their knowledge/experience of what comprises good comedic timing. It’s actually somewhat mathematical and scientific when you break it down. Like I always say (even when directing a drama)…Find The Funny! It’s always there, you just have to look for it… and right now, audiences are desperately needing it.” 

Young Frankenstein’s cast includes Kevin Cruz as Frederick Frankenstein, Chase Stante as the Monster, Greg Halmos as Igor, Nicole Roach as Inga, Ashley Gravlin as Frau Blucher, Kalli Courakos as Elizabeth, and Carlo Sabusap as the Constable and the Hermit.  Also cast are Chris Calhoun, Christian Cooper, Briana Earhart, Tyler Fitch, Victoria Hocton, Nysia Matos, Andy Morejon, TJ Pursley, Sarah Rayburn, and Hannah Rosenberg.

Entr’acte Theatrix is a not-for-profit, semi-professional, showcase company providing opportunities for emerging theatre artists, both on-stage and backstage. The company puts students of college or post-graduate programs on a professional trajectory with a goal of working in the profession a chance to gain experience in their area of training or interest.  Entr’acte, as the name suggests, is the “next step,” from classroom to career, and provides the young theatre artist with one of his or her all-important first professional resume-building credits. 

Tickets for Young Frankenstein The Mel Brooks Musical are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.sugarsandpark.org/young-frankenstein or by phone at 561-347-3948.  Tickets are $20.  Group rates (10 or more tickets purchased in one transaction) are $15.

For more information about Entr’Acte Theatrix and/or Young Frankenstein, please contact Carol Kassie at Carol@CarolKassie.com / 561-445-9244.

Young Frankenstein – The Mel Brooks Musical
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
October 21 – 30, 2022
Tickets: $20 (Group Rates available)
For Tickets:  https://www.sugarsandpark.org/young-frankenstein / 561-347-3948
Performance Schedule:
Friday and Saturday at 8 pm
Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm
All performances at
The Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park
300 S. Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33486

About The Willow Theatre:

The Willow Theatre, opened in 1998, is a beautiful 155-seat proscenium theater, located inside Sugar Sand Park Community Center and allows for a unique experience for theatre patrons. Before or after a show, you may wander the nature trails, visit the Children’s Science Explorium, look at the art exhibit on display, or picnic at one of our pavilions.

MNM’s AVENUE Q Will Run at the Willow Theatre April 14 – 30, 2023

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MNM Theatre Company Reveals the 3rd Show of Their 2022-2023 Season!

The Residents of
Avenue Q
Will Move into The Willow Theatre
April 14 – 30, 2023

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

July 28, 2022
BOCA RATON, FL: MNM Theatre Company has revealed that Avenue Q will be the third production the award-winning company will present during their 2022 – 2023 Season.  The show will run at the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park from April 14th – 30th 2023The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – December 2nd – 18th, 2022 – will mark the company’s debut performance at the popular Boca Raton venue; Disenchanted will run at the Kravis Center from May 9th – 28th.

Written by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez (The Book of Mormon, Frozen) the Tony Award-winning show is a clever and irreverent look at the world through the eyes of the residents of Avenue Q as they explore and address the issues associated with growing up in the ‘real’ world, rather than the one their parents – and Sesame Street – described to them. Using a unique combination of humans and puppets, the musical chronicles its characters’ struggles to find decent jobs, stable relationships, and their purpose in life.

Marcie Gorman

“Not only is Avenue Q one of the longest running and most popular musicals ever produced on Broadway,” says MNM Theatre Company’s CEO and Producing Artistic Director Marcie Gorman. “Its content, although often adult in nature, is extremely appropriate in today’s environment, and touches on issues – racism, pornography, homosexuality, schadenfreude, among others – that are as important now as they were when the show opened in 2003.   And it’s very funny, too!”

All three 2022 – 2023 MNM productions will be directed by Jonathan Van Dyke. 

Tickets will be on sale soon for all three shows.

For more information about MNM Theatre Company (www.mnmtheatre.org/) please contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244

Avenue Q
April 14 – 30, 2023Music and Lyrics: Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Book: Jeff Whitty
Performances:
Friday and Saturday at 8 pm
Sunday at 2 pm
Tickets: $45
For tickets:
www.sugarsandpark.org/willow-theatre
Phone: 561-347-3948
All performances will take place at
The Willow Theatre
300 S. Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL  33486

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
December 2 – 18, 2022
Music & Lyrics:  William Finn
Book: Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by: Rebecca Feldman
Additional Material by: Jay Reiss
Performances:
Friday and Saturday at 8 pm
Sunday at 2 pm
Tickets:  $45
For tickets:
www.sugarsandpark.org/willow-theatre
Phone: 561-347-3948
All performances will take place at
The Willow Theatre
300 S. Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL  33486

Disenchanted
May 9 – 28, 2023
Book, Music, and Lyrics:Dennis T. Giacino
Developed wit: Fiely Matias
Performances: Friday & Saturday at 7 pm
Saturday & Sunday at 1:30 pm
Prices: $50 – $65
For Tickets: mnmtheatre.org / Kravis.org / 561-832-7469
All performances in
Rinker Playhouse at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
701 Okeechobee Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

MNM Theatre Company’s 2022 – 2023 Season Promises Entertainment for Everyone!

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The Company will perform at
The Willow Theatre & The Kravis Center

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

July 21, 2022

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL:  Have theatre, will travel!  MNM Theatre Company will perform in two Palm Beach County venues during the 2022-2023 season.

The award-winning company’s first production of the season, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, will run at the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton and Disenchanted, will have its South Florida premiere in the Rinker Playhouse at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach.  A third production, scheduled to run at the Willow Theatre in April 2023 will be announced within the next few weeks.

Marcie Gorman

“We are very excited about our upcoming season,” says MNM Theatre Company’s Producing Artistic Director and CEO, Marcie Gorman.  “The shows we have chosen are fun, funny, and very clever, and we know they will appeal to audiences of all ages.  And our new venue, the Willow Theatre, is a lovely space – intimate and inviting, and we are looking forward to bringing MNM to a brand-new South County audience.  And we’re so pleased to be heading back to the Kravis Center as well.”

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, the Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning musical that has charmed audiences across the country, features an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents as they vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter – one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will run at the Willow Theatre from December 2nd – 18th.

Disenchanted will make its South Florida debut at the Kravis Center from May 9th – 28th, 2023: “Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in this ‘musical comedy for grownups’ that’s anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know. These royal renegades will toss off their tiaras to bring their hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical to the Rinker Playhouse – and fairy tales will never be the same!”

All three 2022-2023 MNM Theatre Company productions will be directed by Jonathan Van Dyke. 

For more information about MNM Theatre Company (www.mnmtheatre.org) please contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

December 2 – 18, 2022
Music & Lyrics:  William Finn
Book: Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by: Rebecca Feldman
Additional Material by: Jay Reiss
Performances:
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday at 2 pm
Tickets:  $45
For tickets:
www.sugarsandpark.org/willow-theatre
Phone: 561-347-3948
All performances will take place at
The Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park
300 S. Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL  33486

Disenchanted
May 9 – 28, 2023
Book, Music, and Lyrics:Dennis T. Giacino
Developed wit: Fiely Matias
Performances: Friday & Saturday at 7 pm
Saturday & Sunday at 1:30 pm
Prices: $50 – $65
For Tickets: mnmtheatre.org / Kravis.org / 561-832-7469
All performances in
Rinker Playhouse at the Kravis Center
701 Okeechobee Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

World Premiere: EDUCATING ASHER Debuts at Empire Stage July 29 – August 14

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A World Premiere at Empire Stage

Eytan Deray’s  
Educating Asher
Debuts July 29 – August 14, 2022

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

July 18, 2022

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL:  Multi-talented South Florida actor and cabaret artist Eytan Deray has added playwright to the list of his accomplishments.  His new play, Educating Asher, will have its world premiere at Empire Stage.  The production will open at July 29th and run through August 14th at the popular Fort Lauderdale venue.  

Eytan Deray

“I started writing Educating Asher 5 years ago as personal therapy after finding out about a beloved teacher’s passing,” Deray explains. “Now it’s a fully realized portrait of grief, friendships between generational gaps, and the importance of teachers/mentors in our life. This play is for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, and my hope is that audiences will leave the theatre not just moved, but ready to start a much-needed conversation.”

Hiding in the kitchen at a reception for a funeral, Asher is not quite sure how to process his grief over the loss of his former middle school teacher, Elliott Weiss, who he hasn’t spoken to or seen in five years. His boyfriend Mark tries to encourage him to talk to Mr. Weiss’s widower, Nick, but to no avail. Soon enough, Asher is forced to confront his grief when Elliott’s ghost appears in the kitchen with him. It’s only now that Elliott is gone that Asher can finally say everything he ever wanted to the teacher that changed his life.

Seth Trucks

“Eytan’s play is deeply personal, somewhat autobiographical, and he has brought in a team of his close friends to help him tell this story,” says Educating Asher’s director Seth Trucks. “It’s been a very powerful experience, the cast is amazing, are all working beautifully together, and I cannot wait to share his play with everyone.”

Trucks has cast Murphy Hayes as Elliott, Michael Harper as Mark, and Noah Levine as Nick.  Eytan Deray will play Asher.

Harold Petion will serve as the production’s Stage Manager.  Lighting Design is by Preston Bircher, Set Design is by Johnbarry Green and Jordon Armstrong, and Sound Design is by Seth Trucks.

Tickets for Educating Asher are $25 and are available online at www.empirestage.com or by calling 954-678-1496.  Performances are on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, and on Sunday at 5 pm. All performances will take place Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304.

For more information about Educating Asher, to arrange to see a performance, or for interviews or photos, please contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244.

Educating Asher
July 29 – August 14, 2022By Eytan Deray
Directed by Seth Trucks
Tickets: $25
For tickets:
www.empirestage.com / 954-678-1496
Performances:
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Sunday at 5 pm
All performances take place at 
Empire Stage
1140 N. Flagler Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

World Premiere! TIME STOPS – A NEW MUSICAL Debuts at the Kravis Center July 15 – 17

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TIME STOPS – A New Musical
Debuts at the Kravis Center

July 15 – 17, 2022


TIME STOPS – A New Musical celebrates the bonds of unconditional love,
and the strength of the human spirit.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Elizabeth Dashiell
PalmBeachPR@Yahoo.com / 561-543-8276
Contact:  Carol Kassie
carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244

June 24, 2022

WEST PALM BEACH, FL:  Featuring a multi award-winning creative team, breathtaking music, and unforgettable characters, TIME STOPS – A New Musical will debut at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on July 15thThe production will run for5 performances only – through July 17th.

With an original story by Bonnie Logan (Boca Bound) andled by an award-winning creative team, TIME STOPS – A New Musical is directed by Chad Larabee (Dreyfus in Rehearsal, Ain’t We Got Fun) with original music and musical direction by award-winning composer Brett Boles (Foreverman, Benjamin Button), and featuring musical supervision by Tony Award and Emmy Award-winning Broadway Producer and Music Director, Michael J. Moritz, Jr. (Hadestown, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical). 

TIME STOPS – A New Musical tells the story of writer Emma Portman as she begins a journey to create a musical based on the life her late daughter never had the chance to experience. As she retreats further into her imaginary world, the other people in her life find themselves at their own crossroads of unrealized dreams.  TIME STOPS takes you on a moving journey through love, loss, and the making of a musical that transforms lives forever.

The cast features actress Maria Goodman as Emma; Armand Lane (Much Ado About Nothing, Silence! The Musical) as Charlie; Evan Fagin (The Last 5 Years) as Ben; Alan Chandler (Knoxville, Oliver!) as Steven; James McClellan (The Elephant ManCaroline or Change)as Maxwell; and Ashely Wilcox (Boca Bound, Mama Mia) as Gayle. Ensemble members include Kirsten Kaiser and Chase Wolfe.

A First Listen to the title song “Time Stops” from TIME STOPS – A New Musical features vocalists Elysia Jordan (Billy Elliott, School of Rock) along with composer Brett Boles, andcan be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOpDqCfcAIk

TIME STOPS – A New Musical
July 15 – 17, 2023

Book by Bonnie Logan
Music & Lyrics by Brett Boles
Tickets:  $45/$55
For tickets: www.kravis.org/events/timestops
Or call 561-832-7469
Performances:
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday at 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday at 2 pm
All performances take place at
The Kravis Center
701 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

About the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts:
The Kravis Center is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, FL. The Center’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in Palm Beach County by presenting a diverse schedule of national and international artists and companies of the highest quality, by offering comprehensive arts education programs—serving nearly 3 million schoolchildren since its inception; by providing a Palm Beach County home for local and regional arts organizations to showcase their work; and by providing an economic catalyst and community leadership in West Palm Beach, supporting efforts to increase travel and tourism to Palm Beach County. For information, please visit kravis.org.

CREATIVE TEAM:

Chad Larabee

Chad Larabee (Director) is a New York-based director who works extensively in the development of new plays and musicals.He directed the critically acclaimed off-Broadway revival of Garson Kanin’s classic, Dreyfus in Rehearsal, as well as the London world-premiere of Ain’t We Got Fun. Additional Off-Broadway credits include the world-premieres of POPart The MusicalDo Not Disturb, and Good Good Trouble on Bad Bad Island. Select regional directing credits include Boca Bound, Mary Poppins, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and Clybourne ParkLittle Women the Musical, On Golden Pond, Violet, Assassins, Big River, The Pajama Game, and more.Chad’s award-winning short films Warrior GRRRLS, Group Chat DownThe Ghosts of Ethan Dean, (in) rhythm and Life in Free Fall have been seen in film festivals across the country. Chad is a graduate of The University of Iowa, and Florida State University where he received his MFA in Directing. Chad is a member of SDC.

Bonnie Logan

Bonnie Logan (Book) Bonnie’s careers in organizational development and entrepreneurial business, combined with a lifetime of theatrical studies, led to her evolution as a published playwright. Drawn to the stories told on stage, she wrote her first book for Boca Bound in 2017, which premiered at the Wick Theatre in 2020 to sold-out crowds and hailed as “unassailably heartfelt” (SF Theater on Stage).

Brett Boles

Brett Boles (Composer, Musical Director) is an award-winning musical theatre composer, lyricist, bookwriter and music director. His original musical Foreverman premiered at NYMF where it garnered awards for Outstanding Orchestrations and the New World Stages Development Prize. Brett has also collaborated with composer Natalie Tenenbaum on an adaptation of Benjamin Button, which has had showings at the York Theatre Off-Broadway and the Southwark Playhouse in London. He has also written original material for three of the four original Broadway Matilda’s. Brett’s work has been performed by Broadway greats including Jeremy Jordan, Josh Young, Marissa McGowan, and Kate Baldwin. In 2013, he co-conceived From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook with Tony-winning producer and founder/president of Broadway Records Van Dean. Brett currently serves as the Director of Choirs at Hall High School in West Hartford, CT. Brett is the creator and the host of the hit TikTok series “The M Tea” with over 300,000 followers. He is a proud member of the Tony-honored BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, and the Dramatists Guild of America.

Michael J. Moritz Jr.

Michael J. Moritz, Jr. (Music Supervisor, Producer) is a GRAMMY Award-nominated, and TONY Award and EMMY award-winning Broadway Producer, Record Producer, Mixer, Music Director, Conductor and Pianist.  During the COVID pandemic, Michael’s work has been featured on humanitarian and charity broadcasts and live streams having raised over $50M in 2020-2021 alone. Michael received a 2021 Grammy Award nomination as Producer of Stephen Schwartz’s Snapshots for Best Musical Theatre Album. Michael received the 2019 TONY Award for Best Musical as a co-producer of Hadestown and a 2017 Emmy Award for Audio for From Broadway With Love: A Benefit For Orlando. He also received 2 TONY and Olivier award nominations as a co-producer for Broadway/West End’s Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.  Other notable Broadway producing credits include Big Fish, A Night With Janis Joplin, On The Town, and The Velocity of Autumn.

Meet the Cast of TIME STOPS:

Broadway Stars from Les Misérables & Dear Evan Hansen to Mentor Students at LCA Summer Camp 2022

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Registration is under way for summer sessions starting June 27. Early bird discounts still available. Secure your child’s spot NOW!

For Immediate Release
Contact: Deborah Ramírez
Principal/Ramirez Media Strategies
(356) 877-2295 / debbie@dramirezmedia.com

June 7, 2022

NORTH MIAMI, FL: LCA Performing Arts, South Florida’s largest drama and performing arts studio dedicated to developing the next generation of performing artists, is proud to welcome Broadway veterans Ivan Rutherford from Les Misérables and Michael Lee Brown of Dear Evan Hansen fame to the academy’s Summer Camp 2022. These two Broadway stars will coach and mentor students in the art of dramatic musical production.

“We’re excited to offer our students the opportunity to work with Broadway professionals such as Ivan Rutherford and Michael Lee Brown. Each will help aspiring young artists develop their skills and talents, but also expose them to the endless possibilities and the magic of musical theater,” says LCA artistic director Luciana Caplan.

Enrollment is open for summer sessions at LCA, located at 901 NE 125th Street in downtown North Miami. Registration is available by emailing info@lcapa.com  or visiting the school’s website at www.lcapa.com (click on Summer Camp and Register Here icons). But hurry – spots are going fast.

LCA summer camp 2022 offers three separate tracks, which are:

Dear Evan Hansen Workshop – June 27 to July 1. For ages 10+

Michael Lee Brown will oversee this Dear Evan-focused summer camp program, which also will offer private classes. Workshops will include acting/vocal/audition techniques; movement/stage presence with “Sincerely Me” dance routine; group numbers and solo singing, including “You Will be Found”; performance of various show scenes, and Q&A about what it’s like performing on Broadway and in Dear Evan Hansen.

Brown comes to LCA after working in the six-time Tony Award and Grammy winning Broadway musical in which he played the alternate Evan Hansen in weekly performances. In addition, Brown covered two other male leads (Connor and Jared), and he is the first person ever to have performed all three roles on Broadway. Dear Evan Hansen tells the story of a young man with social anxiety disorder who pretends to be the close friend of a deceased student to gain the social acceptance he so craves.

Schedule: Monday through Friday, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $250
Early Bird discounts: 35% off for students registering by June 10 – $162.50

More about Michael Lee Brown

Michael Lee Brown

Brown started performing at a young age, learning the business, and working professionally from Los Angeles to New York City. A Marymount Manhattan graduate, he has performed in various regional theatre productions such as Torch Song Trilogy at the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC under the direction of director Michael Kahn. He has been seen on television in shows like Prodigal Son, Happyish, and in live performances with the Dear Evan Hansen company at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and on The Today Show, where he and the cast received an Emmy Award.

Disney 101 Dalmatians Kids – July 11 – July 29. For ages 5-14

Students will spend three weeks preparing for a musical adaptation of the animated Disney classic that features kidnapping villains and courageous puppies. The camp ends with a performance of the show on July 30 and 31 at Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St., Miami).

Schedule: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $850
Early Bird discounts:
40% off for students registering by May 15 – $510
35% off for students registering by June 30 – $552.50

Les Misérables School Edition – July 18 – Aug. 5. For ages 11 – 18

Renowned actor-singer Ivan Rutherford has played the lead role of Jean Valjean in more than 2,300 performances of Les Mis on Broadway and in national tours. Les Misérables is one of Broadway’s biggest hits, winning more than 100 international awards and seen by over 70 million people around the world.

This summer, Rutherford is stepping into the role of director for a school edition of the famed Broadway musical based on Victor Hugo’s classic about injustice, heroism, and love in the throes of a revolution.

Under Rutherford’s direction, summer camp students will bring a school edition of this epic story to life over a three-week period. The camp will conclude with a performance of Les Misérables School Edition on August 6 and 7 at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center.

Schedule: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Fee: $960
Early bird discounts for students registering by:
May 15, 40 percent – $576
June 30, 35 percent, $624

More about Ivan Rutherford

Ivan Rutherford

Rutherford was honored with the role during the 10th anniversary company in New York and played alongside Andrea McArdle (the original Annie) at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine, and Lea Salonga on Broadway in the 20th anniversary Les Mis revival. Ivan was also nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of Valjean at the First Annual National Broadway Theatre Awards, held at the New York Supper Club in NYC. Some other favorite roles include The Caliph in Kismet, Tony in Westside Story, Lt. Joe Cable in South Pacific (for which he won a Drama-Logue Award), and Officer Charles Lightoller in the Broadway production of Titanic.

More about LCA

LCA Performing Arts is the largest and most complete multidiscipline drama and performing arts studio in South Florida – specializing not only in singing, acting, and dancing for musical theatre, movies, and television, but also in acrobatics. Located in 13,000 square feet brand new state of art facilities, the studio offers classes in the best floors for dance and acrobatics. Harlequin Floors are well known in the Dance and Performing Arts industry as the most reliable, helping to prevent injuries. We have friendly mentors highly qualified to help your child to develop their skills. At LCA we challenge our students to develop their potential, with deep respect for their own time and pace, and stimulating their artistic spirit and expression of their feelings. The children get used to performing with wireless microphones similar to the ones used on Broadway – and the studio has one per child, so all will experience the equipment. The studio also works with amazing costumes and props. The children performing at LCA shows feel like professionals, even when are beginners in their first experience on the stage.

LCA is located at 901 NE 125th Street in downtown North Miami. For more information email info@lcapa.com  or visit the school’s website at www.lcapa.com.

For all press inquiries, please contact Deborah Ramirez, Principal at Ramirez Media Strategies at debbie@dramirezmedia.com.