Evening Star Productions’ ‘Sol After Dark’ presents MACBETH – October 26th – 28th Only!

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Evening Star Productions
presents
Sol After Dark’s
Premiere Production:
Macbeth
October 26 – 28

 

For Immediate Release
Contact: Rosalie Grant
info@eveningstarproductions.org / 561-447-8829
Contact:  Carol Kassie
carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244

October 13, 2017

BOCA RATON, FL: Evening Star Productions will kick off their newest project, Sol After Dark, with a one-act adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.  The production, which will run for just three days – from October 26th to 28th – is the first of what Evening Star’s Artistic Director Rosalie Grant says will be “something a little off the beaten theatre path for those hungry for a different bite of theatre.”

“Our lineup of productions will feature an all-inclusive evening in one ticket price,” she explained recently.  “A “bite” of theatre, refreshments, and talk backs after the shows which will include (along with the upcoming Shakespearean selection), absurdism, science fiction, and more.”

Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy, thought to have first been performed in 1606, and often called “The Scottish Play”, Macbeth explores the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake. Of all the plays Shakespeare wrote during the reign of James I, who was patron of Shakespeare’s acting company, Macbeth most clearly reflects the playwright’s relationship with his sovereign.

Seth Trucks and Sara Elizabeth Grant are collaborating to create the one-act adaptation consisting of a cast of four.  Audience members will be immersed in all that is terrifying about power and the repercussions that follow.

“As Evening Star continues to explore Shakespeare, we thought Macbeth would be the perfect fit for the intimacy that Sol Theatre provides.” Seth Trucks says.  “Having the actors right in the audience’s faces will allow them to track every devious thought in the characters’ eyes.  Already Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy, we have cut it down even more so they the audience never gets a break from the tension.”

Sara Elizabeth Grant will direct the production.  The cast of four includes Trucks as Macbeth, and Amada Ortega, Courtney Poston, and Kimberly Bernzky as Witches One, Two, and Three.  The evening will be hosted by Natalie Herman.

“It’s no secret we live in a world controlled by status, which leaves us the option to either dominate or submit,” says director Grant.  “What’s not so clear is what choices to make when one obtains power, and what hidden forces are behind it.  The story of Macbeth embodies this very struggle, containing degrees of political and magical.  Our adaptation reveals that manipulation can be overlooked by the need for power.

“As we approach Samhain, it is only appropriate to turn our attention to the roles the 3 Witches play in Macbeth… that magic has the ability to alter someone’s fate,” she continues.  “The Witches create a world of hallucination by taking on each pivotal character that Macbeth encounters.  This leaves him the choice to either harness his power for good or allow it to let him fall.”

Macbeth will run for three performances only – October 26 – 28 at Sol Theatre in Boca Raton. Tickets are $20 (including refreshments and talk back) and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased  by calling 561-447-8829 or online at www.eveningstarproductions.org.

For more information about Evening Star Productions and Sol After Dark, visit www.eveningstarproductions.org or contact Rosalie Grant at 561-447-8829 /info@eveningstarproductions.com ; for more information about this production, contact Carol Kassie at 561-445-9244 /carol@carolkassie.com.

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Macbeth
By William Shakespeare
Adapted by Seth Trucks and Sara Elizabeth Grant
October 26 – 28, 2017
Tickets:  $20
Tickets:  561-447-8829 www.eveningstarproductions.org
Performances:
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 8 pm
Sol Theatre
3333 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL  33431
www.eveningstarproductions.org
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LIZZIE: THE MUSICAL – Opens Thinking Cap Theatre’s 2017-2018 Season – October 20th

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Thinking Cap Theatre at The Vanguard
presentsLizzie: The Musical

October 20 – November 4, 2017

“A gothic rock ritual with a ‘riotgirl’ attitude… an eerie hybrid of rock club and a turn-of-the-century New England parlor…. Deliciously watchable” ~ The New York Times

For Immediate Release
Contact: Nicole Stodard
nicole@thinkingcaptheatre.com /(813) 220-1546
Carol Kassie
carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244

October 10, 2017
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL: On a sweltering summer morning in 1892, in Fall River Massachusetts, a prominent business man and his wife were brutally axed to death in their home. Their daughter, Lizzie Borden, was the prime suspect. Lizzie’s trial was a coast-to-coast media sensation, and her story has become an integral part of American criminal mythology.  Lizzie: The Musical – the vibrant, rollicking, rock musical telling of this legendary crime will open Thinking Cap Theatre at the Vanguard’s 2017-2018 season on October 20th.  The production will run through November 4th.

Lizzie: The Musical started out as a four-song theater/rock concert piece written by Tim Maner with songs by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer, and later expanded into a full musical with more music and orchestrations by newly added collaborator Alan Stevens Hewitt.   It sprang from Maner and Cheslik-DeMeyer’s love of musicals, Americana, women-rockers, and late 80s queer politics.

Although the show’s music is primarily raucous, rock, and of the ‘Riot Girl’ genre, the play also offers a sensitive look at what could drive someone to (allegedly) commit such a heinous crime (Borden was acquitted of the murders after an all-male jury deliberated for just ninety minutes). It allows audiences to relate to the Borden sisters – Lizzie and Emma –  in a way they might not have considered before. This emotional connection wouldn’t be possible without the four incredible performers that make up the cast – Ann Marie Olson as Lizzie Borden, Sabrina Gore as Emma Borden, Leah Sessa as Alice Russell, and Hanna Richter as Bridget Sullivan.

Lizzie:  The Musical will be directed by Thinking Cap’s Nicole Stodard; the production’s musical direction is by Patrick Watkins.

Tickets for Lizzie are $40 ($20 for students with ID) and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by calling 954-610-7263 or on line at www.thinkingcaptheatre.com .

The Vanguard Sanctuary for the Arts is located at 1501 S. Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, 33301.  There is free street parking surrounding the building and a metered municipal lot just south of The Vanguard on Andrews Ave.

For more information about Thinking Cap Theatre at the Vanguard visit www.thinkingcaptheatre.com.  or contact Nicole Stodard at nicole@thinkingcaptheatre.com / 954-610-7263 or Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com /  561-445-9244.

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Lizzie: The Musical
October 20 –  November 5
Music by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Alan Stevens Hewitt
Lyrics by Steven Cheslik-Demeyer and Tim Maner
Book by Tim Maner
Tickets:  $40
For Tickets: 813-220-1546
www.thinkingcaptheatre.com
Performances:
Friday, October 20 – 8 pm
Saturday, October 21 – 3 pm & 8 pm
Sunday, October 22 – 5 pm
Friday, October 27 – 8 pm
Saturday, October 28 – 3 pm & 8 pm
Sunday, October 29 – 5 pm
Tuesday, October 31 – 8 pm (Costume encouraged!)
Wednesday, November 1 – 8 pm
Friday, November 3 – 8 pm
Saturday, November 4 – 8 pm
The Vanguard
1501 S. Andrews Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
www.thinkingcaptheatre.com
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Stage Door Theatre presents Kevin Black’s TICKLING THE IVORIES – October 13 – November 19

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Stage Door Theatre
presents the
World Premiere of
Kevin Black’s
Tickling the Ivories
October 13 – November 19

A celebration of piano music and songs from Liberace and Stevie Wonder to Alicia Keys.

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

October 3, 2017

MARGATE, FL:   Stage Door Theatre will present the world premiere of award-winning director/choreograher Kevin Black’s newest production, Tickling the Ivories, beginning October 13th.  The production will run in the venue’s Theatre 2 through November 19th.

Tickling the Ivories celebrates and showcases the instrument that inspired artists ranging from Mozart to Liberace.*

Kevin Black

“One of my biggest regrets in life is quitting piano lessons when I was 12,” Black says. “Instead I decided to move into dance class. However, to this day, I wish I could play the piano. Thankfully, I have Ben Bagby and Michael Friedman to translate my concepts into arrangements for pianists and vocalists.

Ivories highlights the piano, first and foremost,” Black continues. Featuring songs by famous pianists and songwriters from several centuries, Tickling the Ivories combines classical pieces with 20th Century pop classics by the likes of Billy Joel, Elton John, Carole King, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Ray Charles, Barry Manilow and many others.

“We are taking a new approach to this revue – we are letting the songs, talent and creativity of the rehearsal process dictate the structure of the show,” Black explains. “For the first time in my career, I’m allowing the process to flow without a vast amount of structure in the beginning. We are just rounding up week one of our process and so far, I’m completely blown away by the talent of the pianists and the incredible vocalists.”

Pianists Michael Friedman and Sarah Statler will ‘tickle the ivories’ for the production.  They will be accompanied by percussionist Roy Fantel and bassist Rupert Ziawinski.   Vocalists Sandra Marante, Devon Norris, Candice Shedd-Thompson, and Ryan Stutz round out the ensemble.

Musical arrangements for Tickling the Ivories are by Ben Bagby, Kevin, Statler, and Michael Friedman, and vocal arrangements are by Ben Bagby and Kevin Black.  The show’s Musical Director is Ben Bagby; Michael Friedman is the Assistant Musical Director.  The set has been designed by Michael McClain, the lighting design is by Ardean Landhuis, and costume design is by Jerry Sturdefant.  Paul O’Donnell is the show’s Production Manager.

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, and Evita, 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.

Tickling the Ivories will run from October 13th – November 19th at Stage Door Theatre. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate.  Tickets for Tickling the Ivories 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 Tickling the Ivories and/or Stage Door Theatre, please visit https://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 modern piano was invented sometime between 1698-1700 by Bartolomeo Cristofori of Italy. Bartolomeo named his invention un cimbalo di cipresso di piano e forte (“a keyboard of cypress with soft and loud”), which eventually was abbreviated into “Piano”. Since its invention, the piano has have been used to create some of the most beautiful classical music known to man.

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Tickling the Ivories
Conceived and Directed by Kevin Black
October 13 – November 19
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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Entr’Acte Theatrix Presents THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW – October 19 – 31

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Entr’Acte Theatrix
to present
Richard O’Brien’s
The Rocky Horror Show
October 19 – 31

“So, come up to the lab and see what’s on the slab!” ~ Frank N. Furter

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

September 29, 2017
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL:  Halloween is just around the corner, and who better to celebrate with than the denizens of Dr. Frank N. Furter’s home-sweet-castle in Richard O’Brien’s beloved cult classic, The Rocky Horror Show.   And Entr’Acte Theatrix is inviting audiences to come do the Time Warp again… when they present ‘Rocky’ at The PGA Arts Center October 19th through October 31st.   

The Rocky Horror Show is an outrageous assemblage of – and humorous tribute to – the most stereotypical science fiction and horror movies, Marvel comics, Frankie Avalon/Annette Funicello outings and rock ‘n’ roll of every vintage. The play (upon which the classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show is based) has grown from an experimental production originally produced in a small London theatre in June 1973, to a cult phenomenon with fans world-wide.  The musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple who, when caught in a storm, find refuge in the home of a decidedly unusual scientist who is madly working towards unveiling his latest and greatest creation.

Rocky is also the quintessential audience participation show, and Entr’Acte will have what have come to be known as  ‘survival kits’ available for purchase for those who want them.

This is the third time Entr’Acte Theatrix will present The Rocky Horror Show.   Their 2012 and 2014 productions were so successful that when an encore presentation was suggested, it was, as Entr’Acte’s founder and producer Vicki Halmos says, “A ‘no brainer’!  Our audiences love the show,” she continues, “and so does our cast.  You can see it during rehearsals.  Their enthusiasm is boundless, and they are so excited to be able to bring all these characters to life – figuratively and literally!” she says with a smile.

The Rocky Horror Show is just as relevant today as it was 44 years ago when it premiered,” says the production’s director, Jeremy Quinn.  “With the resurgence of hate, bigotry and violence for those who are ‘different’, it’s not only an appropriate time and place to produce the show, it’s a responsibility. RHS allows us the opportunity to give the ‘others’ a voice and platform to be seen, heard, embraced and accepted…while having A REALLY GREAT TIME AND LOADS OF SALACIOUS FUN!!!!!!!”

Cast in Entr’Acte’s Rocky are Bruno Faria as Brad Majors, Mary Grace Tesoriero as Janet Weiss, Rosseroni Parris as Frank N. Furter, Ashley Alexander as Magenta, Jamie Lynn Cleary as Columbia, Greg Halmos as Riff Raff, Tyler Palmer as Rocky, Darian Cisneros as Eddie, David W. Lamphier as The Criminologist, and Carlo-Rufino Sabusap as Dr. Scott. Also in the cast are Taryn Bagdasarian, Sarah E. Kenny, Sergio Cannata, Annaya Osborne, Cristian Howard, Lara Williams, and Jason Pierre.

Along with director Quinn, the show’s production crew includes co-Producer Greg Halmos, Musical Director Roger Blankenship, Choreographer Danny Durr, Stage Manager Nicole Stav, and Company Manager Carlo-Rufino Sabusap.

Entr’acte Theatrix as the name suggests was started to provide the next step – from classroom to career – and provide young actors a semi-professional showcase for their talents, and an all-important opportunity to build their resumes.

The Rocky Horror Show will run for 15 performances only, from October 19th31st, at the PGA Arts Center. The theatre is located at 4076 PGA Boulevard, in Palm Beach Gardens (33410) Tickets are on sale now, and are available on line at www.entractetheatrix.org.  There is ample parking within close proximity to the theatre.

Tickets are $35 for general admission tickets and $40 for reserved seats.

For more information about Entr’Acte Theatrix or The Rocky Horror Show visit www.entractetheatrix.org, or contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com /561-445-9244.

The Rocky Horror Show
By Richard O’Brien
October 19 – November 4
Tickets: $35 & $40
Performances:
October 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 31 at 7 pm
October 19, 25, 26, 30 at 8 pm
October 20, 21, 27, 28, 31 at 10 pm
PGA Arts Center
4076 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL  33410
(Formerly the PGA Cinema/Loehmann’s Plaza)
www.entractetheatrix.org
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I WILL SURVIVE: SOUNDTRACKS OF THE 70S at the PGA Arts Center October 18 – November 19

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The PGA Arts Center
In Association with
Kevin Black Productions
presents
I Will Survive
Soundtracks of the 70s
October 18 – November 19

Grab your love beads and head on over to the PGA Arts Center
for the grooviest party in South Florida
!

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

September 19, 2017
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL:  The PGA Arts Center will present I Will Survive: Soundtracks of the 70’s beginning October 18th. The production will run through November 19th at the increasingly popular Palm Beach Gardens venue.

When award-winning vocalist Mimi J. sought to develop a show about the women of soul who influenced her, she immediately turned to her good friend, Carbonell Award-nominated director/choreographer Kevin Black.  They tossed around a number of ideas, but they kept coming back to the music of the 70s – music they both love. Together they came up with the concept, a title, and the song choices for what was then called On the Radio:  Sounds of the 70s.   The show opened at Stage Door Theatre in Margate in June 2014 to rave reviews.

What had evolved was an evening of unforgettable songs from an unforgettable decade of music produced by an array of artists from ABBA to Carly Simon, to Gladys Knight, John Lennon, and ZZ Top. Now called I Will Survive – The Soundtracks of the 70s, the show is a rousing trip down memory lane – back to the time of bell bottoms, mood rings, smiley faces, and memorable music. Among the songs that will be featured in the show are “Close to You”, “Car Wash”, “Dancing Queen”, “Let it Be”, “Nobody Does It Better”, “Proud Mary”, “Midnight Train to Georgia”, “Hopelessly Devoted”, and “I Will Survive”.

“The challenge,” Black says, “was to try to figure out how to keep it interesting.  Because we didn’t want audiences to think the show is going to be two hours of Disco. It’s definitely not!”

“Kevin and I go to the theatre together a lot,” Mimi explains. “And I’ve never seen anything like what we did with this show – we’re really excited about it.

Along with the name change, the show itself has been tweaked and updated:

“We also felt there was a need to get another experience out there… to diversify the community,” Mimi continues. “This show introduces diversity and ethnicity.  We’re using local talent, and creating a different look and vibe on the stage for our community.  Audiences are going to feel that Soul Train vibe when they’re sitting in their seats… if they can stay in their seats!  Most of our audiences end up dancing!”

Two talented dancers will join Mimi on stage.

Mimi J. was born and raised in Miami. She is a professional singer currently performing in the South Florida tri-county area, and has been the recipient of numerous awards in vocal performance.  She received her degrees in Musical Theater from the University of Central Florida Conservatory Theater in Orlando, where she attended on the Walt Disney Scholarship. Mimi has been a member of the gospel recording group, Revelation S.E.E.D. founded and led by Margaret Reynolds of KC and the Sunshine Band, and has sung background for a number of award-winning artists including Gloria Estefan, Bobby McFerrin, Betty Wright, Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill of the R&B group New Edition, and Quan Howell of the gospel group Sounds of Blackness. Some of her regional theatre and Broadway National and International Tour credits include Ain’t Misbehavin’, Smokey Joe’s Café, Fame, Nunsense, and Rent. Mimi was the first woman of color to play Teen Angel in the classic 70’s hit, Grease during the show’s Pan-Asian tour.

The PGA Arts Center was a welcome addition to the South Florida theatrical scene when it opened in January 2017 with a production of WaistWatchers The Musical!  Subsequent productions included Brad Zimmerman’s My Son the Waiter – A Jewish Tragedy, Tommy Koenig’s Baby Boomer Baby, Funny Old Broads, and The Kosher Cheer Leader.

The theatre’s 2017-2018 season promises to be filled with music and laughter: Following I Will Survive, Alan Jacobson’s Irving Berlin Salutes America will open on November 30th and run through December 24th.  Avi Hoffman will bring his popular show Avi Hoffman’s Too Jewish? to the theatre beginning December 27th, and two special New Year’s Eve Champagne Celebration performances starring Avery Sommers, Melissa Jacobson, and John Lariviere are planned for December 31st – one at 7 pm and one at 9:30 pm.   Other upcoming productions include Old Jews Telling Jokes (January 17 – March 4), Cooking with the Calamari Sisters (January 25 – March 18), and Raunchy Little MusicalBelle Barth is Back (March 2018).

I Will Survive will run from October 18 to November 19 at The PGA Arts Center in Palm Beach Gardens. The theatre is located at 4076 PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens (33410).

Tickets for I Will Survive are $45 weekdays & $48 weekends, with select premium seating for $65.  Tickets may be purchased on line at www.pgaartscenter.com or by phone at 855-448-7469. (855- Hit-Show) For group sales (10 or more) 561-808-3446.

For more information about I Will Survive and the PGA Arts Center, contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244).

I Will Survive: Soundtracks of the 70s
Conceived and written by Kevin Black & Mimi J.  
October 18 – November 19
Tickets:  $45 weekdays and $48 weekends, with select premium seats available at $65
Online:  www.pgaartscenter.com
Phone: 855-448-7469 (855-HIT-SHOW)
Group Sales: (10 or more): 561-808-3446
Showtimes:
Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm
Friday, and Saturday at 8 pm
Saturday, and Sunday at 2:00 pm
The PGA Arts Center
4076 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 3410
www.pgaartscenter.com
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Evening Star Productions presents David Mamet’s OLEANNA – September 22 – October 8

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Evening Star Productions
presents
David Mamet’s
Oleanna
September 22 – October 8
(Preview performance September 21)

“We can only interpret the behavior of others through the screen we create.” 
― 
David Mamet, Oleanna

For Immediate Release
Contact: Rosalie Grant
info@eveningstarproductions.org / 561-447-8829
Contact:  Carol Kassie
carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244

September 5, 2017

BOCA RATON, FL:  Who is right, and who is wrong?  David Mamet’s play, Oleanna, asks this question, and leaves its audiences searching for, and often even arguing about the answer.  Evening Star Productions will present Oleanna, at Sol Theatre in Boca Raton, from September 22 – October 8. (There will be a preview performance on September 21.)

A powerful and thought provoking two-character drama, Oleanna is a play about academic politics, student/teacher relationships, and sexual harassment.  The play explores the power struggle between John, a university professor, and Carol, one of his female students, who accuses him of sexual exploitation and, by doing so, spoils his chances of being accorded tenure. The play’s title, taken from a folk song, refers to a 19th-century escapist vision of Utopia*.

Rosalie Grant

Rosalie Grant, Evening Star’s founder and artistic director will helm the production: “Oleanna premiered in 1992, shortly after the infamous United States Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Clarence Thomas brought the term “sexual harassment” into the national spotlight,” Grant explains. “The play deals with a male professor and a female student who are arguing over her grade in his class.  By the play’s end, both of their lives have changed forever – and not for the better.  

Every time I have seen Oleanna, the audience members are arguing about it in the lobby after the show,” she continues.  “It really pushes some buttons.  It’s hard to believe that in 2017 a story about sexual harassment is once again relevant.  I look forward to eavesdropping on audience conversations after the show.”

Sara Grant and Todd Bruno will portray the play’s two characters, Carol and John.

Director Grant has enlisted Ardean Landhuis to design and construct the Oleanna set and lighting.  Scenic art is by Kate McVay, with an assist by intern Kayla Asuoty, and costume design is by Mj Baum.  The production’s stage manager is Sean Smyth.

Oleanna will run from September 22 – October 8 at Sol Theatre in Boca Raton. (There will be a preview performance on September 21 at 8 pm.) Tickets are $30 and $20 for students. Group rates are available. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased  by calling 561-447-8829 or on line at www.eveningstarproductions.org.

For more information about Evening Star Productions visit www.eveningstarproductions.org or contact Rosalie Grant at 561-447-8829 /info@eveningstarproductions.com ; for more information about this production, contact Carol Kassie at 561-445-9244 /carol@carolkassie.com.

Oleanna
September 22 – October 8, 2017
(Preview performance – September 21)
By David Mamet
Tickets:  $30 / $20 for students
Tickets:  561-447-8829 www.eveningstarproductions.org
Performances:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday:  8 pm
Sunday: 2 pm
Sol Theatre
3333 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL  33431
www.eveningstarproductions.org
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* Oleanna (Oleana) is a Norwegian folk song that was translated into English and popularized by Pete Seeger. The song is a critique of Ole Bornemann Bull’s vision of a perfect society in America. (Bull was a Norwegian virtuoso violinist and composer). Oleanna was the name of one of Ole Bull’s settlements in the New Norway colony of Pennsylvania. His society failed, and all the immigrants moved away since the dense forest made it hard to settle there. The lyrics concern the singer’s desire to leave Norway and escape to Oleanna, a land where “wheat and corn just plant themselves, then grow a good four feet a day while on your bed you rest yourself.”   ~ Wikipedia

 

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Stage Door Theatre Opens Their 25th Season with SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER

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Stage Door Theatre
Opens Their 25th Season
with

Saturday Night Fever
September 1 – October 15

 “When I’m dancing, I’m somebody”
Tony Manero – Saturday Night Fever

August 23, 2017

MARGATE, FL:  Saturday Night Fever caused a sensation when it debuted in movie theatres in 1977.   The film’s earthy dialogue, gritty story, and throbbing disco music permeated American pop culture for years.  The movie’s soundtrack with music by Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb – The Bee Gees – became one of the top selling soundtrack albums of all time. Stage Door Theatre will present Saturday Night Fever – the stage adaptation of the iconic movie, from September 1st through October 15th.

This musical adaptation celebrates the 40th anniversary of the classic film.  Based on Nik Cohn’s 1975 New York Magazine article “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night” and the Norman Wexler screenplay it inspired, the musical focuses on Tony Manero, a Brooklyn youth whose weekend is spent at the local discotheque. There, as he luxuriates in the admiration of the crowd and a growing relationship with Stephanie Mangano, he can temporarily forget the realities of his life, including a dead-end job in a paint store and his gang of deadbeat friends.

Kevin Black

Kevin Black will direct the production: “I remember faithfully watching Saturday Night Fever over and over as a teenager,” he says.  “This was before my first visit to New York.  Coming from an extremely rural town in South Carolina, I was in awe of this world I knew nothing about.  All I knew was that I wanted to dance.  This movie, along with Dance Fever and American Bandstand, gave me my life calling.  When we decided to add Fever as our Season 25 opener, the response was overwhelming.”

Musial numbers such as “Stayin’ Alive”, “Night Fever”, “You Should Be Dancing”, and “Jive Talkin’”  will all be included in the production, and Black has engaged a talented cast to bring the show to life.  Daniel Velasquez will play Tony, Alexandra Milbrath will play Stephanie, and Sandi Stock will play Annette.  Also cast are Ben Prayz, Bruno Faria, Danny Durr, Kat Gold, Elissa Solomon, Josh Connor, Steddy Amory, Sean Davis, Seth Dorazio, Yosefa Jennifer Fain, Richard Anthony Forbes, Jenny Hegarty, Natalie McPherson, Christopher Rodriguez, Eduardo Uribe, Avery Wittaker, and Kelly Ziegler.

The show’s production team includes Musical Director Michael Friedman, Choreographer Danny Durr, Set Designer Sean McClelland, Lighting Designer Dean Landhuis, and Costume Designer Jerry Sturdivant.  Stage manager is Nancy Clay, ASM/Sound Engineer is Rushnay Henry, and Paul O’Donnell is the production’s Operations Manager.

Saturday Night Fever will run from September 1 – October 15 at Stage Door Theatre. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate.  Tickets for Saturday Night Fever 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 Saturday Night Fever 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).

Saturday Night Fever
September 1 –  October 15, 2017
Book by Nan Knighton (in collaboration with Arlene Phillips, Paul Nicholas, and Robert Stigwood)
Music and lyrics by the Bee Gees.
Based on the Paramount/RSO Film and story by Nik Cohn
Adapted for the stage by Robert Stigwood in collaboration with Bill Oaks
Tickets:  $48
Tickets:  954-344-7765 / www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
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Stage Door Theatre Presents THE SUNSHINE BOYS – August 18 – September 24

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

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

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

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

Michael Leeds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

PLAYHOUSE PRODUCTIONS AT THE PGA ARTS CENTER

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

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

Old Jews Telling Jokes
January 17 – March 4, 2018
Created by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent
Based on the website:  www.oldjewstellingjokes.com
Tickets:  TBA
Tickets:  1-855-448-7469 / www.pgaartscenter.com
Group Sales: 1-888-264-1788
Performances:
Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 2:3o pm
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday:  7:30 pm
PGA Arts Center
4076 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL  33410
www.pgaartscenter.com
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Old Jews Telling Jokes showcases five actors in a comedy that pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present.   It celebrates the rich tradition of Jewish humor “and all the rabbis, complaining wives, fed-up husbands, patience-challenged physicians, gossiping ladies and competitive men” populating it. The humor can be suggestive (sometimes even raunchy) as the ‘Old Jews’ make fun of themselves as well as followers of every other religion.

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PLAYHOUSE PRODUCTIONS

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

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2 J PRODUCTIONS IN ASSOCIATION WITH E&M THEATRICALS        

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

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BLACK BOX BOOKING

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

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PIGS DO FLY PRODUCTIONS

Mismatched
By Peter J. Loewy
March 15 – April 1, 2018
Tickets: $35
Tickets:  866-811-4111 / www.pigsdoflyproductions.com
Performances:
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday: 8 pm
Sunday: 5 pm
All performances will take place at
Empire Stage
1140 N Flagler Drive,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
www.pigsdoflyproductions.com
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A brand new musical comedy about the perils of dating at a certain age… in South Florida.

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PRIMAL FORCES (in association with Andrews Living Arts)

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

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ENTR’ACTE THEATRIX

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

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EVENING STAR PRODUCTIONS

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

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

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

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SOL CHILDREN THEATRE

Around the World in 80 Days
December 8 – 23, 2017
Book and Lyrics by Chris Blackwood
Music by Piers Chater Robinson
Based on the book by Jules Verne
Directed by Rosalie Grant
Tickets:  $20 / $15 juniors (11 and under)
Tickets:  561-447-8829 / www.solchildren.org
Performances:
Friday & Saturday: 7 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 2 pm
Sol Theatre
3333 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL  33431
www.solchildren.org
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Based on Jules Verne’s classic novel, the musical recounts the journey of Phileas Fogg who has made a bet with the members of his gentlemen’s club that he can travel around the world in 80 days. Accompanied by his servant Passepartout the plot revolves around the adventures Fogg faces in his attempt.

Cinderella  
March 1 – 18, 2018
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Directed by Seth Trucks
Tickets:  $20 / $15 juniors (11 and under)
Tickets:  561-447-8829 / www.solchildren.org
Performances:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 7 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 2 pm
Sol Theatre
3333 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL  33431
www.solchildren.org
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The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm, and elegance. Adapted for the stage with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when
the slipper fits!

James and the Giant Peach
August 24 – September 9, 2018
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Based on the book James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Directed by Rosalie Grant
Tickets:  $20 / $15 juniors (11 and under)
Tickets:  561-447-8829 / www.solchildren.org
Performances:
Friday & Saturday: 7 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 2 pm
Sol Theatre
3333 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL  33431
www.solchildren.org
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When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach… and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach, among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, but after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James’ quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family.  Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a curiously quirky book.

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STAGE DOOR THEATRE

Group and Subscriber Discounts available for these productions 

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

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

Tickling the Ivories
October 13 – November 19, 2017
Conceived, directed, and choreographed by Kevin BlackTickets:  $48
Tickets:  954-344-7765 / www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
www.stagedoorfl.org
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We love a piano!  A song always begins at the fingertips of its songwriter on those black and white keys.  Tickling the Ivories celebrates the amazing artists who share our love for this timeless instrument – the piano. Featuring the music of Barry Manilow, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and many more.

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

Smokey Joe’s Café – The Songs of Leiber and Stoller
December 15, 2017 – January 14, 2018
Words and Music by Jerry Leiber and Mike StollerTickets:  $48
Tickets:  954-344-7765 / www.stagedoorfl.org
Showtimes:
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
www.stagedoorfl.org
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Leiger and Stoller, as much as anyone, virtually invented rock ‘n’ roll, and now their songs provide the basis for an electrifying entertainment that illuminates a golden age of American culture.  Featuring nearly 40 of some of the greatest songs ever recorded Smokey Joe’s Café isn’t just great pop music – it’s compelling musical theatre.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THINKING CAP THEATRE / THE VANGUARD SANCTUARY FOR THE ARTS

 

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

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

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

SPANISH RIVER CONCERTS

Series:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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RESCHEDULED!

Important Notice:

It could only take a hurricane to stop Belle Barth!
Therefore, due to Hurricane Irma,
Raunchy Little Musical – Belle Barth is Back!
has been rescheduled. 

Belle will now blow into the PGA Arts Center on Friday, March 23rd, 2018

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

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

September 29, 2017
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL – Before Amy Schumer or Sarah Silverman…before Joan Rivers or Roseanne, Belle Barth was the original irreverent female comic deflating anyone who dared take sex too seriously. 

2 J Productions in association with E&M Theatricals will present Raunchy Little Musical – Belle Barth is Back! an evening with this pioneer of edgy comedy, at The PGA Arts Center, opening March 23, 2018.

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

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

Belle Barth

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

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

Sara DelBeato

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

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

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

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

“If I embarrass you…tell your friends!”

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

Raunchy Little Musical – Belle Barth is Back!
Opening: March 23, 2018
By Joanne Koch
Music by Ilya Levinson
Lyrics by Owen Kalt
Tickets:  $49 – $54
Tickets:  1-855-448-7469 / www.pgaartscenter.com
Group Sales: 407-688-1951
Performances:
Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 2 pm
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday:  7:30 pm
PGA Arts Center
4076 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL  33410
www.pgaartscenter.com
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Photos of Sara DelBeato as Belle Barth by Jimmy Ferraro.

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Directions to the PGA Arts Center:
On PGA Blvd heading East, (& RCA Blvd) take first right at Shell Gas Station, and then take the 2nd right into the shopping center driveway. The theater is on the left. Formerly the Cinema 6 Movie Theater inside the former Loehmann’s Plaza. This is less than 1/4 mile off of the PGA Blvd. Exit of 95 North.  There is ample parking available within close proximity to the theatre.