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 – 30th2023. The 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.
“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.
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
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.
“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.
Disenchantedwill 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.
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
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.
“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.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org / 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
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 15th. The 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 Man, Caroline 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.
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 Musical, Do 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 Park, Little 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 Down, The 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 (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 (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. (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.
Registration is under way for summer sessions starting June 27. Early bird discounts still available. Secure your child’s spot NOW!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 MisérablesSchool 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 MisérablesSchool 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
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 email@example.com or visit the school’s website at www.lcapa.com.
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Delray Beach, FL: The Delray Beach Playhouse has a varied, eclectic, and thoroughly entertaining lineup planned for their 2022-2023 season. From musicals to musical comedy, to a myriad of musical memories… not to mention a suspenseful psychological thriller, a classic Neil Simon play, and a British backstage farce.
The Playhouse, which first opened its doors in 1947, has become a beloved fixture in South Florida theatrical community, and boasts large, strong, and supportive membership composed of year-round and seasonal patrons, an excellent roster of local talent both backstage and front of house, and an enthusiastic and committed team of volunteers.
“Our lineup is jam-packed with new and exciting shows,” says Kevin Barrett, Delray Beach Playhouse Executive Director, “And there will be something for everyone to enjoy. We have also made the strategic decision to kick off our season later in the year – in December, rather than October. It will give our patrons time to become more comfortable returning to the theatre.”
The season will begin with Villainous Company, a suspense-filled thriller by Victor Cahn. The Playhouse’ next production, Something’s Afoot, A Musical Mystery by James McDonald, David Vos, and Robert Gerlach, will be followed by Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite and then by Noises Off a farcical comedy by Michael Frayn. (Show descriptions below)
The Playhouse’ ever-popular Musical Memories Series will feature a celebration of The Songs of Jule Styne, New York, New York – Broadway Celebrates the Big Apple, From Showboat to Hamilton – Celebrating Broadway’s Landmark Musicals, A Celebration of Fiddler on the Roof, Making Whoopee! Ziegfeld’s “Clown Royal”, Celebrating the Music of Eddie Cantor. Three one-of concerts are also planned: This Land is Your Land – The Life and Song of Woody Guthrie, Remembering Woodstock – Songs from a Seminal Event in an Upstate Pasture, and Bleecker Street and Beyond:The Greenwich Village Music Scene of the 60s. (Show descriptions below)
Subscriptions are on sale now, and group rates are available for the Main Stage productions as well as the Musical Memories Concerts. Single tickets for productions and concerts will be $42 and will be on sale in August/September.
The Delray Beach Playhouse is located at 950 NW 9th Street, in Delray Beach, 33444. (561-272-1281).
Delray Beach Playhouse Mainstage Productions:
December 2 – 18, 2022 Villainous Company By Victor L. Cahn
This suspenseful play begins when Claire returns from shopping to find that she’s apparently left one of her purchases (an expensive clock) at the store. Moments later, Tracy (a clerk from the store) appears with the clock. But what seems at first to be a kind gesture becomes an increasingly menacing interrogation as Tracy suggests that the store’s management suspects that Claire might be a thief. As Claire begins to feel more and more threatened by Tracy’s accusations, her friend Joanna appears. Claire and Joanna are surprised to learn that Joanna has also been under surveillance. But has Tracy really come from the store? Or is she a criminal herself trying to recruit new members to a ring of professional shoplifters. Villainous Company casts three women into a world of crime and detection and into roles we usually see occupied only by men. Alive with deceit, dark humor, betrayals and surprising character revelations, Villainous Company builds to an astonishing climax worthy of Alfred Hitchcock. ~ January 27 – February 12, 2023 Something’s Afoot By James McDonald, David Vos, & Robert Gerlach
This wonderfully witty musical takes place in 1935 on the country estate of Lord Dudley Rancor. As the play begins, Lord Dudley’s butler Clive greets a motley assortment of weekend guests, including Colonel Gillweather, Nigel (the black sheep of the family), Lady Grace Manley-Prowe, Dr. Grayburn, a theatrical ingenue, a mysterious young stranger and Miss Tweed (an amateur artist and detective). As the last guest arrives, Clive announces that a storm has made the estate inaccessible and that all of the phone lines are down. Then – one by one – the guests begin to die in the most varied and unlikely ways. Miss Tweed (who has clearly read all of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple novels) takes charge and launches an investigation. The deliciously musical score includes such songs as “A Marvelous Weekend,” “I Don’t Know Why I Trust You (But I Do)” and “The Man With the Ginger Mustache.” If you enjoy Agatha Christie’s mysteries and tuneful, toe-tapping melodies, you’ll love Something’s Afoot! ~ March 17 – April 2, 2023 Plaza Suite By Neil Simon
Neil Simon’s popular triptych features three different plays set in the same hotel suite: Suite 719 of New York’s Plaza Hotel. The first act – Visitor from Mamaroneck – tells the story of Sam and Karen, a couple who are revisiting the site of their honeymoon in the hope of rekindling the passion they felt as newlyweds. The second act – Visitor from Hollywood – depicts a rendezvous between a movie producer named Jesse Kiplinger and a suburban housewife named Muriel Tate. Muriel thinks Jessie just wants to renew a high-school friendship. She’s wrong. The third act – Visitor from Forest Hills – revolves around a couple’s efforts to persuade their altar-shy daughter to emerge from the bathroom and go through with the very costly wedding they’ve prepared for her. Their efforts are Herculean…and hilarious! In fact, it is generally conceded that this is the single funniest scene that Neil Simon ever wrote! Not a small claim to make for America’s favorite comic playwright! ~ April 28 – May 14, 2023 Noises Off By Michael Frayn
This fast-paced comedy has become one of the most frequently revived plays of the twentieth century. An award-winning hit on both sides of the Atlantic, Noises Off recounts the catastrophic meltdown of a regional theater production of a farce called Nothing On in which everything – but everything! – goes wrong! Act One depicts the play’s fraught dress rehearsal. Act Two lets us watch the actual performance of the play as it slowly implodes on stage. And Act Three gives us a view of the play ten weeks after its Opening Night when the cast no longer care whether they live or die. Noises Off is regarded today as the ultimate “back-stage comedy!” Even if you’ve never been in a play, you will both empathize and laugh out loud at the often embarrassing and catastrophic mistakes being made on the stage before you. Frank Rich wrote that “Noises Off is the funniest play written in my lifetime!” High praise from New York’s most exacting critic!
Delray Beach Playhouse Musical Memories Series:
December 12 – 20, 2022 Celebrating the Songs of Jule Styne
In a career that spanned 40 years, Jule Styne wrote over 1400 songs. In Hollywood he wrote some of the most popular songs of World War II, including “I’ll Walk Alone” and “I’ve Heard That Song Before.” For Broadway, he wrote one smash hit show after another, including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (“Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”), High Button Shoes (“Papa, Won’t You Dance With Me?”), Funny Girl (“People”), Bells Are Ringing (“Just in Time”), Do Re Mi (“Make Someone Happy)” and Gypsy (“Everything’s Coming Up Roses’). And along the way, he gave Frank Sinatra some of his biggest hits, penning such Sinatra classics as “Three Coins in the Fountain,” and “I Fall in Love too Easily.” To paraphrase one of Jule’s own songs, people who know the music of Jule Styne are “the luckiest people in the world!” ~ February 6 – 14, 2023 New York, New York – Broadway Celebrates The Big Apple
Ever since Governor Al Smith adopted “East Side, West Side” as his campaign song, composers and lyricists have been describing and celebrating the unique rhythms and joyous energy of The Greatest City in the World. The result? More great songs have been written for New York than for Frank Sinatra…and that’s saying a lot! Needless to say, many of these songs were born on Broadway, the musical heart of the city. The city itself has played a major role in shows from Annie to West Side Story and from Guys and Dolls to The Producers! And many of our finest songwriters have written heart-felt love songs to their favorite city, including Richard Rodgers (“Manhattan”), Jule Styne (“Every Street’s a Boulevard”), Bock and Harnick (“Little Old New York”) and Stephen Sondheim (“Another Hundred People”). Come and help us celebrate the rebirth of our own Big Apple! ~ March 27 – April 4, 2023 From Showboat to Hamilton – Celebrating Broadway’s Landmark Musicals
In 1947, it was illegal for Black and White performers to dance together on a Broadway stage. But Finian’s Rainbow openly flouted that law and hastened its repeal. Forty years ago, color-blind casting was unheard of. But in its 1994 production of Carousel, Britain’s National Theatre cast actress Audra MacDonald in the role of Carrie Pipperidge opposite an appropriately named Mr. Snow and (today) color-blind casting is the rule. Case in point: before Hamilton, who could have imagined that Broadway’s best known George Washington would be played by a young Black performer? And in 1982, La Cage Aux Folles featured a Gay Marriage a full quarter of a century before Gay Marriages actually became legal. This program will highlight Broadway musicals that have not only anticipated – but, in some instances, actually precipitated – change. ~ May 8 – 16, 2023 Celebrating Fiddler on the Roof
When Sholem-Aleichem first published his stories about Tevye the Milkman in 1894, he could not have imagined they would one day be adapted into a musical phenomenon that would be seen and celebrated in every major city in the world. The character of Tevye first appeared on stage in a Yiddish theater in New York in 1917; but it was not until 1971 that Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick would create the show that would quickly become one of the most successful musicals of all time: Fiddler on the Roof. This program will reveal how Fiddler came into being and the wide-ranging impact it’s had in theaters around the world. You’ll also hear the songs that have become Broadway standards, songs like “Tradition,” “Matchmaker,” “Do You Love Me?,” “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Far From the Home I Love.” ~ June 5 – 13, 2023 Making Whoopie – Ziegfeld’s “Clown Royal” – Celebrating Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor was a major star on Broadway (Whoopie! and Banjo Eyes), a popular radio personality, the star of over a dozen popular Hollywood films (Kid Millions and Roman Scandals), a television star (The Colgate Comedy Hour) and a best-selling recording artist. In addition to his career as an entertainer, he was also a noted philanthropist, both naming and helping to organize The March of Dimes. But today he is best remembered as one of America’s greatest comic performers, a man who shared the bill with W.C. Fields, Fanny Brice and Will Rogers and was (for over a decade) the leading star of The Ziegfeld Follies. In a singing career that spanned over 40 years, he introduced dozens of popular songs, including “If You Knew Susie,” “Ain’t She Sweet,” ‘Ballin’ the Jack,” “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby,” “Ma, He’s Making Eyes at Me” and his signature song, “Making Whoopie!” ~ Delray Beach Playhouse Individual Concerts:
December 7, 2022 This Land is Your Land: The Life and Song of Woody Guthrie
Woody Guthrie, the iconic wandering troubadour, created music that is part of the collective memory of generations of Americans who grew up in the mid-20th century. The PinkSlip Duo sings his upbeat message songs of social justice and worker’s rights, still relevant today, such as “This Land is Your Land,” “Worried Man Blues,” Union Maid, “So Long it’s Been Good to Know Ya,” and “Sinking of the Ruben James,” along with Guthrie’s most touching songs sung in beautiful harmony, such as “Hobo’s Lullaby,” “Deportee,” “Pastures of Plenty,” and “Jarama Valley” and tells the story of this original performer who traveled the country, often perched atop a boxcar with his friend Pete Seeger. ~ February 1, 2023 Remembering Woodstock: Songs from a Seminal Event in an Upstate Pasture
The Woodstock music festival was planned for 50,000 people in upstate New York, but attracted 10 times that on a rain-plagued weekend in August 1969, clogging traffic and taxing the local infrastructure. Yet, the event became a marvel of peaceful coexistence and a symbol of Sixties’ communal values. The music, by Crosby, Stills and Nash, Country Joe MacDonald, Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, the Who, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Joe Cocker, Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Creedence, and others, became the soundtrack of a generation. The PinkSlip Duo will play much of that music and tell the story of that momentous event, with narration and slides. ~ March 22, 2023 Bleeker Street and Beyond:The Greenwich Village Music Scene of the 60s.
Guitar-strumming poets of the 60s turned Greenwich Village Bohemian enclaves, like The Gaslight Cafe, Gerde’s Folk City, and The Bitter End into the focal point of the sixties folk revival and its evolution into folk-rock. Join the PinkSlip Duo in an examination of this cultural phenom, with narration and slides, and sing along to songs by Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Peter Paul & Mary, Judy Collins, Simon & Garfunkel, the Serendipity Singers, and the Kingston Trio and as the music evolves to folk rock, to groups like the Mamas and Papas, CSNY, Lovin’ Spoonful, the Youngbloods and Dylan (plugged in!).
“Fogel’s skill at sustaining the precariously balanced mix of comedy and drama is impressive!” ~ Entertainment Weekly
April 19, 2022 LAKE WORTH, FL: Maplewood Playhouse will present actor/comedian Peter Fogel’s multimedia solo show, ‘Til Death Do Us Part… You First, on Thursday, May 19th and Friday, May 20th at the Stage West Theatre in Lake Worth. Eternal Bachelor Peter Fogel has significant commitment issues as the love of his life has just broken up with him on Valentine’s Day. Sensing his own mortality, he is visited by a Special Guest who gets into Fogel’s head and acts as his Conscience (Chazz Palminteri in a voice-over). Throughout the story, Palminteri mentors Fogel on how he can end all his romantic disasters and reconnect with the one woman who can change his life!
Directed by Academy Award nominee and three-time Emmy Award-winner Chazz Palminteri (A Bronx Tale), Fogel employs his signature wit to bring to life such relatable characters as Russian Ex-Girlfriend Irina, Magician & Ex-Fiancé Jamie, High Maintenance Marla, his college roommate “Uncle” Harold, plus his Demented Father and Evil Step-Mom Eva. They all have one goal – to continue to stress him out about his unfilled love life! “The longest relationship I’ve had in my entire life is with Amazon’s Alexa!” Fogel laments.
“The Stage West Theatre is really intimate which will give me and the audience a greater comedic connection,” Fogel says. “And after being on a Post Pandemic tour around the U.S. it’ll be fun to be back in South Florida, which is where I originally workshopped the show – and where my director, Chazz Palminteri discovered me.”
Just as Robert DeNiro discovered Chazz Palminteri in his one-man show A Bronx Tale, director Palminteri discovered Peter’s one-man show during a South Florida run. Excited about the play’s potential – Palminteri immediately offered to direct it.
“Til Death is a show within a show,” Fogel explains. “and I get to be directed by Chazz – plus act with him on stage.
“The show is updated and funnier than ever. After a successful run up in the Villages, audiences want to get back to laughing and enjoying live theater,” he continues. “And the Maplewood Playhouse run might be the last time I do the show in South Florida before my Off-Broadway run in the fall.”
“A funny show about marriage and relationships. Go see it!” Ray Romano (“Everybody Loves Raymond”)
Tickets for Peter Fogel’s ‘Til Death Do Us Part…You First are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.maplewoodplayhouse.org/ or by phone at 561-657-6400. Tickets are $40. The Stage West Theater is located at 4200 Congress Avenue in Lake Worth, Florida (33461).
In the attached photo: Peter Fogel (Photo credit: Peter Fogel)
“Peter Fogel is the single’s man, single man who tells such hilarious stories about being single that one wants to go out and find him a suitable mate!” The New York Post
‘Til Death Do Us Part…You First! By Peter Fogel May 19 – 20, 2022 Directed by Chazz Palminteri Performances: Thursday at 7:30 pm Friday at 2 pm and 7:30 pm Tickets: $40 Direct link for tickets: www.maplewoodplayhouse.org/tildeathdouspartor Call 561-657-6400 All performances will take place at Maplewood Playhouse/Stage West Theater 4200 Congress Avenue Lake Worth, FL 33461 www.maplewoodplayhouse.org
Maplewood Playhouse is a nonprofit community theater, acting program, and young arts conservatory promoting inclusive and socially conscious programming that nurtures personal, professional, and social growth.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL: How much would you pay for a white painting? Would it matter who the painter was? Would it be art? These are just some of the questions that are asked, but not necessarily answered in Yasmina Reza’s award-winning play, ART. ART will open at Empire Stage on April 29th and run through May 15th.
ART is a fascinating, clever, and often comedic exploration of both art and friendship. Serge, one of a trio of three long-time friends indulges his penchant for modern art and buys a large, expensive, completely white painting. His friend Marc is horrified, and their relationship suffers considerable strain as a result of their differing opinions about what constitutes “art”. The third member of the trio, Yvan, caught in the middle of the conflict, tries to please and mollify both of them. As their discussions move from the theoretical to the personal, the three friends are forced to ask questions not only about the nature of art, but about the nature of friendship.
“I have been wanting to direct and work on ART for several years”, says the show’s director, Amir Darvish. “To me, productions that really resonate are those that delve deep into relationships and how those bonds are tested. I want to make audiences think and laugh at the same time. How a simple event can mean so many things to different people and the viewing audience. What can we tolerate? When do we speak up? Who are our friends?”
Empire Stage Executive Producer David R. Gordon agrees wholeheartedly. “I am very excited to be working with Amir Darvish on this project. ART is not the type of play we typically do here at Empire Stage, and I am very curious to see how many of our regular patrons show up to see it.”
Darvish has cast Dean Nigro as Yvan, Ben Prayz as Serge, and David R. Gordon as Marc. Gordon recently garnered excellent reviews in Pigs Do Fly Productions’ 2 Across.
Yasmina Reza’s ART premiered in 1994 at Comédie des Champs-Élysées in Paris. The play, translated by Christopher Hampton, subsequently ran in London in 1996 and on Broadway in 1998 and garnered numerous awards during all three runs, including the Molière Award for Best Commercial Production, the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle for Best Play, and the Tony Award for Best Play. ART has been produced in 30 countries and translated from the original French into 45 languages.
Brian Bloomer will serve as ART’s Stage Manager, Preston Bircher is the show’s Lighting Designer, Dean Landhuis is the Set Designer, and David Hart is the show’s Sound Designer.
Tickets for ART are $35 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.
ART April 29 – May 15, 2022By Yasmina Reza Translated by Christopher Hampton Directed by Amir Darvish Tickets: $35 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
DELRAY BEACH, FL: The Delray Beach Playhouse will offer two theatrically based summer programs for children ages 6-16 this summer.
The 2022 Broadway Camp, which will run from May 31st to July 17th, will allow young performers the opportunity to experience the joy of live theatre, while building self-confidence, engaging their imaginations, and learning the importance of teamwork. The camp will culminate with performances of Disney’s The Little Mermaid on July 12th – 15th for fellow campers, and July 16th and 17th for the public. Auditions for the Broadway Summer Camp will be held on April 30th from 9 am to 1 pm, with call-backs scheduled on May 1st from 9 am to 1 pm. A limited number of spaces are available. Cost for the Broadway Camp is $249 per week for 6 weeks. Camp will run from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, however three Saturday rehearsals are scheduled.
The Playhouse’ Summer Fun Camp, which will run from May 31st to August 5th, will allow youngsters to explore drama, music, and dance. The program is suitable for children who want to be active and involved in theatre without performing on stage. Cost for Summer Fun Camp is $175 for the first week, and $100 for each week thereafter. Campers can sign up for the entire 10 weeks, or as many or few weeks as desired.
Each camp requires a $99 deposit, due April 15th, with the balance of the fees due on May 20th.
There will be an Open House at the Playhouse on Saturday, April 2nd from 11 am to 12:30 pm where parents and potential campers can meet with the Camp Director, actress, singer, and model Jessie Dez, and Camp Manager Shoshana Davidowitz to learn more about both programs.
MNM Theatre Company The City of Lauderhill and North End Theater Company
April 1 – April 16, 2022
“If you have ever searched Times Square to find that vanished Broadway of lovable gangsters, wisecracking dolls and neon-splashed dawns, you must not miss … Guys and Dolls.” ~ Frank Rich, The New York Times
LAUDERHILL, FL: Sky Masterson, Nathan Detroit, Sarah Brown, and of course Miss Adelaide… these names are often familiar to Broadway aficionados of all ages. Guys and Dolls, the third joint production to be presented by MNM Theatre Company, the City of Lauderhill, and North End Theater Company will bring these iconic characters (along with Nicely Nicely Johnson, Harry the Horse, Angie the Ox, and others) to life on the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC) stage from April 1st through April 16th.
Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City,and considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls has won multiple Tony, Drama Desk, Olivier, and Critics’ Circle awards since it debuted at the 46th Street Theatre (now the Richard Rodgers Theatre). With music and lyrics by Frank Loesser (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Most Happy Fella) and the book by acclaimed humorist Abe Burrows and award-winning writer Jo Swerling, the show received unanimous rave reviews when it opened on November 24th, 1950.
“There is only one defect – but a serious one – about the musical, Guys and Dolls, which opened at the 46th St. Theatre last evening,” John Chappman of the New York Daily News wrote on November 25, 1950. “And I might as well report it now and get on to happier things: The big trouble with Guys and Dolls is that a performance of it lasts only one evening, when it ought to last about a week.”
The story focuses on gambler Nathan Detroit as he tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck. Meanwhile his girlfriend, nightclub performer Miss Adelaide, laments that they have been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the strait-laced missionary Sarah Brown as a result. Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually, everyone ends up right where they belong.
“This show has been on my bucket list for a long time,” says MNM Theatre Company’s Producing Artistic Director and CEO Marcie Gorman. “The music, the characters, the book, Runyon’s New York – Guys and Dolls is ‘theatrical Nirvana’. And I’m so thrilled we can present it to a brand-new audience at LPAC.”
“Guys and Dolls for me is the quintessential NY theatrical experience,” says the production’s director, Jonathan Van Dyke. “The score and characters are so vibrant, and I have really been looking forward to putting this together with MNM.”
Van Dyke’s talented South Florida-based cast includes Sean Davis as Sky Masterson, Caiti Marlowe as Sarah Brown, Leah Sessa as Miss Adelaide, Larry Buzzeo as Nathan Detroit, Tommy Paduano as Nicely, Nicely, Geoffrey Mergele as Benny Southstreet, Alexandria Thomas as Rusty Charlie, Michael Kreutz as Arvide Abernathy, James Skiba as Lt. Branigan, Norita Bandel as General Cartwright, Kat Gold as Agatha, Michael Materdomini as Harry the Horse, Manny Zaldivar as Angie the Ox, Randall Swinton as Joey Biltmore, and Colleen Pagano as Big Jule.
Rounding out the Guys and Dolls cast are Ashley Rubin, Amanda Eisele, Alex Van Hasselt, Alison Podolsky, and Michael Harper.
Bobby Peaco is the production’s Music Director, and Jonathan Van Dyke and Jonathan Eisele are the show’s Choreographers. Scenic Designer and Scenic Artist is Cindi Blank Taylor, Lighting Designer is Guy Haubrich, Sound Designer is Justin Thompson, Costume Designer is Penny Williams, Props are by Jamie Brothman, and Wigs are by Justin Lore. Guys and Dolls’ Technical Director is JB Green, Production Manager is Jordon Armstrong, Stage Manager is Amber Mandic, and the Assistant Stage Manager is Andrea Guardo.
Guys and Dolls will run from April 1st through April 16th, 2022. Tickets are $45 to $65 and are available online at www.lpacfl.com or by calling 954-777-2055.
Lauderhill Performing Arts Center recommends that masks be worn in the building.
The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center is located at 3800 NW 11th Place (33311), in the Central Broward Regional Park on the Northeast corner of Sunrise Boulevard and State Road 7. For more information about LPAC visit https://www.lpacfl.com.
For more information about MNM Theatre Company (www.mnmtheatre.org/) and North End Theater Company and/or the Broadway at LPAC series, please contact Carol Kassie at email@example.com / 561-445-9244
Guys and Dolls April 1 – 16, 2022 Book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser Based on the Idyll of Sarah Brown and characters by Damon Runyon Tickets: $45-$65 For tickets: www.lpacfl.com or www.mnmtheatre.org or Call 954-777-2055 Performances: Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 7:30 pm Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm All performances at The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC) 3800 NW 11th Place Lauderhill, FL 33311