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“It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing!” Duke Ellington
“From the opening drum riffs, rippling bass and piano fanfare, you are put on notice: This show is going to … blow out the roof.”
Bill Hirschman – FloridaTheaterOnStage.com
June 1, 2017
MARGATE, FL: Last fall Stage Door Theatre’s Theatre 2 jumped and jived with Kevin Black’s exuberant production of Swing! Swing! Swing! The Carbonell Recommended musical revue was so popular with Stage Door audiences, that the theatre’s Executive Producer Dee Wilson-Bunn decided it would be the perfect vehicle to ‘jazz up’ Stage Door’s 2017 summer season. Swing! Swing! Swing! will open once again on June 16th in the ever-popular venue’s Theatre 2, and run through July 30th.
“Swing music has its roots in Jazz, beginning in New Orleans and Kansas City then eventually moving its way across the nation.” Black explained last October. “Once it reached New York City, the phenomenon quickly became the pop music of its day. Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller took the jazz infused sounds of George Gershwin and Louis Armstrong and invented a genre that featured a strong drum and bass line, creating that unmistakable rhythm that lead to the high energy dance styles of the jitterbug and the jive.
“Swing! Swing! Swing! pays tribute to these Jazz and Swing classics, told through various thematic groupings of songs and artists,” he continued. “That Big Band sound, normally created by a 20 plus piece swing band, will be reimagined by utilizing live piano, bass and drums, while incorporating the cast as the brass section through rhythmic vocals and harmonized scatting. The show is set in an Art Deco style club, masterfully envisioned by Michael McClain. We are certain the more senior patrons of Stage Door will thoroughly enjoy reliving these timeless classics. Our hope is to bring this magnificent musical style to a new generation of audiences.”
Just a few of the classic pieces that will be revisited include ‘Tuxedo Junction’,’In the Mood’, ‘Stardust’, ‘Stormy Weather’, ‘I Got Rhythm’, and of course ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing.’
Three of the show’s original cast will return for this production of Swing!: Alexandra Van Hasselt, Sharyn Peoples, Elijah Word have all signed on to reprise their roles. They will be joined by Pasqualino Beltempo, Rebeca Diaz, and Christopher Patterson.
Kevin Black is the owner of Kevin Black Productions, a global company providing entertainment to cruise lines, corporate events, resorts, musical theater productions, ,and tours. Kevin’s extensive cruise line work includes costume design, choreography, production, and direction on Norwegian, Saga, Royal Caribbean and Asuka Cruise Lines. Corporate clients include HP, Motorola, Muvico, and Giorgio Armani; tours include original works – Cirque style shows, as well as musical theater productions including La Cage Aux Folles, The Jazz Singer, Smokey Joe’s Café, Funny Girl, Victor/Victoria, Cabaret, and Dreamgirls. Kevin’s work can currently be seen at the Villa de Palmar Resorts in Cabo, Mexico. His most recent work includes Laffing Matterz at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts; 8 Track, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, and Rags at The Plaza Theatre in Manalapan, Florida; What’s New Pussycat?, On The Radio, A Chorus Line, Promises, Promises, Pompadour, Evita, and The 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 Entre’Acte Theatrix performing at The Crest Theatre in Delray Beach, Florida. Kevin is the producer, director and choreographer of an original children’s show, The Adventures of Bella & Harry, and is the Artistic Director for CAST (Career in the Arts, School of Talent) located in Cooper City, Florida.
Swing! Swing! Swing! will run from June 16 – July 30 at Stage Door Theatre. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate.
Tickets for Swing! Swing! Swing! 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 Swing! Swing! Swing! 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org / 561-445-9244).
Swing! Swing! Swing!
June 16 – July 30
Conceived and Directed by Kevin Black
Choreographed by Kevin Black and Ben Bagby
Assistant Choreographer Isabel Trelles
Musical Direction by Ben Bagby
Assistant Musical Director Michael Friedman
Costume Design by Jerry Sturdefant of Carousel Theatrical
Scenic Design by Michael McClain
Lighting Design by Ardean Landhuis
Sound Design by Paul O’Donnell
Band Leader / Pianist – Michael Friedman
Bassist – Rupert Ziawinski
Percussionist – Roy Fantel
On line: www.stagedoorfl.org
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
The Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Margate, Fl 33065
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