Empire Stage Presents CLEMENZA & TESSIO ARE DEAD – August 15 – September 8

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Direct from The New York City Fringe Festival
Empire Stage Theater Presents the South Florida Premiere of
Clemenza & Tessio Are Dead
August 15 – September 8

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

August 12, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL:  Empire Stage will present a limited 13 performance run of Clemenza & Tessio Are Dead by Gregg Greenberg from August 15 – September 8. The play – a clever and humorous parody of the classic 1972 movie “The Godfather” (based on the novel by Mario Puzo), was originally produced as part of the 2009 New York City Fringe Festival.

Shari Upbin

Shari Upbin will direct the production, which will star Troy Stanley, Christopher Dreeson, and Aaron Bravo.

Clemenza & Tessio Are Dead takes a look at two little-noticed cogs in the Mafia machine and shows how those wise guys who are often overlooked can actually have the most fascinating stories of all.

Peter Clemenza and Salvatore Tessio are two longtime foot soldiers of the Corleone crime family, but after more than 40 years of service, upper management changes in the organization, and a perceived lack of respect from the incoming generation leads them to wonder if they’re being put out to pasture (or under it). But with the handwriting already on the wall, is it possible to change what fate has already decreed? Well, yes – but only if someone is cunning enough to radically change the script.

Clemenza & Tessio Are Dead will run at Empire Stage Theater form August 15 – September 8. Empire Stage Theater is located at 1140 North Flagler Drive in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $35 ($20 for Aug 15 preview performance). Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased on line at www.empirestage.com or by calling 954-678-1496.

For more information about this production, please contact Carol Kassie at Carol@CarolKassie.com / 561-445-9244.

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Clemenza & Tessio are Dead
August 15 – September 8
By Gregg Greenberg
Based on the movie The Godfather (1972), screenplay by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel by Mario Puzo
Tickets: $35 ($20 for August 15 preview)
Performances:
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
Sunday at 5 pm
To purchase tickets:
www.empirestage.com or 954-678-1496
All performances will take place at
Empire Stage
1140 North Flagler Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

 

White Ibis Productions Announces the Casting for BOCA BOUND: A NEW MUSICAL ~ September 19 – 22

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White Ibis Productions
Announces Casting for
Boca Bound: A New Musical

Premiere Performances at The Wick Theatre
September 19 – 22

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

August 6, 2019

BOCA RATON, FL:  Casting has been completed for Boca Bound: A New Musical.  The show, with a book by Bonnie Logan and music and lyrics by Richard Peshkin, both of whom are residents of Boca Raton, Florida, will have its world premiere performances at the Wick Theatre from September 19th through September 22.

Boca Bound is being produced by White Ibis Productions; Chad Larabee will direct the production, and Michael J. Moritz, Jr will serve as the show’s Music Supervisor/Vocal Arranger.

Boca Bound tells the story of Nadine, a successful New York attorney. But life has a way of throwing curveballs, and when a significant change occurs in her well-ordered life, she must learn to adapt – and to reassess.   A trip to Boca Raton,  re-connections with friends and family, and the possibility of a future she had often dreamed of but never believed could happen lead Nadine on a journey of discovery – about the choices she has made and those she can still make in order to find fulfillment and happiness.

The Boca Bound cast includes Neva Rae Powers as Nadine, Missy McArdle as Gert, and Steve Carroll as Allan.  Other cast members include Philip Chaffin, Justin Figueroa, Ashley Wilcox, Gail Byer, J.R. Coley, Peter Librach, Janna Morrison, Colleen Pagano, and Troy Stanley.

“I am excited to start working with this phenomenal cast and creative team,” says director Larabee. “We are fortunate to be working with an eclectic array of actors and artists from South Florida, Broadway, national tours, and regional theatres from across the country.

Chad Larabee

“I immediately connected with the material and I was drawn to how Bonnie and Rich were telling this story of children and parents learning how to connect as adults. At some point in everyone’s life we realize that our parents aren’t perfect, that they do the best that they can in the moment, but they sometimes make mistakes.

“I loved the humor and the heart of the story, and I am impressed by how fearless the writers are in approaching their first musical,” Larabee says. “Bonnie and Rich’s characters celebrate how people should approach the third act of their lives. I think a lot of us have misconceptions about retirement and are afraid of growing older. I love that the characters in Boca Bound thrive in their lives – instead of slowing down, they are speeding up. The musical celebrates the 60+ year lifestyle and reminds everyone that anything in life is possible.

As a New Yorker, I’ve loved immersing myself in the Boca Raton lifestyle, which permeates the show.  There is a distinct beat and energy to Rich’s music that is synonymous with South Florida. And I think Bonnie has beautifully captured the vibrancy and the complexity of our characters and reveals how a family can heal their old wounds and reconnect as a family.”

Bonnie Logan, the show’s book writer is thrilled and excited with the direction and progress she and lyricist Richard Peshkin have seen since Larabee and Moritz came on board.  “Their enthusiasm, their knowledge, and their support…I can’t begin to tell you what it’s meant to us.  And we’re so grateful to Marilynn Wick for allowing us to rent her theatre for this production.”

Boca Bound will run from September 19 – 22 at The Wick Theatre in Boca Raton.  Tickets are $50 – $55 and are available by phone at 561-995-2333 or online at www.bocaboundmusical.com or www.thewick.org.

A portion of the proceeds from Boca Bound ticket sales will be donated to The Pap Corps*.

For more information about Boca Bound please visit www.bocaboundmusical.com or contact Carol Kassie at 561-445-9244 / Carol@CarolKassie.com.

In the attached photo:  Bonnie Logan and Richard Peshkin
Photo credit:  Karen Peshkin

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Boca Bound: A New Musical
September 19 – 22
Book by Bonnie Logan
Music and Lyrics by Richard Peshkin
Directed by Chad Larabee
Tickets: $50 – $55
Performances:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday at 7:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday at 2 pm
To purchase tickets: www.thewick.org or www.bocaboundmusical.com
Or call 561-995-2333
All performances will take place at
The Wick Theatre
7901 North Federal Highway,
Boca Raton, FL  33487
www.bocaboundmusical.com
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*Since its founding in 1952, The Pap Corps has donated more than $110 million to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, including a historic $50 million pledge in 2016. The Pap Corps derives its name from Dr. George Papanicolaou, a pioneer in cytopathology and early cancer detection, who introduced the world to the revolutionary ‘Pap’ test. A small group of women began the organization to support his efforts, and over the decades it has grown into an organization of over 22,000 men and women, in over 50 chapters, who raise funds to support research for all types of cancers. https://thepapcorps.org/ 

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2019-2020 List of Events, Concerts & Productions at The Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center

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2019-2020 List of Events, Concerts & Productions at
The Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center

Please note:  Prices for the events listed below range from $25 – $65
All the events will take place at
The Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center
Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center
201 Plaza Real (2nd Floor)
Boca Raton, FL 33432
For Tickets:  844-672-2849 / http://miznerparkculturalcenter.com/
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The Victory Dolls present I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen
September 21 @ 7:30 pm
THE VICTORY DOLLS is a vintage, Andrews Sisters inspired, musical harmony group starring South Florida’s Leading Ladies of Theatre! Through music and great storytelling, this All-Star group of singers – which is the first of its kind in South Florida – seeks to honor our brave and courageous Veterans.

The Mersey Beatles: Four Lads from Liverpool
October 5 @ 8:00 pm
Don’t miss THE MERSEY BEATLES: FOUR LADS FROM LIVERPOOL, live on October 5, 2019 – featuring an appearance by Julia Baird (John Lennon’s sister and author of “Imagine This: Growing Up with My Brother John Lennon”) appearance. VIP option also available!

The Joe Cotton Band
October 12 @ 8:00 pm
Influenced by The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Neil Young, The Black Crowes, Government Mule, The Grateful Dead and just about any jam band and classic Rock ‘N’ Roll from the ’70s and countless acts from blues, country, folk and the ’50s and ’60s bands, THE JOE COTTON BAND is one of the best bands in Palm Beach County.

Harrison Greenbaum: What Just Happened?
October 18-19 @ 7:30 pm
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!! After two sold-out shows, award-winning magician and comedian, Harrison Greenbaum, who has been featured on ABC’s “America’s Got Talent,” NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” National Geographic’s “Brain Games,” and more – is bringing his gut-busting, jaw-dropping show back to Mizner Park.

Florida’s Funniest Comedians
October 26, 2020 at 7:30 pm.
Florida’s best comics hit the stage at Mizner Park each month in our intimate Cabaret Room.

Thunder from Down Under
November 6 at 8 pm
The Perfect Girls’ Night Outback!  Australia’s hottest export – Thunder from Down Under.  Cheeky humor, chiseled bodies, seductive dance routines, and boy-next-door charm that’s irresistible. This isn’t the type of show you just sit and watch – Thunder is a fully interactive experience!

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus – LIVE!
November 8 @ 8:00 pm
November 9 @ 4:00 pm
November 9 @ 8:00 pm
November 10 @ 2:00 pm
The Off-Broadway hit comedy MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS – LIVE! is coming back to the Mizner Park Cultural Center! This one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up is a light-hearted theatrical comedy based on the New York Times #1 best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray.

Florida’s Funniest Comedians
November 16, 2020 at 7:30 pm.
Florida’s best comics hit the stage at Mizner Park each month in our intimate Cabaret Room.

Dick Capri, Stewie Stone & Jeff Capri: Three is Funnier Than Four
November 16 @ 7:30 pm
Dick Capri has taken the comedy world by storm and has left millions laughing in his comedic wake. Capri made his Broadway debut in 1991 at the Lunt Fontanne Theater, co-starring in the critically acclaimed CATSKILLS ON BROADWAY. The show played to sold-out houses for fourteen months, and later across the country.

Moon River: The Songs of Johnny Mercer
November 22 @ 7:30 pm
“South Florida’s John Lariviere croons, he belts, he has a voice of the gods and his hour show…is devoted to the Songs of Johnny Mercer, and it is a marriage made in musical heaven.” -Cabaret Scenes Magazine Don’t miss this internationally-acclaimed cabaret and concert singer.

Something Like A Dame starring Michael Walters as Dame Edna
November 23 @ 7:30 pm
November 24 @ 2:00 pm
Sequins blaze and punchlines fly as celebrity impersonator Michael L. Walters pays unique homage to one of Australia’s — and the world’s — biggest stars, Dame Edna, in his loving parody, SOMETHING LIKE A DAME! The Diva from Down Under is back like you’ve never seen her before!

Clint Holmes: 2018 Double Grammy Nominee Returns! Straighten Up & Fly Right – 100 Years of Nat King Cole
December 1 @ 7:00 pm
The 2018 Double Grammy Nominee, Clint Holmes, is returning to the Mizner Park Cultural Center to present STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT – 100 YEARS OF NAT KING COLE! Join Clint Holmes, the consummate entertainer, performer, recording artist, and Las Vegas headliner.

Maureen McGovern: Home for the Holidays
December 7 @ 7:30 pm
Maureen McGovern, celebrated as “The Stradivarius Voice,” marks her 46th anniversary of her #1 Oscar-winning International gold record, “The Morning After,” which garnered her a Grammy nomination in 1973 for “Best New Artist.”

An Evening with Christine Andreas
December 14 @ 7:30 pm
Broadway mainstay and two-time Tony Award nominee, Christine Andreas, showcases her impeccable vocal abilities in this warm, witty, poignant and beautifully arched musical evening.

Barbra Streisand: Holiday Memories starring Carla DelVillagio
December 20 @ 7:30 pm
“The next best thing to seeing Streisand herself.” -New York Post “The next best thing to seeing Streisand herself” is how the New York Post described Carla DelVillaggio. She is a multiple-award winning tribute artist, who has entertained across the country from Miami to Las Vegas.

Florida’s Funniest Comedians
December 21 at 7:30 pm.
Florida’s best comics hit the stage at Mizner Park each month in our intimate Cabaret Room.

Franco Corso: Night of Passion from Bocelli to The Gypsy Kings
December 28 @ 7:30 pm

Jesse Luttrell – Showstoppers
January 3 @ 7:30 pm
“This multi-talented performer, known for glitzy, razzle dazzle performances, has people taking notice of a dynamo who isn’t afraid to break a few rules. If you’re a fan of showstopping performers from the school of Sammy Davis, Jr., Anthony Newley, or Peter Allen, Jesse Luttrell is your guy.” -Theatre Scene, NY

Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling
January 4, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling has traveled the world making people laugh. He is a stand-up comedian, writer, radio personality, author and actor, best known for his eighteen years on The Howard Stern Show, where he was an on-air comic as well as head writer.

Jeff Harnar Sings Sammy Cahn All The Way: Sinatra, Hollywood & World War II
January 5, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
Jeff Harnar presents his critically acclaimed show, SAMMY CAHN ALL THE WAY: SINATRA, HOLLYWOOD & WORLD WAR II, with Music Director ALEX RYBECK and directed by BARRY KLEINBORT. The show shines a special spotlight on Sammy Cahn’s lyrics for Sinatra, Hollywood and World War II.

Tovah is Leona!
January 9-10, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
“Tovah is a life force!” -Theater Pizzazz Don’t miss Tovah Feldshuh, six time Tony and Emmy nominated star of “The Walking Dead,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” and now CBS’ “Salvation” in a thrilling new show featuring highlights from the new Broadway-bound musical Queen of Mean, Leona Hemsley.

Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook Tribute
January 11, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
January 12, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
The premier musical tribute to Carole King, TAPESTRY: THE CAROLE KING SONGBOOK, is BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND after a SOLD-OUT show last season! “…Brilliant! With a stellar band, Suzanne brought the audience on a journey through the songbook of Carole King.

Dan Naturman
February 14 @ 7:30 pm
Hot off another killer spot on Conan (where he is one of Conan O’Brien’s favorites guests), comedian Dan Naturman – who is also known to his fans as the “real winner” of NBC’s Last Comic Standing 2, where he was the favorite of celebrity “judges” Drew Carey and Brett Butler – will be performing live at the Mizner Park Cultural Center!

The Secret Comedy of Women
January 15-February 23, 2020 @ 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
The Secret Comedy of Women® is a laugh-out-loud immersive theatrical celebration that exuberantly triumphs over the challenges of womanhood. This two-woman show liberates the universal female experience through a rollicking spectacle of sweetly-sharp comedy, songs, dances, stories and spontaneous music.

Michael D’Amore – Lead Singer of the Capris: The Very Best of the 50’s & 60’s Hits
March 12, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Don’t miss singer, songwriter, and member of The Capris, Michael D’Amore, as he takes you on a musical journey of the very best hits from the 50’s and 60’s! For more than 30 years, Michael D’Amore has been a professional entertainer based out of New York. 

Pop2Opera starring singing sensation Jenene Caramielo
March 14, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
With the ability to roll from genres of music from pop to singing opera at a level that few reach, Jenene Caramielo has been traveling across the world captivating audiences with her eclectic background of musical theater, pop, jazz, country and opera. She has sold out shows in the top cabaret rooms in the U.S.

Tea for Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty
March 15, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
“Good stories…subtle…even silence is steeped in emotion.” -The New York Times TEA FOR THREE: LADY BIRD, PAT & BETTY reveals life and love in the White House.  Particularly pertinent in an era of heightened politics, TEA FOR THREE humanizes these famous First Ladies.

Simply Streisand starring Carla DelVillagio
March 19, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
“The next best thing to seeing Streisand herself.” -New York Post “The next best thing to seeing Streisand herself” is how the New York Post described Carla DelVillaggio. She is a multiple-award winning tribute artist, who has entertained across the country from Miami to Las Vegas.

Keith Alberstadt
March 20, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
“One of my favorite comedians of all time!” -Comics on Duty World Tour
Keith Alberstadt has been climbing the comedy ladder for over ten years, appearing on various late-night TV shows, freelance writing, even touring overseas to entertain our troops in the Middle East.

December ’63: A Tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
March 21, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
The music of FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS comes to life in this one-of-a-kind concert experience! DECEMBER’63 showcases all your favorite songs from Frankie Valli including the classics that have been thrilling audiences for decades.

Tevye in New York
March 26-April 5, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
WORLD PREMIERE! FIRST STOP…SOUTH FLORIDA! NEXT STOP…BROADWAY! Based on the characters of Sholem Aleichem and from the writer and star of WIESENTHAL comes the highly anticipated, Broadway-bound production of TEVYE IN NEW YORK! Every wonder what happened to Tevye, wife Golde and his daughter? Come and find out!

Hank Williams and my Honky Tonk Heroes Tribute
April 8, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Don’t miss Jason Petty’s acclaimed musical revue that takes audiences on a time-travel adventure with several of the greatest entertainers and influencers of country music as we know it today in HANK WILLIAMS AND MY HONKY TONK HEROES.

Judy Carmichael: Swing Time! A Celebration of the Great American Songbook
April 17, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
“Astounding…flawless…captivating.” -The New York Times Grammy-nominated pianist, vocalist, and songwriter, Judy Carmichael, is considered one of the greatest pianists in the swing tradition and one of the most sensitive vocalists.

Mike Marino: New Jersey’s Bad Boy of Comedy Returns!
April 18, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Don’t miss New Jersey’s “Bad Boy of Comedy,” Mike Marino, as he returns to the Mizner Park Cultural Center to present audiences with his hysterical and insightful take on the Italian-American experience! A native of Jersey City, NJ, Mike Marino’s material is largely based on his hometown.

The Music of Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael starring Gabrielle Stravelli
April 24, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
“Listening to the jazz singer Gabrielle Stravelli is like imbibing a potent cocktail whose flavor changes as you drain the glass…As she dipped and swooped, twirling notes and phrases with a confidence and playfulness that recalled Ella Fitzgerald in her prime, Ms. Stravelli belts out the biggest hits.” NY Times.

GetBack! Two of Us
April 26, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
“This full-fledged recreation of a Beatles concert is as close as you can get!” -Boston Globe Don’t miss The Beatles’ greatest hits performed by the lead members of the acclaimed GetBack!® Beatlemania, live at the Mizner Park Cultural Center! The GetBack!® troupe, assembled…

Sing ‘Em All: The Judy Garland Songbook featuring Natalie Douglas
May 2, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Be here as multiple award-winning artist, Natalie Douglas, presents SING ‘EM ALL: THE JUDY GARLAND SONGBOOK, which celebrates the music and majesty of the legendary singer, actor, and inspiration to millions, the incomparable Judy Garland. The concert includes songs from Garland movie marvels …

Robert Dubac’s The Book of Moron
May 29-31, 2020 @ 7:30 pm, 7:30 pm and 2:00 pm
Robert Dubac’s newest Off-Broadway hit, THE BOOK OF MORON, has been described as one of the most “Hilarious” “Intelligent” and “Scorching” satirical attacks on idiocracy since Mark Twain. (And “idiocracy” isn’t even a word. How dumb is that?)  The New York Times raves.

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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

 

2019-2020 THEATRE & CONCERT PRODUCTION SCHEDULES

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2019-2020 THEATRE/PRODUCTION SCHEDULES
for

MNM Theatre Company
White Ibis Productions
Sol Children Theatre
Pigs Do Fly Productions
Playhouse Productions
Black Box Booking
Shari Upbin/B’nai Torah
 Broadway in Broward
Spanish River Concerts
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MNM THEATRE COMPANY

Man of La Mancha
September 13 – 29
Book by Dale Wasserman
Music by Mitch Leigh
Lyrics by Joe Darion
For tickets: www.kravis.org / 561-832-7469
Tickets:  $65
Performances:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday at 1:30 pm
All performances at
The Rinker Playhouse at
The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
701 Okeechobee Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
mnmtheatre.org
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Miguel de Cervantes, aging and an utter failure in his varied careers as playwright, poet and tax collector, sits in a Seville dungeon with his manservant, awaiting trial by the Spanish Inquisition for an offense against the Church. The other prisoners set up a mock trial: if Cervantes is found guilty, he will hand over all his possessions. Cervantes agrees to do so and offers his defense in the form of a play. Producing a makeup kit, he transforms himself into an old man who calls himself Don Quixote de La Mancha and with his ‘squire’ Sancho Panza, sets out to find adventure to restore the age of chivalry, to battle evil, and to right all wrongs.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
November 22 – December 8
Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
For tickets: www.kravis.org / 561-832-7469
Performances:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 7:30 pm (no Thanksgiving night performance)
Saturday & Sunday at 1:30 pm
Tickets:  $39 – $55
All performances in
Rinker Playhouse at the Kravis Center
701 Okeechobee Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
mnmtheatre.org
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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a nonstop laughfest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a showgirl or two.  This irreverent and witty musical  takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from the time-tested, 2000 year old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.

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ENTR’ACTE THEATRIX

The Rocky Horror Show
By Richard O’Brien
September 13 – 22
Tickets:  $40
Box Office: 561-243-7922
Performances:
(Schedule varies)
The Field House at Old School Square
51 N. Swinton Ave.
Delray Beach 33444
http://entractetheatrix.com/
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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 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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WHITE IBIS PRODUCTIONS

Boca Bound: A New Musical
September 19 – 22
Book by Bonnie Logan
Music and Lyrics by Richard Peshkin
Tickets: $50 – $55
Performances:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday at 7:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday at 2 pm
To purchase tickets: www.thewick.org or www.bocaboundmusical.com
Or call 561-995-2333
All performances will take place at
The Wick Theatre
7901 North Federal Highway,
Boca Raton, FL  33487
www.bocaboundmusical.com
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A trip to Boca Raton, reconnections with family and friends, and new experiences and acquaintances, all lead to a journey of discovery – about the choices one makes and those one can still make in order to find fulfillment and happiness.

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SOL CHILDREN THEATRE

Little Shop of Horrors
October 4 – 20
Book by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman
For tickets: www.solchildren.org / 561-447-8829
Tickets:  $20 /$15 for juniors (11 & under)
Performances:
Friday at 7 & Saturday at 7 pm
Saturday & Sunday at 2 pm
All performances will take place at
Sol Theatre
3333 N Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL 33431
www.solchildren.org
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Meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it… BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!  

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PIGS DO FLY PRODUCTIONS

The Lost Virginity Tour
Preview Performance: Thursday, October 31
Runs from November 1 – November 24, 2019
By Cricket Daniel
Tickets: $39
Tickets:  866-811-4111 / www.pigsdoflyproductions.com
Performances:
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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The Lost Virginity Tour is a funny, profound, and provocative play about four women in their golden years – not talking about their grandkids or their knitting circles, but talking about sex and love, and recalling their ‘first time’ with often hilarious but sometimes harrowing detail.   This humorous and adventurous road trip conjures up the choices we make that shape our lives forever, and the friendships that hold us up when we can’t walk on our own.

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PLAYHOUSE PRODUCTIONS

The Secret Comedy of Women – Girls Only
January 15 – February 23, 2020
By Barbara Gehring & Linda Klein
Tickets:  $45 – $65For Tickets:  844-672-2849 / http://playhouseinfo.com/miznerpark
Group Sales: 1-888-264-1788
Performances:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 pm
Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 3 pm
All performances will take place at
Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center
201 Plaza Real (2nd Floor)
Boca Raton, FL 33432
http://playhouseinfo.com/miznerpark

Girls Only is an original comedy that celebrates the honor, truth, humor, and silliness of being female.  Born out of the earnest and sweetly ridiculous writings the two authors discovered in their girlhood diaries, the show is a unique examination of all things girly.  A delightful mix of sketch comedy, improvisation, audience participation, and hilarious songs and videos.
Warning:  This show contains feminine subject matter, including teenage diaries, breast feeding, tampons, shadow puppets, pantyhose, menstrual cycles, slumber parties, menopause, and maxi pads.

My Son the Waiter – A Jewish Tragedy
December 19, 2019 – January 12, 2020
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
Michael-Ann Russell JCC
Alan and Diane Lieberman Theatre
18900 NE 25th Avenue
Miami, FL  33180
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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BLACK BOX BOOKING & HY JUTER

To Life 2 – More Stories and Music of the Golden Age of Broadway
January 10 – February 2, 2020
By Scott Siegel
Tickets:  $40 / $35 for groups of 6 or more
Tickets:   561-347-3948 / www.willowtheatre.org
Showtimes:
Friday, & Saturday at 8:00 pm,
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 2:00 pm
All performances take place at
The Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park
300 S. Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33486
www.willowtheatre.org

A brand new and exciting follow-up to the 2019 sold out concert event, once again highlighting the contributions of Jewish composers and stars to Broadway.  Directed by Shari Upbin.

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CULTURALTHEATRE ARTS SERIES AT B’NAI TORAH
PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY SHARI UPBIN
 

The Interview
February 26, 2020
7:30 pm
By Fay Sholiton
Tickets: $36 / $25 congregational members (group rates)
Tickets:  561-392-8566
Performances take place at
B’nai Torah Congregation
6261 SW 18th Street
Boca Raton, FL 33433
www.bnai-torah.org

Faye Sholiton’s deeply moving memory play about the legacy of human suffering, courage and humanity, mothers and daughters, and forgiving and being forgiven.  The Interview is at once a powerful documentation of a horrific historical event and one artist’s deeply felt response to it.  Written with clarity and feeling, it resonates on all levels.

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BROADWAY IN BROWARD

 Group and Subscriber Discounts are available for these productions

West Side Story
November 14 – December 1, 2019
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Tickets:  954-777-2055 / https://lpacfl.com/
Performances:  Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 7:30 pm Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday at 2 pm
Tickets:  $35 – $55
(Single tickets on sale August 5th/Subscriptions are on sale now)
All performances at
The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC)
3800 NW 11th Place
Lauderhill, FL 33311
https://lpacfl.com/
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From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents’ book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim are widely regarded as among the best ever written. The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre’s finest accomplishments.

Once
December 5 – 22, 2019
Book by Enda Walsh
Music and Lyrics by Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová
Based on the motion picture written and directed by John Carney
Tickets:  954-777-2055 / https://lpacfl.com/
Performances:  Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday at 2 pm
Tickets:  $35 – $55
(Single tickets on sale August 5th/Subscriptions are on sale now)
All performances at
The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC)
3800 NW 11th Place
Lauderhill, FL 33311
https://lpacfl.com/
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This emotionally captivating musical is the only show to have music that won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Olivier Award and a Tony Award: On the streets of Dublin, an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant are drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, an unexpected friendship and collaboration quickly evolves into a powerful but complicated love story, underscored by emotionally charged music.

Kinky Boots
January 23 – February 9, 2020
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Music and Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
Based on the Miramax film of the same name, written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth
Tickets:  954-777-2055 / https://lpacfl.com/
Performances:  Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday at 2 pm
Tickets:  $35 – $55
(Single tickets on sale August 5th/Subscriptions are on sale now)
All performances at
The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC)
3800 NW 11th Place
Lauderhill, FL 33311
https://lpacfl.com/
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Based on a true story, this heartwarming story tells of Charlie, a factory owner struggling to save his business, and Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos.  The two have nothing in common, but with a little compassion and a lot of understanding, this unlikely duo learns to embrace their differences and discovers that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
February 20 – March 8, 2020
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
Book by Linda Wooverton
Tickets:  954-777-2055 / https://lpacfl.com/
Performances:  Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday at 2 pm
Tickets:  $35 – $55
(Single tickets on sale August 5th/Subscriptions are on sale now)
All performances at
The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC)
3800 NW 11th Place
Lauderhill, FL 33311
https://lpacfl.com/
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The classic ‘tale as old as time’ of Belle, a young woman in a small town, and a Beast who is really a prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress.  If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self.  But time is running out, and if the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

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SPANISH RIVER CONCERTS

Concerts take place at Spanish River Church (2400 Yamato Road, Boca Raton, 33431) and Kings Point Theatre (7000 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, 33446).  For tickets, and venue information: https://spanishriverconcerts.com/ or 800-716-6975.

 

Lightning Bolt Productions presents HAIR – July 26 – August 4

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Lightning Bolt Productions
presents
Hair

July 26 – August 4

“The show is the first Broadway musical in some time to have the authentic voice of today rather than the day before yesterday.”
Clive Barns, The New York Times, April 30, 1968

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

July 16, 2019

BOCA RATON, FL:  Lightning Bolt Productions will present Hair at the West Boca Performing Arts Center at West Boca High School from July 26th through August 4th.

When Hair first opened in 1967 it was called shocking, radical, and outrageous.  Audiences were warned about its content – racism, drugs, ‘disrespecting’ the flag, and nudity, among other things.  But over the past fifty plus years, Hair – with its iconic songs, and messages of love and freedom has become part of the American lexicon.  New York Times critic Clive Barnes’ words (quoted above) were prescient – the musical has stood the test of time and is as relevant today as it was then.

Jessie Hoffman, Lightning Bolt’s founder and Artistic Director, who recently directed the company’s well received production of Young Frankenstein, will once again take on dual duties for the production – as the show’s Director, as well as the role of Jeanie.

Jessie Hoffman

Hair tells the story of the “tribe”, a group of politically active, long-haired hippies of the “Age of Aquarius” living a bohemian life in New York City and fighting against conscription into the Vietnam War,” Hoffman explains. “Claude, his good friend Berger, their roommate Sheila and their friends struggle to balance their young lives, loves, and the sexual revolution with their rebellion against the war and their conservative parents and society. Ultimately, Claude must decide whether to resist the draft as his friends have done, or to succumb to the pressures of his parents (and conservative America) to serve in Vietnam, compromising his pacifist principles and risking his life.

“As the daughter of a man who served this country during the very war this show references, I really wanted the chance to tell this story,” she continues. “Especially now when it’s not only the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, but when we’re living in a time that isn’t all that different from the time these characters were living in. Somehow, everything has changed since then, and yet nothing has changed since then, and Hair is a piece that people in the audience, and the people up on that stage as well, are going to be able to relate to, and the material will resonate with everyone in that theater just as much as it did when the show first opened. Not many shows can do that, but Hair is a rare exception.”

Along with Hoffman as Jeanie, the cast of Lightning Bolt’s Hair cast includes Adrian Machado as Berger, Serena Concepcion as Sheila, Daniel Nohrden as Claude, Sorangel Munoz as Dionne, Jeffery Cason Jr. as Hud, Victoria Kuhns as Crissy, Giorgio Garcia as Woof, Logan Larroque as Margaret Mead, Nikki Dikun as Leata, Brian Heredia as Steve, Shannon Motherwell as Marjorie, Mark Hernandez as Paul, Kali Clougherty as Emmaretta Alec Taylor as Tim, Annaya Osborne as Mary, Ryan Crout as Hiram, Maria Broom as Suzannah, Doriyan Caty as Gerome, and Jade Dyer as Natalie.

Ryan Crout will provide Musical Direction for Hair, and Daniel Nohrden will serve as the show’s Choreographer. Hair’s Assistant Artistic Director is Sven Ballarte, the show’s Stage Manager is Kaelea Murphy, and Shannon Motherwell will serve as Dramaturg.

Tickets for Hair are on sale now and can be purchased on line at www.lightningbolttheatre.com or by phone at 561-886-8286.  Tickets are $35; student tickets ($20 with valid ID) and group rates ($20 with a purchase of 6 tickets or more) are also available.

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

More photos as well as show graphics are available on request.

Due to mature scenes, situations, language, and some nudity, this show is
recommended for mature audiences only.

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Hair
July 26 – August 4
Book and Lyrics by Gerome Ragni & James Rado
Music by Galt MacDermot
Tickets:  $35
Students/Seniors (with valid ID) $20
For tickets:  www.lightningbolttheatre.com / 561-886-8286
Performances:
Friday & Saturday at 7 pm
Sunday at 2 pm
All performances at
West Boca Performing Arts Center at West Boca High School
12811 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL  33498
www.lightningbolttheatre.com
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*Disclaimer: Lightning Bolt Productions (“LBP”) is not affiliated with or endorsed by the School Board of Palm Beach County or West Boca High School (“WBHS”) and the events/activities hosted by Lightning Bolt Productions on West Boca High School’s premises pursuant to a lease agreement shall not be construed as being conducted, funded, hosted, or sponsored by the School Board or West Boca High School on behalf of Lightning Bolt Productions.  The School Board and West Boca High School undertake no responsibility for supervising or monitoring Lightning Bolt Productions’ events/activities and will not be liable for any and all actions of Lightning Bolt Productions on West Boca High School’s premises.

MNM Theatre Company Announces the Cast of A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM

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MNM Theatre Company
Announces the Cast of
A Funny Thing Happened
on the Way to the Forum

November 22 – December 8

“This brazenly retro Broadway musical, inspired by Plautus, is
almost as timeless as comedy itself.”
Vincent Canby, The New York Times

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

July 9, 2019

WEST PALM BEACH, FL:  The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and MNM Theatre Company are pleased to announce that casting is complete for their upcoming co-production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, which will run from November 22 –  December 8 in the Kravis’ Rinker Playhouse.

Forum is such a fun show,” MNM’s Executive Producer/Artistic Director Marcie Gorman said recently. “And we’re incredibly lucky to have found a cast who can sing and dance and deliver the comedy – and what comedy! The script is hilarious and clever, and often extremely politically incorrect… and of course the music is Sondheim’s…we can’t wait to share it all with our audiences!  Once again, our entire cast is local and we’re very proud of that.”

Dom Ruggiero, who directed I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, and My Way-A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra for MNM last season, will helm A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Ruggiero has cast Johnbarry Green as Pseudolus, Michael Scott Ross* as Hysterium, Aaron Bower as Domina, Terry Hardcastle* as Marcus Lycus, Troy Stanley as Senex, Sean William Davis as Miles Gloriosus, Paul Thompson as Erronius, and Meg Frost as Philia.  Other cast members include Victoria Joleen Anderson, Lauren Cluett, Alexandra Dow, Stephen Eisenwasser, Frank Francisco, Joshua Graham, Meredith Pughe, Ashley Rubin, and Alexandra Van Hasselt.

Paul Reekie will serve as Forum’s Musical Director, and Laura Plyler will provide additional choreography.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum will run from November 22 – December 8. The production will take place in the Rinker Playhouse at the Kravis Center.   Tickets are $39 – $55 and are on sale now.  For tickets and information call 561-832-7469; online: www.kravis.org or mnmtheatre.org.  For group rates and sales call 561-651-4438.

MNM Theatre Company attained not-for-profit 501(c)(3) status in 2018. They are an award- winning theatre company based in the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.

For more information about MNM Theatre Company and/or Marcie Gorman, please visit mnmtheatre.org or contact Carol Kassie at Carol@CarolKassie.com / 561-445-9244.

Photos, graphics, and additional head shots and bios available on request.

*Appearing through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
November 22 – December 8
Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performances:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 7:30 pm (no Thanksgiving night performance)
Saturday & Sunday at 1:30 pm
Tickets:  $39 – $55
All performances in
Rinker Playhouse at the Kravis Center
701 Okeechobee Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
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Johnbarry Green (Pseudolus) appeared as King Arthur in MNM’s production of Monty Python’s Spamalot.  Other credits include Rock of Ages with Slow Burn Theatre Company as Dennis, Spitfire Grille at Palm Beach Dramaworks as Caleb, and West Side Story at Maltz Jupiter Theatre as Officer Krupke.  Occasionally you’ll find him hamming it up on the streets at various ren faires or giving walking tours in Massachusetts when he isn’t in a show.

Michael Scott Ross* (Hysterium) has appeared in several previous MNM productions including Monty Python’s Spamalot, The World Goes ‘Round, Avenue Q, and I Love You, You’r perfect, Now Change.  He has also performed throughout South Florida at Zoetic Stage, The Adrienne Arsht Center, The Wick Theatre, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Island City Stage, The Alhamba Theatre and Dining, The Winter Park Playhouse, TheatreZone, and most recently the Gulf Coast Symphony.  Michael can be seen portraying Dick Van Dyke in The Music of Julie Andrews, as well as in his cabaret show My Broadway: The Roles I Could Play.  Proud member of AEA, Wagner College Alum, and native New Yorker!

Aaron Bower (Domina) was recently seen as Irene in Crazy for You and Grace in
Annie at the Wick Theatre.  She received a 2018 Carbonell nomination for her portrayal of Murial in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Stage door Theatre.  Other credits in Florida include Frau Kost in Cabaret at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street at The Wick, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls at The Wick, and Tess in Crazy for You at the Maltz.  She has traveled the world in three national tours and one European Tour.

Terry Hardcastle* (Marcus Lycus) is a three-time Carbonell Award-winner. His regional theatre credits include Actors’ Playhouse: Beauty and the Beast, Doubt: A Parable.  Zoetic Stage: Sweeney Todd.  Palm Beach Dramaworks: Side by Side by Sondheim, Sweeney Todd.  Florida Stage: End Days, Sisters of Swing. Mosaic Theatre: In a Dark, Dark House, True West.  Cumberland Theatre: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.  As a Professor of Theatre, he’s taught Acting and Public Speaking at Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Pittsburgh, New World School of the Arts, and Broward College.

Troy Stanley (Senex) played Eduoard Dindon in MNM’s production of La Cage aux Folles.  Other credits include West Side Story (Doc) and Disney’s Newsies (Mr. Jacobi/Mayor) at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1776 (McKean/Hewes) at Palm Beach Dramaworks, Big River (Pap Finn) and Titanic (Isador Straus) for Slow Burn Theatre Company, Who Killed Joan Crawford? (Harvey) and Perfect Arrangement (Theodore Sunderson) for Island City Stage, Victor/Victoria (Squash) and The Rothschilds (William/Metternich) for Broward Stage Door, and eleven shows at the Wick Theatre including Funny Girl (Tom Keeney/Mr. Rinaldi), Annie with Sally Struthers (Drake), Brigadoon (Andrew MacLaren), Beauty and the Beast (Maurice), Oklahoma (Andrew Carnes) and Man of La Mancha (The Governor) among others.

Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC) in Collaboration with Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre Announces BROADWAY IN BROWARD

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Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC) in Collaboration with
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre
Announces
Broadway in Broward

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

July 2, 2019

LAUDERHILL, FL:  The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC) has partnered with Prather Productions to produce an exciting new musical theatre series, Broadway in Broward, at the state-of-the art venue beginning in November 2019. Four productions are planned for the 2019-2020 season:  West Side Story, Once, Kinky Boots, and Beauty and the Beast.

Prather Productions includes Broadway Palm in Fort Myers, Florida (now in its 26th season), and Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (now in its 31st season), along with Prather Touring and Apex Touring.

“I have been producing theatre year-round in Florida for over 26 years and am most notably known for Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre on the west coast in Fort Myers,” Will Prather, Prather Productions owner and Executive Producer said recently. “While I have also produced national and international tours, it has been a goal of mine to have a consistent presence on the east coast of Florida. The opportunity to partner with LPAC couldn’t have come at a better time, and all of us at Prather Productions are extremely excited to bring together our creative team and the incredible local talent that the east coast of Florida has to offer.”

LPAC General Manager Amanda Segur agrees: “I am thrilled to be a part of the team working to bring Broadway musicals back to the LPAC stage,” she says. “Working with Prather Productions is going to be an exciting, creative, artistic adventure, and the City of Lauderhill is extremely pleased to have forged this new relationship.  We are all looking forward to our very first Broadway in Broward show series, which will be full of magical music, delightful dance and amazing acting, starring award winning performers from South Florida, New York and across the nation!”

The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center has hosted numerous theatrical events and productions since it opened its doors in January 2016 and has grown its audiences to include theatre patrons from not only Broward County, but Miami/Dade and Palm Beach counties as well.

West Side Story will run from November 14th– December 1st; Once from December 5th – 22nd; Kinky Boots from January 23rd – February 9th; and Beauty and the Beast from February 20th – March 8th.

Subscriptions to Broadway in Broward are on sale now and various subscription packages are available. Subscriptions can be purchased by calling the LPAC box office at 954-777-2055.

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 http://lpacfl.com.

For more information about Prather Productions, visit www.pratherproductions.com/

For more information about Broadway in Broward please contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244.

Sol Children Theatre presents PETER AND THE STARCATCHER & ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL

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Summertime Magic at Sol
Sol Children Theatre

presents
Peter and the Starcatcher &
Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical

“To enter a theatre for a performance is to be inducted into a magical space, to be ushered into the sacred arena of the imagination.”  Simon Callow

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

July 2, 2019
BOCA RATON, FL:  If you’re looking for magical, imaginative, family-friendly theatre this summer, look no farther than Boca Raton! Sol Children Theatre will present Peter and the Starcatcher and Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical in repertory style from July 12th through August 4th.  Both productions will star the talented young actors who are participating in the company’s Summer Repertory Theatre program.

“It started out as an exciting notion, doing Summer Repertory, and then it developed into feasible programming,” Sol Producer Sara Elizabeth Grant explains. “Two shows sharing a black box theatre isn’t easy, but it certainly presents an incredible opportunity for theatre magic to take place. And what better shows than to choose ones that revolve around magic! We’re so fortunate to have the directing and production team that we have on board, not to mention our exceptional two casts of young theatre artists. Watching these shows evolve is truly magical.”

The Tony Award-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan).  From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair, and the bonds of duty, friendship, and love.

Starcatcher’s cast includes Andrew Salmore, Austin Stein, Ava Cavasos, Calvin Zanetti, Hartlynn Ackerman, Kayla Asuoty, Megan Mascaro, Samantha Mascaro, and Tyler Wartmann. The production will be directed by Seth Trucks.

“I am beyond thrilled to be returning to Sol Children as a director for the third time,” Trucks says.  “Given that we are presenting Peter and the Starcatcher I am especially excited to be working with such a talented and experienced cast of young actors. The open-ended nature of the stage directions in this play have allowed us to use their considerable imaginations to build the images and stage magic. The result is an original and authentic version of this beautiful play.”

Inspired by the genius of Roald Dahl, the multiple award-winning Matilda the Musical is a captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life.

Angela Thomas will direct Angelique Petersen, Brayden Wartmann, Eden Wexler, Hadrian Schrag, Jailee Dejean, Kimmy Wilkinson, Kylie Lawrence, Maureen Tracy, Maleah Dejean, Mia Salerno, Nisa Guvenilir, Saheli Khan, Samantha Mascaro, and Sofia Soleil Zontini in Matilda.

“As a director I have always enjoyed bringing stories to life onstage,” Thomas says.  “And with Matilda The Musical – a story about children, their perception of the world and circumstances around them, and the power of imagination and kindness, I am presented with the beautiful opportunity to bring Roald Dahl’s book, turned movie, turned stage musical to life with the young performers of Sol Children Theatre.”

Boca Raton’s Sol Children Theatre is a not-for-profit theatre organization founded by veteran director and actor Rosalie Grant seventeen years ago.  The company’s mission is to provide children with a safe, secure, and highly professional theatre experience.  Those children in then in turn provide quality theatre experiences for audiences.

Tickets for both productions are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.solchildren.org or by calling 561-447-8829.  Tickets are $20; $15 for children aged 11 or younger. Sol Children Theatre is located at 3333 North Federal Highway in Boca Raton (33431).

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

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Peter and the Starcatcher
July 12 – 14; July 26 – 28

By Rick Elice
Based on  the Novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Music by Wayne Barker
Directed by Seth Trucks
Performances:
Fridays & Saturdays at 7 pm
Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm
For tickets: www.solchildren.org or call 561-447-8829
Tickets:  $20 (Adults) & $15 (Juniors – 11 and under)
All performances will take place at
Sol Theatre
3333 North Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical
July 19 – 21; August 2 – 4
Book by Dennis Kelly
Based on the book by Roald Dahl
Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin
Directed by Angela Thomas
Performances:
Fridays & Saturdays at 7 pm
Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm
For tickets: www.solchildren.org or call 561-447-8829
Tickets:  $20 (Adults) & $15 (Juniors – 11 and under)
All performances will take place at
Sol Theatre
3333 North Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL 33431

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BOCA BOUND: A NEW MUSICAL – Premieres at the Wick Theatre ~ September 19 – 22

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White Ibis Productions
presents
Boca Bound: A New Musical
September 19 – 22

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

June 18, 2019

BOCA RATON, FL:   The premiere performances of Boca Bound:  A New Musical will take place at The Wick Theatre in Boca Raton from September 19 – 22.  The show, with a book by Bonnie Logan and music and lyrics by Richard Peshkin, both of whom are residents of Boca Raton, Florida, is being produced by White Ibis Productions.

Bonnie Logan was immobilized and recuperating from a bad fall when she was visited by her good friends Karen and Richard Peshkin. Richard, a retired physician with a deep musical background, suggested she needed ‘intellectual stimulation’, and proposed she write a story – “You decide what it’s going to be about. Here are a couple of songs I wrote, think of them as inspiration, I’ll be back in a few days,” she recalls him saying.

“Karen and I knew Bonnie as a friend,” Peshkin says, “And we were aware she has a great sense of humor. Little did we know that she has great writing skills and a strong ear for dialogue.”

“I wrote all the time,” Logan explains.  “For work, but never for the theatre.  And other than being the first person to tell a story, any story, about anything, I never thought writing for theatre, let alone musical theatre, was in my future… not even for a second!”

The result of this almost accidental collaboration is Boca Bound: A New Musical.

Both Logan and Peshkin learned that developing a musical takes work, work, and more work.  The show was workshopped, re-written, and re-imagined countless times:

“I found that many of the lessons I learned from athletics apply here,” Peshkin says.  “You must learn to be a team player, and very open at all times.  Musically, I learned that writing lyrics within the framework of a story is much easier than trying to start from scratch without a particular theme. Thus, I wrote each song’s lyrics first before adding the melody. In the past, it was random.”

“And I learned very quickly that I didn’t need 20 years of experience to write a meaningful and honest story,” Logan says. “You can learn the technical skills necessary if you’re passionate and not afraid to work hard (and we worked very hard!).  And special people can always be found to help you learn what you need.  What I discovered was what I really needed, I already had … a lifetime of stories to tell.”

Boca Bound tells the story of Nadine, a successful New York Attorney. But life has a way of throwing curve-balls, and when a significant change occurs in her well-ordered life, she must learn to adapt – and to reassess.   A trip to Boca Raton,  re-connections with friends and family, and the possibility of a future she had often dreamed of but never believed could happen lead Nadine on a journey of discovery – about the choices she has made and those she can still make in order to find fulfillment and happiness.

Michael J. Moritz, Jr, recent recipient of a 2019 Tony Award as a co-producer of Broadway’s Hadestown, will serve as the production’s Music Supervisor/Vocal Arranger, and Chad Larabee will direct the production.

Boca Bound will run from September 19 – 22 at The Wick Theatre in Boca Raton.  Tickets are $50 – $55 and are available by phone at 561-995-2333 or online at www.bocaboundmusical.com or www.thewick.org.

A portion of the proceeds from Boca Bound ticket sales will be donated to The Pap Corps*.

For more information about Boca Bound please visit www.bocaboundmusical.com or contact Carol Kassie at 561-445-9244 / Carol@CarolKassie.com.

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Boca Bound: A New Musical
September 19 – 22
Book by Bonnie Logan
Music and Lyrics by Richard Peshkin
Tickets: $50 – $55
Performances:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday at 7:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday at 2 pm
To purchase tickets: www.thewick.org or www.bocaboundmusical.com
Or call 561-995-2333
All performances will take place at
The Wick Theatre
7901 North Federal Highway,
Boca Raton, FL  33487
www.bocaboundmusical.com
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*Since its founding in 1952, The Pap Corps has donated more than $110 million to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, including a historic $50 million pledge in 2016. The Pap Corps derives its name from Dr. George Papanicolaou, a pioneer in cytopathology and early cancer detection, who introduced the world to the revolutionary ‘Pap’ test. A small group of women began the organization to support his efforts, and over the decades it has grown into an organization of over 22,000 men and women, in over 50 chapters, who raise funds to support research for all types of cancers.

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MNM Theatre Company Announces the Cast of MAN OF LA MANCHA – Tickets on Sale June 21st

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MNM Theatre Company
Announces the Cast of
Man of La Mancha
Tickets on Sale June 21st

 

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

June 13, 2019

WEST PALM BEACH, FL:  MNM Theatre Company is pleased to announce that casting has been completed for their upcoming production of the award-winning musical Man of La Mancha, which will run from September 13 – September 29 in the Rinker Playhouse at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.

“We are absolutely thrilled with this cast, and this crew,” MNM’s Executive Producer/Artistic Director Marcie Gorman said recently. “We at MNM are committed to hiring locally – there is such a depth of talent and ability in South Florida – and our La Mancha actors, musicians, and entire creative team are proof of that.”

Bruce Linser, winner of the 2018 Carbonell Award for Best Direction of a Musical for his work on Woody Guthrie’s American Song, will direct Man of La Mancha:
“As an actor myself, I love working with actors during the audition and rehearsal process,” Linser says.  “They’re so hungry to get inside these characters and this story, and it’s exciting to help them personalize their work, and to watch them come alive within it.   I always look for an essence of the character within the actor at auditions, and I think this is going to be a particularly powerful retelling of this beautiful story with this particular cast of actors.”

Linser has cast Michael McKenzie* as Don Quixote, 2018 Carbonell Award-winner Anna Lise Jensen* as Aldonza, and Mark Kirschenbaum* as Sancho. (Brief biographies can be found below) Other cast members include Matthew Korinko, Johnbarry Green, Gaby Tortoledo, Ellie Pattison, Rebecca Diaz, Joey Swift, Manny Zaldivar, Jonathan Eisele, Frank Francisco, Joshua Graham, Milton Mendez, Shanna Woods, Rio Peterson, and Ben Prayz.

Paul Reekie will serve as Man of La Mancha’s Musical Director, and Christine Kellogg will choreograph the production.

Man of La Mancha will run from September 13 – September 29. The production will take place in the Raymond Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Rinker Playhouse.   Tickets are $65 and will be on sale on June 21st.  For tickets and information 561-832-7469; on line: www.kravis.org or mnmtheatre.org.  For group rates and sales call 561-651-4438.

MNM Theatre Company attained not-for-profit 501(c)(3) status in 2018. They are an award- winning theatre company based in the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Donations can be sent to MNM Theatre Company, 318 S. Lake Drive, Lantana, FL 3362.  For more information, please visit mnmtheatre.org.

For more information about MNM Theatre Company and/or Marcie Gorman, please visit mnmtheatre.org or contact Carol Kassie at Carol@CarolKassie.com / 561-445-9244.

*Appearing through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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Man of La Mancha
September 13 – 29
Written by Dale Wasserman
Music by Mitch Leigh
Lyrics by Joe Darion
For tickets: www.kravis.org / 561-832-7469
Tickets:  $65
Performances:
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 7:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday at 1:30 pm
All performances at
The Rinker Playhouse at
The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
701 Okeechobee Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
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Michael McKenzie (Cervantes/Don Quixote) lives in both NYC and Boynton Beach and has appeared locally in Sweeney Todd (Palm Beach Dramaworks), We Will Not Be Silent (Theatre Lab at FAU), DangerousDéjà Vu (Caldwell Theatre), and Dinner With Friends (Cuillo Centre)On Broadway he appeared in Waiting in the WingsThe Man Who Came to Dinner, and Eastern Standard. His Off-Broadway credits include Kari Floren’s If Wishes Were Horses, A Late Supper, and Voices of Swords. Michael has toured nationally in Much Ado about Nothing, As You Like It, Orchards (John Houseman’s The Acting Company), and regionally (Baltimore Center Stage, Denver Center, Pittsburgh Public, Pioneer Theatre, Triad Stage, Capital Rep, Arkansas Repand many others). Some of his television and film credits include House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Younger, Blacklist, Law & Order, All My Children, and many episodes of Babylon 5.

Anna Lise Jensen (Aldonza) received a Silver Palm Award for her performance in MNM Theatre Company’s 2018 production of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. She received both a Silver Palm Award and a ‘Best Actress in a Musical’ Carbonell Award for her performance in Slow Burn Theatre Company’s The Bridges of Madison County. Anna Lise has also received Silver Palm Awards for her work as Reza in Once (Actors’ Playhouse) and Alison in Fun Home (Zoetic Stage). Other South Florida theatre credits include Indecent (Palm Beach Dramaworks), Finding Mona Lisa, (Actors’ Playhouse), Sunday in the Park With George, and Passion (Zoetic Stage). Next season she will appear in the Florida premiere of Villainous Company (Primal Forces) and as Mother in Ragtime (Slow Burn Theatre Company).

Mark Kirschenbaum (Manservant/Sancho) is making his MNM Theatre Company debut with Man of La Mancha. He has been seen all over the world as an actor, educator, and director.  Some of Mark’s recent credits include Sam Posner in Crossing Delancey, Mal Beineke in Addams Family: The Musical, Peter in Company, Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol, and Man 1 in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.  He had the opportunity to join the Brooklyn cast of Man of La Mancha in 2007, where his portrayal of the Padre received critical acclaim from the New York Times.

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