THE 2020 SPANISH RIVER CONCERT SERIES Will Honor the Legacy of Founder Florrie Morgenstern

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The 2020 Spanish River Concert Series
Will Honor the Legacy of Founder
Florrie Morgenstern

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Carol Kassie
carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244 or
Jeffrey Morgenstern, Executive Director
Spanish River Concerts
978-502-3549

December 2, 2019

BOCA RATON, FL:  Florrie Morgenstern, the founder and creative director, and driving force behind the Spanish River Concert Series passed away this summer.  However, she left a legacy that has benefited South Florida residents for 18 years, and this year’s concert series will celebrate the woman whose love of all types of music – classical, soul, contemporary, folk, or traditional – drove her to create an entity (originally known as Community Performing Arts) that would bring the music she loved to the her Florida community.  Florrie, along with her husband Seymour, grew the concerts from an original audience of 1,500 to their current subscriber list of over 10,000 music lovers.

Florrie’s son Jeffrey took over the day to day operations of what had grown to be a full-time job, several years ago, and he and Spanish River Concerts Musical Director Tomer Adaddi recently totally reconceived the series 2020 season, based on the idea of paying tribute to his mother and her vision by showcasing her best ideas through a mix of Spanish River Concerts’ proudest moments, combined with some exciting new program ideas that were in the works. “The artists who knew my mother offered an emotional outpouring of support and a sincere desire to take part in our effort to honor Florrie’s commitment to the arts,” he said recently.

The four concerts in the Spanish River Concerts 2020 series are:

Synco Romantico Goes to Hollywood:  Series favorite Synco Romantico returns to perform music from some of Hollywood’s greatest movies.  Adi Cohen and Marc Devigne, a duo whose magical chemistry has thrilled audiences in the past, will perform classics by all the greats from Garland to Gaga, Streisand to Sinatra, and many more, all powered by beautiful arrangements and Synco Romantico’s Latin-inspired, high-energy vibe.

Elegant Elvis and Simon’s Diamonds: Paul Simon’s groundbreaking album was named for Elvis Presley’s famous homestead, and this concert will capture the best of both of these larger-than-life artists.  Featuring a full orchestra and a narrator who will explore the musical lexicon of both these musical geniuses, the concert will star Nicole Kaplan and Nashville’s Brennin Hunt, who will perform some of the most memorable music of our time.

Jerusalem Tenors: With passport stamps from all over Europe, Asia, and North America, tenors Yevgeni Shapovalov, Feliz Livshitz, and Vladislav Gorai will be joined by baritone Alexander Gounko for an evening of opera and popular favorites.  These three performances celebrate the anniversary of Spanish River Concerts’ first production created in collaboration with Musical Director Tomer Adaddi, which took place in 2014.

The Women of Spanish River:  Florrie Morgenstern’s final programming idea was to bring together the most dynamic female vocalists from Spanish River Concerts’ storied history.  Lital Gabai (70 Years in the Promised Land) Betty Lipska (Kol Esperanza) Emily West (American Rustic), and Brook Wood (50 Years of Rock & Roll) will share their musical gifts and memories of Florrie in a loving musical tribute.

Special Event:
Four Best Men:  One of the highest audience-rated concerts in the series’ history starred David Burnham, Marc Devigne, Daniel Montenegro, and Omer Shaish.  All four will return to the Spanish River Concert stage to perform everything from opera to Broadway to Rock in an unforgettable musical event.

The 2020 Spanish River Concert Series subscription prices range from $159 – $269; subscription tickets are on sale now. The special event/Four Best Men concert tickets are sold separately and are also on sale.

All concerts will take place at the Spanish River Church, at 2400 Yamato Road in Boca Raton (33431).   Subscriptions can be purchased online at www.spanishriverconcerts.org or by phone at 1-800-716-6975.

For more information about the Spanish River Concerts and Florrie Morgenstern please visit www.spanishriverconcerts.org/ or contact Carol Kassie at Carol@CarolKassie.com / 561-445-9244.

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Spanish River Concert Subscription Series:
Ticket Prices $159 – $269

Synco Romantico Goes to Hollywood
January 5, 6, & 7 at 8 pm

Elegant Elvis and Simon’s Diamonds
January 26, 27, & 28 at 8 pm

Jerusalem Tenors
February 23, 24, & 25 at 8 pm

The Women of Spanish River
March 22, 23, & 24 at 8 pm

Special Event:
Four Best Men
February 10 & 11 at 8 pm
Tickets; $49-$84

The Tony Award-Winning Musical ONCE Opens at the LPAC December 5th

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Apex Touring and Broadway at the LPAC
present
Once
December 5th – 22nd

“…Once uses song and dance in a way I’ve never experienced in an American musical…: to convey a beautiful shimmer of might-have-been regret.”
Ben Brantley – The New York Times

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

November 25, 2019

LAUDERHILL, FL:   Once, the winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, will open at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC) on December 5th and run through December 22nd. The musical is based on the 2007 Academy Award-winning film of the same name, which was written and directed by John Carney, and starred Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, with original music and lyrics by Mr. Hansard and Ms. Irglová.  (The multiple award-winning Once has also won Grammy and Olivier awards.)

Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when an intriguing young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights, but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, Once is an unforgettable story about pursuing your dreams… not living in fear… and the power of music to connect us all.

This Apex Touring production will include a pre-show onstage bar atmosphere wherein the performers play a variety of traditional Irish and Czech tunes each night, and audience members will be invited to join them on stage with their drinks and interact with the musicians.

J. Michael Zygo

Michael Zygo, who performed in the Broadway production as the Emcee, will recreate the original staging and movement by John Tiffany and Steven Hoggett. As an original Broadway and Off-Broadway cast member, he feels a special attachment to the incredible work realized by the original cast and creative team. Mr. Zygo’s recent credits include Director of Once at Pittsburgh CLO and Music Director / Associate Choreographer of Once at The Fulton Theatre / Virginia Repertory Theatre. He was also featured on the Grammy Award winning cast album of Once. Other acting credits include Broadway runs of School Of Rock; and Off-Broadway credits include Once (NYTW) as well as tours of Rock Of Ages – First National, The Wedding Singer, Bridges of Madison County – first National, Annie – 30th Anniversary tour, and Oklahoma! – first National.

Jack Gerhard

Mariah Lotz

The Once cast is headed by Jack Gerhard as Guy and Mariah Lotz as Girl. Jack is a recent graduate of Rider University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Previous regional credits include Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Michigan. Mariah is also a graduate of Rider University and has premiered numerous new shows in New York and was part of the Rising Star program at Fifth Avenue Theatre. The ensemble includes Todd Aulwurm (Bank Manager/Cello), Carrie Lyn Brandon (Swing), Carlos Castillo (Andrej/Guitar/Electric Bass/Ukulele), Trevor Lindley Craft (Švec/Mandolin/Guitar/Drums Set/Banjo), Richard Daniel (Da/Mandolin), Elleon Dobias (Ex- Girlfriend Violin), Emily Gregonis (Réza/Violin), Caleb Hartsfield (Emcee/Guitar), Jody Alan Lee (Swing), Sam Saint Ours (Swing), Jon Patrick Penick (Billy/Guitar/Percussion), Marta Rymer (Swing/Movement Captain), Matthew Staley (Eamon/Guitar/Piano/Cajon) and Tracy Thomas (Baruška/Accordion/Concertina/Musical Supervisor).

The production features scenic and costume design by Tony Award-winner Bob Crowley (Aida, An American in Paris, Carousel, Mary Poppins) with additional designs by BroadwayWorld winner Evan Adamson (Mamma Mia), lighting design by Russell A. Thompson (international tour of The Wizard of Oz, US tours Million Dollar Quartet, Fiddler on the Roof) and sound design by David Temby (Clearwing Productions/national tours of Memphis and Cabaret).

Once will run from December 5th – December 22nd. Ticket prices range from $35 – $55 and are available online at lpacfl.com/or by calling 954-777-2055.  Performances are on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 pm, and Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 pm.

The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC) 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. The theatre 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 lpacfl.com.

For more information about Once please contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244. For more tour and cast information visit www.OncetheMusicalTour.com

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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 / lpacfl.com/
Performances:  Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday at 2 pm
Tickets:  $35 – $55
All performances at
The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC)
3800 NW 11th Place
Lauderhill, FL 33311
lpacfl.com/

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MY SON THE WAITER: A JEWISH TRAGEDY at the Michael-Ann Russell JCC – Dec 19-Jan 12

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Back by Popular Demand!
My Son the Waiter:  A Jewish Tragedy

at
Michael-Ann Russell JCC
December 19, 2019 – January 12,2020

Actor/Comedian Brad Zimmerman’s hilarious and inspiring story
about the grit and passion required to ‘make it’ as an artist and the sweet rewards that come from never giving up on your dream. 

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

November 21, 2019

AVENTURA, FL:  Brad Zimmerman will bring his hit New York Comedy back to South Florida this season in his highly praised autobiographical comedy, My Son the Waiter:  A Jewish Tragedy.  Zimmerman’s hilarious and poignant story is universal in its message:  The journey to follow one’s dream… and the parents who SUFFER through it! The show will run from December 19th through January 12th in the Alan and Diane Lieberman Theater at the Michael-Ann Russell JCC in Aventura.

My Son the Waiter:  A Jewish Tragedy is the story of Zimmerman’s struggle to fulfill his dream and ‘make it’ as a comedic actor in New York.  One-part standup, one-part theatrical, and all parts uproarious My Son the Waiter:  A Jewish Tragedy has garnered rave reviews wherever it has played.

My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy is now in its sixth year of a national tour,” Zimmerman says. “We’ve been all over the country – in cities such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, LA, Minneapolis, and Toronto. It doesn’t matter where the show plays – audiences all seem to find my story authentic and real… and funny! There is new material and old material and the positive audience response allows and enables me to keep it as fresh as the day I wrote it.

“So many fan letters and marriage proposals over the years,” he continues with a grin. “It’s amazing that I’m still very much single. But my mom in Boca is as proud as she could be of me and the show, and of course every time I visit, I get another 15 minutes of material!

Zimmerman’s mother has finally adapted to her ‘actor-waiter’ son’s career choice and financial situation: “If all goes well, I think Brad is going to buy a bookcase,” she boasts to her friends.

Brad Zimmerman has paid his dues.  He spent 29 years “temporarily” waiting tables in New York, all the while chasing a career in acting and comedy.  In My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy, he delves into the trials and tribulations of waiting on tables – particularly for someone not exactly invested in that career, and with little tolerance for persnickety diners. And he tells stories about his pursuit of his passion, along with tales about his childhood, his family, and his misbegotten love life with warmth, wit, self-deprecating humor, and wicked charm, combining his years of training as an actor with his innate comedic talent.

Zimmerman’s perseverance and hard work eventually did pay off, and he went on to act – he had a small part in “The Sopranos” playing Johnny Sack’s lawyer – and to become the opening act for a number of well-known entertainers, including George Carlin, Brad Garrett, Dennis Miller, Julio Iglesias, and Joan Rivers who said “I’ve had three great opening acts in my lifetime:  Billy Crystal, Garry Shandling, and Brad Zimmerman.”

My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy will run from December 19 to January 12 in the Alan and Diane Lieberman Theater at the Michael-Ann Russell JCC in Miami.  Tickets are on sale now and are available online at MySonTheWaiter.com or by phone at 1-855-448-7469. For group rates (12 +) call 1-888-264-1788.  Tickets for My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy range from $45 – $70.

For more information about My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy please visit mysonthewaiter.com or contact Carol Kassie at 561-445-9244 / Carol@CarolKassie.com.

In the attached photo:  Brad Zimmerman (Photo credit: Carol Kassie)
More photos can be downloaded from https://mysonthewaiter.com/media.htm

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My Son the Waiter:  A Jewish Tragedy
By Brad Zimmerman
December 19, 2019 – January 12, 2020
Tickets:  $45 – $70
Phone:  1-855-448-7469
On Line: https://mysonthewaiter.com/
Group Rates (12 +):  1888-264-1788
Showtimes:
Thursday & Saturday at 8 pm
Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday at 3 pm
Sunday at 7 pm
Michael-Ann Russell JCC
(Alan and Diane Lieberman Theater)
18900 NE 25th Ave
Miami, FL 33180
mysonthewaiter.com
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Praise for My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy:

“Delicious! Distinctly original… powerfully poignant.” “Great Comedy!” ~ The New York Times

“A Must See. It’s Hysterical, Heartfelt, Timely and Poignant. I cried, I laughed, I forgot where I parked.” ~ Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond)

“Zimmerman is a funny man with funny material.” ~ Thomas Burns Scully (On Stage)

“This is easily the funniest show to hit an off-Broadway stage since ‘Old Jews Telling Jokes.’ What makes this SUPERIOR is that it isn’t just jokes. It’s a life.” ~ The Jewish Daily Forward

 “AN ABSOLUTE MUST-SEE! You’ll laugh and you’ll walk out of the theater with a lesson: If you can find something that you truly love, it gives your life meaning. ~ Palm Beach Arts Paper

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ACES & KNAVES: A FILM ABOUT BRIDGE – to Screen at the Mizner Park Cultural Center on December 29th

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Aces & Knaves
A Film About Bridge
at
Mizner Park Cultural Center
December 29 at 7 pm

“Bridge…the most intelligent card game the wit of man has so far devised.
~ W. Somerset Maugham

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

November 21, 2019

BOCA RATON, FL:  Aces & Knaves, a film that zooms in on the players, the scandals, and the intense competition inside the world of bridge will be screened on December 29th at 7 pm at the Mizner Park Cultural Center in Boca Raton.  “No doubt the best documentary on bridge ever made,” Michael Becker, a member of the American Contract Bridge League Hall of Fame said recently. Becker, along with fellow bridge champion Gavin Wolpert, will join the film’s director Jackie Paré for a Q&A following the screening.

Aces & Knaves follows the emotional story of the whistleblowers and code breakers who worked thousands of hours to expose two pairs of world-class cheaters, one from Italy and another from Israel. “Collusive cheating in bridge is our murder,” says champion bridge player Steve Weinstein. “For our game it’s as bad as it gets.”

Aspiring ace Bill Gates, along with some of the best players on the planet, share tales of exhilaration and defeat in Aces & Knaves.  The film mixes vintage stills and old movie footage with dramatic coverage of international tournaments.  It is aimed not only at not only at bridge enthusiasts, but also at those who have never picked up a hand. “Why?” asks director Paré. “Because bridge holds a mirror to the human spirit – at its best and as its worst.  And like life, it’s all about the cards you’re dealt.  You have to make the best of them.”

Tickets for the December 29th screening of Aces & Knaves are $20 and are on sale now. They can be purchased online at http://miznerparkculturalcenter.com or by phone at 844-672-2849.
The Mizner Park Cultural Center is located at 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432. 
More information about Aces & Knaves can be found on the film’s website at www.acesandknavesthefilm.com/ or on Facebook at hwww.facebook.com/events/2324861804496315/

For more information about the Mizner Park Cultural Center please contact Carol Kassie at Carol@CarolKassie.com / 561-445-9244.

In the attached photo:  Bill Gates and Jackie Paré.
Photo credit: Michael Hull

Aces & Knaves: A Film About Bridge
Sunday, December 29th at 7 pm
A film by Jackie Paré
Tickets: $20
Click HERE to purchase tickets online
Or call 844-672-2849
The screening will take place at
The Mizner Park Cultural Center
201 Plaza Real (2nd Floor)
Boca Raton, FL  33432

Bill Gates & Jackie Paré


A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Opens November 23rd in the Rinker Playhouse

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MNM Theatre Company and the Kravis Center
co-present
A Funny Thing Happened
on the Way to the Forum
Opening November 23rd in the Rinker Playhouse
“Something familiar… Something peculiar…
Something for everyone:  A comedy tonight!”

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

November 12, 2019

WEST PALM BEACH, FL:  The cast and crew of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum are deep into rehearsals and preparation for the show’s November 23rd opening.  Forum, an MNM Theatre Company co-presentation with the Kravis Center, will run in the venue’s Rinker Playhouse through December 8th.

Light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent, and completely politically incorrect, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is one of the funniest musicals ever written. Based on the works of the Roman playwright Plautus (254 – 184 BCE), whose comedies are the earliest Latin literary works to have survived in their entirety, the show focuses on Pseudolus, a crafty slave who 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 and is filled with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum allows MNM’s terrific ensemble of comedic actors to shine.

Jonathan Van Dyke

The production’s director, Jonathan Van Dyke is extremely enthusiastic about the show: “I am so enjoying taking this riotous trip to the Forum with MNM and I know this cast would make Titus Maccius Plautus proud!” he says.  “They’re all welcoming this material with open arms and are going to supply our audiences their denarius worth of hilarity!”

“This is the first musical for which Stephen Sondheim wrote both the music and the lyrics,” Paul Reekie, Forum’s musical director explains.  “Some people find Sondheim’s later works more difficult to enjoy because they are musically dissonant,  but Forum has traditional harmonies and many of the songs are eminently hummable! MNM is again proud to have an amazing six-piece band for the show.”

Johnbarry Green

“It’s a farce, effortlessly shifting the audience from humor to biting social commentary on a dime all while throwing lyrics and lines as speedily as it can,” says Johnbarry Green, who plays A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’s Pseudolus  “It’s the reason I love the piece and why it’s so challenging.  Every moment has to be carefully constructed to walk that delicate edge, otherwise they can fail contextually.  That’s why it’s such a crowning achievement when it works.”

Along with Green as Pseudolus, the Forum cast includes Michael Scott Ross* as Hysterium, Aaron Bower as Domina, J Savage* as Hero, 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, Elijah Pearson-Martinez, Meredith Pughe, Ashley Rubin, and Alexandra Van Hasselt.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum will run from November 23 – December 8. (There will be a preview performance on November 22nd.) 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: 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 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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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
November 23 – December 8
(Preview performance November 22 at 7:30)
Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
For Tickets: mnmtheatre.org / kravis.org / 561-832-7469
Performances:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 7:30 pm (no Thanksgiving night performance)
Wednesday, 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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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 approximately 2.5 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. To enhance and elevate the customer experience, the Center has embarked upon a $50 million capital campaign to support a campus redesign and facility expansion that will create a more accessible, comfortable and pedestrian-friendly venue for the community. Aptly named Kravis 2020: The Future is Now, this campaign is at the heart of the Kravis Center’s vision for the future. For information, please visit kravis.org or call the Box Office at 561.832.7469.

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Children’s Auditions for KINKY BOOTS & BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – November 16th at LPAC

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Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC) and
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre
Announce Local Children’s Auditions for
Broadway At The LPAC
Roles Available for Kinky Boots & Beauty and The Beast 

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

November 3, 2019
LAUDERHILL, FL: Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, in collaboration with Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre located in Fort Myers, FL, is holding open auditions for children for their upcoming productions from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2019 from. Auditions will be held at LPAC. All auditions are by appointment only and can be made by emailing Brian Enzman at  Brian@BroadwayPalm.com.   Auditions will be held at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC) at 3800 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill

The following are the roles that are available:

Kinky Boots (At LPAC)
Rehearsals January 11, 12, 17 and 18, 2020 in Fort Myers at Broadway Palm
Tech January 20 – 23, 2020 at LPAC in Lauderhill
The production runs from January 23 – February 9, 2020 at LPAC.
Roles of:
Young Charlie – a seven-year old boy who is lost, quiet, and reflective.
Young Lola – a ten-year old African American boy who already knows he is destined to wear high heels.
Both actors must be 5 feet tall and under and must be able to sing and act well.

Beauty and the Beast (At LPAC)
Rehearsals February 6 – 16, 2020 at LPAC
Tech February 17 – 19, 2020 at LPAC
The production runs February 20 – March 8, 2020
Roles of:
Chip -male – seven to ten years old.
Ensemble Girl – seven to ten years old.
Both actors must be 5 feet tall and under and must be able to sing and act well.

All youth actors must be local to the Lauderhill area

Anyone auditioning should be prepared to sing “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast and read from the script. Audition sides are available at https://lpacfl.com/, or can be picked up at the LPAC box office window. Please bring two current headshots and a resume. Those auditioning MUST audition with these sides and music that is provided.

Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC) is a professional theatre and 4 complimentary tickets will be provided as payment for their performances in all shows. The role will be double cast and children will alternate performances. Performances at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center are Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Anyone interested must be available for the rehearsal process and all alternated, assigned performances.

November 2019 Shows at Mizner Park Cultural Center

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There is Something for Everyone in
November at
Mizner Park Cultural Center

Thunder From Down Under – November 6
Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus – November 8 – 10
Icons: The Art of Celebrity Illusion – November 15
Dame Edna in Something Like a Dame – November – 23 – 24

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

October 31, 2019

BOCA RATON, FL:  The Mizner Park Cultural Center will play host to an eclectic selection of theatrical, musical, and event entertainment in November.  From the Off-Broadway hit Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus to the Icons: The Art of Celebrity Illusion, and the sparkling comedy of Michael Walters as Dame Edna in Something Like A Dame to the sexy and seductive Thunder From Down Under, the popular Boca Raton venue can definitely boast they are providing ‘something for everyone’ this month.

On November 6th at 8 pm the internationally acclaimed Thunder From Down Under will demonstrate why they have been called Australia’s hottest export when they take to the Center’s stage, ready to show off their cheeky humor, boy-next-door charm, and energetic dance routines… not to mention their chiseled physiques.  A perfect show for a ‘girl’s night out’!

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus-Live! will run at the Center from November 8th – 10th.  Performed by Amadeo Fusca, 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 by John Gray.  Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom.

On Friday, November 15th at 8 pm South Florida’s top Female Impersonators will transform into music’s legendary icons when the Mizner Park Cultural Center presents Icons: The Art of Celebrity Illusion.  Drag super-star Nicole Halliwell will host a journey filled with glamour, fabulous costumes, and unforgettable hits starring ‘Cher’, ‘Bette Midler’, ‘Barbra Streisand’, ‘Whitney Houston’, ‘Celine Dion’, ‘Judy Garland’, ‘Liza Minelli’, and more.

Carbonell Award-winning actor/singer/comedian Michael Walters will star in Something Like a Dame, a Broadway music and comedy ‘Extravaganza’ on November 23rd and 24th.  With the blessing of Barry Humphries, Dame Edna’s original creator, Walters will ‘don the ‘wisteria coif’ for an evening of glamour, music, and side-splitting laughter featuring incredible glittering gowns, outrageous comedy, and original musical numbers.

Tickets to each of these performances, as well as a number of other Mizner Park Cultural Center November performances are on sale now and can be purchased online at http://miznerparkculturalcenter.com or by phone at 844-672-2849. Ticket prices and performance details are below.

The Mizner Park Cultural Center is located at 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432.

For more information about the Mizner Park Cultural Center, and any of these shows, please contact Carol Kassie at Carol@CarolKassie.com / 561-445-9244.

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Click HERE for tickets to all events or call 844-672-2849.

Thunder From Down Under
Wednesday, November 6, at 8 pm
Tickets:  $49
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Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus – Live!
November 8 – 10
Performances:
November 8 & 9 at 8 pm
November 9 at 4 pm
November 10 at 2 pm
Tickets:  $50
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Icons: The Art of Celebrity Illusion
Friday, November 15, at 8 pm
Tickets:  $29
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Something Like a Dame: Michael Walters as Dame Edna
November 23 & 24
Performances:
Saturday, November 23 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 24 at 2 pm
Tickets:  $34 – $39

Thunder From Down Under

Michael Walters as Dame Edna in ‘Something Like a Dame’

WEST SIDE STORY at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center November 14 – December 1

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Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC) in Collaboration with
Broadway Palm presents
West Side Story

November 14 – December 1

“Pooling imagination and virtuosity, [they] have written a profoundly moving show that is as ugly as the city jungles and also pathetic, tender and forgiving.”
Brooks Atkinson ~ The New York Times, September 27, 1957

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

October 15, 2019

LAUDERHILL, FL:  West Side Story: Classic. Powerful. Groundbreaking. Heartbreaking.  All words that have been used to describe one of Broadway’s most memorable and iconic pieces of musical theatre.  The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center in collaboration with Broadway Palm will present West Side Story as the first production in their brand-new Broadway at the LPAC series.  The show will run from November 14th through December 1st.

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the “American” Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks.  The story of their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence, and prejudice became one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching musicals of all time, and the subject matter is as relevant today as it was when the show opened in 1957.

West Side Story was written by Arthur Laurents. The musical’s score was composed by Leonard Bernstein, and the show was choreographed by Jerome Robbins, who won a Tony Award for his work.  West Side Story also marked the Broadway debut of a then unknown lyricist/composer – Stephen Sondheim.   Sondheim was contracted to write the lyrics for the show after composer Bernstein decided that he needed to concentrate solely on the music.  (Sondheim originally declined the offer, but his mentor, Oscar Hammerstein, convinced him to do it, telling him he would benefit from the experience.)

The production’s Artistic Producer, Brian Enzman, has cast Alexa Lopez and Jacob Tarconish as West Side Story’s star-crossed lovers, Maria and Tony.

Alexa Lopez

West Side Story was the first piece of musical theater I had ever seen live, it was the first thing that sparked my passion for performing, and so it holds an extremely special place in my heart,” seventeen-year old Lopez, a senior at the American Heritage School in Plantation, explains. “Looking back, I remember how moved I was by the rich music, the actors, and the relevant story they were telling. I saw myself on stage that night, and was able to, as a Cuban-American, deeply identify with Maria. I’ve carried this show with me since and am truly amazed at how contemporary it remains today. It is a story that I am honored to be able to tell.

“My journey with West Side has been a long one,” she continues. “I auditioned for the role of Maria many times and at many levels. One of my most memorable experiences was this past year when I had the wonderful opportunity of making it to the final round of callbacks for the upcoming 2020 Broadway revival, auditioning for Ivo Van Hove, the director. In any case, I’m so ecstatic to finally play Maria and be able to share her story.”

Jacob Tarconish

Jacob Tarconish has given a lot of thought to the relevance of the play in today’s world, and to his character:  “The Sharks and Jets are in this world of divisiveness, racism and xenophobia, and then you have two people fall in love and realize “everything we’ve been told to believe is wrong. We’re all just people whose differences aren’t a reason to hate each other, they’re what make us exciting and magical”, and we see what happens when two people challenge those barriers and try to tear them down,” he says. “I think in our country today, there’s a lot of that same divisiveness and there’s also a sense of drastically changing beliefs, which makes West Side Story such a powerful and wonderful piece of theatre to be a part of.

“I think a lot of people have a side of Tony in them,” he continues. “He’s got a job, he’s at a point in his life where he’s grown past what his friends are still doing, but he’s kind of dissatisfied. He’s got all this energy and ambition, but nothing to really use it on. Then, he meets Maria, and his world instantly changes. He realizes “I’ve found someone who understands me, who sees me, and I would do absolutely anything and everything to be with her,” and suddenly he’s alive again, he’s using that drive again, and it makes him feel like he’s superhuman. I think people can absolutely identify with that sense of longing and passion.”

The rest of the West Side Story cast includes the Shark Girls – Katie Whittemore as Anita, Sandi Stock as Francisca, Emily Stys as Rosalia and Emilee Hassanzadeh as Margarita; The Jets Girls:  Sarah Rose Knoche as Anybodys, Laura Titus as Graziella, Lauren Cagnetta as Minnie and Bailee Cudmore as Velman; The Sharks:  Pasqualino Beltempo as Bernardo, Brandon Santos as Chino, Jermarcus Riggins as Pepe, Phillip Giandiletti as Luis and Richel Ruiz as Juan; The Jets:  Rhett Warner as Riff, Robert Ayala as Action, Michael Friedman as A-Rab, Clint Maddox Thompson as Baby John, Mason Lewis as Diesel and Derik Lawson as Snowboy.  Also in the cast are Peter Librach as Doc, Craig Smith as Lieutenant Schrank, and Justin Schneyer as Officer Krupke.

West Side Story will be directed by Dean Sobon, with musical direction by Eric Alsford, and the show’s Choreographer is Ron Hutchins.  Lighting Design is by Russell Thompson, Lighting Design is by Chris Young, and Costume Design is by John White.

West Side Story will run from November 14th– December 1st. Ticket prices range from $35 – $55 and are available online at https://lpacfl.com/or by calling 954-777-2055.  Performances are on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 pm, and Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 pm.  There will not be a performance on Thursday, November 28th – Thanksgiving Day.

Subscriptions for the Broadway in Broward series are also on sale, 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 (LPAC) 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. The theatre 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://lpacfl.com.

For more information about West Side Story please contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244

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West Side Story
November 14 – December 1
Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Based on a Conception of Jerome Robbins
Performances:
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 7:30 pm (no Thanksgiving night performance)
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday at 2 pm
Tickets:  $35 – $55
For tickets:  954-777-2055/ https://lpacfl.com/
All performances will take place at
The Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC)
3800 NW 11th Place,
Lauderhill, FL  33311
https://lpacfl.com/
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Pigs Do Fly Productions Presents THE LOST VIRGINITY TOUR – October 31 – November 24

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Pigs Do Fly Productions
presents

The Lost Virginity Tour
October 31 – November 24

When liquor laced cookies are the highlight of our week, then it’s time for us to shake things up.”The Lost Virginity Tour

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

October 8, 2019
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL:   Four women ‘of a certain age’ will take to the road and revisit the locales where each lost her virginity in Pigs Do Fly Productions’ The Lost Virginity Tour by Cricket Daniel.  There will be a preview performance on October 31st and the production will run from November 1st through November 24th at Empire Stage in Fort Lauderdale.  

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 through memories 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.

Deborah Kondelik

Deborah Kondelik, who directed Pigs Do Fly’s recent sold out production of 2 Across, will helm The Lost Virginity Tour: “Old folks ain’t what they used to be! And Pigs Do Fly Productions has a noteworthy mission – to do productions that feature characters over 50 years of age, and oftentimes much older,” she says.  “The plays we present are populated with vibrant, intriguing characters who make “getting older” much more fun than the typical older characters we saw in plays of bygone eras.  This play by Cricket Daniel is a perfect fit for Pigs Do Fly because it features four unique women taking an inimitable, one-of-a-kind road trip. Everyone should come along for the ride because it promises to be filled with tons of raucous laughter and also a few poignant tears.”

Ellen Wacher

Pigs Do Fly founder and Executive Producer Ellen Wacher agrees: “Pigs Do Fly stands for people over 50 living interesting, active lives,” she says.  “And…WOW!  The Lost Virginity Tour fits our mission to a “T”. It has humor, some serious moments, and always strong characters who reflect our lives and who we are today.  We have assembled an amazing cast and I totally believe that those who come will be affected by this play – I know it will inspire laughter, introspection, reflection, and even a few tears.”

Kondelik and Wacher have assembled an impressive cast to travel together on The Lost Virginity Tour: Leigh Bennett, Barbara Bradshaw, Diana D’Ambrosio, and Barbara Sloan will, as Sloan’s character Rita says “…Make like dough and roll”!

“As a playwright, it is very gratifying to give female actresses of a certain age a great vehicle to shine on stage,” playwright Cricket Daniel said recently. “Having a play with one leading role for the older actress is rare, let alone four.  It was fun to create these characters who get to laugh, cry, and play together on stage.  As a former actress, I would have killed to play one of these roles!”

Cricket Daniel

Cricket Daniel holds a theater degree from UC Santa Barbara and studied Shakespeare in Cambridge, England. She has an extensive background in improv, stand-up and theater. Cricket was a member of the national improv troupe Comedy Sportz and has performed stand-up at The Ice House and The Improv and has performed regularly in local community theatre productions. Her short play Break Dreams has been staged in New York City, Miami, Colorado Springs, Eugene, Oregon, and in Austin, TX. Her full-length play Love, Laughter & Lucci took home Best Production, Best Actress and Best Actor awards at the 2012 Golden Gravel Awards. Her full-length play Helen On Wheels was a finalist in the 2015 New Play Development Workshop through Route 66 Theatre in Chicago. Cricket is a 2012 recipient of an Arts, Beautification, and Culture Award for her contribution to local theater and is a member of The Dramatist Guild of America. She lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and daughter.

The Lost Virginity Tour will run from October 31st (preview performance) through November 24th.  Tickets for The Lost Virginity Tour are $39 and are available online at www.pigsdoflyproductions.com  or by calling 866-811-4111.  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 Pigs Do Fly Productions, please visit www.pigsdoflyproductions.com.   For more information about Ellen Wacher, please visit www.ellenwacher.com.  To arrange for interviews, or for photos, please contact Carol Kassie at carol@carolkassie.com / 561-445-9244.

Funding for this project is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.

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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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Sol Children Theatre presents LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS October 4 – 20

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Sol Children Theatre
presents

Little Shop of Horrors

 

October 4 – 20

 I’m a mean green mother from outer space and I’m BAD!!”
Audrey II – Little Shop of Horrors

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

September 16, 2019

BOCA RATON, FL:  A deviously delicious Broadway horror comedy rock sci-fi musical, Little Shop of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre-goers for over 30 years.  Sol Children Theatre will present this beloved cult classic, created by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin), from October 4th through October 20th at Sol Theatre in Boca Raton.  The production will feature a roster of talented young actors and Sol Troupe members.

Meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his coworker crush. This 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!

Sarah Elizabeth Grant

“Halloween is right around the corner, and whether it be evil clowns or alien plants, we’re all secretly craving a story that has us checking to see what is lodging in the darkness,” says Sol Producer Sara Elizabeth Grant.  “This iconic musical gives us that perfect dose of horror.  Too scary?  Don’t worry!  It’s paired with fun and unforgettable songs, giant puppets, and some remarkable comic relief!  Little Shop of Horrors is a timeless piece of theatre – enjoyable for everyone.  This wonderful cast of young theatre artists is not only bringing this show to life, but they are embracing every aspect of it.  We are also so fortunate to have Murphy Hayes voice the role of Audrey II… So between the Direction of Courtney Poston, performances from the phenomenal students of Sol Children Theatre and Murphy Hayes, plus some awesome puppets, this is one show you certainly don’t want to miss!”

Courtney Poston

Little Shop of Horrors is a heart-warming musical comedy parody of all those wonderful 1960s B-horror films,” says Director Courtney Poston. “It follows the harried lives of the residents down on Skid Row, and the lengths they’ll go to make a better life for themselves. Who hasn’t been there, am I right? Oh, and there’s a talking, man-eating plant from an alien planet! Just in time for the Halloween season, come get a little scared, laugh it off, “but whatever you do don’t feed the plants”!”

Poston’s Little Shop of Horrors cast includes Niko Zontini as Seymour, Mia Salerno as Audrey, Murphy Hayes as Audrey II, Luke Nappe as Orin, and Celia Roberts as Mrs. Mushnick.  Other cast members include Ava Cavasos, Jaclyn Cohen, Ella Rose Giner, Kylie Lawrence, Maureen Tracy, Eden Wexler, Kimmy Wilkinson, and Sofia Zontini,

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

Tickets for Little Shop of Horrors 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. Group rates are available. 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. To speak with someone involved in the production, or to arrange to attend a performance, please contact contact Carol Kassie at 561-445-9244 / carol@carolkassie.com

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Little Shop of Horrors
October 4 – 20
Book by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Based on the film by Roger Corman, screenplay by Charles Griffith
For tickets: www.solchildren.org / 561-447-8829
Direct ticketing link:  https://tinyurl.com/yalf43yt
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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