Results tagged with 'marcus center for the performing arts'
Published Feb. 16, 2015
The fan favorite jukebox musical "Mamma Mia!" - arriving at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts on Friday for a five-show weekend stint - tells the tale of love found and thriving in the midst of the Mediterranean, all to the tune of ABBA hits. For ensemble cast members Jennifer and Vince Wingerter, it's a story that rings true in real life.
Published Jan. 3, 2015
It may be a dream for dance captain Bradley Allan Zarr to take on Kathleen Marshall's Tony-winning choreography for "Anything Goes" - coming to the Marcus Center on Tuesday, Jan. 6 - but the first act finale is a verified monster: an extended 12-minute tap attack to the tune of Cole Porter's titular song.
Published Dec. 16, 2014
The story behind "It's a Wonderful Life" is now almost as well-known as the story of George Bailey himself. The movie performed below expectations back in 1946, but several decades later, as the movie made its way into the public domain, "It's a Wonderful Life" grew into a holiday classic. Now there's many renditions of the story, including a staged radio show version - complete with old school sound effects - coming to the Marcus Center.
Published Nov. 5, 2014
"The Lion King" is one of the Broadway's grandest spectacles. The inner workings of that spectacle are right there for the audience to see on stage, with the puppetry, the costumes and the actors all seamlessly coming together in plain sight to bring non-human characters to life. Original "Lion King" director and theater icon Julie Taymor called the visible mix of on stage performance work and behind the scenes technician work "the double event."
Published Oct. 20, 2014
It was just a rehearsal - no costumes, no set, no orchestra, no chorus, no plush seats, no lights on stage. As a matter of fact, there was no stage at all, just a piano. And the whole thing was in German. In spite of all of those things that weren't there, the thing that was there was a fascinating story and some amazing voices that told the story with such romance and strength that I followed the whole thing from my folding chair.
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A preamble of simple drums, and then a tempest of harmonica and guitar, the symbiotic force filling the arena and the ears of all eager listeners. This is the epic beginning of the blues song "When the Levee Breaks," the last track on Zeppelin's fourth album (1971). This is the epic ope...
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