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Capra classic "It's a Wonderful Life" jumps from screen to stage

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.

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Pulling the strings: Behind the scenes with "The Lion King" puppets

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."

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Florentine's "Flying Dutchman" is a chance to hear opera at its very best

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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The Stooges Brass Band bring their bright beat to the Marcus Center

Published Aug. 2, 2014

The Stooges Brass Band have a fun, light-hearted name that fits their reputation for fun, energetic and entertaining live shows. Don't be completely fooled by the name, though; when it comes to being the best, the New Orleans-based brass band means business, so much so that they've built up a little bit of a history of controversy over the years.

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