The World Awaits | 2016-2017
By Richard Schultz, October 2016 Issue.
The new arts season has something for everyone as local arts centers strive to bring an assortment of entertainment appealing to both very broad tastes and very distinctive niches. Above all, nothing beats the excitement of a live show!
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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
Before she was Carole King the superstar, she was Carole King the teenage songwriter. Her music would become the soundtrack to a generation. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her 20s she had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband, Gerry Goffin, her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.
More than 60 million people around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show. Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek-island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The storytelling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship – and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives.
This Broadway musical tells the fascinating story of how Peter became Pan. Based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name. This breathtaking show follows playwright J.M. Barrie as he summons the courage to become the writer – and the man – he yearns to be. Barrie finds the inspiration he’s been missing when he meets the beautiful widow Sylvia and her four young sons, Jack, George, Michael and Peter. Delighted by the boys’ hilarious escapades, Barrie conjures the magical world of Neverland and writes a play unlike any the high-society London theatergoers have ever seen. It’s a tremendous risk, but as Barrie himself has discovered, “when you believe, you can fly.”
An American in Paris
Hoping to start a new life, World War II veteran Jerry Mulligan chooses newly liberated Paris as the place to make a name for himself as a painter. But Jerry’s life becomes complicated when he meets Lise, a young Parisian shop girl with her own secret, and realizes he is not her only suitor. This Tony Award-winning musical was inspired by the 1951 Academy Award-winning film and includes the Gershwin songs “I Got Rhythm,” “‘S Wonderful,” “But Not for Me,” “Stairway to Paradise” as well as orchestral music including “Concerto in F,” “The Cuban Overture” and “An American In Paris.”