Now Playing Onstage in Albuquerque - Week of 7/06/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Albuquerque - Week of 7/06/2014 SHAKESPEARE ON THE PLAZA
The Vortex Theatre
6/20-7/13/2014
The Vortex Theatre and the City of Albuquerque (Cultural Services Division) are partnering to produce Shakespeare outdoors in the summer of 2014. Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream will be performed by a single company of actors over a four week period, June 20-July 13. The productions will be in Albuquerque's Civic Plaza, where the large covered stage will be remade into an intimate space, a perfect place to experience Shakespeare's incomparable love poetry on a summer night. The directors are Billy Trabaudo (Romeo and Juliet), a young director with an ear for the music of young love, and Salome Martinez Lutz (A Midsummer Night's Dream), well-known for producing modern and classic Hispanic drama as well as zarzuela. They promise to bring fresh visions to these popular classics. The new project will be "repertory theatre" in several senses. The actors will work in a repertory company, everyone appearing in both plays. And the repertory will "revolve" with Romeo opening first, followed by Dream, and on into alternating nights. But it is also intended to be an Albuquerque Shakespeare festival, one with popular prices, a diverse acting company, and localized, relevant productions that bring Shakespeare right into "the Plaza" of Albuquerque and New Mexico. Look for Shakespeare as you've rarely seen him in New Mexico!
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Now Playing Onstage in Albuquerque - Week of 7/06/2014 LES MISERABLES
TAOS ACADEMY
7/4-7/19/2014
This international smash-hit may be the most popular musical in the world. In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter. His world-view shattered, Javert commits suicide, and Valjean at last attains the peace he has sought for so long.Epic, grand and uplifting, LES MISÉRABLES packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world. The sung-through pop opera is ideal for a cast of exceptional singers and overflows with melodies that are already standards. A spectacle on Broadway and in London, LES MISÉRABLES is equally effective with a minimal set; it is its powerful affirmation of the human spirit that has made LES MISÉRABLES a popular masterpiece.
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Now Playing Onstage in Albuquerque - Week of 7/06/2014 THE SOUND OF MUSIC
LANDMARK MUSICALS
7/12-7/27/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Albuquerque - Week of 7/06/2014 FOOTLOOSE
Sandstone Productions
6/19-8/2/2014
One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.Music by Tom Snow; Lyrics by Dean Pitchford; Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie; Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford; Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman
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Now Playing Onstage in Albuquerque - Week of 7/06/2014 TITANIC THE MUSICAL
MTS Black Box Theatre
7/11-8/3/2014
The sinking of the TITANIC in the early hours of April 15, 1912, remains the quintessential disaster of this century. A total of 1,517 souls-men, women and children-lost their lives (only 711 survived). The fact that the finest, largest, strongest ship in the world-called, in fact, the "unsinkable" ship-should have been lost during its maiden voyage is so incredible that, had it not actually happened, no author would have dared to contrive it. But the catastrophe had social ramifications that went far beyond that night's events. For the first time since the beginning of the industrial revolution early in the 19th Century, bigger, faster and stronger did not prove automatically to be better. Suddenly the very essence of "progress" had to be questioned; might the advancement of technology not always be progress? Nor was this the only question arising from the disaster. The accommodations of the ship, divided into 1st, 2nd and 3rd Classes, mirrored almost exactly the class structure (upper, middle and lower) of the English-speaking world. But when the wide discrepancy between the number of survivors from each of the ship's classes was revealed-all but two of the women in 1st Class were saved while 155 women and children from 2nd and 3rd (mostly 3rd) drowned-there was a new, long-overdue scrutiny of the prevailing social system and its values. It is not an exaggeration to state that the 19th Century, with its social stricture, its extravagant codes of honor and sacrifice, and its unswerving belief that God favored the rich, ended that night. The musical play TITANIC examines the causes, the conditions and the characters involved in this ever-fascinating drama. This is the factual story of that ship-of her officers, crew and passengers, to be sure-but she will not, as has happened so many times before, serve as merely the background against which fictional, melodramatic narratives are recounted. The central character of our TITANIC is the TITANIC herself.
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Now Playing Onstage in Albuquerque - Week of 7/06/2014 TITANIC THE MUSICAL
MTS Center for Theater Black Box
7/11-8/3/2014
The sinking of the TITANIC in the early hours of April 15, 1912, remains the quintessential disaster of this century. A total of 1,517 souls-men, women and children-lost their lives (only 711 survived). The fact that the finest, largest, strongest ship in the world-called, in fact, the "unsinkable" ship-should have been lost during its maiden voyage is so incredible that, had it not actually happened, no author would have dared to contrive it. But the catastrophe had social ramifications that went far beyond that night's events. For the first time since the beginning of the industrial revolution early in the 19th Century, bigger, faster and stronger did not prove automatically to be better. Suddenly the very essence of "progress" had to be questioned; might the advancement of technology not always be progress? Nor was this the only question arising from the disaster. The accommodations of the ship, divided into 1st, 2nd and 3rd Classes, mirrored almost exactly the class structure (upper, middle and lower) of the English-speaking world. But when the wide discrepancy between the number of survivors from each of the ship's classes was revealed-all but two of the women in 1st Class were saved while 155 women and children from 2nd and 3rd (mostly 3rd) drowned-there was a new, long-overdue scrutiny of the prevailing social system and its values. It is not an exaggeration to state that the 19th Century, with its social stricture, its extravagant codes of honor and sacrifice, and its unswerving belief that God favored the rich, ended that night. The musical play TITANIC examines the causes, the conditions and the characters involved in this ever-fascinating drama. This is the factual story of that ship-of her officers, crew and passengers, to be sure-but she will not, as has happened so many times before, serve as merely the background against which fictional, melodramatic narratives are recounted. The central character of our TITANIC is the TITANIC herself.
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