Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 8/10/2014

August 10
10:00 AM 2014
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The Jungle Book in Broadway THE JUNGLE BOOK
Sam Bass Community Theatre
Set on a children's playground, Jungalbook tells the classic story of Mowgli, the child who is raised by wolves. He is befriended by Baloo the bear and kept under the watchful eye of Bagheera, the lone panther. Winner of the 1991 Distinguished Play Award.
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ZACH Theatre
The Who's TommyDes McAnuff, Pete Townshend; lyrics: John Entwistle, Keith Moon, Pete Townshend; music: John Entwistle, Keith Moon, Pete Townshend; dir: Dave Steakley.
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Salvage Vanguard Theater
BRIGHT NOW BEYONDDaniel Alexander Jones; music: Bobby Halvorson.
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We Play Chekhov: The Black Monk and The Beyonce in Broadway WE PLAY CHEKHOV: THE BLACK MONK AND THE BEYONCE
Breaking String Theater (at the Rollins Studio Theatre)
Breaking String's We Play Chekhov includes two of Chekhov's masterful short stories adapted for the stage, presented as a double-bill in what will be the perfect summer night out for any theater-goer. The Black Monk (adapted by Kama Ginkas and translated by John Freedman) depicts Andrei Kovrin - a writer who is visited by an apparition in the form of a monk, dressed in black. The monk bears a tantalizing message: Kovrin's art flows directly from God. But when loved ones suspect a mental illness, this joyful chapter in Kovrin's life becomes a terrifying encounter with madness, megalomania and the mystery of artistic creation. The second half of our double-bill features the world premiere of playwright Eliza Bent's adaptation of Chekhov's final story, The Fiancee. In Bent's The Beyonce, a young woman's engagement to a wealthy young man leaves much to be desired. Nadia's search for authentic love and purpose in a small town set her at odds with the community, and she faces the challenge of finding her own destiny in the world. Bent re-imagines Chekhov's wrenching story of love and self-discovery in a voice that is absolutely fresh, unique, and resonant with Chekhov's delicate humor. Directed by Graham Schmidt with assistant director Bob Jones and featuring performances by noted artists Matt Radford, Ev Lunning, Jr, Noel Gaulin, Kathleen Taylor, Katherine Catmull, Lana Dieterich, and Judd Farris, with design by Ia Enstera (scenic), Pam Fletcher Friday (costumes), Steven Shirey (lights), and Buzz Moran (sound).
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Dougherty Arts Center
The musical that began it all for the composer who brought us WICKED and PIPPIN! This wonderful telling of the story of Jesus is filled with memorable music and delightful stories. Directed by Barbara Schuler, with music direction by David Blackburn and Choreography by Sara Burke
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Urinetown: The Musical in Broadway URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL
The City Theatre Company
One of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years, Urinetown is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom! Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, it catapults the "comedic romp" into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit, and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.
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