Now Playing Onstage in Birmingham - Week of 6/01/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Birmingham - Week of 6/01/2014 ANNIE JR
LITTLE AGGIES THEATRE
5/30-6/7/2014
Leapin' Lizards! The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world's best-loved musicals. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan ANNIE charms everyone's hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, ANNIE escapes to the wondrous and magical world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, ANNIE foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations and befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.ANNIE JR. is ideal for productions involving different grade levels, or for middle schools where students may be maturing at different rates. The cast size and age range of the parts are flexible and the bright, tuneful score is easy to sing and filled with familiar numbers.
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Now Playing Onstage in Birmingham - Week of 6/01/2014 LES MISERABLES
JOE JEFFERSON PLAYERS
5/30-6/15/2014
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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MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
Joe Jefferson Players
5/30-6/15/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Birmingham - Week of 6/01/2014 TICK TICK BOOM!
DANE PETERSONS THEATRE SERIES
6/5-6/15/2014
A musical look at the courage it takes to follow your dreams,TICK, TICK...BOOM! is JonathanLarson's autobiographical tale of a young composer on the brink of turning 30and falling into oblivion. Containing fourteen songs, tencharacters, three actors, and a band, TICK, TICK...BOOM! takes you on the playwright/composer's journey thatledto the Broadway blockbuster, RENT.His girlfriend wants to get married and move out of the city, his best friend is making big bucks on Madison Avenue, and yet Jon is still waiting on tables and trying to write the great American musical. Set in 1990, this compelling story of personal discovery is presented as a rock musical filled with instantly appealing melodies and a unique blend of musical theatre styles.Everyone will love this youthful, endearing, and thoughtful piece, and will surely embrace the universal ideal of holding onto your dreams through life's most difficult challenges. The musical's three-person cast showcases strong pop/rock singers and allows performers to make creative character choices.
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ALL SHOOK UP
University of Alabama Dept. of Theatre & Dance
6/4-7/4/2014

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