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Now Playing Onstage in Charlotte - Week of 7/13/2014 A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING
Lees-McRae College
7/16-7/20/2014
Taste and imagination, the two key ingredients for a first-rate revue, abound in this fresh take on the Rodgers & Hammerstein canon conceived by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie. Over three decades after the duo's final collaboration, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, took the Great White Way by storm, it was in fact this new R&H musical that opened the 1994 Broadway season with flair and distinction, garnering wildly enthusiastic notices as well as earning two Tony nominations, including Best Musical. Here at R&H, our founding fathers probably never imagined 'Shall We Dance?' as a comic pas de deux for a towering beauty and her diminutive admirer, nor did they suspect that one day a lovelorn young lad might pose the musical question, 'How do you solve a problem like Maria?' But that's precisely the kind of invention lavished upon this new revue, with innovative musical arrangements including a sultry Andrews Sisters-esque 'I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-a My Hair,' a swingin' 'Honeybun' worthy of the Modernaires, and a jazzy 'Kansas City' which leaves no question about how terrifically up to date the remarkable songs of R&H remain.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Music Arrangements by Fred Wells; Conceived By Walter Bobbie
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Now Playing Onstage in Charlotte - Week of 7/13/2014 PORGY AND BESS
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Belk Theater
7/15-7/20/2014
See what Time Magazine exclaims is, "A don't miss theatre event! The #1 Broadway musical of the year." Winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS is hitting the road in a stunning and stirring new staging, including such legendary songs as "Summertime," "It Ain't Necessarily So," and "I Got Plenty of Nothing." The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS features one of Broadway's most accomplished creative teams, led by Tony-nominated director DIANE PAULUS (Hair), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright SUZAN-LORI PARKS (Topdog/Underdog), and two-time Obie Award-winning composer DIEDRE L. MURRAY (Running Man), bringing George and Ira Gershwin's legendary masterwork to the Broadway stage for the first time in more than 35 years. Praised by the New Yorker as, "A great achievement!"and hailed by the Associated Press as, "a Gorgeous version of the Gershwin masterpiece," the classic story of The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS is set in Charleston's fabled Catfish Row, where the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the courageous Porgy. Threatened by her formidable former lover Crown, and the seductive enticements of the colorful troublemaker Sporting Life, Porgy and Bess' relationship evolves into a deep romance that triumphs as one of theater's most exhilarating love stories.
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Now Playing Onstage in Charlotte - Week of 7/13/2014 SOUTH PACIFIC: IN CONCERT
Asheville Lyric Opera
7/18-7/20/2014
Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile's proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he's fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission that claims Joe's life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices. This concert adaptation was created by David Ives for the Carnegie Hall benefit concert of SOUTHPACIFIC in 2006.
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Now Playing Onstage in Charlotte - Week of 7/13/2014 THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS
North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center [Belk Theater]
7/15-7/20/2014
The classic story by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorthy Heyward and Ira Gershwin is set in Charlestoni¿½s fabled Catfish Row, where the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the crippled but courageous Porgy. Threatened by her formidable former lover Crown, and the seductive enticements of the colorful troublemaker Sporting Life, Porgy and Bessi¿½ relationship evolves into a deep romance that triumphs as one of theateri¿½s most exhilarating love stories.
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Now Playing Onstage in Charlotte - Week of 7/13/2014 NEXT FALL
Lee Street theatre
7/17-7/26/2014
Geoffrey Nauffts' NEXT FALL takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. While the play's central story focuses on the five-year relationship between Adam and Luke, NEXT FALL goes beyond a typical love story. This timely and compelling new American play forces us all to examine what it means to "believe" and what it might cost us not to.
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Actor's Theatre of Charlotte
7/17-8/9/2014
Dream A Little DreamDenny Doherty, Paul Ledoux; dir: Tod A. Kubo.
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HOW I BECAME A PIRATE
Lost Colony
6/17-8/13/2014

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