Now Playing Onstage in Dayton - Week of 3/23/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Dayton - Week of 3/23/2014 MOZART'S LEGACY
Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center
3/28-3/29/2014
A 22-year-old Mozart composed his Symphony No. 31, better known as the Paris Symphony, in 1778. Do the math: that's an average of 1.4 symphonies composed each year (and we know he probably didn't write too much when he was in diapers). And yet with 30 symphonies to his credit, Mozart was looking for work in Paris and wrote his 31st because no one would hire him and he had some time on his hands! Three things about this symphony stand out: it had no Minuet, as did other symphonies of that period; Mozart scored it for many instruments (also unusual for the period); and it was the first of his symphonies to use clarinets. Considering that no one was paying him, he could write whatever he wanted, couldn't he? When he was only 17, Mozart wrote his Violin Concerto No. 1. Employing a more-or-less standard structure with fast-then-slow-then-fast tempos, this entertaining concerto is crammed with illustrious short sections that show off the musicians' skills. DPO Concertmaster Jessica Hung will perform the violin concerto. Mozart was Richard Strauss's favorite composer. Perhaps Strauss had Mozart's personality in mind when he composed Don Quixote for cello, viola, and large orchestra in 1897. Based on Miguel de Cervantes's book Don Quixote de la Mancha, the score is a form of instrumental opera in that instruments take the part of the story's major characters: Don Quixote is portrayed by a solo cello, and his not-so-trusty sidekick Sancho Panza is portrayed by a solo viola, a tenor tuba, and a bass clarinet. Although there is no narrator, the piece foreshadows by almost 40 years Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf in its use of musical instruments as actors. DPO Principal Cello Andra Lunde Padrichelli and DPO Principal Viola Sheridan Currie will perform Don Quixote.
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Now Playing Onstage in Dayton - Week of 3/23/2014 GIRLS NIGHT: THE MUSICAL
Victoria Theatre
3/29-3/29/2014
GIRLS NIGHT: THE MUSICAL has been thrilling audiences and earning raves from critics throughout North America since it began touring after its sensational Off-Broadway debut. This touching and hilarious "tell-it-like-it-is" musical takes audiences on a journey into the lives of a group of female friends. Audience members can't help but laugh, cry and even sing and dance in the aisles to some the most popular hit songs of the 80s and 90s! Follow five friends as they re-live their past, celebrate their present, and look to the future on a wild and hilarious night out … and you'll recognize a bit of yourselves in each one of them! It is described as "'Desperate Housewives' meets Mamma Mia" (Applause Magazine) and "As funny and outrageous as 'Sex & the City!'" (The Advocate). GIRLS NIGHT is packed with hits "Lady Marmalade," "It's Raining Men," "Man I Feel Like A Woman," "I Will Survive," "We are Family" and many more!
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Now Playing Onstage in Dayton - Week of 3/23/2014 HARVEY
Pickerington Community Theatre
3/21-3/30/2014
When Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit, to guests at a society party, his sister, Veta, has seen as much of his eccentric behavior as she can tolerate. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter, Myrtle Mae, and their family from future embarrassment. Problems arise, however, when Veta herself is mistakenly assumed to be on the verge of lunacy when she explains to doctors that years of living with Elwood's hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also! The doctors commit Veta instead of Elwood, but when the truth comes out, the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion. When he shows up at the sanitarium looking for his lost friend Harvey, it seems that the mild-mannered Elwood's delusion has had a strange influence on more than one of the doctors. Only at the end does Veta realize that maybe Harvey isn't so bad after all.
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Now Playing Onstage in Dayton - Week of 3/23/2014 BUGS!
Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center
3/30-3/30/2014
For this concert, the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Dayton Ballet II will join forces and go downright, well, buggy. (If at any during the reading of this program description you feel like scratching, go right ahead. After all, it is about bugs…) Or is it? These aren't merely insects. These bugs have been described as "insects with attitude." Imagine gnats dressed like the Three Musketeers, brandishing swords and wearing hats decorated with big feathers! Or a flea called Ralph, who gets a speech impediment when he tries to eat a giraffe! Or a grasshopper who chews tobacco! Or beetles who try to sail a boat made from a tennis shoe! Cartoonist Rob Shepperson, who illustrated David L. Harrison's book Bugs, is a friend of DPO Assistant Conductor Patrick Reynolds, so don't be surprised if some of the pictures of these cute bugs show up on a screen above the orchestra. This performance will feature the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and Dayton Ballet II dancers costumed as bugs will perform choreography by Dayton Ballet's Artistic Director, Karen Russo Burke. There will also be a special surprise guest artist narrating poems from the book over musical scores reflecting themes about insects by such composers as Aaron Copland, Robert Sierra, Edvard Grieg, and Johann Strauss II, making this concert unique on so many levels. Bring the entire family!
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Now Playing Onstage in Dayton - Week of 3/23/2014 CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS (UNIV OF DAYTON)
Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center
4/1-4/1/2014
University of Dayton's performing arts groups take the Schuster Center stage for an evening to inspire. UD students will perform a series of musical, dance and theatre selections. And individual student artwork and large-scale collaborative installations will be on display before and after the show in the Wintergarden.
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Now Playing Onstage in Dayton - Week of 3/23/2014 LES MISERABLES
Wright State University - Festival Playhouse
3/20-4/6/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Dayton - Week of 3/23/2014 OTHER DESERT CITIES
The Human Race Theatre Company
3/28-4/13/2014
The Wyeth family's Palm Springs Christmas reunion is already a tense affair between conservative parents Lyman and Polly, former GOP celebrities, their two grown children and Polly's liberal alcoholic sister, Silda. Any sense of peace vanishes completely when daughter Brooke, a once promising novelist, announces she is about to publish a tell-all memoir that threatens to tarnish her prominent family's past and reopen old wounds. As Brooke confesses her true motivations behind the book, she learns the real history is more shocking than she ever knew.
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OTHER DESERT CITIES
The Human Race Theatre Co
3/27-4/13/2014
The Loft Theatre:Jon Robin Baitz; dir: Margarett Perry.
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Now Playing Onstage in Dayton - Week of 3/23/2014 OTHER DESERT CITIES
The Loft Theatre
3/27-4/13/2014
The Wyeth family's Palm Springs Christmas reunion is already a tense affair between conservative parents Lyman and Polly, former GOP celebrities, their two grown children and Polly's liberal alcoholic sister, Silda. Any sense of peace vanishes completely when daughter Brooke, a once- promising novelist, announces she is about to publish a tell-all memoir that threatens to tarnish her prominent family's past and reopen old wounds. As Brooke confesses her true motivations behind the book, she learns the real history is more shocking than she ever knew.
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Now Playing Onstage in Dayton - Week of 3/23/2014 MENOPAUSE, THE MUSICAL
La Comedia Dinner Theatre
3/6-5/4/2014
Menopause, The Musical debuted March 28, 2001 in Orlando, Florida, in a 76-seat theatre that once housed a perfume shop.
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