Now Playing Onstage in Dayton - Week of 4/06/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Dayton - Week of 4/06/2014 MEMPHIS
Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center
4/8-4/13/2014
Turn up that dial! From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, MEMPHIS is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves - filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock 'n' roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, MEMPHIS features a Tony®-winning book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change) and a Tony®-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan.
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Now Playing Onstage in Dayton - Week of 4/06/2014 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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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 4/06/2014 MOZART & THE ROMANTICS
Dayton Masonic Center
4/13-4/13/2014
It's probably been played almost as many times as there have been weddings. Because it's usually used to accompany the newly married couple as they walk away from the altar and out of the church, it's hard to imagine today that Mendelssohn wrote this piece as an overture for a play. Actually, he wrote it twice; the first time (Op. 21) was in 1826 as an overture for Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream (the music played in this concert). Sixteen years later, knowing a good thing when he heard it, he made the romantic overture-with the musical sound effects of fairy feet and the braying of an ass-part of some incidental music he wrote for a later production of the play. Baseball player Dizzy Dean used to say, "If you can do it, it ain't braggin'." And Richard Strauss could play a horn. His father, an accomplished principal horn for the Munich Court Orchestra, provided the motivation and the genes, and young Richard spent countless hours practicing and learning to play the instrument. He knew as well how to incorporate the horn effectively into his compositions. His Horn Concerto No. 1 is moderate in its harmony, but unabashed, vital, and recklessly extravagant in its melody. DPO Principal Horn Aaron Brant will perform the Strauss Horn Concerto. Mozart composed his final and longest symphony, the Symphony No. 41 (dubbed "Jupiter" by an impresario of the era), less than three years before his death. His furious production of compositions during the summer of 1788 might lead one to believe that Mozart had some premonition of his pending fate; he wrote Symphonies No. 39 and 40, respectively, in the two months preceding his composition of No. 41. However, his haste did not result in waste. Nineteenth-century English music writer Sir George Grove, the founding editor of Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians, wrote of Mozart's Jupiter, "It is the greatest orchestral work of the world which preceded the French Revolution." Symphony Sundaes is a unique concert concept. Featuring an entirely different and more intimate feel, Symphony Sundaes concerts are a shorter, more manageable presentation of family-friendly classics with no intermission; instead there's a relaxed ice-cream social after the concert sponsored by Graeter's, where you can meet and greet DPO musicians. Concerts are performed in the elegant Scottish Rite Cathedral at the Dayton Masonic Center. Free parking, too!
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Now Playing Onstage in Dayton - Week of 4/06/2014 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 4/06/2014 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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