Now Playing Onstage in Dayton - Week of 5/11/2014

May 11
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An Inspector Calls in Broadway AN INSPECTOR CALLS
Dayton Theatre Guild
This classic suspense play, set in1912 England, has a timeless quality which is why it is currently enjoying revivals throughout the English-speaking world. It starts with a family celebrating their daughter's betrothal only to be interrupted by a Police Inspector who establishes through questioning that each of them played a part in a young, poor woman's death. As they each realize their part - some more, some less - they are unprepared (as are we) for a very surprising ending.
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<a href=Mark Lowry in Broadway" border="0" bheight="100" width="100" align="right"> MARK LOWRY
Victoria Theatre
Mark Lowry is known and loved around the world as a trusted voice in the realm of gospel music and beyond. He started making music at age 11 and now, more than four decades later, his legacy is forever sealed as an innately entertaining communicator who can, at once, make audiences laugh, cry, and think. Mark is a singer, storyteller, humorist, author and songwriter, whose lyric to "Mary Did You Know?" resulted in one of the most loved modern Christmas songs of this century. This captivating song, which he co-wrote with Buddy Greene, has been recorded more than 400 times by artists from every genre including: Reba McEntire, Cee Lo Green, Clay Aiken, Michael English, Kenny Rogers, Wynonna Judd, The Gaither Vocal Band, and a long list of others. Mark has spent more than 20 collective years as the baritone singer for the Grammy-award-winning Gaither Vocal Band and serves as the sidesplitting comedic sidekick for Bill Gaither through live concert tours and the best-selling Gaither Homecoming video series and television airings (now more than 150 volumes strong). A deep thinker and student of theology with an outrageous sense of humor (for which he often credits his diagnosis with Attention Deficit Disorder), Mark's life work includes a long list of recordings and DVDs reflecting a wide range of influences, including: Mark Lowry On Broadway, Mark Lowry Goes To Hollywood, Life Gets Loud, I Love To Tell the Story (his first all-hymns recording), Unplugged and Unplanned, Whatcha Need, and most recently, Unforgettable Classics. In spite of the broad range of musical inspiration found in Mark's discography, there is one element that never changes: his gift for communicating profound truths through music and storytelling that keeps audiences of all ages on the edge of their seats. Mark maintains a full schedule of solo concerts, as well as Gaither Vocal Band tour dates and performances at Women of Faith Conferences across North America.
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Beethoven's Great Ninth in Broadway BEETHOVEN'S GREAT NINTH
Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center
Since the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra performed his first major orchestral composition, Jubilo, at Carnegie Hall in 1987, Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra's works have been a repertoire mainstay for many classical orchestras. For a 1991 concert that featured Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Sierra-a professor of composition at Cornell University-wrote A Joyous Overture, using music from the Beethoven symphony for inspiration and similar orchestration. Influenced by the music of Stravinsky, Bartok, and Ives, New Jersey native and composer Michael Schelle (pronounced "Shelley") played keyboards in various regional rock bands and also fell under the influence of Frank Zappa and John Cage. This stylistic duality pervades his composition Swashbuckler!, which Schelle himself characterizes as "action-packed." In a posting on his Facebook page, he wrote, "The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra has programmed my action-packed SWASHBUCKLER (1984) ... Take THAT, Hans Zimmer, this is way pre-Hans Zimmer pirate music ... Rrrrrrrr." (For this concert, Schuster Center ushers will check your swords at the door…) Before 1824, no composer had ever used voices in a symphony. It is ironic that the first composer to do so could not hear the effect; he was almost totally deaf. But Ludwig van Beethoven had refused to let his physical impairment keep him from composing eight previous symphonies as part of an immense body of work. So, on May 7, 1824 in the Theater am Karntnertor in Vienna, he sat in front of an orchestra, four vocal soloists, and a chorus-his first appearance on any stage in 12 years-and conducted a masterpiece. The music was his; the words came from Friedrich Schiller's 1785 poem "Ode to Joy" with some additions from Beethoven himself. On the stage with Beethoven, Michael Umlauf, the theatre's Kapellmeister, told the singers and musicians to ignore Beethoven, who gave the tempos for each movement, turned the pages of his score, beat time for the orchestra…and stood to see the audience applauding through five ovations.
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Oklahoma in Broadway OKLAHOMA
Dayton Playhouse
The last leg of our Wild Ride takes us to the Oklahoma Territory in 1906. This nostalgic musical tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams and a secondary romance between cowboy Will Parker and his flirtatious fiancee, Ado Annie. Memorable songs include: Kansas City, I Can't Say No and People Will Say We're in Love. Oklahoma's latest revival in 2002 received seven Tony Awards. This time-honored musical was Rodgers & Hammerstein's first collaboration.
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Celtic Woman: The Emerald Tour in Broadway CELTIC WOMAN: THE EMERALD TOUR
Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center
Global music phenomenon, CELTIC WOMAN, announces THE EMERALD TOUR, coming to the Schuster Center on May 18. The all-new stage production will celebrate Ireland and the Emerald Isles' spellbinding Celtic heritage through an extraordinary presentation of traditional Irish anthems, pop standards and original music by Emmy®-nominated music producer, David Downes. THE EMERALD TOUR will showcase inspiring performances of timeless music with the unforgettable, angelic voices of CELTIC WOMAN.
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Beauty and the Beast in Broadway BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center
The romantic Broadway musical for all generations, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the smash hit Broadway musical, is returning to Dayton! Based on the Academy Award®-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including "Be Our Guest" and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Schuster Center!
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All Shook Up in Broadway ALL SHOOK UP
La Comedia Dinner Theatre
All Shook Up is a 2004 American jukebox musical with Elvis Presley music and with a book by Joe DiPietro. The story is based on William Shakespeare's 1602 play Twelfth Night.
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