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Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 2/02/2014 SPANK! HARDER
State Theatre
The country's #1 LADIES' NIGHT OUT returns with an ALL NEW SHOW! The phenomenon of SPANK! THE FIFTY SHADES PARODY took the world by storm, delivering a night of naughty and hilarious fun to women in over 150 cities across the globe. Now, SPANK! HARDER picks up where the original left off, parodying not only Fifty Shades but also taking aim at a variety of women's pop culture. Our "author," E.B. Janet, pens her next novel and takes the audience on her newest wild adventure fantasy in the sexy, satirical style that audiences have come to love. Don't delay… buy your tickets now for the funniest show of the year. Get ready to be SPANK'd… this time HARDER.
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Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 2/02/2014Green Day's "American Idiot" in Broadway" border="0" height="100" width="100" align="right"> GREEN DAY'S "AMERICAN IDIOT"
Portland Ovations
Based on Green Day's Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, American Idiot boldly takes the American musical where it's never gone before. This Tony Award-winning smash-hit musical tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their quest for true meaning in a post 9/11 world leads them on an exhilarating theatrical journey. Featuring the hits "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "21 Guns," "Wake Me Up When September Ends," "Holiday," and the blockbuster title track, American Idiot is an experience Charles Isherwood of The New York Times declared, "thrilling, emotionally charged, and as moving as any Broadway musical I've seen…"
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Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 2/02/2014 GARNET ROGERS
One Longfellow Square
Garnet Rogers has established himself as "One of the major talents of our time". Hailed by the Boston Globe as a "charismatic performer and singer", Garnet is a man with a powerful physical presence - close to six and a half feet tall - with a voice to match. With his "smooth, dark baritone" (The Washington Post) his incredible range, and thoughtful, dramatic phrasing, Garnet is widely considered by fans and critics alike to be one of the finest singers anywhere. His music, like the man himself, is literate, passionate, highly sensitive, and deeply purposeful. Cinematic in detail, his songs "give expression to the unspoken vocabulary of the heart" (Kitchener Waterloo Record). An optimist at heart, Garnet sings extraordinary songs about people who are not obvious heroes and of the small victories of the everyday. As memorable as his songs, his over-the-top humour and lightning-quick wit moves his audience from tears to laughter and back again
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Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 2/02/2014Benjamin Grosvenor in Broadway" border="0" height="100" width="100" align="right"> BENJAMIN GROSVENOR
Portland Ovations
rguably one of the most thrilling pianists on the cusp of a major international career performing today, Benjamin Grosvenor is recognized for his electrifying performances and penetrating interpretations. An exquisite technique and ingenious flair for tonal color are the hallmarks which make him one of the most sought-after young pianists in the world. At 19, he performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra on their first night of the 2011 BBC Proms to a sold-out Royal Albert Hall. That same year the Daily Telegraph named him one of its "Top 10 Britons of the year." His Portland program will include Schubert (Opus 90, No. 3), Schumann (Opus 20), and Valses of Ravel (Nobles et sentimetales) and Gounod/Liszt (Faust). Program: Mendelssohn: Andante & Rondo capriccioso Op. 14 Schubert: Impromptu in G-flat Major, Op. 90, No. 3 Schumann: Humoreske, Op.20 - intermission - Mompou: possibly Paisajas (tbc) Medtner: 2 Fairy Tales Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales Gounod/Liszt: Valse de Faust
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Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 2/02/2014 BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON creators Michael Friedman and Alex Timbers cook up an alternate universe (and draw parallels to today's political/populist landscape) with their musical about the seventh U.S. president, reinvented as an "emo" rock star. BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON tells the story of America's first political maverick. A.J. kicked British butt, shafted the Indians and smacked down the Spaniards all in the name of these United States--who cares if he didn't have permission?An exhilarating and white-knuckled look at one of our nation's founding rock stars, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON recreates and reinvents the life of "Old Hickory," from his humble beginnings on the Tennessee frontier to his days as Commander-in-Chief. It also asks the question, is wanting to have a beer with someone reason enough to elect him? What if he's really, really hot?This wildly entertaining 90-minute show is perfect for comedic actors and singers, with minimal dancing required. BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON is an actor driven rather than design-dependent musical; it encourages breaking the fourth wall, audience participation, and rocking out!
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Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 2/02/2014 THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser.THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is a hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show's Tony Award winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.
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Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 2/02/2014 COMPAGNIE KÄFIG
Portland Ovations
France's Compagnie Kafig delivers explosive dance that intertwines street hip-hop, martial arts and contemporary technique into electrifying performance. Choreographer Mourad Merzouki, who is at the forefront of the international hip-hop dance scene and who trained in circus skills and martial arts, leads 11 male street dancers from Brazil's favelas in two thrilling dances that highlight the young Brazilians' astonishing acrobatic skills and dazzling virtuosity. Set to samba and bossa nova music, it's an evening bursting with fun, sensuality and vitality - a joyous celebration of life and dance.
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Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 2/02/2014 THE FANTASTICKS
New Surry Theatre
"Try to Remember" and "Soon It's Gonna Rain" are two of the most beloved songs in American musical theater and they join many other memorable moments in "The Fantasticks" which will open NST's 42nd Season beginning January 31st. Don't miss our production of Broadway's longest-running musical, an enchanting story that explores the difference between romantic and mature love.
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Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 2/02/2014 ONE BLUE TARP
The Bangor Opera House
The ubiquitous blue tarp provides the backdrop for this comic play about a Maine native defending his right to do as he's always done and a woman "from away" who wants to change things and knows just how to do it. This lighthearted examination of home, place, progress, and the way life "should" be was first written and developed for PTC's 2010 Northern Writes New Play Festival; named Best Play for the State of Maine in the 2013 Clauder New England Playwright Competition. WORLD PREMIER!
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Now Playing Onstage in Maine - Week of 2/02/2014Ira Gershwin and the Great American Songbook in Broadway" border="0" height="100" width="100" align="right"> WORDS BY: IRA GERSHWIN AND THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK
Portland Stage
A light-hearted play with music showcasing the life and lyrics of the legendary American librettist Ira Gershwin. From his early days writing comic tunes to Broadway and Hollywood stardom, two singers help Ira tell his story through his own words to music by Jerome Kern, Kurt Weill, and of course, his brother and favorite collaborator, George.
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Penobscot Theatre
Bangor Opera House:Travis Baker; dir: Dan Burson.
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