Now Playing Onstage in Norfolk - Week of 2/16/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Norfolk - Week of 2/16/2014 DINOSAUR TRAIN LIVE!
Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
Dinosaur Train - Live! will bring the beloved stars of the hit PBS series. From giant King to teeny Tiny, our friends will be brought to life in an exciting, original, musical story created just for the stage where the audience is always a part of the action. Utilizing lush projected backgrounds and vistas, magical special effects that fill the theatre, a full sized replica of the Dinosaur Train, unique hybrid puppeteer costume characters and an engaging live host, our Dinosaur pals and their adventures will truly seem larger than life.
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Now Playing Onstage in Norfolk - Week of 2/16/2014 FOOTLOOSE
Madeira School
One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.Music by Tom Snow; Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie; Lyrics by Dean Pitchford; Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford; Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman
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Now Playing Onstage in Norfolk - Week of 2/16/2014 PROOF
Emory and Henry College - Studio Theatre
Proof is a 2000 play by the American playwright David Auburn. Premiered Off-Broadway in May 2000, it transferred to Broadway theater in October 2000. The production closed in January 2003 after a total of 917 performances.
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Now Playing Onstage in Norfolk - Week of 2/16/2014 VIRGINIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: RACH 2
Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
You will feel just the right mixture of jubilance and sweet romance between the bubbly carnival theme and tender love theme in Berlioz's Roman Carnival Overture. But as international pianist Martina Filjak takes the stage, those feel-good emotions are sure to be replaced by a more somber attitude with the start of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2. A dense and rich piece of music, it shows just how deft a pianist must be with their hands and why it is one of Rachmaninoff's most enduring pieces. Finally, become witness to a timpani duel in the anguished Symphony No. 4, "The Inextinguishable" by Scandinavian composer Carl Nielsen.
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Now Playing Onstage in Norfolk - Week of 2/16/2014 ARIADNE AUF NAXOS
Richmond CenterStage - Carpenter Theatre
It's party time! Vienna's most lavish aristocrat is throwing the biggest bash of the season. Two groups of performers-a burlesque troupe and an opera company-are set to provide the entertainment, but when dinner runs late, the host orders both groups to perform together, creating a head-on collision between low humor and high art. When saucy flirt Zerbinetta, start of the burlesque troupe, tells Ariadne, the opera's suicidal, lovelorn star, to 'get over it' and find another man, tragic opera suddenly becomes romantic comedy. Soprano Christina Pier makes her mainstage debut in the demanding dual role of Ariadne and The Diva. Her rival in life and art, Zerbinetta, will be sung by Audrey Luna, whose recent Metropolitan Opera debut as Ariel in The Tempest caused a sensation. Stage virtuoso Sam Helfrich (Orphee, 2012 & A Streetcar Named Desire, 2013) returns to direct another bold production for the Company, while Berlin-based American conductor Garret Keast makes his debut leading the Virginia Opera Orchestra.
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Kennedy Center - Theater for Young Audiences
Family Theater:book: Christopher Dimond; lyrics: Christopher Dimond; music: Michael Kooman; dir: Scott Schwartz.
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Kennedy Center - Theater for Young Audiences
Eisenhower Theater:
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Now Playing Onstage in Norfolk - Week of 2/16/2014 ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (STONE)
St. Anne's Belfield School
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN scored a bulls eye when it returned to Broadway in 1999, starring Bernadette Peters and sporting a revised libretto by Tony, Oscar and Emmy winner Peter Stone. As Newsday reported, Stone's revisions 'are sweetly ingenious, and the show is a dream.' Stone reshaped the 1946 book to create a Wild West show-within-a-show that frames the ageless 'Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better' love story of sharpshooters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler. Stone has added a secondary romance between the younger sister of Frank's bothersome assistant Dolly, and a boy who is (to Dolly's horror) part Native American. 'The book has been updated in ways that pass p.c. muster,' reported Time Magazine, 'without losing all the fun.' Joined to the new book, of course, is that amazing Irving Berlin score, featuring hit after hit after hit. 'Irving Berlin's greatest achievement in the theater,' wrote the New York Post, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN 'will always be a musical for the ages, one of the Broadway theater's enduring triumphs.'Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin; Original Book by Herbert Fields & Dorothy Fields; As Revised by Peter Stone
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Now Playing Onstage in Norfolk - Week of 2/16/2014 ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
Christopher Newport University
The 'G2K' Getting To Know Series: Uniquely adapted musicals specifically for youth performers. If you thought you knew the story of 'The Princess and The Pea,' you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that it may not have been the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of beguiling songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are, you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again. In this adaptation for pre-high school students, the content has been edited to better suit younger actors and audiences, but all the magic, hilarity and fun of the original are still in place. G2K? ONCE UPON A MATTRESS is the perfect show to introduce young people to the magic of live theater. PLEASE NOTE: All schools wishing to peruse or perform a G2K musical should apply through theMusic by Mary Rodgers; Book by Jay Thompson & Dean Fuller & Marshall Barer; Lyrics by Marshall Barer; Adapted by Tom Briggs
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Now Playing Onstage in Norfolk - Week of 2/16/2014 SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE - THE SONGS OF LEIBER AND STOLLER
Pistarckle Theater
Leiber and Stoller, as much as anyone, virtually invented rock 'n' roll, and now their songs provide the basis for an electrifying entertainment that illuminates a golden age of American culture. In an idealized '50's setting, the classic themes of love won, lost and imagined blend with hilarious set-pieces and slice-of-life emotions. Featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded, SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE isn't just great pop music - it's compelling musical theatre.Words and Music by Leiber & Stoller
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James Madison University Stratford Players

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Firehouse Theatre Project
Kristoffer Diaz; dir: Barry Bell.
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Riverside Center Children's Theatre

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Now Playing Onstage in Norfolk - Week of 2/16/2014 THE MOUNTAINTOP
Virginia Stage Company at the Wells Theatre
"I MAY NOT GET THERE WITH YOU - but we as a people will get to the Promised Land." A monumental speech delivered to fervent fans on April 3, 1968. Afterwards, a road-weary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. orders room service at the Lorraine Hotel and meets the impudent young maid who will deliver him the fi nal laughs, reminiscences and challenges of his monumental life. The brazen humor and surprising humanity of this stirring drama won Britain's prestigious Olivier Best Play Award and earned nightly standing ovations on Broadway.
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Virginia Stage Co
The Wells Theatre:Katori Hall; dir: Derrick Sanders.
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Signature Theatre
MAX Theatre:book: Iris Rainer Dart, Thom Thomas; lyrics: Iris Rainer Dart; music: David Austin; dir: Eric Schaeffer.
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Now Playing Onstage in Norfolk - Week of 2/16/2014 AS YOU LIKE IT
American Shakespeare Center
As You Like It is a pastoral comedy by William Shakespeare
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Now Playing Onstage in Norfolk - Week of 2/16/2014 TIMON OF ATHENS
American Shakespeare Center
Timon of Athens is a play by William Shakespeare about the fortunes of an Athenian named Timon, generally regarded as one of his most obscure and difficult works.
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Now Playing Onstage in Norfolk - Week of 2/16/2014 EPICENE (THE SILENT WOMAN)
American Shakespeare Center
Epicoene, or The silent woman, also known as The Epicene, is a comedy by Renaissance playwright Ben Jonson.
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Now Playing Onstage in Norfolk - Week of 2/16/2014 THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS
American Shakespeare Center
Servant of Two Masters is a comedy by the Venetian playwright.
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