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Now Playing Onstage in Portland - Week of 2/10/2013 LEGALLY BLONDE
CHURCHILL HIGH SCHOOL
1/18-2/14/2013
Harvard's beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat musical about self-discovery. Based on the adored movie, LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL stays true to form with a peppy score and playful book. This musical is ridiculously enjoyable from start to finish.Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside-down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to get into Harvard Law. At school, she struggles with peers, professors, and Warner Huntington. With the help of Paulette and Emmett, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.This musical is relatively new to the theatre world, catering to the present-day's generation and culture. LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL is perfect for high school and community theatre, featuring a large ensemble and several big song-and-dance numbers.
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Now Playing Onstage in Portland - Week of 2/10/2013 THE COCO & RUBY VARIETY HOUR
The Secret Society
2/15-2/15/2013
Courtney Freed and Rebecca Johnson will star in The Coco & Ruby Variety Hour, a dazzling trip down memory lane and a peek into the hilarious and wacky lives of the these two ginger dames. Coco and Ruby mysteriously fell out of their humdrum lives in 1940's Newark, New Jersey and into modern day Hollywood to live the dream! These two characters from the hit web series, "Coco & Ruby," written by Rachel Roderman and directed by Steve Brian, will shuffle-ball-change right out of your computer screen on October 15th to bring you a LIVE show full of old-school comedy and musicianship reminiscent of Lucille Ball and Betty Hutton. The Coco & Ruby Variety Hour will include many of your favorite WWII era standards, as well as vintage takes on contemporary pop songs. This evening of music and laughter will open with Portland's own swinging band, The Jenny Finn Orchestra and feature special guests The Portland Rhythm Shakers and local actor/singer/Dapper Dan, Sammy Hawkins. The dynamic pairing of Portland native Courtney Freed as "Coco" and Rebecca Johnson as "Ruby" entangles old Hollywood glamour with clever, contagious revelry and absolutely dynamite, show-stopping vocals. Most recently, they have been taking Hollywood by storm, performing at such prestigious venues as M BAR HOLLYWOOD, THE CICADA CLUB, CASTAWAYS and THE FEDERAL BAR. For more information about this crimson twosome and to watch their HILARIOUS webseries, have a little look-see at www.cocoandruby.com. Courtney Freed is an LA based singer/actress with many colorful credits including cabaret and regional theater. She hails from beautiful Portland, OR and was an active member of the city's theatre scene, performing with companies such as Portland Center Stage, Pixie Dust Productions, Broadway Rose Theater Company, Lakewood Theatre Company and Profile Theatre. She spent several years working in the vibrant theatre community of Chicago, as well, and created the hit John Hughes tribute musical, "I'll Stop The World and Belt With You!" She has performed in nightclubs all over the country and since returning to the West, she sings regularly with the Johnny Holiday Program at The Cicada Club in downtown LA. Her most recent joy is playing "Coco" in the dynamic web series, "Coco and Ruby" which premiered on the web last June! Her debut jazz album entitled, "Happy Little Bluebird: The Music of Harold Arlen" is available through iTunes and CDbaby. Rebecca Johnson has been acting and singing in LA for almost nine years after cutting her teeth on the NYC boards. She has appeared in numerous shows around town including The Real Love at the Pas. Civic Auditorium, Pippin at the Mark Taper, Silk Stockings at MTW, and Children of a Lesser God with Deaf West Theater. She was a regular at First & Hope's Broadway's Best cabaret downtown all last year and sung her way onto NBC's Community as well as guest-starring on ABC's The Middle and FX's Anger Management, co-starring in the Lionsgate vampire spoof movie Breaking Wind and starred this past December in the world premiere musical, Little Miss Scrooge, at the famed Rubicon Theater in Ventura. Rebecca teamed up this year with Courtney Freed to produce and star in the hilarious web series Coco & Ruby and the rest is history!
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Now Playing Onstage in Portland - Week of 2/10/2013 THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
ACTORS CABARET OF EUGENE
1/11-2/16/2013
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 Portland - Week of 2/10/2013 COMPANY
LANE COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENT PRODUCTIONS
1/31-2/16/2013
The clashing sounds and pulsing rhythms of New York City underscore this landmark "concept" show, considered by many to have inaugurated the modern era of musical theatre. COMPANY follows our anti-hero bachelor Robert as he makes his way through a series of encounters with April (the stewardess), Kathy (the girl who's going to marry someone else), Marta (the "peculiar" one), as well as with his married friends. On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor Robert Contemplates his unmarried state. In vignette after hilarious vignette, we are introduced to "those good and crazy people," his married friends, as Robert weighs the pros and cons of married life. In the end, he realizes being alone is "alone, not alive."An honest, witty, sophisticated look at relationships, COMPANY is as contemporary and relevant as ever (witness the recent hit revivals on Broadway and the West End). It features a brilliant energetic score containing many of Stephen Sondheim's best-known songs (including "Another Hundred People," "The Ladies Who Lunch" and "Being Alive").
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Now Playing Onstage in Portland - Week of 2/10/2013 COMPANY
LANE COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENT PRODUCTIONS
2/1-2/16/2013
The clashing sounds and pulsing rhythms of New York City underscore this landmark "concept" show, considered by many to have inaugurated the modern era of musical theatre. COMPANY follows our anti-hero bachelor Robert as he makes his way through a series of encounters with April (the stewardess), Kathy (the girl who's going to marry someone else), Marta (the "peculiar" one), as well as with his married friends. On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor Robert Contemplates his unmarried state. In vignette after hilarious vignette, we are introduced to "those good and crazy people," his married friends, as Robert weighs the pros and cons of married life. In the end, he realizes being alone is "alone, not alive."An honest, witty, sophisticated look at relationships, COMPANY is as contemporary and relevant as ever (witness the recent hit revivals on Broadway and the West End). It features a brilliant energetic score containing many of Stephen Sondheim's best-known songs (including "Another Hundred People," "The Ladies Who Lunch" and "Being Alive").
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Now Playing Onstage in Portland - Week of 2/10/2013 THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
NEW CENTURY PLAYERS
2/8-2/17/2013
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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THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Milwaukie High School Blackbox Theater
2/8-2/17/2013
Directed by Ron K. Palmblad Musical director: John Quesenberry Music and Lyrics by William Finn Book by Rachel Sheinkin Conceived by Rebecca Feldman Additional material by Jay Reiss Winner of 2005 Tony Award Best Book for a Musical, with five other nominations. Six adolescent outsiders 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 make you a loser. 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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THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE
Oregon Children's Theatre
1/19-2/17/2013
Newmark Theatre: - adapt: Joseph Robinette; dir: Matt Zrebski.
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THE HUNTSMAN
Portland Playhouse
1/17-2/17/2013
- Quincy Long; dir: Kathleen Dimmick.
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I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE
Broadway Rose Theatre Company
1/31-2/24/2013
This celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum know as 'the relationship.' Act I explores the journey from dating and waiting to love and marriage, while Act II reveals the agonies and triumphs of in-laws and newborns, trips in the family car and pick-up techniques of the geriatric set. This hilarious revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, to those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance, to those who have dared to ask, 'Say, what are you doing Saturday night?'Book and Lyrics by Joe DiPietro; Music by Jimmy Roberts
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Now Playing Onstage in Portland - Week of 2/10/2013 9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL
UMPQUA ACTORS COMMUNITY THEATRE
1/31-2/28/2013
9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the 1980 hit movie Nine to Five.Pushed to the boiling point by their boss, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. They conspire to take control of their company and learn there's nothing they can't do -- even in a man's world. Set in the late 1970s, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. Outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is about teaming up and taking care of business.This high-energy show is ideal for a large, mostly female cast. With its jubilant score and easily relatable characters, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is the perfect show for community theaters or high schools.
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Now Playing Onstage in Portland - Week of 2/10/2013 WORKING
THOROUGHLY MODERN PRODUCTIONS
2/15-3/2/2013
Based on Studs Terkel's best-selling book of interviews with American Workers, WORKING paints a vivid portrait of the men and women the world so often takes for granted: the schoolteacher, the phone operator, the waitress, the millworker, the mason, and the housewife, just to name a few.This new 2010 version of WORKING is a musical exploration of 26 people from all walks of life. While most of the professions have been updated, the strength of the show is in the core truths that transcend specific professions; the key is how people's relationships to their work ultimately reveal key aspects of their humanity, regardless of the trappings of the job itself. The show, still set in contemporary America, contains timeless truths. This new version of WORKING allows the audience to get a rare glimpse of the actors and technicians working to put on a show. This raw adaptation only enhances the realistic and relatable nature of the subject matter.With extremely modest set and orchestra requirements, universal subject matter, and featuring a multi-ethnic ensemble cast of variable size, WORKING is one of the most accessible, relevant and substantive musicals ever created. The new, revised 2010 version includes updated lyrics, a streamlined book and two new songs by IN THE HEIGHTS Tony Award-winning creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as favorite by Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, and James Taylor.
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LA CELESTINA
Miracle Theatre Group
2/7-3/2/2013
Milagro Theatre: -
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Now Playing Onstage in Portland - Week of 2/10/2013 SEUSSICAL-THEATRE YOUNG AUDIENCES
NORTHWEST CHILDRENS THEATRE & SCHOOL
1/31-3/3/2013
Now one of the most performed shows in America, SEUSSICAL is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (LUCKY STIFF, MY FAVORITE YEAR, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, and RAGTIME) have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination--Jojo. "Oh, the Thinks You Will Think" as the spirit of imagination transports the colorful characters from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible  world of the Whos.For this version, certain plot elements have been simplified, it is in one act, and runs approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes - perfect for presentation in schools. (See ADDITIONAL FACTS below for details) The story centers around Horton the Elephant, who finds himself faced with a double challenge--not only must he protect his tiny friend Jojo (and all the invisible Whos) from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La  Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him, the only one who recognizes "his kind and his powerful heart." Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant, in a story that  makes you laugh and cry. For complete information on this
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THE CYRANO PROJECT
Center Square Theatre
2/2-3/10/2013
This classic tale comes to life in an informal format complete with sword play, comic relationships, expressions of compassion and heroic love. In Paris, in the year 1640, a brilliant poet and swordsman named Cyrano de Bergerac finds himself deeply in love with his beautiful, intellectual cousin Roxane. Despite Cyrano's brilliance and charisma, a shockingly large nose afflicts his appearance, and he considers himself too ugly even to risk telling Roxane his feelings.
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VENUS IN FUR
Portland Center Stage
1/29-3/10/2013
Ellyn Bye Studio: - David Ives; dir: Nancy Keystone.
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RED HERRING
Artists Repertory Theatre
2/12-3/17/2013
Alder Stage: - Michael Hollinger; dir: Christopher Liam Moore.
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