Now Playing Onstage in Raleigh - Week of 4/13/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Raleigh - Week of 4/13/2014 AMERICAN IDIOT
Givens Performing Arts Center
4/15-4/15/2014
A critical smash on Broadway and in London, the two-time Tony Award winning hit musical AMERICAN IDIOT 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 the most exhilarating theatrical journey of the season. Based on Green Day's GRAMMY Award-winning multi-platinum album, AMERICAN IDIOT boldly takes the American musical where it's never gone before. The result is an experience Charles Isherwood of The New York Times declares "thrilling, emotionally charged, and as moving as any Broadway musical I've seen this year!" Featuring the hits "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "21 Guns," "Wake Me Up When September Ends," "Holiday" and the blockbuster title track, AMERICAN IDIOT features the music of Green Day and the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, direction by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening), choreography by Olivier Award winner Steven Hoggett (Black Watch), music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), Tony Award winning set design by Christine Jones and Tony Award winning lighting design by Kevin Adams.
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Now Playing Onstage in Raleigh - Week of 4/13/2014 SPRING AWAKENING
UNIV OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHARLOTTE
4/10-4/16/2014
Winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, SPRING AWAKENING is a rock musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind's 1891 expressionist play about the trials and tribulations, and the exhilaration of the teen years.It's Germany, 1891. The beautiful young Wendla explores her body and asks her mother where babies come from. Elsewhere, the brilliant and fearless young Melchior defends his buddy Moritz -- a boy so traumatized by puberty he can't concentrate on anything. One afternoon in the woods, Wendla and Melchior discover a desire unlike anything they've ever felt. SPRING AWAKENING explores the confusion and desperation that ensue when the onrushing tide of hormones meets the ignorance of children. SPRING AWAKENING celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that you will never forget.This celebration of rebellion provides the perfect opportunity to feature performers of all types, as well as the flexibility to creatively use costumes, set pieces, and lighting. Featuring a pop-rock score, this is an ideal show for talented vocalists with strong acting abilities.
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Now Playing Onstage in Raleigh - Week of 4/13/2014 SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR
CAROLINA CIVIC CENTER,INC
4/18-4/20/2014
The Emmy® Award-winning Saturday morning educational cartoon series is now the basis for one of the most fun, energetic, and easily mounted musicals ever to hit the stage! A loose, revue-like structure allows for a great deal of flexibility in staging and cast size. Set and costume design can be as simple or complex as your budget or imagination allow. And because most of the songs are so familiar and easy to learn, rehearsals are bound to be a snap. Perfect for young performers of all ages and experience levels, SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR. will be a hit for actors and audiences alike!
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ASSASSINS
PlayMakers Repertory Company
4/2-4/20/2014
John Weidman; lyrics: Stephen Sondheim; music: Stephen Sondheim; dir: Mike Donahue.
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Now Playing Onstage in Raleigh - Week of 4/13/2014 GODSPELL JR
TRIPLE THREAT PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY
4/18-4/20/2014
This best loved musical by two-time Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz is now available in a Broadway Junior version! Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, and featuring a sparkling score, GODSPELL JR. boasts a string of well-loved songs, led by the international hit, "Day By Day." As the cast performs "Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All For The Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side," the parables of Jesus Christ come humanly and hearteningly to life. Drawing from various theatrical traditions, such as clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville, GODSPELL JR. is a unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, tolerance and love.GODSPELL JR. can be performed virtually anywhere with the simplest of sets, costumes, lights, and music. It is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
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Now Playing Onstage in Raleigh - Week of 4/13/2014 ASSASSINS
PLAYMAKERS REPERTORY COMPANY
4/2-4/20/2014
Bold, original, disturbing, and alarmingly funny, ASSASSINS is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written.This American of musicals lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a one-act historical "revusical" that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.ASSASSINS requires skilled singers who can act. This is an ideal choice for mature audiences and will challenge your designers as they try to recreate famous moments and people in America's history.
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Now Playing Onstage in Raleigh - Week of 4/13/2014 PARADE
HOOF N HORN/DUKE UNIVERSITY
4/10-4/20/2014
The tragic, true story of the trial and lynching of a man wrongly accused of murder is brought to emotional and theatrical life by acclaimed playwright Alfred Uhry (DRIVING MISS DAISY) and Jason Robert Brown, one of Broadway's most promising young composers (SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD).In 1913, Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia, is put on trial for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ. Already guilty in the eyes of everyone around him, a sensationalist publisher and a janitor's false testimony seal Leo's fate. His only defenders are a governor with a conscience, and, eventually, his assimilated Southern wife who finds the strength and love to become his greatest champion.Daring, innovative and bold, PARADE won well-earned Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Score in 2000. Its subject matter offers a moral lesson about the dangers of prejudice and ignorance that should not be forgotten.
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PINOCCHIO
Raleigh Little Theatre
4/18-4/27/2014
Pinocchio Book & lyrics by Arnold Wengrow. Music by Nicky Rea & Jackie Cassada Based on the story by Carlo Collodi Part of the RLT Youth Series Cantey V. Sutton Theatre, reserved seating April 18-27, 2014 Friday 7:30 pm; Saturday & Sunday 1 pm & 5 pm No show April 20 A lively musical version of Carlo Collodi's classic tale about a willful little wooden marionette who runs away from the carpenter, Gepetto, and straight into one fantastic adventure after another. On his journey, Pinocchio joins a troupe of commedia-style marionettes, loses his gold coin to a cunning fox and cat, meets the Magical Blue Fairy, and makes a thrilling escape from the Land of Ease, where lazy boys turn into donkeys. With lessons learned, Pinocchio returns to the arms of his father and the realization that he has become a real boy.
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THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
Burning Coal Theatre Co
4/3-4/27/2014
dir: Abdelfattah Abusrour.
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Now Playing Onstage in Raleigh - Week of 4/13/2014 A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD- TYA
UNIV OF NORTH CAROLINA AT GREENSBORO
2/1-4/30/2014
Arnold Lobel's well-loved characters hop from the page to the stage in A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD TYA, the Theatre of Young Audiences version of Robert and Willie Reale's Tony-nominated musical. This whimsical show follows two great friends -- the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad -- through four, fun-filled seasons.Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD TYA tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.The jazzy, upbeat score of A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD TYA bubbles with melody and wit, making it an inventive, exuberant, and enchanting musical for the whole family. It is a perfect show to be performed by an ensemble group of actors and can be produced with either simple or extravagant staging and sets.
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PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES
Triad Stage
4/6-5/4/2014
John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Jim Wann.
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Now Playing Onstage in Raleigh - Week of 4/13/2014 THE MUSIC MAN JR
NORTHERN GUILFORD MIDDLE SCHOOL
4/5-5/6/2014
Wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, THE MUSIC MAN JR. is a special adaptation of the classic masterful musical that is family entertainment at its best.The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize - this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by the end.Perfect for community groups, summer camps, and schools, the cast features a soaring soprano ingenue and a leading role for a charismatic actor as well as over 20 roles for kids of every level. THE MUSIC MAN JR. is the perfect production for young people!
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Now Playing Onstage in Raleigh - Week of 4/13/2014 GODSPELL JR
MAIN STREET DANCE WORKS
4/20-5/11/2014
This best loved musical by two-time Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz is now available in a Broadway Junior version! Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, and featuring a sparkling score, GODSPELL JR. boasts a string of well-loved songs, led by the international hit, "Day By Day." As the cast performs "Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All For The Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side," the parables of Jesus Christ come humanly and hearteningly to life. Drawing from various theatrical traditions, such as clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville, GODSPELL JR. is a unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, tolerance and love.GODSPELL JR. can be performed virtually anywhere with the simplest of sets, costumes, lights, and music. It is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
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