Now Playing Onstage in Rhode Island - Week of 5/11/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Rhode Island - Week of 5/11/2014 AN EVENING WITH JOE BONAMASSA
Providence Performing Arts Center
5/15-5/15/2014
As Joe Bonamassa grows his reputation as one of the world's greatest guitar players, he is also evolving into a charismatic blues-rock star and singer-songwriter of stylistic depth and emotional resonance. His ability to connect with live concert audiences is transformational, and his latest project, the live acoustic 2-disc CD/DVD/Blu-ray Joe Bonamassa: An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House (J&R Adventures) captures the magnetism and maturity Bonamassa showcases as an artist.
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Now Playing Onstage in Rhode Island - Week of 5/11/2014 LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
ROGERS HIGH SCHOOL
5/16-5/17/2014
A down-and out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon "Audrey II" grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination! One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a household name, thanks to a highly successful film version and a score by the songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who redefined the animated musical film with Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Charming, tuneful and hilarious, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS never fails to entertain. A small cast, band and unit set make the other aspects of production a snap.
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Now Playing Onstage in Rhode Island - Week of 5/11/2014 COMPANY
PLAYERS/BARKER PLAYHOUSE
5/9-5/18/2014
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 Rhode Island - Week of 5/11/2014 TIME STANDS STILL
2nd Story Theatre
4/18-5/18/2014
This wartime drama encompasses universal problems and personal issues with equal compassionate insight. It's an intelligent, perceptive, often funny, sometimes surprising, and always compelling piece of contemporary theatre.
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Now Playing Onstage in Rhode Island - Week of 5/11/2014 MY MOTHER'S ITALIAN, MY FATHER'S JEWISH, & I'M IN THERAPY
Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre
5/17-5/18/2014
The Hit New York Comedy With The Original Broadway Star Comes To Rhode Island! One part lasagna, one part kreplach & two parts Prozac...You don't Have to be Jewish or Italian to love this show. All you need is to know what it feels like to leave a family dinner with heartburn & a headache!
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Now Playing Onstage in Rhode Island - Week of 5/11/2014 ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
BRISTOL THEATRE COMPANY
5/15-5/18/2014
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is a contemporary, Caribbean-flavored musical by the Tony Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty based upon the book My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy.ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is the highly original and theatrical adaptation of the popular fairy tale The Little Mermaid. In almost non-stop song and dance, the show tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and death.ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is a director's dream, with achievable requirements. Its small band and minimal sets and costumes will capture the imagination of the audience. Its catchy, contemporary, tender ballads and rousing celebratory numbers are ideal for an ensemble cast of strong singers.
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Now Playing Onstage in Rhode Island - Week of 5/11/2014 GUYS & DOLLS
WESTERLY HIGH SCHOOL
5/16-5/18/2014
Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy - considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy - soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends in the canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight "mission doll," out to reform the evildoers of Time Square; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she's been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiance, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game.Everything works out in the end, thanks to the machinations of Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling's hilarious, fast-paced book and Frank Loesser's bright, brassy, immortal score, which takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City. Funny and romantic, GUYS AND DOLLS is ideal for audiences and performers of any age.
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Now Playing Onstage in Rhode Island - Week of 5/11/2014 THE MONSTER WHO ATE MY PEAS
Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre
5/20-5/20/2014
Based on the multi-award winning book written by Danny Schnitzlein and illustrated by Matthew Faulkner, ArtsPower's newest musical tells the funny and poignant story of a young boy who doesn't want to eat his peas. When a crafty monster appears underneath his kitchen table, the boy is ready to make a deal with the monster. If the monster eats his peas, the boy will give the monster any of his possessions. First, it's the boy's soccer ball. Then, his bike. But, when the monster raises the stakes, will the boy refuse the monster and make the difficult decision to face his own fears? Children and adults alike will be entertained and engaged by this wonderfully written tale about the value of will power.
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Now Playing Onstage in Rhode Island - Week of 5/11/2014 MY HUSBAND'S WILD DESIRES (ALMOST DROVE ME MAD!)
Newport Playhouse
3/27-5/24/2014
The bedroom spark has fizzled for a man and his wife. The man decides to take the bull by the horns and discovers a way to bring the flame back! Throw in the building superintendent and a nervous burglar, and the result is a comedy gone amok that will have you rolling in the aisles with laughter!
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Now Playing Onstage in Rhode Island - Week of 5/11/2014 PSYCHO BEACH PARTY
2nd Story Theatre
5/2-6/1/2014
This shotgun marriage of Hitchcockian psychological suspense and Beach Blanket Bingovian epics triggers tidal waves of laughter, tsunamis of tsilliness. Is it Gidget goes berserk? Or Marnie goes Maui? You decide.
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Now Playing Onstage in Rhode Island - Week of 5/11/2014 BLACKBIRD
Gamm Theatre
5/1-6/1/2014
Scottish playwright David Harrower's most acclaimed and most controversial play, Blackbird "is theater at its most elemental," says The New York Times. In a littered factory break room, 55-year-old Ray and 27-year-old Una engage in a confrontation so real and raw that you feel you should look away. But how can you? Fifteen years earlier, the two had a sexual affair...when she was 12. Ray has assumed a new identity and a new life following his imprisonment, while Una has not stopped searching for answers to her conflicting emotions. What emerges from the recriminations and explanations is a complex relationship that blurs the boundaries between love and lust, obsession and abuse. Uncompromising, shocking and surprisingly tender, Blackbird will leave you hanging on every word and every uncomfortable silence.
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Now Playing Onstage in Rhode Island - Week of 5/11/2014 A MUSICAL REVUE - FROM STAGE TO SCREEN AND BACK AGAIN
Granite Theatre
5/16-6/8/2014
A Musical Revue Created by Stephen DeCesare - A variety show of all your favorite stage musicals that have turned into film and famous movies that have been turned into musical stage productions. This show will feature songs from the early days of SHOWBOAT and OKLAHOMA! to modern movie musicals such as MAMMA MIA, PHANTOM and LES MISERABLES. Come, and see how many you can recognize. Stephen DeCesare (of 2013's Three Tenors) directs the show.
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Now Playing Onstage in Rhode Island - Week of 5/11/2014 CABARET
The Wilbury Theatre Group
5/15-6/8/2014
The legendary 1966 musical smash with score by Kander and Ebb is set in pre-war Weimar Germany in the seedy world of a Berlin cabaret called The Kit Kat Klub. While tensions build outside with the rise of the Nazi party, the care-free abandon of the bohemian world of the club is interrupted. Battle lines are drawn and the world of the cabaret begins to parody the politics outside its doors.
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