Now Playing Onstage in Wichita - Week of 2/03/2013

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Now Playing Onstage in Wichita - Week of 2/03/2013 DONIZETTI'S DON PASQUALE
Orpheum Theatre
2/9-2/9/2013
ACT I. Don Pasquale is the proprietor of Pasquale's Garden Restaurant, where his nephew Ernesto sings in the evenings. Disgruntled by Ernesto's refusal to marry the girl Pasquale has chosen for him, the Don decides to take a bride himself and disinherit Ernesto. Dr. Malatesta, Pasquale's family doctor, hears about the situation and hopes to aid his young friend Ernesto. Malatesta suggests his sister, Sophronia, as a suitable match for Pasquale… she's a perfect lady, and fresh from the convent. However, Malatesta's scheme is to have Ernesto's beloved, Norina, disguise herself as "Sophronia". Far wiser than her years, Norina grasps Malatesta's plan quickly: enchant old man Pasquale, pretend to marry him, and then instead of the perfect wife, become an absolute shrew. Norina takes to her new role with gusto, bossing the befuddled old man around and transforming his quiet little restaurant into a hopping nightclub. Malatesta's scheme has worked perfectly - Pasquale is desperate to get out of his marriage to "Sophronia". ACT II. Malatesta moves his scheme into Phase Two: he lures Pasquale to a rendezvous between "Sophronia" and Ernesto, who will be singing his last show late that night. When they are discovered, "Sophronia" feigns innocence. Pasquale gives Malatesta the go-ahead, who tells "Sophronia" of the impending wedding between Ernesto and a girl named Norina, and that the couple will soon be moving in with the Don. Outraged, "Sophronia" refuses to live in the same house with another woman, and demands proof of the wedding before she moves out. Pasquale happily consents to a wedding on the spot, only to learn that "Sophronia" was Norina all along.
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CINDERELLA
Bethany College
2/1-2/9/2013
The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Book by Oscar Hammerstein II; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
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Now Playing Onstage in Wichita - Week of 2/03/2013 JERSEY BOYS
Century II Concert Hall
1/29-2/10/2013
"TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE!" raves the New York Post for JERSEY BOYS, the 2006 Tony Award®-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi. This is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds, and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were 30! JERSEY BOYS, winner of the 2006 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Show Album and most recently, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, features their hit songs "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Rag Doll," "Oh, What a Night" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You." "IT WILL RUN FOR CENTURIES!" proclaims Time Magazine.
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Now Playing Onstage in Wichita - Week of 2/03/2013 DRUMLINE LIVE
Orpheum Theatre
2/10-2/10/2013
DRUMLINE LIVE's energetic cast has honed its precision and energy with years of training in marching band programs across the southern United States. DRUMLINE LIVE is an international tour based on the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching band tradition. With riveting rhythms, bold beats and ear-throbbing energy, the staged show will be a synchronized musical showcase of the HBCU experience. Incorporating original compositions and soul-infused interpretations of top 40 hits, group performances will range from colorful, choreographed routines to heavy doses of drum riffs and cadences. Equally at home with the hottest contemporary hip hop, R&B, classic Motown tunes, and the rousing sounds of the great brass tradition, DRUMLINE LIVE is thrilled to share the marching band experience with a wider audience.
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Now Playing Onstage in Wichita - Week of 2/03/2013 DON PASQUALE
Wichita Grand Opera
2/8-5/17/2013
Based on a concept by William Powers ACT I. Don Pasquale is the proprietor of Pasquale's Garden Restaurant, one of Wichita's most popular night spots! Pasquale can always count on his nephew Ernesto to turn up for Karaoke Night at the restaurant. Annoyed that Ernesto has resisted all of his attempts to fix Ernesto up with a "nice girl," Pasquale decides to marry and have children so he can cut Ernesto out of his will. Fortunately for Ernesto, Dr. Malatesta - Pasquale's psychiatrist - has a foolproof plan to help out. Dr. Malatesta offers to set Pasquale up with his sister Sophronia, a sweet Catholic girl who just graduated from Newman University. What Pasquale doesn't know is that "Sophronia" is Ernesto's girlfriend Norina in disguise! Norina grasps Malatesta's plan quickly: enchant old man Pasquale, pretend to marry him, and then make his life completely miserable. Norina takes to her new role with gusto, bossing the befuddled old man around and transforming his happy little restaurant into a gaudy nightclub. The plan works so well that Pasquale begs the Doctor to help him get rid of "Sophronia". ACT II. Malatesta tells Pasquale that "Sophronia" and Ernesto will be having a secret rendezvous late that night. Since it's Karaoke Night, it should be easy to follow Ernesto there. When they confront "Sophronia," Malatesta - on Pasquale's orders - tells "Sophronia" that Pasquale's nephew Ernesto will be marrying a girl named Norina soon, and the new couple will be moving in with Pasquale. Outraged, "Sophronia" refuses to live in the same house with another woman, and threatens to move out. But first, she demands proof that the wedding isn't just a trick to get rid of her. Pasquale happily consents to a wedding on the spot and asks Malatesta to go fetch Norina, only to learn that Norina has been there the whole time!
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