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EIGHTH BLACKBIRD
McCullough Theatre
1/28-1/28/2013
On the heels of their 2012 Grammy Award for the recording of Steve Mackey's Lonely Motel: Music from Slide, new music ensemble eighth blackbird returns to Texas Performing Arts for ten days of residency activities, bookended by two completely different concert programs. This sextet combines the finesse of a string quartet with the energy of a rock band, delivering provocative and mind-changing performances. Since its founding in 1996, eighth blackbird has actively commissioned and recorded new works from such eminent composers as Steve Reich, George Perle, and Frederic Rzewski. Recent commissions include Jennifer Higdon's On a Wire and Steve Mackey's Slide. Future collaborators include Amy Beth Kirsten, Brett Dean, Aaron Jay Kernis, John Luther Adams, and Mayke Nas. eighth blackbird has been profiled in The New York Times, NPR's All Things Considered, and on CBS' Sunday Morning. The group is in residence at the University of Richmond in Virginia and the University of Chicago.
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STATE FAIR
Hargrave High School
1/24-1/28/2013
Rodgers & Hammerstein's only musical written directly for the screen is now a stage musical that's had critics raving from coast to coast. Set against the colorful backdrop of an American heartland tradition, STATE FAIR travels with the Frake family as they leave behind the routine of The Farm for three days of adventure at the annual Iowa State Fair. Mom and Pop have their hearts set on blue ribbons while their daughter and son find romance and heartbreak on the midway. Set to the magical strains of an Academy Award-winning score and augmented by other titles from the Rodgers and Hammerstein songbook, STATE FAIR is the kind of warm-hearted family entertainment only Rodgers & Hammerstein could deliver!Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Tom Briggs & Louis Mattioli; Based on the screenplay by Oscar Hammerstein II and the Novel by Phil Stong
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THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
LBJ High School
1/24-1/28/2013
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Charles Hart, additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe, and a book by Lloyd Webber and Stilgoe. Based on the classic novel ?Le FantMusic by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Charles Hart; Additional Lyrics by Richard Stilgoe; Book by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Richard Stilgoe; Based on `Le Fant
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WEST SIDE TERRI
Salvage Vanguard Theater
1/22-1/31/2013
Terri Mowrey's WEST SIDE TERRI comes to FronteraFest after a successful run at The ArtShare space in Los Angeles. After premiering at Orange County's very own theatrical outsiders, Monkey Wrench Collective, Terri's show went on to play at The Hunger Artist space for another successful run. Now WEST SIDE TERRI is landing in Austin to be part of the FronteraFest. Everyone has those sheer bursts of performance with abandon by singing in the shower, playing drums on a steering wheel or even wailing on an air guitar in the privacy of our own space. Terri Mowrey takes it to the extremes by performing every character, song and dance of the movie version of West Side Story from her little apartment. In this 75 minute one woman show she weaves a love letter to her favorite musical with insights of her own life such as growing up half-Mexican and half-Anglo and the crushing devastation she felt nearly 20 years ago after a miserable audition for the stage version in college. It is hilarious, poignant and entertaining and her ability to convey her personal passion for this story while also using it as a personal and theatrical redemption for herself that truly makes this one-woman show sing. Terri Mowrey Is beyond delighted to bring her one woman show to Austin. She is an Orange County, CA based actress whose credits include Shopping & F***ing and the U.S. premiere of pool (no water) with Monkey Wrench Collective, Reefer Madness at Stages Theater Company,Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Othello at The Hunger Artists Theater Company and The Changeling at The Long Beach Playhouse. Regional credits A Christmas Carol at both South Coast Repertory and the American Conservatory Theater, To Gillian on her 37th Birthday at Laguna Playhouse and pool (no water) at SCR. Her inaugural production of West Side Terri at Monkey Wrench Collective garnered her the OC Weekly Best Actress nod for 2011. She is a graduate of SCR's Professional Conservatory and received her MFA from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Jay Fraley is producing Terri's show here in Austin and he first got involved in the Austin theatre scene in Capital T's FronteraFest production "Spirits To Enforce" in 2011. Since then he has had the pleasure of working with Hyde Park Theatre, Penfold Theatre Co. and Paper Moon Rep. This is Jay's first time producing a show in Austin and he couldn't be more excited about bringing this talented OC actress to the Austin stage. Terri created the piece collaboratively with Christopher Basile and Alexander Price, originally directed by Christopher Basile. The production's scenic design is by Terri Mowrey and Christopher Basile. Lighting design by Alexander Price. Sound design by Jeremy "Bug" Ojeda. Costumed by Terri Mowrey. Terri's show runs Jan 22nd at 7:00pm; Jan 24th at 6:00pm; Jan 26th at 3:30pm; Jan 31st at 7:45pm at sALVAGE VANGUARD THEATER - 2803 Manor Road Austin, Texas 78722. Tickets are $10. Order tickets online thru - http://www.fronterafest.org/site/index_right.html
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HIP HOP THEATER EXPLOSION
The VORTEX
1/31-2/2/2013
The VORTEX: - Zell Miller III; dir: Zell Miller III.
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FOOTLOOSE
Rouse High School
1/31-2/2/2013
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; Lyrics by Dean Pitchford; Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie; Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford; Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman
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THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Sandra Day O'Connor High School
1/31-2/2/2013
The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain's immediate service in their navy. The family's narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse; Suggested by
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DEARLY BELOVED
The Palace Theater
1/11-2/3/2013
From the writing team that brought you last season's hit The Dixie Swim Club comes the hilarious story of the Futrelle sisters of Fayro, Texas, and one sister's quest to plan her daughter's antebellum-inspired wedding. Will the wedding be free from scandal, gossip, and skin-tight gold lame? Come see this rib-tickling southern comedy to find out.
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THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
The Long Center for the Performing Arts
1/31-2/3/2013
In this single "day of madness," Mozart takes us on a laugh-out-loud ride filled with schemes, masquerades and mistaken identities. The infamous Figaro, his bride-to-be Susanna, and the Countess conspire to expose and embarrass the cunning, skirt-chasing Count. This is opera buffa (comic opera) at its best. DON'T MISS the return of Jamie-Rose Guarrine (The Magic Flute, 2011) and bass Paolo Pecchioli (The Italian Girl in Algiers, 2011) to Austin as Susanna and Figaro in this riotously funny staging of Mozart's classic.
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PUTTING IT TOGETHER
WaterTower Theatre
1/11-2/3/2013
Main Stage: - lyrics: Stephen Sondheim; music: Stephen Sondheim; dir: Terry Martin.
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THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Midway Independent School District
1/31-2/3/2013
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Charles Hart, additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe, and a book by Lloyd Webber and Stilgoe. Based on the classic novel ?Le FantMusic by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Charles Hart; Additional Lyrics by Richard Stilgoe; Book by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Richard Stilgoe; Based on `Le Fant
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GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES
Hyde Park Theatre
1/25-2/9/2013
In a very different kind of love story an accident prone dare devil and a corrosive masochist navigate friendship, love and the squishy parts that lie in between. As they mature from accident-prone kids to self-destructive adults, their broken hearts and broKen Bones draw them ever closer. Cap T is proud to present this quirky love story of self inflicted wounds and the healing we need from others.
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THE LION KING
Bass Concert hall
1/16-2/10/2013
As it enters its 16th year, THE LION KING remains ascendant, recently becoming the highest-grossing Broadway show in history. Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 20 productions around the globe have been seen by more than 65 million people, grossed over $5 billion and, cumulatively, run a staggering 91 years. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), THE LION KING is the fifth longest-running musical in Broadway history and only the second show in history to generate five productions running 10 or more years. Translated into eight different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Mandarin, Spanish, Portuguese), the show has been performed in 15 different countries on five continents. Continuing to reign as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world, THE LION KING can currently be seen on Broadway and on tour in North America, in London's West End and on tour in the UK, in Hamburg, Madrid, Tokyo and on tour in Japan. THE LION KING won six 1998 Tony Awards®: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical, making Taymor the first woman in theatrical history bestowed with the honor. THE LION KING has also earned more than 70 major arts awards including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year, the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design and seven 2012 Spanish Musical Theatre Awards, including Best Musical. On stage, Taymor's creative vision blends elements of African art and Broadway artisanship to depict anthropomorphic animal characters. Taymor, along with designer Michael Curry, has created hundreds of masks and puppets for THE LION KING. The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed The Lion King animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film's screenplay. The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice's music from The Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from "Rhythm of the Pride Lands," an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer. The resulting sound of THE LION KING is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award®-winning song "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" to the haunting ballad "Shadowland." Other members of the creative team include: Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), John Stefaniuk (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor) and Doc Zorthian (Production Supervisor). Anne Quart serves as associate producer. For more information worldwide, visit LionKing.com.
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DISNEY'S THE LION KING
Bass Concert Hall
1/16-2/10/2013
Experience the phenomenon of Disney's THE LION KING. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by award-winning director Julie Taymor, whose visual images for this show you'll remember forever. Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice's Oscar-winning songs "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" and "Circle of Life." Let your imagination run wild at the Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation Newsweek calls "a landmark event in entertainment." Austin's most eagerly awaited return will leap onto the Bass Concert Hall stage this season.
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B. Iden Payne Theatre
2/1-2/10/2013
A play for all ages, The Edge of Peace tells the touching story of Buddy, a young boy struggling to make sense of a world at war. The Edge of Peace, the final play in Suzan Zeder's acclaimed trilogy, is produced in partnership with Seattle Children's Theatre (SCT). SCT Artistic Director Linda Hartzell describes Zeder's masterpiece as "a drama, mystery and adventure rolled into one. Audiences will fall in love with these characters and their stories. The play really demonstrates the interdependence of community members during times of crisis." One of the nation's leading playwrights for family audiences, Suzan Zeder's plays have been performed in all fifty states, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, Australia, Germany, Israel and New Zealand. She is a professor at The University of Texas Department of Theatre and Dance.
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33 VARIATIONS
ZACH Theatre
1/23-2/17/2013
The Texas Premiere of 33 VARIATIONS Written by MOISÉS KAUFMAN Directed by DAVE STEAKLEY In a major coup for ZACH, Anton Nel, one of the world's greatest concert pianists, brings Beethoven's Diabelli Variations to brilliant life in this Texas premiere. Mother and music scholar Katherine Brandt, played by TV and film star Beth Broderick is coming to terms with her daughter. Beethoven is coming to terms with his genius. And even though separated by 200 years, these two talented people share an obsession that makes time stand still in this extraordinary Broadway play about passion, ferocious tenacity, and moments of beauty that transform our lives. ZACH's Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley says: "Piano virtuoso Anton Nel, who is a ZACH subscriber and donor, approached me about a year and a half ago with the idea of doing 33 VARIATIONS with him playing Beethoven's ‘33 Diabelli Variations' live on stage. I was thrilled that Anton would consider carving out such a large chunk of time from his international touring schedule to make this possible for us, and for all of the Austinites who will get to savor this experience. We have a rich history with playwright Moises Kaufman, having produced both halves of The Laramie Project, so I'm delighted we will produce the Texas premiere of his extraordinary new American play about the moments of beauty that can transform a life."
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33 VARIATIONS
ZACH's Topfer Theatre
1/23-2/17/2013
In a major coup for ZACH, Anton Nel, one of the world's greatest concert pianists, brings Beethoven's Diabelli Variations to brilliant life in this regional premiere. A mother, music scholar Katherine Brandt, is coming to terms with her daughter. Beethoven is coming to terms with his genius. And even though separated by 200 years, these two people share an obsession that makes time stand still in this extraordinary Broadway play about passion, ferocious tenacity and moments of beauty that transform our lives.
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33 VARIATIONS
ZACH Theatre
1/23-2/17/2013
Karen Kuykendall Stage: - Mois
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A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING
College of the Mainland Community Theatre
1/24-2/17/2013
Taste and imagination, the two key ingredients for a first-rate revue, abound in this fresh take on the Rodgers & Hammerstein canon conceived by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie. Over three decades after the duo's final collaboration, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, took the Great White Way by storm, it was in fact this new R&H musical that opened the 1994 Broadway season with flair and distinction, garnering wildly enthusiastic notices as well as earning two Tony nominations, including Best Musical. Here at R&H, our founding fathers probably never imagined 'Shall We Dance?' as a comic pas de deux for a towering beauty and her diminutive admirer, nor did they suspect that one day a lovelorn young lad might pose the musical question, 'How do you solve a problem like Maria?' But that's precisely the kind of invention lavished upon this new revue, with innovative musical arrangements including a sultry Andrews Sisters-esque 'I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-a My Hair,' a swingin' 'Honeybun' worthy of the Modernaires, and a jazzy 'Kansas City' which leaves no question about how terrifically up to date the remarkable songs of R&H remain.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Music Arrangements by Fred Wells; Conceived By Walter Bobbie
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OTHER DESERT CITIES
Austin Playhouse (inside the Highland Mall)
1/25-2/24/2013
Austin Playhouse will bring Austin audiences Baitz' powerful family drama. In the award-winning Other Desert Cities, Baitz brings us an emotionally charged play about a family coming to terms with long-held secrets. Brooke Wyeth (Lara Toner) returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence and a mental breakdown to celebrate Christmas with her parents (Babs George and Rick Roemer), her brother (Jacob Trussell), and her aunt (Bernadette Nason). Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family's history-a wound they don't want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it. The play premiered Off-Broadway in January 2011 to critical acclaim and transferred to Broadway in November 2011, marking the Broadway debut of a Baitz play. The play was named Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play by the Outer Critics Circle and won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. It was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Jon Robin Baitz's plays include My Beautiful Goddamn City, Ten Unknowns, The Paris Letter, Mizlansky/Zilinsky or Schmucks, A Fair Country, The Substance of Fire, and an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler. His television credits include The West Wing, Alias, and Brothers and Sisters, which he created. Read more: http://austin.broadwayworld.com/article/Austin-Playhouse-Presents-OTHER-DESERT-CITIES-Beginning-125-20130108#ixzz2HUveXy7z
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TRU
ZACH Theatre
1/10-3/10/2013
TRU starring Jaston Williams Written by Jay Presson Allen Directed by LARRY RANDOLPH Greater Tuna star Jaston Williams inhabits Truman Capote in a virtuoso performance of the charming, acerbic, fragile, and enigmatic writer. In this one-man tour de force, Williams' astonishing portrayal of the In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany's author is by turns hilarious, vulnerable, and confessional. The audience becomes confidants to TRU's trademark wit and honesty. Packed houses, standing ovations, and waves of laughter characterized this show in its initial run at ZACH Theatre 12 years ago making it the hottest ticket in town. This production promises to be even more fun this time around. "A man who doesn't dream is like a man who doesn't sweat: he stores up a lot of poison." — Truman Capote ZACH's Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley says: "By popular demand, I am bringing back one of our favorite plays from a dozen years ago that featured one of our favorite performances—Jaston Williams as Truman Capote, the renowned writer who had a flair for drinking freely, living freely, dreaming freely, and jabbing freely at the underbellies of New York City's social elite. Just like the Greater Tuna characters that Jaston made famous, this role fits him like a glove. The play is hilarious and poignant in his hands, and the intimacy of the Whisenhunt Theatre makes it feel like you are having drinks with a great friend in their stylish apartment. The good news is that this friend has the best stories and gossip to share!"
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TRU
ZACH's Whisenhunt Stage
1/9-3/10/2013
Greater Tuna star Jaston Williams inhabits Truman Capote in a virtuoso performance of the charming, acerbic, fragile and enigmatic writer. In this one-man tour de force, Williams' astonishing portrayal of the In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany's author is by turns hilarious, vulnerable and confessional. The audience becomes confidants to Tru's trademark wit and honesty. Packed houses, standing ovations and waves of laughter characterized this show in its initial run 12 years ago when it became the hottest ticket in town. This production promises to be even more fun!
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TRU
ZACH Theatre
1/9-3/10/2013
Whisenhunt Stage: - Jay Presson Allen; dir: Larry Randolph.
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GOODNIGHT MOON
ZACH's Kleberg Stage
1/31-3/22/2013
Step into the Great Green Room as one of the most iconic children's books of all time is brought to life. In this lively musical, Bunny's room magically comes alive with stunning puppetry, tap dancing bears, and even a trip through the night sky with a constellation light show.
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