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Photos: First look at Little Theatre Off Broadway's YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BR PhotosPhotos: First look at Little Theatre Off Broadway's YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(6/24/2022) - Charlie Brown and the entire Peanuts gang explore life's great questions as they play baseball, struggle with homework, sing songs, swoon over their crushes, and celebrate the joy of friendship.


Photos: First look at Evolution Theatre Co's BIRDS OF A FEATHER PhotosPhotos: First look at Evolution Theatre Co's BIRDS OF A FEATHER
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(6/23/2022) - Celebrate PRIDE 2022 with Evolution Theatre - Central Ohio's LGBTQIA Theatre Company as they present the area premiere of Birds of a Feather by Marc Acito. On the surface, it's about two male penguins who partnered, adopted an egg, hatched and raised a chick together. But in reality, it's about so much more!


Photos: Inside New Albany Middle School's PERFORMANCE AT THE COLUMBUS ARTS FEST PhotosPhotos: Inside New Albany Middle School's PERFORMANCE AT THE COLUMBUS ARTS FEST
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(6/23/2022) - New Albany Middle School was selected to perform as the only Middle School on the ABC6 Bicentennial Park Stage at the 2022 Columbus Arts Festival. This was a wonderful opportunity for these 6th, 7th and 8th grade students to share their passion for musical theatre with their community! The NAMS Theatre Department performed selections from their recent productions of “Xanadu Jr.”, “Mary Poppins Jr.” and finished off with the number “We don’t talk about Bruno” from the smash hit “Encanto”. Director: Melissa Gould, Musical Director: Sean Hooper. Performers: Aline Bhat, Anna Fishbaugh, Annie Trybus, Ava Baker, Ava Feisel, Brie Funk, Cali Russell, CJ Gaines, Drew Wintersteller, Ella Davis, Eva Vian, Eve Limpach, Evie Nacht, Gabby Lewis, Ghost Thomas, Gia Ellenberg, Hope Rooney, Ian Kopf, Kayla Haynes, Kendall Beus, Lee Brechter, Lila Griveas, Lilly Steel, Maggie Hill, Maria Thiel, Myles Patton, Neil Teri, Noelle Griffith, Olivia Fuller, Olivia Horne, Olivia Smith, Parker Cohn, Regan James, Riley Malone, Riley Snead, Riley Walsh and Sahil Shah. Crew : Carter Purcell, Ella Proudfoot


Photos: Inside New Vision Dance Co.'s PERFORMANCE AT THE COLUMBUS ARTS FEST PhotosPhotos: Inside New Vision Dance Co.'s PERFORMANCE AT THE COLUMBUS ARTS FEST
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(6/22/2022) - New Vision Dance Company was selected to perform on the ABC6 Bicentennial Park Stage at the 2022 Columbus Arts Festival. This was a wonderful opportunity for these talented dancers to share their passion with their community! New Vision is launching the first ever New Albany Dance Festival on July 30, 2022. The company performed pieces choreographed by Artistic Director Melissa Gould as well as company members Lili Engel, Janaya Davis, Jonathan Hill and Jessica Gould. NVDC was joined by guest vocal artists Emily Baird, Lorelei Roeger and Emma Wintersteller. New Vision Dance Company members performing: Arnav Nawani, Charlotte Rutherford, Clara Love, Dominic Catrone, Elise Pierson, Erykah Strickland, Janaya Davis, Jennifer Myers, Jessica Gould, Joe Gould, Jonathan Hill, Lauren Seger, Lexi Daniels, Lili Engel, Rachel Cory, Sally Squires and Sydnie Liggins.


Photos: Inside Mount Vernon Arts Consortium presents KEVIN NEALON PhotosPhotos: Inside Mount Vernon Arts Consortium presents KEVIN NEALON
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(6/20/2022) - The Mount Vernon Arts Consortium (MVAC) welcomed Kevin Nealon on June 16th, 2022 to the Woodward Opera House in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Upcoming shows include The Reagan Years: Talented East Coast musicians replicating Pop, Rock, New Wave, and Heavy Metal hits of the MTV Era. Selling out shows since 1996 and knows all the lyrics to Billy Joel’s ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire.’ Friday, June 17 at 7:30 PM. This is part of the Free Summer Concert Series at The Schnormeier Event Center, 10 Pittsburgh Ave., Mount Vernon, OH. On Saturday June 18th MVAC welcomes Aureum: An Aerial and Acrobatic Adventure Tale for 2 performances in The Knox Memorial, 112 E. High Street, Mount Vernon, OH. And Clint Black on Thursday, September 15th. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.mvac.org Check out our website for lots more exciting shows to come!


Photos: First look at Short North Stage's SURVIVING THE MOONLIGHT PhotosPhotos: First look at Short North Stage's SURVIVING THE MOONLIGHT
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(6/16/2022) - Moonlight and madness collide in an original backstage musical fable about the hopes and dreams of life on the stage. Learn all about the show!


Photos: First look at New Albany Community Playhouse's NEXT TO NORMAL PhotosPhotos: First look at New Albany Community Playhouse's NEXT TO NORMAL
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(6/16/2022) - Next to Normal is a 2008 American rock musical with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt. The story centers on a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effects that managing her illness has on her family. Performances are June 17th thru the 25th, 2022 at the McCoy Center, 100 E. Dublin Granville Rd., New Albany, OH 43054. For tickets or more information, visit: https://www.newalbanycommunityplayhouse.org/nexttonormal


Photos: First look at Red Herring Productions' SILENT SKY PhotosPhotos: First look at Red Herring Productions' SILENT SKY
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(6/11/2022) - Follow the true story of the 19th-century astronomer, Henrietta Leavitt as she maps distant stars in galaxies beyond our own during a time when women's ideas were dismissed until a man claimed credit for them. Social progress and astronomical advances are realized as Henrietta and her fellow female “computers” change the way we see the heavens and the earth in this incredible story of bold love, boundless determination, and the vast grandeur of the cosmos. It’s an unparalleled treat for the heart, mind, and senses. The show runs June 10th thru the 26th, 2022 at Red Herring Theater, 3723 S High ST, Columbus OH 43207. For more information visit: https://www.redherringtheater.org/ or call (614) 723-9116.


Photos: First look at Rise Up Youth Theatre's THE SOMEWHAT TRUE TALE OF ROBIN HO PhotosPhotos: First look at Rise Up Youth Theatre's THE SOMEWHAT TRUE TALE OF ROBIN HOOD
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(6/9/2022) - It sure is hard to be humble when you're a swashbuckling, egocentric super-hero. But our gallant guy-in-green tries his best as he swaggers through The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood, a frantically funny, Monty Pythonesque retelling of the classic. This time around, the legendary legend, in his never-ending quest to aid the needy, encounters a lovely damsel-in-distress (oddly obsessed with skin conditions); an ever-scheming sheriff who would rather bowl a strike than hit a bull's-eye; a gold-hoarding, bad-guy monarch wannabe; and a good-natured 'Town's Guy' who manages to make his way into every scene, whether he belongs there or not. Combine them with an expandable band of spoon-wielding Merry Men whose collective IQs equal six, and you've got an irreverent jaunt through Sherwood Forest you won't soon forget! Performances run June 10 thru the 12th, 2022 at The Davis Auditorium, Lancaster Camp Ground, 2151 West Fair Ave., Lancaster, OH 43130. For more information visit: https://www.riseupartsalliance.org


Photos: First look at Original Productions Theatre's VOICE OF THE NET PhotosPhotos: First look at Original Productions Theatre's VOICE OF THE NET
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(6/2/2022) - Original Productions Theatre (OPT) and the Abbey Theater of Dublin will co-present the world premiere production of “Voice of the Net,” written by Otterbein University Associate Professor Jeremy Llorence. The in-person production will be performed June 2-5 and June 9-12, 2022. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students, seniors and matinees (2 p.m. on June 5 and 12). All performances are available for purchase at www.DublinOhioUSA.gov/abbey-theater.


Photos: Inside Short North Stage's PERFORMANCE INTERN YEAR-END SHOWCASE PhotosPhotos: Inside Short North Stage's PERFORMANCE INTERN YEAR-END SHOWCASE
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(5/23/2022) - Short North Stage's Performance Interns presented their end of year showcase on the mainstage where Spring Awakening is currently playing. These high school students participated in a free year long program that gave them access to masterclasses, talk backs, professional performance opportunities, and more. Featuring students from 11 area high schools, this showcase was their chance to take center stage and shine in their own spotlight! The program is directed by Dionysia Williams, Associate Artistic Director at Short North Stage, and recently held auditions for their 2022-23 program. Visit www.shortnorthstage.org for more information about the internship programs.


Photos: First look at Stage​ Right Theatrics' THE UNCANNY PhotosPhotos: First look at Stage​ Right Theatrics' THE UNCANNY
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(5/20/2022) - “The Uncanny” is a first for Stage Right Theatrics in that it features both film and stage elements. The play is directed by Ohio resident Matt Hermiz, who had this to say about adapting part of the play for film: “The primary male character is a Hollywood film producer versed in particular in horror films and the cinematic history thereof. It seems like a logical extension of the play’s themes to tell part of the overall story with the cinematic medium.” Performances are May 20-21 and 27 at 7:30 PM, May 22 at 1:30 PM, and May 25-26 at 7 PM at the Abbey Theatre of Dublin (5600 Post Rd, Dublin, OH 43017). For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: https://conservativefestivaloh.com/


Photos: First look at Imagine Productions' RIDE THE CYCLONE PhotosPhotos: First look at Imagine Productions' RIDE THE CYCLONE
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(5/19/2022) - In this hilarious and outlandish story, the lives of six teenagers from a Canadian chamber choir are cut short in a freak accident aboard a roller coaster. When they awake in limbo, a mechanical fortune teller invites each to tell a story to win a prize like no other the chance to return to life. A funny, moving look at what makes a life well-lived!


Photos: Inside Theatre Roundtable's CENTRAL OHIO THEATRE ROUNDTABLE ANNUAL CELEB PhotosPhotos: Inside Theatre Roundtable's CENTRAL OHIO THEATRE ROUNDTABLE ANNUAL CELEBRATION
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(5/17/2022) - Shadowbox Live was the host venue for the Central Ohio Theatre Roundtable (DBA Theatre Roundtable) Annual Celebration. The celebration took place on May 15, 2022 at 7 PM. Theatre Roundtable is a Columbus-based consortium of community, educational, and professional theatre companies that exists to further the performing arts in Ohio. “After a one-year hiatus, Theatre Roundtable is excited to provide an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate the artists, organizations, productions, and theatrical initiatives that were produced in 2020 and 2021,” Theatre Roundtable President Joe Bishara said. In lieu of Production awards, Theatre Roundtable presented four (4) citations, one (1) Fellowship and one (1) Award. For more information visit: https://theatre-roundtable.org/


Photos: Inside Short North Stage's SPRING AWAKENING OPENING NIGHT GALA PhotosPhotos: Inside Short North Stage's SPRING AWAKENING OPENING NIGHT GALA
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(5/16/2022) - Broadway’s hit angsty rock musical hits the Garden Mainstage in a spectacular new staging by Artistic Director Edward Carignan and New York City Choreographer Trevor Schmidt. Featuring a heart-pounding score by alternative singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik (pop hit “Barely Breathing”), Spring Awakening is a seductive and intimate look at the challenges of adolescent lovers in strict 19th Century German society. The subject of an upcoming HBO documentary and winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, this landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll that is still very relevant today. Presented by a thrilling cast of up and coming talent this show will inspire, ignite, and illuminate everyone in the audience. Spring Awakening will perform from May 5th now extended to June 4th at the Short North Stage (https://www.shortnorthstage.org/) Showtimes are 7pm Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and 2pm Sundays. Tickets range From $39 - $54 with student rush tickets available for $20 at the door. Group discounts available. Visit www.cbusarts.com for more information.


Photos: First look at Gallery Players' PLAZA SUITE PhotosPhotos: First look at Gallery Players' PLAZA SUITE
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(5/14/2022) - Hilarity abounds in this portrait of three couples successively occupying a suite at the Plaza. A suburban couple take the suite while their house is being painted and it turns out to be the one in which they honeymooned 23 (or was it 24?) years before and was yesterday the anniversary, or is it today? This wry tale of marriage in tatters is followed by the exploits of a Hollywood producer who, after three marriages, is looking for fresh fields. He calls a childhood sweetheart, now a suburban housewife, for a little sexual diversion. Over the years she has idolized him from afar and is now more than the match he bargained for. The last couple is a mother and father fighting about the best way to get their daughter out of the bathroom and down to the ballroom where guests await her or as Mother yells, “I want you to come out of that bathroom and get married!” Performances run May 14 thru May 21, 2022. Gallery Players, 1125 College Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43209. Please visit https://galleryplayers.eventive.org/schedule to get specific showtimes and purchase tickets.


Photos: First look at Little Theatre Off Broadway's BONNIE & CLYDE PhotosPhotos: First look at Little Theatre Off Broadway's BONNIE & CLYDE
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(5/12/2022) - Bonnie & Clyde tells the story of real-life fugitives, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Their craving for fame and thrills leads them into a life of crime and a life on the run. As their fame and ambition grows, their inevitable fate draws closer. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER 13: Adult situations, violence, language, gun shots, blood. Performances run May 13 thru 29, 2022 at Little Theatre Off Broadway, 3981 Broadway, Grove City, Ohio 43123. Order Reserved Seating Tickets at the link: https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/63398


Photos: First look at Wagnalls Community Theatre's PUFFS PhotosPhotos: First look at Wagnalls Community Theatre's PUFFS
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(5/11/2022) - Puffs is the story of Wayne Hopkins: a regular boy who finds out he's a wizard and goes to school in England where he makes two best friends and has adventures. This perhaps sounds familiar. But, Wayne is sorted as a Puff, he and the other Puffs simply want to learn how to be wizards and avoid attacks by evil wizards. This show is rated PG13. Audience is encouraged to wear costumes as we will have a costume contest! Cash bar for those over 21 years of age. Written by Matt Cox, Directed by Joe Werstak, the Cast includes: Nikki Snyder, Alex Dutton, Tyler Howard, Sam Myers, April Adams, Sarah Applegate, Julie Cecutti, Scott Gottliebson, Tyler Hall, Gail Matos, Madi Ryan, Keilyn Snell, Stewart Stebelton, Jamie Thacker, Trinity Yeomans, Bethany Ziegler, and Wave Wilkerson. Performances run May 13 thru May 15, 2022 at The Wagnalls Memorial, 150 East Columbus St, Lithopolis, OH 43136. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: https://wagnalls.ticketleap.com/puffs/dates


Photos: First look at MTVarts' ALL MY SONS PhotosPhotos: First look at MTVarts' ALL MY SONS
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(5/6/2022) - During the war Joe Keller and Steve Deever ran a machine shop which made airplane parts. Deever was sent to prison because the firm turned out defective parts, causing the deaths of many men. Keller went free and made a lot of money. The twin shadows of this catastrophe and the fact that the young Keller son was reported missing during the war dominate the action. The love affair of Chris Keller and Ann Deever, the bitterness of George Deever returned from the war to find his father in prison and his father’s partner free, are all set in a structure of almost unbearable power. The climax showing the reaction of a son to his guilty father is fitting conclusion to a play electrifying in its intensity. Director * Ian Fraser Ernsberger, Stage Manager * John Wareham, Season Production Manager * Megan Bell. The cast includes: Joe Keller * Bruce Jacklin, Kate Keller * Cate Blair Wilhelm, Chris Keller * Christopher Hartman, Ann Deever * Kelly Lauth, George Deever * Tony Montgomery, Dr Jim Bayliss * Glen Hissong, Sue Bayliss * Maureen Browning, Frank Lubey * Chuck Rogers, Lydia Lubey * Abigail Tayse, Bert * Briggs Swallow. Performances run May 6th thru the 8th, 2022 at the Knox Memorial Theater, 112 E. High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio. For more information or tickets, visit: https://mtvarts.com/.


Photos: First look at Red Herring's THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE PhotosPhotos: First look at Red Herring's THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(5/4/2022) - Casey has just been fired from his Elvis impersonator gig at a Florida dive bar and replaced by a B-level drag show. To make things worse, he’s broke and just found out that his girlfriend is having a baby. After filling in for one of the drag queens one night, he decides to trade in his sequin jumpsuit for a sequin dress. With Miss Tracy’s help, he becomes a star. Along the way, he learns a whole lot about himself and show business in this funny and touching show. Written by Matthew Lopez, Directed by David Allen Vargo, the Cast includes: Doug Joseph, David Bahgat, Aaron Natarelli, Alicia Hoffman, Bill Hafner, Nick Martin, D.C. Simpson and Maja Jera The Legend of Georgia McBride performances run May 5 thru May 22, 2022, at Red Herring Theater, 3723 S. High St. Columbus, Ohio. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.redherringtheater.org/


Photos: First look at Curtain Players' MY Three Angels PhotosPhotos: First look at Curtain Players' MY Three Angels
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(5/3/2022) - It's Christmas Eve in the tropical prison colony of Cayenne, French Guiana, where the temperature has graciously dropped to 104 degrees. Hopeless shopkeeper Felix Ducotel has hired three convicts - two of them murderers, the third a swindler - to fix his roof. But when Felix's evil cousin arrives to oust Felix and his family from their business, the three convicts realize the Ducatels need a few guardian angels, and decide to use every criminal art they possess to set matters right. Written by Samuel Spewack and Bella Spewack, based on La Cuisine Des Anges by Albert Husson Directed by Stephen Grinch, the Cast includes: Randy Benge (Joseph), Al Minor (Jules), Tiarra Dapo (Marie Louise Ducotel), Julie Emmert (Mme. Parole), Brian Henry (Henri Trouchard), Jeff Kemeter (Lieutenant), Randy Lenhart (Felix Ducotel), Cheryl Nelson (Emilie Ducotel), Patrick Petrilla (Paul), & Kyle Smith (Alfred) Performances run May 6 thru May 22, 2022 at Curtain Players, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena, Ohio 43021. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: http://curtainplayers.org


Photos: New Albany Middle School Theatre Dept's MARY POPPINS JR. PhotosPhotos: New Albany Middle School Theatre Dept's MARY POPPINS JR.
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(4/29/2022) - Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time and the Broadway musical that played for over 2,500 performances and received multiple Olivier and Tony Awards nominations, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins captures hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect Broadway Junior musical! New Albany Middle School has been rehearsing and preparing for this show since January. Mary Poppins Jr. consists of 54 cast members and 16 crew members grades 6-8. Featuring projections by Nick Eberts and lighting design by Jon Gillie, an entire team of dedicated parents created the scenery, props and costumes led by Director Gould. New Albany Middle School will present Mary Poppins, Jr. to be performed April 29 - May 1 at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts. Purchase tickets: https://bit.ly/3vbXMDz


Photos: First look at Evolution Theatre Co's THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS, THE MUSICA PhotosPhotos: First look at Evolution Theatre Co's THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS, THE MUSICAL
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(4/28/2022) - musicals, each written in the distinctive style of a different master of the form. A Rogers and Hammerstein version; a Stephen Sondheim version; a Jerry Herman version; Andrew Lloyd Webber version; and a Kander & Ebb version. Music by Eric Rockwell, Lyrics by Joanne Bogart, Book by Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart Directed by Joe Bishara, Music Direction by Jonathan Collura, Choreography by Jamie Markovich McMahon, the Cast includes: Tom Cardinal (Jitter), Nat Harper (June), Matt Piper (Willy), and Lisa Thoma (Abby) Performances run April 28 thru May 7, 2022 at Abbey Theater of Dublin, 5600 Post Rd. Dublin, Ohio 43017. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: https://ci.ovationtix.com/35855/production/1080334


Photos: First look at Hilliard Arts Council's 1776 PhotosPhotos: First look at Hilliard Arts Council's 1776
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(4/22/2022) - The musical 1776 finds John Adams attempting to cajole and bully his fellow members of the Continental Congress to create and sign the Declaration of Independence and vote for a separation from English tyranny. But how much is he willing to compromise in the pursuit of this newfound freedom? 1776 The musical, with music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and a book by Peter Stone, premiered on Broadway in 1969 and won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical. In 1972, it was also made into a film adaptation. This Tony award winning musical will feature the efforts of 30 talented actors from the greater Columbus area, including well known and long-standing member of the Columbus theatre community, Bill Goldsmith playing the part of John Adams. Performances run April 22nd thru May 1st, 2022 at the Hilliard Civic and Cultural Arts Center, 5425 Center St, Hilliard, OH, 43026. For more information or to get tickets, visit: https://www.hilliardartscouncil.org/theatre/


Photos: First look at The New Albany High School Theatre Department's LETTERS TO PhotosPhotos: First look at The New Albany High School Theatre Department's LETTERS TO SALA
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(4/22/2022) - Based on the book Sala's Gift by Ann Kirschner, 'Letters to Sala' tells the remarkable true story of a young girl's survival in wartime Germany during which she spent five years in seven different Nazi labor camps and collected over 350 letters. Sala Garncarz kept her secret for over 50 years, concealing her incredible history in a box. Everything changes when Sala reveals the letters to her grown daughter. The family must decide whether to keep these personal mementos that detail their struggles through a horrific time or share them with the world. This incredibly important, powerful, and moving play runs April 21 - 30 at the McCoy Center for the Arts, 100 West Dublin-Granville Rd., New Albany, OH 43054. Tickets can be purchased in advance at cbusarts.com or at the door.


Photos: First Look At ONCE At Center Theater PhotosPhotos: First Look At ONCE At Center Theater
by A.A. Cristi - Columbus

(4/21/2022) - Get a first look at rehearsal photos for Renaissance Theatre's upcoming production of the Tony Award-winning musical ONCE!


Photos: First look at Bruce Jacklin & Co's SYLVIA PhotosPhotos: First look at Bruce Jacklin & Co's SYLVIA
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(4/21/2022) - 'A man and his dog is a sacred relationship. What nature hath put together let no woman put asunder.' A street-smart mixture of Lab and poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. Don't miss your chance to see this hilarious comedy about a man and his dog directed by Susan Moreland and produced by Bruce Jacklin. Starring: Thor Collard, Beth Nuzum Cronenweth, Andrew Duffy and Megan Evans as Sylvia. “Sylvia” runs April 22nd thru May 7th. Performances are every Friday and Saturday evening, with social hour beginning at 6:30 PM. Reservations and menu sections must be made on line at https://tickets.alcoverestaurant.com/index.php/en/sylvia


Photos: First Look at Courtney Reed, Conor Ryan, Austin Durant & More In MOULIN PhotosPhotos: First Look at Courtney Reed, Conor Ryan, Austin Durant & More In MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL on Tour
by Alan Henry - Broadway

(4/20/2022) - BroadwayWorld has a first look at The Tony Award-winning Best Musical Moulin Rouge, now playing at the James M. Nederlander Theatre in Chicago. The limited engagement runs through May 14.


Photos: First look at THE GRETTA AND GILDA EASTER SPECTACULAR PhotosPhotos: First look at THE GRETTA AND GILDA EASTER SPECTACULAR
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(4/17/2022) - Gretta is a devout Christian, Gilda is a Pagan- how do these two celebrate Easter together? We are about to find out! The Gretta and Gilda Easter Spectacular is a live show starring Gretta Goodbottom and Gilda Wabbit. Shauna Davis will also be joining Gretta and Gilda! If you haven't heard her sing, it’s the voice of an angel! Maybe we will have her play an angel! One of the West family traditions is to raise money for local charities at the end of the show. Last year they raised $17,000 for Kaleidoscope Youth Center! Only two performances left – Sunday April 17th at 3:00 pm and at 6:00 pm at District West, 145 North 5th St., Columbus, OH. Tickets available at the door.


Photos: Inside Mount Vernon Arts Consortium presents AMY GRANT PhotosPhotos: Inside Mount Vernon Arts Consortium presents AMY GRANT
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(4/8/2022) - The Mount Vernon Arts Consortium welcomed Amy Grant on April 7th, 2022 to the Knox Memorial Theater in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Amy has sold more than 30 million albums world-wide, including three multi-platinum, six platinum and four gold. Grant has received 6 Grammy Awards and 26 Dove Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a star on the Music City Walk of Fame. Most recently, she was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Upcoming shows include Amy Grant on Thursday, April 7th; Kevin Nealon on Thursday, June 16th; and Aureum: An Aerial and Acrobatic Adventure Tale on Saturday, June 18th and Clint Black on Thursday, September 15th. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.mvac.org


Photos: First look at Rise Up Youth Theatre's PIRATES! THE MUSICAL PhotosPhotos: First look at Rise Up Youth Theatre's PIRATES! THE MUSICAL
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(3/31/2022) - “We're off to sail the rollicking sea, pirates all are we!” But ARRRR, and shiver me timbers! There's a stowaway on board! Perhaps the King of the High “Cs” will know what to do. Join this salty crew of colorful scallywags when Blue-beard, Yellowbeard, Whitebeard, Purplebeard - well, you get the picture - along with the No Beards hoist the Jolly Roger and set sail for a mighty adventure. Performances run April 1-3, 2022 at Lancaster Masonic Lodge, 224 S. High Street, Lancaster, OH 43130. For more information visit: https://www.riseupartsalliance.org


Photos: Inside Short North Stage's BROADWAY STARS IN CONCERT PhotosPhotos: Inside Short North Stage's BROADWAY STARS IN CONCERT
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(3/30/2022) - On Monday March 28th, Short North Stage hosted a fundraiser event featuring Broadway performers Jelani Remy (Ain't Too Proud, Lion King) and Thayne Jasperon (Hamilton, Newsies). Patrons enjoyed an evening full of entertainment with special guests Thom Christopher Warren, Lisa Glover, accompanist Jonathan Collura, and the cast of Little Shop of Horrors. Patrons that purchased a VIP ticket were also treated to a pre and post event reception. This was a one night only event! Don't miss Little Shop of Horrors running now through April 15. Visit www.cbusarts.com for more information.


Photos: First look at Ohio University Lancaster Theatre's A COMEDY OF TENORS PhotosPhotos: First look at Ohio University Lancaster Theatre's A COMEDY OF TENORS
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(3/30/2022) - Ken Ludwig's 'A Comedy of Tenors' open this week at Ohio University Lancaster Theatre. Three Tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium with screaming fans. What could go wrong? Find out when Ohio University Lancaster Theatre presents Ken Ludwig's 'A Comedy of Tenors' this week, Thursday, March 31 - Sunday, April 3. Producer, Director, Scenic Designer...A Victor Jones Lighting and Technical Consultant...Dale Harris Stage Manager, Lighting and Sound...Abby Reeves. TICKETS: Online sales: https://commerce.cashnet.com/oul-theatre Box Office: (740) 681-3353 Show dates and times: Thursday, March 31, 7 pm; Friday, April 1, 7 pm; Saturday, April 2, 7 pm Sunday, April 3, 2 pm. *Tickets available at the door a half hour before all shows. Rated PG13.


Photos: First Look at Off The Lake's Production of HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL PhotosPhotos: First Look at Off The Lake's Production of HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(3/26/2022) - Based on the classic 1989 film. Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruellest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place - six feet under. Off the Lake is the only student run, service based theatre organization @ The Ohio State University! We hope to see you there for a night of great theatre for a great cause! Heathers the Musical performances run March 24, 25, 26, April 1, 2 at 7 pm and March 27, April 3 at 2pm in the Lawrence Tower ballroom, 328 W Lane Ave, Columbus, OH 43201. Tickets will be available at the door in Lawrence Tower. We will be collecting donations for our service partner, Kaleidoscope Youth Center, with a suggested donation of $1 or a canned good.


Photos: First look at Curtain Players' PRESENT LAUGHTER PhotosPhotos: First look at Curtain Players' PRESENT LAUGHTER
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(3/24/2022) - The egocentric, self-indulgent actor, Garry Essendine, is at the height of his fame on the London stage. He has a multitude of adoring fans, but he fears becoming obsolete now that he has turned forty. Adding to this impending mid-life crisis, Garry must deal with a parade of interlopers who disrupt preparations for his overseas theatrical tour. His household is thrown into chaos as he juggles an infatuated debutante, an unhinged playwright, a seductive married woman, his long-suffering secretary, and his estranged wife, as well as the entangled love lives of his close colleagues. Performances run March 25 thru April 10, 2022 at Curtain Players, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena, Ohio 43021. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: http://curtainplayers.org


Photos: First look at Red Herring Theater Company's DANCING LESSONS PhotosPhotos: First look at Red Herring Theater Company's DANCING LESSONS
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(3/23/2022) - In this slightly offbeat and somewhat romantic comedy, Ever, a brilliant young professor with Asperger’s syndrome, seeks dancing lessons with his talented, yet cranky neighbor, Senga, a Broadway dancer. However, as she recovers from a serious leg injury that may stop her dancing career permanently, Ever and Senga's relationship unfolds in both conventional and unconventional ways. Both are caught off-guard by their discoveries as they help one another re-examine their beliefs around self-perception, purpose, and connection while opening up a future of new possibilities. Written by Mark St. Germain, Directed by Nancy Shelton Williams, the Cast includes: Jordan Davis Turner, and Scott Douglas Wilson. Performances run March 24 thru April 10, 202, are at Red Herring, 3723 S. High St. Columbus, Ohio. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.redherringtheater.org/


Photos: First look at Worthington Community Theatre's BARE: A POP OPERA PhotosPhotos: First look at Worthington Community Theatre's BARE: A POP OPERA
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(3/20/2022) - Bare: A Pop Opera, is a coming-of-age rock musical. The story focuses on a group of high school students at a private Catholic boarding school facing issues of sexuality, identity, and the future. As they struggle to come to terms with who they are, and who the world thinks they should be, they seek answers from their Church, their friends, and ultimately, from within themselves. Bare is a provocative, fresh, and utterly honest look at the dangers of baring your soul, and the consequences of continuing to hide.


Photos: Inside Short North Stage's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS VIP OPENING NIGHT GALA PhotosPhotos: Inside Short North Stage's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS VIP OPENING NIGHT GALA
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(3/19/2022) - Don’t feed the plants! This timeless cult-hit musical comedy has been passed from generation to generation and remains one of the most produced musicals in America. With a new film version starring Lady Gaga coming, and a recent Off-Broadway hit revival, Short North Stage has received special permission to create a stunning new production in Columbus.


Photos: First look at CATCO's HEAD OVER HEELS PhotosPhotos: First look at CATCO's HEAD OVER HEELS
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(3/18/2022) - The hits of The Go-Gos fuel a non-stop joyride in this lively new musical Entertainment Weekly calls “a giddy neon anthem of acceptance.” Set in the kingdom of Arcadia, Head Over Heels offers a fresh update on Sir Phillip Sidney’s classic romance, The Arcadia, challenging the boundaries of gender, class and social institutions and exuberantly celebrating love and gender in all of its forms. The royal family and court take an outrageous journey to save their kingdom, only to discover “the beat” lies within each of them. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Songs by: The Go-Go’s, Adapted By: James Magruder, Based Upon: The Arcadia by Sir Philip Sidney, Conceived & Original Book By: Jeff Whitty, Directed By: Leda Hoffman, Music Director/Costume Designer: Que Jones, Set Designer: Dan Gray, Choreographer: Lorii Wallace, Cast includes: Basilus - Luke Bovenizer, Dametas - Liam Cronin, Mopsa - Sha Lemar Davis, Pythio - Caleb Mikayla Robinson, Musidorius - Brian Gray, Gynecia - Kendra Lucas, Pamela - Jordan (Jo) Shafer, Philoclea - Summit J Starr CATCO Head Over Heels performs March 17 – April 3, 2022, in Studio One at the Riffe Center, 77 S. High St., Columbus, Ohio. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.catco.org/2021-22/head-over-heels/


Photos: First look at Gallery Players' SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM PhotosPhotos: First look at Gallery Players' SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM
by Jerri Shafer - Columbus

(3/18/2022) - In this conceptual revue featuring more than two dozen Sondheim songs, the musical numbers are punctuated with interview footage of the composer, providing an intimate view of Stephen Sondheim’s personal life and artistic process. Far from the typical song cycle, the incomparable James Lapine brilliantly curated a collection of songs that have been masterfully arranged by David Loud from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Saturday Night, West Side Story, Company, Merrily We Roll Along, Follies, Sweeney Todd, Passion, A Little Night Music, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, Bounce, Assassins, Gypsy, Anyone Can Whistle. Performances run March 17 thru March 27, 2022. Gallery Players, 1125 College Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43209. Please visit http://columbusjcc.org/cultural-arts/gallery-players/ to get specific showtimes and purchase tickets.