(9/12/2019) - Set in Atlanta, 1948, this Pulitzer Prize winning play and Academy Award winner for Best Picture is the uplifting story of Daisy, a retired Jewish schoolteacher, and her African-American chauffeur, Hoke. As different as they first seem, their time together reveals a deep affection for each other, born in part from their shared experiences as minorities in a post-war South that simmers with violence. By turns hilarious and deeply moving, the relationship between Daisy and Hoke is a testament to the life-altering power of friendship. One-act play appropriate for middle school and up.
Performances are Sept 14th thru the 22nd. Gallery Players, 1125 College Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43209. Please visit jccgalleryplayers.org to get specific show times and purchase tickets.Photo Coverage: First Look at Curtain Players' LEADING LADIES by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(9/9/2019) - In this hilarious comedy by the author of Lend Me A Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo, two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing 'Scenes from Shakespeare' on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, Pennsylvania is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren't nephews, but nieces! Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with the old lady's vivacious niece, Meg, who's engaged to the local minister. Meg knows that there's a wide world out there, but it's not until she meets 'Maxine and Stephanie' that she finally gets a taste of it.
Performances run Sept 6th thru Sept 22nd at Curtain Players, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena, Ohio 43021. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: http://curtainplayers.orgPhoto Coverage: First look at Evolution Theatre Company's WHO KILLED JOAN CRAWFORD? by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(8/22/2019) - In Michael Leeds new murder-mystery comedy, on a dark stormy night, five men arrive at a cabin for a famous soap star's surprise birthday party. Each guest has been asked to dress as the birthday boy's favorite actress, Joan Crawford, in one of her signature roles - and the results aren't pretty, in more ways than one. As they wait for the star, the five 'Joans' begin drinking and dishing, soon dark secrets emerge and then there's one less Joan ... and then there are four…then three…then…? All this leads to a shocking and unforeseen ending.
Featuring: David Bahgat as Gene Harlow, Frank Barnhart as Harvey Goldberg, Ralph Scott as Stewart Fry, David Allen Vargo as Leo Lawrence, Lane Schlicher as David Hoch, Stewart Jamison as Trick Rogers.
Performances are August 21st thru the 31st, 2019 at the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215. For tickets, visit: http://www.evolutiontheatre.org/Photo Coverage: First look at Little Theatre Off Broadway's YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(8/16/2019) - The Sycamore family, (and their friends) are a madcap group of eccentrics, marching to the beat of their own drum, with pride and joy. When young Alice Sycamore becomes engaged to her company's VP, Tony Kirby, the Sycamore clan must straighten up to meet the new in-laws.
Performances run August 9th thru August 25th, 2019 at Little Theatre Off Broadway, 3981 Broadway, Grove City, Ohio. For reservations/more info visit: http://www.ltob.org or call 614-875-3919.Photo Coverage: The Lancaster Playhouse Presents MY EMPERORS NEW CLOTHES by Larry Shue by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(7/29/2019) - Everyone is familiar with the timeless story by Hans Christian Andersen, but the present version abounds in delightful differences. The action takes place in the kingdom of Mango-Chutney, in which a one-man army named Pony, an Emperor known as the wisest man in the world, Princess Farthingale and host of colorful characters live. The Emperor, decides he must have the most beautiful clothes in the world, and offers half of the state treasury to the weaver who comes up with the finest cloth. Being as wise as he is, he also announces that he will give the other half of the treasury plus the hand of his daughter, Princess Farthingale to anyone who can make him believe that something is real when actually it is not. While it is touch and go for a while, all ends happily and in a burst of song as the villains are routed, the Princess united with her true love, and the Emperor saved by the cheerfully vocal intercession of the enthralled audience.
Next performance in Saturday August 3 and Sunday August 4, 2pm at Fountain Square in Lancaster. Corner of Broad and Main Street. For more information visit: https://www.thelancasterplayhouse.org/Photo Coverage: First look at Ohio University Lancaster's LEGALLY BLONDE The Musical! by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(7/20/2019) - SHOWS: Sunday, July 21, 2 PM & 7 PM, Lancaster Festival Shows, Thursday, August 1, 7 PM, Friday, August 2, 7 PM, Saturday, August 3, 7 PM, Sunday, August 4, 2 PM. The box office opens one hours before show. ONLINE TICKET SALES: https://commerce.cashnet.com/oul-theatre
'A fabulously fun award-winning musical based on the adored movie, “LEGALLY BLONDE The Musical,” follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Action-packed and exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances - this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal!'
Book by Heather Hach, Music and Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin, Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture. 'LEGALLY BLONDE The Musical' is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.Photo Coverage: THE VIEW UPSTRAIRS at the Columbus Performing Arts Center by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(7/19/2019) - The View UpStairs is an interpretive account of a true event: a notoriously unsolved arson fire that took place at a gay bar called the Up Stairs Lounge on the ragged edge of the famous French Quarter. Thirty-two lives were claimed in that bar on the night of June 24, 1973 when an arsonist lit a spark that destroyed a trailblazing establishment—a place apart that had transcended barriers of straight and gay, male and female, black and white. Through the fantasia of musical theatre, The View UpStairs will do the impossible. This musical will convey you alongside Wes, our modern-day “millennial influencer” protagonist, into the bar before it burned. There, you will see the Up Stairs Lounge in a way that historians like myself can only yearn for: joyous, full of the revelry of men and women crooning beside the piano and, as yet, untouched by its tragic fate. You will hear the laughter and feel the love that commingled before all the screams.
Performances are July 17 thru the 27th, 2019 at the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215. For tickets, visit: http://www.evolutiontheatre.org/Photo Coverage: First Look at Worthington Community Theatre's TARZAN by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(7/19/2019) - Washed up on the shores of West Africa, an infant boy is taken in and raised by gorillas who name him Tarzan. Apart from striving for acceptance from his ape father, Tarzan's life is mostly monkey business until a human expedition treks into his tribe's territory, and he encounters creatures like himself for the first time. Tarzan struggles to navigate a jungle, thick with emotion, as he discovers his animal upbringing clashing with his human instincts.
Performances are July 19th thru the 28th at the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, 777 Evening St., Worthington, Ohio. For more information, visit https://worthingtoncommunitytheatre.com/#. Purchase tickets through the McConnell Arts Center.Photo Coverage: Inside New Vision Dance Co.'s FULL BLOOM by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(7/16/2019) - FULL BLOOM by New Vision Dance Co. (NVD) celebrated 6 years of concert dance at the Garden Theater. The audience enjoyed an experience of a bouquet of dance onstage with Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop and Tap creations. Guest artists/collaborators include sculptor Sara Hahn, Starr Foster Dance from Richmond, VA, Jessica Gould, Lisa Glover, 'Piper & Poppy', Katherine Burkman, Chad Goodwin and recording artist Mario Spinetti. Featuring choreography by Artistic Director Melissa Gould, Jonathon Hill, Dan Kiley and Michael Musarra. Performances were held July 12 & 13th, 2019 at the Garden Theatre.
Save the date, NVD's next show is "Come dance with me, a tribute to the Rat Pack". October 12th, 2019 at the McCoy in New Albany. For more information, visit: http://www.newvisiondanceco.org/
You can also support NVD by voting every day now thru August 9th for the company to be awarded through a contest for FCBank's 10 Fantastic Charities at https://survey.app.do/10fantasticcharities-2578745/i263dK0YPhoto Coverage: Inside the Screening of Cedric Gegel's Movie CADIA: THE WORLD WITHIN by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(7/15/2019) - Cadia: The World Within is the story of Matthew, David, and Renee Addams, three fourteen- year-olds whose journey into a mystical realm teaches them about grace, love, doubt, and the nature of good versus evil. Cadia is a film that provides hope and encourages philosophical discussion on how we interact with the world around us. Cadia is an adventure that will get people to believe in each other and in the world again.
A screening of the movie was held on July 12th, 2019 at Capital University, Columbus, Ohio.
Cast info: The Cadia: The World Within cast includes two-time Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Corbin Bernsen and Harry Potter's James Phelps, along with other notable actors like Rick Montgomery Jr, John Wells, Nicky Buggs, and Grace Kelly. The film stars Columbus triplets Keegan, Carly, and Tanner Sells, alongside Dayton actor Dillon Perry. Dozens of other central Ohio and midwestern talents appear in the film. More information on the cast and crew can be found at www.cadiafilm.com or on IMDb.
For more information about Cadia: The World Within or upcoming showtimes, visit: https:www.cadiafilm.comPhoto Flash: The Actors Theatre Presents AS YOU LIKE IT by BWW News Desk - Columbus
(7/12/2019) - As Amiens says in As You Like It, relationships are fraught with deceptions and false identities. William Shakespeare's bright and brilliant comedy is light and joyful, yet beneath that surface is a wealth of wisdom about what it means to be human, to turn life's catastrophes of chance into triumphs.Photo Coverage: First look at Hilliard Arts Council's SHREK THE MUSICAL by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(7/12/2019) - 'Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek....' And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand... and his name is Shrek.
Performances July 12th thru the 14th at the Hilliard Darby Theatre in the Hilliard Darby High School, 4200 Leppert Rd., Hilliard, OH. For performance times and more information visit: http:www.hilliardartscouncil.orghacshrek2019-freakflagflyPhoto Coverage: First look at Grandview Carriage Place Players' THE SLIPPER AND THE ROSE by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(7/11/2019) - The Grandview Carriage Place Players (GCP) presents the Columbus Premiere of 'The Slipper and the Rose.' This Sherman Brothers retelling, with a twist, of the classic tale of Cinderella with its elaborate costumes, witty songs and remarkable set will surely leave audiences of all ages enchanted!
Performances are July 11th - July 14th, 2019 at the Grandview Heights High School, 1587 W. 3rd Ave., Grandview, Ohio 43212. Thurs - Sat @ 7:00 pm and Sun @ 2:00 pm. Tickets are $5 at the door. For information on upcoming auditions or performances, visit https:www.facebook.comGCPPlayersPhoto Coverage: First look at Pickerington Community Theatre's SPAMALOT by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(7/10/2019) - Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful show girls? The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and was followed by two successful West End runs.
Performances are July 12th thru the 21st, 2019 and will be held at the Wigwam Theater (10190 Blacklick-Eastern Road Northwest, Pickerington, OH 43147) with showtimes at 8:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:00 PM on Sundays, July 12-21, 2019.
Tickets for Spamalot may be reserved by calling our box office at 614-508-0036 or you can purchase tickets online at pctshows.com (up to two hours before showtime).Photo Coverage: Inside Columbus Children's Theatre's FOREVER YOUNG by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(7/5/2019) - MTVarts presents the classic musical 'The Wizard of Oz' on stage at Knox County Memorial Theatre July 6-14. Join us in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the treasured movie that inspired this stage musical. Performances are July 6th thru the 14th at the Knox County Memorial Theater, 112 East High St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050. Tickets are available at http:mtvarts.comPhoto Coverage: Get A First look at OMTI's CHICAGO by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(6/28/2019) - OMTI's Summer Performance Conservatory is three weeks of education, rehearsals, and celebrity masterclasses, finished off with weekend performances of OMTI's Chicago at Ohio Wesleyan University!
Performances are June 27th thru June 30th at the Chappelear Drama Center @ Ohio Wesleyan University, 45 Rowland Ave, Delaware, OH 43015. For tickets or more information, visit: http:www.omticolumbus.orgPhoto Coverage: First look at Imagine Productions' GREASE by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(6/27/2019) - Here is Rydell High's senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding 'Burger Palace Boys' and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking 'Pink Ladies' in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head 'greaser' Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their 'Summer Nights' as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as 'Greased Lightnin',' 'It's Raining on Prom Night,' 'Alone at the Drive-In Movie' recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. An eight-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals, along with innumerable school and community productions place Grease among the world's most popular musicals.
Performances are June 28th thru July 7th at the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215. For tickets or more information, visit: https:www.imaginecolumbus.orgPhoto Coverage: First look at Wagnalls Community Theater Presents CHARLOTTE'S WEBB by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(6/13/2019) - After learning that a young pig's days are numbered, a literate spider weaves an elaborate plan to save her friend from the butcher's block.
Charlotte's Web performs June 14-16, 2019, Fri/Sat at 7:00pm and Sun at 3pm at The Wagnalls Memorial, 150 E. Columbus, St., Lithopolis, OH 43136.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: https://wagnalls.org/calendar/wagnalls-community-theaterPhoto Flash: Actors' Theatre Of Columbus Presents LITTLE WOMEN by BWW News Desk - Columbus
(6/7/2019) - Louisa May Alcott wrote the first great American novel - a story of longing, love, and patience that has stood the test of time. With genuine family affection, tragedy, and finally, hope, Little Women is a classic, buoyant romance that gives the sentiment, wisdom, and humor that makes us able to "Be comforted, dear soul! There is always light behind the clouds."Photo Coverage: First look at CATCO is Theatre's Holmes and Watson by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(5/31/2019) - Sherlock Holmes is dead ... or so it is assumed. The world knows the great detective went over the falls at Reichenbach with his nemesis Professor Moriarty. But as Holmes' body was never retrieved, several frauds, fakes and charlatans have since come forward to lay claim to his identity, and it falls to Dr. Watson to disprove them.
Holmes and Watson performs May 29th - June 16th, 2019 in the Van Fleet Theatre, Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: http://catco.org/shows/2018-2019/holmes-and-watsonPhoto Coverage: First look at Evolution Theatre Company's THE VULTURES by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(5/23/2019) - In the vein of 'And Then There Were None,' 'Clue' and 'Murder by Death,' 'The Vultures' puts a modern, comedic, gay spin on the haunted house/mystery genre. On the 20th anniversary of the death of publishing magnate Simon West, his six remaining relatives gather for the reading of his will -- the mysterious housekeeper declares, 'The relatives are swooping in like a wake of vultures ready to pick the carcass clean.' As the night progresses and a storm rages, sanity comes into question and one of the group goes missing. Where did they go? Were they murdered or did they escape? Who will ultimately inherit the fortune?
Performances are May 22 thru June 1st, 2019 at the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215. For tickets, visit: http://www.evolutiontheatre.org/Photo Flash: First Look At MAMMA MIA! at Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre by BWW News Desk - Columbus
(5/6/2019) - After a sold out run of The Sleepy Hollow Experience last fall, Brian Clowdus is back to produce the first Broadway musical at Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre in over 25 years. Things will be heating up as Chillicothe transforms into the islands of Greece with the most immersive ABBA musical experience audiences have ever witnessed. Betsy Padamonksy from the Broadway National Tour of MAMMA MIA! headlines as Donna. Follow her and her friends as they take a trip down memory lane to discover the winner takes it all in the end and sometimes life forces you to stand up and embrace your inner dancing queen!Photo Coverage: First Look at MTVarts and The Woodward Opera House's A RAISIN IN THE SUN by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(5/3/2019) - Set on Chicago's South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis, and matriarch Lena. When her deceased husband's insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. The Younger family's heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.
Performances are May 2nd and May 3rd @ 7:30 pm and May 5th @ 2pm, The Woodward Opera House, 107 S Main St, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050. For tickets or more information, visit: https://mtvarts.com/Photo Coverage: First Look at Hilliard Bradley Theatre's THE ADDAMS FAMILY by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(5/2/2019) - 'The Addams Family' features an original story, and it's every father's nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family - a man her parents have never met. And if that weren't upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's 'normal' boyfriend and his parents.
Performances are May 3nd and May 4th @ 7:00 pm and May 5th @ 2pm, Bradley Theater, 2800 Walker Rd, Hilliard, Ohio 43026. For tickets or more information, visit: https://www.bradleytheater.com/Photo Coverage: First look at Curtain Players' EPIC PROPORTIONS by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(5/1/2019) - Set in the 1930s, this comedy tells the story of two brothers who go to the Arizona desert to be extras in the huge Hollywood Biblical epic 'Exeunt Omnes'. Before you know it, Phil is directing the movie, and Benny is starring in it. To complicate matters further they both fall in love with the same woman, not to mention the gladiator battles, the Ten Plagues and a cast of thousands.
Performances run May 3rd thru May 19th at Curtain Players, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena, Ohio 43021. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: http://curtainplayers.orgPhoto Coverage: First Look at Grandview Carriage Place Players' FROZEN JR. by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(5/1/2019) - Disney's Frozen Jr. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!
Performances are May 2nd thru May 4th @ 7:00 pm and May 5th @ 2pm, Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215. Tickets are $5 at the door (Cash, VISA, MasterCard and Discover accepted). For more information, call John Heisel at: 614-645-3715 or Marta Durban (614) 488-3111.Photo Coverage: First look at The Lancaster Playhouse's CLUE: THE MUSICAL by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(4/29/2019) - The internationally popular game is now a fun-filled musical that brings the world's best-know suspects to life and invites the audience to help solve the mystery: who killed Mr. Boddy, in what room, and with what weapon. Only one hard-nosed female detective is qualified to unravel the merry mayhem. Comic antics, witty lyrics, and a beguiling score carry the investigation from room to room.
Performances are May 3, 4, 10 & 11. All performances are sold out. For information on how to be placed on a waiting list, visit: https://www.thelancasterplayhouse.org/Photo Coverage: First look at Performing Arts Creative Ensemble's BLITHE SPIRIT by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(4/26/2019) - Set at the house of writer, Charles Condomine, and his wife, Ruth…..One evening, Charles invites local eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a seance at his house. He asks along his friends, Dr. and Mrs. Bradman, intending to gather character inspiration from Madame Arcati for his latest book. Despite initially thinking the seance has been a failure, it soon becomes clear that Madame Arcati has unwittingly brought back Charles' first wife, Elvira, to haunt him. Once in his house, Elvira is unable to leave and, as she cannot be seen or heard by Ruth, she causes all kinds of mischievous trouble between the married couple. Intensely funny and character-driven, Blithe Spirit combines farce, emotion, and wit to great effect.
Performances are April 25th thru April 28th at the Columbus Dance Theatre, 592 E. Main St., Columbus, OH 43215. For tickets or more information, visit: https://pacecolumbus.com/Photo Coverage: First look at Little Theatre Off Broadway's IT'S ONLY A PLAY by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(4/26/2019) - It's the opening night of The Golden Egg on Broadway, and the wealthy producer Julia Budder is throwing a lavish party in her lavish Manhattan townhouse. Downstairs the celebrities are pouring in, but the real action is upstairs in the bedroom, where a group of insiders have staked themselves out to await the reviews.
Performances run April 26th thru May 12th, 2019 at Little Theatre Off Broadway, 3981 Broadway, Grove City, Ohio. For reservations/more info visit: http://www.ltob.org or call 614-875-3919.