Now Playing Onstage in Jackson, MS - Week of 5/25/2014

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Big River in Broadway BIG RIVER
Corinth Theatre-Arts Playhouse
Based on Mark Twain's classic 1884 novel, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," this musical is set on the pre-Civil War Mississippi River. Impetuous and freedom-loving Huck leaves his Missouri town - floating down the river in a raft -- when his alcoholic and violent father wins custody. Along the way, Huck meets runaway slave Jim, who is searching for his wife and children up North. Soon, the two are joined by the Duke and the King, who tell Jim and Huck that they're deposed French royalty but actually are con men and escaped convicts. After some (mis)adventures that reunite Huck with his best friend, Tom Sawyer, Huck discovers that Jim's slave owner died and freed Jim in her will. Jim continues searching for his family on his own and Huck decides to move out West to escape civilizing influences.
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See How They Run in Broadway SEE HOW THEY RUN
Gulfport Little Theatre
See How They Run is an English comedy in three acts by Philip King. Its title is a line from the nursery rhyme "Three Blind Mice".
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Crowns in Broadway CROWNS
Delta Center Stage
Regina Taylor penned this hot new musical described as a A play with music and dance, Crowns is adapted from a book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry. This inspirational musical weaves together a variety of stories from different characters, time periods and perspectives that, when integrated with music and dance, create a tapestry of voices that transcend time and place. The essential story of Crowns is that of Yolonda, a young African-American girl trying to figure out her identity, her place in the world, and her place in her own culture. Crowns follows Yolonda, Mother Shaw and the other characters through a church service. Through its many parts, the service draws Yolonda out of her isolation and grief, teaches her the history of her ancestors and her people, and initiates her into a place in her new community.
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Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah in Broadway SCOTT AND HEM IN THE GARDEN OF ALLAH
Actor's Playhouse
F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway wrestle with the sparks of art and the perils of creativity. This combative new play is set in 1937 Hollywood, at the infamous Garden of Allah, celebrity filled apartment complex. Fueled by friendship and rivalry, these two literary heavyweights reunite for one final night, in this smart and powerful new drama exploring the cost of love, friendship and the personal and professional price of being a writer.
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Cinderella in Broadway CINDERELLA
Laurel Little Theatre
Our annual Kids' Camp will take us to a kingdom far, far away. A brand new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA is running on Broadway right now, and our local kids will also get the chance to work on this show in a ten day summer workshop. It's the story that's so well known from the TV versions that starred Julie Andrews in the 1950s, Lesley Anne Warren in the 1960's and Mississippi born singer Brandy along with Whoopi Goldberg and Whitney Houston in the 1990's version. Our annual Summer Kids' Camp is an intensive one week workshop where students have a memorable time learning the audition and rehearsal process and then will end the week with performances of CINDERELLA. Pre-registration is required early next spring since our camp sells out in advance and auditions for leads will take place in late April. Make sure you're on our email newsletter list to get early notice when registration opens!
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Shrek The Musical in Broadway SHREK THE MUSICAL
New Stage Theatre
Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig SHREK THE MUSICAL, based on the Oscar winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a villian with a SRT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairytale misfits, and you've got a mess that calls for a real hero...Shrek. SHREK THE MUSICAL is part romance, part twisted fairytale and all irreverent fun for everyone! Rated PG.
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Dinner With Friends in Broadway DINNER WITH FRIENDS
Bay St. Louis Little Theatre
Dinner with Friends is a play written by Donald Margulies. It premiered at the 1998 Humana Festival of New American Plays and opened Off-Broadway in New York on November 4, 1999. The play received the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
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