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Compagnie Kafig in Broadway COMPAGNIE KÄFIG
Portland Ovations
France's Compagnie Kafig delivers explosive dance that intertwines street hip-hop, martial arts and contemporary technique into electrifying performance. Choreographer Mourad Merzouki, who is at the forefront of the international hip-hop dance scene and who trained in circus skills and martial arts, leads 11 male street dancers from Brazil's favelas in two thrilling dances that highlight the young Brazilians' astonishing acrobatic skills and dazzling virtuosity. Set to samba and bossa nova music, it's an evening bursting with fun, sensuality and vitality - a joyous celebration of life and dance.
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Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles in Broadway RAIN - A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES
Collins Center for the Arts
RAIN - A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES is a multi-media spectacular that takes you on a musical journey through the life and times of the world's most celebrated band. Featuring all the hits you love. RAIN takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to the Beatles. Don't miss the Broadway smash that's taken the world by storm...RAIN - A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES.
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The Fantasticks in Broadway THE FANTASTICKS
New Surry Theatre
"Try to Remember" and "Soon It's Gonna Rain" are two of the most beloved songs in American musical theater and they join many other memorable moments in "The Fantasticks" which will open NST's 42nd Season beginning January 31st. Don't miss our production of Broadway's longest-running musical, an enchanting story that explores the difference between romantic and mature love.
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Johnny A in Broadway JOHNNY A
One Longfellow Square
A veteran of long years on the Boston club scene and a stint as sideman to former J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf, guitarist Johnny A. originally self-released his masterful, tasteful solo record to much local acclaim, and then guitar ace Steve Vai added the musician to the roster of his label. Proving that the term "guitar god" has too often been misapplied in the post- Van Halen era of diddly-squeak school of soloing, Johnny A. draws on a more classic pantheon of American fret deity for inspiration, including Chet Atkins , Scotty Moore, James Burton, Nokie Edwards, and Wes Montgomery. And like the late Danny Gatton (whom the musician's fiery solos recall), Johnny's years as a sideman have taught him the importance of space and dynamics. The smoky, moody title track sets the tone. While his choice of covers (the Beatles' "Yes It Is," Jimmy Webb's "Wichita Lineman," and the Ventures' signature "Walk, Don't Run") underscore his restraint, the guitarist proves his overdrive can burn with the best of them.
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One Blue Tarp in Broadway ONE BLUE TARP
The Bangor Opera House
The ubiquitous blue tarp provides the backdrop for this comic play about a Maine native defending his right to do as he's always done and a woman "from away" who wants to change things and knows just how to do it. This lighthearted examination of home, place, progress, and the way life "should" be was first written and developed for PTC's 2010 Northern Writes New Play Festival; named Best Play for the State of Maine in the 2013 Clauder New England Playwright Competition. WORLD PREMIER!
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Words By: <a href=Ira Gershwin and the Great American Songbook in Broadway" border="0" bheight="100" width="100" align="right"> WORDS BY: IRA GERSHWIN AND THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK
Portland Stage
A light-hearted play with music showcasing the life and lyrics of the legendary American librettist Ira Gershwin. From his early days writing comic tunes to Broadway and Hollywood stardom, two singers help Ira tell his story through his own words to music by Jerome Kern, Kurt Weill, and of course, his brother and favorite collaborator, George.
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Penobscot Theatre
Bangor Opera House:Travis Baker; dir: Dan Burson.
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The Brothers Grimm hit Broadway with an epic fairytale where worlds collide. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare modern classic.The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King's Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.One of Sondheim's most popular works, INTO THE WOODS is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy. Designers will especially enjoy highlighting the fantastical elements of this magical word.
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Red in Broadway RED
The Everyman Repertory Theatre
"What do you see?" Famed abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko asks his young assistant, Ken, the loaded question. What's art? And who gets to decide anyway? It's 1958, and Rothko has just been offered the biggest commission in the history of modern art. He and Ken work feverishly in his New York studio-until Ken begins to realize his answers to those fundamental questions about art are very different than his mentor's. Winner of six Tony Awards, this sizzling 90-minute drama is one of the most intellectually riveting shows to recently hit Broadway.
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