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Footloose in Broadway FOOTLOOSE
St. Agnes Academy
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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Family Matters in Broadway FAMILY MATTERS
Ballet Memphis
From poignant and satirical to comical, the works in Family Matters show a fabulously diverse and evocative look at life with one another. This unique mixed-rep evening comes in the form of four short contemporary ballets including Trey McIntyre's High Lonesome, told from the viewpoint of a young boy, Julia Adam's Crossing, created on the Joffrey Ballet after the losses of 9/11, Shapiro & Smith Dance's theatrical and comical George and Betty's House, and even a new glimpse of royal family dynamics in The Royal We from Steven McMahon. So join us for all the dysfunction, loss, humor and, ultimately, love that binds a family forever.
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The Government Inspector in Broadway THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR
University of Memphis, Mainstage
When the locals in a small Russian hamlet learn that an undercover government inspector is coming for a surprise visit, an unfortunate case of mistaken identity sends the whole village spiraling into a world of panic and greed. Witty, smart and wildly satirical, this timely and spirited adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's classic play exposes the corruption of a provincial town with biting hilarity.
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Anything Goes in Broadway ANYTHING GOES
Orpheum Theatre
ALL ABOARD for this saucy and splendid production of Roundabout Theatre Company's ANYTHING GOES, winner of three 2011 Tony® Awards including Best Musical Revival and Choreography! One of the greatest musicals in theater history, Cole Porter's first-class musical comedy is sailing to [CITY], while it continues a triumphant run on Broadway where The New York Times calls it "MUSICAL-COMEDY JOY" and USA Today hails it as "GLORIOUS and EXHUBERANT!" When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love… proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. Peppering this timeless classic are some of musical theater's most memorable standards, including "I Get a Kick Out of You," "You're the Top," and of course, "Anything Goes." Don't miss what the AP exclaims as, "So DELIGHTFUL, So DELICIOUS, So DE-LOVELY!"
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