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<a href=Mayhem Poets in Broadway" border="0" bheight="100" width="100" align="right"> MAYHEM POETS
Lebanon Opera House
With words, humor and hip-hop energy, The Mayhem Poets take poetry to playful and compelling new heights. Infectious, charged with adrenaline, and utterly entertaining, Mayhem Poets take on everything from Dr. Seuss to school to fast food. Both witty and wise, these beat-boxing bards keep the rapid-fire rhythms flying in a clever concert of words that inspires students to craft and perform original poetry.
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The Music of Ann Sweeten in Broadway THE MUSIC OF ANN SWEETEN
Franklin Opera House
"It is often people ask me where I get my inspiration. As for me, the pieces almost seem to write themselves. I think it must be then, that the source is divine, and while I play one instrument, I become yet another." Ann Sweeten, a truly well-rounded individual and artist, is a staunch environmentalist, animal activist, and vegetarian. In addition to her concert and recording career, she is also a professional actress and singer with Actor's Equity Association. A trained ballet dancer and former female front to the rock band FALLOUT, she earned a degree in foreign languages from Smith College, (B.A. Cum Laude)and studied in Paris and later at the Boston Conservatory. Ms. Sweeten is herself a breast cancer survivor and is involved with the Arts in Healthcare Initiative.
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Harvey in Broadway HARVEY
Garrison Players
When Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit, to guests at a society party, his sister, Veta, has seen as much of his eccentric behavior as she can tolerate. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium. Problems arise, however, when Veta herself is mistakenly assumed to be on the verge of lunacy.
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Based on Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan of the Apes and the smash-hit 1999 Disney animated film, TARZAN tells the story of an infant boy orphaned on the shores of West Africa. Taken in and raised by a tribe of gorillas, the young boy strives for acceptance by his ape father while grappling with his uniqueness. When a human expedition enters their territory, Tarzan - now a man - encounters strangers like himself for the first time.  TARZAN features music and lyrics by pop icon Phil Collins, including the Grammy and Oscar winning song, "You'll Be in My Heart", and book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang
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The Glass Menagerie in Broadway THE GLASS MENAGERIE
Bedford off Broadway Community Theater
Amanda Wingfield, a faded Southern belle, holds tight to her two children: Tom, an aspiring poet, and Laura, his painfully shy sister. After receiving pressure from his mother, Tom brings home a gentleman caller to meet his sister. What follows is an encounter that becomes one of the most compelling and heartbreaking stories ever told. A classic of the American stage, Tennessee Williams' deeply personal and haunting "memory play" is a touching and profound tale of love and loss, illusion and escape.
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The Last Five Years in Broadway THE LAST FIVE YEARS
Seacoast Repertory Theatre
Is a contemporary song-cycle musical that ingeniously chronicles the five-year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up... or from break-up to meeting, depending on how you look at it.
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Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh in Broadway MARIE ANTOINETTE: THE COLOR OF FLESH
The Players' Ring Theatre
This is a dramatic love triangle set during the turbulent years around the French Revolution. Elisabeth Vigee le Brun, a beautiful, social-climbing portrait painter, uses her affair with Count Alexis de Ligne, a left-leaning philanderer, to get a commission to paint the naive young Queen Marie Antoinette. While Elisa uses the Queen to further her career and Alexis uses the Queen to further his political goals, both learn to love the woman they're exploiting. Elisa becomes the Queen's best friend, and Alexis becomes the Queen's lover. Elisa tries to end the scandalous affair between the Queen and Alexis, both out of concern for the Queen's political position and jealousy over Alexis' love, until the Revolution shatters all three of their lives. Back Alley Productions has been creating thought provoking, quality, theater for the seacoast since 2008. Its founders Joi Smith and Danica Carlson, share a passion for highlighting the amazing talents in the community, as well as raising awareness to social issues through the theater medium. In addition to organizing & producing annual V-Day events (The Vagina Monologues) to locally benefit Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) & A Safe Place, Back Alley continues their commitment to bring to life the beautiful stories of the human experience for their audiences to enjoy.
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