Now Playing Onstage in Tucson - Week of 4/12/2015

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DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT
Tucson Music Hall
4/18-4/19/2015
Act I In the Tyrolean mountains, the Marquise of Berkenfield and her butler, Hortensius, are stopped on their journey to Austria because they have found the French army blocking their way. Hortensius asks Sulpice, the sergeant of the French army, to allow them to pass, and he agrees. Joining Sulpice is Marie, a pretty young woman who was adopted by the 11th regiment when she was found as an orphaned baby on the battlefield. She is considered the mascot of the regiment and feels that all of the soldiers are her fathers. When Sulpice asks Marie about the young man she has been seen with, she explains that although he is Swiss and therefore the enemy, he once saved her life by preventing her from falling over a precipice. Troops of the regiment arrive with this same young man, Tonio, who claims that he was looking for Marie. The soldiers believe he is a spy, but Marie steps in to save him. When Tonio discovers that Marie can only marry a soldier of the 11th regiment, he immediately enlists. The Marquise of Berkenfield asks Sulpice for an escort to return to her castle. Hearing the name Berkenfield, Sulpice remembers papers that were left with Marie when they found her as a baby. He questions the Marquise about it, and they soon discover that Marie is the long-lost daughter of the Marquise's sister. Shocked by Marie's rough manners, the Marquise decides that Marie must come with her to live at her castle and receive training to be a lady. Marie sadly bids farewell to the 'fathers' that raised her and the man she loves as she goes with the Marquise. Act II Marie is living at the Berkenfield castle with the marquise and Sulpice who is recovering from an injury. The Marquise gives Marie a singing lesson while she accompanies at the piano, but Marie, encouraged by Sulpice, slips in phrases of the regimental song which causes the marquise to lose her temper. Marie is left alone to contemplate the meaninglessness of wealth and position when she hears soldiers in the distance and is surprised to see the entire regiment file into the hall. Tonio asks for Marie's hand in marriage but the marquise declares that Marie is engaged to Scipion, the nephew of the Duchess of Krakenthorp. Alone with Sulpice, the marquise confesses that Marie is her own illegitimate daughter whom she abandoned for fear of social disgrace. When the wedding party arrives, Marie refuses to leave her room, but when Sulpice tells Marie that the marquise is her mother, she feels she cannot go against her mother's wishes and agrees to marry Scipion. However, the soldiers of her regiment, led by Tonio, come to rescue her before she can sign the marriage contract. Marie sings fondly of her upbringing with the regiment and the debt she owes them for raising her, and the marquise is so touched that she agrees to let Marie marry Tonio.
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THE GLASS MENAGERIE
Santa Cruz Shoestring Players
4/17-4/25/2015
The Glass Menagerie is a theater classic which premiered in 1944 and catapulted Tennessee Williams from obscurity to fame. Amanda Wingfield is a Southern belle past her prime, living with two grown children in a small apartment in St. Louis. Amanda dreams of a better life for her shy and crippled daughter Laura, and so she pushes her son, Tom, to find a "gentleman caller" for the girl. However, the arrival of the gentleman caller sends shockwaves through the family and causes cracks to form in the delicate fantasies that have kept them going.
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NEWSIES
UA Centennial Hall
4/21-4/26/2015
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged "newsies" who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what's right. Newsies is inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers. The stage version introduces seven brand-new songs by the original team of Menken and Feldman while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including "Carrying the Banner," "Seize the Day," "King of New York" and "Santa Fe."
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A WEEKEND WITH PABLO PICASSO
Temple of Music and Art
4/4-4/26/2015
The work of Pablo Picasso forever changed the way that the world looks at art. This one-man show, written by and starring the astonishing actor and artist Herbert Siguenza, will forever change the way that you think about Picasso. In a performance that explodes with color, Picasso's most intimate thoughts rip through the air with each thundering brushstroke as Siguenza creates six new masterpieces live on stage in this Arizona premiere. He rages, dances, takes a bath, admonishes, philosophizes, scolds - and paints, right in front of you.
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NEWSIES THE MUSICAL
Centennial Hall at the University of Arizona
4/21-4/26/2015
NOW IS THE TIME TO SEIZE THE DAY with NEWSIES, Disney's triumphant, smash-hit New York musical. It's the record-breaking, Tony Award -winning Broadway phenomenon that tells the story of an unlikely band of underdogs who take on the biggest names in publishing in an "INSPIRATIONAL" (The Hollywood Reporter) fight for justice. NEWSIES is "EXHILARATING!" (NY Daily News) and "ELECTRIFYING!" (Vogue) with music from Tony Award winners Alan Menken and Jack Feldman as well as dancing from Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli. "A THRILLING AMERICAN MUSICAL" (Philadelphia Inquirer) with a book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein and directed by Tony Award nominee Jeff Calhoun, NEWSIES is a "TOP CRITICS' PICK" (New York Magazine, Time Out New York, Entertainment Weekly). It's "THE PERFECT MUSICAL FOR OUR TIMES!" (The Star-Ledger) and now's the perfect time to get your tickets to the true, New York story that can only be seen in New York.
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ENCHANTED APRIL
Live Theatre Workshop
4/2-5/10/2015
When two frustrated London housewives decide to rent a villa in Italy for a holiday away from their bleak marriages, they recruit two very different English women to share the cost and the experience. There, all four bloom again-rediscovering themselves in ways that they-and we-could never have expected.
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WINSTON MCPEPPER AND THE VERY PUPPET-Y PROBLEM
Live Theatre Workshop
4/12-6/7/2015
Winston the puppet is out to write and direct the perfect show. He's got an amazing cast and the perfect theatre; however, some say that puppets are a thing of the past, and the success of TV shows like "The Wonderfully Happy Hour" seem to prove them right. With the help of some friends, Winston and his cast will do everything they can to ensure the world does not forget about him and all of his puppet pals.
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