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<a href=Bridget Kibbey "Music Box" in Broadway" border="0" bheight="100" width="100" align="right"> Bridget Kibbey "MUSIC BOX"
UA Crowder Hall
Harpist Kibbey's performances display the varied and unique abilities of her fantastic instrument, ranging from baroque to folk, to collaborations with singer-songwriters, to commissions of new works from today's composers. As hailed by The New York Times, "…she made it seem as though her instrument had been waiting all its life to explode with the gorgeous colors and energetic figures she was getting from it." Her many honors include an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Astral Artists Auditions and Premier Prix at the International Chamber Music Competition of Arles.
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Pauly Shore in Broadway PAULY SHORE
The Rialto Theatre
Self-proclaimed "weasel" Pauly Shore was born into a family of comics -- his father, Sammy_Shore, opened for Elvis_Presley in the 1970s, while his mother owned a prominent Los Angeles Comedy Club. Banking on having inherited the funny gene, a then 19-year-old Shore began making the rounds at his mother's club and others. Despite landing small roles on 21_Jump_Street, 18_Again!, and For_Keeps in 1988, Shore was primarily known for three things: kinky hair, geeky California slang, and unflinching, purposely obnoxious horniness. Combined, these traits were a veritable mating call to MTV, who promptly created Totally Pauly to showcase his talents for appreciative teen audiences and fellow sexually charged twentysomethings. Sure enough, Shore's schtick paid off, and 1992 found the young comic starring opposite a young Brendan_Fraser in Encino_Man. The film's success surprised critics and Shore detractors alike, and led to a series of fish-out-of-water roles in various comedies. In Son-In-Law (1993), for example, Shore played an eccentric L.A. native who was temporarily forced to give up his California style for life on a small-town farm; in In the Army Now, Shore stepped into the shoes of an eccentric L.A. native whose scheme to reap the benefits of military life without ever stepping in harm's way backfires, to the surprise of no one. He had similar roles in Jury_Duty (1995) and Bio-Dome (1996). Sadly, the decline of Shore's act coincided with the suicide of his girlfriend, porn star Shannon "Savannah" Wilsey, whose face had been seriously injured in a car crash. Though he continued to perform on television and live comedy showcases, Shore changed his style for The Curse of Inferno (1997), a slightly more serious comedy detailing the crisis-in-conscience of a dim-witted bank robber. In 2000, Shore fared relatively well in The_Bogus_Witch_Project, a joyfully campy spoof of the The_Blair_Witch_Project (1999). Tracie Cooper, Rovi
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Tucson Fringe-Storm Warnings: Kayner, Fenlason and Chekhov in Broadway TUCSON FRINGE-STORM WARNINGS: KAYNER, FENLASON AND CHEKHOV
Hotel Congress
STORM WARNINGS is three stories by three playwrights who weave words into lightening. Chekhov's lesser-known, but equally thrilling, comedic work The Dangers of Tobacco will be presented with two award-winning Tucson authors' short plays: Landfall by Michael Fenlason and Sniper by Gavin Kayner. Anton Chekhov is an esteemed Russian playwright whose play The Dangers of Tobacco will delight all and surprise those who only know his longer and more profound work. Michael Fenlason, currently Artistic Director at Beowulf Alley Theatre, is an accomplished playwright whose play The Red Book won Arizona Theatre Company's New Play Prize. Landfall is a beguiling combination of myth and reality that will tantalized and resonate long after the lights fade to black. Gavin Kayner's plays have won numerous awards and been produced locally to enthusiastic reviews and full houses. Sniper is his rumination regarding the effects of war/violence on the people we send into harm's way. It's right on target.
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<a href=Ladysmith Black Mambazo in Broadway" border="0" bheight="100" width="100" align="right"> Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Fox TucsonTheatre
For over forty years, the voices of Ladysmith Black Mambazo have married the intricate rhythms and harmonies of theirnative South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music. The result is a musical and spiritual alchemy that has touched a worldwide audience representing every corner of the religious, cultural and ethnic landscape.
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Invisible Theatre
This charming multi prize winning play explores the lifelong relationship between John and Mary. They were born on the same day and grew up in the same town. A classic love story, FIRST KISSES follows this very special couple over the course of more than 60 years ... a span which includes love, marriage, birth, death, grandparenthood and of course, a first kiss. This tour-de-force features Harold and Maedell Dixon.
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Proscenium Theatre
Inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley, book by Joe DiPietro. Brought to the stage by the creative team of Todd Poelstra, Mickey Nugent, Nancy Davis Booth and Dr. Mark Nelson. An exuberant jukebox Broadway musical with high-energy dance numbers kick starts a chain reaction of romances and rebellion through the power of rock 'n roll music. This is Footloose, Grease and Happy Days all rolled into one with more than 24 Elvis hits.
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Memphis in Broadway MEMPHIS
Tucson Music Hall
TURN UP THAT DIAL... From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, MEMPHIS is about a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves -- filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock 'n' roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, MEMPHIS played pre-Broadway at the La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre, and features a Tony®-winning book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change) and a Tony®-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi's founding member David Bryan. MEMPHIS is directed by Tony® nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu), and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys). Get ready to experience Broadway's most exciting new destination~ what AP calls "The very essence of what a Broadway musical should be."
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UA Stevie Eller
Balanchine's three-part, evening-long ballet, Jewels, is one of the jewels of his output. Created in 1967, Jewels revisits the central pillars of his glorious career. The second ballet, Rubies, set to Stravinsky, celebrates American dance virtues, filled with sexy Broadway and jazz references. The work is pure Balanchine, full of the abstract stage patterns, novel arm and feet movements, and virtuoso fireworks typical of his style. UA's School of Dance is honored as only the third university dance program to be permitted to perform this work. Amy Ernst's poetic work for eight women, entitled Songs of Sanctuary, will return to celebrate its 10th anniversary since being invited to the American College Dance Festival's national gala. RATS!! by Douglas Nielsen, with vocals by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. will be presented on this program as well. Added to the male cast that exemplifies the infamous 'Rat Pack' will be the presence of women, as Shirley MacLaine, Anne Margaret and Liza Minnelli were considered essential to the entourage of that time. Along with robust choreography, gestures based on American Sign Language are incorporated into this dance. James Clouser's new ballet Beachers, to be danced to the music of Dimitri Shostakovitch, presents a series of scenes that take place at the seashore and features flirtatious flappers, health enthusiasts, those who sun but never swim, a squall and a mirage revealing a dalliance between Venus and Neptune. Michael Williams plans a new work set to a vibrant score in the contemporary musical genre of Nu Jazz. With orchestration ranging from traditional to experimental, the melodies of Nu Jazz are fresh, and its rhythms new and alive.
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Menopause The Musical in Broadway MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL
UA Centennial Hall
Four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the '60s, '70s and '80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for over 10 years!
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Premium Blend in Broadway PREMIUM BLEND
School of Dance
The award winning ballet, Jewels, choreographed by George Balanchine has been called the first full-length abstract ballet Balanchine created. It premiered in 1967 by the New York City Ballet. For this three-part ballet, Balanchine used as his inspiration three different composers and the artistry of jewelry designer Claude Arpels. Rubies, the middle section (between Emeralds and Diamonds) is a clever and lighthearted romp, reminiscent of other collaborations between Igor Stravinsky and Balanchine. Set to Stravinsky's Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra, this 19 minute piece for 15 dancers has become popular as a stand-alone ballet.
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Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in Broadway ACADEMY OF ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS
UA Centennial Hall
Their heritage is the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, but their mission is to bring their unique interpretation of classical music to all parts of the world. Known for their polished and refined sound, their performances are rooted in outstanding musicianship. Founded by Sir Neville Marriner, whose vision and inspiration have kept the Academy sound alive, they create a program of inspirational and inventive repertoire.
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Kafka's Monkey & Metamorphosis in Broadway KAFKA'S MONKEY & METAMORPHOSIS
The Rogue Theatre
Two parables about the modern world. In Kafka's Monkey, a chimpanzee reveals to us what it is to be human. In Metamorphosis, a young man awakes to discover that he has become an enormous insect and struggles to adjust to his new existence.
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The Sunshine Boys in Broadway THE SUNSHINE BOYS
Temple of Music and Art
Lewis and Clark were The Kings Of comedy - it's a shame they can't stand each other! Al Lewis and Willie Clark kept audiences in stitches for decades, but now estranged for eleven years, they agree to reunite for one last TV performance. But can they get through their most famous sketch one last time without killing one another? Reconciliation and friendship battle grudges and resentment in Neil Simon's comic masterpiece about growing old.
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Gypsy in Broadway GYPSY
Red Barn Theatre Company

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