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Carousel in Broadway CAROUSEL
Greensboro Arts
In a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, the swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries the naive millworker, Julie Jordan. Billy loses his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant and, desperately intent upon providing a decent life for his family, he is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent 'up there.' Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day fifteen years later, and he encounters the daughter he never knew. She is a lonely, friendless teenager, her father's reputation as a thief and bully having haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. It's easy to understand why, of all the shows they created, CAROUSEL was Rodgers & Hammerstein's personal favorite.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Book by Oscar Hammerstein II; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Based on the Play LILIOM by Ferenc Molnar; As adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer; Original Dances by Agnes de Mille
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Red! in Broadway RED!
Lost Nation Theater
Original presentation of the classic LIttle Red Riding Hood tale from The Brothers Grimm incorporating choral speaking, physical theater, musical bits, and broad characterizations. An Ensemble performance from aspiring professionals age 9 & up.
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On The Town in Broadway ON THE TOWN
Stowe Theatre Guild
Celebrating its 70th anniversary as a classic of American musical theater, "On the Town" is the great collaboration of the composer, Leonard Bernstein, the choreographer, Jerome Robbins, and the writers, Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The story of three sailors on leave in "New York, New York" who have 24 hours to sing and dance through the city while trying to find love will indelibly remind you that "The Bronx is up, but the Battery's down" while reinforcing that the simple pleasures of life were what made wartime bearable.
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The Mystery of Edwin Drood in Broadway THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD
The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Framed in the hilariously melodramatic world of British music hall, this madcap comedy follows the actors at the Theatre Royale as they attempt to complete Charles Dickens' unfinished story of Edwin Drood. The sudden disappearance of Young Edwin throws everyone into a panic with suspicious fingers pointing every which way…including at the dashing but villainous John Jasper, Drood's lovely fiancee Rosa Bud, opium den proprietress Princess Puffer, and mysterious siblings Helena and Neville Landless from Ceylon. As the investigation pushes forward, everyone who came into contact with Drood joins the lineup of the suspects…and since Dickens died before he finished the book, the audience at each performance votes on a different ending to the show! Join us for a night of sheer fun as we take a rollicking romp through Victorian England!
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Stoop Stories in Broadway STOOP STORIES
Weston Playhouse Theater
In this riveting drama, Obie-winning actress and playwright Dael Orlandersmith takes us on a remarkable tour of New York City by embodying a gallery of intriguing characters - from the everyman to the extraordinary - all from a single uptown stoop.
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Faust meets professional baseball in the Broadway classic DAMN YANKEES. Middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd trades his soul to the Devil, also known as Mr. Applegate, for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. As young baseball sensation Joe Hardy, he transforms the hapless Washington Senators into a winning team, only to realize the true worth of the life he's left behind. Joe ultimately outsmarts Applegate, returns to his former self, and shepherds the Senators to the World Series.Light, fast-paced and devilishly clever, DAMN YANKEES is a home-run hit featuring all-American subject matter and an irreverent sense of humor. The perfect choice for a high school's spring musical or community theatre production, DAMN YANKEES is sure to please. 
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Ring of Fire in Broadway RING OF FIRE
Saint Michael's Playhouse
From the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, home and family. More than two dozen classic hits-including "I Walk The Line," "Jackson," "Folsom Prison Blues" and "Ring of Fire"-performed by a multi-talented cast, paint a musical portrait of The Man in Black that promises to be a foot-stompin', crowd-pleasin' salute to a uniquely American legend!
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Set in 1964 in the Deep South during the early days of the Civil Rights Movement, VIOLETfollows the growth and enlightenment of a bitter young womanaccidentally scarred by her father. In hopes that a TV evangelist cancure her, she embarks on a journey by bus from her sleepy NorthCarolina town to Oklahoma. Along the way, she meets a young blacksoldier who teaches her about beauty, love, courage and what it meansto be an outsider. One of the most acclaimed off-Broadway shows of the '90s, VIOLETastounded critics and audiences with its powerful story, its energetic,toe-tapping Gospel, Rock, Country, and Rhythm and Blues score by Jeanine Tesori, and its well-crafted book and lyrics by Brian Crawleythat are not afraid to deal with important, sensitive issues. Itssimple set and modest cast and orchestra requirements adjust to anyscale production. VIOLET features a strong ensemble cast with bravura roles for the two leads.
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A Chorus Line in Broadway A CHORUS LINE
Weston Playhouse Theater
This blockbuster musical provides stirring glimpses into the lives of a group of dancers auditioning for spots in a Broadway chorus line. With its show-stopping songs, jaw-dropping dances, and heartfelt stories, this is the show for anyone who has ever dreamed about life in the theatre! Hits include "What I Did for Love" and "One."
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