Posts Tagged ‘Musical play’

Guys and Dolls at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

April 22nd, 2015 by Julie

Guys and Dolls at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2015 production of Guys & Dolls is a much loved musical with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser.  It has been performed many times and made into a movie too. I have seen the movie and also a couple of stage productions but this production is by far and away the best I’ve seen.

Mary Zimmerman  directs the top notch cast through a fast paced and uproariously funny show with witty dialog and foot tapping and beloved songs.

The play opens in Times Square New York with gambling crazy Nathan Detroit ( played with comic exuberance by Rodney Gardiner ) trying to find a spot for his floating crap game.

We then meet Adelaide, a night club dancer and Nathans long suffering fiancee who after 14 years wonders if she will ever become a bride. As Nathan ties to find a place for the crap game, along comes Sky Matherson a handsome sinner and gambler who will bet on just about anything. Nathan bets Sky that he can’t take Sarah a straight laced goody two shoes Salvation Army Mission doll to Havana for a night. Sky sets about wooing Sarah, but he unexpectedly falls in love with her.

Guys and Dolls never misses a beat with heavenly vocals and great choreography and an enormously talented cast.

 Especially endearing is  Robin Goodrin  Nordli  who gives a absolutely adorably ditsy performance as Adelaide. She stops the show with her renditions of songs ” Sue Me” and ” Take Back Your Mink ” but the most funny and charming song is  “Adelaid’s Lament ” (A Poyson Could Develop a Cold) together with sneezing and wheezing, it’s a hoot.

Sky Matherson  (played by Jeremy Peter Johnson ) and Sarah Brown  (played by Kate Hurster) win the hearts of the audience as the unlikely lovers,  they dazzle and delight with songs ” I’ve Never Been in Love before ” and   ” I’ll Know “.

You will be humming the tunes all the way home, and probably like us would love to see it for a second time.

For tickets go to  www.osfashland.org

The Musical of Musicals at the Oregon Cabaret

April 18th, 2015 by Julie

 

 

THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS ( The Musical ! )

 

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The newest musical production at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre is ” The Musical of Musicals. ”  It’s a comic satire of the most loved musicals of our time. A compilation of 5 mini musicals including The Lion King, West Side Story and Les Miserables among others.

As always the cast Andrea Hilbrant, Phillip David Black, Laura Derocher and Tony Carter are amazing and a sheer delight for the eyes and ears as they take us through the music of Rogers and Hammerstein Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerry Herman and Kander & Ebb.

 

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This is a true dinner theater, chef Scot Frankenberger delivers gourmet food from steaks, duck and fish to small plates to share and of course dessert is not to be missed, especially everyone’s favorite Chocolate Dick Hay Pie. Enjoy the show from your table, entrees are served before the performance and dessert is served during the intermission.

The show is hilariously funny with cleaver witty writing and a cast that gives their all.

The show goes from April 18th. until May 17th.

For tickets and information go to theoregoncabaret.com

 

“Pericles” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

March 26th, 2015 by Julie

” Pericles” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
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Pericles by William Shakespeare is a play not often performed these days, in Shakespeare lifetime it was wildly popular, but over the years it has fallen out of favor with audiences.
The play is a swashbuckling adventure fairy tale with rich characters of pirates, wicked Queens and bawdy brothel keepers.
 It is a story of birth, death, resurrection and love.
 It’s both romantic, comic and tragic, a veritable roller coaster ride in which Pericles the Prince of Tyre ( played superbly  by Wayne T. Carr ) takes you, the audience with him on a journey to find his destiny. Along the way he finds and marries then loses his Princess and his daughter at sea. He faces ambition, hatred and loss. With many implausible events and complicated twists and turns to the plot.
In a very compelling scene, Pericles is drowning at sea, it really feels like you are being tossed as he is by the stormy  rolling waves.
   The director Joseph Haj has done wonderful job of producing a mesmerizing and dynamic spectacle. It is a visually and musically stunning  play with lush original music and songs and luminous staging.
We both loved this play, it grabbed us from the beginning. The play is immensely moving. At times it is very sad, also hilariously funny and like all good fairy tales, has a happy ending.
 A play definitely  not to be missed.
For tickets and information about plays at Oregon Shakespeare Festival go to osfashland.org

Cabaret Theatre in Ashland Oregon

October 19th, 2014 by Julie

‘Backwards in High Heels” at the Cabaret Theatre in Ashland Oregon

 

There are many reasons to come to Ashland for a getaway when the Oregon Shakespeare Festival goes dark in November until next season..

One great place to go is The Oregon Cabaret Theatre which produces really good song and dance shows all year round.

 Playing now is ” Backwards in High Heels ” a show about silver screen legend Ginger Rogers who captivated audiences and Americans hearts, dancing and singing with Fred Astaire. This show will close on November 9th.

The next show will be ” It’s a Wonderful Life–A live Radio Play “

Five actors, supported by clever sound effects and a piano, present a fresh take on the classic holiday drama.

This show will run from November 21st until December 31st.

For tickets and information go to

“Into the Woods” is playing in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre in Ashland Oregon until October 11th.

August 20th, 2014 by Julie

into-the-woodsInto the Woods” is playing in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre in Ashland Oregon until October 11th

The Elizabethan stage is the perfect venue for “Into the Woods” a play written by James Lupine with mesmerizing music by Stephen Sondheim. The musical was inspired by Grimms Fairy Tales stories… Cinderella,  Little Red Riding Hood,  Jack and the Beanstalk,  Rapunzel and others.

On stage is a full 25 piece orchestra, you may recognize Matt Castle playing the grand piano, he also played the piano on stage in last years “My Fair Lady”. He was very much part of My Fair Lady and he is also quite a presence in Into the Woods playing Sondheim’s delightful music.

The two Prince Charming’s played by John Tufts and Jeremy Peter Johnson are hilarious, they  also sing some really wonderful lusty songs.   Another stand out is the riveting Miriam A. Laube who plays the humorously menacing witch, she is a fantastic combination of good and evil!

‘Into the Woods’ is beautiful to look at, the OSF multi talented acting company breath new life into the fairy tales we all grew up with. Of course all good fairy tales start with the words… Once upon a time… then the story begins.

What follows is a gorgeously rich Broadway worthy musical spectacular with a unique Oregon Shakespeare Festival flair.

Does it all end Happily Ever After..   You will have to go and see for yourself..

Go to  osfashland.org/productions/2014-plays/into-the-woods.aspx

 

 

Ashland Oregon is one of the ten “Best small towns” in America

June 16th, 2014 by Julie

ElizabethanHenryVIII_09_smaller OSFAshland Oregon has always been special, now it’s official according to Fodor’s annual list of the best of the best ” Best Ten Small Towns”.

CNN reports that some of the best towns in the US are the small towns.   Arabella Bowen, executive editorial director of Fodor’s Travel reports  “There has been a big uprise in traveling to smaller towns that have some quirky and regional appeal”

Ashland has much to offer visitors, it’s the home to the Tony Award Winning and world famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival”  with it’s three iconic and beloved Theatres  all in the center of downtown Ashland.  Coming to visit  Ashland  is an Event!!

There are many other things to do in and around Ashland… Oregon Cabaret Theatre , the Green Show, many boutique local wineries, art galleries, River rafting, birding, quaint and unique shops in downtown Ashland, fabulous world class restaurants, and the beautiful Lithia Park listed on ” The National Register of Historical Places” which has more than 90 acres of pristine trails for locals and visitors alike to enjoy.

ashland oreegon townAshland has some of the best small Inns and Bed and Breakfasts in Oregon and the country.

Jean-Pierre and Julie at the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast  a unique and historic beautifully restored farm house built in 1855.  We at the Blue Moon endeavor to give our guests a very warm welcome,  a concierge experience with a personal touch and a sumptuous three course gourmet breakfast every morning.

My Fair Lady at OSF in Ashland Oregon

March 27th, 2013 by Julie

Lady_Now_Playing_746x420George Bernard Shaw’s play  “Pygmalion”  comes to life in Oregon Shakespeare Festivals ” My Fair Lady”.

I have always loved this story of  a working class girl Eliza Doolittle who meets an upper class Professor  Henry Higgins outside a Theatre where she is selling flowers. With the help of the  wonderful music of Lerner and Loewe we are transported to early 1900’s London.

In this production there are all of  the songs that we love and are familiar with.  Rachael Warren as Eliza has a beautiful voice  and Jonathan Haugen as Henry Higgins has great comic timing and a much better voice than Rex Harrison in the film version. I especially loved Ken Robinson as Freddy Eynsford-Hill he was a real hoot.

The musical is a sheer delight, it had me hooked at the very beginning. I came out of the Theatre singing ” I could have danced all night ” and as the next line of the song goes I would have begged for more. Three hours was not enough for me I did wish for more.

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