Posts Tagged ‘Musical’

“Cocoanuts” now playing in the Bowmer Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland Oregon

July 15th, 2014 by Julie

CocoanutsCocoanuts is now playing in the Bowmer Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland Oregon through November 2nd 2014.

Mark Bedard who is again absolutely brilliant, as the zany, crazy Groucho Marx.

Cocoanuts is a jazz age gem and a wildly funny romp full of sun, sand, superb fun and shtick. Groucho as Mr Hammer, the owner of a failing hotel in Florida the “Cocoanuts Beach Hotel”.

Groucho tries to peddle some worthless real estate in a get-rich-quick scheme by taking advantage of one his guests in the hotel a wealthy society widow Mrs. Potter, superbly played by K.T Vogt….. comic mayhem and uproarious fun ensue as Groucho tries to relieve Mrs. Potter of her money.

At one point there is a land auction in which the audience is invited to bid, the evening we saw the play, the audience went crazy and bid millions of dollars in ever increasing excitement.

Of course there are Groucho’s more than willing sidekicks.. Zeppo ( who is the hotel clerk ) deftly played by Eduardo Placer and Chico and Harpo played hilariously by John Tufts and Brent Hinkley.

Cocoanuts castThis is musical comedy at it’s best with wonderful songs and lyrics by Irving Berlin, including “Always” and “Lucky Boy”.

Cocoanuts is a madcap musical full of mayhem, mischievousness,silliness and spontaneous improvisations, anything can happen, and it usually does, no two performances are alike.The audience is definitely part of the whole experience. The cast are having a great time, always looking for the next ad lib. It’s a sheer joy… you come away from the theatre, singing the songs and chuckling to yourself for days afterwards!

 

Summer Band Music Concerts in Lithia Park Ashland Oregon

July 1st, 2014 by Julie

band concerts in Lithia Park2014 Summer Concerts in Lithia Park Ashland Oregon.

Ashland City Band directed by Don Bieghler, perform a free concert every Thursday evening starting at 7pm from June until mid August at the Butler Band Shell on Winburn Way in Lithia Park.

 

The City Band plays Broadway hits, patriotic marches also original orchestral music and lots more. They often have a guest artists join them before the concert, they will start playing around 6pm.

There is always something new every week. On July 4th there will be a special Independence Day concert starting after the parade in the afternoon.

Just take a minute to relax from your busy day, bring a picnic and enjoy a summer concert in the Park.

See you there!

For information go to..

www.ashland.or.us

Britt Festival Opens New Performance Garden

May 30th, 2014 by Julie

britt performance gardenThe Britt Festival in Jacksonville Oregon will be opening a New Performance Garden this year. It will feature concerts by local bands and also many other events. The venue seats up to 150 and will be located just inside the main gate.

Go to https://www.brittfest.org/performances?g=18 for more information and tickets.

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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