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April 22nd, 2015 by Julie
Guys and Dolls at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
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.
April 18th, 2015 by Julie
THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS ( The Musical ! )
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.
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
January 20th, 2015 by Julie
Live at the Armory
Bill Frisell, guitarist, composer and bandleader will be Live at the Armory on January 29th 2015.
With a career spanning more than 25 years and over 200 recordings, Bill has made 25 albums of his own and has recorded and played with many other artists and done music in films too.
The New York Times describes him this way “It’s hard to find a more fruitful meditation on American music than in the compostions of guitarist Bill Frisell.” His music is a mixture of Rock, Country, Jazz and Blues, we are certainly lucky to have him perform at the Armory In Ashland. Joining Bill on stage will be Greg Leisz, Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen.
The concert will start at 8pm and food and a full bar will be available.
For tickets and info. Go to liveatthearmory.com
December 25th, 2014 by Julie
New Year in Ashland!!
Welcome in the New Year at the Ashland Armory with a Champagne Countdown and some of the Rogue Valley’s best entertainment from Burlesque, Trapeze, Shot’s N Slot’s poker,and some Electro Swing as you ring in the New Year, what fun!!
The New Years Eve Bootleggers Ball will delight you with The Cats Pajamas and shows that will get you jumping and jiving! Enjoy Burlesque with Black Kat Kabaret, these sulty ladies will heat up the audience with perfectly naughty dancing.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of show. Doors open at 8.30 pm and dancing starts at 9pm.
For tickets and info go to” New Years Eve Bootleggers Ball ” at Liveatthearmory.com
August 20th, 2014 by Julie
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..
August 17th, 2014 by Julie
“Ain’t Misbehavin” at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland Oregon is famous for putting on fabulous shows and Ain’t Misbehavin is definitely a fabulous show!
This is a funny and spirited revue, with great singing and dancing by an energetic and versatile and talented cast. You will be tapping your toes and clapping your hands at the iconic music of the 1930’s. The elegant, jazzy art-deco set frames the action with style and pizzazz..
Songs we all know… like ” Jitterbug Waltz” .”.This Joint is Jumpin” … ” Honeysuckle Rose” and of course ” Ain’t Misbehavin” have you singing along with the cast.
This sassy sultry confection is not to be missed, it runs until the end of August so don’t wait get your tickets today…
July 15th, 2014 by Julie
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.
This 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!
July 1st, 2014 by Julie
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..
May 30th, 2014 by Julie
The 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 http://www.brittfest.org/ for more information and tickets.