Utah Shakespearean Festival - Two blocks from the The Iron Gate Inn I spotted Southern Utah University, headquarters for the Tony award-winning Utah Shakespearean Festival.
Let's Swing On Avalon Bay - In the 1930s and '40s, this is where you came to dance the night away with your beau, or perhaps meet that new handsome man or pretty girl. Since its Grand Opening Memorial Day weekend in 1929, Santa Catalina Island’s Casino has been and continues to be a main attraction for live entertainment and theater.
abbeyonehundred - 10 Decades of Irish Theatre - For ten decades the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, has staged provocative dramas and comedies and musicals by playwrights who have observed and absorbed the tumultuous changes that have taken place in Irish society. Since 1904 these distilled and poignant revelations have been revealed on the two national stages, the Abbey and the more recent Peacock.
Abingdon Square Plays LA
Recently we went to see the Los Angeles premiere of this very dramatic play written in 1984 by Maria Irene Fornes. It was premiered by The Open Fist Theater Company at a funky little theater on La Brea, a mere stone's throw from Hollywood Boulevard, in the heart of the always happening Hollywood, California.
Trimuph Of Love - The setting for this Marivaux play was the 40+ seat theater overlooking one of the outdoor courtyards at the Hollyhock House, the first Los Angeles home designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright between 1919 and 1921. The original intent, finally coming to fruition after 82 years, was for this house to be part of an innovative theatrical community blending cultural and architectural history for all residents of Los Angeles to enjoy.
The Taming Of The Shrew - At LA's Orpheum's Theater - This amazing theatrical comedic performance was staged within The Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles. It was made possible by a joint collaboration between the Los Angeles Conservancy in association with the always cutting edge Zoo District Theater Company.
Ulanena...Myth, Magic, Entertainment And Excitement In Maui - Astounding, Authentic, Breathtaking and Entertaining are only a few of the words one can attribute to the fantastic show Ulalena, which is staged in the new state-of-the-art multi-million dollar Maui Myth and Magic Theatre in Lahaina before mesmerized audiences. Cove Entertainment and Arra-Maui have brought together over 20 professional performers in the presentation of an extravaganza that tells the story of the Hawaiian Islands, from its mythical creation, the arrival of the first Polynesians, to the modern cultural renaissance through ancient chants, hula, song and drama, traditional music, acrobatics and dance.
On The Fringe of Stardom - Each year the Seattle Fringe Festival brings together not just little known theatre or indie theatre, but really small theatre, like in your neighbor's backyard. The Fringe Festival is a fantastic fun mix of hilarity, and actually some pretty good acting. Where's the Hi-8? Need a manager?
MacHomer Meets MacBeth - Yes, nearly each of the 50+ characters from The Simpsons cartoon has been incorporated into an amazing one-man theatrical rendition of Shakespeare's MacBeth. Of course, MacBeth is played by no other than the loveable Homer J. Simpson, and Lady MacBeth is Marge Simpson. Believe it or not, but MacHomer is still 85% true to William Shakespeare's original work.
Frank Llyod Wright - A Stageplay at LA's MOCA - In the intimate Ahmanson Auditorium at MOCA, having approximately 160 seats, mostly filled with an eclectic, artsy crowd of thirty-somethings, we were privileged to experience this special engagement of this amazing theatrical production starring John Crowther.
The Ancient Art of . . . ? - Always looking to live life on the edge, I suggested to my wife that we go see a theatrical production. You know, real snooty, upper crust culture. She happily agreed, and we were soon off to the Coronet Theater in Los Angeles to catch one of their last performances of "Puppetry of the Penis"
CIRCUS - CIRQUE du SOLEIL
The Greatest Show On Earth - At The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art (www.ringling.org) in Sarasota, Florida , you’ll see the genius behind “the greatest show on earth.”
Quidam, NOT Just Another Act - I was stunned to silence. While 2,600 other spectators around me erupted into whistles and thunderous applause, I found myself searching my lap for my jaw. There is no way that the spectacle I had just seen was possible. There was no way that the wiry duo onstage (Jerome Le Baut and Asa Kubiak, to be precise) could have accomplished the feats of strength and balance I had just witnesses without defying gravity.
L'Allegro - Mark Morris Dance Group - Mark Morris Dance Group Celebrates its 25th Anniversary with L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato.
Berlin unveils memorial to The Holocaust - As an American Jew, the murder of six million Jews by Hitler during World War II in Germany kept me far away from this European capital. But curiosity to visit Germany six decades after the Holocaust, and the fact that the country recently dedicated its “Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe” increased my interest.
An Unorthodox Erotic Collector in Miami - Naomi Wilzig, a 70-year-old Jewish grandmother from New Jersey who dotes on her children and grandchildren. But Wilzig often called “Miss Naomi” is indeed one of the world’s leading authorities on erotic art, the author of five books on the subject, and the founder and president of The World Erotic Art Museum in Miami Beach.
LAS VEGAS REVUES AND THEATRE
Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil at Aria - If you like Elvis you will love Viva ELVIS, the new Cirque du Soleil homage at Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
The Lion King Roars At Mandalay Bay - The Lion King at the Mandalay Bay Theater in Las Vegas marries Disney’s Broadway smash hit with the advantages of a state-of-the-art 1700 seat theater. Since its New York opening in 1997 the musical has been performed worldwide.
The Jersey Boys Stage Show in Vegas - Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the show that won four Tony awards in 2006, including Best Broadway Musical, has opened at the Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
The Dream Reborn - Le Reve at Wynn Las Vegas has been reborn thanks to impresario Steve Wynn and his loyalty and commitment to the arts and another $8,000,000 plus.
The Society of Seven at Flamingo Las Vegas - In, 2006 there were many such moments inside the Flamingo Showroom on the Las Vegas Strip. The Society of Seven was being honored with a star on the Walk of Stars, their namesake to be embedded in concrete on Las Vegas Boulevard.
Phantom of the Opera - The Vegas Spectacular - Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera is the longest-running show in Broadway history. There have been more than 65,000 performances in twenty countries, and its popularity escalated with the opening at the Venetian Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
Beatles LOVE at Cirque du Soleil - The spark that ignited LOVE, the new Cirque du Soleil/Beatles musical at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas was a meeting between the late George Harrison and Guy Laliberte, the principal founder of Cirque du Soleil.
Bluephoria - Blue Man Group - Euphoria is a state of bliss that is beyond happiness that can not be explained in words, thoughts, or action. After participating in the performance of the theatrical show and concert from the Blue Man Group at the Venetian Resort and Casino in Las Vegas , I was in a state of ecstatic Bluephoria, which is euphoria encountering drums, music, comedy, singing, and humor.
Woman As Art - Art As Woman - La Femme - There is no better Valentine’s Day gift for a man than a ticket to La Femme, the hot Parisian topless show at the MGM Grand Hotel in Vegas.
Excalibur Clash Tournament of Kings - Chivalry, heraldry, and loyalty have not died in Camelot; they all still live twice nightly at the King’s Tournament at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Ka - Cirque du Soleil at MGM Grand in Vegas - KA, which translates to fire in Japanese and signifies spiritual duality in Egyptian mythology, is the story of twins, a boy and a girl, who as youngsters are kidnapped and separated from each other and their family. The show engages a series of epic challenges that these young royals must endure in order to reunite.
0 - Fluid Theater At The Bellagio - This stirring experience resuscitated my spirit and quenched my imagination’s thirst for divine beauty. It is an aquatic tapestry of surreal romantic theatre inspired by the elegance of water’s pure form. The images, performers, sounds, sets, costumes, lighting, and makeup submerged my senses into an innovative and breathtaking master piece that shown with illusory splendors.
Mysterious Mystere at The Treasure Island Hotel Casino - From the minute I took my seat, the pre-show comedic mimicry of Brian Le Petit, the tuxedo dressed clown, alerted me to expect the unexpected. His slightly dangerous antics, irreverent decorum and comedic timing made the arriving audience take their seats and immediately pay attention. When the house lights dimmed and the show began, I could feel my imagination being stretched beyond recognition. This is by far one of the best Vegas shows that this city offers.
Zumanity - The Senual Side of Cirque du Soleil - There is a new live adult's only entertainment head turner at the New York New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. You be the judge of what is nouveau entertainment in the City of Sin!
Midnight Fantasy in Luxor - No, not that Luxor, but the one in Vegas. Catch a traditional Vegas revue at the pyramids, it will make all those midnight fantasies come true.
LAS VEGAS PHILHARMONIC FEATURES-