Nov 4 at 3pm, @UCPAC
30-piece orchestra, 20 vocalists, and one afternoon of all the songs you love from Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Frozen, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, and many more!
@fairmoonstages @EncoreOrchestra @willy_falk @luvbeingshanice @rahwayishappening .
Almost everything is ready for a new exhibition by Susan L. Sistrunk. Do not miss on Friday, October 19, from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm new Art Vernissage at Degallery. Wine, food, meeting with artist and of course beautiful art works!
See you on Friday!!!!
Window card for the Broadway production of "Where's Charley?" which opened on this day in 1948. The show was a musical adaption of the classic British crossdressing farce "Charley's Aunt" (written by Brandon Thomas) which had been knocking about convulsing audiences since 1892. The adaption was written by George Abbott (who also directed) with music and lyrics by the great Frank Loesser -- his first complete score for Broadway. The featherweight plot involved Charley and his friend Jack, a couple of Oxford undergrads, who wish to entertain their girlfriends and propose marriage, but need a chaperone present when they court the girls. In the original play they recruit their friend Lord Fancourt Babberly to appear in drag posing as Charley's wealthy aunt, who is due for a visit, but delayed. Adapter Abbott, having the clown Ray Bolger on hand to play Charley, combined the two roles such that it would be Charley donning the dress to impersonate the aunt/chaperone. Since Charley and his aunt could never appear together, this led to some hilarious quick changes as Bolger would be whisked in and out of his hoop-skirted costume on a moment's notice. Complications included the girls having an avaricious guardian who tries to constantly woo the aunt (Charley in drag) to get at her fortune. This led to a number of situations involving the horrified Charley having to rebuff the guardian's flirtations (when not hiking his skirts to flee the premises). And naturally Charley's real aunt showed up in the middle of the proceedings to cause even more confusion and fall in love with Jack's father. It was all innocent fun and ended quite happily.
The show was enormously popular with post-war audiences and enjoyed a healthy and profitable run of 792 performances. The role was a comedic triumph for Bolger who was rewarded with a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Bolger would repeat his role in the 1952 film version of the musical. #wherescharley#georgeabbott#frankloesser#raybolger#broadwayposters#broadwaywindowcard#showart#stjamestheatre
Window card for the 1977 Broadway production of “The Act.” The show had a lengthy and tortured out of town tryout where casualties included two actors, an assistant choreographer, $92,000 worth of costumes and their designer, some $80,000 worth of scenery, two titles (“Shine It On,” and before that, “In Person”), three songs, most of the book, plus director Martin Scorsese who would be replaced by Gower Champion (without credit) during the Los Angeles leg of the tryout.
The show was no great shakes as far as story was concerned but was a triumph for Liza Minnelli who belted out 12 of the show’s 13 songs in a cyclonic performance. Half of the show was a straightforward Vegas Act, written by John Kander and Fred Ebb, which portrayed the nightclub debut of Michelle Craig, a 32-year-old former star of early 60’s movie musicals. The other half by George Furth was a backstage saga told in flashbacks of her rise to and fall from fame, complete with comeback, accomplished with varying degrees of help from a producer-husband, a lover, and a songwriter confidant.
The show had a limited engagement and ran for 233 performances. Despite a ticket advance of $2 million and half of its $1 million cost paid back on the road, the show would close in the red (and that included a scandalously expensive top ticket price of $25 on Saturday nights). Out of town firings and reconfigurations cost a lot of money. Minnelli would win her third Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical. The poster art is by the fashion illustrator Joseph Eula. #theact#johnkander#fredebb#lizaminelli#gowerchampion#broadwaymusical#broadwayposters#broadwaywindowcard#showart#majestictheatre