A nod to the Bard as we roll-out the TRW Red Carpet Report this week: “Suit the action to the word, the word to the action, with this special observance, that you o’erstep not the modesty of nature.” Even in a musical?! Especially in a musical?! Hmmm. We’ll leave that to the directors!
Here are TRW shows opening May 19-31, 2013:
The Portland Players in South Portland , ME from 5/17/13 to 6/2/13 presents ALL SHOOK UP
SecondStory Repertory in Redmond , WA from 5/17/13 to 6/2/13 presents PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL
Westmount Collegiate Institute in Thornhill , ON from 5/29/13 to 5/31/13 presents MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT
Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville , NC from 5/24/13 to 6/9/13 presents RING OF FIRE
Army Entertainment in Alexandria , VA from 5/17/13 to 6/9/13 presents MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT
Yeovil College in Yeovil , Somerset from 5/15/13 to 5/17/13 presents MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT
Toronto Youth Theatre in Toronto , ON from 5/29/13 to 6/8/13 presents bare
Dartford Grammar School in Dartford , Kent from 5/22/13 to 5/24/13 presents GREASE
Riverside Center Children’s Theatre in Fredericksburg , VA from 5/25/13 to 7/13/13 presents PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL
Lafayette High School in Mayo , FL from 5/17/13 to 5/20/13 presents CHANGING MINDS
Dunstable Amateur Operatic Society (DAOS) in Dunstable , Bedfordshire from 5/21/13 to 5/25/13 presents FORBIDDEN BROADWAY’S GREATEST HITS, VOL I
Ravensbourne Light Operatic Society in Bromley , Kent from 5/29/13 to 6/1/13 presents GREASE
Faith Christian School in Summerville , SC from 5/17/13 to 5/17/13 presents ANNE OF GREEN GABLES
Badgett Playhouse in Grand Rivers , KY from 5/24/13 to 7/25/13 presents RING OF FIRE
Coventry University in Coventry , WMD from 5/17/13 to 5/19/13 presents GREASE
South Grand Prairie High School in Grand Prairie , TX from 5/24/13 to 5/24/13 presents HOW I BECAME A PIRATE
Parkland Composite High School in Edson , AB from 5/15/13 to 6/7/13 presents MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT
Second Stage Productions in Seaford , NY from 5/25/13 to 6/2/13 presents ALL SHOOK UP
Playing for Others in Charlotte , NC from 5/16/13 to 5/19/13 presents ALL SHOOK UP
Eastwood High School in El Paso , TX from 5/24/13 to 5/26/13 presents STINKY KIDS
Hyde Clarendon Sixth Form in Manchester , Cheshire from 5/23/13 to 5/24/13 presents GREASE
Strauss Theatre Center in Monroe , LA from 5/23/13 to 6/1/13 presents ALL SHOOK UP
“You’re going out on that stage a nobody, kid, but you’re coming back a star!”
Plenty of stars-in-the-making as TRW shows are opening coast-to-coast and around the world. Share your production and publicity with us on Facebook!
Here’s the round-up of TRW openings this week, May 1-15, 2013:
Broadway Overseas Management in New York , NY from 5/9/13 9/1/13 presents MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT
Youth Onstage in Polesworth Tamworth , Warwickshi from 5/10/13 5/12/13 presents GREASE
J. Ruffin Entertainment – Theater 47 in Matteson , IL from 5/12/13 5/12/13 presents THE COLOR PURPLE
The cast included the charming Christopher Seppe, who had just come off of a run as The Boy in The Fantastics, Polly Pen who would go on to write the musicals Christina Alberta’s Father and Bed and Sofa and Mara Beckerman in the title role, who was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for this performance alongside Betty Buckley (for Cats) and Ellen Greene (for Little Shop of Horrors) – not bad!
The show itself was a looney, but oh-so-clever story of a music hall troupe whose members each had unique vocal abilities. And the talents of the creative team of Colby and Matkoe were on full display. I saw this show at a fairly young age, but it set the bar rather high for the rest of my theater-going career.
If ever there was a show ripe for revival, it’s Charlotte Sweet! Click Here to read the entire article and see the original program graphics Click Here to find out more about licensing YOUR production of CHARLOTTE SWEET Click Here to order a Perusal Copy of CHARLOTTE SWEET at the TRW PerusalsNOW™ Store
There are TRW shows opening all over the planet this week! Share your production and publicity with us on Facebook!
Here’s the round-up of TRW openings this week, April 23-5/1/2013:
Wilsthorpe Community School Nottingham, UK presents GREASE 4/23/13 to 4/26/13
The Norwood School London, UK presents 4/25/13 GREASE 4/25/13 to 4/26/13
Greenville High School Greenville, NY presents 4/26/13 MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT 4/26/13 to 4/28/13
Gettysburg Community Theatre Gettysburg, PA presents 4/26/13 DORA THE EXPLORER LIVE! DORA’S PIRATE ADVENTURE 4/26/13 to 4/28/13
Columbia City High School Columbia City, IN presents 4/26/13 CURTAINS 4/26/13 to 4/27/13
St. Peter Chanel High School Northfield, OH presents 4/26/13 MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT 4/26/13 to 5/4/13
Liberty County High School Hinesville, GA presents 4/26/13 CURTAINS 4/26/13 to 4/27/13
Moises E Molina High School Dallas, TX presents 4/26/13 HOW I BECAME A PIRATE 4/26/13 to 4/26/13
Atlee High School Mechanicsville, VA presents 5/1/13 LITTLE WOMEN 5/1/13 to 5/4/13
Scores of TRW shows open this week across North America and throughout the world! Share your production and publicity with us on Facebook!
Here’s the round-up of TRW tuners opening this week:
Gorey Musical Society in Gorey, Co. Wexford, from 4/9/13 to 4/13/13 presents All Shook Up
Wyoming Valley West High School in Plymouth, PA from 4/10/13 to 4/13/13 presents All Shook Up
Gloucester County Institute of Technology in Sewell, NJ from 4/10/13 to 4/13/13 presents All Shook Up
ACT 1 Theatre Group in Adamsdown, Glamorgan, Wales from 4/10/13 to 4/13/13 presents Grease
North Stafford High School in Stafford, VA from 4/11/13 to 4/13/13 presents All Shook Up
Polk State College Theatre in Winter Haven, FL from 4/11/13 to 4/21/13 presents All Shook Up
Moyraverty Arts and Drama Society in Lurgan, Co Armagh from 4/11/13 to 4/14/13 presents Grease
Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse in Rock Island, IL from 4/11/13 to 5/11/13 presents How I Became a Pirate
Morgan State University Theatre Department in Baltimore, MD from 4/11/13 to 4/14/13 presents The Color Purple
Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC from 4/11/13 to 4/14/13 presents The Color Purple
Encore Theatre in Libertyville, IL from 4/12/13 to 4/14/13 presents All Shook Up
California State University Fullerton in Fullerton, CA from 4/12/13 to 4/28/13 presents All Shook Up
Newark High School in Newark, OH from 4/12/13 to 4/14/13 presents All Shook Up
Tri-County Middle Senior High School in Wolcott, IN from 4/12/13 to 4/14/13 presents Breaking Up is Hard to Do
Providence College in Providence, RI from 4/12/13 to 4/21/13 presents Curtains
Clarkstown High School South Centerstage in West Nyack, NY from 4/12/13 to 4/14/13 presents Curtains
Hokkaido International School in Sapporo, Hokkaido from 4/12/13 to 4/12/13 presents Forbidden broadway’s Greatest Hits. Vol I
Lawrence High School in Trenton, NJ from 4/12/13 to 4/12/13 presents How I Became a Pirate
Masque Community Theatre in Tampa, FL from 4/12/13 to 4/28/13 presents I Love You Because
Swarthmore College in Aliquippa, PA from 4/12/13 to 4/14/13 presents I Love You Because
Tufts University in Medford, MA from 4/12/13 to 4/13/13 presents I Love You Because
The Growing Stage – The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey in Netcong, NJ from 4/12/13 to 5/12/13 presents Pinkalicious The Musical
Cutting Edge Productions in Mountain Top, PA from 4/12/13 to 4/28/13 presents Ring of Fire
Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan, NJ from 4/12/13 to 4/21/13 presents Spamalot
Aurora Fox Arts Center in Aurora, CO from 4/12/13 to 5/12/13 presents The Color Purple
Mater Dei Prep in Howell, NJ from 4/13/13 to 4/20/13 presents All Shook Up
TYKES (Theater Young Stinky Kids Enjoy) in Rochester, NY from 4/13/13 to 4/21/13 presents How I Became a Pirate
Spokane Civic Theatre in Spokane, WA from 4/13/13 to 4/21/13 presents How I Became a Pirate
PMT Productions Inc – Pleasantville Music Theatre in Yorktown Heights, NY from 4/13/13 to 4/21/13 presents Spamalot
University College Dublin Musical Society in Dublin, Ireland from 4/16/13 to 4/19/13 presents Grease
Correlieu Secondary School in Quesnel, BC from 4/17/13 to 4/20/13 presents Spamalot
Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park, IL from 4/17/13 to 4/20/13 presents Spamalot
Avon Lake High School in Avon Lake, OH from 4/18/13 to 4/21/13 presents All Shook Up
Fleming Island High School in Fleming Island, FL from 4/18/13 to 4/19/13 presents All Shook Up
Princess Ann High School in Virginia Beach, VA from 4/18/13 to 4/21/13 presents Curtains
Tahlequah High School in Tahlequah, OK from 4/18/13 to 4/26/13 presents Curtains
Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, PA from 4/18/13 to 4/21/13 presents Curtains
Robert B Glenn High School in Kernersville, NC from 4/18/13 to 4/20/13 presents Holding the Torch for Liberty
Halifax County Little Theatre in South Boston, VA from 4/18/13 to 4/27/13 presents How I Became a Pirate
Brandeis University Dept. of Theater in Waltham, MA from 4/18/13 to 4/21/13 presents I Love You Because
Piedmont Players Theatre in Salisbury, NC from 4/18/13 to 4/27/13 presents Spamalot
Victorian Operetta Society in Cobourg, ON from 4/18/13 to 4/27/13 presents Spamalot
Penn Hills High School in Pittsburgh, PA from 4/19/13 to 4/27/13 presents All Shook Up
RPI Players in Troy, NY from 4/19/13 to 4/27/13 presents Curtains
Horizon Community Learning Center in Phoenix, AZ from 4/19/13 to 4/27/13 presents Curtains
Galesburg High School in Galesburg, IL from 4/19/13 to 4/21/13 presents Curtains
Titusville High School in Titusville, FL from 4/19/13 to 4/21/13 presents Curtains
Byron Civic Theatre in Byron, IL from 4/19/13 to 4/28/13 presents Ring of Fire
Shenandoah Valley High School Drama Club in Shenandoah, PA from 4/19/13 to 4/20/13 presents Spamalot
Urbana University in Urbana, OH from 4/19/13 to 4/20/13 presents Spamalot
Western Oklahoma State College in Altus, OK from 4/19/13 to 4/21/13 presents Spamalot
4th Wall Productions in Beacon, NY from 4/19/13 to 4/28/13 presents Stinky Kids
The Theatre of the Republic in Conway, SC from 4/19/13 to 5/5/13 presents The Color Purple
Bloom High School in CHICAGO HEIGHTS, IL from 4/19/13 to 4/20/13 presents The Color Purple
Bay Port High School in Green Bay, WI from 4/20/13 to 4/27/13 presents All Shook Up
Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein, IL from 4/21/13 to 4/28/13 presents Changing Minds
Bath United Church of Christ in Akron, OH from 4/21/13 to 4/21/13 presents Pinkalicious The Musical
The MEMPHIS National Tour is breaking box-office records across the continent as the show prepares to land in its namesake city in beautiful Tennessee on April 23rd. Now through April 7, the show trucks are hanging in Louisville and then head on to the Motor City for a two-week run in Detroit starting April 9.
Broadway.com reports on the MEMPHIS tour phenomenon that hits Louisville, KY tonight: “The national tour of the Tony-winning musical MEMPHIS begins performances on April 2 in Louisville…The show will play the Kentucky Center through April 7. The cast includes Bryan Fenkart as Huey, Felicia Boswell as Felicia, Horace V. Rogers as Delray, Will Mann as Bobby and Rhett George as Gator. Broadway helmer Christopher Ashley directs the production.”
Click Here to keep up to date on MEMPHIS ON TOUR.
Check-out this awesome MEMPHIS promo video, courtesy of the Louisville, KY presenter:
The Utah Rep in Murray, UT is presenting the Utah premiere of I LOVE YOU BECAUSE, a brilliant musical that really speaks to twenty and thirty-somethings and their rather complicated romances! The show, which opened off-Broadway in 2006, is a modern musical twist on Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”. Set in New York City, this story revolves around how a young, uptight greeting card writer’s life is changed when he meets a flighty photographer. Along with their eccentric friends and siblings, they learn to love each other not in spite of their faults, but because of them. The Utah Rep production opened March 22 and continues through April 5 at the Murray Theatre.
Ashley Ramsey, the director of the Utah Rep production is passionate and very articulate on her feelings for the show. Here are her Director’s Notes, from the Rep’s press release:
A few years back I was browsing iTunes when the i love you because cast recording was recommended as an album I might like. I took a chance and bought it. I quickly fell in love with the fun songs and the relatable characters.
As the album progressed, I realized that this wasn’t just a fun story but that this was everyone’s story. The story of friendship and love, and sometimes how those lines blur, is played out in a way that everyone could relate to. The idea of learning to love someone not in spite of their faults but because of them is such a wonderful idea.
As humans, we are all beautifully quirked and marked with the scars and bumps of life experiences. As relationships blossom and we get to know those in our lives, those marks can became so apparent. It’s easy to doubt if we can love or be loved in spite of those things. But if we can learn
to love everything about ourselves and those in our lives, how much more deep would that love be?
As we watch the i love you because characters search for love and come to realize what love really means and even lose that love, we are reminded of the journey that life is. On that journey we all have our baggage, now it’s just a matter of finding someone who completes our set.
—Ashley Ramsey, i love you because Director
Watch the Utah Rep Preview Video for I LOVE YOU BECAUSE!
I LOVE YOU BECAUSE features music by Joshua Salzman and lyrics by Ryan Cunningham, beautifully delivered in the Utah Rep production with a talented cast of eight (the show can be done with six) and an A-List production team.
The Utah Rep production plays now through April 5th, 2013. Click Here for tickets and Information.
Stellar reviews are pouring for glowing casts on stages all over the world this week as scores of TRW shows get underway in North America! Share your production and publicity with us on Facebook! Stay-tuned for the International Production Update next week!
Here’s the round-up of TRW tuners opening this week:
Workshop Theatre Columbia SC presents THE COLOR PURPLE 3/15/13-3/30/13
Dream Child Productions Fort Lauderdale FL presents BARE 3/27/13-3/31/13
Plaza Theatrical Productions Lynbrook NY presents DORA THE EXPLORER 3/26/13-4/20/13
Chagrin Valley Little Theatre Chagrin Falls OH present CURTAINS 3/22/13-4/20/13
Anacortes High School Anacortes WA presents SPAMALOT 3/14/13 3/23/13
DeltaArts West Memphis AR presents HOW I BECAME A PIRATE 3/27/13-3/28/13
Half Moon Bay High School Half Moon Bay CA presents 3/15/13-3/24/13
University of Dayton Theatre Department Dayton OH presents BARE 3/15/13-3/23/13
FAMU – Florida Agriculture & Mechanical University Tallahassee FL presents THE COLOR PURPLE 3/28/13-4/7/13
St. John’s Jesuit High School Monclova OH presents SPAMALOT 3/15/13-3/17/13
Edison High School Edison NJ presents SPAMALOT 3/15/13-3/23/13
Delsea Regional High School Franklinville NJ presents ALL SHOOK UP 3/14/13-3/16/13
Harlem High School Harlem GA presents CHANGING MINDS 3/14/13-3/23/13
Central Park Players Spring Lake MI presents PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL 3/15/13-3/23/13
Long Reach High School Columbia MD presents ALL SHOOK UP 3/21/13-3/24/13
Franklin High School Elk Grove CA presents CURTAINS 3/15/13-3/23/13
St. Brigid – Our Lady of Hope Regional School Westbury NY presents NORA’S ARK 3/15/13-3/16/13
Wayne Hills High School Wayne NJ presents CURTAINS 3/21/13-3/23/13
Barker Junior Senior High School Barker NY presents CURTAINS 3/15/13-3/17/13
Chateaugay Central School Chateaugay NY presents ALL SHOOK UP 3/22/13-3/24/13
Jeannette Senior High School Jeannette PA presents ALL SHOOK UP 3/15/13-3/17/13
Boston Conservatory Theatre Division Boston MA presents I LOVE YOU BECAUSE 3/26/13-3/26/13
Jordan-Elbridge High School Jordan NY presents CURTAINS 3/15/13-3/16/13
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School Burnt Hills NY presents CURTAINS 3/15/13-3/16/13
Effingham High School Effingham IL presents ALL SHOOK UP 3/21/13-3/24/13
South Sioux City High School South Sioux City NE presents ALL SHOOK UP 3/14/1303/16/13
Buchanan High School Drama Clovis CA presents CURTAINS 3/14/13-3/23/13
Bloomfield High School Bloomfield NY presents ALL SHOOK UP 3/15/13-3/16/13
Orangeville Jr Sr High School Orangeville IL presents CURTAINS 3/15/13-3/16/13
Dulaney High School Timonium MD presents CURTAINS 3/14/13-3/16/13
Lake George High School Youtheatre Lake George NY presents CHANGING MINDS 3/22/13-3/23/13
Sebring Mckinley High School Sebring OH presents ALL SHOOK UP 3/14/13-3/16/13
Pickerington Community Theatre Pickerington OH presents CURTAINS 3/15/13-3/24/13
Wapello High School Wapello IA presents CINDERELLA 3/23/13-3/24/13
Schoharie Central School Schoharie NY presents SPAMALOT 3/15/13-3/17/13
Grayling High School Grayling MI presents SPAMALOT 3/14/13 3/16/13
Shepherd High School Shepherd MI presents STRIKING 12 3/22/13-3/24/13
Paulding High School Paulding OH presents SPAMALOT 3/22/13-3/23/13
The Ghost Light Players, is a fledgling community theater group based in MetroWest Massachusetts (cities and towns lying west of Boston and east of Worcester, MA), that is offering a variety of plays and musicals to engage their community and build a new comapany. They are starting with the heart of the community theatre experience.
According to their press release, “Ghost Light Players of MetroWest is a theater group operating out of Marlborough, Massachusetts and serving the MetroWest area. We are a small, intrepid group of actors, musicians, directors and stage crew who love theater in all its variety. We are building our fledgling group into something that lasts. Ghost Light Players hearken back to the days of old, when traveling troupes entertained their patrons with little more than a few props, masterful skill and an avid love of theater. Our sets are small, our costumes are minimal, but our talents and passions are great.”
Their next production is TRW’s ode to the old school comic books LOVE COMICS, a heart-stopping and affectionate tribute to the classic romance comic books of the 1940′s and ’50′s. It’s a whirlwind course in the hard won lessons of love! Written by SARAH SCHLESINGER and DAVID EVANS, this nifty musical valentine to wooing in days gone by, is a retro-cool roller-coaster of romance set to an tuneful, upbeat score that is as much fun to perform as it is to see!
The Ghost Light company is embracing the spirit of the show and has cast some community members who were keen to get on stage for the first time or dust off their diction and get back in the spotlight! One of their leads, Marlborough, MA’s Katie Follett, has brought her love of entertaining to the show. Her words capture the feeling of getting involved with a community theatre in a supportive environment. “It’s a musical…and I’ve never been a singer, but this guy encouraged me…and I sort found this voice I didn’t have…” Check out this inspiring video, for all those who want to get involved at their local theatres:
LOVE COMICS plays March 15 & 16 at 8 PM and March 17 at 2 PM at the First Church in Marlborough – 37 High Street, Marlborough, MA Click HERE for tickets and info.
The following article is from Raising Arizona Kids, a Phoenix, AZ based family activities and interests magazine with a circulation of over 140,000. Author Lynn Trimble writes a lovely article about The Valley Youth Theatre’s production of TRW’s TYA Musical, THEY CHOSE ME. Click here to read the article on the magazine’s website.
CELEBRATING ADOPTION AND FOSTER FAMILIES
By Lynn Trimble | Raising Arizona Kids
After dreaming for years of performing a musical about adoption called “They Chose Me,” Valley Youth Theatre artistic director Bobb Cooper knew just who to call to help make it happen. Wednesday the Phoenix-based theater company gathered with friends from the Arizona Association for Foster & Adoptive Parents and the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation to share a sneak peak of the “They Chose Me,” which is being performed at VYT April 5-21.
The show, which affirms the value of families formed in all sorts of ways, features music by Ned Paul Ginsburg, an artist Cooper has worked with before — during time spent with Broadway Kids in New York City. Lyrics are by Michael Colby, who co-wrote the book (portions spoken rather than sung) with Ginsburg. The VYT production features direction by Cooper and musical direction by Mark Fearey.
Fearey sat stage left playing the piano Wednesday night as youth newly cast performed a selection of songs from the musical. Catherine “Rusty” Foley, who heads Arizona Citizens Action for the Arts, marveled at what the performers were able to accomplish with just three hours rehearsal — a testament to the power of the arts in fueling young minds. “I’ll bet they didn’t learn their multiplication tables that quickly,” she quipped.
Cast member Ramiro Enrique Guevara, a 17-year-old student at Bioscience High School, appreciates the musical’s multicultural cast of characters, which reinforces the show’s overall theme — there’s nothing wrong with being different. Enrique loves the show’s message, which he beautifully summarizes like this: “I’m adopted, but I’m not different from anyone else.” A parent, he explains, is anyone who gives their kids love. Seems both cast and audience members can learn much from the musical’s focus on diversity and acceptance.
Riley Glick of Scottsdale, an 11-year-old student at Arizona School for the Arts, describes the show as funny and exciting. “I love the story that it tells,” she says. Lily Castle of Phoenix, a 12-year-old student at Fireside Elementary, says “They Chose Me” is different from every other show. “It’s about true stories instead of fairy tales.” One of Castle’s best friends is adopted. “I hope she’ll come to the show,” Castle shares.
Jessie Jo Pauley of Mesa, a 14-year-old student at Mountain View High School, appreciates the fact that the show ”goes deeper” into adoption stories. “It’s a musical about what adoption is really like.”
“There are so many stories out there not being told,” says Cooper. “I’m an adopted child — I lived in foster care,” Cooper shared with Wednesday’s audience. “These are the stories we do not tell.”
Cooper admits to hesitating a bit before deciding to mount a production of “They Chose Me,” knowing it might not have the same broad appeal as shows like “Shrek” or “Rapunzel.” But he knows the topic matters, and hopes the community will rally behind it.
“We’re a socially responsible organization,” reflects Cooper. “We build character with characters.”
TRW’s RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH has had a remarkable journey from Broadway to theaters across the world. Now the show is getting a hot new re-conception by original ROF creator Richard Maltby, Jr., at the Milwaukee Rep, now playing at the Stackner Cabaret, in the Patty & Jay Baker Theater Complex, through May 5th, 2013.
TRW’s Director of Music & Materials David Abbinanti was in Milwaukee for the opening of the re-boot of the ROF franchise. “Richard Maltby Jr. and the entire cast and crew of Ring of Fire have truly created something special at Milwaukee Rep,” said Abbinanti. “We know it is no easy task to create an intimate, five-piece version of a major musical (originally consisting of sixteen cast members and musicians) while still maintaining the integrity and heart of the show. What this production does, is it lets Johnny Cash’s music tell the story of his life,” he continued. “There is minimal dialogue, however, unlike a traditional review or concert, this production allows the audience to experience of the ups and downs of this legendary, yet deeply troubled artist, through his own vehicle of self-expression. The songs tell the story.”
Yes they do. From the opening chords of vintage Country to Rockabilly, Rock n’ Roll, searing ballads and gentle songs of love and deep faith, ROF packs a score that provides a rich fabric in which to lay down the story of Johnny Cash. The great bio-pic “Walk the Line” told the story of the events of Cash’s life and the incredible struggles and triumphs of his life. RING OF FIRE gives the music the spotlight, as a core group of talented actor/musicians celebrate the songs that are such a part of our collective experience.
TRW’s Director of Professional Licensing Sean Cercone was in Milwaukee for the opening as well. Cercone guided the creative team to use the Milwaukee production to re-invigorate the show with a fresh look at the story-telling and orchestrations. “Our team at TRW is extremely proud to have worked with Richard Maltby Jr. and Milwaukee Rep on the world premiere of this new RING OF FIRE. Richard once again has created a spectacular evening of theatre surrounding the legend, lore and the man, Johnny Cash,” Cercone said. “This new version is perfectly suited for the thousands of smaller theatres throughout North America and the world as Johnny’s music lives on and is embraced by new generations of Americans.”
Check-out this awesome video about the Milwaukee Rep production of RING OF FIRE
OnMilwaukee.com’s Dave Begel gave the show a glowing review, with a lead that beautifully captures the essence of RING OF FIRE: “Johnny Cash – “The Man in Black” – is clearly the seminal icon in the world of country music. But in “Ring of Fire” the musical that opened Sunday night at the Milwaukee Rep’s Stackner Cabaret, Cash proves he is so much more than that. What we see in this spectacular production is a huge slice of Americana, the country with warts and hopes and dreams and horrors and fears. The country that suffered but always somehow triumphed. That’s the Johnny Cash that was there opening night. We saw not the story of a singer and his wife and his backup band. We saw the story of America.” [Read the whole review at OnMilwaukee.com]
There’s paint drying on sets all over the world this week as scores of TRW shows celebrate opening nights! We are always excited for our customers shows and proud of each and every one. Share your production and publicity with us on Facebook!
Here’s the round-up of TRW tuners opening this week:
Palm Bay High School Theatre Department in Melbourne, FL presents FORBIDDEN BROADWAY’S GREATEST HITS VOL I, 3/6/13-3/8/13
Harvey S. Firestone High School in Akron, OH presents MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT, 3/6/13-3/9/13
The Oldershaw Academy in Wallasey, Wirral Merseyside, UK presents GREASE, 3/6/13-3/8/13
North Quincy High School in Quincy, MA presents ALL SHOOK UP, 3/7/13-3/9/13
Crossroads South Middle School in Monmouth Junction, NJ presents a very special ALL SHOOK UP, 3/7/13 3/9/13
Greenbrier High School in Evans, GA presents ALL SHOOK UP, 3/7/13-3/9/13
Sapulpa High School in Sapulpa, OK presents CURTAINS, 3/7/13-3/9/13
Waldwick Junior Senior High School in Waldwick, NJ presents CURTAINS, 3/7/13-3/9/13
Ambridge Area High School in Ambridge PA presents CURTAINS, 3/7/13-3/10/13
University Of Wisconsin – Sheboygan in Delafield, WI presents FORBIDDEN BROADWAY’S GREATEST HITS VOL I, 3/7/13-3/10/13
Eastmoor Academy in Columbus, OH presents THE COLOR PURPLE, 3/7/13-3/10/13
North Central High School in Spokane, WA presents ALL SHOOK UP, 3/7/13-3/16/13
Layton High School in Layton, UT presents CURTAINS, 3/7/13-3/16/13
Harmony High School in Harmony, FL presents ONCE UPON A TIME IN NEW JERSEY, 3/7/13-3/16/13
Brighton High School in Brighton, CO presents ALL SHOOK UP, 3/7/13-3/17/13
Cedar Falls High School in Cedar Falls, IA presents ALL SHOOK UP, 3/8/13-3/9/13
Belvidere High School in Belvidere, NJ presents CHANGING MINDS, 3/8/13-3/9/13
Western Michigan Christian High School in Muskegon, MI presents CURTAINS, 3/8/13-3/9/13
7 Ages Productions in Brandon MB Canada presents FORBIDDEN BROADWAY’S GREATEST HITS VOL I, 3/8/13-3/9/13
Northern Adirondack High School in Ellenburg Depot, NY presents ALL SHOOK UP, 3/8/13-3/10/13
Westborough High School in Westborough, MA presents CURTAINS, 3/8/13-3/10/13
Licking Heights High School in Pataskala, OH presents CURTAINS, 3/8/13-3/10/13
Springfield Youth Performance Group – SYPG in Springfield, IL presents PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL, 3/8/13-3/10/13
Student Theatre Productions Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA presents ZANNA DON’T, 3/8/13-3/10/13
John Carroll Catholic High School in Birmingham, AL presents ALL SHOOK UP, 3/8/13-3/11/13
Penguin Productions in Watertown, WI presents BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO, 3/8/13-3/16/13
Beaufort High School in Beaufort, SC presents HOW I BECAME A PIRATE, 3/8/13-3/16/13
Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA presents CURTAINS, 3/8/13-3/17/13
The NextDoor Theater Company in Winchester, MA presents PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL, 3/8/13-3/17/13
Akeley Wood School in Buckingham London, UK presents GREASE, 3/8/13-3/9/13
Media Theatre for the Performing Arts – Children’s Series in Media, PA presents PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL, 3/9/13-5/25/13
Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW) was super-jazzed to be at The International Thespian Society’s Junior Thespian Festival 2013, at the J.S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School in Augusta, GA, March 1-3! The expo drew over 500 students and teachers from 10 states in what was the best attended Junior ITS Conference to date.
TRW’s Director of Licensing Jim Hoare was on-site for the festival which featured workshops by TRW author Eli Yamin, the co-creator of The Jazz Drama Program (NORA’S ARK THE JAZZ MUSICAL, HOLDING THE TORCH FOR LIBERTY). In Yamin’s hands-on workshop, students experience jazz, the blues and other forms of American music in a format that makes them accessible for the younger set. Along with co-creator Clifford Carlson, Yamin has written a series of musicals for kids to perform that combine the power of experiential learning with story telling and total immersion in the language and culture of jazz. This potent tool for communication creates a musical theatre format for children to experience jazz across the curriculum, as they never have before!
TRW is proud to represent the first two titles in the Jazz Drama Program’s series, NORA’S ARK THE JAZZ MUSICAL and HOLDING THE TORCH FOR LIBERTY. These brilliant shows are specially crafted to work in school and youth theatre communities and are ready for your classroom or theater space now!
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Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW) is the home to a brilliant collection of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) musicals including, HOW I BECAME A PIRATE, PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL, NO DOGS ALLOWED, AWESOME ALLIE: FIRST KID ASTRONAUT, STINKY KIDS THE MUSICAL, WANDA’S WORLD, HOLDING THE TORCH FOR LIBERTY, NORA’S ARK THE JAZZ MUSICAL, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, LUCKY DUCK, SLEEPY HOLLOW: A MUSICAL TALE, and THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN.
In our never-ending quest to offer world-class musical theatre to our TYA customers, TRW has developed a new musical adapted from Molly Shannon’s best-selling children’s book “Tilly the Trickster.” The just-finished tuner was presented in a private industry reading at Pearl Studios in New York City on March 1st. Featuring music and lyrics by Drew Fornarola (AWESOME ALLIE, COLLEGE THE MUSICAL) with book by Jeremy Dobrish (EIGHT DAYS BACKWARDS, CURIOUS GEORGE), TILLY THE TRICKSTER will soon light up stages worldwide, available exclusively from TRW.
The tale has a title character who, in author Shannon’s words, “is an imperfectly perfect role model,” who likes to play tricks. The story reminds us to “embrace the silliness and fun of life,” says Shannon. The author has certainly embraced the silliness and fun in life through her brilliant comedy on Saturday Night Live and feature films, creating unforgettable characters like Mary Katherine Gallagher (“Superstar!”).
Shannon attended the reading and was elated. Her post-show glow as she met with the cast and crew after the hilarious, tender and musically magnificent presentation was infectious and the room was humming with the buzz that accompanies a new work that is firing on all cylinders.
Book writer Dobrish directed the reading with a cast that featured Anika Larsen, Melissa Van Der Schyff, Hannah Elless, Jason Collins, Matt Wolfe, and Jeremy Morse, with stage directions by Emily Ludolph. The production is stage managed by Andrea Jo Martin with music direction by Sam Wilmott.
“TRW is thrilled to be developing this high-spirited and fun story from the page to the musical stage along with offering resources and support for the reading. It will be a treasured addition to the TRW catalog of exciting new shows for family audiences” said TRW President & CEO Steve Spiegel. Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), is an industry-leading New York City based licensing house handling contemporary Broadway titles including MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT, MEMPHIS, THE COLOR PURPLE, and THE ADDAMS FAMILY.
TRW’s commitment to developing TYA titles is evidenced by our growing catalog of musicals created especially for a small group of adults to perform for kids and their families. These shows are designed to take existing stories for young people and make them accessible in a musical theatre setting. Gathering just the right writers and creative team is the top priority in this process.
Stay-tuned for the announcement of the release of TILLY THE TRICKSTER from TRW!
RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH, is a remarkable life story is told through music, climaxing in a concert that both moves and exhilarates. After scores of productions around the world, this 2006 Broadway musical is getting a hot new re-conception by original ROF creator Richard Maltby, Jr., at the Milwaukee Rep, opening March 1st at the Stackner Cabaret, in the Patty & Jay Baker Theater Complex.
From the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and home and family. More than two dozen classic hits – including “I Walk the Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the title tune – performed by a multi-talented cast, paint a musical portrait of The Man in Black that promises to be a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to a uniquely American legend! Richard Maltby, Jr. created the piece and will also direct The Rep’s production. It was originally conceived by William Meade with orchestrations by Steven Bishop and Jeff Lisenby. Maltby is re-conceiving his Johnny Cash tribute specifically for a five-member ensemble for The Rep’s Stackner Cabaret. The cast features Trenna Barnes, Eddie Clendening, Jason Edwards, David Miles Keenan and Mark W. Winchester, who are all making their Rep debuts. Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash runs in the Stackner Cabaret from March 1 – May 5, and opens Sunday, March 3.
“Prior to coming to America, I’d never paid much attention to country music,” says Artistic Director Mark Clements. “But it’s now become a style that I…[READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE AT BROADWAY WORLD.COM]
RAVE REVIEWS FOR THE ARRIVAL OF THE ‘ALL NEW’ SPAMALOT IN THE WEST END IN 2012
“5 Stars. I honestly haven’t laughed so hard and so many times in years” —Daily Star Sunday
The ALL NEW West End production of SPAMALOT tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and features a bevy (or possibly a brace) of beautiful show girls, witch-burnings (cancelled – health & safety), flying cows, killer rabbits and French people, the show also includes the Nation’s Favourite Comedy Song, “Always Look on The Bright Side Of Life,” and Eric Idle himself as God (see small print…well, actually, due to blog formatting restrictions…the same size print).**As a visual recording! (As if we could afford this God-like comic in these hard times!)
The majority of the musicals in our catalogue were written for the Broadway stage, to be performed by professional actors in front of audiences expecting and accepting of a heightened level of language, nuance, subject matter and presentation. In essence, the Broadway production is a “destination experience” for those who attend.
Your school, community or regional theatre production is a “foundation experience,” and, no two foundations are built the same when factors including the age of the performers, the region of the country or the demography of the audience are considered. No successful theatre program can be built or survive without a solid foundation. We understand this and support it.
So how does the destination experience of the Broadway musical assimilate to the foundation experience at your theatre?
Our License says you cannot change, delete or add to the music, lyrics or dialogue or anything to the musical as provided. We expect that upon your selection of a certain title, you plan to perform it exactly as written. But, our License goes on to say that any proposed change, addition, omission, interpolation, or alteration in the music, lyrics, or book shall first be submitted in writing to TRW. In accordance with copyright only the authors can change the show, and if they approve, we will come back to you with their edits.
For many of our titles, we have already modified the script and/or lyrics to have the Broadway language alongside a school/community revision. In addition, we have several titles with youth or school editions now available or soon to be released.
So when we see you at conferences, or meet at your theatre, or talk to you by phone or correspond via email, we want you to know that you can ask us about making changes. At times you will be told no-you must present the musical as written. At times you will be told yes-with all or a few changes allowed.
We want you to ask, because TRW is a part of your theatre family.