Opening Nights, April 9-15, 2012: TRW Shows Going Up This Week!

TRWTRW titles are opening from coast-to-coast and around the world this week!

Five productions of ALL SHOOK UP raise the curtain soon, as Booker High School in Sarasota, FL takes the plunge on April 11th, Payson High School in Payson, AZ goes ‘lights up’ on April 12, and CAll Shook Uplear Spring High School in Clear Spring, MD gets shakin’ on April 13. April 12th is the top of a 27 performance run of ALL SHOOK UP that promises to be a big hit for the venerable Gateway Theatre in Richmond B.C., Canada.  April 13 is the Music Box Dinner Playhouse‘s big night in Swoyersville, Pa., which kicks-off a 9 performance stand of the Elvis-Shakespeare inspired musical.

The All Campus Musical Organization at Millersville University in Millersville, PA opens Damon Intrabartolo and Jon Hartmere’s BARE on April 13th for an eight performance run at the Rafters Theatre, Dutcher Hall.

April 14th marks the opening of CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse in Tacoma, WA.

THE COLOR PURPLE National Tour Cast, Photo by Scott Suchman

THE COLOR PURPLE reaches the end of the hugely successful National Tour of the Broadway epic with their April 13th closer at Reno, Nevada’s Pioneer Center. Congrats to the cast, crew, creative team and everyone at Phoenix Entertainment for a brilliant job taking this phenomenal show across North America for nearly three years!

The musical whodunit CURTAINS takes stage at Willow Canyon High School Theatre in Surprise, AZ, April 12, 13 & 14. Palm Harbor University High School in Palm Harbor, FL opens CURTAINS this week as well, playing April 12-14.

West View High School Theatre in San Diego, CA opens their CURTAINS this week for a sizzling six performance slate, April 13-21. The West View cast for CURTAINS features Abigail Broekema, Hunter Saling,  Adam Goodwin, Owen Stone, Chloe Schneider, Collin Slavey, Lucas Bennett, Natalia Fimbres, Arash Fahkrabadi, Sarah Pence, Haley Batzer, Maybelle Covington, Sanket Padmanbhan, Meagan Pitcher, Allyson Staples, Evan Loefstedt, Connor Bush, Stephen Green, Jake Roth, Anna George, Katie Buell, Ava Fahkrabadi, Lisa Suennan, Jessica Frenkel, Alex Nguyen, Kelly Myers, Diandra Almasco, Jacob Mobley, Jake Morrison, Runsty Dimagiba, Eli Peterson, David Bielik, Melissa Karpecki, Shianne Evans, Kasey Reinbold, Justin Chao, Jackie Peng, Eric Tran, and Arlene Iruguin.

Conifer, Colorado’s Stage Door Theatre is on the CURTAINS mission this week, too! This great, 22 year old theatre provides provide the communities of the 285 corridor and Platte Canyon the opportunity to attend and participate in locally-produced performing arts. CURTAINS opens April 13…a FRIDAY…very appropriate for CURTAINS;), and plays for nine big shows through April 28.

Finally, our CURTAINS calendar for the week highlights Clater-Kaye‘s production in Valdese, NC, which opens the Kander & Ebb & Holmes & Stone show on April 14 and plays through April 21 at the Old Rock School Auditorium in Valdese.

The Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts hosts Way Off Broadway‘s production of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY’S GREATEST HITS: VOL I, opening April 13 for a seven performance run of the endlessly entertaining tribute to some of the theater’s greatest stars and songwriters.

The Jefferson Performing Arts Society of Metairie, LA, walks the plank with HOW I BECAME A PIRATE this week, opening a four show stint at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center and then dropping anchor at the Columbia Theatre in Hammond, LA and the Temple Theatre in Meridian, MS, finally finding the harbor at the Covington Center in Covington, LA to finish the 10 performance tour in fine fettle!

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre hosts the U.K. Tour of MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT this week, opening this evening for an 8 show run before easin’ on down the road to the Sunderland Empire Theatre for next week’s musical silliness. Stateside, the phenomenal Phoenix Entertainment tour of SPAMALOT continues through North America, stopping this week at the amazing Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, CA for 16 performances in the gorgeous old proscenium house at 8th & Market Streets.

Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences in Northbrook, IL,  opened the terrific TRW tuner NO DOGS ALLOWED on April 7, continuing Saturdays, through May 19 at 10:30am and 1pm. This irresistible musical is the story of Iris, a bright 8-year-old, who lives “in a place called the Bronx, in the Kingdom of 3rd Avenue… in the Land of New York City,” with her family and her dog El Exigente. One bright day, the family decides to take a trip to the Enchanted State Park and Iris is determined to bring her beloved El Exigente, even though at the park there are ‘no dogs allowed’. With a cast of unique, charming and wonderfully funny characters, NO DOGS ALLOWED is a brilliant new musical adapted from Sonia Manzano‘s best-selling Children’s book of the same name.

PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL is a force of nature at the box office, as anyone who has licensed the show will tell you. They are about to find out just how sweet this delightful musical is at The Crighton Kidz Theatre School in Conroe, TX, as they open PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL April 13.

RING OF FIRE THE JOHNNY CASH MUSICAL is ready to rock Roswell, GA as the Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s (GET) cast, Scott DePoy, J.R. Hawkins, Denise Hillis, Chris Irwin, Tracy Vaden Moore, Mark Schroeder,

and Jeremy Wood, are rehearsing now for their April 12 debut of the bio-musical. The GET’s 19 performance run continues through 4/29.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY‘s First National Tour is taking North America by storm, this week creeping out Cleveland, OH at the Palace Theatre through April 20. Snap, snap.

MEMPHIS keeps a rollin’ on down the First National Tour road, this week in Hershey, PA, through April 15. Hockadoo to Hershey!