THIS WEEK @ JK's TheatreScene

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Summertime...Took a little vacation! Three reviews coming soon! Amazing Grace, Hand to God and Mamma Mia!

I hope you'll come back for frequent visits, to see new reviews, to share opinions, to take a survey (or two), and to celebrate the shows and show people that have made the TheatreScene!

Jeff

Sunday, March 31, 2013

CONTEST: WIN TICKETS to Jekyll and Hyde

Every man has two sides to his nature.  So Jekyll and Hyde tells us in song and dance.  The popular musical is on its way back to Broadway in a new revival co-starring Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox.  And JK's TheatreScene has your chance to win tickets to see the show BEFORE it officially opens at the Marquis Theatre!

Since this isn't your typical show, this won't be your typical contest, either!  When the original production ran in the late 90's, Twitter and Instagram didn't exist.  But since they do now, to win these preview tickets, you'll have to use BOTH!  Here's what you have to do:

STEP 1:

  • Take a photo of yourself and give it the "JEKYLL AND HYDE TREATMENT"!  That is, show your inner "Jekyll" AND inner "Hyde" in the same pcture. TO SEE AN EXAMPLE, CLICK HERE.

STEP 2:

  • Post that picture to Instagram.

STEP 3: 

  • Tweet a link to that Instagram pic, using this statement AND hashtag: (Copy and paste it if you like!)  You may Tweet your entry up to 5 times by adding numbers 2 -5 BEFORE the above statement.


I am Hyde-ing myself to win tickets to @JekyllMusical from @JKsTheatreScene! #HydeYourself

STEP 4: 

  • Post your entry (entries) by 7PM on Wednesday, April 3rd.


THE WINNER will be selected at random from all eligible entries.  GOOD LUCK!

THE FINE PRINT:

  • If you enter more than 5 times, ALL of your entries will be disqualified.  
  • Any entries that do not follow the rules as stated above will also be disqualified.
  • The ticket voucher will be good for tickets to preview performances of the show between April 5 - 16.  SOME BLACK OUT DATES MAY APPLY.
  • JK's TheatreScene is NOT responsible for lost entries, for pictures improperly posted to Instagram or Twitter, for the seats assigned to the winner, nor for the absence of any cast members at the performance you attend.



DON'T FORGET TO COMPLETE ALL 3 PARTS OF THIS WEEK'S "HOT OR NOT" POLL
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL - THE ENSEMBLE!


Jeff
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Saturday, March 30, 2013

LOGOS: Motown: The Musical

DON'T FORGET TO COMPLETE ALL 3 PARTS OF THIS WEEK'S "HOT OR NOT" POLL
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL - THE ENSEMBLE!

It is very clear from the advertising and logo for Motown: The Musical that producers are looking to people of a certain age to fill up the cavernous Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.  Apparently, given the show's record-setting attendance/grosses for the fitrst two weeks of previews, what they are doing is working.  Very well.  So far be it from me to criticize in a negative way.  Not that I would have, since I love it.

Grade: A+

For my parents (they are young for people that have a 46 year old son) that label means even more, as the sound of their generation was, in fact, the Motown Sound.  In the 60's, it was as important a symbol as any freedom march, peace rally or love-in.  They were suburban kids with limited access to African-Americans to say the least.  But music, they say, brings people together.  My parents recall with much happiness going to "integrated dances" and buying ANY record wth the Motown label on it.  Stevie Wonder, The Supremes... they all helped shape the tastes of my parents, and, ultimately, me.

It is more than a little galling that I am part of that "people of a certain age" group, albeit the very tail end of it.  You see, my generation is the last to fully appreciate the idea of vinyl records, where the label on the record meant is much as the songs on the disc.  The Motown label is one that, no matter the artist, you knew was going to be a special record in your collection.  Seeing that label meant quality - talent and sound. One of my all-time favorite albums was "Diana" by Diana Ross.  It came out in - gulp - 1979-80, with two songs that I still turn up every time I hear them on the radio - "Upside Down" and "I'm Coming Out."


And now, every time I walk by the Lunt-Fontanne, bathed in gold light and covered with that record label logo of theirs, I smile.  And I get very hopeful - that this will be the jukebox/musical bio show that finally pleases me.  (I am no fan of Jersey Boys, Million Dollar Quartet or Baby. It's You!)



The logo, an exact replica of the old otown label, and the gold-hued vinyl circling out from it, are instant nostalgia.  And the gold tone at once brings to mind the past and gold records, of which Motown had a zillion.  And using the label format allows the show to have an all-purpose logo (much like the Les Miz and Cats logos of yesteryear).  Any information that needs advertising can go right under the title and the logo itself doesn't change.  Brilliant.


Even their tag lines have the nostalgia factor, especially when paired with the period looking photos of the cast as Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, The Temptations, etc.  Oh, we who know the real thing know they aren't the real real thing.  But they are a close enough simulation to stir all kinds of memories.  And the whole thing, in all of its permutations, looks slick, well-produced, and glamorous.

What more could you want from a show called Motown: The Musical?

Jeff
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Friday, March 29, 2013

HOT or NOT: The MOTOWN Ensemble!

Motown: The Musical has a GIANT cast!  30 ensemble members!  And all 30 are up for your consideration this week.  As a result, there are THREE polls to complete.  PLEASE DO ALL THREE!  I have organized it so that they are in alphabetical order altogether, males and females are NOT separated.  So you need to do all three polls!  Click "DONE" at the end of each of the three polls.

There are the headshots for each poll, followed by the poll, then more headshots and the next poll, etc.  This week, you'll be selecting 3 Male and 3 Female Ensemble Members to send to the finals!

Remember, PLEASE do ALL THREE polls!  Thank you!

THIS POLL WILL CLOSE ON THURSDAY, APRIL 4 AT 7:00PM!

Motown: The Musical - Ensemble Members 1 - 10

Timothy J. Alex and Michael Arnold

Nicholas Christopher and Rebecca E. Covington

Ariana Debose and Andrea Dora

Wilkie Ferguson and Marva Hicks

Tiffany Janene Howard and Sasha Hutchings





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Motown: The Musical - Ensemble Members 11 - 20

Jawan M. Jackson and Lauren Lim Jackson

Morgan James and John Jellison

Crystal Joy and Grasan Kingsberry

Marielys Molina and Sydney Morton

Maurice Murphy and Jesse Nager



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Motown: The Musical - Ensemble Members 21 - 30

Milton Craig Nealy and N'Kenge

Dominic Nolti and Saycon Sengbloh

Jamal Story and Eric Lajuan Summer


Ephraim M. Sykes and Julius Thomas III

Daniel j. Watts and Donald Webber, Jr.



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Jeff
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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Broadway Bares 23: The United Strips of America

TODAY'S BLOG MAY NOT BE SAFE WORK!

Ah... the last Thursday of March may just be my favorite Thursday of the year.  It is on that day each year that the good folks at Broadway Bares reveal the theme for the upcoming edition of the strip show of the year!  And this year, they did not disappoint: Broadway Bares 23 will be The United Strips of America!

This year's show will be at 9:30 PM and Midnight on Sunday, June 29th at the Roseland Ballroom.  Executive produced by founder Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), this year's edition will be directed by Bares regular Nick Kenkel.

Here's a little preview video from the photo shoot, followed by the first set of released photos and the show logo.  All of the photos are by Andrew Eccles.  Click on each pic and, uh, watch it grow.



Maine: Peter Nelson (Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella)


Colorado: Julius Carter (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark)


Texas: Jeff Metzler (Priscilla Queen of the Desert)


Oregon: Timothy Hughes (Chaplin)


California: Allyson Carr (Mamma Mia!)


Hawaii: Christina Black 


The Broadway Bares XXIII Logo


For more information, to shop and buy tickets, go to www.broadwaybares.com .
For more information about Broadway Cares, go to www.broadwaycares.org .

Jeff
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

10 Years Ago Today: Urban Cowboy

DON'T FORGET TO TAKE THIS WEEK'S "HOT OR NOT" POLL!

Here is the fourth in a continuing series that celebrates the Broadway musicals of 10, 20 and 30 years ago.  To see the the others in the series, click on the "Back in Time" tab at the top of your screen, then scroll down and click the links!  Enjoy!

The Playbills

The Show Card and Advertising Brochure


Cast Recording Sample Cover?

Show: Urban Cowboy
Theatre: Broadhurst
Opening Night: March 27, 2003
Performances: 26 previews, 60 performances
Tonys: 2 nominations, including Best Score with 30 composer/lyricists listed!
Who's Who 10 Years Later: Director Lonny Price Master Harold...and the Boys, 110 in the Shade; Stars Matt Cavenaugh (West Side Story, Grey Gardens, A Catered Affair) and Jenn Colella (High Fidelity, Chaplin) made their debuts in Urban Cowboy.  Supporting actors included Sally Mayes (Steel Magnolias - understudy) and Leo Burmester, most famously Broadway's original Thenardier in Les Miserables, made his final appearance on Broadway in Urban Cowboy.  He passed away in 2007.  Interesting fact: more than half the cast have not returned to Broadway since the show closed.
Broadway Babies: In the ensemble were: Michael Balderrama (Ghost, In the Heights, Hot Feet); Lisa Gajda (Taboo, Spamalot, The Times They Are A-Changin', Cry-Baby, Pal Joey, Finian's Rainbow, Elf, Catch Me If You Can, Chaplin); Justin Greer (Shrek, Anything Goes, The Mystery of Edwin Drood); Adinah Alexander (Wicked, The Wedding Singer, Kinky Boots); Josh Rhodes (Choreographer - The Drowsy Chaperone, Cinderella, First Date)


Matt Cavenaugh and Jenn Colella

Leo Burmester and Sally Mayes


Production Photos

And what might be Broadway's most famous photo shoot,
including the melted Vaseline rubdown...



NOTE: Credits reflect work by artists since the opening night being celebrated here.


Jeff
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