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2 hrs ago | Detroit News

Hit film 'Sister Act' becomes a musical blast from the disco past

If legendary composer Alan Menken hadn't been able to put his own stamp on the score for the musical 'Sister Act,' he might have turned down the job.

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Related Topix: Comedy Movies, Music!, Crime Movies, Sister Act, Theater, Donna Summer, Disco

Thu Apr 10, 2014

BroadwayWorld.com

Disney's Beauty and the Beast Returns to Fox Cities Performing Arts Center Tonight

NETworks production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast , the award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical, is returning to Fox Cities Performing Arts Center today, April 11-13 for five performances only.

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Wed Apr 09, 2014

CBS Local

CBS 62 - "Sister Act" Choir Contest

Sister Act is Broadway's feel-AMAZING musical comedy smash hit and it's coming to the Fisher Theatrewith the Original Broadway Cast! Featuring original music from eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken , Sister Act tells the story of one woman's journey through sisterhood and finding her own voice.

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Related Topix: Pop/Rock, Entertainment, Drama, Television, Animated TV, Children TV

Mon Apr 07, 2014

BroadwayWorld.com

Sister Act National Tour Comes to Community Center Theater, Now thru 4/13

SISTER ACT, the family friendly, over the top spectacle with nuns that rock, opens at Community Center Theater today, April 8 for a limited engagement, running through April 13. Tickets for SISTER ACT range from $21 to $88, and are available by calling 557-1999 or at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H Street, Sacramento.

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Related Topix: Comedy Movies, Music!, Crime Movies, Sister Act, Theater, Sacramento, CA

BroadwayWorld.com

Jen Waldman, Jesse Bush & More Will Direct Hangar Theatre's 40th Season Productions

The Hangar Theatre is happy to announce a fantastic lineup of accomplished directors and designers for its 40th Anniversary Mainstage season.

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Related Topix: Ithaca, NY, Ithaca College, Cornell University

Sun Apr 06, 2014

BroadwayWorld.com

Now Playing Onstage in Sacramento - Week of 4/06/2014

SISTER ACT Community Center Theater 4/8-4/13/2014 SISTER ACT is Broadway's feel-amazing musical comedy smash! Featuring original music by 8-time Oscar winner ALAN MENKEN , SISTER ACT tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone ... (more)

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Related Topix: Sister Act, Theater, Arts

Fri Apr 04, 2014

BroadwayWorld.com

Bristol Riverside Theatre to Present Little Shop of Horrors, 5/6-6/8

Bristol Riverside Theatre concludes its 2013-2014 season with the popular cult classic Little Shop of Horrors by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman on May 6-June 8. Directed by Susan D. Atkinson, the ensemble cast features Berlando Drake , Carl Clemons-Hopkins, Laura C. Giknis, Nate Golden , Daniel Marcus , Andrew McMath, Candace Thomas , Danny Vaccaro ... (more)

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Tue Apr 01, 2014

Playbill

Jeremy Greenbaum Joins Cast of Broadway's Newsies

Greenbaum, who is making his Broadway debut, is stepping into the role of Davey through May 18. He is temporarily replacing Ben Fankhauser , who originated the role.

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Related Topix: Theater, Newsies, Schenectady, NY

Mon Mar 31, 2014

BroadwayWorld.com

ALADDIN Original Broadway Cast Recording Now Available For Pre-Order, Out 5/27

The original Broadway cast recording of the brand new stage edition of Disney's classic animated movie musical ALADDIN is now available for pre-order according to a new listing on the official site, with a digital release set for May 27 and a physical release set for June 17. According to a new press release, "The cast of the new Broadway smash, ... (more)

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Related Topix: Animated TV, Entertainment, Television, Original Broadway Cast Recording, Children TV, Theater, Arts

BroadwayWorld.com

Tickets to Sister Act at Majestic Theatre On Sale 4/4

SISTER ACT, the family friendly, over the top spectacle with nuns that rock, opens at the Majestic Theatre for eight performances, June 24-29.

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Sun Mar 30, 2014

Examiner.com

Aladdin Arrives on Broadway

There are some outstanding elements of Aladdin , the Disney -fied musical that just opened on Broadway , with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and direction and choreography by Casey Nicholaw.

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Related Topix: Family, Animation Movies, Short, Comedy Movies, Adventure, Musical Movies, Aladdin

Cartoon Brew

Disney's 'Aladdin': The Broadway Musical vs. The Animated Film

After three years of tryouts and short runs in a total of four different cities, Disney Theatrical's version of Aladdin finally opened on Broadway March 20th at the New Amsterdam Theatre.

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Related Topix: Animation Movies, Short, Comedy Movies, Aladdin, Family, Adventure, Musical Movies, Arts, Cinema, Theater, The Lion King

BroadwayWorld.com

Now Playing Onstage in Sacramento - Week of 3/30/2014

SISTER ACT Community Center Theater 4/8-4/13/2014 SISTER ACT is Broadway's feel-amazing musical comedy smash! Featuring original music by 8-time Oscar winner ALAN MENKEN , SISTER ACT tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone ... (more)

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Related Topix: Sister Act, Theater, Arts

Sat Mar 29, 2014

Green Bay Press-Gazette

SMSA performs 'Little Shop of Horrors' next weekend

<![CDATA[SMSA and Music Theater International is presenting "Little Shop of Horrors." a comedy horror rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman. The original long-running 1982 off-Broadway production and subsequent Broadway production has been performed all over the world. The musical was also made into a 1986 film of the same name, directed by Frank Oz. It follows the story of a down in the dumps flower shop employee who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. The show takes many twists and turns as cosmic events change the lives of everyone in the show. The conclusion will surprise audience members old and young alike. Although a comedy, Little Shop of Horrors delivers a moral lesson and many sentimental moments throughout. The musical is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Roger Corman. The music, composed by Menken in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown, includes several well-known tunes, including the title song, "Skid Row (Downtown)," "Somewhere That's Green," and "Suddenly, Seymour". "The Plant" is the most obvious new addition to the cast. As its own character, the plant required puppet work by students, as well as precise timing vocally with the voice of the plant. Rehearsals are very intense, as both puppeteer and voice of the plant had to be completely in-sync. The plant was rented from Character Translations, which is a full service design and manufacturing facility specializing in the creation and production of licensed walk-around character costumes. Character Translations works closely with Music Theater International and other professional companies to bring characters of all facets to life. The plant comes in four separate stages and had to be shipped from Pennsylvania. The shipment itself was a hefty 400 pounds, and it took many volunteers and students to help get it ready for performance. Additionally, audiences will have a chance to have their picture taken with the oversized pod at the end of the show. The show is directed by Christa (Rebek) Lewis (95'). The show is also featuring a few North Fond du Lac students this year. Due to the timing of NFDL hosting solo/ensemble and other events in the PAC, SMSA has extended the show to North Fond du Lac students for this year. It has truly been extraordinary! Blending the talents of these students with the students from SMSA has proven to be a great experience and students from both schools get to share this opportunity and get to know each other and make new friends. Cast members include: Todd Petrie, Lizzie Hoch, LeAnne Bavers, Elizabeth Brunette, Emily Cratchy, Matt Skiff, Mark Sutton, Isaac Skiff, Sydney Brusky, Jodi Newhauser, Anja Ozols, Angela Schreiner, Mikaela Hanrahan, Gabi Hanlon, Molly Kluever, Mackenzie Mas, Megan Mas, Kelsey Carter, Julianna Nett, Josh Giles, Christopher Anderson, Lucas Krebsbach, Peter Streblow, Theresa Peters, Emily Ransom, Abby Meyer, Hannah Lavrenz, Lauren Freund, Rachel O'Loughlin, Hannah Hellmann, Emily Loehr, Claire Dugenske, Destiny Snyder, Cora Erdman, Alyssa Prost, Brittany Ramskugler, Shelly Faris, and Kylie Benson. The crew consists of sound, lighting and backstage help. These students are Lauren Huck, Jenny Woznick, Tim Amerling, Austin Stacey, Gabe Ogle, Luke Holzmann, Lizzy Leichtle, Brad Jacques, Ryan Mas, Sam Schrauth, Ryan Mas, Brad Jacques, Max Wuest, Sam Schrauth, Anna Huck, Katie Kurer, Amelia Ford, Jacob Ford, Brittany Ramskugler, and Liz Payne. The show will be held at the NFDL's PAC, 325 McKinley St. Little Shop of Horrors will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5; and at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 6. Tickets will be available for presale, with preferred seating at Wegners Office Supply, 10 Court St., FDL. They're also available at the door. Tickets are $10; $7 for seniors age 60 or better; and $3 for students.

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Related Topix: Horror Movies, Little Shop of Horrors, Comedy Movies, Musical Movies, Science Fiction Movies, Pennsylvania

Fri Mar 28, 2014

BroadwayWorld.com

Menken & Spencer's the Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz to Open in Montreal June 2015

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by David Spencer, is getting a second chance at a fully mounted production in Montreal this summer after its first attempt at a Broadway run in 1987.

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Wed Mar 26, 2014

BroadwayWorld.com

Sister Act National Tour Coming to Community Center Theater, 4/8-13

SISTER ACT, the family friendly, over the top spectacle with nuns that rock, opens at Community Center Theater on April 8 for a limited engagement, running through April 13. Tickets for SISTER ACT range from $21 to $88, and are available by calling 557-1999 or at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H Street, Sacramento.

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Related Topix: Comedy Movies, Music!, Crime Movies, Sister Act, Theater, Sacramento, CA

Tue Mar 25, 2014

Jim Hill Media.com

Blog Post: Huffington Post -- How Disney "Aladdin" went from being a...

When the reviews for Disney "Aladdin: The New Musical Comedy" finally came in last night, with the New York Times praising this production for its " ... relentless razzle-dazzle and its anything-for-a-laugh spirit," there was no one on this planet that was more pleased & relieved than Chad Beguelin .

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Related Topix: Arts, Theater

Thu Mar 20, 2014

Hollywood Reporter

Aladdin: Theater Review

While it doesn't rival the imagination or innovation of "The Lion King," the show's ebullient comic spirit should make it a popular hit.

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Related Topix: Animation Movies, Short, Comedy Movies, Aladdin, Family, Adventure, Musical Movies, Theater, Arts, The Lion King, Marketing, Entertainment

BroadwayWorld.com

Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin Jr. & More Set for Children's...

The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati celebrates its 90th birthday with a world premiere, an educational rock-and-roll spectacular - featuring one of Cincinnati's favorite bands on stage - plus two Disney favorites.

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Wed Mar 19, 2014

Broadway

13 Things You Didn't Know About Aladdin, Disney's Newest Broadway Hit

Are you ready for a magic carpet ride? Hold on tight, because the new Disney musical Aladdin opens on Broadway March 20 at the New Amsterdam Theatre! Directed by Tony-winner Casey Nicholaw, the tuner is adapted from the beloved animated Disney feature of the same name, with music by the magical songwriting team of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, and ... (more)

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Related Topix: Animation Movies, Short, Comedy Movies, Aladdin, Family, Adventure, Musical Movies, Animated TV, Entertainment, Television, Children TV

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