We hear from Hangar Theatre’s Artistic Director Michael Barakiva about the new production of Kander and Ebb’s musical ‘Chicago’. He tells about the history of how the original play almost didn’t become a musical at all, and about the process of reviving the original Bob Fosse choreography.
Director Tommy Iafrate and the Cowardly Lion, Margaret Leisenheimer, join us to talk about this theatrical adaptation, the costumes, the quirky sets, and re-instating a song that was famously cut from the film.
The Endless Mountains Theatre Company presents Frank Loesser’s classic musical ‘Guys and Dolls’ in the Elk Lake High School in Springville. Based on stories by Damon Runyon, it has a memorable score including “Fugue for Tinhorns”, “Adelaide’s Lament”, “Luck be a Lady”, and “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat”. Director Sandra Raub talks about fielding a large cast for this delightful but demanding show. http://wskg.org/audio/guysdolls.mp3
Ti-Ahwaga Community Players present Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein’s musical ‘La Cage Aux Folles’. Director James Osborne and assistant director/choreographer Talia Saraceno talk about staging this comedy that calls for a large cast of dancers and singers. http://wskg.org/audio/cage.mp3
Photo credit: Talia Saraceno for Ti-Ahwaga Community Players
The Endicott Performing Arts Center is presenting the premiere of a new musical. ‘Ascend’ starts out where ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ ends. Playwright Lori Zabadal-Dayton talks about how “the play found her”, and about the process of dramatizing the story, writing the music, and saying good-bye to some of the songs and scenes during the rehearsal process. Her daughter, Jennifer Dayton, who is one of the dancers in the show, tells why dance is so essential to the telling of the story. http://wskg.org/audio/ascend.mp3
Photo credit: Beyond the Stage Photography for Endicott Performing Arts Center
SRO Productions is presenting the musical ‘Avenue Q’. If the puppets from Sesame Street grew up, went to college, and tried to find their purpose in life, they might find very adult problems waiting for them in the world just like the characters, humans and puppets alike, in ‘Avenue Q’. Director Scott Fisher, Sean Sherwood, and the character Princeton talk about this hilarious, heart-warming, but definitely adult-themed musical coming to the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage. http://wskg.org/audio/avenueq.mp3
The Endicott Performing Arts Center and Theatre Street Productions present Lerner and Loewe’s classic musical, ‘My Fair Lady’. Often referred to as ‘the perfect musical’, it tells the story of a Cockney flower girl from an unstable family who is taught proper diction by a egotistical professor of linguistics. He does perhaps too good a job when she becomes not only a model of perfect English, but also a strong and independent woman who really doesn’t need him at all, and the tables are turned. Andrea Gregori and Chris Nickerson talk about the tension between their two characters and about this timeless and tuneful musical. http://wskg.org/audio/fairlady.mp3