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Guys and Dolls! North Shore Music Theatre!

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Bill Hanney’s award winning North Shore Music Theatre presents an all-new sizzling production of GUYS AND DOLLS opening October 30, and playing through Sunday, November 11. With its unforgettable songs and a cast of gamblers, gals and gangsters, GUYS AND DOLLSis musical entertainment you can bet on! Press night is scheduled for October 31 at 7:30pm.

“We are excited to be ending the subscription season with the classic musical Guys and Dolls,” said owner and producer Bill Hanney. “ This show is considered to be the perfect musical, and our Artistic Director Arianna Knapp, director Mark Martino, and I have put together the perfect cast of performers to bring this colorful show to life. I know our audiences will be thrilled with this production.”

Set in the hustle and bustle of prohibition era New York City, GUYS AND DOLLS soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters including; Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight “mission doll,” out to reform the evildoers of Time Square; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she’s been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiancé, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game.

GUYS AND DOLLS, based on “The Idyll of Sarah Brown” and characters by Damon Runyon,  features a book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, and an iconic score by Frank Loesser that includes such songs as “Luck Be A Lady,” “Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat,” “If I Were A Bell,” and “A Bushel and a Peck.”

The cast of GUYS AND DOLLS will be led by Jonathan Hammond (Nathan Detroit), Mylinda Hull (Miss Adelaide), Kelly McCormick (Sarah Brown), and Kevin Vortmann (Sky Masterson). The cast also includes Wayne Pretlow (Nicely Nicely), Ben Roseberry (Benny Southstreet), Jamie Ross (Arvide), and Jessica Sheridan (General Cartwright).

The 22 person cast also includes Chip Abbott, James Beaman, Katie Chung, Kurt Domoney, Steve Greenstein, Meghan Glogower, Lauren Kadel, Ben Liebert, Lizzy Palmer, Antuan Raimone, Clifton Samuels, Michael Scott, Justin M. Urso, and Michael Warrell.

GUYS AND DOLLS will be directed by Mark Martino, choreographed by Michael Lichtefeld, and musical direction will be provided by Craig Barna. The creative team also includes Erik D. Diaz (Scenic Designer), Paula Peasley-Ninestein (Costume Coordinator), Kirk Bookman (Lighting Designer), Michael Eisenberg (Sound Designer) Gerard Kelly (Wig and Hair Design), Natalie A. Lynch (Production Stage Manager), Colin R. Freeman (Assistant Musical Director), and Michael T. Clarkston (Assistant Stage Manager). GUYS AND DOLLS is produced for North Shore Music Theatre by Bill Hanney (Owner/Producer), Arianna Knapp (Artistic Director), and Beth Vasta (Associate Producer).

Tickets for the GUYS AND DOLLS are priced from $40 – $70. All remaining seats are $25 for the October 31 performance at 7:30pm. Performances are October 30 – November 11, Tue – Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri & Sat at 8 pm, matinees Wed, Thur, Sat and Sun at 2 pm.  For tickets and information call (978) 232-7200, visit www.nsmt.org, or visit the box office in person at 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly, Massachusetts.  

Additional Free Audience Enrichment events: Meet the Theatrepost-show audience discussion with the artists on November 6 after the 7:30 pm performance and November 10 after the 2 pm performance; OUT at the North Shore, an evening for the Gay and Lesbian Community with a post-show reception (sponsored in part by Ryan & Wood Inc. Distilleries and Sparkling Soirées) on November 8 after the 7:30 pm performance.

The 2012 musical season concludes with the return of New England’s brightest holiday tradition A Christmas Carol, December 7 –23, starring David Coffee as Ebenezer Scrooge and George Dvorsky as The Ghost of Christmas Present.

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CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE This Week at The Fox Theatre!

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CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE lights up the 2015 holiday season with its newest holiday stage spectacular at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre Wednesday, Nov. 25 and Friday, Nov. 27 for two unforgettable performances. THIS IS A SHOW NOT TO BE MISSED… it’s a cirque show…Broadway musical…holiday spectacular…and family show all in one.

In CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE, Broadway director Neil Goldberg re-imagines the holiday season with over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 performers from 12 countries showcasing an endless variety of imaginative, heart-pounding and gravity- defying feats you have to see to believe. Experience gingerbread men flipping mid air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires along with snowmen, icemen and penguins, balancing, jumping and spinning in disbelief. The show celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with singers, choreography and exciting production numbers. Performers twirl, bounce and soar thru the air to original music and seasonal favorites brought to life within a stage setting of gigantic gifts, colossal candy canes and 30-foot towering trees & soldiers creating a wonderland of amazement.
Says Creator/Director Goldberg, “Cirque Dreams Holidaze celebrates our brand of over 20 years with this unique holiday stage spectacle for the entire family. There aren’t enough shows today where mom and dad can bring the kids and grandparents, make it a date night, fun time for teens and entertain so many generations with…’how did they do that’, ‘wow’ and ‘amazing’. This show has something for everyone.”

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Santaland Diaries at Horizon Theatre Company is HaHaHa-larious!

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Returning for its 17th anniversary production, Horizon Theatre Company turns “ho ho ho” into “ha ha ha” as it reprises its popular production of The Santaland Diaries by award-winning satirist David Sedaris, November 20-December 31.

This show is one of the funniest Holiday shows out there. We have found our new holiday tradition here at The Backstage Beat!

The setting for this naughty show is a Macy’s in New York City as they prepare for Santa and all the families that come to see him. Welcome to this wicked wonderland and exposé of all things elfin. Out of work and middle-aged, a writer in need of holiday cash decides to employ his gift for insightful observation in the trade of elfdom at Macy’s Department Store. Besieged by bratty kids with overzealous parents and donning a humiliating costume, he finds that his cynical self and his elfin alter ego, “Crumpet,” are not exactly compatible. His remedy for the saccharine overdose he endures in his never-endingly exuberant job is to tell all – giving us a backstage pass to the secret lives of Santas and elves. Though definitely not your traditional stocking stuffer, this caustic Christmas carol is a laughter-spiked antidote to the holiday blues. The Santaland Diaries serves up holiday cheer and sneer – and a rebel without a Claus.

Crumpet is played by Harold M. Leaver. I was truly impressed with his ability to stay in character with so much hilarity happening. He was a master at this role! What a naughty little elf!

Along with Harold, Lala Cochran and Enoch King perform as “Sidekicks” and bring the whole show together. Their various roles are both detailed and laugh out loud funny!

This is a true local masterpiece! For those of you who dare think you can’t see a great show with local talent, go see this one! But be warned, it is not for kids and the humor is not for everyone.

Give yourself a great gift this holiday season, see this show and let us know how you liked it!

 

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Daniel Patrick Smith as Buddy in ELF! The Musical

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One of the greatest holiday movies of our time is ELF! The story of a very happy and joyful elf named Buddy. Now if you remember,  Buddy is not your ordinary elf, he is actually a very tall human who was raised as an elf with Santa in the North Pole. As the story goes, he leaves to go find his real father in New York City! Hilarity ensues and of course someone has to save Christmas!

The movie, which came out on 2003,  featured Will Ferrell as Buddy. Those are some pretty big shoes to fill and we caught up with the guy filling those shoes in the Broadway touring musical.

Daniel Patrick Smith plays Buddy in ELF! The Musical. Daniel has an extensive background in theater and is excited to perform in Atlanta and the gorgeous Fox Theatre.

We asked Daniel about his involvement in the arts and he told us this, “I grew up in Ocean City, NJ and I started acting in theater productions after seeing my sister perform. I just felt like it was what I was suppose to do. Thankfully I had very supportive parents that allowed me to go after my dreams.” He went on to tell us about growing up in a town that was very into sports and not so much into the Arts. As we discussed this, we both agreed that it is so important for children to be exposed to the Arts at an early age and it’s beyond comprehension that they are taking them out of schools for financial reasons. He said,”I couldn’t imagine growing up and not being able to perform. My high school actually reached out to me for input on creating a theatrical program and I was honored. I am so happy to know that they have that option now. It can be life changing for someone and I support that so much.”

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