Theatre news and reviews
By Brian P. Sharp
Playhouse South brings Fame to the stage
If you enjoyed the television series, you will love the musical. Don’t miss the energy of Fame–The Musical at Playhouse South, now until November 19 at the Clark Haines Theatre, 3700 Far Hills Ave. in Kettering.
Join a group of wild, multi-cultural young people as they gather to audition to study at the High School of Performing Arts in New York City. The musical is loosely based on the 1980 musical film Fame. Fame–The Musical conceived and developed by David De Silva, is a musical with a book by Jose Fernandez, music by Steve Margoshes and lyrics by Jacques Levy. De Silva had produced the 1980 film about students at New York City’s High School for Performing Arts. The critically acclaimed film was followed by a television series, a reality TV show and the musical. The musical is significantly rewritten from the previous adaptations, with an almost entirely new score. The film is referred to several times in the script and in two songs.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.playhousesouth.org or by calling 1-888-262-3792.
Caroline, or Change at the Human Race Theatre Company
It’s America in 1963, with the turmoil of the JFK assassination and the civil rights movement. In a Jewish household in Louisiana, the divorced African-American maid and the 8-year-old family son have their own worries and relationship. Virtually sung-through, in styles ranging from Motown to Yiddish Klezmer, Caroline, or Change brings together the incredible talents of Kushner (Angels in America) and Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie) to create a multi-Tony-nomination show that is about both major issues of the nation and personal issues of the household, and how they interact.
The large cast includes Tanesha Gary as Caroline, resident Human Race actress Kay Bosse as Grandma Gellman, notable locals Saul Caplan and K.L. Storer as Mr. Stopnick and Grandpa Gellman, respectively, with Brendan Plate as Noah Gellman.
The show runs until November 20. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketcenterstage.com or by calling the box office at (937) 228-3630
Encore Theatre Company holds auditions for Spring Awakening
If you missed the presentation last year at the Victoria Theatre, you will have another chance to see or perform in the electric performance known as Spring Awakening. The musical, with books and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik, is based on the play by Frank Wedekind.
The setting is a German province in the 1890s. In this province the adults hold all the cards and do not spoil the rod. This is truly the story of young adults finding their own awakening. From its beginning, Spring Awakening has been both a piece of musical theatre and a pop/rock album. This adult themed musical includes musical numbers like “Mama Who Bore Me,” “The Bitch of Living,” “My Junk,” “Touch Me” and “Left Behind.”
Auditions are being held November 13, from 12 to 7 p.m. or November 14 from 6 to10 p.m. For further information visit www.encoretheatercompany.com.
Mayhem and Mystery hosts annual holiday production at The Spaghetti Warehouse
The holiday production is a mystery with a 1940s radio show flair. Join Tamra and Jerry Francis as they host a holiday spectacular with music, mayhem and more. Just after learning that “their show” is about to be canceled, one of the producers dies. Is one of the performers to blame? Come celebrate the holidays with mirth and mystery.
This makes for a perfect evening to share with family and friends.
$25.95 includes dinner and the Mystery show (tax and gratuity not included). Shows start at 7 p.m. and run from November 7 to Saturday December 31 – on select dates. Performances take place at Spaghetti Warehouse, 36 W. Fifth St. in downtown Dayton. For more information visit www.mayhemmystery.com.
Hairspray continues at Wright State University
One weekend remains to get the opportunity to see Hairspray at the Festival Playhouse at Wright State University. Once again, Wright State raises the bar on musical theatre.
Hairspray is a musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman, and a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray. In 1962 Baltimore, a plump teenager named Tracy’s dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local dance program based on the real-life Buddy Deane Show. When Tracy wins a role, she becomes an overnight celebrity. She then works overtime to make the show diverse. Hairspray demonstrates the social injustice of the 1960s. Watch as the face of diversity is affected by one teenage girl who only wants the chance to dance on television, but makes a dramatic difference in her world.
Tickets can be purchased by calling (937) 775-2500.
Reach DCP theatre critic Brian P. Sharp at Theatre@DaytonCityPaper.com.