This day in 1978, Cy Coleman, Betty Comden, Adolph Green‘s multi-Tony Award winning musical On The Twentieth Century opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre! Considered the last great production of the golden era of Broadway musicals, the show was based on the classic 1934 Howard Hawks comedic film Twentieth Century and set to a lush Rossini-like operatic score. You can board for a ride March 9 – April 30th courtesy of the Cygnet Theatre Company, San Diego. Don’t miss the train! Click HERE for more information and tickets.
Described by the New York Times as “Broadway’s best kept secret” The Life features a rarely heard score by celebrated composer Cy Coleman (City of Angels, Sweet Charity). The original production of The Life, directed by Michael Blakemore, opened on April 26, 1997. With dance and cocal arrangements by Cy Coleman and based on an Original idea by Ira Gasman, the show received 12 Tony Nominations of which it won two, and 9 Drama Desk Awards of which it won three, including Best Musical.
20 years later to the day, Michael Blakemore will be directing the musical again for its UK premiere, starring stage legends Sharon D. Clarke and Cornell S. John. Running March 25th through April 29 at the Southwark Playhouse, the cast will also star John Addison (Jojo), David Albury (Fleetwood), Jalisa Angrews (Chichi), Matthew Caputo (Oddjob), Lawrence Carmichael (Snickers), Omari Douglas (Slick), Aisha Jawando (Carmen), Thomas-Lee Kidd (Bobby), Charlotte Reavey (April), Jo Servi (Lacy), Lucinda Shaw (Tracy), Johnathan Tweedie (Theodore), T’Shan Williams (Queen) and Joanna Woodward (Mary). Click HERE for tickets and information.
A thoughtful, sensitive, personal collection of songs, Tift Merritt‘s stellar new album Stitch of the World is here! Tift once again has plucked a top supporting cast for the album which includes Marc Ribot and lap-steel specialist Eric Heywood on guitars, drummer extraordinaire Jay Bellerose and the wonderful Jennifer Condos on bass. Iron & Wine‘s Sam Beam serves as co-producer and backup singer on what marks Merritt’s sixth studio release.
Tift on her album title: “for my 40th birthday, I rented a cabin in California. It had such an amazing vista — the Pacific forever, cliffs, trees and stars — it didn’t seem real. I thought how lucky I was, and about invisible ties that link us to one another and to the world. And sewing — it’s a delicate thing. You can pull too hard or get thread twisted or torn. You’ve got to be careful – and still go blindly and joyfully forward.” The album features singles “Dusty Old Man”, “Love Soldiers On”, and “Heartache Is an Uphill Climb”. Merritt delivers a poignant set and is currently on tour through May 2017! Order HERE.
The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra along with the Musical Theater Project will collaborate for the third time to present Big Spender! The Cy Coleman Songbook.
Broadway meets jazz in this toe tapping multi-media concert. The “George Gershwin of his time“, Cy Coleman (1929-2004) found success on stage and in popular music. His dynamic scores include Sweet Charity, The Will Rogers Follies, City of Angels, and On the Twentieth Century to name but a few. His swinging tunes have been covered by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee and many more. CJO will celebrate this staple of the Great American Songbook with dazzling still images, rare film clips and show-stopping performances. Jan 28 & Jan 29 Hanna Theatre at Playhouse Square. Click HERE for tickets and information.