Life Could Be A Dream June 8– August 26
Previews June 6 & 7
Performances Wednesday-Monday @ 8:00 Sunday Brunch matinees @ 1:00
No performance July 4 but there will be a show on July 3
A delightful follow-up to last summer’s hit The Marvelous Wonderettes, this show (also by Roger Bean) introduces the Crooning Crabcakes, the boys banned from the Wonderettes’ prom, as they prepare to enter the Big Whopper Radio contest and realize their dreams of making it to the big time. Lois arrives to put some polish on the boys. Read More
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Animal Crackers bodes well for the 2012 season!
Is it wacky? Yes. Is it broad in humor? Oh yes. Will it delight those who adore play on words and social satire? Yes, again. Will it charm those who love song and dance? Definitely!
In the Vaudeville and Marx Brothers tradition, Animal Crackers is entertainment, strong on fun and weak on plot. But it’s Vaudeville: do we really need a solid storyline? It’s entertainment that the entire family should enjoy. Judging by the two pre-teen girls sitting behind me who giggled, clapped and chortled throughout the entire play, I say bring the kids!
This is the first Oregon Shakespeare Festival play of the season I have seen and the first ever review I’ve written for this blog. For those who know me and know which plays I tend to favor, then you’ll know that Animal Crackers is not my kind of play. That said, Oregon Shakespeare Festival does madcap, zany so well that you should not miss Animal Crackers.
Alan “Rosey” Rosenberg, an Ashland realtor and self-styled theater reviewer has his own take on local performances and has created a website to share his passion for theater. So for another review (from a much more theatrically knowledgeable point of view) go to Mr. Rosenberg’s website.
The Big Bang March 30 – May 27, Previews March 28 & 29
Jed and Boyd are ambitious young songwriters hosting a backer’s audition to finance their show The Big Bang, the most extravagant musical ever written. However for this evening it’s just the two guys madly tearing around a Park Avenue penthouse using every available piece of furniture and home decor to act out all the parts of their show whose subject is the entire history of the world. Adam and Eve enjoy free food in Eden. Slaves kvetch about schlepping stones to build the pyramids. Nefertiti’s a soul diva. Caesar ignores the soothsayer’s warning about getting “whacked.” Read More
Gypsy plays at the Camelot Theater in Talent Oregon — March 21 – April 22
Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Arthur Laurents, suggested by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee.
This Tony Award winner is a gripping story of one of the most frightening aspects of show business: the stage mother! The story starts in Seattle with Mama Rose pushing her two daughters into Uncle Jocko’s Kiddie Show. June, her mother feels, is the most likely to become a star. Louise is plain and quiet and stands meekly in her sister’s shadow. Along the way, Rose meets Herbie, a theatrical agent, and hires him as their manager. Read More
Music & lyrics of Cole Porter
February 10– March 18
Previews February 8 & 9
Performances Thurs.-Mon. @ 8:00
Sun. brunch matinees @ 1:00
It’s 1935 in the wee hours of the morning in Dorothy’s stylish New York apartment where a swell party has just ended. Dorothy, Walter and Alice linger over a nightcap and some delicious gossip about the departing guests. The three friends delight in each others company…until the witty banter and fun reveal a complicated triangle of affections. This is the setting for an effervescent evening of more than 30 sparkling jewels from the Cole Porter repertoire Read More
From its establishment during the big band era in the early 40‘s, through the years of change in the 60‘s and up until the present, the USO (United Service Organizations) brought America and the boys (and girls) overseas entertainment, hope and a “home away from home” during the most challenging of times. Celebrities offered their services often at great risk to themselves. Live performances, known as Camp Shows, attracted movie stars, comedians, musicians, singers and dancers, including Bob Hope, Danny Kaye, The Andrew Sisters, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Robin Williams and Willie Nelson.
For more information on the Camelot Theater
The Cabaret celebrates the holiday season in our own unique way with original songs and stories about this most festive time of the year. In addition to brand-new songs and sketches we will also be reviving some songs from our previous holiday hit ‘Tis The Season, including The Promise of New Light, The Best Christmas Yet, All I Got For Christmas (Was This Cold) and our hilarious online-shopping parody of The 12 Days of Christmas. Join with family and friends to enjoy the holidays in the beautiful ambiance of the Cabaret, spruced up and sparkling for the holidays.
November 18 – December 31
Previews November 16 & 17
Performances nightly @ 8:00 except:
Nov 21, 24, 28, 29; Dec 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 24, 25
Saturday & Sunday brunch matinees @ 1:00
For more information go to: Oregon Cabaret Theatre
“The Scarlet Pimpernel” Book and lyrics by Nan Knighton, music by Frank Wildhorn, based on the novel, The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Orczy at the Camelot Theatre Nov 3 – Dec 31, 2011.
Celebrate the holiday season with this action/adventure musical about the French Revolution and the battle for Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. A love story that is funny as well as inspiring, moving and passionate. At the peak of the French Revolution, a beautiful French actress falls in love with an English lord after a whirlwind courtship. The actress’ former lover, a revolutionary official, is furious. On the night she is to leave for England and marriage, he blackmails her into giving him secret information. When the groom hears of his bride’s responsibility for the deaths of many, he persuades his compatriots to join him in a “private war” against the French regime. They call themselves The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel and work to save as many innocent lives as they can.
For more information: Camelot Theater
A cavalcade of mid-century girl-group pop music. In Act One Cindy Lou, Betty Jean, Missy and Suzy are thrilled to be performing at their 1958 Senior Prom (Mr. Sandman, All I Have To Do Is Dream, Stupid Cupid, Mr. Lee). Act Two takes place at their 10 year reunion in 1968. The girls have changed and so has the music! Songs like: Heatwave, You Don’t Own Me, Leader of the Pack, It’s My Party, Respect. This delightful, music-filled show by Roger Bean (Route 66, Honky Tonk Laundry) recently had a successful off-Broadway run.
“An irresistible musical” – NY Times
“The fun never stops! Hilariously inventive and highly entertaining.” – Associated Press
June 17 – August 28
Previews June 15 & 16
Performances Wednesday-Monday @ 8:00
Sunday Brunch matinees @ 1:00
For more information go to: Oregon Cabaret Theatre