Box Office Success for “All the Way” on Broadway
For anyone who has seen “All the Way” the news that the play is breaking record sales should not be surprising.
“All the Way,” the Tony Award-winning drama starring Bryan Cranston as U.S. President Lyndon Johnson, broke a box office record when it grossed over $1.4 million in a week, more than any new straight play in Broadway history.
The play by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan (go here for an interview with Schenkkan about “All the Way”) shattered the record for eight performances during the week ending June 22. He also the playwright for “The Handler” and “By the Waters of Babylon”
“All the Way” was commissioned and premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and then at the American Repertory Theater in Massachusetts before opening on Broadway.
Festival Noons Provides More In-depth Insights
From June 17 through August 31, Oregon Shakespeare Festival offers Festival Noons. Learn more about the plays, about the people who create, direct, act at the Festival.
- Wednesdays and Fridays, lectures by visiting scholars, directors, actors, technicians etc.
- Thursdays, Preface Plus provides an in-depth analysis of one of the plays.
- Saturdays, workshops, forums or lecture/demonstrations.
- Tuesdays and Saturdays, Free Park Talks.
For more details on each day, and for the Festival Noons schedule: June and July schedule. August’s schedule will be coming soon, same webpage!
Tickets are available online or at the Box Office.
Prices are $12 for adults, $10 for members, $8 for youth (ages 6-17).
The Happiest Song Plays Last is the Final Show Announced for the 2015 Season
Bill Rauch, Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s artistic director, announced on June 12th that The Happiest Song Plays Last, by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes will open in the Thomas Theatre in early July 2015. Shishir Kurup will be directing. Kurup is directing the this year’s production of Water by the Spoonful, which is the second play in the Elliot Trilogy by Hudes.
Rauch had announced 10 of the 2015 season plays in early March 2014. At that time he was still searching for the ‘right’ play to round off the third show to open in the Thomas Theater. The Happiest Song Plays Last will begin previews July 7 and run through November 1.
Kate Vogt Introduces Fellow Actor Picasso
In this video, Kate Vogt and Picasso talk about performing in Two Gentlemen of Verona, the role of Crab done by Picasso and their relationship. O.K., O.K. … Kate does the talking and Picasso does the drooling. Picasso is the only male performer in the play.
Ain’t Misbehavin’ June 6 – August 31
In Ain’t Misbehavin’, the soul of 1930s Harlem is captured in this finger-snapping and toe tapping revue. Thomas “Fats” Waller was an iconic musical force, known for his exuberant personality, energetic stride-piano playing, infectious humor and jumping beat.
Ain’t Misbehavin’ evokes his good-time joie-de-vivre as a versatile cast sings, dances and carries on to the songs he made famous: Jitterbug Waltz, This Joint Is Jumpin’, Your Feets Too Big, Spreadin’ Rhythm Around, Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now, Honeysuckle Rose and, of course, Ain’t Misbehavin’. Sassy, silly, sultry and with moments of devastating beauty.
Oregon Cabaret Theatre hits the spot if you’re looking for fun, talented and snazzy-jazzy entertainment. One of Ashland’s performing arts venues that have shows on Monday nights!
June 6 – August 31
Previews June 4 & 5
Performances Wednesday – Monday @ 8:00
(no show July 4)
Sunday Brunch matinees @ 1:00
For more information visit Oregon Cabaret Theatre’s website
Swami Beyondananda and Beyond: A Two-Man One-Man Show Comedian
Wake up laughing, laughing awakens what’s holy. Holy moly what’s so funny about that? Everything!
Saturday, April 26, 2014 • 8pm
Tickets: $20/advance, $22/door, $10/teens 12-17,
children under 12 are free with paying adult.
Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland
More of the “Marvelous Wonderettes” at Oregon Cabaret Theater
It is graduation time 1958 at Springfield High in this all new chapter from the Marevelous Wonderettes series.
Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy reminisce over their final year in high school and look ahead toward their bright futures. In Act Two fast forwards ahead to 1968, where the girls are bridesmaids celebrating Missy’s marriage to Mr. Lee.
The girls really rock out with dozens of classic tunes: Dedicated To The One I Love, Sealed With A Kiss, Dancin’ In The Street, The Look of Love, You Keep Me Hangin’ On, and River Deep, Mountain High.
Oregon Cabaret Theatre hits the spot if you’re looking for fun, light and campy entertainment. One of the few performing arts venues that have shows on Monday!
April 11- May 25
Previews April 9 & 10
Performances Thursday – Monday @ 8:00
(No evening performance May 11)
Sunday Brunch matinees @ 1:00
(No matinee performance April 20)
For more information visit their website
The Tempest, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
I really liked the Tempest. Like many Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s patrons, having seen the play a number of times, I was not sure how well I would like this version. After seeing the Tempest, I liked it much more than I thought I would, and I’m glad OSF is doing it.
The staging and production was inventive and expressive without getting in the way of the storytelling. The Tempest has a strong cast and it was well directed.
It will please many people; and interestingly enough it will satisfy both ‘camps’. Those who insist Shakespeare plays must be done ‘traditionally’ [read: in “men in tights” ala Sir Laurence Olivier] and those who like a modern spare production. The setting is on a magical island and on that island many strange and mystifying things happen and logically those stranded on it for years have lost their ‘traditional’ Elizabethan garb. But the newly arrived shipwrecked characters are in fancy noblemen clothes.
But I think most will very much admire the way the entire production is pulled together. The beautiful buto dancers who silently move through the story, making things happen, assisting Ariel fly, etc. The love scenes are charming, and the comedy is not over-the-top silly.
The Tempest is in the Bowmer, and will run throughout the season.
Oregon Cabaret Theatre “Double Trouble”
Set in Hollywood in the early 1940s, the show features Jimmy & Bobby Martin, a pair of song-writing brothers summoned to a major movie studio and given the golden opportunity to write a song for the movies…on the double. Their efforts are interrupted by wacky characters including the boorish studio boss, an ancient sound engineer, an effete director, a sleazy agent and a buxom, scheming screen siren – all played by the same two singing, dancing, piano-playing actors in a rambunctious musical tour-de-farce written by Bob and Jim Walton.
The Oregon Cabaret Theatre is a favorite musical venue for both visitors and locals alike. If you’re in the mood for a tuneful campy romp, go to the Cabaret for dining and entertainment. Open on Monday nights.
February 7 – March 30
Previews February 5 & 6
Performances Thursday – Sunday @ 8:00
Sunday Brunch matinees @ 1:00
Oregon Shakespeare Festival opening night is nearly upon us!
Already? YES, indeed! Attend any and all of the 2014 opening Shakespeare Festival plays and celebrate Valentine’s Day with drama, music and wit.
Friday, February 14th, the Tempest Directed by Tony Taccone, Prospero played by Denis Arndt.
February 15th, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window Directed by Juliette Carrillo, written by Lorraine Hansberry (her ‘other’ more well known play is Raisin in the Sun)
February 16th opens the much awaited Marx Brother’s adaptation of The Cocoanuts Directed by David Ivers, Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin, Book by Georges S. Kaufman and adapted by OSF’s very own Mark Bedard.