(6/13/2019) - After learning that a young pig's days are numbered, a literate spider weaves an elaborate plan to save her friend from the butcher's block.
Charlotte's Web performs June 14-16, 2019, Fri/Sat at 7:00pm and Sun at 3pm at The Wagnalls Memorial, 150 E. Columbus, St., Lithopolis, OH 43136.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: https://wagnalls.org/calendar/wagnalls-community-theaterPhoto Flash: Actors' Theatre Of Columbus Presents LITTLE WOMEN by BWW News Desk - Columbus
(6/7/2019) - Louisa May Alcott wrote the first great American novel - a story of longing, love, and patience that has stood the test of time. With genuine family affection, tragedy, and finally, hope, Little Women is a classic, buoyant romance that gives the sentiment, wisdom, and humor that makes us able to "Be comforted, dear soul! There is always light behind the clouds."Photo Coverage: First look at CATCO is Theatre's Holmes and Watson by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(5/31/2019) - Sherlock Holmes is dead ... or so it is assumed. The world knows the great detective went over the falls at Reichenbach with his nemesis Professor Moriarty. But as Holmes' body was never retrieved, several frauds, fakes and charlatans have since come forward to lay claim to his identity, and it falls to Dr. Watson to disprove them.
Holmes and Watson performs May 29th - June 16th, 2019 in the Van Fleet Theatre, Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: http://catco.org/shows/2018-2019/holmes-and-watsonPhoto Coverage: First look at Evolution Theatre Company's THE VULTURES by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(5/23/2019) - In the vein of 'And Then There Were None,' 'Clue' and 'Murder by Death,' 'The Vultures' puts a modern, comedic, gay spin on the haunted house/mystery genre. On the 20th anniversary of the death of publishing magnate Simon West, his six remaining relatives gather for the reading of his will -- the mysterious housekeeper declares, 'The relatives are swooping in like a wake of vultures ready to pick the carcass clean.' As the night progresses and a storm rages, sanity comes into question and one of the group goes missing. Where did they go? Were they murdered or did they escape? Who will ultimately inherit the fortune?
Performances are May 22 thru June 1st, 2019 at the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215. For tickets, visit: http://www.evolutiontheatre.org/Photo Flash: First Look At MAMMA MIA! at Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre by BWW News Desk - Columbus
(5/6/2019) - After a sold out run of The Sleepy Hollow Experience last fall, Brian Clowdus is back to produce the first Broadway musical at Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre in over 25 years. Things will be heating up as Chillicothe transforms into the islands of Greece with the most immersive ABBA musical experience audiences have ever witnessed. Betsy Padamonksy from the Broadway National Tour of MAMMA MIA! headlines as Donna. Follow her and her friends as they take a trip down memory lane to discover the winner takes it all in the end and sometimes life forces you to stand up and embrace your inner dancing queen!Photo Coverage: First Look at MTVarts and The Woodward Opera House's A RAISIN IN THE SUN by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(5/3/2019) - Set on Chicago's South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis, and matriarch Lena. When her deceased husband's insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. The Younger family's heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.
Performances are May 2nd and May 3rd @ 7:30 pm and May 5th @ 2pm, The Woodward Opera House, 107 S Main St, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050. For tickets or more information, visit: https://mtvarts.com/Photo Coverage: First Look at Hilliard Bradley Theatre's THE ADDAMS FAMILY by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(5/2/2019) - 'The Addams Family' features an original story, and it's every father's nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family - a man her parents have never met. And if that weren't upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's 'normal' boyfriend and his parents.
Performances are May 3nd and May 4th @ 7:00 pm and May 5th @ 2pm, Bradley Theater, 2800 Walker Rd, Hilliard, Ohio 43026. For tickets or more information, visit: https://www.bradleytheater.com/Photo Coverage: First look at Curtain Players' EPIC PROPORTIONS by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(5/1/2019) - Set in the 1930s, this comedy tells the story of two brothers who go to the Arizona desert to be extras in the huge Hollywood Biblical epic 'Exeunt Omnes'. Before you know it, Phil is directing the movie, and Benny is starring in it. To complicate matters further they both fall in love with the same woman, not to mention the gladiator battles, the Ten Plagues and a cast of thousands.
Performances run May 3rd thru May 19th at Curtain Players, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena, Ohio 43021. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: http://curtainplayers.orgPhoto Coverage: First Look at Grandview Carriage Place Players' FROZEN JR. by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(5/1/2019) - Disney's Frozen Jr. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!
Performances are May 2nd thru May 4th @ 7:00 pm and May 5th @ 2pm, Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215. Tickets are $5 at the door (Cash, VISA, MasterCard and Discover accepted). For more information, call John Heisel at: 614-645-3715 or Marta Durban (614) 488-3111.Photo Coverage: First look at The Lancaster Playhouse's CLUE: THE MUSICAL by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(4/29/2019) - The internationally popular game is now a fun-filled musical that brings the world's best-know suspects to life and invites the audience to help solve the mystery: who killed Mr. Boddy, in what room, and with what weapon. Only one hard-nosed female detective is qualified to unravel the merry mayhem. Comic antics, witty lyrics, and a beguiling score carry the investigation from room to room.
Performances are May 3, 4, 10 & 11. All performances are sold out. For information on how to be placed on a waiting list, visit: https://www.thelancasterplayhouse.org/Photo Coverage: First look at Performing Arts Creative Ensemble's BLITHE SPIRIT by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(4/26/2019) - Set at the house of writer, Charles Condomine, and his wife, Ruth…..One evening, Charles invites local eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a seance at his house. He asks along his friends, Dr. and Mrs. Bradman, intending to gather character inspiration from Madame Arcati for his latest book. Despite initially thinking the seance has been a failure, it soon becomes clear that Madame Arcati has unwittingly brought back Charles' first wife, Elvira, to haunt him. Once in his house, Elvira is unable to leave and, as she cannot be seen or heard by Ruth, she causes all kinds of mischievous trouble between the married couple. Intensely funny and character-driven, Blithe Spirit combines farce, emotion, and wit to great effect.
Performances are April 25th thru April 28th at the Columbus Dance Theatre, 592 E. Main St., Columbus, OH 43215. For tickets or more information, visit: https://pacecolumbus.com/Photo Coverage: First look at Little Theatre Off Broadway's IT'S ONLY A PLAY by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(4/26/2019) - It's the opening night of The Golden Egg on Broadway, and the wealthy producer Julia Budder is throwing a lavish party in her lavish Manhattan townhouse. Downstairs the celebrities are pouring in, but the real action is upstairs in the bedroom, where a group of insiders have staked themselves out to await the reviews.
Performances run April 26th thru May 12th, 2019 at Little Theatre Off Broadway, 3981 Broadway, Grove City, Ohio. For reservations/more info visit: http://www.ltob.org or call 614-875-3919.Photo Coverage: Inside New Vision Dance Co.'s TEN TINY DANCES by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(4/24/2019) - Ten Tiny Dances® is an innovative event featuring movement pieces choreographed specifically for a 4x4 foot performance space. New Vision Dance Co. was thrilled to produce Ten Tiny Dances® for their second year at the Garden Theater in the Short North. Performances were on Saturday, April 20,2019.
Featuring 4'x4' dance creations by: Akane Little + Emily Liptow ~ Callie Luckenbach ~ Caroline Martin ~ Courtney Lucas ~ Cultivate Dance Project ~ David Krohn ~ Heels'N Network ~madcap ~Mansee Singhi ~ Mikayla Karis Smith ~ Movement Afoot ~ MovementActivities ~ Natya Nirvana ~ New Vision Dance Co. ~ NOMEL ~ Renie Viola & Joyce Patrone ~ Seven Dance CompanyPhoto Coverage: First Look at Bruce Jacklin & Co's JAKE'S WOMEN by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(4/17/2019) - Jake, a novelist who is more successful with fiction that with life, faces a marital crisis by daydreaming about the women in his life. The wildly comic and sometimes moving flashbacks played in his mind are interrupted by visitations from actual females.
Performances are April 5th thru April 27th at The Alcove Restaurant, 116 South Main Street, Mount Vernon, OH 43050. For tickets or more information, visit: https://www.alcoverestaurant.comPhoto Coverage: First look at Hilliard Arts Council's WINNIE THE POOH by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(4/5/2019) - Adapted by Kristin Sergel from the beloved books of A. A Milne, we present Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin's fat little 'bear of very little brain' who would like to drift peacefully through life, humming tunes and stopping frequently to eat 'a little something.' However, he finds himself involved in all sorts of frantic adventures, assisted by such friends as the dismal Eeyore, Piglet and Rabbit, with his countless relations. Pooh's intentions are always the best, but his passion for honey and condensed milk keeps getting him into trouble.
Performances April 5th thru April 14th at the Hilliard Civic and Cultural Arts Center, 5425 Center St, Hilliard, OH, 43026. For performance times and more information visit: http://www.hilliardartscouncil.org/winnie-the-pooh-cast/.Photo Coverage: First look at New Albany Middle School Theatre Dept.'s SINGIN' IN THE RAIN Jr. by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(4/4/2019) - The 'Greatest Movie Musical of All Time', Singin' in the Rain Jr. has hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards making it a guaranteed good time for performers and audience members alike. Singin' in the Rain JR. has all the makings of a Tinseltown tabloid headline - the starlet, the leading man and a romance that could change lives and make or break careers!
Performance dates: April 5th at 7pm, April 6th at 2:30 and 7pm. Tickets will be $8 students/staff/senior, $10 adults. Where: Jeanne B McCoy Center for the Arts, 100 West Dublin-Granville Rd., New Albany, OH 43054. Reserved seating, Tickets sold at the door. Sales begin 3/1/19, via Ticketmaster by phone at 800-745-3000 or via the CAPA ticket office in person or by phone at 614-469-0939Photo Flash: First Look at Actors' Theatre Of Columbus BEOWULF (AND THE BARD) by BWW News Desk - Columbus
(4/3/2019) - So frothed Thomas Carlyle; but do the heroes we love earn the love we give? That is the central question of Barzdukas and Bartlett's Beowulf (and the Bard), the world premiere tongue-in-cheek comedy. This new play is a funny, satiric, family-friendly take on the oldest English epic of all, Beowulf.Photo Coverage: First look at TETELESTAI in Columbus by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(4/3/2019) - The rock musical, Tetelestai, portrays the events of the most important week in the history of man. This year's 100 member cast is composed predominantly of students from 17 central Ohio schools and 9 churches. The show, first presented in 1975, was written by brothers Joel and Russ Nagy and is now in it's 35th year. Tetelestai vividly depicts Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem, His trial, execution and His resurrection.
Performances are: April 6th @ 5:00 pm at The Columbus Dream Center, 38 W. Greenwood Ave.; April 10th @ 7:00 pm at Bishop Watterson High School, 99 East Cooke Road; and April 12 @ 7:00 pm, April 13 & 14 @ 2:00 pm at the Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, 2300 Lytham Road. No tickets required.Photo Coverage: First look at Ohio University Lancaster's JEKYLL & HYDE The Musical! by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(4/1/2019) - The epic struggle between good and evil comes to life on stage in the musical phenomenon, Jekyll & Hyde. Based on the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson and featuring a thrilling score of pop rock hits from multi-Grammy- and Tony-nominated Frank Wildhorn and double-Oscar- and Grammy-winning Leslie Bricusse, Jekyll & Hyde has mesmerized audiences the world over. Rated PG13
SHOWS/DATES: Thursday, April 4 - Sunday, April 7, 2019, Tickets: $14
ONLINE TICKETS: https://commerce.cashnet.com/oul-theatrePhoto Coverage: First Look at Worthington Community Theatre's THE GAME'S AFOOT by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(3/29/2019) - It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it's up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.
Performances are March 29th thru the 31st at the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, 777 Evening St., Worthington, Ohio. For tickets and more information, visit https://worthingtoncommunitytheatre.com/#Photo Coverage: First look at King Avenue Players' DOUBT by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(3/28/2019) - Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award. In DOUBT, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students.
Performance is at King Avenue United Methodist Church, 299 King Ave., Columbus, OH. CHILDCARE Free childcare is available during the Friday evening and Sunday matinee performances.Photo Coverage: First look at Imagine Productions' HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(3/22/2019) - Big business means big laughs in this delightfully clever lampoon of life on the corporate ladder. A tune-filled comic gem that took Broadway by storm, winning both the Tony Award for Best Musical and a Pulitzer Prize, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying boasts an exhilarating score by Frank Loesser, including 'I Believe in You,' 'Brotherhood of Man' and 'The Company Way.'
Performances are March 22nd thru the 31st at the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215. For tickets or more information, visit: https://www.imaginecolumbus.org/Photo Coverage: First look at Curtain Players' DOUBT by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(3/22/2019) - A Catholic nun who serves as principal of a 1960s Bronx parochial school accuses a priest of molesting a student in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
Performances run March 22nd thru April 7th at Curtain Players, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena, Ohio 43021. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: http://curtainplayers.orgPhoto Coverage: First look at CATCO is Theatre's LIFE SUCKS. by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(3/18/2019) - Life Sucks. by Aaron Posner and directed by Steven Anderson. A contemporary spin on Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, in which a group of individuals explores life's most perplexing questions and ponders whether life really does suck. Imagine Woody Allen interpreting the Russian playwright in modern times and you will understand a fraction of the hysterical angst.
Life Sucks. performs March 20 - April 7, 2019, in Studio One at the Riffe Center, 77 S. High St., Columbus, Ohio. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: http://catco.org/shows/2018-2019/life-sucksPhoto Coverage: First Look at Grandview Carriage Place Players' THE ADDAMS FAMILY: A NEW MUSICAL by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(3/15/2019) - Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family - a man her parents have never met. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's 'normal' boyfriend and his parents.
Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa, Based on Characters Created by Charles Addams.
Performances are March 15th & 16th @ 7:00 pm and March 17th @ 2pm in the Van Fleet Theater, Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, call John Heisel at: 614-645-3715 or visit: https://www.columbus.gov/theatrePhoto Coverage: First look at the World Premiere of Evolution Theatre Company's THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(3/14/2019) - A One Woman Show - Written and performed by Priyanka Shetty
Unapologetically Indian, The Elephant in the Room is a tumultuous ride through seemingly immiscible cultures, love and loss, issues of race and the desperation that comes with not fitting in. It is a tribute to the influential factors of time, death, changing contexts, and the forces that build and break. The play navigates the author's transition from her deeply-embedded roots in India to finding context and common ground in America. It is an attempt to find an inkling of a bigger picture and the joining of the audience in this struggle.
Performances are Thursday March 14th thru Saturday March 16th at the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215.
Book your tickets while it's still Buy one get one free! Use the promo code YES: https://tinyurl.com/y2lqyep8Photo Flash: TUCK EVERLASTING Premieres At Columbus Children's Theatre by BWW News Desk - Columbus
(3/8/2019) - Brighton Beach Memoirs is part one of Neil Simon's autobiographical trilogy: a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up. Eugene Jerome, standing in for the author, is the narrator and central character. Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche, her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style. This bittersweet memoir evocatively captures the life of a struggling Jewish household where, as his father states "if you didn't have a problem, you wouldn't be living here."
Performances March 8th thru 17th at the Hilliard Civic and Cultural Arts Center, 5425 Center St, Hilliard, OH, 43026. For performance times and more information visit: http://www.hilliardartscouncil.org/a-christmas-carol/.Photo Coverage: First look at Little Theatre Off Broadway's CABARET by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(3/7/2019) - Set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power, Cabaret focuses on the nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub, and revolves around American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with English cabaret performer Sally Bowles.
Cabaret's music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb. Directed by Dan Kuhlman.
Performances run March 8th thru the 24th, 2019 at Little Theatre Off Broadway, 3981 Broadway, Grove City, Ohio. For reservations/more info visit: http://www.ltob.org or call 614-875-3919.Photo Coverage: Extra Extra! NEWSIES Come to the Gallery Players by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(3/4/2019) - Inspired by a true story and based off the 1992 Disney film, NEWSIES tells the story of newspaper boys in 1899 who make a meager living selling newspapers on the city streets. After a newspaper cost hike at the expense of the newspaper boys, one of them, Jack Kelly, plus an independent newspaper owner Katherine Plummer, organize a strike against the big publishing companies. Appropriate for audiences of all ages.
Performances are March 2nd thru the 17th. Gallery Players, 1125 College Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43209. Please visit jccgalleryplayers.org to get specific show times and purchase tickets.