The Broadway at Birdland concert series is thrilled to announce the return of Merman’s Apprentice, a new musical fable by Stephen Cole & David Evans. The one-night-only event will take place on Monday, January 18 at 7pm.
The evening will be a return engagement of June 2015's sold out concert of Merman’s Apprentice celebrating the release of the Original Cast Album produced by John Yap for Jay Records! Once again, Birdland favorite Klea Blackhurst will star as Ethel Merman with a star-studded supporting cast lead by Tony Nominee Anita Gillette, Bill Nolte, Adam Grupper, Eddie Korbich, Brian Charles Rooney, F. Michael Haynie, Desi Oakley, Sarah Sessler, a six piece band with orchestrations by Lynne Shankel, led by Lawrence Yurman, and featuring 13 year old Elizabeth Teeter as Muriel Plakenstein.
Picture it: 1970. The Golden Age of Musical Theatre is drawing to an end. But twelve-year-old Muriel Plakenstein doesn't know that. So she runs away from home to become a Broadway star, and meets the Queen of Broadway, Ethel Merman, who takes her to a Hello, Dolly! rehearsal where they sing together. When legendary producer David Merrick hears the kid, he decides to star Muriel in the first all-child cast of Dolly! Naturally, Merman takes her under wing to teach her the ropes of being a star...making little Muriel Plakenstein Merman's Apprentice.
Merman’s Apprentice is a tuneful new musical comedy about childhood, parents, Broadway, and Ethel Merman. Who could ask for anything more?
Merman’s Apprentice Concert and CD Release Celebration
Monday, January 18 at 7pm
Birdland, 315 West 44 Street, NYC
$25 cover, $10 food/drink minimum
AMERICAN WEE-PIE BY LISA DILLMAN
DIRECTED BY JACLYN LOEWENSTEINZ
A middle-aged textbook editor returns to his Midwestern hometown for his mother's funeral only to stumble upon a vivacious former classmate, who leads him on a life-changing journey. Written by Chicago-based playwright Lisa Dillman, American Wee-Pie is a whimsical, big-hearted comedy about economic recession, second-act careers, and the transformative power of cupcakes.
JANUARY 21–FEBRUARY 6, 2016
Southwest Theatre Productions presents
By Aleks Merilo
January 22, 23, 24 and January 29, 30, 31
Fri-Sat (8-10 PM), Sun (4-6 PM)
Boyd Vance Theatre (map)
1165 Angelina Street
Austin, Texas 78702 (Inside the George Washington Carver Museum)
A Story Based on True Life Events...
Over a ten year period fourteen hundred teenage boys, the “Lost Boys of Utah,” have been dropped off at exit number 27 along the Arizona-Utah border by the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) to atone for their sins. Most don't survive. EXIT 27 is the story of four of those young boys, their attempt to become “good again,” and how a young girl’s visit from the forbidden town of Hurricane changes everything.
EXIT 27 stars (in order of appearance) Thomas Burke, Nathaneal Dunaway, Sam Stinson, Sam Domino, and Lee Eden.
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