March 1, 2018

A Broadway Romance

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is thrilled to welcome two of Broadway’s biggest stars to its stage for a one-night-only concert. Kara Lindsay, star of Broadway’s Newsies, Wicked, and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical will join her husband, Black Mountain native and Broadway veteran of Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Memphis and Tarzan, Kevin Massey, in their original musical cabaret A Broadway Romance on Saturday March 17, 2018 at 7:30pm in the Charles D. Owen High School auditorium in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

A Broadway Romance artfully tells the tale of Lindsay & Massey’s love story: how it began onstage, and soon blossomed off. Their fascinating history includes music from, and stories involving, Newsies, Wicked, Memphis, Tarzan, Little House on the Prairie, the Musical, as well as many other beloved Broadway and Disney musicals. Lindsay and Massey have performed all across the world, on Broadway and even on the big screen. But, according to the two, their favorite journey began in 2008 when they met in an audition room “pretending to fall in love.” Come let them take you on the journey of how fate, a TV musical and a fair amount of Broadway magic brought together this New York girl and this Black Mountain boy.

Tickets are available here online for $25 ahead or at the door on the day of the show for $30. PLEASE NOTE that the performance will be at Charles D. Owen High School, 99 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, NC.  

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March 1, 2018

Jane Eyre at 54 Below

FEBRUARY 28, 2018

From Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece, Jane Eyre tells the story of an orphaned girl, brutalized by her aunt and then sent to an orphan school for girls where she suffers more mistreatment.  There she meets a young girl who changes her life forever.  When Jane later becomes a governess at Thornfield Hall she meets a mysterious man who holds a dark secret.  Love, forgiveness and transformation are the themes in this gothic romance for the ages.

Jane Eyre was produced on Broadway in 2000, featuring a book by John Caird and music and lyrics by Paul Gordon. Nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical, hear the Tony-nominated score sung for the first time in New York since its premature departure sung by a dazzling cast led by Samantha Massell(Fiddler on the Roof, Rags) and  Kevin Massey (Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Memphis)

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March 1, 2018

2018 Epcot® International Festival of the Arts

Disney on Broadway Concert Series
Give your regards and grab a seat at the hottest show in Epcot!

We’re bringing the house down… and you’re invited! Expand your theatrical horizons with show-stopping songs from award-winning Disney on Broadway musicals. As you enjoy this year’s exciting pairings of performers, you’ll be tappin’ your toes, all while singing along to some of Disney’s greatest hits.

It’s a star-studded concert series you won’t want to miss!

The Disney on Broadway Concert Series is currently scheduled to take place on the following dates in 2018:

January 12 to 15
January 19 to 22
Performers: Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey
Songs from: Tarzan, Aladdin, Newsies and Frozen

January 26 to 29
February 2 to 5
Performers: Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White
Songs from: Tarzan, The Lion King, Aida, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid

February 9 to 12
February 16 to 19
Performers: Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland
Songs from: Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Newsies and Frozen

Event Details
America Gardens Theatre, Epcot
Fridays through Mondays, January 12 to February 19, 2018
Showtimes are 5:30 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:00 PM
Epcot admission required

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October 24, 2017

BROADWAY CLOSE UP: A GOOD THING GOING – THE STEPHEN SONDHEIM & HAROLD PRINCE COLLABORATION

THIS CONCERT IS SOLD OUT. December 4th at Merkin Hall.

To join the wait list, please call the Box Office at 212 501 3330.

Featuring Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Liz Callaway (original cast of Merrily We Roll Along), Tony nominee Kate Baldwin (Hello, Dolly!), Lewis Cleale (The Book of Mormon), Laura Darrell, Leslie Kritzer, Kevin Massey (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) and Daniel McGrew. With Noah Racey, Director;  David Loud, Music Director; and Joseph Thalken, piano.

Music Director David Loud (original cast of Merrily We Roll Along) traces the rise and fall of a musical theater partnership that created some of the most memorable musicals of all time. Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince inspired each other’s best work as they broke new ground with their musicals: Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd and Merrily We Roll Along. Together, they tell the story of one of the greatest chapters in American musical history.

Originally produced by 92nd Street Y’s Lyrics & Lyricists

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October 24, 2017

BROADWAY CLOSE UP: TWO’S COMPANY – BROADWAY’S GREATEST DUETS

November 13th (Sold Out) and 15th at Merkin Hall in the Kaufman Music Center.

Featuring Farah Alvin (Nine), Lora Lee Gayer (Follies), Jason Gotay (Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark), Jeff Kready (Les Misérables), Kevin Massey (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Gabrielle Stravelli and Sally Wilfert (Assassins). With Georgia Stitt, Music Director, and Tony nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Stage Director.

In musicals, it’s often the flashy solos and big choral numbers that get the most attention, but duets generate their own kind of excitement. Host Sean Hartley and a stellar cast of Broadway stars explore duets in different styles by some of Broadway’s greatest writers, including Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Cy Coleman, Stephen Schwartz, William Finn and Alan Menken. Plus songs from The Book of Mormon and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Featuring performances by Broadway stars TBA. Co-presented by Kaufman Music Center and One Day University.

For tickets, go here.

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July 7, 2017

Dust and Shadow: in Concert

“Dust and Shadow” in concert feat. Bryce Pinkham, Drew Gehling, Lilli Cooper, Kevin Massey, D. C. Anderson and more Monday July 17th, 2017!

The July 17th concert marks the first time “Dust and Shadow” will be presented to the public.Rachel Flynn will be directing the star-studded evening with music by Jonathan Reid Gealt, lyrics by Dustin Sullivan and a book by Kasey Marino. Matt Hinkley will be rounding out the evening’s creative team with orchestrations, additional arrangements and musical supervision.

The evening features TONY and GRAMMY nominee Bryce Pinkham (Gentleman’s Guide) as Sherlock Holmes, Drew Gehling (Waitress, Roman Holiday) as Dr. John Watson, Lilli Cooper (Spring Awakening, Wicked) as Mary Ann Monk, Kevin Massey (Gentleman’s Guide, Memphis) as Constable Edward Bennett, D. C. Anderson (Phantom of the Opera) as George Lusk, Alexa Green as Mary Ann Nichols, Julia Burrows as Annie Chapman, Sally Eidman as Elizabeth Stride, Amy Toporek as Catherine Eddowes, Jenny Ashman as Mary Jane Kelly and Michael Deleget as Johnny Blackstone. The concert also features Patrick Massey, Nicholas Ryan, Jamal Lee and Kyle Robert Carter.

“Dust and Shadow,” based on the novel by Lyndsay Faye, transports audiences to the underbelly of Victorian London as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson pursue the infamous Jack the Ripper.

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May 13, 2017

“BELLA: An American Tall Tale” at Playwrights Horizons


Mainstage Theater

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Kirsten Childs
Directed by Robert O’Hara 
Choreographed by Camille A. Brown

Playwrights Horizons Commission
Co-World Premiere

All aboard for a Western musical adventure the likes of which you’ve never experienced. As a wanted woman of mythic proportions looks to begin life anew out west, Bella takes us on the trip of a lifetime to escape her scandalous past and bounce into the arms of her awaiting Buffalo Soldier. Rowdy, wild, and hilarious, Kirsten Childs (Bubbly Black Girl…) infuses this tall tale with soulful tunes and madcap antics aplenty. Giddy-up to our get-down!

FEATURING
Marinda Anderson — Ida Lou/Aunt Dinah
Yurel Echezarreta — Diego Moreno/CP Conyers
Brandon Gill — Nathaniel Beckworth
Olli Haaskivi — Gabriel Conyers/Scooter
Ashley D. Kelley — Bella
Kevin Massey — Snaggletooth Hoskins
Jo’Nathan Michael — Mr. Dinwiddie/Scumbucket
Kenita R. Miller — Miss Cabbagestalk/Mama
Paolo Montalban — Tommie Haw/Skeeter
Gabrielle Reyes — Mrs. Dinwiddie/Nurse
Britton Smith — Aloysius T. Honeycutt
NaTasha Yvette Williams — Grandma/Spirit of the Booty

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June 3, 2016

Frank Wildhorn & Friends: Bonnie & Clyde and a Whole Lotta Jazz – Live at 54 BELOW

 

BWW Exclusive: First Listen- Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan Reunite on BONNIE AND CLYDE AND A WHOLE LOTTA JAZZ Over the past two decades, Grammy® and two-time  Tony Award® nominee Frank Wildhorn has given us  timeless stories and countless classics set to soaring scores. With eight Broadway shows (including Jekyll & HydeBonnie & Clyde and The Scarlet Pimpernel), twenty original international shows, and almost 100 million records sold of his songs, Frank is one of this generation’s most important songwriters. This album, recorded live at NYC’s famed 54 BELOW, stars several of Broadway’s best singers, including a BONNIE & CLYDE reunion of  Jeremy Jordan (The Last 5 YearsSupergirl), Laura Osnes (Cinderella), Mimi Bessette, Louis Hobson, and Melissa van der Schyff, as well as  Janet Dacal (Wonderland), Emmy Raver-Lampman(Hamilton), Kevin Massey (Gentleman’s Guide) and Adrienne Warren (Shuffle Along)! Featuring an all-star band of musicians, you’ll hear Wildhorn favorites in addition to brand new songs, never heard before.

Release date: June 3, 2016

You can order the recording at Broadway Records or iTunes

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August 18, 2015

GGLAM Tour

John Rapson & Kevin Massey Will Headline National Tour of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

John Rapson & Kevin Massey Will Headline National Tour of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

John Rapson & Kevin Massey
The musical won four Tonys in 2014.

The dastardly cast assembles! John Rapson and Kevin Massey will headline the national tour of the Tony-winning musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. Following previews in Schenectady in September, the tour will begin performances in Chicago and go on to play numerous cities across the U.S. including Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Tempe, Houston and Seattle.

Rapson takes on the role of the colorful assembly of D’Ysquith heirs (all eight of them), while Massey will play Monty Navarro, the charmingly devilish young man out for their blood. Joining them will be Kristen Beth Williams as Sibella Hallward, Adrienne Eller as Phoebe D’Ysquith and Mary VanArsdel as Miss Shingle.

Rapson heads to the tour after making his Broadway debut in Les Miserables. Massey appeared in the Great White Way company of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, where he understudied the role of Monty. He’s also appeared in Memphis, Tarzan and Big River. Williams’ Broadway credits include Pippin, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Anything Goes. A recent grad of NYU Tisch, Eller previously appeared regionally in The Little Mermaid and Hairspray. VanArsdel previously appeared in the national tour of Mary Poppins.

Rounding out the cast are Christopher Behmke, Sarah Ellis, Matt Leisy, Megan Loomis, Dani Marcus, Lesley McKinnell, Kristen Mengelkoch, David Scott Purdy, Chuck Ragsdale and Ben Rosenberry.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary. All the while, he’s got to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars. Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance…and be done in time for tea.

The musical opened at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre on November 17, 2013, and went on to become the most nominated and honored production of the 2013-14 Broadway season. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder is the winner of four 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Direction of a Musical (Darko Tresnjak), Book of a Musical (Robert L. Freedman) and Costume Design of a Musical (Linda Cho).

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May 21, 2015

Dust and Shadow (Reading)

Bryce Pinkham, Aaron Lazar, Lilli Cooper Among Reading Cast of New Sherlock Holmes Musical Dust & Shadow

By Michael Gioia
20 May 2015

Bryce Pinkham
Photo by Monica Simoes

Industry readings of Dust & Shadow, a musical adaptation of Lyndsay Faye’s novel pitting Sherlock Holmes against Jack the Ripper in 19th-century London, were held May 18-19 at Pearl Studios in New York City. Tony nominee Bryce Pinkham starred.

Directed by Matt LenzDust & Shadowfeatures a book by Kasey Marino, music by Jonathan Reid Gealt and lyrics by Dustin Sullivan.

Jim Augustine presented the reading, which starred Pinkham (Gentleman’s Guide) as Sherlock Holmes, Aaron Lazar(The Last Ship, The Light in the Piazza) as Dr. John Watson, Lilli Cooper (Spring Awakening, Wicked) as Miss Monk and Kevin Massey (Gentleman’s Guide, Memphis) as Constable Bennett.

Rounding out the cast were Joseph Dellger, Sally WilfertDrew Gehling, Michael Deleget, Nick SpanglerD.C. Anderson, Oliver Hollmann, Alexa Green, Julia Burrows, Amy Toporek, Sally Eidman, Jenny Ashman, Matt Faucher and Jamal Lee Harris.

Shawn Pennington was the production stage manager, and Andy Einhornprovided music direction. Zoe Treeson was the production assistant, and Jeremy Lyons was on piano with Peter Sachon on cello.

Producer Augustine told Playbill.com that plans for the musical include an out-of-town tryout with commercial runs in New York City and abroad.

Songwriter Gealt was featured in Playbill.com’s Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know. Click here to read more about his work.

 

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