The classic 1935 George Gershwin Opera Porgy and Bess returns to Broadway at The Richard Rodgers in a lavish new production. The show features surprisingly amazing performances by David Alan Grier as Sporting Life and Norm Lewis at Porgy. What sets Porgy and Bess’ place in history is that it’s one of the earliest operas and Broadway shows to feature the African American experience.
If you’re a fan of Trey Parker and Matt Stone [South Park, Team America: World Police], you may want to take a shot at being one of the few fans who will win the opportunity to see their smash hit, Book of Mormon, on Broadway.
A free performance of BoM is scheduled for Friday, July 1st at 2:00 p.m. – exclusively for entrants into the Book of Mormon lottery. For details, check out the press release following the jump.
This weekend I finally dragged myself to Virginia to attend my very first show at Wolf Trap – one of our regions premiere summer concert venues. Generally I’m not a fan of attending concerts, especially outdoor events – it’s my anti-crowd bias and I’m a city slicker (ok, I live in the suburbs…), not a fan of the great outdoors. Wolf Trap is an indoor/outdoor hybrid where part of it is covered but there’s ample lawn space where you can bring a bunch of people to watch a show and have a nice picnic under the stars. My first show was the touring production of the long running hit Broadway hit Mamma Mia.
For you non DC Area readers Wolf Trap is an Outdoor theater that’s in the suburbs of DC. They usually have a pretty robust line up of summer talent as diverse as Broadway touring productions to performances by the likes of Frankie Valli, The B-52s, and Symphony Orchestras. I personally have never been there, I’m not a huge fan of the outdoor concert. This summer I thought I’d reach out to the folks at Wolf Trap (it is both an Indoor/Outdoor theater) and see what the experience is like. This will be a semi weekly column about my Wolf Trap Experience and previewing some upcoming shows. They have a pretty interesting line up this summer and I look forward to doing some sampling. Two upcoming shows include Franki Valli and The Four Seasons, July 15th, 8pm and the Broadway show Legally Blonde, August 12 – 15th.
Since opening at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway nearly eight years ago, MAMMA MIA! has surpassed the record-breaking runs of such landmark musicals as Hello, Dolly!; My Fair Lady; Annie; Man of La Mancha; Oklahoma! and the long-running revival of Cabaret. Seen by over 40 million people around the world, MAMMA MIA!, is celebrating over 3,000 performances in its eighth smash hit year at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre and remains among Broadway’s top selling musicals.
During my recent visit to the Big Apple I decided to catch a Broadway show, I got it into my head that I really wanted to see American Idiot the brand new show based on Green Day’s most famous album. I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t get the Green Day thing. Yeah, I like some of the hits but never found it as revolutionary as everyone makes it out to be. People like Bono and Chris Rock proclaimed them the “Best Band in the World.” I saw them perform 21 Guns on the Grammy’s with the Broadway cast and was sold on the idea of seeing the show.