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Broadway Fast 5: March


It’s been a busy month on Broadway with new openings and brand new performances hitting the Great White Way but there’s also been other news and what you need to know is in your Broadway Fast 5.

Stomp1. Stomp affected by NYC apartment explosion

Last week’s apartment explosion and massive fire in New York’s East Village has shut-down performances of popular show Stomp, at least temporarily. The long-running show performs at the Orpheum Theatre, which sits across the street from the site of the collapse on 2nd Avenue.

20thcentury2. On The Twentieth Century opens after illness forces delay, will record cast album

After male-lead Peter Gallagher came down with a severe sinus infection, the opening of On The Twentieth Century, a revival currently co-starring Kristin Chenoweth, was slightly delayed. However, the show has since been playing to packed houses and recently announced it plans to record a cast album.

3. Ever After MusicalEverafter

Paper Mill Playhouse has announced it will close its 76th season with the world-premiere of Ever After, a new musical adapted from the 1998 film starring Drew Barrymore. The production will be directed and choreographed by Tony winner Kathleen Marshall. The Paper Mill Playhouse production will star If/Then’s James Snyder as Prince Henry and Margo Seibert as Danielle de Barbarac. Joining them are Tony winner Christine Ebersole as Baroness Rodmilla de Ghent, Tony Sheldon as Leonardo da Vinci and Emmy winner Charles Shaugnessy as King Francis. Performances will begin at the New Jersey venue on May 21 and run through June 21. Christine Ebersole will be in the Fox Cities April 22-23.


Beautiful4. Beautiful will hit silver screen

After a successful start on Broadway and a recent opening in the West End, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical has set its sights on the silver screen. The New York Times reports that Douglas McGrath, who wrote the book for the show, will pen the screenplay. Casting has not been announced.


5. The Fantasticks, longest running off-Broadway musical, to closefANTASTICS

After 55 years, off-Broadway’s longest-running musical, The Fantasticks, will shutter on May 3. At the time of its closing the production will have played a total of 20,672 performances in NYC: 17,162 at the Sullivan Street Playhouse and 3,510 performances at the Snapple Theater Center.




Get caught up on Broadway news with Fast Fives from February and January.


Sneak Peek! Learn How to Do the Sexy Dirty Dancing Lift on Broadway Balances America

It’s time to have the time of your life! Broadway Balances America, the special six-part series airing on Lifetime Television’s The Balancing Act, returned on September 9 with a behind-the-scenes look at the national tour of Dirty Dancing—The Classic Story on Stage. Correspondent Olga Villaverd is in the rehearsal room with star Samuel Pergande (Johnny Castle) and associate choreographer David Scotchford to learn the iconic dance lift from the show’s heartstopping finale, and writer Eleanor Bergstein tells fans what they can expect from this production. Click play and watch the full segment now!


 Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage tickets go on sale March 20. The show will visit the Fox Cities June 2-7, 2015.

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It’s not easy being green…

In recognition of St. Patrick’s Day, we thought it would be a great time to honor those on Broadway who play roles in the famous green hue. They make us laugh…they make us cry…they make us green with envy…(see what we did there?).

They know that it’s not easy being green…but on St. Patrick’s Day, it might just be the best gig in town.


1. Elphaba

Wicked’s green girl has taken Broadway by storm and has endured the make-up routine time and time again. Could the famous witch be a little bit Irish?



NICKY Ave. Q Maggie Lakis and Cull R. Titmas

2. Nicky from Avenue Q

Ok, so no make-up involved but we still appreciate our green puppet friend Nicky from Avenue Q who sings about loving you no matter who you love.



THE GRINCH3. The Grinch

The Grinch appears in not only one but at least TWO musicals. Seussical and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical are both former big Broadway hits for Mr. Mean, but something tells us, he likes the attention. We can’t wait until he visits the Fox Cities this November!


Young Frankenstein4. Young Frankenstein

Young Frankenstein is the green guy from your childhood. From hearing the classic tale to seeing it come alive on stage, the “monster” of a man is made by his green make-up.


KERMIT5. Coming soon… The Muppets?

The first character to admit that it’s not easy being green may be hitting the big stage himself. Kermit the Frog is ready for his close-up as The Muppets on Broadway rumors fly. Disney is reportedly exploring the option of bringing the lovable characters to Broadway soon.



Happy St. Patrick’s Day from your Fox Cities P.A.C.!

Get Ready….’cause here it comes!

The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
is excited to announce the
2015-16 Season!


“Terrific addition to the tradition” New Danú album soars

We received this awesome CD review from Irish Music Magazine and it got us so excited for the upcoming show!


Danú- Baun CD review by Seán Laffey

The band’s choice of material and its running order results in an album that even at 54 minutes seems over way too early. They leave no time for boredom. Variation both between and within the sets left me lost to the ticking of time. High praise for the Grouse Lodge studio and the team who made this excellent album. With tracks arranged by Dónal Lunny, the master’s touch is evident but lightly applied. There’s a hint too of the band’s 20 year history with guest appearances from emeritus members Donnchadh Gough and Tom Doorley. The title says it all, translating into English as lasting enduring permanence.

There are Slides, Reels, Jigs, A Waltz and a March, a big piping piece and songs. And what sons they are Lord Gregory, Willie Crotty, Muirisin Deas, Passage West and The Willow Tree. The songs are not incidental fillers either, some meaty ones at 5 minutes each. Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh has never sounded better, even on her own excellent solo album, her voice is getting rounder, her delivery more subtle, more emotional and sure footed; Lord Gregory is a standard and she has probably made her version the benchmark for this century.

Those of you who loved Dónal Clancy’s solo album of 2014 will be delighted with his Willy Crotty, a new ballad delivered in Classic Clancy style, written by Dónal’s cousin Robbie O’Connell, about the legendary 18th century Waterford outlaw Willie Crotty. A captivating story and a rousing chorus combine with an acerbic contemporary last verse; the song should pass quickly into the ballad tradition.

Ned Doorley’s bouzouki playing is prominent and pertinent, no more so than on the set of slides, opening with a whistle and zook duet and then stepping into the shade when Benny McCarthy’s box takes the lead on Doherty’s then wandering back into the light as McCauley’s fiddle owns Scott’s Favourite.

Caisleán Rathanain is a sweeping melodic fiddle air from is in McCauley a real slow burner that glides into a minor Mairse-il na Conrach with the accordion running away after a seamless baton pass. These two tunes were written by Oisin and Donal in May of 2014.

Then there is the piping of Donnacha Gough, only one track but a superb set of tunes; the contagious Tuamgraney Castle followed by The Broken Pledge for a full band ending to rival anything the Bothy Band did in their pomp.

This is the best, most varied album that Danú have produced. No question. After twenty years on the road they still have the passion to make music you want to listen to and learn from. Five word summary? Terrific addition to the tradition.