“Two thirds rhythm and one third soul.” That’s how Fats Waller defined the uniquely American form of popular music and dance. A joyful celebration in both music and dance, SWING! is full of incredible hits from the greatest era like It Don’t Mean a Thing, Hit Me With a Hot Note, Harlem Nocturne, G.I. Jive and Stompin’ at the Savoy. As this enthralling song-and-dance show makes abundantly clear, swing was never a time and place, it was always a state of mind!
Broadway and film star Leslie Uggams stars in the classic musical based on the novel “Auntie Mame” by Patrick Dennis. It tells the ageless story of Mame Dennis’ eccentric, bohemian lifestyle suddenly interrupted when her late brother’s son is entrusted to her care. But rather than adopt to any societal standards about child rearing, money-making and romance – Mame does everything with her own dramatic flair. Many of Jerry Herman’s most memorable melodies grace this production including Mame, It’s Today, If He Walked Into My Life and We Need A Little Christmas.
Before there was the popular movie The Birdcage, there was the smash hit Broadway musical, La Cage aux Folles. With music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and an incredibly inspired book by Harvey Fierstein, it tells the story of a flamboyant gay couple who must pretend to be straight for one night – with one of the men in drag – to dupe the conservative political family of their son’s fiancé. Broadway’s Lee Roy Reams stars as “Zaza” in this Tony Award-winning musical that features songs like La Cage aux Folles, I Am What I Am, Song on the Sand and The Best of Times.
Set in the dungeons of the Spanish Inquisition, Miguel de Cervantes gives a dramatic defense by reenacting the story of Don Quixote of La Mancha: the passionate and poignant tale of a noble knight who lives in a world of madness and cannot see that chivalry has died. His holy quest is a mission of salvation to find compassion not for himself but for others. This incredible show features songs that have become Broadway standards such as Little Bird, Dulcinea, I’m Only Thinking Of Him, What Does He Want Of Me? and The Impossible Dream.
The first collaboration between the amazing duo of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, Oklahoma! is set in the western Indian territory in the midst of a high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys and provides a colorful background against which Culry, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl play out their love story. The original Broadway production was a box office smash and ran for an unprecedented 2,212 performances. The winning score includes Surrey With the Fringe on Top, Out of My Dreams, People Will Say We’re in Love and the beloved title song Oklahoma!
A long-running hit Off-Broadway that brought stardom to Bernadette Peters, this campy song and dance show is based on the nostalgia of Hollywood musicals of the 1930’s. It’s big time New York, into which sweet little Ruby from Centerville, Utah has come to make it bog on Broadway. Not surprisingly and in true Broadway fashion, Ruby begins the day in the chorus and ends it as a tap-dancing star on the deck of a battleship which just happens to be passing by. Full of fun music including Choo, Choo Honeymoon, Raining in My Heart, It’s You and Star Tar, this gem of a musical was selected as “Best Musical of the Year” by Time and Newsweek.