Broadway in Louisville http://wfpl.org en Weather Delays Travel for 'Sister Act' Tour, Opening Night Canceled http://wfpl.org/post/weather-delays-travel-sister-act-tour-opening-night-canceled <p>Extreme winter weather has caused travel delays for the national touring production of "Sister Act: the Musical," which was scheduled to open at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts tomorrow evening. Opening night has been pushed back to Wednesday, January 8, and all remaining performances will go on as scheduled.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 22:14:29 +0000 Erin Keane 8143 at http://wfpl.org Weather Delays Travel for 'Sister Act' Tour, Opening Night Canceled REVIEW | 'War Horse' Balances Spectacle With Heart http://wfpl.org/post/review-war-horse-balances-spectacle-heart <p>Much has been made of the puppetry wizards who bring the eponymous heroes of "War Horse," a horse named Joey and his cavalry buddy Topthorn, to life. The <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/puppeteers-bring-war-horse-equine-star-life">life-sized horse puppets</a> created by the Tony Award-winning Handspring Puppet Company are certainly impressive, but the beating heart behind the acclaimed play is the strong relationship between Joey and his owner Albert, who enlists in the British Army in an attempt to rescue Joey from the unspeakable terrors of World War I.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:16:34 +0000 Erin Keane 7621 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | 'War Horse' Balances Spectacle With Heart Go See: 'West Side Story' Infused With New Energy http://wfpl.org/post/go-see-west-side-story-infused-new-energy <p>After Actors Theatre of Louisville's Tony Speciale-directed contemporary staging and the Louisville Ballet's classical interpretation,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Broadway in Louisville caps off a season of "Romeo and Juliet" with the touring production of "West Side Story."&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The musical opened Tuesday and </span><a href="http://www.kentuckycenter.org/Broadway/West-Side-Story/Louisville/10526#tab-show-information-link" style="line-height: 1.5;">runs through Sunday in Whitney Hall</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, with matinees and eveni Fri, 17 May 2013 15:37:56 +0000 Erin Keane 5437 at http://wfpl.org Go See: 'West Side Story' Infused With New Energy The Middle of the Dial: A Conversation with 'Memphis' Producer Sue Frost http://wfpl.org/post/middle-dial-conversation-memphis-producer-sue-frost <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In post-World War II Tennessee, radio stations were just as segregated as restaurants and hotels. The award-winning musical “Memphis” is loosely based on the life of Dewey Phillips, the white DJ who integrated the Memphis airwaves in the early days of rock and roll.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In "Memphis," Phillips is re-imagined as fast-talking DJ Huey Calhoun, who falls in love with an African American nightclub singer.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 21:43:26 +0000 Erin Keane 4801 at http://wfpl.org The Middle of the Dial: A Conversation with 'Memphis' Producer Sue Frost Music Of My Soul: 'Memphis' Tour Comes to Town http://wfpl.org/post/music-my-soul-memphis-tour-comes-town <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The national tour of the acclaimed Broadway musical “Memphis” stops in Louisville next week. It's the story of&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">radio DJ Huey Calhoun, who becomes a sensation in 1950s Memphis for playing Black musicians on mainstream (white) commercial radio.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 19:25:07 +0000 Erin Keane 4745 at http://wfpl.org Music Of My Soul: 'Memphis' Tour Comes to Town 'War Horse' Joining Slate of All-New Broadway Series Season http://wfpl.org/post/war-horse-joining-slate-all-new-broadway-series-season <p></p><p>The acclaimed Broadway drama “War Horse” is coming to the Kentucky Center in November. The Broadway in Louisville series announced their next season today, which includes the popular musical “The Book of Mormon.” All of the shows scheduled for next season are new to Louisville.</p><p>Rounding out the season are musical adaptations of two early-Nineties films, “Ghost” and “Sister Act,” and “The Addams Family,” which opens the season in October.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 4360 at http://wfpl.org 'War Horse' Joining Slate of All-New Broadway Series Season A Killer Role: Million Dollar Quartet's Touring Jerry Lee http://wfpl.org/post/killer-role-million-dollar-quartets-touring-jerry-lee <p>Ben Goddard, who plays Jerry Lee Lewis (and plays piano like him, too) talked with&nbsp;WFPL's&nbsp;Erin Keane yesterday about the touring life, acting vs. impressions, playing an American icon and growing up in England with rock and roll. The show plays at the Kentucky Center through Sunday, Feb. 17.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F79388667&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 20:55:22 +0000 Erin Keane 4031 at http://wfpl.org A Killer Role: Million Dollar Quartet's Touring Jerry Lee Million Dollar Quartet, Plus One http://wfpl.org/post/million-dollar-quartet-plus-one <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The photo ran in the Memphis Press-Scimitar the day after Sam Phillips brought then-unknown Jerry Lee Lewis and his mad piano chops into his Sun Studios to fatten up Carl Perkins' &nbsp;follow-up to his hit "Blue Suede Shoes." Johnny Cash, already a star with "Folsom Prison Blues" and "I Walk the Line," was a buddy of Perkins', hanging around the studio during the session. When former Sun artist Elvis Presley dropped in, an iconic moment was born.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 15:51:40 +0000 Erin Keane 3944 at http://wfpl.org Million Dollar Quartet, Plus One Jersey Boys: Four Great Film Moments with the Four Seasons http://wfpl.org/post/jersey-boys-four-great-film-moments-four-seasons <p>Broadway in Louisville brings the hugely popular musical "Jersey Boys" <a href="http://www.kentuckycenter.org/Broadway/Jersey-Boys/Louisville/9552#tab-show-information-link">back to the Kentucky Center today for a two-week run</a>. "Jersey Boys" tells the entertaining true story of how four blue-collar kids became Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Their iconic hit singles—written by Bob Gaudio and produced by Bob Crewe—emit an instant retro signal. But they're also pretty timeless, so they work really well in film soundtracks. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 2546 at http://wfpl.org Jersey Boys: Four Great Film Moments with the Four Seasons 'The Book of Mormon' Coming to Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/book-mormon-coming-louisville <p>The national tour of the hit musical &quot;The Book of Mormon&quot; will be part of next season&rsquo;s <a href="http://louisville.broadway.com/">Broadway in Louisville </a>series.&nbsp;Broadway in Louisville won&rsquo;t announce their 2013-2014 season until March, but a limited engagement of &ldquo;The Book of Mormon&rdquo; will be on the slate.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 1249 at http://wfpl.org 'The Book of Mormon' Coming to Louisville