CenterStage http://wfpl.org en REVIEW | Musical Adaptation of 'The Color Purple' Stands On Its Own http://wfpl.org/post/review-musical-adaptation-color-purple-stands-its-own <p>CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center has a hit in their sold-out production of "The Color Purple" musical adaptation.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, with a book by Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright Marsha Norman (a Louisville native),&nbsp; “The Color Purple” features highly entertaining blues, jazz, ragtime and pop-inspired music by Brenda Russell, </span>Allee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Willis and Stephen Bray that allows this adaptation stand on its own feet.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 03:23:01 +0000 Erin Keane 9012 at http://wfpl.org REVIEW | Musical Adaptation of 'The Color Purple' Stands On Its Own Louisville's Jewish Community Theatre Celebrates 100th Season http://wfpl.org/post/louisvilles-jewish-community-theatre-celebrates-100th-season <p>CenterStage, the resident theatre company of Louisville’s Jewish Community Center, launches its 100<sup>th</sup> season this summer.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 18:51:59 +0000 Erin Keane 8863 at http://wfpl.org Louisville's Jewish Community Theatre Celebrates 100th Season Louisville Performer's Long History with 'The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas' http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-performers-long-history-best-little-whorehouse-texas <p>When Glenna Godsey was cast in a nine-month international tour of the musical “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” in the early Eighties, she started out playing Doatsey Mae, a wistful&nbsp;café waitress with one memorable solo, but quickly upgraded.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The role of Miss Mona, the wise and experienced owner of a Texas brothel, had been played on the tour by Stella Parton – you might have heard of her sister Dolly, who had a hit with the role in the 1982 film adaptation – and when Parton left the tour, </span>Godsey<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> took the l Wed, 08 Jan 2014 18:13:36 +0000 Erin Keane 8169 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Performer's Long History with 'The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas' Do You Hear the People Sing? For a Limited Time Only, 'Les Mis' on Louisville Community Stage http://wfpl.org/post/do-you-hear-people-sing-limited-time-only-les-mis-louisville-community-stage <p>“Les Miserables” is one of the most popular musicals in the world. It's toured 42 countries in 22 languages. The original Broadway production won eight Tony Awards, and the latest film adaptation won three Oscars. The London show, which opened in 1985, is the longest-running West End musical.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 7317 at http://wfpl.org Do You Hear the People Sing? For a Limited Time Only, 'Les Mis' on Louisville Community Stage Musical Brings Songs to Life After Near-Death Experience http://wfpl.org/post/musical-brings-songs-life-after-near-death-experience <p><a href="http://centerstagejcc.org">CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center</a> opens a musical about creativity, legacy and brain surgery this week.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">"A New Brain," by the Tony Award-winning creative team behind "Falsettos," chronicles the creative struggles of a composer diagnosed with a terminal brain disorder.</span></p><p>“It is an obscure musical," says artistic director John Leffert, who also directs. "I think the subject matter scares people away.”&nbsp;</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:42:19 +0000 Erin Keane 6458 at http://wfpl.org Musical Brings Songs to Life After Near-Death Experience Big Dreams, Big Show: 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' at CenterStage http://wfpl.org/post/big-dreams-big-show-joseph-and-amazing-technicolor-dreamcoat-centerstage <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisville’s Center Stage opens Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor </span>Dreamcoat”<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> this week. The </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">musical was the first Andrew Lloyd Weber/Tim Rice collaboration to be staged, but it didn’t really catch on until the two had a smash hit with “Jesus Christ Superstar” in the early Seventies.</span></p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 19:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 4033 at http://wfpl.org Rock Musical Humanizes Mental Illness http://wfpl.org/post/rock-musical-humanizes-mental-illness <p>Louisville's <a href="http://www.jewishlouisville.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=115&amp;Itemid=259">CenterStage theater company</a> continues its season this week with the regional premiere of the acclaimed rock musical “Next to Normal.” The show explores the impact of mental illness on a suburban family.</p><p>Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt’s “Next to Normal” opened on Broadway in 2009 and won three Tony Awards, but when it won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2010, it joined the ranks of only a handful of musicals to earn that distinction.</p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 20:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 1549 at http://wfpl.org Rock Musical Humanizes Mental Illness