Broadway in Louisville

Arts and Humanities
5:14 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Weather Delays Travel for 'Sister Act' Tour, Opening Night Canceled

Patina Miller and Marla Mindelle in the national tour of "Sister Act."
Credit Sister Act the Musical

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. 

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Arts and Humanities
10:16 am
Wed November 20, 2013

REVIEW | 'War Horse' Balances Spectacle With Heart

Albert rides Joey in "War Horse."
Credit Brinkhoff/Mögenburg

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 life-sized horse puppets 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.

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Arts and Humanities
11:37 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Go See: 'West Side Story' Infused With New Energy

The touring cast of "West Side Story." Michelle Alves as Anita, center.

After Actors Theatre of Louisville's Tony Speciale-directed contemporary staging and the Louisville Ballet's classical interpretation, Broadway in Louisville caps off a season of "Romeo and Juliet" with the touring production of "West Side Story." The musical opened Tuesday and runs through Sunday in Whitney Hall, with matinees and evening performances on Saturday and Sunday.

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Arts and Humanities
5:43 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

The Middle of the Dial: A Conversation with 'Memphis' Producer Sue Frost

Felicia Boswell (Felicia) and Bryan Fenkart (Huey) in the national tour of "Memphis."
Paul Kolnik Broadway Across America

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. In "Memphis," Phillips is re-imagined as fast-talking DJ Huey Calhoun, who falls in love with an African American nightclub singer. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:25 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Music Of My Soul: 'Memphis' Tour Comes to Town

Bryan Fenkart (Huey) and Felicia Boswell (Felicia) in the national tour of "Memphis."
Paul Kolnik

The national tour of the acclaimed Broadway musical “Memphis” stops in Louisville next week. It's the story of radio DJ Huey Calhoun, who becomes a sensation in 1950s Memphis for playing Black musicians on mainstream (white) commercial radio. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu March 7, 2013

'War Horse' Joining Slate of All-New Broadway Series Season

Andrew Veenstra (Albert) with Christopher Mai, Derek Stratton, Rob Laqui (Joey the horse) in "War Horse."
Brinkhoff/Mögenburg

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.

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.

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Arts and Humanities
3:55 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

A Killer Role: Million Dollar Quartet's Touring Jerry Lee

Ben Goddard as Jerry Lee Lewis in "Million Dollar Quartet."
Credit Paul Natkin / Broadway Across America

Ben Goddard, who plays Jerry Lee Lewis (and plays piano like him, too) talked with WFPL's 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.

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Arts and Humanities
10:51 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Million Dollar Quartet, Plus One

Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Marilyn Evans at Sun Studios, 1956.
Memphis Press-Scimitar

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'  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. 

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Arts and Humanities
8:00 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Jersey Boys: Four Great Film Moments with the Four Seasons

Broadway in Louisville brings the hugely popular musical "Jersey Boys" back to the Kentucky Center today for a two-week run. "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.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Wed August 8, 2012

'The Book of Mormon' Coming to Louisville

The national tour of the hit musical "The Book of Mormon" will be part of next season’s Broadway in Louisville series. Broadway in Louisville won’t announce their 2013-2014 season until March, but a limited engagement of “The Book of Mormon” will be on the slate. 

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