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Arts and Humanities
11:23 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

REVIEW | Musical Adaptation of 'The Color Purple' Stands On Its Own

Tymika Prince as Celie and Shajuana Motley as Shug Avery in JCC CenterStage's "The Color Purple."
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CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center has a hit in their sold-out production of "The Color Purple" musical adaptation. 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),  “The Color Purple” features highly entertaining blues, jazz, ragtime and pop-inspired music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray that allows this adaptation stand on its own feet. 

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Arts and Humanities
2:51 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Louisville's Jewish Community Theatre Celebrates 100th Season

"Next to Normal," 2012-13 season, CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center.
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CenterStage, the resident theatre company of Louisville’s Jewish Community Center, launches its 100th season this summer. 

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Arts and Humanities
1:13 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Louisville Performer's Long History with 'The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas'

Glenna Godsey as Miss Mona in CenterStage's "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas."
Credit Jeff Sammons / CenterStage

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 café waitress with one memorable solo, but quickly upgraded. 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, Godsey took the lead. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Do You Hear the People Sing? For a Limited Time Only, 'Les Mis' on Louisville Community Stage

Lexie Stites, playing the role of Young Cosette in CenterStage's production of "Les Miserables."
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“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. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:42 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Musical Brings Songs to Life After Near-Death Experience

Jordan Price as composer Gordon with Jason Cooper as children's television show character Mr. Bungee in CenterStage's "A New Brain."
Ben Goldenberg CenterStage

CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center opens a musical about creativity, legacy and brain surgery this week. "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.

“It is an obscure musical," says artistic director John Leffert, who also directs. "I think the subject matter scares people away.” 

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Arts and Humanities
2:00 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Big Dreams, Big Show: 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' at CenterStage

Louisville’s Center Stage opens Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” this week. The 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.

The musical tells the Old Testament story of Jacob's favored son Joseph and his twelve jealous brothers. Joseph's a big dreamer -- and his dreams tend to come true -- so when he dreams that he will one day become king, his resentful brothers conspire to sell him into slavery. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:00 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Rock Musical Humanizes Mental Illness

Lauren McCombs (Natalie), Jeremy Moon (Dan), Melissa Shepherd (Diana) in CenterStage's "Next to Normal."
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Louisville's CenterStage theater company 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.

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.

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