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Wednesday, 05 December 2012 11:47

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PTC bringing Annie' to life in Bangor

BANGOR - This holiday season, Penobscot Theatre Company is undertaking one of its most ambitious projects to date.

The musical classic 'Annie' will be gracing the stage at the Bangor Opera House this December, with performances running from Dec. 5 through 29.

'Annie' is based on the long-running comic strip 'Little Orphan Annie' by Harold Gray. The strip ran for over 85 years, inspiring film adaptations and a radio show (a show that made an appearance of its own in last year's PTC holiday production of 'A Christmas Story'). However, it is the 1977 stage musical not to mention the 1982 film version of that musical that is the 'Annie' that holds the most meaning for us.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 15:27

The George Stevens Academy goes Into the Woods'

ELLSWORTH - The Grand announced the return of George Stevens Academy's theatrical department presenting Steven Sondheim's classic musical 'Into the Woods,' directed by Moira McMahon on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 17 at 2 and 7 p.m.

Published in Happenings

NEW YORK - 'The Book of Mormon' arrived on Broadway like a bawdy toddler, cursing and making poo jokes, but winning hearts anyway. Now it's ready for a road trip.

The nine-time Tony Award-winning musical opens its first national tour in Denver this month after its creators have gently prepared the little sister version to stagger off without them.

'Doing a musical is like having a kid,' says Trey Parker during a break in rehearsals in New York. 'It's out there alive somewhere. It's not like a movie or a TV show where what we intended is what everyone will see. The kid can act out. The kid's going to do what it wants to do.'

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 16:06

Johnny Baseball' takes the mound

New musical offers new look at old curse

ORONO It's Game Four of the 2004 American League Championship Series. The Red Sox are on the verge of being swept by the New York Yankees. A group of fans in the bleachers is living and dying with every pitch, sitting in fear of the fabled Curse of the Bambino.

Only it turns out it might be a curse of a different sort.

So begins 'Johnny Baseball,' the new musical being presented by the University of Maine's Summer Music Theatre Festival. Directed by Tom Mikotowicz, the show - with book by Richard Dresser, music by Robert Reale and lyrics by Willie Reale will run through Aug. 12 at Hauck Auditorium on the UMaine campus.

Published in Happenings
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 12:04

Johnny Baseball' steps to the plate in Orono

New musical offers different take on The Curse of the Bambino'

ORONO It's always a welcome surprise when two of your (seemingly) disparate interests come together in an unexpected way.

The University of Maine at Orono's Summer Music Theatre Festival is currently in the process of building one of those improbable marriages with their upcoming production of 'Johnny Baseball,' a musical created around the history of the Boston Red Sox.

That's right a musical about the Red Sox.

Published in Cover Story
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