Eric Weinberger’s Off Broadway Hit
If you’re in New York before March 3, head over to the Davenport Theatre to see the charming new musical comedy A Dog Story written by Eric Weinberger, whose play, The Vivian Vance Story, was in our play reading series. He’s a gifted writer of human feeling and I can’t wait to see more from him. Visit www.adogstorythemusical.com for the production history of the show. It really shows how important play readings are in the process of creating a new show. I’m so proud of our play reading series and hope you’re having as much fun as we are wondering which one will be the next bit hit.
Piaf: The Show!
Review in Cabaret Scenes
Review by Jeffrey Bruce
Dear Anne Carrere:
Je t’aime! I love you!
There, I’ve said it. You were unknown to me until I saw your extraordinary performance as Edith Piaf. Yes, you’re “only” 31, but that voice (more about it later), your acting, movement and soul….all so French! I don’t speak a word of it, but the two hours (and 27 songs) of your stage performance were two of the most wonderful hours I have ever experienced. Anywhere!
I had no idea the evening would be totally in French and it didn’t matter. The capacity crowd, when not giving you spontaneous standing ovations, was enthralled en masse. By using your clarion, beautiful alto, you managed to inhabit The Little Sparrow without impersonating her. Aided by your wonderful quartet—Philippe Villa on piano, Laurent Sarrien on percussion, Daniel Fabricant on double bass and Guy Giuliano, superb on accordion—you transported Boca Raton, Florida back to Montmartre, Pigalle, et al., for a delicious and glorious journey into the wonders of Piaf. “Hymne a l’amour” brought me to tears, as did “Bravo, pour le clown” Yes, there were some selections I was not familiar with, but your acting and phrasing let us understand perfectly what you were singing. You are a marvel!
Ms. Carrere, your show is on a national tour, but as part of the Libby Dodson’s Live at Lynn Theatre Series produced by Jan McArt, you have set the bar (or should I say “barre?”) very, very high for future shows. A champagne toast to you and your musicians. Bravi to all concerned. (I am still on cloud “neuf”!)
If you don’t have tickets to any sold-out shows, ask the box office to add your name to the Wait List. A few tickets always come available—but remember, Theatre Arts Guild members are called first. To thank everyone on the American Songbook Wait List for patience and loyalty to our programs, we recently offered them two free tickets to the last play reading. Be on the lookout for more thanks you’s to come.
American Songbook Series
Marshall Turkin reminded us that the Live at Lynn American Songbook on January 22 will feature The Music and Times of Peggy Lee. She will always be remembered for “Fever,” “Is That All There Is?” and “Why Don’t You Do Right?”
I hope you’re having fun with all the wonderful live entertainment available this season and I look forward to seeing you again very soon at the Wold.
Director of Theatre Arts Program Development
Theatre Arts Guild Members
Thank you again
We couldn't do it without you—and every year our Guild membership continues to grow!
We're so grateful for your friendship and financial support, which is why we offer our members the opportunity to purchase tickets one month before the general public, giving you access to the best seats available. It's the best way we can thank you for supporting everything we do…besides we love to look into the audience and see the familiar faces of good friends!
I've always said that we rely on the kindness of strangers to spread the word about our program, so you, our loyal supporters and my dearest friends, are the best advertising we have. Please continue to invite your neighbors and friends to join the Theatre Arts Guild and attend all the shows.
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