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“Dirty Dancing” – The Classic Story On Stage

October 31st, 2016 No comments

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The producers of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage announced casting for the third year of the North American Tour, which coincides with the film’s 30th anniversary. Christopher Tierney, having originally performed the role of Johnny Castle during the 2015 Toronto engagement, returned to the show during its most recent North American tour and will once again thrill audiences alongside the fast-rising young star Bronwyn Reed as Frances “Baby” Houseman. Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is coming to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County beginning November 29 through December 4, 2016.

 

DIRTY DANCING Christopher Tierney Jerome Harmann Hardeman_ Bronwyn Reed and Company Photo Matthew Murphy

DIRTY DANCING Christopher Tierney Jerome Harmann Hardeman_ Bronwyn Reed and Company Photo Matthew Murphy

The Arsht Center, along with Broadway Across America and presenting sponsor Bank of America, are proud to continue the 2016-2017 Broadway in Miami season with the Miami premiere of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage. Tickets for Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage are on sale now. To purchase tickets, visit www.arshtcenter.org, call 305.949.6722 or visit Arsht Center Box Office 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132. Ticket prices start at *$29.

 

DIRTY DANCING Christopher Tierney_ Jennifer Mealani Jones and Company Photo Matthew Murphy

DIRTY DANCING Christopher Tierney_ Jennifer Mealani Jones and Company Photo Matthew Murphy

The 2016-2017 Broadway in Miami subscription season is made possible with the generous support of Bank of America and is presented by Florida Theatrical Association and the Adrienne Arsht Center.

Tierney and Reed lead a company of 26 that includes Matthew Amira as Robbie (The Hunchback of Notre Dame  – Ogunquit Playhouse), Jordan Edwin André as Billy Kostecki/Singer (West Side Story – Regional), Alyssa Brizzi as Lisa Houseman (Beauty and the Beast – National Tour), Jerome Harmann-Hardeman as Tito Suarez (The Full Monty), Jennifer Mealani Jones as Penny Johnson (“So You Think You Can Dance” season 10), Gary Lynch as Max Kellerman (Les Misérables), Hannah Jane McMurray as Marjorie Houseman (Peter Pan 360 – National Tour), Jon Powell as Dr. Jake Houseman (The Rose Bowl Queens – LA), Alan Scharf as Mr. Schumacher (Take Her – National Tour) and Matt Surges as Neil Kellerman (A Funny Thing Happened… – Regional). The ensemble comprises Matthew Borchers, Kristian Brooks, Henry Byalikov, Kellie Drobnick, Jenifer Dillow, Lindsey Hailes, Kevin Mylrea, John Swapshire, Anjelica Fellini, Michal Kolaczkowski, Sophie Lee Morris, Julz Tocker and D. Scott Withers.

 

DIRTY DANCING Jennifer Mealani Jones_ Bronwyn Reed and Christopher Tierney Photo Matthew Murphy

DIRTY DANCING Jennifer Mealani Jones_ Bronwyn Reed and Christopher Tierney Photo Matthew Murphy

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage features an eight-piece band that performs the timeless hits on stage, led by Conductor Alan J. Plado (Keyboard) and Associate Conductor Julie Homi (Keyboard). The band also includes Matt Brown (Guitar), Brian Krock (Saxophone), Rich Donato (Drums), Miles Lassi (Percussion), Brad Lovelace (Bass) and Michael Robb (Trumpet).

 

DIRTY DANCING Bronwyn Reed  and Christopher Tierney Photo Matthew Murphy

DIRTY DANCING Bronwyn Reed and Christopher Tierney Photo Matthew Murphy

The production’s book is written by Eleanor Bergstein, author of the original script of the film, and the North American tour is directed by James Powell with choreography by Michele Lynch based on the original choreography by Kate Champion. The creative team also includes Stephen Brimson Lewis (Set Design), Tim Mitchell (Lighting Design), Jennifer Irwin (Costume Design), Bobby Aitken (Sound Design), Jon Driscoll (Video and Projection Design), Bernie Ardia (Hair Design), Conrad Helfrich (Music Supervisor and Orchestrations) and Alan Plado (Music Director).

 

“As I learned how many people watched the movie over and over and over,” said Eleanor Bergstein, screenwriter of the film Dirty Dancing and book writer for the production, “I began to think that what they really wanted was to share more physically in the event, to step through the screen and be there while the story was happening. And if that was true, then its natural form was theatre – live audiences watching live bodies dancing and singing here and now in the present – on the log, on the bridge, on the dance floor and in the staff quarters at Kellerman’s. Writing it for the stage, I was also able to add more scenes with Baby and Johnny, more about the family, more songs I couldn’t afford last time, and, best of all – more dancing. We have added 20 new original scenes and 36 numbers of live music played by an eight piece band onstage, which invite the audience to come into Kellerman’s and experience the story in a whole new way as a live event as it happens.”

Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County beginning November 29 through December 4, 2016. To purchase tickets, visitwww.arshtcenter.org, call 305.949.6722 or visit Arsht Center Box Office 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132. Ticket prices start at *$29. 

Amazing Line-up at arts garage in Delray

August 11th, 2016 No comments

 

VJohn Daversa Big Band presents Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of The Beatles Sat. Sept. 10 - JAZZ

VJohn Daversa Big Band presents Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of The Beatles
Sat. Sept. 10 – JAZZ

 

Here’s some of the amazing acts coming to the wonderful Arts Garage. Get your tickets at www.artsgarage.org

Fri Aug 12, 8pm/ Duffy Jackson – “Duffy Does Basie” $30, 40, 45

Duffy Jackson joined Count Basie’s Orchestra on August 12, 1979. To celebrate this important event in his life, he dedicates a night to the memory of the Count. Join him for stories, songs and celebrations of Basie’s life.

The drummer extraordinaire and son of legendary jazz bassist Chubby Jackson, returns to Arts Garage for another high-energy performance. His distinct swinging style combined with his enthusiasm and wit is a show that all jazz fans should experience. He has performed with legendary artists including Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Carter. 

Sat Aug. 13, 8pm | Marlow Rosado’s Birthday Celebration   $30/40/45

Grammy winning pianist and composer Marlow Rosado has worked with a diverse repertoire of top artists, including signer Selena, legendary pianist Larry Harlow, Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin and Desmond Child. From salsa to rock, from merengue to hip-hop, from bachata to reggaeton, the versatile artist has had his musical hand in all of it. A native of Puerto Rico, he is a salsero at heart, but has successfully written, played and produced hits in a variety of musical styles for some of the most renowned artists in Latin music. With over two decades of experience in the music industry, 11 nominations and one American Grammy already on his shelf, Marlow Rosado is most definitely a driving force in the tropical music industry.

Sean Chambers Band | Sat. Sept. 3, 8pm |

Sean Chambers Band | Sat. Sept. 3, 8pm |

Fri. August 19 & Sat. August 20, 8pm Nicole Henry – | $30/40/45

 One of the jazz world’s most acclaimed vocalists, Nicole’s expressive, soulful voice and uplifting energy has earned her a Soul Train Award, three top 10 albums and international accolades. The Miami-based soul and jazz songstress is known for her passionate, soulful voice and heart-felt charisma, earning her rave reviews and praise from both critics and audiences worldwide for her powerful ability to touch and inspire people with her beautiful voice and stunning presence. Adding to her vocal talents, Nicole’s beauty and on-stage rapport, combining confidence, sincerity and a touch of sass, have beguiled fans in over 15 countries.

“Nicole Henry emerges hands down as this generation’s First Lady of Jazz.”—Huffington Post

Fri 8/26 Sammy Figueroa    | $30/40/45

 Sammy Figueroa has long been regarded as one of the world’s great musicians. As one of the world’s leading percussionists he has played on countless records, providing the rhythmical framework for hundreds of hits. Well-known for his versatility and professionalism, he is one of the few percussionists equally comfortable in a multitude of styles, from R & B to rock to pop to bebop to Latin to Brazilian to New Age. As one of New York’s most sought after session players Sammy played on countless albums, jingles and film scores and appeared often on The David Letterman Band and the Saturday Night Live Band.

He has recorded and toured with Miles Davis, the Brecker Brothers (for 12 years!), Sonny Rollins, Michel Camilo (who wrote the tune ‘And Sammy Walked In’ in his honor), Chaka Khan, David Bowie, and Mariah Carey (in her multi-million selling MTV Unplugged).

Sammy’s famed sense of humor, ebullient personality, and open-heartedness is famous within the music industry and has further empowered him in his connection with musicians and audiences alike.

Sat 8/27 The Reverend KM Williams  $25 with CODE SUMMER

The Reverend and his modern Texas Country Blues & Boogie Band (with a heavy Delta Blues influence) have a similar style to Blind Willie Johnson, T-Model Ford, and John Lee Hooker. The, Reverend is a bonafide Texas Country Bluesman whose style is rooted in the deep Blues & Boogie of Lightnin Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, RL Burnside & Blind Willie Johnson.

KM also happens to be an Ordained Minister of the Gospel, so he can sermonize you while he’s rockin’ you too. His band members include: KM Williams (Guitarist, Vocalist); Jeff Stone Wind; JW Dubber Hammett (Drummer); and Rosalind Wilcox (Percussionist).

SEPTEMBER

 Albert Castiglia – Friday Sept. 2, 8pm | CONTEMPORARY BLUES

 The award-winning blues guitarist, singer and songwriter sings from the gut, shoots guitar licks from the hip and writes songs that articulate hopes, fears and heartaches. Castiglia has been named “Best Blues Guitarist” by Miami New Times and honored by Roots Music Report with a Top Blues Album of 2011 and 2012.  Originally from New York and raised in Miami by an Italian father and Cuban mother, Castiglia’s influences have helped him create his unique style of modern day blues with a traditional core.

Castiglia made his professional debut in 1990 with Miami Blues Authority, but truly hit the international radar after Buddy Guy’s iconic harp-blower, Junior Wells invited the young bluesman into his solo band for several world tours.  He then proceeded to work with artists ranging from Pinetop Perkins to John Primer, before coming out with several albums of his own, backed by a veteran team of musicians.  Jimmy Pritchard (bass) and Brian Menendez (drums) will be joining Castiglia (guitar/vocals) on stage at Arts Garage.

Sean Chambers Band | Sat. Sept. 3, 8pm |

 Britain’s Guitarist Magazine named guitarist/singer Chambers “one of the top 50 blues guitarists of the last century.”   His latest album received great reviews and was nominated for a Blues Blast Music Award in 2014 for “Best Rock Blues Album of the Year”.   Chambers will be joined on stage by Todd Cook (Bass), Kris Schnebelen (Drums), and Mike Hensley (Hammond B3).  Any true blues-rock fan will not want to miss this show!

”Guitarist Sean Chambers achieves the distinctly American blues/soul/country/rock sound that the Stones used to aspire to long ago.”  – USA TODAY

At arts garage, Chambers (Guitar/Vocals) will be joined by Todd Cook (Bass), Kris Schnebelen (Drums), and Mike Hensley (Hammond B3). Todd has worked with artists like Kettle of Fish and Bud Snyder (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Allman Brothers and Jeff Buckley), and Kris is formerly of “Trampled Under Foot” band).  Any true blues-rock fan will not want to miss this show!

Ivan “Melon” Lewis & The Cuban Swing Express – Fri. Sept. 9 – Cuban Jazz

Cuban born and Spanish based pianist is a Latin Grammy nominee who is recognized as one of the most talented and influential pianists of his generation.  Melon formed The Cuban Swing Express after many years of touring the world with different artists. The group is comprised of 10 of the most talented Cuban musicians living in Europe, combining a mix of traditional and bold new sounds. The group has a sound inspired by the 60s but with current elements, creating a fresh and completely original musical mixture that guarantees to bring the house down!

John Daversa Big Band presents Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of The Beatles Sat. Sept. 10  – JAZZ

 The John Daversa Big Band is one of the leading forces of large ensemble jazz today. Comprised of the world’s finest musicians, the band’s current project explores the vast catalog of The Beatles through Daversa’s imaginative, genre-fusing arrangements.   The CD Release features longtime collaborator and world renowned vocalist, Renee Olstead on this unique edition of Beatle Mania through Daversa’s creative lens. Daversa’s celebrated and distinctive musical perspective has been a passport to performances on The Today Show, Late Nite with David Letterman, and The Oprah Winfrey Show, and he has also performed with top artists like Michael Bublé, Sheryl Crow, and The Yellowjackets.

Mack Sisters - Fri. Sept. 16, 8pm / CLASSICAL PIANISTS

Mack Sisters – Fri. Sept. 16, 8pm / CLASSICAL PIANISTS

Mack Sisters – Fri. Sept. 16, 8pm / CLASSICAL PIANISTS

The Mack Sisters have established a highly acclaimed collection of four-hands piano music,

The award-winning Japanese-born pianists, Yuki and Tomoko Mack (current residents of Michigan), have dazzled audiences on three continents. From Bach to Piazzolla, their diverse repertoire includes a broad range of four-hands piano music and orchestral works.  Together, the Mack Sisters have won top prizes in several international piano competitions, including the first “Kodama” prizes at the “International Piano Duo Competition” in Tokyo. In 2006 they were selected as Steinway Artists – joining an impressive roster of world renown pianists.

The sisters have performed throughout the world, both at piano festivals and on radio programs, and were even featured as guest artists on PBS. Motivated by their passionate belief of music’s ability to empower the human spirit, they have developed Master-Classes and Community Outreach Programs that are very popular with students and audiences.

With their deep roots in the musical community, they’ve established themselves as highly sought after educators, performing artists, and recording artists, all of which exhibit their unique sense of interpretation and flawless technique.

Roosevelt Collier Trio/ Playing the Music of Jimi Hendrix Sat Sept 17, 8pm

 Miami native Roosevelt Collier for years has been stretching the boundaries of which sounds can be manipulated by the pedal steel guitar. He came to this publication’s attention in 2005, when his playing uplifted congregations at Pentecostal churches.

He performed in a six-member “sacred steel” group, comprising family members known as the Lee Boys. The Lee Boys, with their blues-meets-gospel formula, were able to gig at international venues and, more surprising, play to audiences outside churches after finding a loyal following on the jam-band circuit.

As a solo artist, Collier has found an even larger fan base, which he has earned one perspiration-heavy gig at a time. His live shows are packed with raw passion, and even from the seated position that the pedal steel guitar mandates, he still sweats enough to make a CrossFit instructor proud.

Karina Iglesias – Soul/R&B | Fri. Sept. 23, 8pm

Known as the sultry soul and R&B singer from NBC’s hit show “The Voice”,  Karina’s style combines rhythm & blues, boleros, gospel and hip-hop. She delivers her performances with the intimacy of a deep soul crooner and the conviction and drive of a dauntless female singer/songwriter.  Karina has performed with Wyclef Jean, among an array of renowned artists, and was featured on Franco de Vita’s album, which won 2 Latin Grammy Awards.

The RAD TRADS – Sat. Sept. 24, 8pm  – Americana/Jazz

Based in New York City, The Rad Trads have quickly gained a reputation as one of New York’s most entertaining live acts. They bring their love of the game to a diverse style of soulful American music, with influences ranging from early jazz to New Orleans brass band, R&B, the Chicago and delta blues, and rock & roll. Featuring three powerful horns, a driving rhythm section, and four captivating lead vocalists, The Rad Trads consistently win over audiences with their relentless energy, charisma, and enthusiasm

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Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping (Film Review & Trailer)

June 3rd, 2016 No comments

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Review by John Delia

Continuing with a list of goofball films the trio of writers called ‘Lonely Island’ Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer make Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, a mockumentary style movie that may look a bit like one famous pop star who made it big. But it’s just another project for their memory chest. You may remember Hot Rod and The Watch or maybe not, well anyway they also collaborated on the two so-so comedies. And both films barely made a pay day for the big talent that were in them. Now comes another shot at trying to build an audience and box office, but from the looks of Popstar they should hunker down for the long haul. Read more…

To Life (Foreign Film Review and Trailer)

June 2nd, 2016 No comments

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Review by John Delia

The charming drama To Life (Auf das Leben!) opens this weekend in Florida and other parts of America and it’s a gripping tale with a touch of whimsy. Nicely directed and acted the film delves into the mind of a Jewish woman who’s possessed by her past and lost for an act of revenge. Not your average movie, this one will tantalize, draw out your inner feelings and possess you during and after the lights come up in the theater. Perfect for art house movie goers and those who enjoy a compelling drama. Read more…

Dirty Dancing – Playing at Broward Center – Watch interviews with cast members

April 14th, 2016 No comments

“The Devil’s Music” star Avery Sommers plays Bessie Smith interview

March 6th, 2016 No comments

The Phantom Of the Opera@Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami

February 25th, 2016 No comments

Straight Outta Compton (Review and Trailer)

August 14th, 2015 No comments

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Review by John Delia

Emotional, disturbing and astounding the film Straight Outta Compton takes its audience on a journey from ghetto to greatness. The biographical film tells all showing how five creative music artists broke away from a life of crime or degradation to a career that allowed them to speak their piece. Told and created by the guys who lived it, the film puts a stamp on the beginning of the rap era that took a stand against social intolerance by raising their voices in the best way they knew how. Read more…

“DOPE” (REVIEW & TRAILER)

June 18th, 2015 No comments

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Review by John Delia

Dope is “dope”; a fast moving comedy crime drama that takes you into the hood of LA and treats you to a story of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The nicely directed characters, equally good acting and satisfactory camera work combines indie magic with an exciting script. The movie won the audience award at Sundance and will delight moviegoers across the US. Other than a few flaws in production value you wouldn’t know the movie was made with a low budget. Read more…

Love & Mercy (Film Review by Alyn Darnay)

June 4th, 2015 No comments

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Review by Alyn Darnay
Directed by: Bill Pohlad
Cast: John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti

“God only knows what I’d be without you” is a very familiar lyric. It’s from a song on The Beach Boys 1966 “Pet Sounds” Album. It’s a seminal tune from the unfettered genius of the group’s leader and songwriter Brian Wilson, arguably one of the most important figures in American popular music. This extraordinary Biopic paints an unconventional portrait of Wilson as the mercurial singer/songwriter he is, whose abilities came at astonishing high personal cost. Whither you’re a Beach Boys fan, or just know the music, or you’re discovering it here for the first time, you’ll find this intimate examination of Wilson’s life and creative process truly fascinating in Love & Mercy.

Here’s The Storyline:

Paul Dano as Brian Wilson in LOVE & MERCY

Paul Dano as Brian Wilson in LOVE & MERCY

The film is about two distinct time periods in Brian Wilson’s life, both being told simultaneously, the 1960’s and the 1980’s respectively; major turning points for him. In the 60s, young musical savant Wilson (Dano) is riding the crest of extraordinary success after hitting big with a series of hit records when he’s struck by a panic attack. As the attacks increase and his grip on reality slowly unravels he stops touring with the band and dedicates his life to creating the ‘best album ever made’, “Pet Sounds”. At the same time in the 80’s, middle-aged Wilson (Cusack) is a broken, bewildered, and befuddled man under the psychological, pharmacological and legal control of shady therapist, Dr. Eugene Landy (Giamatti). When a chance meeting with Cadillac saleswoman Melinda Ledbetter (Banks) sets his restoration and rebirth on a collision course with reality, a fight to save his life begins.

John Cusack as Brian Wilson and Elizabeth Banks as Melinda

John Cusack as Brian Wilson and Elizabeth Banks as Melinda

Love and Mercy is engaging on many levels, and they all work wonderfully. I particularly loved the vision of Paul Dano’s interaction with the ‘clueless’ studio musicians as he struggled to get his ideas on tape, and I can’t say enough about John Cusack’s sterling performance either (probably his best ever) as a shattered shell of a human being, it’s a must see. Then there’s director Bill Pohlad’s unique ability to move seamlessly back and forth between two realities, it’s so vivid and interesting you can’t help but get involved in the story. Additionally, there’s the beautiful Elizabeth Banks’ Melinda (Brian’s second wife), she plays her so well, and she’s such a sweetheart that all you want to do is hug her.

This is deeply satisfying pop biopic, rife with everything a film about a musician can hold. Even the music is superb; it’ll keep you tapping your foot as it moves from familiar tune to familiar tune. And as if all that isn’t enough, after all is said and done and finished, up pops the real Brian Wilson like the icing on a sweet cake singing his heart out at the piano. What more could you want from a film?!!

The real Brian Wilson surrounded by the cast of Love & Mercy

The real Brian Wilson surrounded by the cast of Love & Mercy

So, my take, “God only knows what American pop music would have been without Brian Wilson” I recommend you see this film, its release is small so you’ll have to look for it, but it’s well worth the search.

Rating: 4-1/2 Stars (out of 5) “Love & Mercy” is Rated PG-13 (for thematic elements, drug content and language) Running Time: 2 Hrs