Monday, January 23, 2017

Pump Boys and Dinettes

at The Lyric Theatre Feb 8, 2017 4:00 pm

On February 4, 1982 the friendliest, happiest show in town opened on Broadway at the Princess Theatre. There had been nothing like it before and audiences and critics fell in love with its down-home, earthy celebration of friendship and the simple things in life. With songs that celebrated the gifts of friendship, vacations, hard work, fishing, and color TV, Pump Boys and Dinettes garnered three Tony Award nominations and two Drama Desk Award nominations.

Set in a gas station and diner, the “Double Cupp Diner,” on Highway 57 somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, NC, the musical stars four gas station attendants (L.M., Jackson, Jim, and Eddie) and two waitresses (Prudie and Rhetta Cupp) who sing and play all manor of instruments including kitchen utensils. The music is a quirky, highly imaginative blend of country, rock-a-billy, swing, rock and roll and jazz. One selection, “The Night Dolly Parton Was Almost Mine”, reached number 67 on the Hot Country Songs charts.

Pump Boys and Dinettes was created by two friends, Jim Wann and Mark Hardwick who experimented with the concept while playing five nights a week at a New York steakhouse. The idea took off from there and with the help of contributors and fellow performers John Foley, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, and John Schimmel, they made their way from Off-Broadway to the bright lights of Broadway and on to London’s West End.

In this national tour, Pump Boys and Dinettes is directed by Curt Wollan, with choreography by Wendy Short Hays. Featuring wacky musical numbers with genres as varied as swing, rock-a-billy, jazz, and country, Pump Boys and Dinettes is the catchiest musical you’ll see all year.
Partial proceeds to benefit The Salvation Army of Martin County
For 151 years, the Salvation Army has provided services to families and individuals in distress. Today it serves in 127 countries around the world. In Martin County, we provide necessities for those in need with things like food, clothing, hygiene kits, bus passes, and emergency financial assistance for rent, utility payments and prescriptions. We operate Compassion House, a transitional shelter for homeless women and children, where women are given the resources and support they need to become self-sufficient and avoid homelessness. We also offer free children's programs, free toys and clothes in our Angel Tree Christmas program, a weekly soup kitchen, a homeless ministry and emergency disaster services. We strive to do the most good for those most in need.

Queen Nation: A Tribute to Queen

at The Lyric Theatre Feb 9, 2017 7:00 pm

Queen Nation’s live 90-minute production of Queen’s greatest hits preserves the image, sound, and stage persona of vintage Queen. Audiences are amazed at the accuracy of Queen Nation’s live retrospective journey through such Queen songs as We Will Rock You – Bohemian Rhapsody – We Are The Champions – Crazy Little Thing Called Love – You’re My Best Friend – Another One Bites The Dust – Under Pressure and many more. An incredible show not to be missed.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Capitol Steps “What to Expect When You’re Electing”

at The Lyric Theatre Jan 4, 2017 6:00 pm

Proudly Sponsored by WQCS /88.9FM – NPR for the Treasure Coast

Partial proceeds to benefit Volunteers in Medicine

One of the most recognized political comedy shows in the country, Capitol Steps brings some much needed humor into the field of American politics. Always a sold out show here at The Lyric, Capitol Steps has a punchline for all the latest headlines, and there is plenty of material this election cycle. A regular on national television and public radio, Capitol Steps has become a national sensation. This season Capitol Steps presents What to Expect When You’re Electing, featuring all the greatest jokes about Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and more.

Over three decades ago, a bunch of Senate staff members were tasked with making a collection of song parodies for an upcoming Christmas party. Met with wild applause from their fellow staff and audience members, the staffers took their show on the road. Now, Capitol Steps has become a household name. Although the Capitol Steps performers are no longer staffers in the Senate, the current troupe of acclaimed comedians, singers, and performers has kept the legacy alive. In addition to their touring theatrical performances, Capitol Steps has a beloved radio show, Politics Takes a Holiday, which is performed on NPR four times a year.

With over 62 years of House and Senate experience and 18 Congressional offices between them, the Capitol Steps troupe have an unrivaled knowledge of Washington politics. The group has released 30 albums featuring song parodies, including the timely Take the Money and Run- For President. Their latest album What to Expect When You’re Electing forms the basis for their performance this season, with songs including “Hello, Is It Mitt You're Looking For?” and “Kasich is the Hardest Rhyme.”

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Capitol Steps “What to Expect When You’re Electing” January 4th

Capitol Steps “What to Expect When You’re Electing”
January 4th

Join us for a hilarious evening of electoral mockery, scandal skewering, and buffoon lampooning with the Capitol Steps’ musical political satire. You'll be laughing in the aisles regardless of the what side of the aisle you are on.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Ladies? from Jersey (An evening of clean stand-up comedy) Starring Tammy Pescatelli and Karen Rontowski

at The Lyric Theatre Feb 16, 2017 7:00 pm

Comedians Tammy Pescatelli and Karen Rontowski are The Ladies? from Jersey this season at The Lyric Theatre in an evening of clean stand-up comedy perfect for the whole family. A hilarious female duo, The Ladies? from Jersey bring a little bit of the Garden State to the Sunshine State in a stand-up comedy performance unlike any other.

The Ladies? from Jersey star Tammy Pescatelli grew up in a big, wild Italian family outside of Cleveland, Ohio. The stand-up comic won Comedy Central’s Stand Up Showdown in 2010, and was a finalist on the second and third seasons of Last Comic Standing. Pescatelli has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the View, and co-created, produced, and wrote a reality TV show called A Stand Up Mother, which documents her own life as a wife, mother, and comedian. In 2014, Pescatelli was chosen by Jenny McCarthy to be a part of the comedian’s latest comedy special “Dirty Sexy Funny.” Joining Tammy Pescatelli as the other “Lady from Jersey” is Karen Rontowski. Known for her fast-paced wit and clean, optimistic humor, Rontowski has been performing stand-up comedy for over 20 years. A regular on the Bob and Tom Show, Rontowski has performed on The Late Show with David Letterman and Live at Gotham. Karen is also a tarot reader, paranormal investigator, and all around ghost hunter, and likes to bring a bit of the supernatural to every performance.

This season at The Lyric Theatre, get ready for The Ladies? from Jersey as they team up for an all-star stand-up comedy performance. With Pescatelli’s Italian roots and Rontowski’s supernatural obsessions, the show is bound to get a little wacky.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Beehive: The 60's Musical 30th Anniversary Tour

at The Lyric Theatre Feb 1, 2017 7:00 pm

A tribute to the incredible female musicians of the 1960s, Beehive: The 60's Musical 30th Anniversary Tour highlights the best women singers of the mid 20th century, from Lesley Gore to Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin. A musical revue featuring over 40 beloved hits, Beehive takes audiences on a journey through the tumultuous ‘60s, exploring the change in styles of female musicians from the early part of the decade to the beginning of the 1970s.

Written by agent and playwright Larry Gallagher, Beehive: The 60's Musical 30th Anniversary Tour features 43 wigs and 40 costumes. Over the course of the night, eight women perform some of the most memorable hits of the 1960s, taking you through the decade and uncovering the dramatic shift that music took from the beginning to the end of the 1960s. From “Respect” to “Proud Mary,” Beehive: The 60's Musical 30th Anniversary Tour is a high-energy exploration of women’s contribution to music from one of the most revolutionary periods of American history.