The North Shore Music Theatre's production of Monty Python's Spamalot was nothing but an epic entertainment marvel. The laughs didn't stop coming from the minute the King took the stage to the part when a little wall was almost to be built in Camalot and we were going to find out who was going to pay for it. I guess we can all thank #EllenPeterson from Beverly for being the keeper of the Holy Grail which was seated under section C101 thanks to a message from god. Be sure to checkout our amazing review of this production tomorrow only from Wood Media!
Tonight at Bill Hanney's North Shore Music Theatre the Broadway smash hit "Singing in the Rain" opens up to the public. The show will play at the theatre until August 28th and will sure have you singing it's great hits from you seat. Experience the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s golden age. It’s 1927, and Don Lockwood and Lina LaMont are the toast of Tinseltown until “talkies” come on the scene. Of course, you remember Gene Kelly splashing his way through the famous MGM film the greatest movie musical ever made. But have you seen it live? Join us as we make a big splash with this spectacular and romantic musical comedy. There will be wonderful singin’ and dancin’ and, yes, it really will rain onstage! Tickets for this show can be purchased at www.NSMT.org and be sure to check back with Wood Media as we will have a complete review of this amazing production!
The hit broadway sensation opens tonight at Bill Hanney's North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly Massachusetts. The show features headline recording artist and performer Shoshana Bean playing Fanny Brice. The show runs now through June 19th and tickets can be purchased at www.NSMT.org. Wood Media will be attending tonight's opening performance and will have a complete show review tomorrow on our are social platforms.
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Backstage in her dressing room at the New Amsterdam Theatre, where she is a reigning Ziegfeld star, Fanny Brice sits thoughtfully at her dressing table. Tonight Fanny’s mind is on something more important than the show. Her husband, Nick Arnstein, will be coming home after serving a prison sentence. Now she must make a decision about their future.
As she ponders her problem, the sights and sounds of her past come back to her. First, she remembers herself as a stagestruck teenager; awkward, unattractive but fiercely determined to get ahead in the theatre. Using her best efforts Fanny’s sharp-tongued but sympathetic mother tries to make her come to her senses, but Fanny continues to audition and get turned down. Finally Fanny overwhelms a vaudeville hoofer with her iron will to succeed and her unshakable self-confidence. He agrees to coach her in singing and dancing, and they spend time practicing routines. At last she is given a chance; of course she wows the audience.
Fanny is quickly smitten by Nick Arnstein, an elegant man, who has come to the theatre to pay off a gambling debt. She has little time for mooning over him because producer Florenz Ziegfeld has sent her a telegram offering her a spot in his current Follies. Fanny is a hit in her first Ziegfeld appearance, and Nick is coincidentally on hand to offer congratulations. He goes with Fanny to her mother’s opening night block party on Henry Street. Some months later they meet again. This time they’re in Baltimore and they enjoy a private dinner at an exclusive restaurant. That does it. Fanny cannot leave Nick ever again. At the railroad station where the Follies company is to board a train for Chicago and Nick one for New York, Fanny decides to leave the company and follow her love. She feels this is her one chance for happiness and is determined not to let anything stand in her way.
Fanny and Nick are married and move into a mansion on Long Island. During rehearsals of a new Follies, Nick approaches Ziegfeld backstage about investing money in a gambling casino he plans to build in Florida. Ziegfeld declines, but Fanny insists on putting up the necessary capital. Fanny’s opening night of the new show is ruined by Nick’s failure to appear. After the performance he comes to her dressing room and tells her that his casino venture has failed and she has lost her money.
She tries to treat the bad news lightly and not make Nick feel even worse, but Nick feels Fanny is making light of his ventures and complains that she treats him like a child. For the first time Fanny begins to have doubts about their relationship. Now she anonymously tries to put up money for him in another venture. But when he finds out about this, he becomes incensed; he is not comfortable being so dependent on his wife. Out of desperation he gets involved in a shady bond deal. Nick is soon arrested for embezzlement. Mrs. Brice makes her daughter take responsibility for her part in what has happened.
The final scene in Fanny’s dressing room is a continuation of the first scene in the play. Nick, just out of prison, enters. While they still love each other deeply, it is obvious that their marriage can only bring unhappiness to both of them. Reluctantly, but inevitably, they part. Fanny courageously resolves to get on with her life.
Tomorrow night at Bill Hanney's North Shore Music Theatre the hit broadway show and Tony award winning musical Billy Elliot will debut in front of an expected sold out crowd in Beverly Massachusetts. The show features music by music legend & Grammy award winner Elton John. This show has won over 70 Tony awards in it's long historic run and fan's on the North Shore await their chance to experience in a unique setting. The North Shore Music theatre offers the viewer a different aspect of a musical. NSMT is famous for it's theatre in the round which means that it's entire audience sorrounds the stage in 360 viewable angle. So that means everything from prop changes to set design's has to be done from either below the stage or from the side walkways of the theatre. Be sure to visit www.NSMT.org to find out more about dates and times this show will be occurring and be sure to visit back here at Wood Media on Thursday for a complete review of this shows North Shore Opening night.
Written by: Mark Allen Wood
Wood Media Staff Writer.
Tonight at the Historic North Shore Music Theatre, Shrek the Musical will take to the stage to entertain the crowd. Wood Media will be in attendance to cover this opening night spectacular. We will bring you the review of the show tomorrow right here on our web site on our review page so don't miss out to hear what Nicole thought of the show. Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure. SHREK The Musical brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage, and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears. "Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek..." And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek. Irreverently fun for the whole family, SHREK The Musical proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre.
North Shore Music Theatre’s production of SHREK THE MUSICAL, running thru July 19, 2015. Kids save 50% at all performances. For tickets and information call (978) 232-7200, visit www.nsmt.org, or visit the box office in person at 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly, MA.
Beverly, MA – Everyone’s favorite upside-down fairytale comes to Bill Hanney’s award-winning North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) when they present SHREK The Musical, a song-and dance-filled stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animated film. The world of fairytales will be turned upside down in an all singing, all dancing, and irresistible mix of adventure, laughter and romance beginning Tuesday, July 7, playing thru Sunday, July 19. Press night is scheduled for Wednesday, July 8 at 7:30 pm
“I love presenting family entertainment in the summer, and Shrek The Musical will have audiences of any ages laughing all night long with its outrageous comedy,” said NSMT owner and producer Bill Hanney. “The show is not only fun to watch, but it has been a lot of fun for our staff to create. The sets and costumes feature many visual jokes, and the cast and creative team have let their imaginations run wild. The result will be great summer fun that will have audiences believing in happily ever after.”
To help celebrate our 60th season, North Shore Music Theatre re-creates the fantasy Kingdom of Far Far Away—with many hilarious, irreverent twists. The Tony Award-winning SHREK The Musical brings the well-loved characters to life, in a hilarious and spectacular production based on the story and characters from the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animation film from 2001.
The entertaining, family-friendly SHREK The Musical features the cult classic Shrek anthem “I’m a Believer” along with a score with 19 brand new songs from recent Tony Award winner Jeanine Tesori, who wrote the music, and David Lindsay-Abaire, who wrote the book and lyrics.
The 22 member cast of SHREK The Musical will be led by Lukas Poost (Shrek), Lauren Wiley (Princess Fiona), Dwayne Clark (Donkey), Benjamin Howes (Lord Farquaad), and Jacqueline Arnold (Dragon).
The ensemble includes Jillian Butler, Jake Ryan Flynn, Miranda Gelch, Katy Geraghty, Michael Greer, Grace Hardin, Emily Kelly Brady D. Patsy, Haven Pereira, Will Porter, David Purdy, Robbie Roby, Harrison Sturgeon, Jesse Swimm, Correy West, andPaige Wheat.
SHREK The Musical will be directed by Michael Heitzman and choreographed by Mara Greer. The creative team also includes Michael Gacetta (Music Direction), Nate Bertone (Scenic Design), Paula Peasley-Ninestein (Costume Coordinator), Dan Efros (Lighting Design), Timothy Schmidt (Sound Design), Michael King (Makeup Design), John Godbout (Production Stage Manager), Rachel Policare (Assistant Stage Manager), Cynthia Kortman Westphal (Assistant Music Director), and Binder Casting (Casting). SHREK The Musical is produced for North Shore Music Theatre by Bill Hanney (Owner/Producer), Kevin P. Hill (Artistic Director), and Tom Amos (Associate Producer).
Tickets for the SHREK The Musical are priced from $54 - $79. Performances are July 7 thru July 19, Tue - Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri & Sat at 8 pm, matinees Wed, Sat and Sun at 2 pm. Kids 18 and under save 50% on ‘Family Fridays’- July 10 & July 17 at 8 pm. For tickets and information call (978) 232-7200, visit www.nsmt.org, or visit the box office in person at 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly, SHREK The Musical is sponsored by Beverly Hospital A Member of Lahey Health.
Additional Free Audience Enrichment events: Meet the Theatre: post-show audience discussion with the artists on July 14 after the 7:30 pm performance and July 18 after the 2 pm performance; OUT at the North Shore, an evening for the Gay and Lesbian Community with a post-show reception (sponsored in part by Ryan & Wood Inc.) on July 16 after the 7:30 pm performance.
The 2015 Musical Season continues with the Regional Theatre Premiere of Saturday Night Fever The Musical (August 11 - 23), Billy Elliot The Musical (September 29 – October 11), Sister Act (November 3 - 15), and concludes with 25th Annual Production of A Christmas Carol (December 4 – 23), starring David Coffee as Ebenezer Scrooge.
The 2015 Concert Series includes Ballroom With A Twist (July 23 at 7:30pm, 24 at 8pm, 25 at 8pm), Rock The Yacht 2015 featuring Ambrosia, Firefall, Player, Stephen Bishop, and Robbie Dupree (July 26 at 7:30pm), On The Magic Carpet with Barbara Eden(August 28 at 7:30pm), Linda Eder (August 29 at 8pm), and Harvey Robbins’ Royalty of Rock ‘n’ Roll (August 30 at 2pm) The Fab Four (September 11 at 8pm), and Doo-Wopp Hall of Fame (October 18 at 2pm).
The 2015 Summer Fairytale Musical Series will feature Snow White (July 17), Cinderella (July24), Pinocchio (July 31) and Sleeping Beauty (August 21). Performances are Fridays at 10am and 1pm. All tickets are $12. All shows are presented by Kaleidoscope Children’s Theatre.
Since 1955, NSMT has become one of the most attended theatres in New England, with approximately 250,000 patrons annually. With a national and regional reputation for artistic achievement, NSMT has received numerous industry awards including Elliot Norton Awards, IRNE Awards, the Rosetta Le Noire Award from Actors’ Equity, and the Moss Hart Award. NSMT produced the World Premiere of Memphis in 2003, the show went on to win four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Under the new ownership of Bill Hanney in 2010, NSMT continues to annually produce a musical subscription series and an annual production of A Christmas Carol along with celebrity concerts and children’s programming.
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