Crighton Theatre Newsletter
January - February 2011

See Always...Patsy Cline at the Crighton!

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The One O'Clock Lab Band

Where can you hear students play jazz at a level competitive with every other professional jazz player in the world? Immerse yourself in the The One O'Clock Lab Band. The name indicates the rehearsal time for this University of North Texas jazz band.

Wiest is the director of the One O'Clock Lab Band. They received another Grammy Award nomination for the accomplished CD, Lab 2009. Wiest was also nominated for an individual Grammy in the best instrumental composition division.

"To me it's a huge thing for jazz education in general and it's an amazing thing for our program here at North Texas," says Wiest. "It says that the recording academy acknowledges that students can be competing and put on the same even playing field as professionals. It's a statement to me that the future of jazz is in very, very good hands."

The One O'Clock Lab Band will be at the Crighton on Jan. 6, 2011 at 7:30 PM.

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Night and Days with Kevin Spirtas

Get ready for Days of Our Lives' Kevin Spirtas in his one-man show, Night and Days. In this exciting, tuneful, and energetic concert, MCPAS and Kevin takes you on a tour of his career highlights, from his Broadway debut to his years as Dr. Craig Wesley on Days of Our Lives - and he brings down the house time and again, whether crooning his way through a beautiful ballad or dancing and singing from a plethora of classic Broadway shows like A Chorus Line, Phantom Of The Opera, West Side Story, Camelot, Chicago, The Boy From Oz, and many others.

Kevin will be at the Crighton on Jan. 15, 2011 at 7:30 PM.

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

In this retelling of the Biblical story, Joseph is a handsome young man who is his father's favorite child, able to interpret dreams, and the bearer of an amazing coat. These facts lead Joseph's eleven brothers to become insatiably jealous. Thus, they sell Joseph into slavery to some passing Ishmaelites. After refusing the advances of his owner's wife, Joseph is sent to jail. Once in jail, he quickly becomes popular due to his ability to interpret dreams. The Pharaoh soon hears of Joseph's ability and appoints him to the post of Number Two man in Egypt. Years later, Joseph's now starving brothers arrive in Egypt and ask Joseph, whom they don't recognize, for assistance. Joseph, in turn, gives his brothers a scare, but eventually grants them all they desire, reveals his identity, and reunites the family.

See this musical at the Crighton on Jan. 21-30, 2011.

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David Bromberg

David Bromberg is a singer/songwriter with an eclectic style, playing bluegrass, blues, folk, jazz, country and western, and rock & roll. From fiddle to guitar,he is known for his quirky, humorous lyrics, and the ability to play rhythm and lead guitar at the same time! "Try Me One More Time" was nominated for Best Traditional Folk Album at the 2008 Grammy Awards. James McMurtry is also an Americana singer/songwriter and guitarist. In 2005, "Childish Things" won song and album of the year at the Americana Awards. In 2008, he continued with "Just Us Kids". Following his 2009 European tour, "Live In Europe" was released.

Don't miss David and James at the Crighton on Feb. 5, 2011 at 8 PM.

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Always...Patsy Cline

If you are a fan of Patsy Cline, then you must see this musical! The show is based on a true story about Cline's friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger. She befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961 and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death.

The play, complete with down home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Patsy's unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Waking After Midnight...27 songs in all. The show's title was inspired by Cline's letters to Louise Seger, which were consistently signed "Love ALWAYS... Patsy Cline."

Don't miss Always...Patsy Cline at the Crighton on Feb. 18-Mar. 6, 2011. For more information about the show read the January Dockline article.

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Driving Miss Daisy

Driving Miss Daisy is an Alfred Uhry play that was later made into a movie with Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman. The story defines Daisy and her point of view through a network of relationships and emotions by focusing on her home life, synagogue, friends, family, fears, and concerns. Hoke is rarely seen out of Miss Daisy's presence, although the title implies that the story is told from his perspective.

See Driving Mrs. Daisy at Playhouse 1960 from January 21-February 5, 2011. Check the Playhouse 1960 website for tickets, driving directions, and showtimes.

Playhouse 1960 website

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood, themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser. Includes audience participation (pre-show volunteers).

Performances are from Feb. 25 to March 12, 2011 at Country Playhouse. Check the Country Playhouse website for tickets, driving directions, and showtimes.

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