Crighton Theatre Newsletter
June/July 2010


See Annie at the Crighton!

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MCPAS website | Sounds of Texas website | Stage Right website | Season ticket form


Marty Stuart

Since starting out singing gospel as a child, the bluegrass stint with Lester Flatt in the '70s, the six years with Johnny Cash in the '80s, and coming up with his smash 'hillbilly rock' hits of the '90s, this four time GRAMMY-winner is coming to the Crighton! Marty is a platinum recording artist, Grand Ole Opry star, country music memorabilia preservationist, stylist, designer, photographer, songwriter, and leader of the extraordinary, versatile touring and recording band The Fabulous Superlatives. Is there anything Marty doesn't do? Marty Stuart has shown a showman's zest for every conceivable flavor of country music. He has a missionary's zeal for bringing the importance of the music and its themes home to long-time fans and newcomers alike.

Musicologist Peter North cites, "Marty Stuart seems wrapped in his destiny at this point in time. Not only as country music's most notable ambassador/caretaker, but as its main archetypical crusader. He has without question evolved into one of the most important roots musicians and visionaries in America."

Don't miss this Sounds of Texas spectacular on June 25, 2010!

Read more about Marty Stuart | Get Tickets Online! | Visit Marty's fan page


Donny Edwards- 'A Tribute to Elvis'

This international award winning performer comes back to the Crighton! He has performed all over the world in casinos, theaters, fairs, and production shows. He performs each era of the king's inspiring career from the early rock 'n roll years of the 1950's to the legendary Vegas years of the 1970's. Travel back through time with Donny!

Donny says, "First and foremost I'm a huge Elvis fan. So everytime I take the stage, I do my ultimate best to honor the legacy of Elvis Presley. It's a privilege to perform for the fans all over the world like myself." Beisdes his live shows, Donny has entertained on TV including appearances on ABC's Monday Night Football and CBS's "The Young and the Restless".

Don't miss Donny at the Crighton on July 2nd and the 9th, 2010!

Read more about Donny | Donny on Youtube | Get Tickets Online!



America From Sea to Shining Sea

The Statesmen Chorus present a tribute to America with the special guest quartet Vocal Spectrum. They have been singing together since 2003. The members of the quartet come from various musical backgrounds, from classical vocal training to jammin' in rock-n-roll bands. These 4 young men, who graduated from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, all majored in different fields of study. V.S was originally formed as a one-time educational quartet to sing for a local high school and has never stopped singing since! V.S. has traveled to Germany, Holland, Sweden, Russia, England, Japan, New Zealand and throughout the United States singing for various shows and conventions as well as teaching high school students about barbershop harmony. Vocal Spectrum has had the privilege of singing the National Anthem at the St. Louis Ram's Monday Night Football Game, to Russian National Television. Jim Henry and David Wright assist with coaching and arrangements for the quartet.

Come on July 10th to the Crighton for this musical trek with the Statesmen Chorus and Stage Right!

Read more about the Statesmen | Get Tickets Online!


Annie

Annie is a Broadway musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan. The musical ran for nearly six years on Broadway, setting a record for the Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon Theatre). It spawned numerous productions in many countries, as well as national tours, and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The musical's songs "Tomorrow" and "It's the Hard-Knock Life" are its more popular pieces.

It's been over 10 years since Annie came to the Crighton. STAGE RIGHT has gathered talented youth and adults from the greater Houston area to produce an awesome musical! Come and see this incredible cast in this family favorite from July 23rd to August 8, 2010. Bring canned food to support Sandy and your local animal shelter.

Buy tickets online! | Visit the national tour's website



Stage Right Announces New Season Lineup

Stage Right announces its third season lineup:

No Time for Sergeants by Ira Levin - A southern comedy about a country bumpkin drafted into the Air Force originally starring Andy Griffith. Performances are on Sept. 10-26, 2010 with auditions on June 20-21, 2010.

Christmas Belles by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten - The laugh-out-loud comedy with a touch of "The Golden Girls" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas". Performances are on Dec. 4-19, 2010 with auditions on Oct. 17-18, 2010.

Always Patsy Cline - The music of Patsy Cline with the comic story of her friendship with a Houston fan. Written and orginally directed by Ted Swindley. Based on a TRUE STORY. Licensed by the family and Estate of Pasty Cline. All Rights Reserved. Original Cast Album available on MCA/Decca Records. Performances are on Feb. 11-Mar. 6, 2011 with auditions TBD (to be determined).

Harvey by Mary Chase - The story is about a man whose best friend is a six foot rabbit. James Stewart played the lead in the 1950's movie. Performances are on Apr. 22-May 8, 2011 with auditions on Feb. 20-21, 2011.

The Music Man by Meredith Wilson - Robert Preston originally played a boys' band organizer and leader that sells band instruments and uniforms to naive townsfolk before skipping town. Performances are on Jul. 15-31, 2011 with auditions on May 15-16, 2011.

Audition dates are subject to change. Please check the website periodically for updates.

Read More About Stage Right | Buy tickets online! | Download the rack card


Bye Bye Birdie

Bye Bye Birdie is a stage musical with a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse. Originally titled Let's Go Steady, the satire on American society is set in 1958. The story was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the army in 1958. The rock star character's name, "Conrad Birdie," is word play on the name of Conway Twitty. Twitty is known as a country music star but also was one of Presley's rock 'n' roll rivals. The original Broadway production was a Tony Award-winning success. It spawned a London production and several major revivals, a sequel, a 1963 film and a 1995 television production. The show also became a popular choice for high school and college productions.

Come and enjoy this family favorite from June 11-27, 2010 at Playhouse 1960 off Gant road.

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