Crighton Theatre Newsletter
March-April 2010

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Lend Me a Tenor

If you missed Lend Me a Tenor on opening night you missed a great time! This screwball comedy by Ken Ludwig is about mistaken identity, celebrity worship, and Chianti! Winner of 3 Tony Awards and 4 Drama Desk Awards, Lend Me a Tenor follows the tale of Tito Merelli, a world famous tenor who will appear for one night only as Otello at the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. Through a hilarious series of mishaps, he is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. In a frantic attempt to save the production, Saunders – the artistic director - persuades Max - his bungling assistant - to fool the audience into thinking he's the world famous tenor. Does Max succeed and get the girl of his dreams? Does Tito’s jealous wife get revenge? Come and enjoy this madcap romp from February 19-March 7, 2010.

Buy tickets | See pictures of past shows | Broadway revival! | More from Stage Right

Young Texas Artists Music Competition

The Young Texas Artists Music Competition was created in 1983 by the Montgomery County Performing Arts Society in an effort to encourage excellence in young musicians and to further artistic growth throughout the state of Texas. In 1999, Entergy Texas graciously offered its support enabling the competition to evolve into the rich experience it is today. Our judges are distinguished artists who have achieved acclaim in their respective disciplines. Our candidates are generally pursuing a career in classical music, and are either residents of Texas or enrolled in Texas music schools. The evening performance and final round of the competition is a featured event of the Montgomery County Performing Arts Society regular season. The 2010 competition will take place March 13 at 7:30 PM at the historic Crighton Theatre. Don't miss this American Idol-like event!

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Rodney Crowell with the Trishas

Rodney Crowell will be at the historic Crighton Theatre on Saturday March 20, 2010 at 8 PM. He is a Grammy Award-winning musician, known primarily for his work as a singer and songwriter in country music. He is considered to be part of both the alternative country and the mainstream country music camps. He was influenced by songwriters Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt. Crowell played guitar and sang for three years in Emmylou Harris' "Hot Band".

The Trishas will open for Rodney. To give you an idea of the sound you'll hear, think of what would happen if Texas dirt, Mississippi River water, City Lights, and Apple Pie all sat down in a pickin' circle at an Austin, TX backyard party. This combination creates a kind of soul that no definition is worthy to define, and plants a seed of bluegrass that gives blues a place to grow from. Add a couple country accents, a lot of truth to be told, and rhythm you couldn't shake a stick at...but you'll want to...and you've got The Trishas.

Buy tickets | Learn more about the Sounds of Texas | See pictures from last year

Ricky Skaggs

Ricky Skaggs comes to the historic Crighton Theatre on Saturday April 3, 2010 at 8 PM. The story of Ricky Skaggs is one Sometimes in life, things come full circle. By age 21, he was already considered a "recognized master" of one of America's most demanding art forms, but his career took him in other directions, catapulting him to popularity and success in the mainstream of country music. Now the road has brought him back to where it all began - bluegrass music.

2010 marks Ricky's 39th year as a professional musician, and this fourteen-time Grammy Award winner continues to do his part to lead the recent roots revival in music. With eight consecutive Grammy-nominated classics behind him, all from his own Skaggs Family Records label, bluegrass music is undoubtedly in good hands, with the masterful Skaggs at the helm.

Learn more about the artist | Reserve your ticket now | Sound clips from his solo album

Dearly Beloved

You've laughed and cried your way through Christmas Belles and Southern Hospitality. Now come and see the show that started the Fayro, Texas trilogy: Dearly Beloved. The masters of Southern comic style - Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten - have fashioned a story of a completely dysfunctional but loveable Texas family in the throes of another series of life-changing events.

The Futrelle Sisters, Frankie, Honey Raye and Twink, are throwing a wedding. Frankie has almost made herself sick with elaborate preparations for her daughter Tina Jo’s antebellum-inspired wedding, and the rumor mill in their small town of Fayro, Texas, is working overtime. But Twink’s desperate attempts to get her boyfriend of 15½ years down the aisle, Frankie’s ongoing conversations with their dead mother, and Honey Raye’s tendency to race to the altar at every opportunity have kept tongues wagging for years. Come and see how the sisters recover from this comic disaster in the making!

Buy tickets | See pictures of past shows | Learn about future shows from Stage Right

God's Favorite

Our featured theatre this issue is Playhouse 1960. Successful Long Island businessman Joe Benjamin is a modern-day Job with a high-maintenance wife, ungrateful children and wise-cracking household help. Just when it seems it couldn’t get any worse, he is visited by Sidney Lipton aka A Messenger from God (and compulsive film buff) with a mission: test Joe’s faith and report back to “the Boss”. The jokes and Tests of Faith fly fast and furious as Neil Simon spins a contemporary morality tale like no other in this hilarious comedy.

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