A Broadway Legend Joins TMTP at Playhouse Square


Ziemba RoxieIt’s been said that John Kander and Fred Ebb were the Rodgers & Hammerstein of the second half of the 20th Century, and “Perfectly Marvelous” will prove it by honoring the composer of Cabaret, Chicago and Kiss of the Spider Woman.

TMTP’s artistic director Bill Rudman co-hosts our next Song Is You! concert with Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba (pictured above), who starred in three Kander & Ebb shows. The two performances in Playhouse Square (with Kander in the audience) will be music-directed by Nancy Maier in a show featuring three terrific actor-singers: Katherine DeBoer, recently seen in our cabaret, I Am What I Am; Matthew Wright, chair of Oberlin’s theater department; and Derrick Cobey, a Baldwin Wallace alum who appeared in the Broadway production of Kander & Ebb’s The Scottsboro Boys (pictured below).

(l-r): Jeremy Gumbs, Rodney Hicks, Josh Breckenridge, Derrick Cobey, Kendrick Jones, Julius Thomas III, Joshua Henry, Christian Dante White, James T. Lane in THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, book by David Thompson, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street). © Paul Kolnik paul@paulkolnik.com 212-362-7778

Rudman and Ziemba are your guides for a tour in song of the Kander & Ebb musicals, spiced with video clips and dozens of still images. Our company will perform both favorites and little-known songs by the team — and in their extraordinary 40-year collaboration they were exactly that. “When we walk into our music room,” Ebb once said, “I am Fred Ebb and he is John Kander. When we come out, we are Kander & Ebb.” You’ll also hear musical theater songs composed by John before and after his years with Ebb.

Perfectly Marvelous: The Songs of John Kander
October 31 | 8 PM
November 1 | 2 PM
Allen Theatre, Playhouse Square
Tickets available through the Playhouse Square Box Office;
Call 216-241-6000 or visit PlayhouseSquare.org

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ATTENTION CUYAHOGA COUNTY-The Musical Theater Project along with countless other local arts organizations all benefit from the public support provided by the levy, and we must continue our support. And now you can vote early to make sure you don’t miss your chance to support the arts in your community.

In 2006, voters overwhelmingly approved a penny-and-a-half tax per cigarette to provide public support Cuyahoga County’s Arts & Culture sector.

The Arts & Culture Levy has been one of the most successful public initiatives in our region’s history: $15 million+ invested annually into our Arts & Culture sector; Over 1.4 million annual education experiences for kids, including more than 18,000 fieldtrips; Over 1,000 competitive grants, totaling more than $125 million, awarded to more than 300 arts, cultural, educational, and community organizations, working in more than 2,3000 locations across Cuyahoga County.

Issue 8, on the ballot this November 3rd, will renew the Arts & Culture Levy. Voting for Issue 8 won’t raise taxes or increase prices; it will just continue the current tax on cigarettes, and continue providing critical support for the Arts & Culture sector for another 10 years.

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FP-e-mailOctober 3rd: “Swing’s the Thing”
Put on your zoot suit and your reet pleat because this hour celebrates the huge impact of the Big Band Era on Broadway and Hollywood musicals.

October 10th: “Spiritual Matters”
From “Godspell” to “Fiddler on the Roof,” from “Jesus Christ Superstar” to “Purlie,” the musical theater has explored our spirituality with astonishing eloquence.

October 17th: “One Man’s Vision”
The 1947 musical comedy “Finian’s Rainbow” is synonymous with Yip Harburg, who conceived it, wrote the lyrics and co-wrote the script. Harburg’s son, Ernie, tells us what makes it a classic.

October 24th: “Teachable Moments”
Twelve characters learn something important—whether it’s how to speak proper English, how to prepare for fatherhood, or how to face the end of a love affair.

October 31st: “Everybody Sing!”
That means Julie Andrews, Judy Garland, Al Jolson and Liza Minnelli, among others —all of them letting loose with songs about the pure pleasure of vocalizing.

November 7th: “Singing a Rainbow”
Songs to attract both our ears and our eyes, and we’ll paint our canvas with everything from “Blue Skies” to “Color and Light” to “Pink Elephants on Parade.”

November 14th: “Spotlight on Sylvia McNair”
In the early 1990s, the great classically trained soprano decided what she loved most was not opera but the Great American Songbook! Here’s the proof.

November 21st: “Happily Ever After”
Musical fairy tales from stage, screen and television performed by stars ranging from Mary Martin to Carol Burnett, from Angela Lansbury to Liza Minnelli.

November 28th: “Funny Men”
We have 11 of them waiting in the wings—three generations from Ed Wynn to Nathan Lane and including Phil Silvers, Bob Hope and Martin Short.

December 5th: “Prime Real Estate”
We’ll give our regards to Broadway, vacation on Bali H’ai, check out a little bungalow in Quogue … you get the picture. 

December 12th: “A Tribute to Hugh Martin (Part 1)”                                               This three-part interview show spotlights a great Broadway and Hollywood songwriter; in part one we focus on his Broadway breakthrough with “Best Foot Forward” and the iconic songs for MGM’s “Meet Me in St. Louis.”

December 19th: “A Tribute to Hugh Martin (Part 2)”                                                 In this episode Martin reflects on his Broadway musical “Make a Wish,” London’s “Love from Judy” and his work with Judy Garland at the Palace.

December 26th: “A Tribute to Hugh Martin (Part 3)”                                               The final installment of our salute to a master songwriter, featuring Tammy Grimes and Bea Lillie in “High Spirits,” the stage version of “Meet Me in St. Louis” and lots more.

Catch Footlight Parade in Cleveland on WCLV 104.9 every Saturday at 6pm.
You can also stream our Footlight Parade archives!

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A MILESTONE YEAR…and a New Challenge!

15th Logo For 15 years, TMTP has passionately shared that perspective with people of all ages in ways that both entertain and educate. Now, we have an opportunity to realize new dreams through your support. This arts education nonprofit is unique, both locally and nationally, and Cleveland is where it has flourished. Continue Reading…

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Kids Love Musicals! serves up dance, music and joy!

GracieThis year, TMTP is adding a new 4-week residency to the Kids Love Musicals! line-up to serve children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other cognitive learning differences.

Click here to see more about this special initiative (we promise it will make you smile!).

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