“Hey, Big Spender! The Cy Coleman Songbook”
with Cleveland Jazz Orchestra
January 28 & 29
Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square
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cy-coleman-artistscyBroadway meets jazz in this toe tapping multi-media concert. The George Gershwin of his time, Cy Coleman found success on stage and in popular music. His dynamic scores include Sweet Charity and The Will Rogers Follies, and his swinging tunes have been covered by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett and Michael Buble. We’ll celebrate this staple of the Great American Songbook with dazzling still images, rare film clips and show-stopping live performances.

Click HERE to read artistic director Bill Rudman’s recent article previewing this concert, “Come Follow The Band!”

Sweet Charity (1969)
Sunday, Jan 22 | 3 PM
Cleveland Cinematheque

Directed & Choreographed by Bob Fosse
Written by Neil Simon
Music & Lyrics by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields
Starring Shirley MacLaine, John McMartin, Ricardo Montalban, Chita Rivera and Stubby Kaye

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Shuffle AlongON SALE NOW…
The only archival recording
of the groundbreaking musical
Shuffle Along
is now a 2017 Grammy nominee for Best Album Notes

1921’s all-black musical comedy, Shuffle Along, was the most successful Broadway show of its time. The score contained the future standards “I’m Just Wild About Harry” and “Love Will Find a Way.” It marked the emergence of a new black musical theater,  and desegregated theatres in New York and across the country.

The new Broadway musical inspired by Shuffle Along opened to rave reviews with Tony Award-winning stars such as Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell. Alongside the new production, Harbinger Records offers the only available archival recording of the groundbreaking musical. Learn more here!
To order your copy today, click here.

To read Talkin’ Broadway‘s review of the album, click here.

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December 31st: “Spotlight on Barbara Cook (Part 1)”                                                To mark the recent publication of her memoirs, here’s an interview Bill Rudman did with the great singer in 1986, with this installment focusing on such musicals as “She Loves Me,” “The Music Man” and “Candide.”

January 7: “Spotlight on Barbara Cook (Part 2)”
We chat with Cook about her two legendary concerts at Carnegie Hall, “Follies in Concert” and more.

January 14: “Over the Top”
Fourteen Broadway and Hollywood singers who go for broke, including Al Jolson, Mandy Patinkin, Judy Garland, Patti LuPone, Ethel Merman and Nathan Lane.

January 21: “Dream with Me”
An hour of songs about entering the “other world” of the subconscious, with selections from Oklahoma!, Walt Disney’s Cinderella, Lady in the Dark and more.

January 28: “Coming Together”
Songs focusing on some very close-knit communities, from the Anatevka of Fiddler on the Roof to the River City of The Music Man.

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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News from Kids Love Musicals!

KLM Pic3CWRU Study Finds Kids Love Musicals! to be a Valuable Tool for Student Success 

As TMTP piloted Kids Love Musicals! in special education classrooms last year with curriculum based on the 1939 classic movie musical The Wizard of Oz, we knew evidence was key to demonstrating the program’s benefit. In surveys, teachers expressed awe at individual student accomplishments. Yet how could we objectively measure the intangible effects of theater-based education in each classroom or school, especially in a population of students with a considerable range of complex learning challenges and delays?

Like Dorothy, we made new friends and journeyed together. Through a unique community-university research partnership with Case Western Reserve University’s Schubert Center for Child Studies, a contract with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts VSA Program, and support from The John P. Murphy Foundation, Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and generous individuals, we have evidence from our study that musical theater can be an exceptionally effective classroom tool.

To read more about this nationally significant arts education study, click HERE.

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