TMTP is thrilled to be returning to Cain Park on July 21st with our first concert of the summer – Open A New Window: The Songs of Jerry Herman. The concert features more than 30 songs from Herman’s various compositions. We’ll chart what the songwriter calls the “amazing roller-coaster ride” of his career – from his three greatest hits, Hello Dolly!, Mame, and La Cage Aux Folles to much admired cult shows like Mack and Mabel, Milk and Honey, and Dear World.
Herman’s work has become synonymous with some of the greatest leading ladies in show business. Dolly Levi has been portrayed by Carol Channing, Ethel Merman, Ginger Rogers, Mary Martin, Pearl Bailey and of course Barbara Streisand on the big screen. Not to mention she’ll be back on the Broadway next season with the sensational Bette Midler.
Another big name in the theater industry, Angela Lansbury (for whom Herman wrote the title role in Mame) puts it best when she says: “To have as talented a song writer as Jerry write a score especially for you is an unbelievable blessing. He writes such wonderfully emotional words and music.” We couldn’t agree more!
TMTP has explored the musical world of Jerry Herman off and on over the years and is excited to bring back this revised version of one of our most popular concerts in the organization’s history. “His songs require very specific vocal gifts,” says artistic director Bill Rudman, “so we had to be able to cast it perfectly – which we have.”
Don’t miss your chance to see Joe Monaghan (who you may have seen in our Big Battle of the Sexes concert last season) and Caitlin Hyland (who is making her TMTP performance debut after serving as a teaching artist with Kids Love Musicals!) perform the songs of this remarkable composer. The concert will be hosted by Rudman with co-host and music director Nancy Maier.
Open A New Window:
The Songs of Jerry Herman
Thursday, July 21st
Cain Park, Alma Theater
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July 2nd: “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” A mini-travelogue. We’re on our way to Paris, London, Venice, Bangkok … even Siberia! All on the wings of songs from musicals.
July 9th: “Superman Sings!” Charlie Brown, Little Orphan Annie, Popeye, Li’l Abner, the Doonesbury gang and more jump out of the funny pages and into stage and screen musicals.
July 16th: “To Your Health!” 75 years of songs about health and fitness with Robert Preston, Fred Astaire, Barbra Streisand and lots more.
July 23rd: “Celebrity Songwriters” We revisit the days when lots of Broadway and Hollywood songwriters actually became household names, such as Gershwin, Porter, Lerner, Rodgers and Hammerstein (and Hart).
July 30th: “First Meetings” Some very interesting characters who are meeting for the first time: Nellie Forbush and Emile DeBeque, Tony and Maria … even Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom!
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CWRU 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.