SWING INTO SPRING

Erin and TonyThe Musical Theater Project revisits the golden era of musical theater this spring with the multi-media concert, “Swing’s the Thing!”  If you’re a diehard Song Is You! fan, you’re right: This is a new version of a show we did in 2011.  But it’s bigger and better – because we realized that to do justice to the theme, we needed a band larger than Joe Hunter‘s splendid trio of piano, bass and drums.

So here comes our partner, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra.  Their associate artistic director, Paul Ferguson (who is also instructor of jazz studies at Case Western Reserve University), has arranged many of the songs for a heftier ensemble featuring five CJO horns including his trombone.  Paul will co-host the concert with Joe and TMTP’s artistic director, Bill Rudman.  They will be joined onstage by two knockout singers, Erin Keckan and Tony Sias.

Says Rudman, “it’s a kick to work with Joe and Paul on this show.  We’re struck by how joyful the art of the 1930s and 40s can be – at a time when America was either suffering through the Great Depression or facing the monumental challenge of World War II.  Paul has created brand new arrangements for most of these songs.  They communicate a terrific energy.”

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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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Up next on FOOTLIGHT PARADE…

February 28: “Celebrating Frank Loesser (Part 1 – Mostly Hollywood)”

He was a singular sensation who may have talked like a tough guy but who wrote from a heart of gold.

March 7: “Celebrating Frank Loesser (Part 2 – Mostly Broadway)”
The focus is on his three classic Broadway scores: Guys and Dolls, The Most Happy Fella and How to Succeed…

March 14: “2000 on Stage”
The best of the year including scores by Elton John and Tim Rice, Andrew Lippa, Stephen Sondheim and Bock and Harnick.

March 21: “Good Sports”
Baseball, basketball, football, skating, tennis and more – all in songs from musicals, of course.

March 28: “It’s All in the Title”
Seventy-four years of musicals whose title songs really pack a punch – from Of Thee I Sing to The Light in the Piazza.

April 4: “Way Out West”
A round-up of the Western musicals – from Rio Rita in 1927 to The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas 51 years later. Most of them, of course, were written by city slickers!

April 11: “Wake-Up Calls”
A sample of great “11:00 numbers” – and even if you’ve never been getting thrills from them for years.

April 18: “Musical Theater Astronomy”
Songs about the sun and the moon, the stars, he big dipper and heavenly bodies in   general – plus a few visitors who come to earth from way out there.

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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Announcing the 2014-15 Song Is You! Series

Welcome to our 13th season!SIY 2015

We call our series The Song Is You! because the songs we perform in our concerts and cabarets are really about you – just like the musicals they are from. That’s why TMTP creates performances that touch both hearts and minds – and why our audiences continue to grow each year.

Be sure to check out our our 9 fantastic concerts and cabarets:

In-Concert Musical: Babes in Arms (September 18 & 21)
Ethel Merman: Loud but Honest (October 12)
Mary Martin: America’s Sweetheart (October 26)
A Christmas Cabaret (December 12-17)
Over the Rainbow: The Songs of Harold Arlen (January 18)
A Fine Romance: The Love Song Cabaret (February 15)
Swing’s the Thing (March 21 & April 11)
Behind the Musical: Hello, Dolly! (April 26)
Pure Imagination: The Family Cabaret (May 31)

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A Stunning 2-CD Set Celebrating Sheldon Harnick

TMTP-CD-Harnick-SleeveAnother tour de force from TMTP and Harbinger Records! Click here for more information on how you can pre-order “Sheldon Harnick: Hidden Treasures,” which features 53 demos and cut songs from 17 shows including Fiddler on the RoofShe Loves MeFiorello!The Apple Tree and The Rothschilds as well as rarities from The Body BeautifulTrafalgarSmiling the Boy Fell DeadRex and A Wonderful Life.

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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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