The Legacy of Dolly

Dolly movieConsider the stars who played the matchless matchmaker of Hello, Dolly! during the first six years alone: Carol Channing, Ginger Rogers, Mary Martin, Martha Raye, Betty Grable, Pearl Bailey, Phyllis Diller and Ethel Merman on stage, and Barbra Streisand on film.

In partnership with Chagrin Arts, we’ll revisit Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart’s great American musical comedy to find out what makes their Dolly so special. And we’ll do it the same way we’ve tackled other shows in our “Behind the Musical” series: by sharing all the songs from the show plus the back story of how the musical was created for Broadway.

And who gets to sing Dolly’s songs for TMTP? Enter the wonderful performer and director Sheri Gross, who’s a favorite of musical theater audiences in town, especially at the Mandel Jewish Community Center. For Gross, it’s a plum assignment: “I’ve lived with this show since I was young. I’ve listened to the cast album, watched the movie and seen the production many times on stage, but I’ve never had the opportunity to be part of it. This is a very exciting for me! Though we’re not doing the full musical, just to sink my teeth into these songs is really satisfying. They’re funny, they’re upbeat, and just beneath the surface they’re very touching.”

For more information about Behind the Musical: Hello, Dolly! on April 26th, click here.

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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…

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.

April 25: “If Songs”

Focusing on a little word that is often used in a very big way.

May 2: “Dancin'”

Get ready to waltz, polka, tap, can-can, cha-cha, and rock your way through the house!

May 9: “I Love a Parade”

An hour of Broadway marches… and if that sounds like too much of the same thing, they range from stirring to satirical… and even charming.

May 16: “Dream with Me”

Songs about entering the “other world” of the subconscious… and what a wonderful world that can be.

May 23: “Good Stories”

Writers including Cole Porter, Frank Loesser, Stephen Sondheim, and John Kander &Fred Ebb are going to tell us some very funny tales… along with some that are charming, outrageous, and in a few cases, quite touching.

May 30: “Unlikely Pairs”

If you think that you and your partner in life are an unlikely pair, wait until you hear from the 11 couples in this hour!

June 6: “Celebrating Johnny Mercer (Part 1)”

If ever there was a poet created to write the lyrics for stage and screen musicals, it was Mercer. We survey his extraordinary output of more than 40 years, beginning in the early 1930’s.

June 13: “Celebrating Johnny Mercer (Part 2)”

His songs numbered more than 1,200 and his collaborators included composers Hoagy Carmichael, Harry Warren, Harold Arlen and even Andre Previn.

June 20: “We’ll have Manhattan”

We’ll also have the other boroughs! New York is the star of the hour, and here to sing he city’s praises are Shirley MacLaine, Fred Astaire, Nora Bayes, Bobby Short and of course George M. Cohan.

June 26: “Powerful Places”

Musicals in which the settings are crucial to the storytelling: 21 powerful places including Camelot, Dogpatch and Catfish Row.

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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