Back by Popular Demand

11_cab_calloway-theredlistAfter two sold-out performances at Playhouse Square last season, TMTP got an overwhelming number of requests to reprise Curtain Up at the Cotton Club. So for those of you who missed it (and for those who can’t wait to experience it again), we heard you! Once again we’ll join forces with the full 16-piece Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, the Joe Hunter Trio and three star vocalists: Evelyn Wright, Treva Offutt and John Morton. And this time we’re offering performances both east and west: Join us Saturday, October 15th, at Lakeland Community College, or Sunday, October 16th, at Stocker Arts Center at Lorain County Community College. Whichever side of the river you’re on, we’ll be there. But order now — judging from last year’s response, these tickets won’t last long!

REVISITING THE COTTON CLUB – To read a conversation with Bill Rudman and the artists from the first time this concert was produced, click HERE.

TICKETS – For ticket info about Curtin Up at the Cotton Club, click HERE.

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Tickets On Sale Now!

SeasonFrom the edgy satire of The Cradle Will Rock (perfect for this tumultuous election year) to the soaring romanticism of Lerner & Loewe (Camelot and My Fair Lady), this season truly has something for everyone! New and returning audience members alike will enjoy TMTP favorites such as A Christmas Cabaret and our Curtain Up at the Cotton Club (back by popular demand) as well as many newly written selections including our first concert dedicated entirely to musicals written after the year 2000.

New this year, TMTP has changed its concert formatting to offer you even more opportunities to catch your favorite shows. The Song is You! concert series features a variety of multi-media presentations that celebrate musical theater as a rich American art form. Our Special Events series is a wonderful way to experience classic musical theater with smaller-scale concerts. And finally, our Rendezvous cabaret series is more accessible than ever with your choice of flexible subscription packages or single ticket options. Now anyone can enjoy these intimate evenings of fine dining and performance by exceptional local and New York acts.

To quote the groundbreaking new musical Hamilton, you’ve got to be “in the room where it happens” this season! TMTP’s Box Office opens September 1st.

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New from Harbinger Records

Shuffle AlongON SALE NOW…
The only archival recording
of the groundbreaking musical
Shuffle Along

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.

Now, a new Broadway musical inspired by Shuffle Along has 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. Release date: April 29, 2016. 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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Up next on FOOTLIGHT PARADE…

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October 1st: “Do Exaggerate!”                                                                                               The virtues of hype!  Seventeen songs that exaggerate everything from the trouble with  women, to the evils of a pool table, to the glories of P.T. Barnum’s Museum.

October 8th: “Twists and Turns”                                                                                             Songs that take us by surprise … whether it’s a joke that we couldn’t see coming or a  rhythm that’s downright fascinating.

October 15th: “Funny Ladies”                                                                                          We’ll go back as far as Fanny Brice in the 1920s and Bea Lillie in the 1930s … and also  hear from Carol Channing, Kristen Chenoweth and Sutton Foster, among others.

October 22nd: “I Love a Piano, Etc.”                                                                              Come follow the band!  It’s an hour of songs that glorify musical instruments: 76  trombones (naturally!), a cornet, a cello, a violin, a whole bunch of ukeleles—and even an  ocarina.

October 29th: “It Takes Two”                                                                                             The electric current that’s generated when not one but two performers are singing on        stage … and the duets include Eddy and MacDonald, Chenoweth and Menzel, and Garland  and Rooney.

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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