SAY S's ALAS Youth Theatre Company revisits its original rendition of the classic film, "It's a Wonderful Life." Inspired by the message and themes of this yuletide story, the Theatre Company's new and youthful adaptation called "Frankie and Elisabeth get their Wings," incorporates live and original rock music accompaniment complete with unforgettable characters, plenty of laughs and more than a few heart-warming moments.
Penned by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes at the height of the civil rights movement, Black Nativity employs a predominantly (if not entirely) black cast to the reframe the birth of Christ with poetry, dance, gospel songs and folk spirituals. An expression of Hughes’ late-in-life interest in the oral traditions of the African-American church, the musical debuted in 1961 and is now a holiday tradition for roughly a quarter-million annual viewers. Directed by Danielle King, the Renaissance Guild’s 4th annual production offers theater-goers a unique opportunity to experience Black Nativity in its original form before (or after) heading out to see Kasi Lemmon’s modernized new film starring Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson and Tyrese.
Created in the vein of rock operas like Jesus Christ Superstar, Green Day’s 2004 concept album American Idiot follows fed-up Jesus of Suburbia out of Jingletown and into a gritty city in search of meaning in the post-September 11 era. Thanks to a collaboration between the SoCal punk trio (led by Billie Joe Armstrong) and Spring Awakening director Michael Mayer, American Idiot is now a loud and irreverent Broadway musical, the touring version of which lands at the Majestic this week. Anchored by a theme of rage versus love, the 2010 Tony winner employs all its namesake album’s tracks (plus minimal dialogue and other Green Day hits) to paint what The New York Times described as “a pulsating portrait of wasted youth ... bring on the sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll, please!”
As part of its 20th annual holiday season, Magik stages an adaptation of Laura Numeroff’s Merry Christmas, Mouse! (about a mouse with a flair for decorating) at the Instituto Cultural de Mexico.
A radio play adaptation from "It's a Wonderful Life." The Company Theatre returns with another annual Christmas classic, offering a live version of the radio play that was based on a Lux Soap Radio script originally performed in 1947. This program is a toast to the anniversary of one of America's most beloved holiday films.
An old-time Texas themed version of "A Christmas Carol".
The 2013-2014 Alamo City Dance Company is preparing for their 21st annual production of The Nutcracker. This holiday classic tells the story of a young girl named Clara who is given a nutcracker as a gift and later that evening dreams of encounters with mice and soldiers in battle. Her nutcracker turns into a price to save the day. An annually changing production of costumes, scenic elements, and choregraphy. The Nutcracker is a wonderful ballet for the entire family.
Scrooge On The Riverwalk! Bah Humbug: A One-Man Christmas Carole is our annual Riverwalk event! Award-winning actor and Artistic Director of The Company Theatre, Damian Gillen, plays it all from Scrooge to Tiny Tim in the 10th annual, ten-city Texas tour of this holiday favorite! Bah Humbug! is a one-man adaptation of Charles Dickens' timeless tale of hope and compassion: A Christmas Carol. This touring production is also available for private parties, corporate events, back yard Christmas parties and school tours.
Inspired by the Tim Burton holiday classic The Nightmare Before Christmas, the McNay's Stop-Motion Studio class let's you design your own clay characters aftering viewing the film's original characters and sets. Instructed by art educator Johnny Villarreal, two sessions will be available for registration.
The Classic Theatre summons nostalgic holiday spirits with Joe Landry’s unique adaptation of It’s a Wonderful Life. While the plot and characters follow the 1946 film, Landry’s remix employs actors standing at microphones with scripts in hand, assuming multiple roles and changing tones for commercial breaks. This holiday production ends the Classic's five-and-a-half year tenure at the Sterling Houston Theatre at Jump-Start in the Blue Star Arts Complex.
The book Tamales, Comadres and the Meaning of Civilization reminds that tamales have served as “one of the keys to the survival of humans for the last 7,000 years in the Americas.” Deceptively simple in appearance, these holiday staples can prove quite challenging to make, which is the premise behind Alicia Mena’s Las Nuevas Tamaleras. Since its 1993 debut, the production has emerged as a favorite fans consider “as much a tradition with the San Antonio community as The Nutcracker.” Touching on the hard work, bonding and mishaps intrinsic to Yuletide tamaladas, Mena’s one-act comedy stars Kinya Cano, Melissa Silva and Sonia Rodriguez as first-time tamaleras who get an unexpected assist from the ghosts of tamal experts Doña Juanita (Rita Duggan) and Doña Mercedes (Lorraine Pulido).
Adapted from Barabra Robinson’s book of the same name, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (aka The Worst Kids in the World) concerns six bratty children who enter a church looking for snacks but wind up with roles in a Christmas play. Under the direction of the Magik Theatre’s founder and executive director Richard Rosen, this lighthearted local production promises “to bring laughter, transcending individual religions, to tell a story about the human spirit and the ability to become bigger and better than we think we are in times of crisis.”
A 2010 Tony Award®-nominated Best Musical and 2010 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Show Album, American Idiot features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. The book is by Armstrong and Michael Mayer and direction is by Tony Award® winner Mayer (“Spring Awakening”). The acclaimed creative team also includes choreography by Olivier Award winner Steven Hoggett (“Black Watch”) and orchestrations and arrangements by Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal”). The Tony Award®-winning scenic design by Christine Jones and the Tony Award®-winning lighting design by Kevin Adams will also be featured in the tour. Winner of two Tony Awards®, American Idiot is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9-11 world. Through incredible spectacle, thrilling performances and with the hope embodied by a new generation, American Idiot has given audiences the time of their lives night after night since its Broadway run at the St. James Theatre (March 2010–April 2011) and its subsequent national tour, which launched December 2011 in Toronto.
Featuring music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and a book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, this Pulitzer-nominated “musical fable of Broadway” is adapted from Damon Runyon’s ‘20s- and ‘30s-era short stories (The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown, Blood Pressure and Pick the Winner) surrounding gangsters, gamblers and other denizens of the New York underworld.
With a cultish appeal that rears its head annually in the form of a TBS marathon, it should come as no surprise that the 1983 box-office sleeper A Christmas Story has inspired multiple adaptations and a museum in Cleveland. Based on radio personality Jean Shepherd’s semi-autobiographical book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash, the late Depression-era tale employs nine-year-old Ralphie’s quest to acquire a BB Gun as a thread to connect memorable scenes involving a frozen flagpole, a fishnet-clad leg lamp and a holiday meal of Chinese turkey. Not to be confused with Phillip Grecian’s play from 2000, the recent Broadway sensation A Christmas Story, The Musical makes its Texas debut at the Woodlawn—complete with the inevitable show tune “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out.”
Earlier this year USA Today’s “Fun Places to go in Texas During Christmas” article suggested readers “visit the cozy Overtime Theater for zany takes on classic Christmas fare.” Now they’re obligated. This year’s zaniness combines elements of a variety show and Scott McDowell’s Christmas City Confidential—a noir murder mystery following an elf private eye hired by Santa to track down a killer.
Based on the 1954 film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features a book by David Ives and Paul Blake and 17 Irving Berlin songs includiung “Blue Skies,” “I Love a Piano” and “How Deep Is the Ocean.”
A play by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. A playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters. R-rated for language.
Skippyjon Jones is no ordinary kitten. Oh, no. He’s actually El Skippito, A Heroic Chihuahua. With a little imagination and a whole lot of fun, this frisky cat dons a mask and cape, and saves the day while stealing young reader's hearts. The production is based off of Judy Schachner and will be Skippyjon Jones' world premier!
Set in modern day New York City, Ghost The Musical is a timeless fantasy about the power of love. Walking back to their apartment one night after a romantic dinner, Sam and Molly are mugged, leaving Sam dead on a dark street. Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next and unable to leave Molly, who he learns is in grave danger. With the help of a phony storefront psychic, Sam tries to communicate with Molly in the hopes of saving and protecting her. Ghost The Musical has been enjoyed by over 1 million people worldwide and has been nominated for numerous awards including five Olivier Awards and three Tony Awards. The Associated Press calls Ghost The Musical “Eye-poppingly brilliant” while Variety assures the audience will experience “A limitless array of dazzling effects.” Newsday promises that Ghost The Musical is “Unlike anything seen on stage before” and the Daily Telegraph says that Ghost The Musical “Will keep you gasping!”
Based on a Novel by George Furth, Company follows the journey of a New York bachelor as he tries to find balance between freedom and intimacy.
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Venice, Calif., crossover thrash titans Suicidal Tendencies always stood apart. Even after the release of its now-acclaimed, deeply influential self-titled 1983 debut, punks didn’t know what to do with this gangsta-looking bunch of skaters who didn’t sound or dress like anyone else. “All these people told us we needed the proper ‘etiquette’ for the massive punk rock goal being an individual,” founder (and sole remaining original member) Mike Muir quipped in Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal. “I always thought that was a little strange.” Now Muir is back with the first ST album in 13 years, aptly titled 13 (sorry, Ozzy), and still thrashing while no one dares to argue. With Terror, Trash Talk and the Inspector Cluzo.
Resident DJs Eddie and Danny-D welcome freestyle recording artist Noel in a concert featuring the hit "Silent Morning."
Jason Stout’s latest collection of drawings and paintings explores the American landscape, both politically and literally. “Through the guise of hypothetical narratives and scenarios, the work investigates the multiple ideas and definitions of both terms, past, current and future, negotiating their way through a shale rock formed environment.”
The Wood Brothers band plays blues/Americana as you’ve never heard it before. Brothers Chris (upright bass) and Oliver (guitar), with the recent addition of multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix, are a three-part vocal harmony feast for the ears. The group just released The Muse, its fourth studio album and first as a trio and Nashville-based band. For the first time, they all sang their parts around the same mic, leaving in mistakes and all, which tells you a lot about their aesthetic approach—this is good but muddy stuff. Rix is a show apart: he plays the so-called “shuitar” (pronounced “shitar,” get it?), an old, beat-up guitar turned into a unique drum set. Some classify the Wood Brothers’ music as blues, Americana, folk, etc.; as far as I’m concerned, it’s a top-notch, hip rock ’n’ roll band. Come early to catch Austin bluesman Seth Walker, a master of rootsy subtlety.
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