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Looking Ahead: COME FLY AWAY Opens, Jackson Browne and The Blumey Awards Announce Nominees

April 30, 2012

Happy Monday!  Here are a few things we’re excited about this week.

  • Frank Sinatra’s Music + Twyla Tharp’s Choreography = COME FLY AWAY

COME FLY AWAY is the new Broadway musical that brings together the legendary music of Frank Sinatra and the creative vision of Tony Award-winner Twyla Tharp (Movin’ Out).

This one-of-a-kind experience combines the seductive vocals of “Ol’ Blue Eyes” with the sizzling sound of a live on-stage big band and the visceral thrill of Tharp’s choreography. As 15 of the world’s best dancers tell the story of four couples falling in and out of love, you will experience the exhilaration of a first kiss, the excitement of a first dance, and the bittersweet moments of a first good-bye in a world of sparkling romance and astonishing beauty.

COME FLY AWAY features a score of beloved Sinatra classics including “Fly Me to the Moon,” “My Way,” “New York, New York” and “Makin’ Whoopee.”  CLICK HERE for a full list of songs included!

COME FLY AWAY opens Tuesday, May 1, and runs through Sunday, May 6, in Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts CenterCLICK HERE for more information on COME FLY AWAY.

  • Just Announced:  Jackson Browne – Tickets On Sale Friday, May 4, at 10 AM.

Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne will launch his summer 2012 Acoustic Tour with a string of U.S. dates beginning July 14 at the Belk Theater in Charlotte. Playing guitar and piano, Jackson will do songs from his entire body of work, with varying set lists each night. Singer-songwriter and fiddle player Sara Watkins will open the Acoustic Tour as a special guest.

Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2007.

Jackson Browne performs Saturday, July 14, at 8 PM, in Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts CenterCLICK HERE for more information on Jackson Browne with Special Guest Sara Watkins.

CLICK HERE to visit Jackson Browne’s website.

CLICK HERE to visit Sara Watkins’ website.

  • And the Nominees Are…

The Tony Awards will be announced their nominees on Tuesday, but Blumenthal Performing Arts is pleased to announce the 78 nominees – six each in 13 categories – competing in the inaugural Blumey Awards presented by Wells Fargo taking place Sunday, May 20, at 7 p.m., in Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

The Blumey Awards program recognizes and celebrates the best in high school musical theater and fosters even greater achievements in the future.

Maureen O’Boyle, anchor for WBTV, is emceeing the black-tie event.

Like the Tony Awards, The Blumey Awards Ceremony will feature live performances by the six finalists for Wells Fargo Best Musical:  Charlotte Christian School’s West Side Story, Charlotte Latin School’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jay M. Robinson High School’s Little Shop of Horrors, Northwest School of the Arts’ West Side Story, South Mecklenburg High School’s Bye Bye Birdie and South Point High School’s Jekyll & Hyde.

CLICK HERE for a full list of all 78 nominees in 13 categories.

Additionally, The Blumey Awards will feature a medley of performances by the six finalists for Best Actor and for Best Actress; and two students from each production also will be in opening and closing production numbers. David Dabbon, a New York-based music director, conductor and composer, will direct the awards ceremony and lead a professional orchestra that accompanies the performances.

Award presenters include NBA player for the Golden State Warriors, Stephen Curry; Charlotte actor Grason Kingsberry who starred on Broadway in The Color Purple, Catch Me if you Can and Leap of Faith; Van Kamplin, Executive Producer of The Jimmy Awards and CEO of the Pittsburgh CLO; Richard “Stick” Williams, Senior Vice President of Environmental, Health & Safety and President of The Duke Energy Foundation; Mike Collins, host of WFAE’s “Charlotte Talks” and star of Charlotte Squawks: 8 Misbehavin’; Don and Mary Doctor of The Doctor Family Foundation and many more.

Winners will be announced in the following categories: Wells Fargo Best Musical Award, Best Actor and Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, Best Featured Performer, Best Ensemble/Chorus, Best Student Orchestra, Best Overall Direction, Best Choreography Execution, Best Costume Creation, Best Set Construction and Best Lighting Execution.

For more information about The Blumey Awards, please CLICK HERE.

CLICK HERE to read the Charlotte Observer’s story about the nominees.

Learn more about The Blumey Awards in this upcoming Thursday’s blog post dedicated to inaugural celebration.

  • What are you excited about this week?
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