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Looking Ahead: Josh Ritter Performs on Thursday, a PBS Special About the National High School Musical Theater Awards and More…

July 23, 2012

Here are a few things we’re excited about this week:

Josh Ritter has released five studio albums and has been recently named one of the 100 greatest living songwriters by Paste Magazine, alongside Dylan, Springsteen and Neil Young. Joan Baez has covered one of his songs; Stephen King named one of Ritter’s albums the best of recent years and David Letterman has requested him twice, so far. His albums include So Runs the World Away and The Animal Years. His debut novel, Bright’s Passage, was published by Random House this year to wide acclaim. He has a new EP, Bringing In the Darlings, out on February 21st, 2013.

Don’t miss Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band with special guest David Wax Museum this Thursday, July 26, in Knight Theater at Levine Center for the ArtsCLICK HERE for more information on Josh Ritter.

Can’t get enough Josh RitterCLICK HERE to visit the Blumenthal’s Josh Ritter YouTube playlist.

Taylor Neal and Kyle Conroy in NYC for The Jimmy Awards

You may remember that the first annual Blumenthal Performing Arts High School Musical Theater Awards (The Blumey Awards) culminated Sunday, May 20, at a gala award celebration where winners in 13 categories were announced and nominees for Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Musical performed live on stage at the Belk Theater.

Kyle Conroy, of Jay M. Robinson High School in Cabarrus County won Best Actor for his portrayal of “Seymour” in Little Shop of Horrors. Taylor Neal, of Cuthbertson High School in Union County won Best Actress for her portrayal of “Belle” in Beauty and the Beast.

As part of winning, Conroy and Neal received an all-expenses-paid trip and week-long stay in New York City where they trained and competed with other regional winners in a national competition known as The Jimmy Awards (named after famed Broadway producer, James M. Nederlander). This was the first time theater and music students in our region have had a chance to compete in “The Jimmys.”

This past Sunday, USA Today posted a great article about “Broadway or Bust,” a three-part PBS series premiering in September that follows the 60 high school students (including Conroy and Neal) – drawn from an audition pool of 50,000 – that competed in “The Jimmys.”  This is your chance to go behind-the-scenes of “The Jimmys” and see Conroy and Neal in action.  CLICK HERE to read the full article.

Just read this list of accolades:

WINNER – “Best Production (Cabaret)””, 2008 Green Room Awards, Australia
WINNER – “Best Production””, 2008 Montreal Fringe Festival

“Pants-wettingly funny!”Uptown Magazine, Canada
“Satire with a blistering beat. A minor masterpiece”Vancouver Sun
“Punk rock meets Eurovision.”Montreal Mirror
“Right out of a Christopher Guest film.”Metro, New York
“Half Hives, Half Mighty Boosh. An absolute must see.”InPress, Melbourne

Back by popular demand!  Fans of Spinal Tap and Flight of The Conchords say “Hallo” to your new favorite band. Die Roten Punkte (The Red Dots) are Berlin’s Prince and Princess of Indie Rock.

Following sell-out shows in New York, Montreal, Dublin and Edinburgh, the utterly dysfunctional siblings …Otto and Astrid Rot return to Charlotte to unveil their eagerly anticipated third album, KUNST ROCK (ART ROCK).

Described as “a lipstick-smeared, tantrum-loving, sonic collision between B52s, Kraftwerk and early Ramones”, Die Roten Punkte are truly unique. Their songs are ridiculously infectious and their live show is one of the most irreverent and hilarious gigs you are ever likely to see.

Don’t miss Die Roten Punkte: Kunst Rock (Art Rock) July 31-Aug. 5 in Duke Energy Theater at Spirit SquareCLICK HERE for more information on Die Roten Punkte.

CLICK HERE to check out the Blumenthal’s Die Roten Punkte YouTube playlist. 

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