Brace yourselves, Charlotte! America’s favorite fast-talking Tupperware lady is back and better than ever with her all-new show Dixie’s Never Wear a Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull and 16 Other Things I Learned While I Was Drinking Last Thursday. Dixie Longate returns to Booth Playhouse this July in what promises to be the funniest show you’ll see this summer!
Put on your cowboy boots and walk into her favorite honky-tonk as she shares lessons learned after a hard night of drinking. What do a jeweled crown, a cardboard cutout of Julie Andrews and a box of moon pies have in common? Spend the night with Dixie and find out as she swaps her Tupperware bowls for a mechanical bull. Charlotte is one of only a handful of cities to host Dixie and her all-new show!
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Dixie’s Never Wear a Tube Top plays Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center July 5-24, 2016. Don’t want to push your luck with a giveaway? Get tickets now! This includes adult content and language.
The fifth annual Blumenthal Performing Arts High School Musical Theater Awards were a huge hit a couple of weeks ago drawing thousands of people to Belk Theater for another sold-out show. If you missed it, or just want to relive your experience, The Blumey Awards will air on Charlotte’s PBS station (WTVI) several times this summer! PLUS, a free viewing party is planned for the first air date. Join us at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square on June 14 at 8 p.m. The Blumey Awards were presented by Wells Fargo.
- Tuesday, June 14th 8-11 p.m.
- Saturday, June 18th 5-8 p.m.
- Sunday, June 19th 2-5 p.m.
- Sunday, June 26th 4-7 p.m.
The gala award celebration honored winners in 12 categories and nominees for Best Actor, Best Actress and Wells Fargo Best Musical performed live on stage.
CFA Academy from Cabarrus County won the Tier 1 Wells Fargo Best Musical Award for their production of Mary Poppins. Central Academy of Technology and Arts from Union County won the Tier 2 Wells Fargo Best Musical Award for their production of Ragtime. Amina Faye of Central Academy of Technology and Arts won Best Actress for her portrayal of “Sarah” in Ragtime. Justin Rivers of Central Academy of Technology and Arts won Best Actor for his portrayal of “Coalhouse Walker, Jr.” in Ragtime.
Faye and Rivers, the students named Best Actress and Best Actor at The Blumey Awards, will receive an all-expenses-paid trip and weeklong stay in New York City where they will train and compete with other regional winners in the National High School Musical Theater Awards. The national show and ceremony, known as The Jimmy Awards (named after famed Broadway producer, James M. Nederlander), takes place in New York on June 27, 2016.
Eighteen different high schools within the Charlotte region were nominated for Blumey Awards in at least one of the 12 categories, and another nine schools had students recognized in the Top 20 in the Best Actor or Best Actress category. Counties represented included Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Union and York.
Don’t miss the show when it airs on WTVI four times this month!
Two of the most recognizable male voices in the music industry will perform in Charlotte soon – and both just happen to be named Michael! That’s right, Michael Bolton and Michael McDonald are making stops in Charlotte this summer. Michael Bolton plays Belk Theater later this month and Michael McDonald returns to Knight Theater in August.
To celebrate “the Michaels,” let’s play some music trivia! See if you know which Michael made these hit lyrics famous, Bolton or McDonald. The answers are at the end of this blog post, but no peeking.
“I keep forgettin’ we’re not in love anymore; I keep forgettin’ things will never be the same again”
“Tell me how am I supposed to live without you; Now that I’ve been lovin’ you so long”
“How can we be lovers if we can’t be friends; How can we start over when the fighting never ends”
“I’m on my own; Why did it end this way; On my own; This wasn’t how it was supposed to be”
“Said I loved you but I lied; ‘Cause this is more than love I feel inside”
“I’m not sure just how; But there’s no lookin’ back now”
Great seats are still available to see either of these iconic vocalists live!
How’d you do? The answers are: 1 – Michael McDonald; 2 – Michael Bolton; 3 – Michael Bolton; 4 – Michael McDonald; 5 – Michael Bolton; 6 – Michael McDonald.
The national tour of the Broadway musical HAMILTON will play in Charlotte as part of the 2017-2018 PNC Broadway Lights season. It was announced today by producer Jeffrey Seller and Blumenthal Performing Arts.
“We are thrilled that HAMILTON will play in Charlotte during our 2017-2018 season,” said Blumenthal President and CEO Tom Gabbard. “Purchasing a season subscription now is the best way to guarantee great seats to all of the shows this season and to be able to retain those great seats in future seasons, including the 2017-2018 PNC Broadway Lights season when HAMILTON comes to Charlotte.”
Buyers who purchase or renew season tickets by June 5 will receive four show swaps, free parking for Belk Theater shows and a $25 restaurant gift card. For more information about season subscriptions, call 704-335-1010 or visit BlumenthalArts.org/Broadway.
Information regarding HAMILTON engagement dates and how to purchase groups and single tickets will be announced at a later time.
With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.
HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.
HAMILTON’s creative team previously collaborated on the 2008 Tony Award ® Winning Best Musical IN THE HEIGHTS.
HAMILTON features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, and casting by Telsey + Company, Bethany Knox, CSA.
The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater.
The HAMILTON Original Broadway Cast Recording is available everywhere nationwide. The HAMILTON recording received a 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album.
What’s all the hype? What can you expect? Is it really as funny as everyone says it is? Why should you see Charlotte Squawks: 12 Angry Hens? Let the show’s biggest fans tell you!
We asked fans of the yearly musical parody to tell us why they couldn’t wait for the show to come back to Booth Playhouse year after year. Here’s what they had to say …
- Gut-wrenching hilarious — and no sacred cows!
- The humor and satire of this show are brilliant! I always laugh hard and often at Charlotte Squawks. Laughter is a wonderful therapy for the crazy times in which we live.
- They are truth-telling, singing, dancing crazy people. Have been to the show for the last four years and it’s now a tradition with our friends. We laugh until we cry and are super jealous of the Squawks’ mad skills.
- It finds the funny that hides inside the annoying.
- Charlotte Squawks is a musical laugh fest. The writing, music, dancing and mc-ing are a droll look at life in the QC. My friends and I look forward to it each year … and we enjoy introducing newbie Charlotteans to this aspect of our culture.
- There is such amazing talent in this hilarious production; from the script to the musicians and obviously the amazing cast, it’s a night out I look forward to every year!
- Hands down the best laughs in the city … and about the city!!
- Looking around at our city, country and world, I sometimes get nervous about our future … but then Charlotte Squawks comes out every year, and I can just laugh at all the issues and feel optimistic that everything will turn out OK!
- I saw it for the first time last year. The show was so entertaining and funny. We couldn’t stop laughing — even the next day!!!
- It makes me laugh! Not just any ol’ laugh, but a belly laugh so deep that you can barely catch your breath. I absolutely love the creativity. Every year is better than the last.
So take their word for it and join us at Charlotte Squawks: 12 Angry Hens live at Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center June 2-26. This year promises to be even more hilarious than the last! Get tickets now.
Friday Giveaway! Enter to Win Tickets to See Ira Glass’ Show, Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host
Looking for something different? We’ve got the show for you! If you’re feeling lucky, enter this week’s Friday Giveaway and see it for free on June 25!
Monica Bill Barnes & Company and Ira Glass, host of This American Life, have been working together to combine two art forms that – as Ira puts it – “have no business being together – dance and radio.” The result is a funny, lively and heartfelt evening of dance and stories that has brought down the house wherever it’s been performed, starting with its first test run at Carnegie Hall in 2013.
The show includes radio interviews restaged as dance pieces, plus stories from the lives of each of the three performers, Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass. “What makes it work is a shared sensibility,” Glass says. “As dancers, Monica and Anna are these amazingly relatable and funny storytellers without words.” Bass notes, “I think it’s still blowing Ira’s mind to see some of the radio pieces remade this way, with props and costume changes and lighting cues.” Barnes adds, “combining these art forms has led to a show that’s unlike anything I’ve ever choreographed before.”
As the title indicates, the show is in three acts. Act one is about the job of being a performer. Act two: falling in love and what it means to stay in love. Act three: nothing lasts forever. “People who like This American Life will probably like this,” says Glass “because it’s just like the radio show, um, if you picture dancing during all the stories.”
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A big thank you to those of you who made it out to the “Meet the Artist” event at Spirit Square last night. It was a special evening inviting the public to see the painted columns up close and personal in the lobby of Spirit Square and also meet the talented artists behind these designs.
A few months ago, Blumenthal Performing Arts selected eight artists from the Carolinas to be honored with original art installments at Spirit Square. The public was invited to nominate potential honorees and Blumenthal received over 1,200 nominations. Based on those nominations, the eight selected honorees were Maya Angelou, Romare Bearden, James Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Andy Griffith, Earl Scruggs, Nina Simone, and James Taylor.
The following local artists took the idea of the project titled “A Tribute to Carolina Artists” and ran with it, leaving amazing works of art on display in the lobby. Thank you for such an incredible job!
- Matt Hooker (James Taylor)
- Catalina Duarte (Dizzy Gillespie)
- Joe Dobson (Earl Scruggs)
- John Burgin (Andy Griffith)
- John Hairston (Romare Bearden)
- Matt Moore (Nina Simone)
- Nick Napoletano (James Brown)
- Raquel Gaiten (Maya Angelou)
Last night was also the first time the brand new plaza at Spirit Square was put to use as an event space. Check it out! This is a new project Blumenthal plans to expand on over the next few months. Keep your eyes and ears open as this exciting venture unfolds!