Amanda Green and Her Amazing Friends

Held at Birdland in NYC on Sept. 19, 2106, the show titled Amanda Green and Her Amazing Friends featured songwriter Amanda Green. Her amazing friends included four Broadway singers: Jarrod Spector (Beautiful, Jersey Boys), Julia Murney (Wicked, The Wild Party), Alysha Umphress (On The Town, On A Clear Day) And Constantine Maroulis (Rock Of Ages, Jekyll and Hyde).  And they were all amazing.

But also amazing was Amanda Green. Here is a short video from the song she sang to open the show. It comes from the show for which she received a Tony nomination, Hands on a Hard Body.

Amanda Green

The program had a nice variety of music written by Ms. Green and it gave the audience an opportunity to first hear some music from a new musical she is working on with composer Richard Thomas called An Americain Boy. In this clip, Jarrod Spector sings the role of Fred, an imposter, who is posing as a boy who has been missing since he was 16 years old.

Next, Julia Murney sang the role of the mother of the missing boy after she has met up with Fred.

There were several other selections from the upcoming show, but then, came some songs from Hands on a Hard Body. Here is a clip of Alysha Umphress doing one from the show.

Finally, Constantine Maroulis sang the ballad Laura from High Fidelity.

There were other songs performed and a few other clips are available on Let’s Go to the Theater YouTube Channel.

The show was well done by the performers and Amanda Green’s performance was superb. She can really put a song over very well to her audience. All in all, a very fine evening.

‘Miss Saigon’ to be Shown in Movie Theaters Sept. 22

saigonblastFathom Events, Universal Pictures and Picturehouse Entertainment bring Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical, Miss Saigon: The 25th Anniversary Performance, to select cinemas nationwide for on Thursday, September 22, 2016.

This event was captured live in front of a sold-out audience at London’s Prince Edward Theatre. Miss Saigon tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with American GI Chris.  However, their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon.

The cast includes Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer, Eva Noblezada as Kim, Alistair Brammer as Chris, Hugh Maynard as John, Tamsin Carroll as Ellen and Rachelle Ann Go as Gigi. This special event features a finale with appearances from the original cast, including Jonathan Pryce, Lea Salonga and Simon Bowman.

To find a theater where this is playing or to purchase tickets, visit www.fathomevents.com.

Shown here is the official trailer for this event:

‘Nunsense’ is a Fun Night at the Theater

nunsenseThe Little Sisters of Hoboken are in trouble. After consuming a tainted batch of vichyssoise, many sisters in their community went to their eternal rewards. Now the Sister are in debt to pay for their burials. So the Order is  looking to do some fundraising  and they plan on doing it by presenting a variety show in Clifton, NJ this coming weekend. Come help them out by attending their show.  You will hear some heavenly singing, meet a unique group of nuns, and have a lot of fun in the process.

Now what is going on here is that a community theater group named the St. Philip’s Players, formerly Blue State Productions, is presenting the classic musical Nunsense.  Nunsense has a book, lyrics and music by Dan Goggin.  It opened Off-Broadway in 1985 and ran for over 3,600 shows  It has become a regional and community theater favorite and has been seen in numerous locations around the world.

nunsensepicThere are five nuns who make up the cast.  These five Sisters tell their stories about who they are, why they became nuns, and what they hope for and dream about.  The music is very upbeat with a positive and fun outlook to it. One cannot help but laugh and smile as songs such as “Nunsense is Habit-Forming,” “So You Want to be a Nun” and “Holier Than Thou” are performed.  “The Dying Nun Ballet” brings dance to the stage and “Baking with the BVM” gives any cooking show a run for its money. It’s an opportunity to see a show that has a bit of a crazy story line but one that works out so easily that you can’t help but feel good watching it.

The St. Philip’s Players show is directed by Joseph Shreck Jr. who has been involved in theater for over 30 years.  This is Joe’s 3rd time directing Nunsense and considers this time around to be the best because of such an outstanding cast.

The cast of nuns includes:

Erica Kresch as the Reverend Mother/Sr. Mary Regina – After Nunsense, Mother Superior says she has no desire to continue in the theatre. But rumor has it that she would consider doing national commercials or a television series to raise money for the Order.

Luisa Fuentes as Sr. Hubert – Sister currently servers the Order as Mistress of Novices, training new recruits. Her position is not unlike drill sergeant; however, she is the first to point out that her approach is more gentle – but firm.

Nancy Mandel-Bach as Sr. Robert Anne – Sister Robert Anne had a very checkered career prior to entering the convent, including various acting stints.

Evie Salerno as Sr. Mary Amnesia – This nun is truly a lost soul. She arrived at the convent in her habit without a clue to her identity…recalling only that a crucifix fell on her head.

Nikki Simz as Sr. Mary Leo – Sister is a novice who entered the convent to dedicate her life to God through the dance.

Creatives for show include:

Michael S. Caldwell – Musical Director

Beth Serwin – Choreographer

Denise Pannullo – Co-Producer

Kathy Wall – Stage Manager

Performances of Nunsense will be at St. Philips, 797 Valley Road in Clifton on Friday, Sept. 16 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 17 at 8:00 p.m. Friday’s performance is a Dessert Theatre with tickets priced at $25. Saturday’ performance is either Dinner Theatre for $35 (entrance at 6:30 p.m.) or Dessert Theatre for $25.

To make reservations, please call 973-779-1439 or 973- 607-1924. Please leave a message, your call will be returned. You may also send an email to stphilipsplayers@aol.com.