The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild | Ben Lomond, CA (Park Hall)

Say Hello to Mildred Wild!

At first glance, there is nothing special about “The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild”. It seems to be an ordinary story about a slightly loony girl living in her own bubble of movie fantasies in a dilapidated apartment above her husband’s candy store, which isn’t doing well either. However, what makes it special is the treatment of the delicate theme of “dark comedy”.

It’s a mad mad mad world…

Paul Zindel certainly deserves credit for this production, which had a brief run on Broadway back in 1972. Even though it has been restricted to performances in schools and community theaters, it has a strong presence with each character outlined vividly. The setting is in Greenwich Village, with interesting characters such as Mildred’s milk duds popping husband, her sister-in-law who is quick to criticize, the hard-nosed landlady, the butcher from next door, etc. Mildred’s only escape is into the virtual world, which she has created from her experience of watching 3000 movies.

Worthy performances

The transition between the two worlds is handled beautifully by director Frank Latson, so you don’t feel confused while watching the protagonist’s imaginary affairs with stars such as Rhett Butler or Fred Astaire. She also pictures herself as Vivien Leigh or Ginger Rodgers complete with similar makeup and hairdos. The music does a wonderful job by impart the right type of ambience and playing to her varied moods and kooky attitude. Marcia Carroll has given a great performance as the sharp-tongued and feisty Mildred, a dedicated fan of movies, who utilizes them to temporarily escape from her rocky marriage. At times, you might be surprised why this bubbly, free-spirited woman chose to marry Roy, played by Scott Latham, who is best described as being a non-entity with the ridiculous toupee to hide his baldness. Marisa Diotalevi is also good as the tough and bossy life coach, Helen, who is Roy’s sister.

As the plot progresses, it becomes clear that she will never let go of her fantasy world, because it is all she has. An eccentric mix like a bulldozer, a nun, King Kong, and an efficient, but overly curious TV camera crew, is also thrown in to serve their specific purpose. You will admire Mildred’s approach towards the different crises that she has to face, as the story moves towards an unpredictable climax.

The duration of the show is approximately 2 hours. CLICK HERE to Book your tickets at the Park Hall in Ben Lomond.

 

 

Cash Cash and Tritonal |The Showbox Sodo (Seattle, WA)

Music has the ability to accomplish unlimited objectives. For instance, music has the ability to put you in a good mood when you are down, help you relax after a long hectic day, provide entertainment, and a host of other good stuff. So when you get the chance to witness iconic names in the world of music sharing a single stage, it is one spectacle you should definitely not miss out on!

Meet the Titans

What could be better than some of the best DJs, belting out fantastic tunes and music? Fall is approaching soon, and October 9th will be a remarkable day at the Showbox Sodo in Seattle, when Cash Cash and Tritonal turn up to give one of the most versatile and dynamic performances you have ever seen. They are known as an Untouchable set of dance-music destroyers due to their talent of combining talent and skills from vastly different perspectives and mixing it to create something unique and beautiful. Cash Cash has been in the news thanks to its brotherly trio and infectious, energetic hooks, while Tritonal carved its own niche as a hype-drawing duo with an unquenchable thirst for dance music. Their show is bound to be an event that you won’t forget for a long time, especially due to an overly positive vibe that practically radiates off them!

Untouchable and More…

Cash and Tritonal’s collaboration, “Untouchable” has generated tremendous response and garnered praise from thousands of dedicated fans. If you haven’t listened to it yet, you don’t know what you are missing! Untouchable is the result of fusing the talent of these big league names that feature amazing male vocals and bright progressive house drop. Tritonal has hits like “Anchor” and “Now or Never” under its belt, while Cash Cash is known for “Surrender” and “Take Me Home.” This North American Tour by them is to celebrate the resounding success of Untouchable. It begins in New Orleans this September, and covers major spots in US & Canada, all of which haven’t been divulged. Party Favor, gladiator, and Yogi will also join them sometime during the two-month long tour.

You are certainly lucky this fall – book your tickets right away to avoid disappointment, as the show is going to be choc-a-block with eager fans. Getting the tickets in advance is all the more important if you plan on attending in a large group. For more details about dates and places covered, you can go to their Click Here to See Tour Dates

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Children of Eden | PERFORMING ARTS SAN ANTONIO (San Antonio, TX.)

Children of Eden Imparts Values to be Cherished Forever

The Children of Eden was initially penned in 1986 by Youth Sing Praise, which was a high school theatre camp that placed great emphasis on religion. Back then it was titled Family Tree, with its first performance at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois. It was Stephen Schwartz who adapted the script and music of the original story and conceptualized the delightful musical fare we see today.

Brief History

Developed as a Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) workshop and directed by John Caird.  After severe budget cuts, it opened at the Prince Edward Theatre in London’s West End on January 8, 1991. Unfortunately, it lasted only a little over 4 months due to poor reviews, dampening all dreams of a switch to Broadway. Even the original London cast album being released on CD and LP, faced problems as the CDs were full of manufacturing glitches rendering the discs unplayable.

Revival of the Musical

Till date the only reminder of the original cast of the show exists in a playable copy of the disc that features Stephen Schwartz playing the piano. Very few people have the CD or a digital copy in possession, which includes Schwartz himself and Michael Kol. This rare recording was done before the Paper Mill Playhouse production, so all rewrites and revisions could be reviewed properly. During the 1990s, there were several production houses that tried to revive Children of Eden with revisions, editing, and introduction of songs and scenes. Papermill opened the play in Millburn, New Jersey, featuring Stephanie Mills, which is the licensed version for production in the United States. It is also referred to as the Paper Mill version.

Life lessons and more…

The story revolves around biblical stories of Genesis interweaved with personal interactions within a family. This is an amazing musical that has featured up to 60 members at a time! It starts with the creation of the universe, where Father gives life to his children Adam and Eve, and is faced with the pain of sacrifice when he has to let them go. The same lesson is integrated into the parenting of Cain, Abel, and Seth and Noah when it comes to his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The musical teaches you various emotions, evaluates choices you make, risks that have to be undertaken, and consequences that can’t be avoided.

This musical is coming to San Antonio in October, so make sure your tickets are booked well in advance.

The Musical Illusionist TOMMY WIND | Theater & Event Center (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Experience Mystery, Enigma and Harmony

When the music and magic are blended together, the outcome is expected to be thrilling and compelling to say the least. The best part is that Tommy Wind’s performances are enjoyable and well-liked by all age groups. After all, who wouldn’t want to watch a young illusionist with amazing stage presence who combines magic with his musical talents?

 

The seed takes root

Tommy’s association with magic commenced when he was just 7 years old when his grandfather showed him his very first trick, the Vanishing Hanky. Right at that time, this then Staten Island resident fell in love with art and spent every free minute trying to absorb as much knowledge as he could about magic. His sources were diverse from to master magicians like Jeff McBride. When he turned 19, he became one of the youngest magicians to receive the prestigious title of Master Illusionist.

 

Name and fame

He went on to perform at a myriad of venues such as New York City, Atlantic City, and Las Vegas. He has charmed thousands worldwide and even entertained at the NFL. He has also appeared on Criss Angel’s “Mindfreak” and the hit NBC show, “I Do.”  His powerful, large-scale illusion, remarkable close up magic, marital arts, mentalism, and humorous interactive moments are what makes his show brilliant. His musical side is revealed when he plays several objects such as the electric guitar, harmonic, piano, and violin. The drum sequence is fast paced and a must-watch.

 

Why watch his performance?

Tommy’s shows are a perfect example of how rock ‘n’ roll can be infused with magic – no wonder the Las Vegas Strip is always packed whenever he puts on a show, not to mention the fact he is one of the youngest illusionists to have a show on the Strip. Jet airplane and Lamborghini appearances have been lauded worldwide, with Time Out Magazine calling him “mind boggling”, while Awe Magazine quotes, “he takes the audience to another place.” Daring escapes, spectacular comedy, a floating guitar, a harp player vanishing in the blink of eye, dancers appearing and disappearing – the performances are a treat indeed.

With so many illusionists and magicians around, Tommy could have disappeared into the crowd, but his uniqueness has helped him to create a permanent niche in the world of magic. The versatile performer and accomplished musician, has won numerous awards and accolades, and will continue to do so, if he keeps delivering intriguing shows like these. So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets now!

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