3/9/09

Reviews, Events and Press in Cleveland, Palace Theatre

PRESS

***MUST SEE!***
Perry Sherman and Christy Altomare perform "Word of Your Body" on Fox Morning Show.
http://www.fox8.com/video/?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=3513757

NBC WKYC
Blake Bashoff and Steffi D perform "Blue Wind/Don't Do Sadness" on the show "Good Company."
http://www.wkyc.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=108647
(this video was slow to load on my Firefox browser. Anyone else having problems?)

CBS WOIO
Blake and Steffi also performed the same song on an afternoon news program; their segment was repeated again for the evening news.

90.3 NPR
Live Radio interview with Andy Mientus and Ben Moss now online:
http://www.wcpn.org/index.php/WCPN/an/25176/

They were also interviewed by Jen Toohey and asked to guest DJ on Q 104, WQAL (I can't find it on their confusing site. A little help?)

STILL TO COME:

WGAR 99.5 FM
TUE MARCH 10TH 8:15 am In-studio Radio Interview with Jared Stein with hosts Jim Mantel, Laurie Hovater and Captain Tony.

Playhouse Square is doing some really great events around our show. Don't miss:

BROADWAY BUZZ PRE-SHOW TALKS--One hour before all KeyBank Broadway Series performances, audiences are invited to the Idea Center at Playhouse Square to join in a free 30-minute show presentation. Get the inside scoop on the show before the curtain rises.

POST SHOW CHATS WITH THE CAST March 5 and 12--The cast answers your questions immediately following the Thursday night performances.

TEEN NIGHT March 14--Teens can enjoy a DJ, Karaoke, Pizza, and hang with the cast after the Saturday, March 14th show. Just show your ticket stub from that night's performance. Your Teen Magazine will also host a panel for parents of teens that night to discuss the issues raised in Spring Awakening. More info:
http://broadwayworld.com/article/SPRING_AWAKENING_Holds_Teen_Night_at_Clevelands_PlayhouseSquare_Arts_Center_March_14_20090219

MASTER CLASS WITH JARED STEIN AND FOUR CAST MEMBERS! Wed, March 11th
Music Director Jared Stein and four members of the cast will lead a vocal master class on Wednesday, March 11, 3-4:30 PM. You will be taught Purple Summer. Ages 14 and up only, please. Participation is FREE but registration is required. Please call 216-348-7909 or email reeds@playhousesquare.org to register.

DISTANCE LEARNING Tue March 10th
Playhouse Square has arranged a Q&A for Tuesday, March 10th at 1:00pm at The Idea Center for high school students interested in a career in theatre. This is part of their Distance Learning Program – participants will be video conferencing from high schools all over Ohio. Additionally, there will be 20-30 students from a local high school physically present for the Q&A with the cast. Very Cool and forward thinking! Kudos to Playhouse Square!


If you havn't seen us yet in Cleveland, what are you waiting for? We leave March 15th! Don't take our word for it:


CLEVELAND REVIEWS

Cleveland Plain Dealer
'Spring Awakening,' a timeless, iconoclastic look at adolescence
"Spring Awakening" is no Broadway musical. Which is why it's a Broadway musical for today.
http://www.cleveland.com/onstage/index.ssf/2009/03/opened_at_playhousesquare_tues.html

CoolCleveland.com
Not much has changed in over 100 years. Parents still struggle to talk about sex with their kids, and kids still have sex cluelessly, get pregnant and have abortions. Some kids are still committing suicide because it's all too much, and we still don't understand why. But finally, there's a show that tells the truth. A very entertaining show with great music and intensely emotional songs by Duncan Sheik, and a totally, devastatingly real story. We've been waiting a long time for Spring Awakening.
http://www.coolcleveland.com/index.php?n=Main.Springawakeningphs


BroadwayWorld.com
Though it seems almost sacrilegious to admit, this very well might be the strongest ensemble in "Spring Awakening's" history. As a whole, the cast is not only energetic and frighteningly talented, but they also embody a sense of innocence mixed with early maturity that has never been evident before. Sure, the original cast (almost all of which have become stars in their own right) might have had more individual stand-outs, but they never seemed even close to innocent: They were adults playing children. And the final Broadway cast was very innocent-perhaps too innocent for the material. The touring cast is a perfect mix of both, and interprets the material in new and interesting ways that remain true to the original book and score. More than that, they function best as an ensemble, not just a group of performers who happen to be acting together on the same stage.
http://cleveland.broadwayworld.com/article/Spring_Awakening_Tour_Review_Cleveland_20090304

Spangle Magazine
With its difficult subject matter, Spring Awakening is a show that plays best in its intimate moments — something that might be missed by those in the back of the large Palace. Among the players, the standout is Blake Bashoff, playing the tormented Moritz with grace as his distress quietly grows more pronounced. Other notables include Steffi D and Sarah Hunt (Ilse and Martha), especially in the first-act scene in which they reveal the home torture by their fathers. Christy Altomare is well-cast as the innocent Wendla, and Angela Reed and Henry Stram show dexterity in their semi-monolithic roles playing all of the adults.

(On opening night, understudy Perry Sherman tackled the vital role of intellectual Melchior with an engaging passion.)

Former Top-40 heartthrob Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s score remains a pulse-quickening ride, and the production design is stellar.
http://www.spanglemagazine.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=212:review-spring-awakening&catid=46:theater&Itemid=70


FEATURES

**MUST READ**Tribune Chronicle--Spring Awakening Cast Gets An Education On The Road (interview with Ben Moss and Gabrielle Garza) http://www.tribtoday.com/page/content.detail/id/518499.html?nav=5026

The Plain Dealer
http://www.cleveland.com/onstage/index.ssf/2009/02/spring_awakening_in_cleveland.html

Canton Rep (includes interviews with Kyle Riabko and Christy Altomare)
http://www.cantonrep.com/archive/x1802692209/Brave-new-musical-Spring-Awakening-comes-to-Cleveland

Cleveland Playhouse Square Examiner
“The theatrical event of the year. Promises to be one of the most exciting entertainment experiences of a lifetime.”
http://www.examiner.com/x-3802-Cleveland-Playhouse-Square-Examiner~y2009m2d24-Spring-Awakening-theatrical-event-of-the-year-opens-March-3rd?comments=true

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was really excited to see the Spring Awakening clip with Perry and Christy. I'm a little worried that Perry thinks that scene is when Wendla and Melchior first meet, but other than that, that was amazing! thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

http://www.fox8.com/video/?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=3513757

That's a direct link the the Perry/Christy video, without having to do a search.

Pun said...

Ooh, thanks, Anonymous! I'll edit the blog with your direct link.

Anonymous said...

Perry,
Watching that video of you and Christy singing Word of Your Body was abolutely fantastic.
I totally just fell in love with you!

Kate said...

What's this about Kyle leaving?
(and Matt Doyle replacing him?!)

Anonymous said...

kyle's leaving the show? why?

Anonymous said...

Perry, I've officially fallen in love with you! Technically it was before this video came out, but the video finalized it.

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UPCOMING TOUR SCHEDULE


MILWAUKEE, WI
10/06/09 - 10/11/09
Uihlein Hall Marcus Center For The Performing Arts
929 North Water Street, Milwaukee, WI
http://www.broadwayticketscenter.com


KANSAS CITY, MO
10/13/09 - 10/18/09
Music Hall
301 West 13th Street, Kansas City, MO
Non-subscription tickets on sale Sept 5, 2009 (subj to change)
http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/56473
800-982-2787

AUSTIN, TX
10/20/09 - 10/25/09
Bass Hall
23rd St & Robert Dedman Drive, Austin, TX
http://www.utpac.org/venues/bass_concert_hall
(512) 477-6060

SAN JOSE, CA
10/28/09 - 11/01/09
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts/BroadwaySanJose
http://www.broadwaysanjose.com/springawakening.php
(866)395-2929

SACRAMENTO, CA
Nov 4-15, 2009
Sacramento Community Center,
1301 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
http://www.californiamusicaltheatre.com/index.cfm?page=629856


COSTA MESA, CA
Nov 17-29, 2009
Orange County Performing Arts Center
600 Town Center Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Ticketing number: 714.556.2787
http://www.ocpac.org/home/Events/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=887&NavID=85


DENVER, CO
Dec 1-13, 2009
The Buell Theatre
Denver Performing Arts Complex
14th and Curtis Streets Denver, CO 80204
Non-subscription tickets on sale: Mon, Oct 19, 2009 (web only Oct 18)
Ticketing Number: (800) 641-1222
Groups: 303-446-4829
http://www.denvercenter.org/shows-and-events/Shows/SpringAwakening/Overview.aspx

HERSHEY, PA
Jan 5-10, 2010
Hershey Theatre
15 E. Caracas Ave, PO Box 395 Hershey, PA 17033
Non-Subscription Tickets on sale: Mon Aug 17, 2009
Groups: 717-534-3412
http://www.hersheytheatre.com/performances_events/details.php?id=8952

CINCINNATTI, OH
Jan 12-24, 2010
Aronoff Center
650 Walnut Street Cincinnati, OH 45202
Non-subscription Tickets go on sale: Nov 2009
Ticketing (not avail until 11/9) 800.982.2787
http://www.ticketmaster.com/

FORT MYERS, FL
Jan 26-31, 2010
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
8099 College Parkway, SW Fort Myers, FL 33919
Non-subscription Tickets on sale: Sept 1, 2009 (Tentative)
Ticketing number: 800-440-7469
Groups: 239-489-3033, x 3122
http://www.bbmannpah.com/

CHARLOTTE, NC
Feb 2-Feb 7, 2010
Belk Theatre, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
130 N. Tryon St. Charlotte, NC
http://www.blumenthalcenter.org/
Group Tickets: (704) 379-1380
Ticketing number: (704) 372-1000

ROCHESTER, NY
Feb 9-14, 2010
Auditorium Theatre, Rochester Broadway League
885 E. Main Street Rochester, NY 14605
Ticketing Number: 800-745-3000

HARTFORD, CT
February 23-28, 2010
Bushnell Performing Arts Center
http://www.bushnell.org/

DURHAM, NC
MARCH 2-7, 2009
DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center
Ticketing: 919-680-2787
Groups: 919-281-0587
http://www.dpacnc.com

ATLANTA, GA
March 9-14, 2010
Fabulous Fox Theatre
660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30308
Call Ticketmaster at (404) 817-8700
http://www.foxtheatre.org/

GREENVILLE, SC
March 16-21, 2010
The Peace Center
300 S. Main Street Greenville, SC 29601
Ticketing Number: 800-888-7768
Groups: 864-679-9201
http://www.peacecenter.org/

DALLAS, TX
March 23 - April 4, 2010
Dallas Center for the Performing Arts
2100 Ross Avenue, Suite 650 Dallas, Texas 75201
Box Office: 214.880.0202
http://www.dallasperformingarts.org/

DETROIT, MI
April 20-May 9, 2010
3011 W. Grand Boulevard Detroit, MI 48202
Ticketing number: 800-982-2787
Group Tickets: 313-871-1132
http://www.nederlanderdetroit.com/

MIAMI, FL
May 11-16, 2010
Arsht Center
Box Office: 305.949.6722
http://www.arshtcenter.org/

ORLANDO, FL
May 18-23, 2010
Carr Performing Arts Center
401 West Livingston Street Orlando, FL 32801
http://www.broadwayacrossamerica.com/Orlando

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If you just want to send a quick note to all the cast members telling them you appreciate their work, you can email us here at totallytruckedblog (at) gmail (dot) com. I will be happy to forward your email to the cast, but to preserve their privacy, it is unlikely they will email you back (I will, though).

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4. How Do I Join The Guilty Ones?

The National Guilty Ones Street Team is a way for fans of the show in each of our tour stops to help us spread the word. You will get access to parties, meet and greets, and other special events while meeting new friends who share your passion for the show, all while gaining some valuable marketing experience. You must be at least 15 yrs old. Email your contact info to nationalguiltyones (at) gmail (dot) com.

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