Lineup of classics begins tonight with Gershwin at Star Plaza, followed by three weekends of Musical Drama Jane Eyre at Fourth Street in Chesterton and Noel Coward's Private Lives, in Valpo at Memorial Opera House.
Last Regular Season NISO Concert at Star Plaza: Maestro Kirk Muspratt, along with the Symphony Chorus and vocalists Kimberly Jones, soprano, Bill McMurray, baritone (Lyric Opera alums) and Clipper Erickson, pianist renowned for his rendition of Rhapsody in Blue, will be performing a Gershwin concert tonight at 7:30 pm at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville. Musical compositions in the lineup include selections from Porgy and Bess and An American in Paris. Tickets are available by phone 219.836.0525, ext. 200.
Tomorrow Fourth Street Theatre Opening Night: When Jane Eyre, called a musical drama in this iteration based of Charlotte Bronte’s novel, was originally performed in New York it received five Tony Award nominations. Ric Heath, who stars in the new production, fell in love with the score at first intonation. John Caird wrote the book with music and lyrics by Paul Gordon and John Caird and this production is directed by Fourth Street stalwart Glen Hering. Though the theater is hosting an industry performance to night, the regular run begins Friday, May 15, and will continue May 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30 and 31, 2015. All performances are at 8 pm except Sundays, which begin at 3 pm. Tickets are $18, cash. For information or reservations call the box office at 219.926.7875. You can also Follow@4thStTheater on Twitter for up-to-date info.
Not Far Away Private Lives Bows at Memorial Opera House: Noel Coward’s Private Lives about two couples in a sophisticated marital entanglement---funny as long as you aren’t in these marriages---was written in 1930 and revived hundreds of times with dozens of illustrious stars over many years. The most fabulous starred Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, then real life exes, in 1983. But Private Lives has proved to be a very durable show. I last saw it at Chicago Shakespeare a few years ago and it was very funny and entertaining, which I imagine this new production in Valpo will be too. Weekend performances are set for May 15-31st. Friday and Saturday performances start at 8 pm and Sunday matinees are at 2 pm. Contact 219.548.9137 for ticket information or reservations.