RENT 20th Anniversary Tour Coming To Austin October 13 – 15, 2017 Tickets on Sale Friday, August 18 at 10:00 A.M.

Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts

The RENT 20th Anniversary Tour

October 13 – 15, 2017

                        Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m. 

Bass Concert Hall | 2350 Robert Dedman Drive | Austin, TX 78712

Tickets start at $30.Tickets are available at BroadwayinAustin.comtexasperformingarts.org, the Bass Concert Hall ticket office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060.  For groups of 10 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email Austin.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com.

(L to R) Danny Harris Kornfeld, Kaleb Wells RENT 20th Anniversary Tour, Credit Carol Rosegg, 2016.

(L to R) Danny Harris Kornfeld, Kaleb Wells
RENT 20th Anniversary Tour, Credit Carol Rosegg, 2016.

Ticket buyers are reminded that the Bass Concert Hall ticket office and all Texas Box Office Outlets are the only official retail ticket outlets for all performances at Bass Concert Hall. Ticket buyers who purchase tickets from a ticket broker or any third party should be aware that Bass Concert Hall is unable to reprint or replace lost or stolen tickets and is unable to contact patrons with information regarding time changes or other pertinent updates regarding the performance.

(L to R) Skyler Volpe, Kaleb Wells RENT 20th Anniversary Tour, Credit Carol Rosegg, 2016.

(L to R) Skyler Volpe, Kaleb Wells
RENT 20th Anniversary Tour, Credit Carol Rosegg, 2016.

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

The Company of the RENT 20th Anniversary Tour RENT 20th Anniversary Tour, Credit Carol Rosegg, 2016.

The Company of the RENT 20th Anniversary Tour
RENT 20th Anniversary Tour, Credit Carol Rosegg, 2016.

The show received its world premiere off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop on February 13, 1996 to ecstatic reviews and transferred to Broadway on April 29, 1996. RENT is winner of the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It is one of only six musicals to win both awards.

Based on the original direction by Michael Greif (Tony and Drama Desk Nominations, RENT), Evan Ensign restages this 20th anniversary tour.  Marlies Yearby (Tony Nomination, RENT) serves as choreographer.

The Company of the RENT 20th Anniversary Tour RENT 20th Anniversary Tour, Credit Carol Rosegg, 2016.

The Company of the RENT 20th Anniversary Tour
RENT 20th Anniversary Tour, Credit Carol Rosegg, 2016.

The RENT 20th Anniversary Tour is produced by Work Light Productions, whose other touring productions include CinderellaMAMMA MIA!, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Vocalosity, and Crazy For You.

TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS is situated on the main campus of one of the largest and most prestigious research universities in the country.  Texas Performing Arts serves The University of Texas at Austin campus and the Austin community at large through a diverse season of world-class fine arts performances, educational activities, and collaborative partnerships.  Texas Performing Arts presents an international season of music, theatre, dance, and conversation in our multiple venues, as well as the best in touring Broadway productions and concert attractions. As a university-based arts center it is also committed to serving the academic mission of the College of Fine Arts by supporting the work of our students, faculty and staff on our stages, classrooms, studios and production shops; and in the educational outreach programs it provides for the Austin community.

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Baywatch Star Gena Lee Nolin Joins Sharknado 4

Gena Lee Nolin

Gena Lee Nolin

Photography courtesy of Shandrew PR.

Former Baywatch Star Gena Lee Nolin has joined the cast of Syfy’sSharknado 4: The 4th Awakens.” Nolin will join Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, and David Hasselhoff as member of the elite ‘ASTRO X’ Technology team who help fight the sharknado threat.

Currently filming, “Sharknado 4” is a production from The Asylum, who headed the Sharknado previous Sharknado films. Anthony C. Ferrante returns to direct the original screenplay written by Thunder Levin.

Nolin is best known for her role as ‘Neely’ on “Baywatch” and as ‘Sheena’ in Sony’s “Sheena: Queen of the Jungle” TV Series.  She recently completed a role in the feature film “Killing Hasslehoff,” which also stars Ken Jeong, Jon Levitz, and Justin Bieber.  Nolin is repped by Abrams Artists.

We’re thrilled to feature Gena in our July / August Issue.  Congrats Gena.

Featuring the Classic What a Woman Wants By the Electrifying Maria Johnston

Featuring What A Woman Wants, a compilation of amazing music performed by Maria Johnston.

Lyrics are composed by William Jackson and Clarence Ferguson, Jr., and arranged and produced by William Jackson, Clarence Ferguson, Jr., and Maria Johnston.

Listen, enjoy, and pick up your personal selection of music from What A Woman Wants.

Something Rotten! is an Absolute Thrill Ride of Entertainment!

Written by Scott Rigtrup, Entertainment Correspondent for InFluential Magazine 

The completely original new musical Something Rotten! directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award and Tony Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Tony Award nominees Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O’Farrell, opened at the Bass Concert Hall, May 30 – June 4, 2017.

Cast of the Something Rotten! National Tour. © Jeremy Daniel.

Cast of the Something Rotten! National Tour. © Jeremy Daniel.

Cast of the Something Rotten! National Tour. © Jeremy Daniel.

Cast of the Something Rotten! National Tour. © Jeremy Daniel.

I attended Opening Night of this hilarious Broadway hit.  The range of music, dialogue, humor and eras spanned from the Renaissance to modern-day and left me feeling dizzy with glee, like a child stumbling off a roller coaster ride, laughing uncontrollably, while racing to back in line for another go-round!

From L: Rob McClure, Adam Pascal and the cast of the Something Rotten! National Tour. © Jeremy Daniel.

From L: Rob McClure, Adam Pascal and the cast of the Something Rotten! National Tour. © Jeremy Daniel.

Irreverent, only begins to describe the follies that ensue as the aspiring playwrights, Nick and Nigel Bottom, desperately pit themselves against Shakespeare, their arch rival, in creating the next big theatrical hit of the era.  Needless to say, the most unimaginable plots of love, lust, spying, deceit and rivalry spill onto the stage as an incredibly unwitting soothsayer foretells to Nick Bottom the future of theater performances, being full of song, dance and acting, all at the same time.  This, in turn, using the term loosely, “inspires” the confounded Bottom brothers to create the first Musical ever!

Autumn Hurlbert and Josh Grisetti. © Jeremy Daniel.

Autumn Hurlbert and Josh Grisetti. © Jeremy Daniel.

As I sat myself for this performance, I buckled up and expected nothing less than the most comically disorienting re-write of theatrical history known as of yet to man . . . and attendees had to keep arms and hands inside for the ride at all times!

From L: Rob McClure and Jeff Brooks. © Jeremy Daniel.

From L: Rob McClure and Jeff Brooks. © Jeremy Daniel.

The New York production opened in April 2015 on Broadway and continues performances at the St. James Theatre through January 1, 2017. Three of the current Broadway principals will be reprising their roles on tour: Rob McClure as Nick Bottom, Adam Pascal as Shakespeare and Josh Grisetti as Nigel Bottom.

Cast of the Something Rotten! National Tour. © Jeremy Daniel.

Cast of the Something Rotten! National Tour. © Jeremy Daniel.

The award-winning design team of Broadway veterans includes Scott Pask (scenic design), Gregg Barnes (costume design), Jeff Croiter (lighting design), Peter Hylenski (sound design), Josh Marquette (hair design), Phil Reno (music direction / conductor), Glen Kelly (arrangements), Larry Hochman (orchestrations) and casting by Telsey + Company/Bethany Knox, CSA.

Something Rotten! is an absolute thrill ride of entertainment!

Stay up-to-date with what’s going at Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin, TX by visiting www.texasperformingarts.org.

Sunday Tea is So Delightful When Hosted by Ballet Austin Guild

Interview Conducted and Written by William Jackson, Chief Business Officer, of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

Capacity crowd raised close to $40,000 for the Ballet Austin’s Academy Youth Scholarship Fund

On Sunday, April 30, a capacity crowd of 270 distinguished guests convened at historic Hotel Ella in bustling downtown Austin, to enjoy Ballet Austin Guild’s presentation of An Afternoon in Wonderland, its first annual Sunday Tea.

Three generations of Arts enthusiasts enjoy Sunday Tea.

A wonderful family of three generations of Arts enthusiasts enjoy Sunday Tea.

Guests enjoyed a delightful selection of finger sandwiches, sweet pastries and scones while sipping on tea and champagne, of course! As a prelude to Ballet Austin’s performance of ALICE (in wonderland), the Guild celebrated with fun decor, costumes and festivities for guests of all ages. Amazing raffle baskets were available with proceeds going to Ballet Austin’s Academy Youth Scholarship Fund. The Guild’s annual spring fundraiser makes classical ballet training available to any child with a passion and desire to learn, regardless of their family’s economic situation.  Close to $40,000 was raised during Sunday Tea and the Guild couldn’t be more thrilled.

It’s all about presentation at Sunday Tea! It really is.

Even the young ones were captivated and paid rapt attention.

The young distinguished guests were captivated and paid rapt attention.

The guests were lovely and quite distinguished, indeed.

The guests were lovely and quite distinguished, indeed.

Of Note: 2017 marks the 42nd anniversary of Ballet Austin Guild, a non-profit organization supporting Ballet Austin’s educational and community programs benefiting over 57,000 Central Texans each year.

Before the exciting Sunday Tea commenced, I had the pleasure of chatting with Marianna Symeonides, President, Ballet Austin Guild and Cassandra King, Spring Fundraising Chair, and gained insight into what makes them InFluential women people should know, and what’s most thrilling about the Sunday Tea.

Marianna Symeonides, President, Ballet Austin Guild.

Marianna Symeonides, President, Ballet Austin Guild.

Cassandra King, Spring Fundraising Chair;

Cassandra King, Spring Fundraising Chair.

InFluential Magazine:  What makes you smile with joy? 

Marianna Symeonides:  Giving back to those in need brings me great joy.  Also, it brings me great joy when people use the simple words “Thank You”.  They are such simple words, but they mean so much, to so many.    

Cassandra King:  What makes me smile with joy is whenever I’m with my family and friends.  

 

InFluential:  Marianna, tell us about Ballet Austin Archives.

Marianna:   I moved to Austin in 2010 to pursue a master’s degree in Information Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. For my capstone project, I launched the Ballet Austin Archives. I’ve also had the privilege to work with archival records at the Austin History Center where the Ballet Austin Archives will reside in the near future.

 

InFluential:  Cassandra, what do you consider your most important role as Spring Fundraising Chair?

Cassandra:  I take great pride in having the opportunity to bring a fresh perspective that continues to relate to Ballet Austin Guild and Ballet Austin.  As much as I can, I plan to be a Chair who is actively involved.  With respect to the Spring Tea, my goal was to sell 150 tickets, but we sold 270!  With the support of an amazing team, we more than accomplished our goal.

 

InFluential:  Did you and / or members of your family pursue ballet as an art form?

Marianna:  I’ve studied ballet for a year.

Cassandra:  I studied ballet for 19 years.

 

InFluential:  Why are the arts important to society?

Marianna:  The arts must continue to be an integral part of a diverse and growing society. The arts serve as a means of connecting and engaging people.  And, truly the arts have continued to play an integral role because the positive impact has been part of our society through eons of time.

 

InFluential:  How do you remain inspired?

Cassandra:  What keeps me inspired is being around happy people of all ages, colors and creeds.  The arts provide opportunities for people from all backgrounds to come together toward a common goal.  I’m inspired to see this happening and the awesome benefits that result.

 

InFluential:  How do we best keep families enthused about the arts?

Cassandra: What we’re doing through Ballet Austin Guild is continuing to whet the public’s appetite about the happenings within our organization, and that of Ballet Austin.  We’re taking advantage of many media outlets to shine a bright spotlight on what we have planned for this season and beyond.  For example, we’ve had segments on several media outlets where we’ve emphasized that our events are family focused.  Yes, even the guys are very welcomed.  The arts are for everyone.

 

InFluential:  What is the vision for An Afternoon in Wonderland?

Marianna:  Ballet Austin Guild has held a spring fundraiser for 33 years, which is considered a very long time. As such, with the debut of Sunday Tea, we want to bring forth a new concept with a fresh perspective.  It’s important the entire family feels welcomed to participate.

Marianna and Cassandra, your goals were accomplished!  We congratulate you both for a delightful Sunday afternoon providing a wholesome family friendly opportunity to socialize and raise much needed funds in support of Ballet Austin.

Notables in attendance were Molly Beth Malcolm, Austin Community College Vice President of Community Engagement and Public Affairs, along with Ballet Austin’s Artistic Director, Stephen Mills, and Executive Director, Cookie Ruiz.

Molly Beth Malcolm, Austin Community College Vice President of Community Engagement and Public Affairs and her husband.

Molly Beth Malcolm, Austin Community College Vice President of Community Engagement and Public Affairs and her husband.

Ballet Austin's Artistic Director, Stephen Mills.

Ballet Austin’s Artistic Director, Stephen Mills.

Ballet Austin's Executive Director, Cookie Ruiz.

Ballet Austin’s Executive Director, Cookie Ruiz.

Brianna McKinney, VP of Communications, Ballet Austin Guild and Mary Mandel, PR Co-Chairs, Spring Event, Ballet Austin Guild.

Brianna McKinney, VP of Communications, Ballet Austin Guild and Mary Mandel, PR Co-Chairs, Spring Event,
Ballet Austin Guild.

We look forward with great eagerness for Sunday Tea 2018!

The Briscoe Presents George Catlin’s North American Indian Portfolio

Exhibition showcases rare, vibrant images of 19th century Native Americans

The Briscoe Western Art Museum is pleased to present its summer exhibition showcasing a very rare deluxe set of George Catlin’s North American Indian Portfolio. This edition of 31 hand-painted color plates is one of only three known sets still in existence. Catlin’s Portfolio is among the most famous color plate books relating to North America’s Native populations produced in the 19th century.

Plate 1. North American Indians.

Plate 1. North American Indians.

George Catlinwas one of the first artists to venture along the western reach of the Missouri River to study and document the Native peoples of the region. From 1832 to 1837, Catlin spent the summer months sketching the tribes of the Great Plains and then finished his pictures in oils during the winter. Catlin’s North American Indian Portfolio contains the lithographic prints resulting from his years of painting, living with, and traveling amongst tribes such as the Mandan, Sioux (Lakota), Blackfeet, Crow and several others.  Overall, Catlin painted around 600 highly realistic and powerfully projected portraits of Indians, carefully recording their dress, culture, and way of life.

Plate 5:  Buffalo Hunt, Chase.

Plate 5: Buffalo Hunt, Chase.

In addition to publishing the Portfolio, Catlin also spent from 1837 to 1852 touring the United States, England, France, and Holland, exhibiting his collection of paintings with examples of Native American arts and crafts. He was accompanied by representative members of the Indian tribes he painted during this time. Financial problems in 1852 caused Catlin to lose his collection. He spent his later years making trips to South and Central American, sketching the Native peoples there.

Plate 21:  Ball Players.

Plate 21: Ball Players.

The Briscoe’s Catlin’s North American Indian Portfolio exhibition is FREE for members and with paid Museum admission and will be on display from June 23 – September 4, 2017. The exhibition also includes excerpts from the documentary film, Frontier Visionary: George Catlin and the Plains Indians,produced by the Smithsonian American Art Museum1 and a reference reading area. The Briscoe Museum offers extended hours and free admission every Tuesday from 4:00-9:00pm.

1Frontier Visionary: George Catlin and the Plains Indians (Washington, DC: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2002)

About The Briscoe Western Art Museum:

The Briscoe Western Art Museum, named in honor of the late Texas Gov. Dolph Briscoe Jr. and his wife, Janey Slaughter Briscoe, preserves and presents the art, history and culture of the American West through engaging exhibitions, educational programs and public events reflective of the region’s rich traditions and shared heritage. Located along the San Antonio River Walk, the museum’s campus includes the restored 1930s former San Antonio Public Library building, which now serves as the museum space with nine galleries on three levels; the three-story Jack Guenther Pavilion, used for event rentals and programs; and the outdoor McNutt Sculpture Garden. For more information about The Briscoe Western Art Museum, visit BriscoeMuseum.org, follow on Twitter @BriscoeMuseum or “Like” on Facebook @TheBriscoe.

Thank You from the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum

Photography courtesy of UMLAUF Sculpture Garden and Museum.

A special Thank You from UMLAUF Sculpture Garden and Museum.

What a night! Thank you for joining us Thursday, April 28 for the 19th Annual UMLAUF Garden Party benefiting the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden and Museum.

The Garden never looked so good with 800+ guests sharing a beautiful evening “Under a Texas Sky” and enjoying twenty-five restaurants serving delicious bites and some of the season’s best bubbles and wines courtesy Twin Liquors.

The museum raised more than $300,000 in its biggest fundraiser of the year, under the direction of Nina Seely, Executive Director and Allyson Maxey, the 2017 Garden Party chair.

Gift Bags, featuring products and services from Denise Bell Skin Care, InFluential Magazine, Mour Cafe, Nerium Anti-Aging and Wellness, and Piranha Killer Sushi.

Gift Bags, featuring products and services from Denise Bell Skin Care, InFluential Magazine, Mour Cafe, Nerium Anti-Aging and Wellness, and Piranha Killer Sushi.

All monies raised contribute to cultivating Art, Culture and Community through educational programming and stimulating exhibitions at the UMLAUF.

Thank you again for your generosity and being a part of this special evening.

See you next year!

 

Outstanding is THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA!

Written by James Nelson, Technology Editor for InFluential Magazine

The Company performs Masquerade - Photo by Alastair Muir

The Company performs Masquerade – Photo by Alastair Muir

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA played April 19 – 30, 2017 as Austin’s premiere engagement at Bass Concert Hall.  With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of PHANTOM was performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America.

The Company performs Hannibal - Photo by Matthew Murphy

The Company performs Hannibal – Photo by Matthew Murphy

Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it.  He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.

Derrick Davis and Katie Travis - Photo Matthew Murphy

Derrick Davis and Katie Travis – Photo Matthew Murphy

Derrick Davis as the Phantom is outstanding every moment he was on stage. Jordan Craig as Christine’s lover, Raoul, is an excellent counterbalance to him. Vocally Katie Davis as Christine Daae was stunning. Katie is the whole package. She dances and she acts and can she sing!

Derrick Davis and Katie Travis - Photo Matthew Murphy

Derrick Davis and Katie Travis – Photo Matthew Murphy

The Corps de Ballet in Hannibal - Choreography by Scott Ambler

The Corps de Ballet in Hannibal – Choreography by Scott Ambler

This new iteration of this classic production has been entirely refreshed and reinvigorated. The multi-level sets have been reimagined. The famous falling chandelier has been upgraded with more than 6,000 crystals, flash pots built on board, and a covering tarp that is flexible enough to be sucked into the center of the chandelier at the opening auction. “Phantom” requires than 900 lighting instruments to achieve the designer’s intent. The entire set rotates on a huge turntable set upstage center. Some of the multilevel sets from the original staging have been sacrificed to this tour, but the changes have not hurt the show.

 Katie Travis and Jordan Craig - Photo by Matthew Murphy

Katie Travis and Jordan Craig – Photo by Matthew Murphy

If you love “Phantom”, a touring production of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s 2010 sequel to “Phantom” “Love Never Dies” will be making its premier North American production in the 2017-18 tour season. In the show, Christine Daaé is invited by an anonymous impresario to perform at Phantasma, a new attraction on Coney Island. With her husband Raoul and son Gustave in tow, she journeys to Brooklyn, unaware that it is actually “The Phantom” who has arranged her appearance in the popular beach resort.

Anne Kanengeiser - Photo Matthew Murphy

Anne Kanengeiser – Photo Matthew Murphy

Briscoe Museum Summer Film Series: Women of the West

Free Summer Film Series Features Complimentary Popcorn and Beer; Food Truck Fare

The Briscoe Western Art Museum presents its fourth annual summer film series, Women of the West. The Western film genre has long been a man’s territory where women are relegated to the sidelines or as one-dimensional characters. These four movies feature strong female protagonists—each complex, unique, and a far cry from a damsel in distress. The film series includes local food truck fare, free popcorn, and complimentary Ranger Creek beer. The Museum remains open until 9:00pm every Tuesday, giving movie goers the chance to visit the galleries before and after each film. Admission is free. The film series is sponsored by the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture, the Rivard Report, and Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling.

The series kicks off with a classic film starring Joan Crawford:

Johnny Guitar (1954/NR/110 min.)
Tuesday, May 16th | 6:30pm
Strong-willed saloon-casino owner Vienna (Joan Crawford) squares off against her nemesis, the shrieking Emma Small, who wrongly blames Vienna for her brother’s death.
Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 | 6:30pm
Jack Guenther Pavilion at the Briscoe Museum, 210 W. Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

Upcoming Movies in the Summer Film Series:

Cat Ballou (1965/NR/96 min.)
Tuesday, June 20th | 6:30pm
This musical Western spoof tells the story of a tough schoolmarm (Jane Fonda) who becomes a gunslinger to avenge the death of her father with the help of two charming young misfits and a drunken over-the-hill gun-for-hire. 

Meek’s Cutoff (2011/PG/104 min.)
Tuesday, July 18th | 6:30pm
Set in 1845, this drama follows a group of settlers as they embark on a punishing journey along the Oregon Trail. When their guide leads them astray, the expedition is forced to contend with the unforgiving conditions on the high plain desert.

The Homesman (2014/R/122 min.)
Tuesday, August 15th | 6:30pm
Driven to madness by the harsh realities of pioneer life, three women living on the outskirts of the American frontier are rescued from certain death by a woman (Hilary Swank) who recruits a loathsome drifter (Tommy Lee Jones) to help her transport them to a safe haven in Iowa.

About The Briscoe Western Art Museum:
The Briscoe Western Art Museum, named in honor of the late Texas Governor, Dolph Briscoe, Jr. and his wife, Janey Slaughter Briscoe, preserves and presents the art, history, and culture of the American West through engaging exhibitions, educational programs, and public events reflective of the region’s rich traditions and shared heritage. Located along the San Antonio River Walk, its campus is inclusive of the restored historic 1930s former San Antonio Public Library building which now serves as the Museum space with nine galleries on three levels; the three-story Jack Guenther Pavilion used for event rentals and programs; and the outdoor McNutt Sculpture Garden.  For more information about The Briscoe Western Art Museum, visit our website at BriscoeMuseum.org, follow us on Twitter @BriscoeMuseum or ‘Like’ us on Facebook at Facebook.com/TheBriscoe.

A “Beautiful” Evening Celebrated at Bass Concert Hall

Written By Candice Johnson and Scott Rigtrup for InFluential Magazine

Photography courtesy of Joan Marcus.

Carnegie Hall. Julia Knitel (“Carole King”)

Carnegie Hall. Julia Knitel (“Carole King”)

Just when you might think to yourself, “I’m not sure if I know who Carole King is?”, you quickly realize, “I can’t believe how much Carole King has been a part of my life!”.

Four Friends. (l to r) Curt Bouril (“Don Kirshner”), Liam Tobin (“Gerry Goffin”), Julia Knitel (“Carole King”), Ben Fankhauser (“Barry Mann”) and Erika Olson (“Cynthia Weil”).

Four Friends. (l to r) Curt Bouril (“Don Kirshner”), Liam Tobin (“Gerry Goffin”), Julia Knitel (“Carole King”), Ben Fankhauser (“Barry Mann”) and Erika Olson (“Cynthia Weil”).

Tuesday, March 21 at Bass Concert Hall we attended Opening Night to experience Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, the musical that took us all back in time personally to some of our most joyful and sorrowful moments. The amazingly lyrical performance reminded us of just how much we intimately share in this life with each other through the gift of music.

Queens College. Julia Knitel (“Carole King”) and Liam Tobin (“Gerry Goffin”)

Queens College. Julia Knitel (“Carole King”) and Liam Tobin (“Gerry Goffin”)

This production was outstanding in all aspects. The performers’ theatrical acting and incredible vocals, buoyed with wonderful costuming and staging, sweetly walked us through literally decades of some of America’s most creative and momentous musical history.

The Shirelles. (l to r) Traci Elaine Lee, Rebecca E. Covington, Rosharra Francis and Salisha Thomas

The Shirelles. (l to r) Traci Elaine Lee, Rebecca E. Covington, Rosharra Francis and Salisha Thomas

Carole King’s life is bravely chronicled from her optimistic adolescence and hopeful entry into professionally writing music, her exuberant union with her writing and subsequent life partner, her heart-wrenching demise of that partnership and finally her inspirational victory of perseverance as she steps forward from behind her music as a writer in to the spotlight as the performer of her music. It was a grand presentation of music which places her center stage, touchingly exposed by the notes and lyrics of her own life’s story, and thus ours.

The Drifters. (l to r) Jay McKenzie, Paris Nix, Josh A. Dawson and Sidney DuPont

The Drifters. (l to r) Jay McKenzie, Paris Nix, Josh A. Dawson and Sidney DuPont

A sublime evening throughout, InFluential Magazine was honored to be in attendance and witness the memoir of one of the greatest singer/songwriters of our time.