B*Tru Arts announces 6th Annual InspiroFest

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B*Tru Arts announces its 6th Annual InspiroFest, a communal artistic festival held at the beautiful and serene Casa De Luz on Saturday, May 12, 2018, starting at noon.

B*Tru Arts’ annual InspiroFest promotes local, multicultural artists in an exciting and enlightening collection of live music, dance, theatre and other artistic performances. B*Tru Arts is working in conjunction with several local businesses and artisans to showcase their unique products while providing great entertainment and a host of interactive activities in a spirited and electrifying atmosphere. The event will also feature healers and workshops in a family-friendly environment while supporting Austin performing arts and education.

Throughout the day, B*Tru Arts will be hosting a silent auction and raffle of unique local goods and services. Attendance is free to the general public, and all proceeds benefit Austin performing arts and education. Parking is available, but carpooling, biking and walking are encouraged.

The festival will take place on Saturday, May 12, 2018 and will be emceed by Travis Duncan, a candidate running for mayor this fall. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to support and be entertained by local artists and businesses. InspiroFest is an exceptionally unique and unprecedented experience fostering and celebrating the diversity, originality, and unity of local artists from all walks of life.

For more information about Inspiro Fest and B*Tru Arts, please visit www.BTruArts.org.

Austin Students Recognized as Texas Young Masters

Photography courtesy of Chris Caselli.

2018 TYM Recipients

2018 TYM Recipients

The 2018 Texas Young Masters Awards took place this week on Monday, April 16, at Austin’s ZACH Theatre. Hosted by honorary chair First Lady Cecilia Abbott, the ceremony honored 15 Texas students with $10,000 multi-year grants to enhance and build their professional artistic studies and provide access to developmental opportunities before college.

(LtoR) Gary Gibbs, Heidi Marquez Smith, Cecilia Abbott, Laura Matz

(LtoR) Gary Gibbs, Heidi Marquez Smith, Cecilia Abbott, Laura Matz

Texas Young Masters is a joint initiative between the Texas Cultural Trust (TCT) and Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) that recognizes excellence in Texas’ brightest 8th through 11th graders who excel in music, theater, dance, visual arts, and literary arts.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Dallas Black Dance Theatre

The biennial event was attended by prominent guests from the Texas arts community. The evening featured a discussion about the importance of art led by Texas artist Cruz Ortiz with Katie Rose Pipkin, 2008 Young Master recipient for visual arts, as well as performances by GRAMMY award-winning choral ensemble Conspirare, who sang an original composition by Allen Robertson, members of Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and Texas’ legendary singer-songwriter and guitarist Joe Ely.

“More than 300 guests joined us in celebrating the future of the arts in Texas as we honored the 2018 class of Texas Young Masters,” said Heidi Marquez Smith, Texas Cultural Trust Executive Director. “Through this program, we recognize exceptional students and offer them opportunity to enhance their artistic study before entering college at prestigious educational programs in Texas and beyond.”  

ABOUT TEXAS CULTURAL TRUST:

The Texas Cultural Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to be the leading voice for the arts in education, advocacy, and economic impact in Texas, spotlighting the artistic excellence of our state. This mission is achieved through the Trust’s five initiatives that quantify, promote, and advance the investment in the creative future of Texas. Programs of the Texas Cultural Trust include Art Can, Texas Medal of Arts Awards, Texas Young Masters, Arts & Digital Literacy, and Texas Women for the Arts. For more information about the Texas Cultural Trust, please visit www.txculturaltrust.org. Community support to underwrite Texas Young Masters scholarship grants is also being received through the Trust’s online fundraising campaign. To support, please visit https://txyoungmasters.causevox.com/.

ABOUT TEXAS COMMISSION ON THE ARTS:

The mission of the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) is to advance our state economically and culturally by investing in a creative Texas. TCA supports a diverse and innovative arts community in Texas, throughout the nation and internationally by providing resources to enhance economic development, arts education, cultural tourism and artist sustainability initiatives. For more information on TCA and its programs, please visit www.arts.texas.gov.

2018 TEXAS YOUNG MASTERS SPONSORS:

The 2018 Young Masters program was made possible through the generous support of Dr. Ernest and Sarah Butler, Texas Women for the Arts, The SermoonJoy Organization, Neiman Marcus, Wayne Fisher, Jeanne and Mickey Klein, Judy and Kirk Robison, Alturas Foundation, Covert Auto Groups, Kathleen and Ben Keating, Karen and Charles Matthews, Locke Lord LLP, and RWM Foundation.

 

The Irreverent and Wholly Unholy Presentation of “The Book of Mormon”

Written by Scott Rigtrup, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine 

Lexus Broadway in Austin has pulled out all the stops with the most irreverent and wholly unholy presentation of the hit Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon”, written by “South Park”’s Trey stone and Matt Smith and “Frozen”’s Robert Lopez!

The Book of Mormon Washington, D.C. November 17, 2017.  Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes.

The Book of Mormon
Washington, D.C.
November 17, 2017.
Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes.

As an exuberant army of young men and women are sent throughout all the world to share the glad message of salvation through Jesus Christ, the talented and overly confident Elder Price and the nerdy, pathological lying Elder Cunningham are called to be the most incompatible of companions to serve their two year missions in the war torn, poverty stricken, famine bound, AIDS epidemic ravaged East African country of Uganda.

Utter culture shock and despair overwhelms the eager companions as they realize that the people of their assigned village are much more preoccupied with curing themselves of AIDS and maggot infestations and not being killed or mutilated by a tyrannical warlord than learning about religion.

The Book of Mormon Washington, D.C. November 17, 2017.  Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes.

The Book of Mormon
Washington, D.C.
November 17, 2017.
Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes.

Feeling forsaken, Elder Price’s lifelong prayers and dream of serving in Orlando Florida in the shadows of Disney World are utterly obliterated before his eyes as he plunges in to an abyss of despair, all the while Elder Cunningham ecstatically receives yet another answer to his prayers by getting Elder Price as his new best friend, who according to mission rules can’t leave him!

All goes awry when Elder Price’s faith waivers and he decides to request a transfer and abandons Elder Cunningham, just when the villagers have been convinced by the young and beautiful Ugandan Nabalungi to listen to the missionaries message, as she clings to her hopeful dream that they all might escape their horrific lives by being baptized and trekking to the Promise Land, Salt Lake City.

The Book of Mormon Washington, D.C. November 17, 2017.  Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes.

The Book of Mormon
Washington, D.C.
November 17, 2017.
Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes.

Just when Elder Cunningham thinks he’s lost his “obligatory” best friend forever, his pathological lying kicks in to overdrive as he grapples with capturing and keeping the villagers attention with the seemingly irrelevant teachings of the scriptures and low and behold he hysterically creates some uncouth, yet relevant scriptures of his own that incites all of the villagers to choose to be baptized.

Never has any such success as this happened in the Ugandan missionary efforts, which brings recognition to Elder Cunningham by way of a visit from the Mission President, who is unexpectedly sat down and proudly presented a play created and performed by the villagers of their newfound teachings, all of which had barely a glimmer of resemblance to the actual teachings, which infuriates the Mission President who then fiercely reprimands Elder Cunningham and his unwitting fellow missionaries and the villagers.

The Book of Mormon Washington, D.C. November 17, 2017.  Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes.

The Book of Mormon
Washington, D.C.
November 17, 2017.
Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes.

Amidst incredible feelings of dejection, never will you hear a chorus fill the hall with such angelic hilarity as when the young group of missionaries revolt against their Mission President and band together with the villagers to form their own church based upon the scriptures of Elder Cunningham, bringing a joyous new life to all, including the Prodigal Son, Elder Price!

2017-2018 Broadway In Austin season packages are on sale now! For more information and to become a Broadway In Austin Season Subscriber, visit BroadwayInAustin.com or call 800.731.7469.

Local Artist Couple Display Their Works at Briscoe Museum Night of Artists Exhibit

Caroline and William Carrington

Caroline and William Carrington

San Antonio based artist, Caroline Carrington and husband, William Carrington, new-found sculptor, display their love of Western landscapes and wildlife through their works on display at the Briscoe Western Art Museum’s 2018 Night of Artists Art Show and Exhibition.  

Husband and wife artists Caroline and William Carrington share a joint admiration for Texas land and wildlife and have turned their passion into full-fledged careers. Both native San Antonians, Caroline grew up in the Texas Hill Country where she discovered her love of art which led to a career in landscape painting.  William, who made a career switch from production design to teaching art and elementary education, is currently entering the second year of his full-time endeavor as a sculptor of wild animals. This artistic duo’s works are currently on display at the Briscoe Museum’s 2018 Night of Artists Art Show & Exhibition which is open to the public until May 6, 2018.

Learn more about Briscoe Museum at www.briscoemuseum.org.

 

Women & Their Work Celebrates 40 Years

Austin visual and performing art organization remains a  staple of a community and an art market in flux

Women &Their Work (W&TW) is celebrating 40 years of service in the Austin arts community. The nonprofit organization will mark this milestone with exhibitions, performances, and special programming, culminating with a benefit on April 14, 2018. For nearly four decades, W&TW has consistently stayed at the forefront of the arts movement. It remains a vital institution in a city increasingly defined by change.

“Anonymity and invisibility have historically been the chief obstacles women artists face,” said Executive Director Chris Cowden. “Over the last 40 years, Women & Their Work has provided a significant opportunity for them to be seen and for the work to speak for itself.”

A vanguard in contemporary art in Texas, W&TW was founded in 1978, when Austin had a single art museum and women artists remained largely unseen and undervalued. The organization presents the work of women visual and performing artists in diverse exhibitions, performances, programming and education initiatives for audiences of all ages. Women & Their work also equips artists with financial and technical support.

In recognition of the quality of their work, W&TW has received many national honors. It was the first organization in Texas to receive a grant in visual art from the National Endowment for the Arts and has additionally received support from the prestigious Warhol, Rauschenberg and Ford Foundations. The nonprofit has actively developed the careers of more than 1,900 artists in 310 visual art exhibitions, 124 dance, theater, and music performances, 15 film festivals, 28 literary performances, 115 publications, and 620 educational workshops.

Women & Their Work will be toasting this 40-year milestone at their annual spring tour-de-force fundraiser. During this year’s event, themed “I am Art,” partygoers will spend an evening as an artist and a muse, an enchanter and enchanted.

The 2016 Benefit Bash, Rose is a Rose is a Rose, was a Dada-inspired fete. Guests at the 2017 benefit, The Bosch Bash, reveled in fantastical creatures and hedonistic tendencies. Each event has raised more than $60,000. This year’s benefit will, once again, extol the art-filled life, and be a magical reflection of hard-earned change. I am Art will offer a multi-media experience featuring performance, human paintbrushes, self-portrait stations, an art auction, live music and more. Suggested attire for the evening is enchantment, drawing inspiration from mirrors and metallic.

I am Art will take place at a private residence in central Austin on April 14, 2018. VIP reception from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The party is open to all ticket holders from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets start at $200, and are on sale at womenandtheirwork.org.

For more information, visit womenandtheirwork.org.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is a Hilariously Instructive Spectacle

Written By Scott Rigtrup, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Lexus Broadway in Austin’s presentation of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” is a hilariously instructive spectacle of just how absolutely ungentleman-like an impoverished Englishman can become, given the proper motivation!

National Touring Company. Colleen McLaughlin as Sibella Hallward and Blake Price as Monty Navarro in a scene from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

National Touring Company. Colleen McLaughlin as Sibella Hallward and Blake Price as Monty Navarro in a scene from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

Set in the early 1900’s, our protagonist, Montague “Monty” Navarro receives an unannounced visitor at his shabby flat on the night of his mother’s funeral and quite unexpectedly learns of a secret that his mother had kept from him all his life. Monty isn’t just the son of a lowly washerwoman, he’s a member of the aristocratic D’Ysquith family and ninth in line to inherit the earldom of Highhurst!

National Touring Company. (L-R) James Taylor Odom as Henry D’Ysquith, Kristen Kane and Blake Price as Monty Navarro in a scene from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

National Touring Company. (L-R) James Taylor Odom as Henry D’Ysquith, Kristen Kane and Blake Price as Monty Navarro in a scene from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

Emboldened by this new revelation, Monty races to share the incredible news with the love of his life, Miss Sibella Hallward, who has historically refused to marry him because of his poverty. As encouraging as Monty’s news is to Sibella, she dubiously remarks that eight people would have to die in order for him to become earl and the most whimsical and musically lyrical plots and acts of murder ensue!

 National Touring Company. Colleen McLaughlin as Sibella Hallward and Blake Price as Monty Navarro in a scene from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

National Touring Company. Colleen McLaughlin as Sibella Hallward and Blake Price as Monty Navarro in a scene from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

The spectacular music, hysterical lyrics, dynamic singing and soaring harmonies bound energetically throughout the performances as we’re introduced to all eight of the D’Ysquith family heirs to earldom including Asquith D’Ysquith, Jr., Lord Adalbert D’Ysquith, Reverend Lord Ezekial D’Ysquith, Lord Asquith D’Ysquith, Sr., Henry D’Ysquith, Lady Hyacinth D’Ysquith, Major Lord Bartholomew D’Ysquith, and Lady Salome D’Ysquith Pumphrey. Needless to say, the ultimate comical demise of each these hysterically unconventional family members leaves you bearing down in feeble attempts to stifle the fact that you’re laughing about their murders and cheering Monty on to his next unwitting target. Don’t be surprised if you’ve never laughed so uncomfortably hard in your life!

National Touring Company. James Taylor Odom as Lord Adalbert D’Ysquith in a scene from "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder." Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

National Touring Company. James Taylor Odom as Lord Adalbert D’Ysquith in a scene from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel.

Drama and hysteria continue to run amuck as Monty comes to a successful end of his murderous antics and Miss Phoebe D’Ysquith, a fellow distant family member not in the line of succession shows a strong affinity for Monty. A love triangle forms as both Miss Phoebe and Miss Sibella realize they both fancy Monty’s initiative and rapid ascent to earldom, and while naturally pitted against each other, find themselves defending Monty’s innocence as Scotland Yard authorities erroneously charge Monty for the murder of Lord Adalbert. Just when you think your tummy will get a rest from laughter Monty is miraculously found innocent and a tenth heir to earldom, Chauncey D’Ysquith is discovered with his own sinister plans to be earl.

You’ll smile from ear to ear as the plot unceasingly thickens with the drop of the final curtain and the murderous attempts between Monty and Chauncey are left to your imagination as a euphoric exhaustion washes over you and you sigh, “Wow, that was insane!”.

Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
WHEN: March 20 – 25, 2018
Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.
WHERE: Bass Concert Hall | 2350 Robert Dedman Drive | Austin, TX 78712
TICKETS: Start at $30.Tickets are available at BroadwayinAustin.com, texasperformingarts.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

School of ROCK The Musical is Going to Rock You

Written by Scott Rigtrup, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Lexus Broadway in Austin brought the proverbial house down again this Wednesday night with the opening of the musical “School of Rock”!  Warning, if you have a knack for the mundane, this performance will knock it clean out of you.  All the better, if the word, “rebellion” rolls easily off your tongue, then race for the ticket line, because the spirit of Rock and Roll will never be so hysterically thrown in your lap!

Rob Colletti and Phoenix Schuman in the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

Rob Colletti and Phoenix Schuman in the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

The high energy pace of the whole show rolls right over the top of you from the get go with the standard announcement about audience conduct.  Just when silencing your cell phone is mentioned, the screeching vocals of Dewey and the Heavy Metal playing of his big hair band thrusting out of their Marshall amps physically sets you back in your seat.  Sadly we quickly learn that Dewey, in all his zeal, has no idea that his fellow band members have decided to kick him out of the band and replace him with a stronger recruit in preparation for the upcoming and much anticipated annual Battle of The Bands contest.

The cast of the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy.

The cast of the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy.

Things go from bad to worse when Dewey’s crash pad is jeopardized when his friend’s wife demands that Dewey start paying rent or get out after years of mooching off his generous friends.  Desperation grows and in a flash of deviant genius, Dewey gets the hair brained idea to impersonate his friend as a substitute teacher at the prestigious Horace Green private school to make some quick cash for rent.

The cast of the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

The cast of the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

Quite unavoidably, Dewey bumbles and fumbles his way in to the teaching gig and  squarely sets himself in the cross hairs of the school principal and fellow faculty members with his uncouth behavior and slovenly  appearance which only heightens the fact that Dewey has absolutely no earthly idea of how he’s going to pull of acting like a teacher, let alone trying to act like a grown adult.  Yet amongst all the classroom follies, Dewey makes the most unexpected discovery when one day his students start pulling out instruments for music class and he realizes that these kids can ROCK!!!!

Rob Colletti and Lexie Dorsett Sharp in the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

Rob Colletti and Lexie Dorsett Sharp in the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

Now at last, class is truly in session for Dewey and he’s headed for stardom with his new dream band that he enthusiastically names “School of Rock”!  And folks, just in case you’re wondering, all of the cast memebers on stage are really playing their own instruments and these kids are insanely talented!

Tensions grow as we learn of the individual student’s home lives and the intense pressures placed upon them by their parents to achieve scholastically.  All the while the Battle of The Bands contest is fast approaching and it almost seems like Dewey’s delusions of grandeur may actually come true!

Emotions erupt when the parents and the principal find out about Dewey’s plans to enter his young band in the contest and in a blink of the eye, Dewey’s Rock and Roll world unravels before him when they pull the proverbial plug on his plans.  Beleaguered, Dewey makes his way back to his soon to be lost crash pad, beat down and hopeless of ever achieving Rock greatness.

Theo Mitchell-Penner in the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

Theo Mitchell-Penner in the School of Rock Tour. © Matthew Murphy

Thankfully, his student’s rebel determination pulls Dewey from his emotional abyss and on to the contest stage of the Battle of The Bands to learn yet another unexpected life lesson and redemption reigns when Dewey is offered a new full-time position at Horace Green teaching music and almost magically joy returns to Dewey’s Rock and Roll world!

“School of Rock” is the most energetic and enthusiastic stage performance that I have ever seen!  When the elderly audience members are dancing their way out of the auditorium after the performance as much as, if not more than the teenagers, you know that you have been a part of Rock and Roll history!

Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts

School of Rock  – The Musical

February 13 – 18, 2018

Tuesday – 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

Start at $30.Tickets are available at BroadwayinAustin.com, texasperformingarts.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

Austin Influential Group Proudly Presents The Opulence Ball: Kavïat 24

Austin Influential Group proudly presents The Opulence Ball:  Kavïat 24, benefiting Austin Pets Alive! (www.austinpetsalive.org), happening on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 9:00pm – 1am at The North Door, 502 Brushy Street, Austin, TX.

From the grandiose and over-the-top phantasmagoria of the Baroque and Rococo to the immersive, hyper-saturated and vibrating glamour of disco, housed in the ever-influential and conscious-altering philosophy “be what you want to be” of Ball Culture, we bring to you our biggest creation to date; KAVÏAT 24! In benefit of Austin Pets Alive!, Austin Influential Group invites you to bear witness and forever scream your piece to not just dream it, but BE IT, at our 6th annual Opulence Ball! Come dressed to impress, transgress and express your wildest dreams of elegance and extravaganza and be seen in the styles of Baroque France, decadent Italian masquerade, Rococo brilliance, the hottest, slickest, and smoothest threads of disco or arrive in a married combination of them all!  The sky’s the limit! Can you dig it, madame and monsieurs?  At the heart of the chateau, we’ll present our largest and most grand parade of spectacle, flare, drama and theatre featuring a carefully selected showcase of Austin’s finest movers and shakers of Cabaret, Drag, Burlesque and one very special import of sensational proportions. This Valentine’s season, it may be larger than life . . . but it’s just the right size!

Event:  The Opulence Ball:  Kavïat 24

Date:  Saturday, February 10, 2018

Time:  9pm – 1am

Location:  The North Door, 502 Brushy Street, Austin, TX

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1137579276386291/

VIDEO:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJS44sTY9zU&feature=youtu.be

Tickets:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-opulence-ball-kaviat-24-tickets-39899690047

The Production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I” is Royal

Written By Scott Rigtrup, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Photography courtesy of Matthew Murphy.

On Tuesday, December 12, Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts opened its 2017 – 2018 season with a proverbial bang with their presentation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I”.

The cast of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I.

The cast of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I.

Opening night was truly a step back in time and a journey to a far off land.  The setting was Siam. The time was long before the modern day Thailand might ever have been imagined.  These were the times of pomp and pageantry.  These were the times of deep seated traditions and customs that were brought to bear upon the savy English widow Anna Leonowens, the “school teacher”, and her young son Louis as Anna enters the employ of the King of Siam.

Manna Nichols and Kavin Panmeechao in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I.

Manna Nichols and Kavin Panmeechao in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I.

The feeling of joy felt throughout the audience was palpable as the Bass Concert Hall filled with the classic and familiar tune “I Whistle a Happy Tune” as Anna and Louis stepped off the boat with great trepidation and on to their new homeland.  Equally enthralling was watching Anna being introduced to the numerous royal wives and even more numerous royal children while singing “Getting to Know You” in the royal court.

Laura Michelle Kelly as Anna in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I.

Laura Michelle Kelly as Anna in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I.

Inevitably, amidst this newly forged arrangement, tensions arise as Anna must delicately, yet firmly, navigate a foreign society and a royal household known for great civility and even greater incivility.  These tensions come more acutely to light as we learn of the king’s personal struggles of being in absolute barbaric power before his subjects while privately and quite humbly, at times, questioning the very nature of the expansive world surrounding him.

Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I.

Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I.

Not surprisingly, the bullying egocentric attitude of the king and Anna’s proud obstinate disposition make the plot ripe for confrontation both petty and literally deadly.  Yet, sweet undertones of admiration and respect for one another develop amidst their strife, and devotion flourishes as these unlikely companions become the greatest of allies.  As the final curtain fell, it was hard not to feel a great sense hope of being able to come together as one people.  For surely, if the barbarian king and the proper English lady can do it, then so can we.

Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts

The Lincoln Center Theatre Production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I

December 12 – 17, 2017

Tuesday – 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

Start at $30.Tickets are available at BroadwayinAustin.com, texasperformingarts.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

The Lincoln Center Theater Production Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I

Ambassador Theatre Group and NETworks Presentations, LLC announce a national tour of The Lincoln Center Theater Production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I, will play Bass Concert Hall in Austin for a limited one-week engagement, December 12-17, 2017. Tickets on sale now.

Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

THE KING AND I directed by Tony Award® Winner Bartlett Sher won four 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical.  The production is currently playing an open-ended Broadway run at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street).

Bartlett Sher is reunited with the award-winning creative team from South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza. THE KING AND I has sets by Michael Yeargan; costumes by Catherine Zuber; lights by Donald Holder (all three nominated for 2015 Tony Awards®); sound by Scott Lehrer (2015 Drama Desk Award nomination); and casting by Telsey + Company/Abbie Brady-Dalton, CSA. THE KING AND I features choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.

Jose Llana as The King in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Jose Llana as The King in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as Getting To Know You, Hello Young Lovers, Shall We Dance, I Have Dreamed, and Something Wonderful. Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

Ticketes start at $30.Tickets are available at BroadwayinAustin.com, texasperformingarts.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