The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: Tony Award-Winning Musical
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Signature Theatre puts its own stamp on this dark masterpiece of musical theater. Written in 1928 by Bertolt Brecht, with music by Kurt Weill, The Threepenny Opera skewers capitalist society while following dashing criminal anithero Macheath as he leaves a trail of broken hearts and slashed throats throughout the London underworld. The unforgettable score's highlighted by "The Ballad of Mack the Knife" and "Pirate Jenny," and juiced by the jazzy sounds of '20s-era Berlin, while the innovative epic modernism of the work went on to influence the creators of acclaimed musicals like Cabaret and Urinetown. Learn More
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Featured review from Goldstar MemberRed Velvet
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Solid singing. Wonderful acting. Strong orchestra. Keegan knows how to put on a well-rounded production.
One quibble. Keegan needs to work on its sets in order to increase its production value. This show takes place on one set, basic in nature. There was no need for the amaturish painting, worthy of a high school production. Put some money into the set pieces (or better yet, more work - you can do more with less, and more creative lighthing) and watch the awards come in.
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Good cast and an enjoyable story with some good songs thrown in. Including audience members in the play was fun too. Overall good entertainment. The only short-coming for me was that the seats were a bit cramped and uncomfortable.
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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee ran for 1,136 performances on Broadway earning the 2005 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical.
Learn more about the "history ":http://www.spellingbeethemusical.com/of _Spelling Bee. _
This six-time nominated Tony Award winning musical tells the story of five eccentric kids vying for First Prize, bragging rights, and most importantly, a trip to the National Spelling Bee Competition. With music and lyrics by William Finn and book by Rachel Sheinkin, this show exudes humor, originality, and poignancy.
_Spelling Bee _is directed by Christina A. Coakley, who co-directed Keegan’s Helen Hayes Recommended A Man of No Importance last season.
This unique musical comedy features Keegan favorites Michael Innocenti, Katie McManus, Madeline Botteri, Chris Mueller, Shayna Blass and Dan Van Why. Making their Keegan debut are Tina Ghandchilar, RaMond Thomas, and Dan Sonntag.
“Church Street is the perfect venue for the Bee,” Coakley explains. “Formerly the Holton-Arms school gymnasium, this theater with just over 120 seats, delivers unmatched intimacy. Our dynamic cast transports you into the private dreams and public humiliations of these awkward adolescents (and adults).”
“Initially, it was the score that drew me to the piece,” continues Coakley. “Finn is known for his complex compositions and relevant lyrics. However, Sheinkin’s Tony Award-winning book completes this unique package. What excites me the most about this show is the potential for modifications.”
The show is crafted so that topical references never go stale—no two shows are the same. Pieces of the text are altered at least weekly to remain relevant and fresh, and four audience volunteers are selected to participate in the _Bee _at each performance.