The Front Row, 07/20/2006
July 20, 2006 5:07:00 am
During the off-season, many Houston theater companies offer lighter fare, often turning to musicals for their summer productions. Now, Masquerade Theatre presents musicals all year 'round, so what they've decided to do for their special summer show this year is to mount, not one, but two musicals performed in repertory. Their staging of You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, based on the Peanuts comic strip, opened last night at the Hobby Center. Their rendition of the theatrical parody of Roger Corman's 1960 low-budget science-fiction movie, Little Shop of Horrors, makes it's debut tomorrow evening, and both musicals run through July 30th. TFR Producer Bob Stevenson hosted a live preview session of Little Shop in KUHF's Studio 3-C. Audio here.
For a photo album with more pictures from today's live session with castmembers from the Masquerade Theatre production of Little Shop of Horrors click here.
This summer's offering from Theatre Under the Stars is a Houston premier . Brooklyn: The Musical opened in the fall of 2004 on Broadway and ran for 300 performances. A self-described "sidewalk fairy tale" of love, faith, hope and redemption, it is carried along on the strains of a soaring gospel and rhythm-and-blues inflected score performed by five homeless characters who live on the gritty streets underneath the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. Melba Moore is the veteran film, recordings and Broadway singer-actress who first came to attention as member of the original cast of Hair and who won a Tony Award for her turn in Purlie in 1970. In the TUTS production of Brooklyn she plays Paradise, a street-wise singer - who may also be a hooker - who looks out for Ol' Number One and "tells it like it is". Ms. Moore spoke with KUHF's Bob Stevenson about the show. Audio here.