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Charlotte Local Theater Spring Preview

April 9, 2012 6:00 AM

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The spotlight shines on five major theater productions coming to Charlotte in the spring. From a one-man-show to a fabulous Broadway production on tour, get your dose of the arts. Charlotte’s upcoming schedule of plays should induce theater lovers to attend whether the weather is warm or rainy. Enjoy a little madness, a little sadness, some things old and some things new in the following five productions.

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Lewis Black
Ovens Auditorium
2700 E Independence Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 372-3600
www.ovensauditorium.com

Date: Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 8 p.m
Tickets: $39.50 to $65
Click here for a calendar of events.

Lewis Black started in stand-up while a student at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Now world renown as a comedian, actor and author, Black maintains a home in Chapel Hill and assists UNC students with their annual Carolina Comedy Festival. His “Running on Empty” tour combines the usual rage with side-splitting comedy as he rants about life in America and the irrationality of human existence in general. Although just a one-man-show, he will keep the audience entertained as if watching a huge production. Laugh along because you will likely relate to some of his frustrations. 

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“Come Fly Away”
Belk Theater
130 N Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 372-1000
www.blumenthalarts.org

Date: May 1-6
Tickets: $20 to $99.50
Click here for a calendar of events.

Named after the lyrics from one of Frank Sinatra’s standards, “Come Fly Away is a vehicle for a musical transportation with hits made famous by Sinatra’s “Ol’ Blue Eyes” album. While a large band plays onstage in a nightclub setting, dancers perform the high flying choreography of Tony Award winning Twyla Tharp. Portraying the ups and downs of love, “Come Fly Away” will evoke memories for Sinatra fans, and reveal to young audience members how their elders enjoyed themselves once upon a time.

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“La Cage Aux Folles”
Belk Theater
130 N Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 372-1000
www.blumenthalarts.org

Date: May 29 to June 3
Tickets: $20 to $99.50
Click here for a calendar of events. 

This is a new production of a Broadway classic that won three Tony Awards in 2010, including Best Musical Revival. Hollywood legend George Hamilton is featured as Georges, a night club owner who, together with his life partner Albin, sings as a drag queen named Zaza. However, trouble stirs as Georges is about to meet the conservative parents of his son’s new fiancée. Attempts to fool the parents fail, but with this fail comes huge success in evoking laughter from audience members.

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“Rhyme Deferred”
Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square
345 N College St
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 348-5740
www.blumenthalarts.org

Date: June 1-16
Tickets: $17 to $22
Click here for a calendar of events.

Kamilah Forbes is an award-winning African American actress, director, playwright and producer. The title of her hip-hop-influenced “Rhyme Deferred,” gets into the real root of this music. This genre often carries negative connotations about the messages meant to transgress through the lyrics. However, Forbes argues that the real foundation behind hip hop is soul. Whatever your opinion, you won’t stop bobbing your head or feet throughout the performance. It will be extremely difficult not to walk out of the theater with a new perspective.

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“Beauty and the Beast”
Belk Theater
130 N Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 372-1000
www.blumenthalarts.org 

Date: June 26 to July 1
Tickets: Tickets go on sale April 20 at 10 a.m. Prices still to be determined.
Click here for a calendar of events.

The original creators behind this Broadway production of Disney’s classic, animated film have come together again for this touring production. Belk Theater hosts “Beauty and the Beast” this spring, drawing on the heartstrings of Charlotte locals spanning all ages. Belle falls for the Beast, a prince made ugly by a spell. Ultimately he regains his original appearance through the power of love. Revealing the ending of this old fairy tale will not spoil the experience, as it will definitely be enjoyed by the whole family.

Related: A Guide To The Charlotte Comedy Theater & Training Center

Jacquelin Celeste Peters has produced award winning radio programs at WPFW Pacifica-Washington. She is a Culture and Events Examiner in Charlotte, North Carolina, which she calls home. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.


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