2016-2017 JBU Music & Theatre Season
Adapted by E.P. Dowdall from the Hungarian play Illatszertar by Miklos Laszlo
A warm, gentle comedy which follows the tangled tale of Parfumerie employee George Horvath, many of you will have seen one of the movies or musical plays inspired by this play: The Shop Around the Corner; She Loves Me; In the Good Old Summertime; or You’ve Got Mail, to name a few. With the express intent of staying close to the original play, this adaptation/translation returns to the original concepts that center around not only the amusing tale of the confused young romantic couple, but also seeks to explore the difficulties of career vs. relationship in the story of the shop owner's troubled marriage. You won’t want to miss it!
September 30, October 1, 7, & 8, 2016
The Secret Garden
Music and Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Music by Lucy Simon
Adapted from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
This enchanting literary classic is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon, and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the "Dreamers", spirits from Mary's past who guide her through her new life. This Tony Award-winning compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal is not to be missed!
November 4, 5, 11, & 12, 2016
Is He Dead?
Adapted by David Ives from the play by Mark Twain
It’s Paris, 1846. Talented French artist, Jean-Francois Millet, feels honor bound to save his fiancé and her father from financial ruin, but his paintings are not selling. Millet soon realizes that great paintings make much more money after the artist dies. In desperation, he fakes his own death and becomes... his own sister. Now a rich "widow," he must find a way to get out of a dress, return to life, and marry Marie. Only the brilliant Mark Twain could conceive of such a riotous plot!
February 17, 18, 24, & 25, 2017
Laetitia Grimaldi Spitzer, lyric soprano
JBU is excited to welcome lyric soprano Laetitia Grimaldi Spitzer to the Berry Performing Arts Center stage. A graduate of Juilliard School of Music, Ms. Grimaldi made her debut in Carnegie Hall in 2013. This performance will be a treat for our patrons!
November 15, 2016 7:30 pm
Stu Mindeman, jazz pianist, feat. vocalist Sarah Marie Young
Stu Mindeman, jazz pianist/composer, and Sarah Marie Young, vocalist, will bring an unusual evening of jazz to the Berry Performing Arts Center stage!
March 28, 2017 7:30 pm
Alex McDonald, piano
Alex McDonald returns to our stage with another stirring evening of piano music. A graduate of Juilliard, Dr. McDonald's performances have been described as "electrically charged" and "naturally charismatic."
April 11, 2017 7:30 pm