Showing posts with label Broadway Series. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Broadway Series. Show all posts

Monday, April 12, 2021

Disney Stars to Perform Under the Tent at THE BLACK BOX - April 16, 2021

THE BLACK BOX, the region’s premiere concert, theater, and event venue, will present three Disney Stars of Broadway: Broadway’s original “Mary Poppins” Ashley Brown, current “Genie” Michael James Scott, and original “Tarzan” Josh Strickland on April 16 to kick off Spring Arts Awakening- nine weeks of entertainment, outdoors under a tent in the venue’s parking lot. The trio will perform an evening of Disney favorites. There will be limited seating for this special evening out in Franklin as well as virtual live-stream tickets available. 

Ashley Brown originated the title role in Mary Poppins on Broadway, for which she received Outer Critics, Drama League, and Drama Desk nominations for Best Actress.  Ms. Brown’s other Broadway credits include star turns as Belle in Beauty and The Beast, The Sound Of Music, and Disney's On The Record. Ms. Brown has also performed with virtually all of the top orchestras in North America, including the Boston Pops, the New York Philharmonic, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at Disney Hall, The Pittsburgh Symphony, the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, and more. Ms. Brown’s PBS special called “Ashley Brown: Call Me Irresponsible” received a PBS Telly Award. Ms. Brown is the voice of Disneyland’s 60th anniversary celebrations, singing the newly-penned Richard Sherman song, “A Kiss Goodnight.” Both Ms. Brown’s album of Broadway and American Songbook standards “Speak Low” and her newly recorded Christmas EP “The Secret of Christmas” are available on Ghostlight/Warner Brothers. 

Michael James Scott has played the Genie in Disney’s Aladdin internationally including Broadway, London, the North American Tour and originating the role in the Australian Production for which he won the prestigious Helpmann Award. He’s also known for originating the role of the Minstrel on Broadway in Something Rotten and originating Dr. Gotswana (aka The Maggots Guy) in the Tony winning phenomenon The Book of Mormon. Other Broadway credits include Mamma Mia, Tarzan, All Shook Up, The Pirate Queen, Elf and Hair. On the West End he was the associate choreographer and performed in the Broadway revival transfer of Hair. Scott was the standby for the legendary Ben Vereen in the Int. tour of Fosse, taking over the role in Paris, France at the Théâtre du Châtelet. 

In 2006, Josh Strickland created the leading role of Tarzan in Disney’s musical Tarzan on Broadway. In 2009, he made his starring Las Vegas debut in Peepshow at Planet Hollywood Casino & Resort while concurrently co-starring in the hit E! reality show Holly's World. Strickland debuted his first single "Report to the Floor," which skyrocketed to the top-five on the iTunes Dance Charts the first week of its release, followed by “Last Dance.” In 2013, Strickland joined the cast of Vegas! The Show at the Planet Hollywood Casino & Resort in Las Vegas in a starring role. Strickland has also appeared internationally with the all-star cast of Disney’s Broadway Hits, including the Emmy®-winning concert at Royal Albert Hall in London, England. He most recently reprised his role as Tarzan in Disney’s Tarzan in Oberhausen, Germany at the Stage Metronom Theatre.

According to director of THE BLACK BOX Raye Lynn Mercer, “The Disney Stars of Broadway show is a fantastic way to kick off our Spring Arts Awakening and we look forward to welcoming audiences back to the theater.” The Spring Arts Awakening celebrates a comeback for arts and entertainment and offers an opportunity to support THE BLACK BOX in its recovery from the pandemic. To purchase tickets for this special concert, visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or call the box office at 508-528-3370.

Disney Stars to Perform Under the Tent at THE BLACK BOX - April 16, 2021
Disney Stars to Perform Under the Tent at THE BLACK BOX - April 16, 2021


Tuesday, April 6, 2021

A Spring Arts Awakening for THE BLACK BOX

THE BLACK BOX, Franklin’s very own concert, theater, and event venue, will host nine weeks of entertainment, outdoors under a tent in the venue’s parking lot. The Spring Arts Awakening celebrates a comeback for arts and entertainment and offers an opportunity to support THE BLACK BOX in its recovery from the pandemic.

Spring Arts Awakening at THE BLACK BOX kicks off on April 16 with a concert by three Disney Stars of Broadway: Broadway’s original “Mary Poppins” Ashley Brown, current “Genie” Michael James Scott, and original “Tarzan” Josh Strickland. The trio will perform an evening of Disney favorites. There will be limited seating for this special evening out in Franklin.

The Spring Arts Awakening lineup will also include local band The Peacheaters, Blues legend James Montgomery, viral a cappella sensation T.3, international touring ensemble Electric Youth, cabaret performances featuring Broadway stars, a June Pride Month concert benefiting The Trevor Project, FPAC’s annual Culinary Cabaret, and more. 

“The Spring Arts Awakening provides an opportunity to welcome our audiences back to THE BLACK BOX,” notes TBB and Franklin Performing Arts Company Director Raye Lynn Mercer. “The safety of an outdoor venue provides patrons a comfortable transition to performances and event gatherings.” Mercer adds, “Reopening guidelines will be followed and all safety protocols will be in place.” 

Patrons are encouraged to visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com and follow THE BLACK BOX on social media to stay updated on the venue’s offerings. 
 
Disney Stars of Broadway
Disney Stars of Broadway


Sunday, March 14, 2021

FSPA: "Broadway in Franklin" - Mar 21, 2021

Broadway in Franklin returns to starring Ryan Vasquez, Amanda LaMotte, and the musical theater students of the Franklin School for the Performing Arts

Airing as a Livestream on March 21 at 3 PM and then rebroadcasted On Demand starting March 24th.

Ryan Vasquez is a California-born, New York-based actor, currently in Hamilton on Broadway. Ryan received a 2020 Drama Desk nomination for originating the role of The Man in Black in THE WRONG MAN, a musical by multi-platinum song writer Ross Golan, directed by Tony Award-winner Thomas Kail with musical arrangements by Tony and Grammy Award-winner Alex Lacamoire. Ryan is the first actor to play all the roles of Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, George Washington, James Madison, and Thomas Jefferson in Hamilton. He also appeared in the Original Broadway Cast of Waitress, and made his Broadway debut in Wicked.  

Amanda LaMotte made her Broadway debut in Matilda: the Musical where she performed for two years. Following Matilda, Amanda appeared in the revival of Hello, Dolly on Broadway and had the opportunity to share the stage with Bette Midler, David Hyde Pierce, Bernadette Peters, Victor Garber and Donna Murphy. Most recently, Amanda was seen in the revival of Kiss Me, Kate and had the privilege of performing with the cast on the Today Show and The Tony Awards. Amanda can also be seen on last season’s Last Week with John Oliver.


FSPA: "Broadway in Franklin" - Mar 21, 2021
FSPA: "Broadway in Franklin" - Mar 21, 2021


Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Broadway Star Michael James Scott to Perform Album Release Concert in Franklin

THE BLACK BOX will present Broadway’s Michael James Scott - A Fierce Christmas Album Release Concert on Saturday, December 5th at 7:30 PM - Virtual Livestream.

 The Aladdin star is releasing his first studio album, “A Fierce Christmas,” on December 1 with a special release concert at THE BLACK BOX on December 5. “A Fierce Christmas” is giving new life to classic holiday tunes by showing off Scott's gospel and Broadway roots. Scott's debut album will be released by Scratch Seventeen and available on all music platforms.

For Scott, there was more to A Fierce Christmas than just making an album; he's making a statement. "This whole process I've been thinking about how my protest is joy," he said. "Broadway is shut down, my very close friends are out of work, and the country is in a racial awakening. This is Michael James Scott's protest; a gay, Black man out and proud from the Broadway community putting joy into the world. “That's where this album really came from. Not everyone celebrates Christmas, but what's amazing is that everyone celebrates the holidays and this beautiful time of gathering. I think it's important for people to know that it's OK to put out joy. It's OK to put out love. It's OK to put out light and laughter. What better way to put it out there than at the holidays? We need some light."

 Tickets for the Livestream available for $25 and include the EP download.  For tickets and more information, visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or call the box office at 508-528-3370.

 

Broadway Star Michael James Scott to Perform Album Release Concert in Franklin
Broadway Star Michael James Scott to Perform Album Release Concert in Franklin

 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

THE BLACK BOX Sings... WICKED - Sep 26-27

Starring Broadway Elphaba Emily Koch with Jim Hogan singing Fiyero! Pianist Austin Davy from the Wicked tour accompanies an FPAC all-star cast featuring Ali Funkhouser, Nick Paone, Katie Gray, Hallie Wetzell, and Tim Ayres-Kerr. Join us at THE BLACK BOX Outdoor Stage for a celebration of the music of WICKED and the story of the Witches of Oz!

September 26 at 2:00 and 7:30; September 27 at 2:00
 
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THE BLACK BOX Sings... WICKED - Sep 26-27
 THE BLACK BOX Sings... WICKED - Sep 26-27


Thursday, September 17, 2020

THE BLACK BOX Sings… Wicked - Sep 26 and Sep 27

THE BLACK BOX, the region’s premier theater, music, and event venue, will present a concert celebrating the music of the fifth longest running show in Broadway history: WICKED. THE BLACK BOX Sings...WICKED will star Broadway Elphaba Emily Koch with Jim Hogan singing Fiyero. Pianist Austin Davy from the Wicked tour accompanies an FPAC all-star cast featuring Ali Funkhouser, Nick Paone, Katie Gray, Hallie Wetzell, and Tim Ayres-Kerr. Socially distanced on THE BLACK BOX Outdoor Stage, join this cast of FPAC favorites for a celebration of the music of WICKED and the story of the Witches of Oz.

THE BLACK BOX Sings...Wicked will be performed September 26 at 2:00 and 7:30 pm and September 27 at 2:00 pm.

Modeled after the popular cabaret series “54 Sings” at Feinstein’s/54 Below in NYC, THE BLACK BOX continues THE BLACK BOX Sings… Series with the songs of Wicked. The series celebrates the music of musicals, composers, and artists sung by Franklin Performing Arts Company favorites.  

THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 W. Central St. in Downtown Franklin, MA. For tickets and more information, call (508) 528-3370 or visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com

Broadway Elphaba Emily Koch
Broadway Elphaba Emily Koch

 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

In the News: Supreme Court maintains abortion rights; Broadway performances suspended for year

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"A narrowly divided Supreme Court struck down state restrictions on abortion clinics Monday for the second time in four years, signaling that its conservative shift under President Donald Trump has not eliminated a deep split over abortion rights.

The court ruled 5-4 that a Louisiana law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals would unduly burden women. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the four liberal justices in the majority.

The court reached the same conclusion in 2016 regarding a Texas law, but since then Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh had succeeded retired Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, giving abortion opponents hope for even more substantial restrictions.

Associate Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the main opinion for the four liberal justices. He agreed with a federal trial court that found Louisiana’s law “poses a ‘substantial obstacle’ to women seeking an abortion” and “offers no significant health-related benefits.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/zz/news/20200629/supreme-court-strikes-down-abortion-clinic-restrictions-in-louisiana-defeat-for-conservatives


"Broadway performances are being further suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Broadway League announced Monday in a press release that Broadway performances in New York City will be suspended through the remainder of 2020 due to COVID-19.

Broadway theaters are also now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for all performances through January 3, 2021, the release states.

“The Broadway League continues to work with city and state officials as well as leaders in science, technology, and medicine to formulate the best plan to restart the industry,” the release states. “Some of the logistics being currently reviewed for audience members and employees include: screening and testing, cleaning and sanitizing, wayfinding inside theatres, backstage protocols, and much more.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/zz/news/20200629/broadway-suspends-performances-through-2020-amid-coronavirus-extends-ticket-refunds-to-2021

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

FSPA Introduces Broadway Faculty

The Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) has announced a new roster of FSPA Broadway Faculty. The nine Broadway professionals are available to enrolled students for private coaching via Zoom. Coachings are available for singing, acting, dance, and self-marketing in the theater industry. When classes resume in person, the Broadway faculty will be featured in FSPA’s master class programs in Franklin and New York City.

Ben Cameron from the original Broadway cast of WICKED, Footloose, and Aida will coach students in Voice and Dance. Sara Jean Ford, a former Christine in Phantom of the Opera who also appeared in Finian’s Rainbow, CATS, How to Succeed…, and A Little Night Music will offer Voice and Acting coachings. Tyler Hanes, most recently seen on Broadway as the Rum Tum Tugger in CATS as well as Oklahoma!, Hairspray, The Boy from Oz, and more will coach Voice and Dance students. Jim Hogan of the national tours of Waitress, Phantom of the Opera, and Spring Awakening will offer Voice and Acting Coachings. Emily Koch who starred as Elphaba in WICKED and Jenna in Waitress will also coach Voice and Acting students. FSPA welcomes Kara Lindsay who originated the role of Katherine in Disney’s Newsies and appeared as Glinda in WICKED and Cynthia Weil in Beautiful to coach students in Voice and Acting. Kevin Massey, star of Disney’s Tarzan, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and more will also coach Voice and Acting students. Christopher Rice from the Broadway companies of The Book of Morman and Pretty Woman and of #TAPPY fame will offer coachings in Voice, Dance, and self-marketing in the theater industry. Closing out the roster, Clay Thomson from Disney’s Newsies, Matilda, WICKED, and KING KONG will coach Voice and Dance.

Relationships with the Broadway community have been developed through programs in Franklin including FSPA’s Broadway Boot Camp, the annual Broadway Weekend, and classes offered in conjunction with THE BLACK BOX Broadway Series. “We are thrilled to offer this unique opportunity to our students,” says FSPA Director Raye Lynn Mercer. “It is very exciting that these acclaimed performers have taken a special interest in our students and our school’s curriculum.” Five of the nine teaching artists performed at FSPA’s 35th Anniversary concert at The Green Room 42 in New York City this past January.

To coach with the FSPA Broadway Faculty, students must be enrolled at FSPA in the corresponding disciplines. For more information about the offerings at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, call 508-528-8668 or visit www.FSPAonline.com.

 
Top Row (L to R): Ben Cameron, Sara Jean Ford. Tyler Hanes. Middle Row: Jim Hogan, Emily Koch, Kara Lindsay. Bottom Row: Kevin Massey, Christopher Rice, Clay Thomson
Top Row (L to R): Ben Cameron, Sara Jean Ford. Tyler Hanes. Middle Row: Jim Hogan, Emily Koch, Kara Lindsay. Bottom Row: Kevin Massey, Christopher Rice, Clay Thomson

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Broadway March Madness at THE BLACK BOX

Broadway March Madness is coming to THE BLACK BOX, the region’s premier theater, music, and event venue in downtown Franklin. Stars of Broadway will be in residence at THE BLACK BOX throughout the month of March.

March Madness begins with THE BLACK BOX Broadway Series on March 7 starring Broadway couple Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey. Broadway icon Kara Lindsay’s credits include Wicked (Glinda), Newsies (Katherine, Original Cast and Fathom Events Film), and Beautiful (Cynthia Weil). Kevin Massey’s Broadway credits include Disney’s Tarzan, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Memphis, and Deaf West’s Big River. His European credits include Disney’s Tarzan and Grease. The special one-night-only concert is sponsored by the Franklin Cultural District Committee and will be followed by master classes for aspiring performers the next day.

The Franklin Performing Arts Company presents Legally Blonde the Musical March 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22. The cast features NYC talent including Ali Funkhouser (national tours of Joseph...Dreamcoat and Evita), Jim Hogan (national tours of Waitress, Phantom of the Opera, Spring Awakening), Emily Koch (Broadway’s WICKED, Waitress), and Andrew Scott Holmes (Princess Cruises) as well as William Berloni Theatrical Dogs. The production re-stages Jerry Mitchell’s original Broadway choreography.

Broadway in Franklin returns to THE BLACK BOX on Sunday, March 29 at 3 pm starring Christine Cornish Smith, Chaz Wolcott, and the musical theater students of the Franklin School for the Performing Arts. 

Christine Cornish Smith was most recently seen in the Original Broadway Cast revival of Kiss Me, Kate!, where she was a featured dancer in the ensemble and covered Lois Lane/Bianca. Christine is most well known for her portrayal of Bombalurina in the OBC revival of CATS, and was also seen in the OBC of My Fair Lady at the Lincoln Center Theater. For her work in CATS, she was nominated for "Best Female Performance in a Broadway Musical" for the 2017 Chita Rivera Awards. A cum laude graduate of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, she is a former principal dancer with the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet. 

Chaz Wolcott earned his BFA in Dance from Oklahoma City University. As a performer, Chaz has been seen as Buttons on the First National Tour of Disney’s Newsies. You can also catch his performance in Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical, available for digital download on iTunes and Amazon. Chaz starred in the 30th Anniversary Tour of Cats as the Magical Mr. Mistoffelees. He was featured on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance. He was last in Franklin to choreograph FPAC’s Newsies.

For tickets and more information, visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or call the box office at 508-528-3370. THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 W. Central St. in downtown Franklin, MA

Broadway couple Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey
Broadway couple Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey

Sunday, November 24, 2019

FPAC, Franklin TV, and Woonsocket Museum of Broadcast Technology Team Up to Bring Broadway to THE BLACK BOX for the Holidays

The Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC), Franklin TV, and The Woonsocket Museum of Broadcast Technology will team up this December to bring a special holiday show to THE BLACK BOX. Together, they will present the world premiere of Christopher Rice's The Tappy Christmas Special: LIVE! based on Rice's viral #TAPPY video series which has been seen by more than 3 million people worldwide. Audiences are invited to be a part of the live studio audience at a magical, tap-dance infused, holiday special being filmed at THE BLACK BOX. The space will be transformed into a classic soundstage where Broadway's Christopher Rice will bring his Christmas variety show to life and whirl the audience away to a world filled with classic holiday songs, tap dancing feet, and special Broadway guests.

There's also a show behind the show: a story about what wondrously marvelous things can be accomplished when three nonprofit organizations combine their resources, skills, and efforts in common cause. Tappy Christmas will be a look back at the golden age of holiday TV specials enjoyed predominantly in the 1960s. Every year, these TV specials captured the festivities of the season. 

But how do you recreate a real 1960s TV special at THE BLACK BOX in 2019? That’s when Franklin TV (http://franklin.tv/) got involved. After taking a moment to contemplate the creative challenges, Franklin TV Executive Director Peter Fasciano said, “We’re all in.”

Then, a third local nonprofit was added to the team: The Woonsocket Museum of Broadcast Technology (http://www.wmbt.org/). Who better to provide real TV studio cameras that are authentic to the period? The museum often consults on and provides authentic studio equipment for major motion pictures and TV series. They ensure that old TV studio and control room sets are faithfully recreated. Together, the three artistic non profit organizations are recreating that old-school holiday TV Special at THE BLACK BOX.

Broadway’s Christopher Rice joined the FPAC family last season when he headlined the sold-out run of Disney's Newsies as Jack Kelly. Having just finished the run of Pretty Woman on Broadway, Rice's other credits include The Book of Mormon on Broadway, the national tours of West Side Story, White Christmas, and more. Rice’s viral #TAPPY videos rose to fame in 2013 with “‘Cups’ Tap Dance,” an intricate tap routine featuring Rice and other Broadway hoofers dancing to Anna Kendricks “Cups” from Pitch Perfect. 

Since then, he has choreographed, produced, and starred in numerous #TAPPY videos including two “Tappy Christmas Specials” featuring Broadway surprise guests stopping by to sing and dance for the holidays. These videos are the inspiration for the live show.

“We have an exciting lineup of Broadway and professional guest stars as well as some of our FPAC alumni,” says FPAC Director Raye Lynn Mercer. Rice and friends will also be joined by a select group of young local dancers chosen by Rice himself through a rigorous audition process. “That’s the best part about the holidays- you never know who might stop by!”

Christopher Rice’s The Tappy Christmas Special: LIVE! runs December 20-22 at THE BLACK BOX. General Admission/Tiered Seating is available at $36.00. Premier Table Seating, including reserved table seating, drink voucher, and an autographed cast photo, is available at $48.00. 

For tickets and more information, visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or call the box office at 508-528-3370

 
FPAC, Franklin TV, and Woonsocket Museum of Broadcast Technology Team Up to Bring Broadway to THE BLACK BOX
FPAC, Franklin TV, and Woonsocket Museum of Broadcast Technology Team Up to Bring Broadway to THE BLACK BOX

Monday, May 6, 2019

Broadway’s Mamie Parris to Bring Solo Show to THE BLACK BOX - May 11

THE BLACK BOX Broadway Series presents Mamie Parris in a one-night-only solo show accompanied by Broadway composer Barbara Anselmi (It Should Have Been You) on Saturday, May 11 at 8 PM. 

On Broadway, Mamie most recently returned to the cast of School of Rock in the role of Rosalie. She previously starred as Grizabella in the Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical CATS. Her other Broadway and National Tour credits include School of Rock (Patty) (cast album), Wicked (Elphaba), 9 To 5 The Musical (as Judy Bernly, the role created by Jane Fonda in the iconic film), the Tony-Nominated revival of Ragtime, 5-time Tony-Winner The Drowsy Chaperone, Legally Blonde the Musical, and Roundabout Theatre’s acclaimed revivals of On The 20th Century (Agnes) (cast album), and 110 In the Shade (cast album). 
Mamie Parris in Wicked as Elphaba
Mamie Parris in Wicked as Elphaba

Off-Broadway credits include Pump Boys and Dinettes (Prudie), part of the Encores! Off-Center series, and See Rock City and Other Destinations (Dodi) presented by the Transport Group (cast album out now). Other notable credits include roles at The Goodspeed Opera House, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, The Muny, The Macau International Music Festival in Macau, China, and many more. Her film and television credits include The Blacklist (NBC), A Stand Up Guy (Orchard), and State of Affairs (NBC).

Composer Barbara Anselmi has a long resume as a music director, arranger, and orchestrator. Her writing career began after 9/11 with All Join Together, the title song of a CD that raised money for The New York Times 9/11 fund. Other works include The Orphan Train, book/lyrics by Susan and Sasha Nanus, A Christmas Carol, and The Acting Company Salon Series, (starring F. Murray Abraham and Lynn Redgrave). 

She was a part of the Drama Desk Award nominee "The Audience," and worked for companies such as Theatreworks USA, the Goodspeed Opera House, and Musicals Tonight. Her work has been heard on television and concerts across the country. Barbara is a Faculty member at CAP 21 Musical Theatre Conservatory, The New Studio at NYU, and Barnard College, and Alumna of NYU and the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop.

The concert is sponsored by the Waters Corporation and Middlesex Savings Bank. Tickets can be purchased at www.theblackboxonline.com by calling 508-528-3370, or at the door.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

THE BLACK BOX presents "Broadway in Franklin" - Mar 24

The magic of 42nd Street comes to Boston's MetroWest suburbs as stars and students share the stage! Broadway’s Kyle Taylor Parker and Amanda Jane Cooper treat audiences at THE BLACK BOX to a dazzling revue of show-stopping numbers from the Great White Way!

Kyle Taylor Parker is currently Geno in My Very Own British Invasion at the Papermill Playhouse. Broadway credits include Kinky Boots (Lola, OBC Angel) and Broadway’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 

Amanda Jane Cooper, one of Wicked’s longest running Glinda’s on Broadway, was most recently seen as Glinda in Wicked for the show’s 15th Anniversary on Broadway. She has also been seen on Glee on FOX, CSI on CBS, and Disney’s Jessie. 

Broadway In Franklin also showcases musical theater students from the Franklin School for the Performing Arts.

For tickets to "Broadway in Franklin" or for more information about other presented events at THE BLACK BOX, visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or call (508) 528-3370. 

THE BLACK BOX presents "Broadway in Franklin" - Mar 24
THE BLACK BOX presents "Broadway in Franklin" - Mar 24

Monday, February 18, 2019

THE BLACK BOX to present Musicals, Jazz, Rock Bands, Broadway Stars, and More

THE BLACK BOX, Franklin’s premier concert, theater, and event venue, will present a variety of shows and events throughout the month of March. The month kicks off on March 1 at 7 pm with “A Class Act”- an all-class Franklin High School Reunion. All FHS alumni are welcome and encouraged to invite a group from their class for the event. There will be pizza, snacks, a cash bar, music by FHS and Oskey favorites, Joe Landry's vintage videos and photo archives, a yearbook library, Panthers Pride Sports Corner, and more.

On Saturday, March 2 at 8 pm The Delta Generators return to THE BLACK BOX with opening act The DayBreakers. Featuring Brian Templeton on vocals and harmonica, Charlie O’Neal on guitar, Rick O’Neal on bass, and Jeff Armstrong on drums, the Boston-based band blends the fine line between rhythm and blues and Americana in a way that makes them anything but average.
The Delta Generators return to THE BLACK BOX with opening act The DayBreakers
The Delta Generators return to THE BLACK BOX with opening act The DayBreakers

The fun continues on Sunday, March 3 when the critically acclaimed Kenny Hadley Big Band returns to the venue for a Big Band Brunch. The Kenny Hadley Big Band has shared the stage with such notables as the Count Basie Orchestra and the Duke Ellington Orchestra and has hosted guest soloists including Clark Terry and Louie Bellson. Brunch begins at 11:45 a.m., with music beginning at noon. Brunch provided by Intermission Cafe includes assorted Mini Quiche, Bacon, Waffles, Fresh Fruit, Yogurt & Granola, Bagels, Muffins, OJ and Coffee. In addition, there is a cash bar with Mimosas and Bloody Marys available.

The Franklin Performing Arts Company, THE BLACK BOX’s resident theater company, continues their 2018-2019 season with Seussical, running March 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17. Seussical is perfect for the whole family. The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.

On Friday, March 22 at 7:30 pm, Electric Youth returns to THE BLACK BOX, offering family entertainment with music for all ages. Backed by an eight-piece band of world-class musicians, EY delivers high-energy music, including pop, classic rock, contemporary Broadway and country hits. The EY show at THE BLACK BOX will feature fully choreographed performances of One Republic, No Doubt, Guns N’ Roses, Aretha Franklin, The Greatest Showman, Kelly Clarkson, and more.

The month of March wraps up at THE BLACK BOX with Broadway in Franklin on Sunday, March 24 at 3 pm. The magic of 42nd Street comes to Boston's MetroWest suburbs as stars and students share the stage. Don’t miss this Broadway revue of show-stopping numbers from the Great White Way. Broadway In Franklin features Broadway headliners and appearances by musical theater students from the Franklin School for the Performing Arts and by Electric Youth. Past guest have included Tony nominee Jenn Colella, Sara Jean Ford, Ben Cameron, Tyler Hanes, and Michael James Scott.

For tickets and more information, visit www.theblackboxonline.com or call 508-528-3370. THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 W. Central St. in downtown Franklin.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Broadway Series: Sara Jean Ford - Friday, Nov 16

THE BLACK BOX is proud to present the next concert in its Broadway Series: Sara Jean Ford on Friday, November 16 at 8 PM. In her solo concert, “Generations,” Sara Jean Ford explores all the many generations of music introduced to her over the years and how that music has come to shape and heal her as she made her way to the Broadway stage and beyond. 

Whether it was through her Grandmother’s love of cheesy soprano ballads, Her Mother’s love for Joni Mitchel and all things Beatles, or her Daughter’s love of Disney music and... Barbie, Sara weaves together a story of passion, perseverance, and positivity through a love of music, and the many generations that introduced it all to her.
Sara Jean Ford
Sara Jean Ford

Ford is best known for starring as Christine Daaé on Broadway and in the National Tour of the worldwide sensation The Phantom of the Opera. Also on Broadway she has been seen in Cats (Jellylorum), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Smitty), A Little Night Music (Mrs. Anderssen, Anne/Petra cover), and Finian’s Rainbow (Arlene, Sharon cover). 

Outside of New York, her credits include Wicked (Glinda/Nessa Rose cover), The Music Man (Marian), Into the Woods (Cinderella), Sunday in the Park With George (Dot), Candide (Cunegonde), Carousel (Carrie), and originating the role of Nellie Oleson in Little House on the Prairie: The Musical. 

Her concert work includes “Dream of Now Dream of Then” and Anyone Can Whistle at City Center Encores!, “Defying Gravity: the Music of Stephen Schwartz and Eric Whitacre” at Lincoln Center, and “Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings” at Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre, and Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Sara is making her return to Franklin having performed as a special guest at Franklin Performing Arts Company’s annual Gala and Broadway in Franklin weekend. She has also guest taught multiple times at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts. “Generations” is sponsored by Childs Engineering.

Tickets can be purchased at www.theblackboxonline.com or by calling the box office at 508-528-3370. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Sara Jean Ford brings “Generations” to THE BLACK BOX

THE BLACK BOX is proud to present the next concert in its Broadway Series: Sara Jean Ford on Friday, November 16 at 8 pm. In her solo concert, “Generations,” Sara Jean Ford explores all the many generations of music introduced to her over the years and how that music has come to shape and heal her as she made her way to the Broadway stage and beyond. Whether it was through her Grandmother’s love of cheesy soprano ballads, Her Mother’s love for Joni Mitchel and all things Beatles, or her Daughter’s love of Disney music and... Barbie, Sara weaves together a story of passion, perseverance, and positivity through a love of music, and the many generations that introduced it all to her.
Sara Jean Ford
Sara Jean Ford

Ford is best known for starring as Christine Daaé on Broadway and in the National Tour of the worldwide sensation The Phantom of the Opera. Also on Broadway she has been seen in Cats (Jellylorum), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Smitty), A Little Night Music (Mrs. Anderssen, Anne/Petra cover), and Finian’s Rainbow (Arlene, Sharon cover). Outside of New York, her credits include Wicked (Glinda/Nessa Rose cover), The Music Man (Marian), Into the Woods (Cinderella), Sunday in the Park With George (Dot), Candide (Cunegonde), Carousel (Carrie), and originating the role of Nellie Oleson in Little House on the Prairie: The Musical. 

Her concert work includes “Dream of Now Dream of Then” and Anyone Can Whistle at City Center Encores!, “Defying Gravity: the Music of Stephen Schwartz and Eric Whitacre” at Lincoln Center, and “Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings” at Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre, and Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Sara is making her return to Franklin having performed as a special guest at Franklin Performing Arts Company’s annual Gala and Broadway in Franklin weekend. She has also guest taught multiple times at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts. “Generations” is sponsored by Childs Engineering.

Tickets can be purchased at www.theblackboxonline.com or by calling the box office at 508-528-3370. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Broadway’s Tyler Hanes In Concert at THE BLACK BOX - Apr 27

THE BLACK BOX Broadway Series presents Tyler Hanes in concert on Friday, April 27 at 8 p.m. Hanes performs a solo one-night-only show at the downtown Franklin venue, following his starring role as Rum Tum Tugger in the highly acclaimed Broadway revival of Cats.

Tyler Hanes was only 17 when he was discovered by Ann Reinking, who cast him in the first national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical, Fosse. He attended Carnegie Mellon University for one year before making his 2002 Broadway debut in the Broadway revival of Oklahoma! He appeared in the original Broadway companies of Urban Cowboy, The Boy from Oz (with Hugh Jackman), and The Frogs (with Nathan Lane), as well as in the 2005 revival of Sweet Charity and as Larry in the original revival company of A Chorus Line. 
Broadway’s Tyler Hanes In Concert
Broadway’s Tyler Hanes In Concert

Tyler also appeared in the Broadway companies of Hairspray and the 2014 revival of On the Town. National tours include Fosse (first national) and The Will Rogers’ Follies (Will Rogers, Jr.), and he has extensive off-Broadway and regional credits. As a choreographer, Tyler’s work was featured in a Broadway medley starring Kristin Chenoweth on “Dancing with the Stars, as well as in Chenoweth’s Some Lessons Learned World Tour and “Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home" for PBS. Tyler is currently producing and starring in the upcoming dark comedy, Ms. Guidance.

Tickets are $45 (general seating) and $65 (premiere ticket with reserved table seating and one drink voucher). 

For tickets and more information, visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or call (508) 528-3370. 

The home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company, THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 West Central Street. Childs Engineering Corporation is THE BLACK BOX Broadway Series sponsor.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Broadway’s Tyler Hanes In Concert Highlights April Events at THE BLACK BOX

THE BLACK BOX presents an exciting line-up of live music and entertainment events this April, bringing Broadway star Tyler Hanes, popular local artists, a signature culinary cabaret, and more to the downtown Franklin venue.

The Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) presents the 7th annual Culinary Cabaret on Friday, April 6, from 7-10 p.m. Savor fine wines, craft beer, and delicious appetizers, desserts, and dishes from Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, Tavolino, Pour Richard’s Wine & Spirits, The Cake Bar, The Curry House, The Gavel, Organic Buzz, 19th Golf and Grill, Rhapsody’s Victorian Coffee House, Teddy Gallagher’s, Acapulcos, Intermission, and David’s Tea. The evening also includes a culinary-themed silent auction and entertainment by FPAC special guest artists and the international touring ensemble Electric Youth. Tickets for Culinary Cabaret are $75 and are fully inclusive of the evening’s food, wine, beer, and entertainment.

On Sunday, April 8, BLACK BOX Jazz presents a Big Band Brunch with the renowned Kenny Hadley Big Band. The critically acclaimed 16-piece ensemble, led by drummer Kenny Hadley, boasts masterful musicians with performance ties to Big Band legends Woody Herman, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, and more. Combination tickets for brunch and music are $45; tickets for the concert alone are $20. Brunch begins at 11:30 a.m., with music beginning at noon. Dean Bank is the event sponsor.

THE BLACK BOX Local Artist Series presents The Loomers on Saturday, April 14 at 8 p.m. Two-time winners of the Berklee College of Music "Battle of the Executive Bands," The Loomers have performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Fenway Park, among many venues. They have released five albums and their songs have been played on CBS, Cinemax, The CW, MTV, NBC, and PBS. The Loomers songbook is a trip through the American musical landscape, infused with the classic sounds of driving rock, heartland folk, rock and  soul, and retro-1980s pop. Tickets are $20.

On Friday, April 20 at 8 p.m., THE BLACK BOX Local Artist Series presents The Fat City Band. For more than four decades, The Fat City Band has written, recorded, and performed a unique blend of blues, roadhouse rock, jazz, and New Orleans-style R&B. Performing coast to coast and beyond, the high-energy band has shared the stage with such legendary greats as James Brown, B.B. King, and Ray Charles. Tickets are $20.

Tyler Hanes
Tyler Hanes
THE BLACK BOX Broadway Series presents Tyler Hanes in concert on Friday, April 27 at 8 p.m. Hanes performs a solo one-night-only show at THE BLACK BOX, following his starring role as Rum Tum Tugger in the highly acclaimed Broadway revival of Cats. Tyler Hanes' numerous Broadway credits include On the Town (2014 revival), A Chorus Line (Larry, original revival company), Hairspray (Fender, Link Larkin), Sweet Charity (Charlie, 2005 revival), The Frogs with Nathan Lane, The Boy from Oz with Hugh Jackman, Urban Cowboy, and Oklahoma! (Jake, 2002 revival). National tours include Fosse (first national) and The Will Rogers’ Follies (Will Rogers, Jr.). Tickets are $45 (general seating) and $65 (premiere ticket with reserved table seating and one drink voucher). Childs Engineering Corporation is THE BLACK BOX Broadway Series sponsor.

THE BLACK BOX Classical Series presents pianist Diana Fanning on Sunday, April 29 at 4 p.m. Fanning has toured extensively as a solo performer and chamber musician throughout the eastern U.S. and Europe. Radio audiences hear her frequently over Vermont Public Radio, and she has performed live on "Morning Pro Musica" (WGBH-FM) Boston and on WNYC, New York City. Diana Fanning has performed on numerous occasions as a concerto soloist with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and she is an Affiliate Artist at Middlebury College. Tickets are $15 (students/seniors) and $20 (adults).

For tickets and more information, visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or call (508) 528-3370. The home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company, THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 West Central Street.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Broadway In Franklin - Mar 25

The magic of 42nd Street comes to Boston's MetroWest suburbs as Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) presents Broadway In Franklin, featuring guest artists Tyrick Wiltez Jones and Nikki Snelson in a cabaret-style revue of show-stopping numbers from the Great White Way. 

Nikki Snelson
Nikki Snelson
The Broadway stars will headline a special performance at 3 p.m. this Sunday, March 25, at THE BLACK BOX, FPAC’s theater, music, and event venue, located at 15 West Central Street in downtown Franklin. The show also features appearances by musical theater students from the Franklin School for the Performing Arts.

Nikki Snelson originated the role of Brooke Wyndham in the 2007 original Broadway production of Legally Blonde: The Musical. Other Broadway credits include Annie Get Your Gun (starring opposite Bernadette Peters) and Sweet Charity. National tours include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Hello Dolly (starring Carol Channing), Showboat and tick, tick…BOOM! 

Tyrick Wiltez Jones
Tyrick Wiltez Jones
Tyrick Wiltez Jones was recently seen as Gary in the world-premiere Broadway preview of Johnny Manhattan. Additional Broadway credits include Finian’s Rainbow and Hairspray. National tours include Miss Saigon, Seussical, Fosse and Showboat.

Tickets are $25 (adults) and $22 (students/seniors). Proceeds from Broadway In Franklin support Electric Youth’s 2018 European summer concert tour and mission to give back through musical performance, education and ambassadorship. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (508) 528-3370 or visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Broadway In Franklin! - March 26 - 3:00 PM



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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Broadway’s Matthew Scott To Headline THE BLACK BOX Broadway Series

Broadway’s Matthew Scott performs a one-night-only show at THE BLACK BOX, downtown Franklin’s theater, music and event venue, on Saturday, January 21. Beginning at 8 p.m., the event is the second in THE BLACK BOX Broadway Series, sponsored by Childs Engineering. The series, new this season, kicked off in November with Tony Award winner Beth Leavel. 

Fresh off his Broadway run as Adam Hochberg in An American in Paris, Matthew Scott will perform a solo cabaret show. 
 
Broadway’s Matthew Scott
Broadway’s Matthew Scott

His Broadway credits also include Jersey Boys, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Actors’ Fund), A Catered Affair with Harvey Fierstein, and Sondheim on Sondheim starring Barbara Cook and Vanessa Williams. His regional credits include The Light in the Piazza at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, for which he won the Barrymore Award for Best Supporting Actor; Chaplin (La Jolla Playhouse); A Wonderful Life (Goodspeed Opera House); Eden and Unknown Soldier (The O’Neill Theatre Center); West Side Story (The Muny); Ragtime, My Fair Lady and Carousel (all at Paper Mill Playhouse); Beaches, Company and Side by Side by Sondheim (all at the Signature Theatre); and Legally Blonde, Swing!, Les Misérables and Sunset Boulevard opposite Liz Callaway (all for the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera). 

Television appearances include First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb for PBS, All My Children, and the 2006 and 2009 Tony Awards. 

Seating options for THE BLACK BOX Broadway Series feature general admission ($45) and a premiere ticket with reserved table seating ($65). A suburban hub for great music, THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 West Central Street. For tickets and more information, visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or call (508) 528-3370.