A Celebration of Motown Records’ Influence

February 19th, 2016 by CAPASMM

The life of Berry Gordy, songwriter and founder of Motown record label, is the focus of Motown the Musical, coming to the Ohio Theatre February 23-28. Motown was the first African-American record label to reach national acclaim. Five of its most prominent artists went on to have a profound effect on 20th century culture and music.

In celebration of Black History Month and the social changes inspired by Motown, we highlight five artists embodied in the Broadway musical, and their influence on the music industry.

1) Michael Jackson
The Jackson 5 had a slew of chart toppers from “I Want You Back” to “ABC”—and they brought us one of the greatest musical artists of all time, Michael Jackson. Michael went on to sell more than 750 million records worldwide, and break barriers at MTV with his masterpiece, Thriller. He influenced many other artists who have tried to emulate the King of Pop’s genius for singing, songwriting, dancing, and style.

2) Stevie Wonder
Signed to the Motown label at the age of 11, Stevie Wonder was recognized immediately by Berry Gordy as a future star. In 1973, he released Innervisions, rated among the greatest albums of all time. From a man of music to a leader for change, Stevie fought to establish Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a national holiday and also collaborated on the “We Are the World” fundraiser to prevent hunger.

3) Marvin Gaye
Signed in the ‘60s to Tamla, a Motown subsidiary, Marvin Gaye started as an in-house session musician and later transitioned into solo work, scoring several hits like “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” He is regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time, with albums such as the socially aware What’s Going On and the provocative Let’s Get It On.

4) Smokey Robinson
Signed to Tamla Records in 1959, Smokey Robinson of The Miracles, was Gordy’s first act signed to the label. After racking up hits like “Better Shop Around” and “Tears of a Clown” with The Miracles, he joined Motown’s management as vice president, a testament to his business acumen and prolific songwriting talent. He came back to music as a solo artist in the late ‘70s with solo hits “Cruisin’” and “Being with You.”

5) Diana Ross
Diana Ross rose to fame as the lead singer of The Supremes, signed to Motown in 1961. They went on to be the most commercially successful Motown act and America’s most successful vocal group with 12 No. 1 singles such as “Where Did Our Love Go?” and “Baby Love.” Their album The Supremes A’ Go-Go was the first album by an all-female group to reach the US Billboard 200. Their success paved the way for such label mates as The Jackson 5 and The Temptations.

Motown The Musical will be at the Ohio Theatre, February 23-28. Tickets are still available here or at the CAPA Ticket Center.

Getting to know the star of The Sound of Music, Kerstin Anderson

January 28th, 2016 by CAPASMM

Broadway in Columbus and CAPA are proud to bring the brand new production of The Sound of Music, directed by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O’Brien, to Columbus! The spirited, romantic, and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp family will thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy®, and Academy Award®-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss,” and the title song.

Early this week CAPA had the opportunity to catch up with Kerstin Anderson, the lead actress playing Maria Rainer in The Sound of Music.

The Sound of Music will be at the Ohio Theatre January 26-31, 2016. Limited tickets are still available here or at the CAPA Ticket Center.

 

A Holiday Season for All, and for All a Good Night!

November 6th, 2015 by CAPASMM

Snow is impending, the hot weather has ceased,

Families are planning their holiday feast.

As we all prepare to gather ‘round the Thanksgiving table

Holiday commercials are already on cable!

Everyone is preparing for the season’s inception,

And we here at CAPA are no exception!

Our holiday show list is ready and roaring,

To help you find the spirit to get the eggnog pouring.

So get the chestnuts roasting, ‘cause we’ve got some great reasons,

To get you excited about this holiday season!

 

Dr.Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Everyone’s favorite green meanie is set to steal Christmas, November 24-29 at the Ohio Theatre. With 10 opportunities to see this classic, there is more than enough holiday cheer to go around. So come to the show, and we know what you’ll say—your heart will grow 3 sizes that day!

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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

This iconic Christmas tale is sure to warm hearts all over Columbus. Bring family, friends, and even your favorite Scrooge to the Palace Theatre November 27-29, and experience the timeless tale of Tiny Tim, the Christmas spirits, and the meaning of the season. It’s been a Columbus tradition for more than 30 years, and you won’t want to miss it!

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Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour 2015

Nothing quite encompasses the sounds of the season quite like a smooth saxophone. On December 9, multi-Grammy® nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz brings Johnathan Butler, Candy Dulfer, and the legendary Bill Medley with him to dazzle audiences at the Palace Theatre with a celebration to get you in the spirit. Don’t miss this special spin on your favorite holiday classics!

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Peter and the Starcatcher

Give the gift of outstanding theatre this holiday season with CATCO’s Peter and the Starcatcher. Bring the whole family to experience the prequel to the iconic story of Peter Pan and Wendy. Discover how Peter got his name, how Captain Hook lost his hand, and why the crocodile stalks them both! Showing in Studio One at the Riffe Center December 2-20.

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So, come celebrate the season with those that matter most,

In some of the most gorgeous theatres Columbus has to boast.

Let the joy of theatre help you spread some holiday cheer,

As you ring in the season and a happy new year!

By Alli Sweeney

 

Behind the Scenes with Lindsay Nicole Chambers

October 9th, 2015 by CAPASMM

Take a behind-the-scenes look at Kinky Boots!

Columbus native Lindsay Nicole Chambers (who plays Lauren) fill us in on everything from her favorite song in the show to her favorite emoji. Don’t miss Kinky Boots at the Ohio Theatre now through Sunday!

Kinky Boots is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.

Don’t Miss Kinky Boots!

October 5th, 2015 by CAPASMM

Kinky Boots…the words probably conjure up different thoughts for everyone. For me, six months ago, it would have brought to mind the fantastic Broadway show that will be at the Ohio Theatre Oct. 6-11. Now, after traveling all over Columbus with two pairs of red, thigh-high leather boots and trying them on the movers and shakers in town, the words mean so much more!

We wanted to show what Kinky Boots The Musical is all about – standing up for who you are and what you believe in, being who you want to be and showing the world what you care about. We asked 18 Columbus residents, from the internationally famous to your next-door neighbor, to wear the boots and stand up for a cause that is close to their hearts. Columbus is a great city, so it figures that we had a great response! Truly, our boot-wearers really got into the moment and had a lot of fun with it.

We began rolling out the photos last week on the Broadway in Columbus Facebook and Instagram sites. Check out our pages and be sure to like and follow to see all the “kinky” posts. If you happen to have a pair of your own kinky boots, feel free to post a pic and tell us what you believe in…be sure to tag #kinkyboots and #bwaycbus!

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See you at the show!

Kinky Boots will be at the Ohio Theatre October 6-11, 2015. Tickets are still available here or at the CAPA Ticket Center.

CAPA Staff Member’s Review of ‘Once’

December 18th, 2014 by CAPASMM

Recently, some of the CAPA staff previewed the hit musical Once in Cincinnati in preparation for the production’s Columbus premiere in June 2015. Here’s one employee’s review…

by Anna Schaeffer

“Before seeing Once, I wasn’t sure what to expect as I’d never seen the production or the movie. When I walked into the theatre, I was shocked to see the audience up on stage, buying drinks right from the bar on the set! Right away, I knew this wasn’t going to be your typical Broadway show.
First, a little back story. The show focuses on two main characters, only referred to in the program as Guy and Girl. (I thought the lack of formal names gave the story a universal relatability.) Each is reeling from a bad breakup when they meet at a local pub where Guy is performing. Girl feels the heartbreak in his songs, and makes it her mission to help him win back his ex-girlfriend. When they begin to play some of his songs together, they realize their combined talents make beautiful music. Girl convinces Guy they should record a demo to mail to his ex-girlfriend, and the story progresses from there…

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Once is unique for many reasons. For starters, there is no pit orchestra – actually, there’s no orchestra at all! Not only does the cast act, sing, and dance, but they also play multiple other instruments while doing so, all without missing a beat. It was truly impressive, and something I have never seen before.
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The storyline of Once is also something unique to Broadway. It’s not predictable. It’s not a classic love story, it’s not anything you would image it would be. It feels like a real story with real people, not something that would “only happen in a Broadway show.” It deals with real heartache, loss, passion, pain, and moving on, and the cast was brilliant at making the audience feel each and every one of these emotions. During one particular scene (I won’t give anything away!), the audience was so captivated; you could hear the cast breathing!

Even with all of these amazing elements, the show’s best quality is definitely the music. Again, not your typical Broadway show tunes! The most recognizable song from the production is “Falling Slowly,” the first song performed by Guy and Girl together. When Girl came in with the harmony, I had chills that did not go away until the end of the song. It’s refreshing to experience such a reaction from a song that is beautiful in its simplicity and effortlessness. Although, one of the most moving performances in the show comes in Act II, during “The Hill”, a song which Girl sings alone at the piano. I can only describe it as heart-wrenchingly beautiful.


Overall, the show is nothing I expected it to be (in the best way possible). It’s unique, refreshing, and simply beautiful, and I am counting down the days until I can see it again!”

Once will be at the Palace Theatre June 9-14. Tickets go on sale March 12.

Lion King: Behind the Scenes with Tryphena Wade

November 5th, 2014 by CAPASMM

Tryphena Wade (Queen Sarabi) takes us behind the scenes of The Lion King! See what she has to say about the costumes, how she prepared for the role, and other behind the scenes secrets.


Be sure to use the hashtag #bwaycbus for any of your Lion King photos!

 

The Lion King is at the Ohio Theatre through November 9. To purchase tickets, click here or call the CAPA Ticket Center at (614) 469-0939.

 

 

Entering the World of American Idiot

March 20th, 2013 by admin

This week at CAPA, music from Green Day’s American Idiot invades the Palace Theatre. Promising to be a high-octane “punk-rock opera,” there are emotional high notes and low notes throughout, portrayed almost completely through song and movement – challenging the cast to bring Green Day’s music to life sans dialogue! We wanted to share some cast insights (pulled from various articles and reviews) with you before you see the show… feel free to follow the links for the full articles.

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On finding your way: Alex Nee, the actor playing Johnny in the national tour, explains his character in relation to himself – “I feel like I’m going through the same transition period as Johnny. I’m 21 years old. I’m realizing I can’t always keep acting like a kid, and I’m trying to figure out what it means to grow up. Each character is struggling to find their place in the world. It’s OK to fail. We’re all just trying to figure out how to be a human being.” – Read the full article!

On the energy behind the show: Ensemble cast member Dustin Harris Smith explained to Dayton’s MostMetro.com, “‘There’s a lot of belting and screaming, and we do it healthily and have to take care of our voices, but every now and then someone has to take a performance off just based on the wear and tear of the show. There are a few people in the company who have never called out, and,’ he added with a laugh, ‘there is something very wrong with them, and they are freaks.'” Read the full article!

Billy Joe Armstrong (Green Day’s lead singer) on seeing Green Day’s music come to life: “We’ve always thought that somehow there should be some sort of stage version because that’s what we were thinking in our heads. The musical arrangements that Tom Kitt did… it’s amazing. And their energy… it’s just inspiring.” Watch a clip of the story of American Idiot.

On the “punk-rock opera” and musical theatre: “We now live in an age where the people who grew up with rock music are outnumbering the people who didn’t,” Michael Mayer, director and co-author of American Idiot, says. “And I feel that the future of musical theater kind of depends on our ability to embrace and pull together the popular music of the day – as has been Broadway tradition since the beginning – and theater craft.” Read the full article!

Green Day’s American Idiot runs through this Sunday, March 24. Tickets are still available online and through the CAPA Ticket Center (614-469-0939)!

American Idiot contains adult content and strong language.

Experience Your Broadway!

March 26th, 2011 by admin

By Erin Senften, Broadway Marketing Manager

We are thrilled to announce the 2011-12 lineup for Broadway in Columbus! The coming season will bring Broadway’s hottest talent and most innovative productions to the magnificent splendor of your Ohio and Palace Theatres. The brilliance and quality of Broadway in your own backyard is truly an experience not to be missed.

That’s why I would like to personally invite you to become a Broadway subscriber. Subscribers lock in the best seats for the whole season—BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL, SHREK, BLUE MAN GROUP, WEST SIDE STORY, and MEMPHIS—with just one purchase at a discounted rate. Subscriptions are available at several different price levels, so there’s sure to be a package that’s comfortable for you. Subscribers also receive exclusive benefits throughout the year, including the opportunity to purchase tickets to season specials before they go on sale to the public. The coming season’s specials include MAMMA MIA! as well as the Columbus premiere of THE CARETAKER starring Sir Jonathon Pryce!

It’s an exciting time to be a Broadway fan in Columbus, and we look forward to experiencing the 2011-12 season with you!

LETS ROCK! with the cast of ROCK OF AGES

December 3rd, 2010 by CAPASMM

by Joe Cortez, Web & Social Media Coordinator

One of the biggest Broadway shows I’ve been looking forward to all year is ROCK OF AGES, coming to the Palace Theatre December 7-12. Its a love story told to the greatest arena rock hits of the 80’s – NIGHT RANGER, STYX, PAT BENETAR, and so on. And in my personal opinion: anything that involves 80’s rock has to be pretty…well, rockin’!

Earlier this week, I had the chance to sit down with MiG AYESA, who plays hard rocker STACEE JAXX in the touring production. We talked about their life on the road as rock stars, the show itself, and what our resident rockstars plan on doing once they come to Columbus!

Joe: So with touring with the show, you guys really do travel like rock stars! What’s the craziest thing that’s happened on the tour so far?

MiG: Besides us being evacuated from the Colonial Theatre just seconds before starting our first show in Boston, crazy things happen on an hourly basis. However one of my fave moments come at the “Hot Mess” award ceremony, on the mornings of our travel days. Because not only is the holy trophy awarded, the stories that come with the nominations and the winning candidate blows my mind. (Names have been excluded to protect the innocent… and the guilty).

Joe: Subsequently, what has been the best part of touring with the show? What have you enjoyed most about being a part of this show?

MiG Ayesa as Stacee Jaxx from the touring company of ROCK OF AGES. Photo (c) Dan Lippit

MiG: The best thing about this tour is that it gets a fresh start every couple of weeks. We open to a new city, a new theatre, a new  environment… It keeps the show fresh and keeps us on our toes. How we adapt to the new places is a tough task but I am so proud of how our cast and crew rise to the challenge every time. I’m also still very much a tourist and although I’ve travelled a lot around the USA, I am really getting to spend quality time in places I have never been to or just passed through.

Joe: Do you have any time off while you are in Columbus? If so, what will you be looking forward to seeing while you are here?

MiG: We have a few days off during the day (no fully free days-to-nights!) and I hear the Fort Rapids Indoor Water park is a blast. Love a good water slide…

Joe: Talk to us about ROCK OF AGES. When people come to the show/concert, what are we going to see and feel?

MiG: They are going to see the loudest, most bad-assed awesome show they never thought they’d see. It may shock some people, it may move some people but it will rock everyone. Be expected to have the best time you’ve ever had at the theatre. It’s not a show, it’s an earthquake.

Joe: What is your favorite song in the show?

MiG: Wanted Dead or Alive. It sparkles…

The show start THIS TUESDAY, December 7th, at the Palace Theatre, and runs through Sunday, December 12. The show also features former American Idol Constantine Maroulis, reprising his critically acclaimed role on Broadway as Drew, and Broadway veteran Rebecca Faulkenberry as Sherrie. You can still get great tickets – just call 614-469-0939, visit the Ticket Office at the Ohio Theatre, or click here to get yours online from Ticketmaster. There are still plenty of ways to win your way into the opening night performance on Tuesday – just visit our Facebook Page to learn how!