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.

Green Day's American Idiot Tour Shots

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!

Meet Columbus’ own CATS!

November 18th, 2010 by CAPASMM

By Joe Cortez, Web & Social Media Coordinator

With the national tour of CATS coming to the Palace Theatre this weekend (November 19-21), it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t take the time to stop and talk to our two homegrown talents that are among the cast of the show. Chaz Wolcott (who plays Mr. Mistoffelees) and Nathan Morgan (who plays several of the CATS throughout the weekend) both call Columbus their original home. Since then, they have both toured the world on different shows. CATS will be the first time that both Chaz and Nathan have come home to play their native stage. We talked to them about coming back home on the national tour of CATS, what they’re looking forward to, and the best parts about life on the road.

Columbus' Chaz Wolcott and Nathan Morgan from the national touring production of CATS

Columbus' Chaz Wolcott and Nathan Morgan from the national touring production of CATS

Q: It must be great being able to return to your hometown on the tour of CATS. What emotions come out when you are playing in Columbus?

Chaz: I’m so excited to perform in Columbus for the first time in over 10 years! It’s so bittersweet to be performing in the very theatre that I went to as a child to see the magic of Broadway tours.

Nathan: I’m very proud of Columbus, so first, I’m happy to share it with my cast!  How does it feel to come here to perform?  Like riding a roller coaster!  I am feeling a range of emotions from excitement to fear.  I don’t want to let people down…especially not the hometown audience!  I’m also excited to show my high school friends and teachers who I have become, both as a person, and as a performer.  In short, I can’t wait…but I’m very nervous!

Q: What has been the best part of touring with CATS? Are there any highlights that come to mind?

Chaz:
One of the most inspirational things about this job is to see the children experience the magic that this show is capable of showing them. I love passing the “performing bug” on to the next generation!

Nathan:
Well, I love every place I’ve been, but I would be telling a half truth if I didn’t single out Central and South America!  Last year we got to perform for six weeks in Colombia, Venezuela, Costa Rica, and Panama!  I actually took a zip line tour of the rainforest canopy in Costa Rica!  I also was able to go snorkeling off of the Island of Tortuga!  It is amazing to get to see so much of the world (and get paid for it!)  I have two states left to see in the USA, and Hawaii is on the schedule for this year!  Now, if I could just find a tour going to Alaska…I think Columbus will also rank pretty high on the list of amazing visits!

Q: Now that you’re back in Columbus for the weekend, is there anything in particular you are looking forward to? Anywhere you plan on going between performances?

Chaz: I’m a huge Buckeye fan, so I can’t wait to be back around other Buckeyes! “Hang on Sloopy”!! And I must have a Terita’s Pizza!

Nathan:
I get to spend time with friends and family!  I don’t often get to visit, and I can’t wait to spend as much time with them as I can!  I was also looking forward to Spinnaker’s, but I hear that is now gone.  So sad!  I guess I’ll have to get a Donato’s Pizza instead!  I wonder if they still have that Mariachi beef?  Ok, my mouth is watering!

Q: Tell us about the production. What can we expect when you take the stage for CATS at the Palace Theatre?

Chaz: I think this show has something for everybody. I always say if you don’t like one part, wait five minutes and something very different will grace the stage! There’s such a variety of music styles & dance styles, and the show is extremely family friendly. It inspired me to become a performer and I hope our tour continues to do that for audiences!

Nathan:
Well, you can expect, certainly, an escape from reality for 2.5 hours! CATS is a great show for the whole family, and there’s something in it for everyone!  No matter who you are, or what you’ve been through in life, there is someone on that stage with whom you can relate!  I think that’s why this show has been so successful!  The more one sees it, the more they find themselves in the characters.  I’ll be playing Gus/Growltiger/Bustopher Jones for the Saturday matinee, and I personally plan on bringing three COMPLETELY different characters to life.  I hope the audience doesn’t even realize that just one person is performing the three roles!  Also, the entire cast is wonderful, and I am proud to share the stage with each of them!  Columbus is going to have a great time at CATS, and the cats are going to have a great time in Columbus!

We’re grateful that Chaz and Nathan both took the time to talk to us about their experience with CATS, and we’ll look forward to seeing them on stage! Great tickets are still available for this weekend’s performances of CATS – to buy tickets, call 614-469-0939, visit the CAPA Ticket Office at the Ohio Theatre, or click here to order from Ticketmaster!

THE WITCHES ARE BACK IN TOWN

July 28th, 2010 by CAPASMM

Our guest blogger this week is Mindy Hayward. Mindy is the Marketing Manager for BalletMet, and has been working with CAPA & Broadway Across America as a Marketing Consultant for WICKED. Mindy has worked on both engagements of WICKED in Columbus, which makes her an expert on the topic of all things revolving around the show.

The Ohio Theatre is a flurry of excitement as the Broadway blockbuster WICKED prepares to open a 5-week engagement starting on Wednesday. Load-in (when the stage crew starts to install sets, lights, etc.) began Monday, so I had to sneak down to the theatre and take a peek. To say the room was “electric” doesn’t begin to describe the atmosphere.

In the back of the theatre, electricians were running cables for WICKED’s extensive light control board. Dozens of stagehands were preparing the well-known Time Dragon proscenium to be hung above the historic Ohio Theatre stage. Even a casual observer would know this show is something special.

Others have been working behind the scenes for months. Immediately after WICKED closed in Columbus in 2007, booking teams in New York and Columbus began working on return dates for the production. For the past few months, marketing and public relations teams have been helping to spread the word about WICKED, and ticketing teams have been hard at work filling group and individual ticket requests so that every WICKED fan has an opportunity to see this amazing show.

“The untold story of the Wizard of Oz” played to 66,000 people when it first visited Columbus in 2007. If you weren’t able to see it then, you definitely won’t want to miss it this time. Find out what happened before Dorothy dropped in on Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West. Tickets are still available! Join us at the Ohio Theatre this summer as the Land of Oz comes to life as you’ve never seen it before.

WICKED Special Airing on ABC 6!

July 21st, 2010 by Rolanda Copley

By Rolanda Copley, CAPA Publicist

Ever wonder what it would be like to be backstage at WICKED? Well, now’s your chance! Get an exclusive, sneak peak behind the curtain of WICKED this Sunday, July 25, at 2 pm when WSYX ABC 6 airs a 30-minute special on Broadway’s biggest blockbuster. The special presentation reveals never-before-seen backstage footage, as well as actor interviews and a detailed look on how the Broadway spectacular came to be. WICKED’s creative team, including Academy and Grammy Award-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, explains how the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire was brought to the Broadway stage.

And remember, there’s still time to get your WICKED tickets! It opens at the Ohio Theatre on Wednesday, July 28, and runs through Sunday, August 29. Tickets start at $37.50 and can be purchased at the Ohio Theatre Ticket Office (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com/wicked. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000. The Ohio Theatre Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday from 9 am – 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm.

Good seats are still available. For best available seating, please try weeknight and Sunday evening performances, as well as the special Thursday matinee on July 29.

A Look Back at the 2010 CAPA Gala

May 21st, 2010 by admin

by Dustin Grovemiller, Donor Relations Manager

One of my responsibilities here at CAPA is the planning and coordination of the annual CAPA Gala. The Gala is really the only major fundraising event that CAPA holds on an annual basis. As you can imagine, if you’re only doing one big shindig a year, it’s really got to be something. Thankfully, I work with many individuals who have really great ideas and are dedicated to making this a great event. Our Gala chairs, planning committee, and fellow staffers really stepped up to pull off a fantastic evening in support of CAPA, which raised about $135,000.

A Look at the CAPA GalaThis year’s Gala was held on Friday, April 30, at the Southern Theatre and the Grand Ballroom at the adjoining Westin Columbus. We always hold the Gala at one of our theatres (it’s been at the Ohio for the last two years and at the Palace in 2007), but this was the one I had been waiting for. The Southern is my favorite of the CAPA theatres, not to mention that it’s a jaw-droppingly beautiful space and it’s in the same building as an equally beautiful hotel.

The evening’s “Broadway Bound” theme highlighted CAPA’s new partnership with Broadway Across America, and we tried to add a lot of “awards ceremony” flair to the event. When guests arrived, they walked the red carpet and mingled on the Southern’s stage to enjoy a cocktail or two. The program for the evening showcased the upcoming Broadway season and featured singer Sarah Hiance and pianist Nathan Laing performing songs from those shows. The Gala patrons then moved to the Westin for a fabulous dinner (the entree was Mongolian Marinated Petite Fillet with Five-Spiced Salmon. We can’t say enough about the excellent work done by the Westin’s chef and staff), with yet more music by another talented local musician, pianist and singer Matt Munhall. Following dinner, our guests returned to the Southern for dessert and dancing on the stage, getting to cut loose to classic tunes covered by the Bill Foley Band.

By all accounts, it was a much enjoyed event. You can see for yourself at the web site of our photographers for the evening, Ben Simon and Emily Scott: http://www.bensimonstudio.com/.

A Look at the CAPA GalaThe best part of this year’s Gala, however, wasn’t that we raised money, promoted CAPA, or even just threw a great party. We had the pleasure of honoring two individuals who have made significant contributions both to CAPA and to our community–Barbara and Dr. Ralph Lach. We got to hear from family and friends about the remarkable impact that the Lachs have made. To show our gratitude for their commitment and many years of service (Barbara has been on the CAPA Board since 1980), CAPA is officially renaming the Ohio Theatre Ticket Office in their honor. As our central ticket office, it’s one of the places at CAPA that, like the Lachs, truly touches all of our theatres.

Thanks again to everyone who helped make the 2010 CAPA Gala a success.