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'Love, Loss and What I Wore' opening night special event

March 16, 2015
(As originally seen on MassLive by Maureen Sullivan)

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun is putting on pearls and perfume and dressing up opening night of the Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron play "Love, Loss and What I Wore" at City Stage on April 9, with a fashion show, clothing and accessories vendors, light fare before, and dessert after the show.

Liz Smith called "Love, Loss and What I Wore," "Funny, powerful, sweet and saucy."

Narrated by Gingy, a wise older woman, the play follows the nostalgic stories that clothes in women's closets tell. A cast of five women, dressed in chic black, sit on stools, telling funny, poignant and universal memories of milestones in their lives through the clothes they wore.

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Meet some bad women at City Stage

March 4, 2015
(As originally seen on MassLive by Keith O'Connor)

If you like your theater to be funny, thought-provoking and irreverent, then Good Lessons from Bad Women, a one-woman show by Dorothy Leeds coming to CityStage on March 13, may be just for you.

"Truthfully, the idea and title just appeared in my brain one morning. I've always been fascinated by titles which make such a big difference in shows, movies, books and plays. I was once basically a motivational speaker and had a sales training company, and I was even a Broadway actor at one time touring 'Stop the World - I Want To Get Off' and 'The Roar of the Greasepaint.' I was in the corporate world when I made the change and started working on my one-woman play," said Leeds.

From childhood to current day, Leeds will illustrate how "bad" women such as Eve, Mrs. "Machine Gun" Kelly, Emperor Wu, Elizabeth Freeman and Mae West helped shape her life as an activist, entrepreneur, author and speaker. She becomes the illustrator by transforming herself into each woman on stage and taking her audience through different eras, backgrounds and cultures and sharing impromptu lessons learned the hard way.

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'Yesterday and Today,' Beatles tribute show with a twist, coming to CityStage

February 25, 2015
(As originally seen on MassLive by Keith O'Connor)

There are dozens upon dozens of Beatles tribute bands. Some dress up like the "fab four" wigs and all. Others like the nationally popular Fab Faux strive to perfectly recreate every sound and nuance of their music.

But, Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience - minus the wigs and other gimmicks - coming to CityStage in Springfield on March 6 and 7, takes a different approach to paying homage to the music that forever changed the face of rock and roll.

Any true Beatles fan can tell you where they were and what they were doing when they heard their first Beatles' song. Yesterday and Today (actually the name of a Beatles album released only in America back in June 1968) takes that idea and switches it up a bit.

"It all began from a Beatles tribute band my brothers and I were in called Yoko's Fault. We started to notice that when people would make a request, they would also write why they chose that Beatles' song. I began to think that this could work in a theater setting and that people might enjoy hearing what a particular song meant to someone else instead of seeing just a group with wigs performing Beatles songs," said founder Billy McGuigan.

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A cappella champs vocaldente to leave no stone unturned at CityStage

February 18, 2015
(As originally seen on MassLive by Keith O'Connor)

When it comes to documenting a century of fabulous music from every period of musical history to every last style, vocaldente (that is correct, they do not capitalize their name) leaves no stone unturned.

Performing at CityStage on Feb. 27 and 28, vocaldente, hailing from Germany, call their music "a cappella art," taking audiences on a journey from the Roaring Twenties to the latest contemporary pop hits.

International a cappella champions in Asia, Europe and the United States, the five-member group really takes their "unplugged" sound seriously. Unlike other a cappella groups, vocaldente don't rely on technical enhancements like amplifiers and special effects. Instead, they perform a cappella without microphones, with just the power of their voices, artfully shaping tunes and harmonies in a more traditional manner.

By winning first prize at the Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival 2008 in San Francisco, vocaldente earned the rights to call themselves the National Champions of the world's biggest a cappella competition, becoming the first foreign speaking, and only the second ever non-American winner. And, they have also tasted victory at the most renowned European competition of its kind, the Tampereen Sävel in Finland.

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Bill Blagg brings his magic to CityStage

February 9, 2015
(As originally seen on MassLive by Keith O'Connor)

Magician Bill Blagg won't be making any airplanes or cars disappear onstage on Feb. 20 when he brings his magic to City Stage for two performances.

There isn't enough room. But, he will be making things disappear.

When Blagg was five years old, he received his first beginner's magic kit, setting the stage for what would become a lifelong love for magic and a desire to become one of magic's biggest stars.

With the tricks in his new magic set perfected, Blagg's father took him to a professional magic shop in Chicago called Magic, Inc. for his 8th birthday. With a bag full of new tricks to master, he was bitten by the magic bug. Every year he would visit the shop on his birthday with his dad to learn about the latest and greatest magic tricks. Those tricks eventually formed the foundation for his first performances in front of classmates and teachers at his elementary school in Zion, Illinois.

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Outlook 2015: CityStage and Symphony Hall look to MGM Springfield for clout

February 5, 2015
(As originally seen in The Republican's Outlook 2015 by Tina D'Agostino)

Since 1998, Springfield Performing Arts Development Corp. has been presenting live theatre and entertainment at CityStage and Symphony Hall. During this time, it has contributed to the economic development of downtown Springfield while adding to the cultural fabric of the city and all of Western Massachusetts.

Today, there are many projects and new developments happening in downtown Springfield, and management and board of directors at Springfield Performing Arts Development Corp. are optimistic that a combination of economic recovery, confidence in public safety, creation and promotion of a cultural district and the addition of new dining options will get people more excited about all that Springfield has to offer. Springfield's arts and entertainment scene is poised for serious growth in the next few years.

The one question I am most often asked is how MGM Springfield will affect CityStage and Symphony Hall. Obviously, having the world's largest entertainment company in Springfield will bring great shows, popular artists and create a new standard for entertainment in Springfield.

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5 faces of 'The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?'

February 3, 2015
(As originally seen on MassLive by Keith O'Connor)

It's a question men have been asking themselves since time eternal.

"What do women want?"

That is exactly what writer, actor and stand-up comic Robert Dubac has attempted to answer with his 90-minute, one-man show, "The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?" which opens at CityStage in Springfield on Feb. 12 for three days.

"When doing stand-up comedy, there was a lot of material about men and women. I was more interested in the types of guys that women seem to fall for and who are completely bad choices for them. I started wondering what the attraction was about them," said Dubac.

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News Directory 'Love, Loss and What I Wore' opening night special event

Irish wit takes center stage at CityStage

Meet some bad women at City Stage

'Yesterday and Today,' Beatles tribute show with a twist, coming to CityStage

A cappella champs vocaldente to leave no stone unturned at CityStage

Bill Blagg brings his magic to CityStage

Outlook 2015: CityStage and Symphony Hall look to MGM Springfield for clout

5 faces of 'The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?'

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