Archive for October, 2012

Celebrate a Great Year with the Heart of Christmas


There are few things more magical to a child than Christmas. If you are looking for some new ways to make memories with your children this holiday season you may want to check out “The Heart of Christmas” show playing at the Crown Theatre in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

This is a fast-paced show that is sure to keep the attention of little ones and grownups alike. You’ll see a light show, hear songs, see costumes, and really get into the holiday spirit. This is a show all about the real meaning of Christmas, and it helps us all to stop and take a moment to really enjoy the season with our loved ones.

There will be snow fluttering across the stage, funny and touching Christmas songs will be sung, a Grinch will appear, and 30 dancers, some in reindeer costumes, will parade across the stage, there will even be a Christmas Elvis! You’ll see a live full manger scene, you will hear “Silent Night” being performed, and the main act, the Voices of the Heart singers will belt out your favorite Christmas songs. Kids of all ages are sure to love this fun, often touching show. This is truly a variety show with something for everyone.

If you are looking to do a little charity this season, you can also start by seeing this show. All the weekend proceeds go to children’s charities in the area. So far the show as donated over $350,000 dollars to charity! The funds go to Friends of Children Foundation, Fayetteville Autism, The Child Advocacy Center, and more. Not only do you get a fantastic show, you also get to give the gift of charity to needy boys and girls, and perhaps teach a good lesson to your own little ones.

Those in, or who will be visiting, the Fayetteville area should book their tickets early as this beloved show can sell out quick! The scheduled dates for the performances this year are November 24th and 25th. Start your season out right by seeing The Heart of Christmas show with your loved ones.

“Smoke on the Mountain” is Back!


Step into Mill Town Music Hall on Saturday, October 27, to see Smoke on the Mountain, and you’ll instantly step back in time to 1938 and become a member of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. If that doesn’t seem strange enough for you, wait until Paster Oglethrope and the Singing Sanders Family try to bring you into the “modern” world!

It’s the first annual Saturday Night Sing at the Baptist Church, and you’re invited to join them! Paster Oglethrope has brought along a family of bluegrass singers in order to bring a refreshing twist to the usual doldrums of church. He thinks the Sanders Family are the ones to help him do the job, but soon finds out that the family might be more than he can handle. And they might be more than you can handle, too!

It’s laughs for a congregation of all ages, as the Sanders Family cousins give their fiddle, bass, guitar, and mandolin a real workout singing some of the best gospel songs you’ve ever heard. Church in the Wildwood, Wonderful Time Up There, No Tears in Heaven, Jesus is Mine, and of course, Smoke on the Mountain are all just a few of the tunes you’ll hear.

“Smoke on the Mountain” is the most-often revived off-Broadway show, so don’t miss your one-day chance to see it! It’s fun for the entire family!

What is Batman Live About?

batman-liveChances are, you saw The Dark Knight Rises and were blown away by the spectacle that was Batman on screen. However, Batman has been a comic book icon long before he was ever a movie star or a TV series hero. And we’re guessing that you still haven’t seen Batman as imagined by Broadway! With the success of the Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark musical, not to mention those Jim Henson Muppets and Disney figure skaters that make it look easy, perhaps it was only a matter of time before the caped crusader would get his own “live” production.

What can you expect from Batman Live? This touring stage show is not just a dramatic journey into the mind of Batman. It is also a production that gives kids and adults what they’re expecting from seeing such a popular myth come to life. Expect circus acts, stage magic show elements and non-stop action!

The production debuted in Manchester of the UK last year, but it was so popular that it found touring interest in the United States, not to mention throughout England and Ireland. In the summer of 2012, it finally came to the states and made a big splash.

The story follows the origins of Batman as well as Robin, who had a stint in the circus. From there, the plot unravels and we also get a glimpse into Batman’s psyche and origin. Alfred, Commissioner Gordon and all your favorites are in the stage play and you get to watch as pivotal comic book continuity scenes take place, such as the death of Robin’s family, as well as a modern day crime plot by Arkham’s notorious inmates.

Expect to see all of your favorite villains as well as heroes, such as the Penguin, Poison Ivy, Two-Face, Riddler, Scarecrow, Harley Quinn and even Catwoman. It may not be as dark as the Christopher Nolan directed film, but the stage play is true to the comic right down to the scowl of the Dark Knight himself. The show will be touring in major American cities throughout the rest of 2012. Show your love of Gotham and see Batman in person!

Jason Aldean Announces Tour, Special Dates


Jason Aldean is one of the biggest country artists that you can find hanging out on the charts right now, and he’s taking his show on the road with a “stadium tour” next year. But this isn’t just any tour, and these aren’t just any stadiums. Although not every venue will be at an actual stadium, those that are were all chosen for very specific reasons.

As Aldean tells it himself, it all began in Georgia. “Being from Georgia, and being a big [University of Georgia] fan, this was number one on my list, but they’ve never had a show here, so it was one of those things. ‘That would be really cool, but they’ve never done one before and I don’t know if they’ll let us do it.’ It started from there. This is probably the most excited I’ve ever been about any of my shows.”

And there’s a lot to be excited about. Aldean is in fact playing in Georgia, on April 13, 2013; and the other stadiums all “places that were special to me,” said Aldean. Those places are stadiums such as Wrigley Field and Fenway Park, the latter of which will go down in the history books. It will be the first time a country singer has ever played there when he takes the stage on July 13, 2013. He’ll play Wrigley Field a week later, on July 20.

These are the only three dates that have been announced so far, with Aldean visiting each city to announce the stop.

Muse Finally Coming to North America!


When the Muse announced European dates for their tour over four months ago, it seemed that North American dates were never coming. Now though, fans in Canada and the United States can relax. The Muse are on their way, and shows will start on this side of the pond beginning as early as January 21, 2013!

Just a week after performing in Japan, the Muse will head over to the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California on January 21. From there they’ll jump back and forth between Canada and the States, with the North American leg currently including 21 stops in total. Some of the major stops along the way include the Staples Center, the United Center, and Madison Square Garden. Canadian stops include Vancouver, Montreal, Edmonton, and Calgary.

But, even with all the stops, the Muse says that there may even be more added. “Stay tuned for additional tour announcements,” the band says on their official website. But, just what can fans expect for those shows? The band says that they want to turn away from the laptop-generated shows that are becoming the mainstay of so many touring artists.

“People will pay money to see someone with a laptop who’s done all the experimentation at home and pretty much just hits the spacebar,” lead singer Matt Bellamy recently told Telegraph. “There is a part of us that is definitely clinging to the organic, human side of music, to honor our friendship and the fact that we want to play together in a room.”

Tickets for Muse’s North American leg go on sale this Friday, October 12 so mark your calendars! And to find out where and when the Muse will be in your area, check out all the tour dates on the Muse tickets page.

The Best of Off-Broadway this Fall


Off-Broadway shows get a bad rap. They’re not eligible for Tony awards, they’re usually not filled with huge star names, and well, let’s face it. They’re not on Broadway. But these are rather poor arguments that, should you heed them, will make you miss some really great shows. Here’s a lineup of the best that Off-Broadway is offering this fall. And they’re all must-see shows!

Bullet for Adolf
Written by Woody Harrelson, this is the story about two men who strike up an unlikely friendship in Houston before meeting up with a New Yorker who’s obviously running from something. Those who love a true story will love this one as it’s based on actual people (whose names have been changed.)

Sleep No More
If you love shakin’ up Shakespeare, Sleep No More is the show that you have got to go see! It’s an adaptation of Macbeth but, is that a Chelsea warehouse you’re seeing? You bet it is, and this setting is just one of the things that will let you know you’re seeing The Bard the way you never have before. And if Macbeth isn’t really your thing — in any form — go for the bar anyways. It’s open on the rooftop of The McKittrick Hotel after every show!

Roman Tragedies
And if you really love Shakespeare, you can’t miss Roman Tragedies. This play blends the best of Bill, spinning Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, and Coriolanus into one giant six-hour play. Think you’ll feel restless during that time? Don’t worry about it. You can stretch your legs when you walk up on stage to buy a drink!

Which, if any, of these shows will you be going to see?

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