That’s show business
Closet fans of Barry Manilow – he writes the songs, after all – can greet each other at the performance of “Copacabana the Musical.” The love/jealousy triangle between Lola, Tony and Rico is culled from Manilow’s famous song, “Copacabana,” and brought to life on stage amidst showgirl costumes, disco underbeats and Cuban fanfare.
“Ain’t Misbehavin'” is a tribute to the “golden age” of music and Fats Waller’s standards. When it opened on Broadway in 1978, it won a plethora of best musical awards, including a Tony, New York Drama Critics’ Circle, the Outer Critics’ Circle and the Drama Desk.
For those who don’t appreciate theater with the occasional outburst of song, several theater productions will be enacted, including Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Rick Miller is returning with his “MacHomer: “The Simpsons’ Do MacBeth.” The one-man show incorporates 50 characters from “The Simpsons” and was a sold-out performance last year. Watching Miller fill up the stage is almost sensory overload.
A major coup for the Vilar Center is “The Vagina Monologues,” a three-woman show that includes facts and thoughts about the vagina, based on more than 200 interviews the writer had with a diverse group of women.
“We finally got the “Vagina Monologues,'” said an excited Shelley Woodworth, marketing director for the Vilar Center. “They’ve been on the wish list for a while, but the timing was never right. It’s finally worked out.”
Twyla Tharp Dance is an institution unto itself. According to Tharp, the world can be divided into two categories: those that move and those that don’t. She and her troupe move. A lot. She’s choreographed more than 125 dances and five Hollywood movies, and she’s received two Emmy Awards and 17 honorary doctorates.
The Parsons Dance Company wowed spectators at Vail’s International Evenings of Dance with their signature work, “Caught.” Incorporating strobe lights, dancer Elizabeth Keoppen seemed to float through the air in an other-worldly manner. A miracle of timing, when the strobe lights quit she, too, would be still.
Classical music buffs can hear the Eroica Trio, which takes its name from Beethoven’s Third Symphony. The Grammy-nominated trio have programs that draw from 300 years of music. Their performance will include music from Loeillet, Beethoven and Arensky.
Chorovaya Akademia, a Russian men’s choir, will be singing acappella works from the Russian Orthodox Church as well as the secular world.
Family shows include the Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats, who use brightly-colored costumes, magic tricks and a bit of comedy in their feats of balance and martial arts.
Bob Berky is returning with “What’s in the Box?” Berky is a mime, a juggler and a clown; his show addresses the qualities of sharing and compassion.
Eight concerts will take over the Vilar Center during the course of the winter, including The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Persuasions and Keb’ Mo’. Taj Mahal is a blues man who draws from West African, Caribbean, cajun and Latin flavors. Country star Kathy Mattea has bagged two Grammy Awards.
Tickets for all winter season shows are on sale now through the Vilar Center Box Office 845-TIXS, or via their Web site at http://www.vilarcenter.org. Through Dec. 20, people buying tickets to five shows can receive a sixth one free. For more information, contact the Vilar Center.
Vilar Center Winter Season 2002/2003
Holiday Movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life” Nov. 29
Take 6 Nov. 30
Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats Dec. 6
A Community Holiday Concert Dec. 13 and 14
Bob Berky, “What’s in a Box?” Dec. 21
A Scottish Christmas Dec. 22
The Bobs Dec. 25
Phunk Shui Show – John Oates and Little Blue Dec. 26
Eroica Trio Dec. 27
“Ain’t Misbehavin'” Dec. 28 and 29
“Peter and the Wolf” Dec 30
“Forever Plaid” Jan 3 and 4
Movie Series, “Jesse James” Jan 15
U.S. Coast Guard Academy Singers Jan. 17
Fred Garbo Inflatable Theatre Jan. 18
Taj Mahal Jan. 19
Movie Series, “Winchester ’73” Jan. 22
“The Miracle Worker” Jan 29
Harlem Imagination Celebration Jan. 30
Linda Eder Feb. 1
Capitol Steps Feb. 2
Twyla Tharp Dance Feb. 4
Movie Series, “The Searchers” Feb. 5
Kathy Mattea Feb. 7
Movie Series, “The Outlaw Josey Wales” Feb. 12
The Persuasions Feb. 14
Goodnight Opus Feb. 15
“MacHomer: “The Simpsons’ do MacBeth” Feb. 16 and 17
The Del McCoury Band Feb. 18
Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley Feb. 21
The Vagina Monologues Feb. 25 and 26
“Jammin’ with the Pops” Feb 28
Tim Reynolds Mar. 3
“The Snow Queen” Mar. 6
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Mar. 7
MOMIX in Orbit Mar. 9
The Glenn Miller Orchestra Mar. 13
Richie Havens Mar. 15
Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana the Musical” Mar. 16
The Second City Mar. 18 and 19
Russian American Kid’s Circus Mar. 22
“Barrage: A Violin Sings, a Fiddle Dances” Mar. 23
“Direct from Broadway” Mar. 26 and 27
Karla Bonoff Mar. 29
“Swing!” Mar. 31
Chorovaya Akademia Apr. 1
Parsons Dance Company Apr. 4