The Footlight Club's current show is the classic musical "Cabaret" and there are two more weekends to catch it. All photos are courtesy of Sacred Harbor Photography. "Cabaret" is set in 1931 while the Nazis rise to power. A very popular movie version of the play starred Liza Minnelli. Alexander Boyle stars as a young American writer, Cliff Bradshaw, and his relationship with an English cabaret performer, Sally Bowles, being played by Perry Albert.
There will be a free screening of the documentary "Hay un país en el mundo" at the Jamaica Plain Connolly Branch Library on April 1. José Pintor directed this documentary, which takes its name from the famous Dominican poem by Pedro Mir. It is a walk through the natural landscape of the Dominican Republic, describing the country’s historic, cultural and social values as explained by experts in specific areas of interest. It is a project that was made by a collaboration by historians, anthropologists, folklorist and journalists of the Dominican Republic. It also gives a musical tour of the country and utilizes music from more than a dozen musicians from different times in the history of merengue and bachata.
Jamaica Plain residents Marge Dunn and Michael Ofori will star in the New England premiere of "Cardboard Piano" at New Repertory Theatre. Written by the in-demand, young playwright Hansol Jung, "Cardboard Piano" is a riveting new drama that follows a love story between two young women, set against an escalating civil war in Uganda. The show is running from March 23 to April 14. Marge Dunn is making her New Repertory Theatre debut with this production of "Cardboard Piano" and will be playing Chris. Her other recent credits include "It’s a Wonderful Life" and "Miss Holmes" at the Greater Boston Stage Company; "Dog Act" for which she received an IRNE nomination at Theatre on Fire; "Three Sisters" for which she also received an IRNE nomination and more at the Wellesley Repertory Theatre. She was in "Macbeth" at the Brown Box Theatre Project; "The Draft" at Hibernian Hall; "Romeo and Juliet" and "Much Ado About Nothing" at the Boston Theater Company.
Jamaica Plain’s Reverend Dr. Ray Hammond of Bethel AME Church will take part in the upcoming Cambridge Symphony Orchestra's (CSO) Heroes and Angels concert. Hammond will narrate the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a piece by composer Joseph Schwantner called New Morning for the World (“Daybreak of Freedom”). CSO Music Director Cynthia Woods selected New Morning for the World along with the other works on the program, Nan Schwartz’s trumpet tone poem Angels Among Us and Jean Sibelius’ stirring Symphony No. 5 because they complement each other in various ways and remind us that we are creative beings surrounded by natural beauty. In advance of the March 17 concert, Reverend Dr. Ray Hammond answered a few questions for Jamaica Plain News about his involvement in the program.
Artists from Boston Lyric Opera recently visited an ennead of public libraries, including Jamaica Plain's two branches, to perform kid-themed excerpts from "The Barber of Seville." Boston Lyric Opera artists performed one-hour participatory programs that were free and open to kids and families, ideally for ages 6 to 12. The program featured two professional singers, and a pianist. Held during February school vacation week, the pianist also acted as a teaching artist who introduced opera to the young audiences through a melodic, engaging and theatrical presentation. This is the third year that the BLO has part This is the third year the BPL has partnered with the BLO to present how opera tells a story.