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Elsewhere in the Arts | Irving Berlin, the sound of cinema and one more weekend of 'Fiddler'
The Jewel Box fetes the great American composer Irving Berlin, while WWCA revels in an encore weekend of 'Fiddler on the Roof' and the Bainbridge Symphony celebrates music's place in the cinema.
Jewel Box stages ‘revusical’ of Berlin’s bounty
Bringing it back to the small-casted, medley-musical — a la the ever-successful ‘Forever Plaid’ shows — the Jewel Box celebrates the great American songwriter Irving Berlin this time around.
Part Berlin revue, part biopic of American musical theater in the first half of the 20th century, "I Love A Piano" plays now through June 28, 225 Iverson St. in Poulsbo.
Touching on 60 songs from one of the country’s most prolific songwriters, spanning seven decades in just more than 100 minutes, the strong six-member cast tells the story through the character of a Tin Pan Alley piano, through the Roarin’ 20s, the Great Depression and both World War I and II.
Local musical theater magnate Gwen Adams directs new-to-the-Jewel-Box-stage Paul Adkins along with Anna Borer, Rusty Flounders, Kate Pippinger, Jacqueline Taylor and, on the keys, Bruce Taylor.
The Los Angeles Times says “I Love a Piano” refreshes its oft-abused genre; the Jewel Box says “If you loved ‘Plaid Tidings,’ step back in time with ‘I Love a Piano.’”
For tickets and more info, go to www.jewelboxpoulsbo.org.
An encore for ‘Fiddler’
Western Washington Center for the Arts has added an extra weekend to its run of “Fiddler on the Roof.” The Port Orchard playhouse will play the massive Russian musical through May 30, adding two additional performances at 7:30 p.m. May 29 and at 5 p.m. May 30.
Get tickets online at www.wwca.us or by calling the box office (360) 769-SHOW.
Following ‘Fiddler’ and a summer kids workshop in July, WWCA’s final show of the 2008-2009 season will be Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance,” slated for Aug. 7-30.
WWCA is located at 521 Bay St. in Port Orchard.
‘Film Scores Through the Ages’ on Bainbridge
From the first silent films and “talkies” to the modern epic, the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra explores the role music has played in the appeal of cinema in its concluding concert of the season. Led by musical director David Upham, the orchestra celebrates some of the best music ever written for the silver screen.
The program begins with a signature piece from one of the film score’s biggest names — Aaron Copland “The Red Pony Suite.” The 1948 score for the film adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel of the same name is said to be heavy in the folk-style for which “the dean of American composers” was known.
From there, the symphony performs selections from “Victory at Sea” the 1952-53 naval warfare TV documentary series with a score from Richard Rogers (of the Broadway fame), Howard Shore’s “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001), concluding with John Williams’ epic score from “Star Wars, Episode 1: The Phantom Menace” (1999).
The program also features BSO oboe principal oboist Amy Duerr-Day (also co-principle for Philharmonia Northwest Orchestra”) on Ennio Morricone’s breathtaking theme from the 1986 British film “The Mission.”
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. May 30 and 3 p.m. May 31 at Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison Ave. N on Bainbridge. A pre-concert chat kicks off 45 minutes before the downbeat. Tickets are $18-$15.
Info: www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org or call (206) 842-8569.