Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 27, 1972 · Page 79
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 79

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 27, 1972
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B'way series offering excellent contemporary shows By Martha Smith Broadway musical fans are being offered the tried- and-true show and the hippest of rocK musicals. . .with a lot in between. This season's Broadway Show series, sponsored by National Shows, is, in my opinion, an excellent representation of contemporary theater. For nostalgia fans, the season opens Nov. 18 with a return engagement by John Raitl. He will appear in Cole Porter's "Kiss Me Kate." a traditional American theater piece. Raitt, you may recall, came out on stage following SPECIAL GUESTS * SUSAN RAYE * TONY BOOTH if Bakersfield Brass FRI.-SEPT. 8TH 8:00 MEM. FIELD HOUSE TICKETS $3.00 $4.00 $5.00 ON SAll NOW · FIELD MOUSl KliNJIWIlllS'SUIS · IN ASHLAND ··ICOBD SHOP · IN CHA5. · CIVIC CENTER · MAIS · 6OMT S · TURNERS MAILORDERS NATIONAL SHOWS c/o FIELD HOUSE HUNTINGTON.N.VA. k FOR RES. CAU 529-4124 ^ In one ear . . . an appreciative ovation after last year's "Carousel." At that time the veteran performer charmed his audience with a promise to bring back another show. Surely no one could have known he would make good his promise the very next year. But, he has. The folksy-hometown style of John Raitt, who still finds time to sign autographs for an adoring crowd which has followed him through more than a quarter century of musical success, will carry him to another triumph in this show. After all, the 1948 "Kate" was a smash hit, setting to music the familiar story of Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew." And John Raitt's voice, which has mellowed and become richer through the years, was made for songs like "Wun- derbar." Other highlights from the show are "So in Love With You Am I,' 1 and "Always True to You in My Fashion." The 1971 Tony Award-winning spy thriller "Sleuth" is the season's second offering, sneaking on stage Dec. 9. H e a d i n g the cast for "Sleuth" will be George Rose and David Haviland. Rose is a distinguished British actor who has been widely acclaimed for roles in "A Man for All Seasons," and his role opposite Katherine Hepburn in "Coco." Rose adds a long list of Shakespeare repertory and t w o musicals-- "Walking Happy" and "My . Fair Lady''-- to his credits. Haviland, who also hails from England, is best known for his world tours as a solo concert-singer. His film credits include "Barefoot in Athens." "King Rat," ''Donovan's Reef" and "Fair Exchange." Mystery fans will enjoy this show, with its suspense, plot r.nd counter-plot and whodunit format. Once again, the name's the game, as a "big name" entertainer stars in a "big "·""·" NATIONAL SHOWS PRESENT -n^--'· The PORTER WAGONER Show Direct from Nashville's Grand OleOpry! Starring RCA Recording Artists * PORTER WAGONER * DOLLY PARTON * Speck Rhodes *The Wagonmasters! ·k PLUS THI ENTIRE TV SHOW FRIDAY--SEPT. 22--8:30 MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM TICKETS · $4 $5 ON SALE NOW CIVIC CENTER · ARUMS · CORBY'S · SEARS TURNERS · TAPE COTTACE · SILVER BRAND IN HUNT. KEEN JEWELERS 6 SEARS MAILORDERS NATIONAL SHOWS c/o CIVIC CENTER, CHAS., W. VA. FOR RES. CALL 3 4 3 - 6 8 5 2 of three Irish-A :Te"ier;r, sisters whose careers as schoolteacher fail to mask the anguish in Ihelr lives. Miss Hunter has been acclaimed in such films as "Planet of the Anes." "The Swimmer," "A Canterbury Tale," and "When Strangers Marry." It takes no genius to see National Shows has come up with a superior season for Charleston. For the old- guard theater-goer, there is the infinite ability of John Raitt. For the young folks there is "Godspell." with such songs as "Day by Day." And for the curious, there is Shelley Herman. As one of the curious, I will be intently watching this performance, because to me, Berman is still the man in the phone booth. But it is my speculation that "And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little'' will be the strongest, most dynamic show of this outstanding season. TAKE A "RED CARPET" HOLIDAY at the RED CARPET INN PT. PLEASANT, W. VA. Labor Day Week End Sept. 1st. thru 4th · Luxurious Accommodations · Swimming Tennis · Superb Dining Room · tounge · Planned Activities · Free Beverage on Arrival · Great Entertainment · Swim Show ALL FOR AS LITTLI AS $30. f EH PERSON PLUS ACCOMMODATIONS Cjllor Write now for reservations: RED CARPET INN MID IIVII It. FT. PIUSAKT, W. V«. Phone 304-675-3OO7 Use Want Ads. Dial 348-4848 Patrice Mntisel name" show. Soprano Patrice Munsel comes to town in "Applause, Applause," Jan. 19. Miss Munsel has long charmed audiences with her dark beauty and natural stage presence. The former Metropolitan Opera star has recently logged successes in productions of "Kiss Me, Kale," "Can-Can," "South Pacific," "The King and I," "Song of Norway," "The Sound of Music," "Hello, Dolly," "My Fair Lady," "Mame," and "I Do! I Do!" She will surely pack in a full house for her performance here. Miss Munsel has a large following in this area, as does John Raitt Comic Shelley Berman shows up as the three-in-one Feb. 3 in Richard Rodgers 1 ! "Two by Two." The comedi- | an noted for his escapades \ in a phone booth, will--in j one evening--play an old ! man, young man and mid- ' die-aged Noah. And, as the skipper of the Ark, Berman ] will sing. j B e r m a n continues t h e trend of having well known comic? appear in the Broadway season, following last This week At Sunrise Charleston's center of arts and education is open to the public free of charge Tuesday thrugh Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 2 to 5 p.m. Closed Monday, ART GALLERY "The Bocour Artists Colors Collection" from the A m e r i c a n Federation of Arts. One Man Show by June Kilgore. year's hit "Last of the Red Hot Lovers" which starred Stubby Kaye. The fourth show is a rock musical. "Godspell," putting the gospel of St. Matthew into the same upbeat trend as "Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor D r e a m coat" and "Jesus Christ. Superstar." There is no detailed information on the cast available at this time. The production will be staged March 24. Academy-award winning Kim Hunter heads up the cast of "And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little," playing here March 31. The show which ran on Broadway for a year, focuses on the lives ANNUAL LION'S CLUB FAIR SUM.AOG.27-LASTDAY CHARLESTON CIVIC CENTER L A R G E S T · B E S T · M O S T R E L I A B L E JAY GOULD PRODUCTION CLOSED MONDAY NIGHTS jTfddler based on Sholem Aleichem stories on the by Special permission of Arnold Perl Book by: JOSEPH STEIN Music by: JERRY BOCK Lyrics by: SHELDON HARNICK Produced on the New York Stage By Harold Prince )rigincl New York Stage Production . Directed ctndChoreograpnea by JEROME BOBBINS NOW thru SEPTEMBER 2nd ^-9V J 1 -- - ~ FINAL WEEK SEE IT LIVE! SIMI., T W*d., a Ttiurt | PHONE FOR SHOW TIME, AUGUST 27, 1972 _ _ - «* A « « oor* RESERVATIONS: 755-381 1 £ SOUTH OFF 1.64 -EXIT 9 l BIG 10 MEMBER CAST EXTRAVAGANZA CHARLESTON, W.VA. Door* Open -6:00

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