Entertainment events include Cabaret, Annadroids, Shakespeare


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About Columbus Museum of Art

Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Henry D. and Carol B. Clark, Hermann Vorys, Fred Sands Family, Sayre Charitable, and James W. Overstreet funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA, Schokko Art Café, and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until 9 p.m. every Thursday. Museum admission is $14 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Special exhibition fees may also apply. Admission is free for all on Sundays. PNC Free Sundays presented by PNC Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from the PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614-221-6801 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY’S

TONY AWARD®-WINNING PRODUCTION OF

MAKES COLUMBUS PREMIERE AT THE OHIO THEATRE MARCH 28-APRIL 2

The critically acclaimed and award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present, direct from Broadway, the national tour of Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall’s (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award®-winning production of CABARET, playing March 28-April 1 at the Ohio Theatre.

Tickets start at $34 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and online at www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase by phone, please call 614-469-0939 or 800-745-3000. Orders for groups of 20 or more may be placed by calling 614-719-6900.

The performance schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 29, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 30, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 31, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 1, 2 & 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 2, 1 & 6:30 p.m.

John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff’s Tony-winning musical features some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” CABARET is set in the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd––and to leave their troubles outside.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s tour of CABARET features original Broadway direction by Sam Mendes and original co-direction & choreography by Rob Marshall. Tour direction is under the helm of BT McNicholl (Spamalot) and choreography is recreated by Cynthia Onrubia (Victor/Victoria). The design team includes set design by Robert Brill (Assassins), costume design by William Ivey Long (Chicago), lighting design by Peggy Eisenhauer (Ragtime) and Mike Baldassari (“Nine”), sound design by Keith Caggiano (The Radio City Christmas Spectacular) based on the original Broadway design by Brian Ronan with hair and wig design by Paul Huntley. CABARET features orchestrations by Michael Gibson (The Boy From Oz), music supervision & vocal arrangements by Patrick Vaccariello (On Your Feet) and music direction by Robert Cookman (Legally Blonde). CABARET is based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood.

Jon Peterson, a veteran of Roundabout’s CABARET on Broadway and well known for his various roles on London’s West End, including CATS, A Chorus Line and The Sound of Music, will be starring in the role as the Emcee while Leigh Ann Larkin, known on Broadway for her roles in Gypsy (Dainty June) and A Little Night Music, will be making her CABARET debut as Sally Bowles. Joining them are Benjamin Eakeley (Cabaret/Broadway) as Clifford Bradshaw, Alison Ewing (Cabaret/Broadway) as Fräulein Kost, Mary Gordon Murray (Hands on a Hardbody) as Fräulein Schneider, Scott Robertson (Cabaret/Broadway) as Herr Schultz and Patrick Vaill (Macbeth) as Ernst Ludwig.

True quadruple threats, the cast which also doubles as the Kit Kat Band includes Kelsey Beckert (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), Sarah Bishop (42nd Street), Chelsey Clark, Jenna Zito Clark (Saturday Night Fever), Ryan DeNardo (Grease), Lori Eure (Cabaret/Broadway), Kendal Hartse (Cinderella), Andrew Hubacher (Cabaret/Broadway), Joey Khoury (Altar Boyz), Chris Kotera (Evita), Tommy McDowell (American Idiot), Laura Sheehy (Cabaret/Broadway), Steven Wenslawski (Spamalot), Bob Amaral (A Funny Thing….) and Lucy Sorlucco (The Phantom of the Opera). The Kit Kat Band is under the direction of conductor Robert Cookman and also features Alec Bart (Associate Music Director/keyboard), Bobby Brennen (bass) and Taurus Lovely (drums).

Roundabout Theatre Company’s acclaimed production of CABARET first opened on Broadway on March 19, 1998, starring Alan Cumming and Natasha Richardson, and won four Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical. CABARET went on to play on Broadway for six years and 2,378 performances before finishing its run on January 4, 2004. CABARET returned to Broadway and the infamous Studio 54 with performances beginning March 21, 2014, with Alan Cumming reprising his Tony-winning role as the Emcee. The production featured Michelle Williams, Emma Stone, and Sienna Miller in the role of Sally Bowles and played 423 performances through March 29, 2015. The current national tour of CABARET began performances on Jan. 26, 2016, in Providence, RI.

CABARET premiered on Broadway in 1966, and won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical as well as the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, the Outer Critics’ Circle Award, the Variety Poll of New York Critics, and London’s Evening Standard Award. The original Broadway production played 1,166 performances.

About Roundabout on Tour

Roundabout Theatre Company was most recently represented across the country with the critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning national tour of Anything Goes starring Rachel York which toured for 48 weeks. Before that, Twelve Angry Men toured for two years, spending 63 weeks across the US and Canada. Roundabout’s longest-running musical, the revival of CABARET, received a multi-year tour across the country beginning in 1999. In 2011, Roundabout Theatre Company’s acclaimed work reached a worldwide cinema audience with the HD capture and broadcast of their Tony nominated production of The Importance of Being Earnest, starring Brian Bedford.

About Roundabout Theatre Company

Roundabout Theatre Company is committed to producing the highest quality theatre with the finest artists, sharing stories that endure, and providing accessibility to all audiences. A not-for-profit company, Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the production of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate and engage all audiences.

Roundabout Theatre Company presents a variety of plays, musicals, and new works on its five stages, each of which is specifically designed to enhance the needs of Roundabout’s mission. Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design, is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics. Roundabout’s Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions. The Stephen Sondheim Theatre offers a state of the art LEED certified Broadway theatre in which to stage major large-scale musical revivals. Together these distinctive homes serve to enhance Roundabout’s work on each of its stages.

American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Roundabout’s season in 2017 includes Arthur Miller’s The Price, directed by Terry Kinney; If I Forget by Steven Levenson, directed by Daniel Sullivan; Marvin’s Room by Scott McPherson, directed by Anne Kauffman; Napoli, Brooklyn by Meghan Kennedy, directed by Gordon Edelstein; the spring 2017 Roundabout Underground production is On the Exhale, a new play by Martín Zimmerman, directed by Leigh Silverman.

Roundabout’s new off-Broadway season dedicated to new work at the Harold & Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre in 2017-2018 will include The Last Match, by Anna Ziegler, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch; Amy and the Orphans, by Lindsey Ferrentino, directed by Scott Ellis; Skintight, by Joshua Harmon, directed by Daniel Aukin.

Roundabout Underground’s 2017-2018 season will include Too Heavy for your Pocket, by Jiréh Breon Holder.

Anna and The Annadroids Return to Columbus for First Performances Since 2011

New production Faux(pas)bia introduces additional components including original music, aerial performance, and video projections

Anna Sullivan, artistic director and choreographer of Anna and The Annadroids, is a native of Columbus, where she began her dance project in 2005. In 2011, she relocated to San Francisco where she continues to evolve her conceptual multimedia productions. Her most recent collaborative work, Faux(pas)bia, is a conceptual dance concert that features innovative choreography, aerial performance, immersive video environments, and an original music score. With a message of positive change through mindfulness and compassion, Faux(pas)bia depicts one girl’s surreal journey as she struggles to face her fears and the unexpected challenges of a world that seems to be falling apart, ultimately arriving at the opportunity to rise above the chaos.

CAPA presents Anna and The Annadroids: Faux(pas)bia at the Riffe Center’s Studio One (77 S. High St.) on Thursday, March 30, at 8 p.m.; Friday, March 31, at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, April 1, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call 614-469-0939 or 800-745-3000.

In 2004, a small town girl with a big dream started a dance project called Anatomical Scenario. One year later, through a great deal of conceptual development and character building, Anna Sullivan’s signature characters of Anna and The Annadroids were born. An Annadroid is a robotic, doll-like character that represents the idolized female form. The Annadroids appear to be clones, and their movements give the impression that they are a part of an army-like force. Their mission is to resist against their robotic conformity, dig deep into their hidden shadows, and discover their true self.

From 2005-11, Anna and The Annadroids were based in Columbus where they were seen at countless performances for community events, private parties, showcases, and their own full-length dance productions. During this time, they were also presented at the New York International Fringe Festival three times (2006, 2007, 2011); received funding from The Greater Columbus Arts Council and The Ohio Arts Council; and were awarded a 2008 Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Artistic Excellence Award of $10,000 for their production Clone Zone.

In 2011, Sullivan moved to the West Coast where she continued to build her Annadroid dream. She wasted no time searching for new dancers, grants, and performance opportunities, and within one year, was re-staging her successful production, Clone Zone. From 2011-16, Sullivan created four full-length, multi-media productions and received support from The Zellerbach Foundation, ODC and The Fleishhacker Foundation, Theater Bay Area CA$H Grants, and The Phyllis Wattis Foundation. In 2013, Sullivan was awarded Choreographer of the Year by Bay Area Dance Watch. In 2017, she released her album, Faux(pas)bia, which is the musical score of the production.

SCARves work by Raheleh Bagheri and Arezou Bizhani continues through April 30

The Ohio Art League is thrilled to announce the first of its Member Curated Exhibitions for 2017. In a time of continuing controversy over immigration, “SCARves” presents a view of what artistic freedom means from the perspective of 2 Iranian women. The exhibition of photographs and mixed-media pieces runs from March 3rd through the end of April.

Raheleh Bagheri and Arezou Bizhani were born in Iran, and studied art and graphic design at Iranian universities. In Iran they had no choice but to wear a head scarf. As Bagheri says, “it can be difficult for Americans to appreciate just how wonderfully free they feel to be able to go in public without a hijab, with their hair blowing in the wind for all to see.

Each artist emigrated to Columbus in the last several years and upon meeting each other combined their sculptural, painting, and photographic talents into a collection of new works motivated by the scars their scarves left behind.

The four-part exhibit (“Freed”, “Boxed”, “Emote” and “Mirror”) is principally one of photography, but two of the installations utilize new perceptual techniques done in collaboration with well-known cognitive scientist Dr. Mark Changizi — also Persian and a denizen of Columbus.

Ohio Art League is a non-profit, member-based organization for artists. Founded in 1909, OAL is the longest continually operating non-profit art league in the state. The organization works strategically to help Ohio cultivate and retain top visual art talent while positioning the state as a hub for the arts.

Through OAL, member artists receive support across all stages of their careers. OAL helps make connections with patrons of the arts and the broader Ohio arts community, provides opportunities for exhibition and studio space and offers exhibition awards, workshops, professional development and members-only events.

As an organization of artists for artists, OAL exists to serve the needs of its members. Member feedback has spurred major transformations within OAL, including the development of X Space, the variety of exhibition opportunities we offer and increasing the level of artist awards. OAL provides an inclusive forum to cultivate appreciation and presence for artists working across all mediums locally, statewide, nationally and internationally with a renewed dedication to exhibitions and programming.

Ohio Art League X Space is a multidisciplinary project and programming space in partnership with Franklinton Arts District at 400 West Rich Street Art Studios. X Space provides a flexible, experimental space for OAL members to create projects and programming with the community, including exhibitions, performances, readings, screenings, workshops and more. Ohio Art League members are invited to submit proposals for programming and exhibitions at X Space at oal.org/XSpace.

To learn more about Ohio Art League, to volunteer, sponsor, support or become a member, please visit OAL.org.

Thank you to our sponsors and partners for making Ohio Art League possible including: Ohio Art League Members, Peg Mativi, Mary Lou Chess Memorial Fund, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, Renée and Edward Steidle Fund, Jerry Dannemiller, Thomas C and Mary Ann Hays Foundation,

Columbus Museum of Art Presents

Shakespeare in Prague: Imagining the Bard in the Heart of Europe

Columbus Museum of Art is proud to present Shakespeare in Prague: Imagining the Bard in the Heart of Europe, on view February 10–May 21, 2017 in the Margaret M. Walter Wing. The exhibition was organized by the Columbus Museum of Art; The Ohio State University’s College of Arts and Sciences Arts Initiative; the Arts and Theatre Institute, Prague, Czech Republic; and the National Museum, Prague, Czech Republic. Shakespeare in Prague displays the history and depth of Shakespearean productions in central Europe and highlights the work of dozens of central European theater artists and designers. From the Machiavellian rise and fall of Richard III to the fantastical world of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this exhibition explores the myriad ways stage design in central Europe adapted the bard’s plays into their world.

The 2016 celebration of the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare renewed global interest in England’s most legendary wordsmith. For more than four hundred years, the plays and poetry of Shakespeare have inspired artists and audiences in both English and non-English speaking countries. Prague was one of the first cities outside of England to embrace Shakespeare’s plays, which were performed during his lifetime in the Bohemian capital.

In the 20th century, Shakespeare remained a touchstone for central European theater. Under the Nazi and Communist grips on Czechoslovakia, the strengths, weaknesses, yearnings, and foibles expressed in Shakespeare’s work allowed artists to express themselves, even under strict censorship. Shakespeare in Prague highlights the ways in which these plays were used by artists and designers in central Europe throughout the 20th and 21st centuries to explore the universal aspects of our shared humanity.

The works in Shakespeare in Prague illustrate the varied responses of Czech and Slovakian artists and designers. Original and reproduction costumes, set and costume renderings, maquettes and models of sets, photographs, prints, and ephemera are all included in the exhibition. Designs ranging from early 20th century modernism to surrealism to post-modern references to popular culture are represented. Shakespeare in Prague underscores the significant contributions of these Czech and Slovak artists and designers to world culture and to the continued proliferation of the work of William Shakespeare.

Catalogue

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue of the same name, which includes essays by Guest Curator Joe Brandesky, Ph.D., as well as Czech theater experts Vlasta Koubska, Barbora Príhodová, and Pavel Drábek. Catalogues are available in the Museum Store.

About The Ohio State University’s College of Arts and Sciences Arts Initiative

The Arts Initiative at The Ohio State University serves as an umbrella for multiple arts and culture organizations on and off campus, including the Urban Arts Space, Hopkins Hall Gallery, and the Town and Gown Committee for the Arts. The Arts Initiative generates and nurtures partnerships and collaborations that bring local, national, and international exhibitions and performances to Ohio State and the city of Columbus. More information at http://artsinitiative.osu.edu

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Staff Reports

About Columbus Museum of Art

Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Henry D. and Carol B. Clark, Hermann Vorys, Fred Sands Family, Sayre Charitable, and James W. Overstreet funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA, Schokko Art Café, and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until 9 p.m. every Thursday. Museum admission is $14 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Special exhibition fees may also apply. Admission is free for all on Sundays. PNC Free Sundays presented by PNC Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from the PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614-221-6801 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.