December 19, 2007
Horrors, Crimes and more in Theatre Aspens summerTheatre Aspens 2008 summer season will include Little Shop of Horrors, Crimes of the Heart and Rounding Third, presented in rotating repertory at the Theatre Aspen tent in Rio Grande Park. Also to be presented is the childrens theater production, Seussical the Musical.The season runs June 27 through Aug. 23.Little Shop of Horrors, opening June 27, is composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashmans off-Broadway adaptation of Roger Cormans 1960 B-movie about an evil plant with intentions for world domination. Frank Ozs film remake, from 1982, earned a pair of Oscar nominations.Rounding Third, opening July 10, is a comedy by Richard Dresser about two mismatched men who end up coaching the same Little League team.Crimes of the Heart, opening July 24, is the story of three sisters from a dysfunctional family who reunite at their grandmothers Mississippi home. It earned the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for playwright Beth Henley. A 1986 film adaptation earned Henley an Academy Award nomination for best adapted screenplay.Opening July 12 is Seussical, a musical based on the stories and drawings of Dr. Seuss that opened on Broadway in 2000.Also, Theatre Aspen announced in October the hiring of Paige Price as artistic director, and Shirley Tipton as executive director. Price appeared onstage last summer in Theatre Aspens production of the musical, The Last Five Years. Tipton previously served as the organizations operations manager.For further information on Theatre Aspen, go to http://www.theatreaspen.org.Jazz Aspen: a little jazz, a little faithJazz Aspen Snowmass has announced its lineup of upcoming jazz concerts.Jazz Aspen partners with the Wheeler Opera House in presenting vocalist Steve Tyrell, best known for his performance of The Way You Look Tonight in the film Father of the Bride, at the Wheeler on Feb. 21.Pianist Bill Charlap will perform March 14 at Harris Hall in a concert co-presented by the Aspen Institute. Earlier in the day, Charlap will participate, along with Jazz Aspen executive producer Jim Horowitz, in a Jazz & Democracy seminar as part of the Arts & Ideas series.Jazz Aspen will co-present two summer concerts at the Benedict Music Tent with the Aspen Music Festival: singer Patti Austin, backed by a big band, performing her Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, on June 24; and Cuban-born singer Isaac Delgado, who defected to the United States earlier this year, on July 22.Also, Jazz Aspen is selling its Blind Faith Pass, which offers discounted admission to the nonprofit organizations two summer festivals. The Pass allows general admission seating to each day of the four-day festivals. Passes for either the June Festival or the Labor Day Festival are $99 each; a Blind Faith Pass for both festivals is $149.Blind Faith Passes will be sold through Dec. 31 only, at the Belly Up Aspen box office, at http://www.jazzaspen.org, or by calling 1-866-JAS-TIXX (527-8499). The number of passes to be sold is limited.The June Festival is set for June 19-22 in Aspens Rio Grande Park. The Labor Day Festival is scheduled for Aug. 29-Sept. 1 in Snowmass Town Park, in Snowmass Village. No acts have yet been announced for either festival.More movies at the WheelerThe Wheeler Film Series and Aspen Films Academy Screenings have each announced additions to their upcoming schedules.The Wheeler Film Series will present Man in the Chair Sunday and Monday, Dec. 23-24, and Wednesday, Dec. 26, with evening screenings each day at 7:30 p.m., and an additional 4:30 matinee on Sunday. Michael Schroeders film stars Christopher Plummer as a cranky old man whose life is shaken up after meeting a teenager who shares his passion for films.Also, Aspen Film has added Starting Out in the Evening to its Academy Screenings series. It will show Sunday, Dec. 30 at 8:15 p.m. at the Wheeler. Director Andrew Wagners film stars Frank Langella as a reclusive novelist pursued by an ambitious and admiring grad student.The Academy Screenings series runs through Jan. 2, with daily presentations (except Monday, Dec. 24). For a full program, go to http://www.aspenfilm.org.