September 28, 2006
Tickets for Aspen Community Theatre’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof” are on sale through the Wheeler Opera House box office. Tickets for evening performances are $18 for adults and $14 for children. Tickets for matinees are $16 for adults and $12 for children.”Fiddler on the Roof” will be presented Nov. 1-12 at the Aspen District Theatre, with 7 p.m. performances Nov. 1-4 and 8-11, and 2 p.m. matinees Nov. 5 and 12.John Trow, who directs the Crystal Palace dinner theater show, will direct and choreograph the Joseph Stein-Jerry Bock musical. Pat Holloran stars as Tevye, the pious father of five daughters in an early 20th-century Russian shtetl, with Tammy Baar as his wife, Golde. The three oldest daughters are played by Beth Brandon, Jennica Lundin and Whitney Iris Mufson. Other featured actors include Nina Gabianelli as the gabbing matchmaker Yente, Jeff James-Schlepp as the butcher Lazar Wolf, Tyson Young as the poor tailor Motel, Lane McDiffett as the student Perchik, and Hector Lopez as the Russian Fyedka. The cast is rounded out by nearly 40 chorus members.Co-producers for “Fiddler on the Roof” are Jody Hecht and Rita Hunter. Music director is David Dyer, with Wendy Larson conducting. Set design is by Tom Ward; costumes are by Kathleen Albert. Loren Wilder is the lighting designer, and Arman Boyles is the sound designer.ACT first presented “Fiddler on the Roof” in 1977. The 1964 show, adapted from stories by Sholom Aleichem, earned nine Tony Awards, including one for best musical. Norman Jewison’s 1971 film adaptation earned three Academy Awards. Songs from the musical include “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset” and “Matchmaker, Matchmaker.”For tickets, go to http://www.wheeleroperahouse.com, or call 920-5770. For further information, go to http://www.aspencommunitytheatre.com.
The Comedy Festival, a sister event to Aspen’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, has announced the first round of acts for its 2006 outing. The second annual Comedy Festival, expanded from last year’s three days to five days this year, will be held Nov. 14-18 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.Headliners for the festival include Chris Rock, Billy Crystal, Dane Cook, Don Rickles, Damon Wayans and others.Rock will be presented with the Comedian Award, in an event featuring a live Q-and-A. Cook will present a special version of his “Tourgasm,” while Cannon will host a live version of his MTV show, “Nick Cannon Presents Wild ‘N’ Out.”Crystal, along with Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams, will host “Comic Relief 2006,” to be simulcast live on HBO and TBS. All proceeds from the show will go to the rebuilding of New Orleans and the victims of Hurricane Katrina.Performing stand-up sets are Kathy Griffin, Louis CK, Dave Attell and Mario Cantone. Joe Rogan, Charlie Murphy and John Heffron will team in Maxim Real Men of Comedy. Bob Saget will perform a special “For Adults Only” show, and Rickles will perform with a full orchestra.For tickets and further information, go to http://www.thecomedyfestival.com. Tickets can also be purchased at http://www.ticketmaster.com and http://www.vegas.com, or by calling 1-877-TCF-FEST (823-3378).In addition, the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival has been renamed the HBO Comedy Festival. The first festival under the new name is scheduled to be held Feb. 28-March 4 in Aspen, following 12 years under the original name. No acts have been announced yet for the festival. Past acts at the USCAF include George Carlin, a reunion of the Monty Python troupe, “The Simpsons Live,” Steve Martin and “Dave Gorman’s Googlewhack Adventure.”For further information, go to http://www.hbocomedyfestival.com.