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TUESDAY, NOV. 15, 2011

Cheyenne Jackson goes all 'Mad Men'

Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson, product of Newport and Spokane, will get in touch with his inner Rat-Packer for a concert with the New York Pops on Thursday. He's headlining a show called "Cheyenne Jackson's Cocktail Hour: Music of the 'Mad Men' Era. Read all about...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 9, 2011

'Sperm! The Musical'? Really?

"Sperm! The Musical" is on the way to the Panida Theatre in Sandpoint. No, I don't think this is a joke. It's an original musical comedy set in that most romantic of settings, a sperm bank. It's about "sperm radiation therapy, and killer mutant sperm...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2011

A great and powerful 'Oz'

The opening show at the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, “The Wizard of Oz,” which runs June 9-19, has had a robust pre-sale – just 300 tickets behind the theater’s all-time biggest seller, last year’s “Cinderella,” at a comparable date. That’s a good harbinger going into...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011

Wicked work: Stage crews are bathed in orange as lights are tested and the set of the Broadway blockbuster “Wicked” is assembled on Tuesday in the INB Performing Arts Center in Spokane. The show travels with 13 semitrailers filled with props and sets and takes crews 2 ½ days to set up. “Wicked” runs today through May 29. (Dan Pelle)

Is it a giant bat? Or a dragon?

I received an e-mail from a reader pointing out that what I called a "a giant dragon looming over the proscenium" in "Wicked" was, in fact, a giant bat. "Don't you remember the bats in the 'Wizard of Oz?" she asked. I was ready to...

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FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011

The full 'Wicked' review

Here's my unedited review of "Wicked." It will appear in Saturday morning's print edition, after more editing and refinement: “Wicked,” Thursday night, INB Performing Arts Center, continues through May 29, tickets available through TicketsWest outlets (800-325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com) The first thing a newcomer to the “Wicked”...

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THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011

A 'Wicked' quickie review

Just got in from 'Wicked' and I will write a full review for Saturday's print edition. But here's my quick initial reaction: "Wicked" is a feast or the eyes, with exceptionally creative sets, costumes and lighting. And it works for the heart and the brain,...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011

Robert Cray, John Prine booked into Spokane

Two new shows to report: The Robert Cray Band, an old favorite among Spokane blues aficionados, will play the Knitting Factory Concert House on July 2, 8:30 p.m. Cray was a fixture in Spokane clubs before he broke out and became an international star. Tickets...

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TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011

Going to 'Wicked'? Read this first

The people at WestCoast Entertainment have a few important reminders for people who have tickets to "Wicked," which opens a two-week run Wednesday. Those are: Leave the babies and toddlers with the sitter. No one under 4 will be allowed in the theater. And although...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011

Your best options for 'Wicked' good tix

Here are the "Wicked" performances in Spokane that have the best ticket availability: May 18, 7:30 p.m., May 19, 2 p.m., May 24, 7:30p.m., May 25, 7:30 p.m., and May 29,, 1 p.m.. Many of the other "Wicked" performances are already sold out and many...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011

'Aladdin' and 'Narnia' in Children's Theatre lineup

The Spokane Children’s Theatre has announced its 2011-2012 season: “Disney’s Aladdin,” based on the popular movie. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” the classic holiday comedy. “Go Dog Go,” an Inland Northwest premiere of a Seattle Children’s Theatre favorite. “Miss Nelson is Missing!” another Inland Northwest...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2011


'Spamalot' comes to Spokanalot

I taunt you not -- "Monty Python's Spamalot" is returning to the INB Performing Arts Center for a one-night-only performance on Nov. 11. This will be an add-on show to the Best of Broadway series, announced earlier. Subscribers can now add it on to their...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2011

Win the $25 'Wicked' ticket lottery

If you can’t afford to pay full price for tickets to “Wicked,” May 18-29 at the INB Performing Arts Center, here’s a way to get your witch fix. On every performance day, a $25 “Wicked” ticket lottery will he held. Here’s how it will work....

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THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2011

MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2011

A Best of Broadway teaser

WestCoast Entertainment will announce its 2011-2012 season at an event on April 21, 4 p.m. at the INB Performing Arts Center. No, I have no inside information about the season. However, the WestCoast people say that they are "flying in a lead actress to perform...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2011

'9 to 5' rolls in

Diana DeGarmo, former "American Idol" finalist, and the rest of the "9 to 5" cast and crew will soon be pulling in to the INB Performing Arts Center for a Thursday-through-Sunday run. This is the Broadway musical version of the fine 1980 comedy of the...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2011

Spokane Civic on the way to nationals

Once again, the Spokane Civic Theatre has advanced to the national community theater competition finals. The Civic’s production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” won first place in the state festival, held here last weekend. Idaho, Oregon and Alaska did not have state...

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MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2011

'Wicked' run is 80 percent sold

About 80 percent of the tickets for the 16-performance run of "Wicked" at the INB Performing Arts Center have already been sold, as of Monday. There's no way to predict how long the 40,000-plus tickets will last -- some performances are nearly gone. But indications...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011

Wicked fun in the 'Wicked' ticket line

If you're one of those people who will be standing in line (or camping) for "Wicked" tickets on Saturday at 7 a.m. at the INB Performing Arts Center, the people at WestCoast Entertainment say they will try to make it worth your while. Here's how:...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 19, 2011

An "Idol" name in "9 to 5" cast

The cast of the touring show “9 to 5: The Musical,” which hits Spokane on March 24-27, won’t feature the same household names as the 1980 movie – but it will have a few significant Broadway names and an "American Idol": Diana DeGarmo – A...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 17, 2011

A 'Wicked' ticket warning

The tickets to the Spokane engagement of "Wicked" goes on sale March 5, and the people at WestCoast Entertainment want to warn people about the perils of third-party tickets. Ticket agencies and brokers will probably snap up a number of tickets right away. So then,...

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