‘New York, New York,” “Cabaret,” “All That Jazz,” and “How Lucky Can You Get” - all of these songs have at least two things in common: They were all written by John Kander and Fred Ebb, and they are all in the musical revue, “The World Goes ‘Round” which opens Thursday at the Spokane Civic Theatre.
“The World Goes ‘Round” is a celebration of Kander and Ebb tunes. It contains the above songs, plus 25 more from Kander and Ebb musicals such as “Cabaret,” “Chicago,” “Woman of the Year,” “Zorba,” “Funny Lady,” “Flora, the Red Menace” and “New York, New York.”
It also includes the title song from their most recent smash musical, “Kiss of the Spider Woman.”
These two guys have been cranking out hit shows together since 1965, when they wrote “Flora, the Red Menace” as a vehicle for a Broadway newcomer, Liza Minnelli. Then, in 1966, they hit it big with “Cabaret.”
Some of their other shows are not so well known, which is why “The World Goes ‘Round” promises to have some nice surprises. Audiences can hear worthy songs from such shows as “The Happy Time,” “The Rink,” “70, Girls, 70” and even from some Kander and Ebb TV specials, such as “Liza with a Z.”
“The World Goes ‘Round” was first staged off-Broadway in 1991.
For the Civic’s version, director-choreography Troy Nickerson has assembled an eight-person ensemble: Lance Babbitt, Mark Bickelhaupt, Sallie J. Christensen, Kashana Cox, Kathie Doyle-Lipe, David Gigler, Jean Hardie and April Dawn Vogel.
The show will have plenty of dancing as well as singing.
The show runs Thursdays through Saturdays through Aug. 5. All shows are at 8 p.m., except for a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on July 30.
Tickets, $10 for all shows, are available by calling 325-2507. The show will be at the Civic’s main stage, 1020 N. Howard.
Every year, Walla Walla stages a big outdoor summer musical. This year’s will be the Jerry Herman hit, “Mame,” which opens tonight and continues through July 29.
“Mame” is the musical story of Auntie Mame, a scatterbrained and free-thinking woman of the Depression who embarks on raising her young nephew.
This production, which is presented by the Walla Walla Community College Foundation, will star Robyn Newton as Mame. The cast includes more than 100 actors, singers and dancers.
The show will be presented in the 1,000-seat outdoor amphitheater at Fort Walla Walla Park.
Shows are every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through July 29. Curtain is 8 every night. Tickets are $16 reserved, $13 general admission, $7 for children under 12. A special family night performance will be on July 16. It will cost $10 for adults, $5 for children.
Tickets can be reserved by calling (509) 527-4575 or, outside Washington, (800) WWCC-567.
“The Dining Room”
The Washington State University Summer Palace presents A.R. Gurney’s 1982 comedy “The Dining Room,” tonight through July 15 at Daggy Hall in Pullman.
This play chronicles family life through four generations of an Eastern WASP family, as observed in their dining room. It is one of Gurney’s most-acclaimed plays.
The show runs tonight, Saturday and July 12-15. All shows are at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8, $6 for seniors, $4 for youths under 18.
For ticket reservations, call (509) 335-7236.
Sixth Street Melodrama
The 12th season of this popular old-time melodrama in Wallace features two shows in rotation, “Back To Murray” and “Ain’t No Sin.” The season began Wednesday and continues through Aug. 26.
Both shows feature villains to hiss at and damsels in distress, with a bit of local flavor thrown in. “Back to Murray” plays Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. “Ain’t No Sin” runs Wednesdays and Fridays.
All shows are at 8 p.m. Tickets, $8 and $6, are available by calling (208) 752-3081 or, after 3 p.m. on performance days, (208) 752-8871. The Sixth Street Melodrama is at 212 Sixth in Wallace.
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