Bill Maher comes to BJC
UNIVERSITY PARK - Comedian and political commentator Bill Maher will bring his latest stand-up tour to the Bryce Jordan Center at 8 p.m. May 3.
For the last 21 years, Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on "Politically Incorrect" and over the last 10 years on HBO's "Real Time," Maher's combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him 21 Emmy nominations. In addition to his television program, Maher has written five bestsellers.
Tickets are $35, and $47.50 for reserved theater seats. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Bryce Jordan Center, Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State Downtown Theatre, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000.
The show is for mature audiences only.
CLP auditions for musical
EBENSBURG - Cresson Lake Playhouse will hold auditions for "9 to 5: The Musical" at 5 p.m. March 7 at the CLP Rehearsal Hall, 526 W. Ogle St. The show is under the direction of Kimberly Shank who is making her directorial debut at the playhouse.
"9 to 5: The Musical," with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the 1980 hit movie "Nine to Five." Pushed to the boiling point by their boss, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss.
Those wishing to audition should come prepared with a song of 16 to 32 bars from a contemporary musical and bring sheet music. There will also be a reading from the script and those auditioning should be prepared to dance. Musical accompanist will be provided.
All roles will be available and prior theater experience is not necessary or required.
The play will be performed May 22 through 31 at the Cresson Lake Playhouse in Loretto. Tickets are $18 and $12 for students under age 18 and can be purchased by calling 472-4333 or at the door.
Juniata starts ticket plan
HUNTINGDON - Double identities, double talk and double dealing all are on display in the Juniata College Theatre Department's production of the celebrated farce "The Importance of Being Earnest," which runs at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 through Feb. 22 and from Feb. 27 through March 1 in the von Liebig Theatre in the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts.
Beginning with this production, the Juniata theater program will start a "Pay What You Can" ticket initiative. To make reservations go to Juniata's Tixato.com account. Reservations are free and secure the seat for that evening's performance. Patrons can pick up tickets and, then, "Pay What You Can." The recommended ticket price is $10 but patrons are also welcome to pay nothing - or $100. Patrons should pay what they can afford or whatever they believe the work is worth.
While playwright Oscar Wilde originally envisioned the play as set in an English country house, the Juniata theater department has literally jazzed up the Victorian play by setting it in swinging '60s London. So instead of seeing characters wearing frock coats and ruffled shirts, the audience will see the cast speaking Wilde's hilariously upper-crust dialogue wearing mini-skirts, op-art patterns and, well, ruffled shirts.
"The play is really sort of a mashup of many eras," explains Neal Utterback, assistant professor of theatre and director of the production. "The cast will be speaking Wilde's lines, while the sets and costumes recall Mod fashion, and finally the audience will be encouraged to take Instagram photos and text and tweet during the production so modern-day social media will play a role."
The plot of the classic comedy will remain the same, although Utterback has added an emcee character to occasionally offer information about Oscar Wilde and British Mod subculture.
Atkins to play Carnegie Hall
MUNHALL - Country singer Rodney Atkins will perform an all ages show at the Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead at 8 p.m. April 25.
Atkins has had six No. 1 singles and a No. 1 album since debuting in 2003.
Reserved seats are $35 and $45, and a limited number of Gold Circle seats are available for $59. All tickets will increase by $5 on the day of the show.
Tickets go on sale at noon Saturday at the venue box office, online at LibraryMusicHall.com and by calling 412-368-5225.