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SYNOPSIS: The Harlem Renaissance comes to life in this three-time Tony award-winning musical revue. Five performers take a journey through the timeless music of Thomas “Fats” Waller, the stride pianist and composer who became a Harlem legend in the 20s and 30s. You’ll be tapping your feet to memorable songs such as “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Black and Blue,” “This Joint is Jumpin’,” and “I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling.” One of the most popular, well-crafted revues of all time, the sometimes sassy, sometimes sultry Ain’t Misbehavin’ has moments of devastating beauty that are simply unforgettable.
SMOKING AND DRINKING: The characters drink as they visit nightclubs around the boroughs of New York. One song speaks to the marijuana experience, “If You’re a Viper (The Reefer Song).”
SEX: None, though it is alluded to on a couple occasions and in several of the songs.
FOR WHICH AUDIENCES? All audiences can appreciate; teenagers should attend at a parent’s discretion.
RATING: If it were a movie, Ain’t Misbehavin’ would be rated “PG.”
SYNOPSIS: A brilliant sculptor in failing health is forced to deal with his son and with his ninth wife, confronting his own mortality and the claims of his family and friends on his art and his money.
LANGUAGE: The contemporary characters in Ass speak colorfully. There is a moderate amount of strong language in the play, enough to qualify the play for an “R” rating.
SMOKING AND DRINKING: There are no depictions of smoking or recreational drug use, but the characters do drink champagne in celebration.
SEX: None, though it is alluded to on a couple occasions.
FOR WHICH AUDIENCES? The play’s strong language may make it discomfiting to conservative audience members, and teenagers should attend at a parent’s discretion. It is unsuitable for pre-teens.
RATING: If it were a movie, Ass would be rated “R” for language.
ELF THE MUSICAL
SYNOPSIS: Based on the hit movie, Elf the Musical tells the story of Buddy, a young man who believes he is one of Santa’s elves but discovers that his mother left him at the North Pole when he was a baby for Santa to raise. Buddy travels to New York to find his real father, and in the course of his visit there, he falls in love with a cynical young woman and helps his hardened father rediscover the magic of Christmas.
LANGUAGE: None to speak of, however there a few exclamatory oaths and mild and childish vulgarities.
SMOKING AND DRINKING: None.
FOR WHICH AUDIENCES?: Elf the Musical is suitable for all audiences, including children aged 5 and up.
RATING: The movie version of Elf was rated “PG.”
SYNOPSIS: Therese Stockman works as a doctor in a small Scandinavian town. A new, desperately needed business venture in the community might be contributing to a spreading illness, affecting citizens young and old. Stockman, her brother Peter, who happens to be the town’s mayor, and the local newspaper editor, Kristine Hovstad, wrestle with competing challenges pitting the the local economy against the community’s welfare, all alongside a journalist’s obligation to inform.
SMOKING AND DRINKING: None.
VIOLENCE: There are tense moments as the community protests, including a rock being thrown through a window.
FOR WHICH AUDIENCES?: The Messenger is suitable for all ages, although children under age 10 may find it too advanced.
SYNOPSIS: Set in 1595, this original musical comedy follows the Bottom brothers, Nick and Nigel, who struggle to find success in the world of theatre. They must compete with the wild popularity of their contemporary William Shakespeare, who seems to strike gold with every production. To gain an edge, Nick employs a soothsayer to identify the Bard’s next hit, misidentified as “Omelette.” With their troupe, they set out to produce the play—with a revolutionary twist—the first musical ever staged!
LANGUAGE: There is some common vulgarity, and while it will be offensive to some, it is used for comedic effect. The words “bastard,” “ass,” and “damn” are all used once.
SMOKING AND DRINKING: There are a couple instances of pipe smoking. There is one scene where Puritan Portia is drunk, but other references to wine do not depict drinking.
SEX: While there are no depictions of sexual activity, much of the humor in this Tony Award-winning play is of the juvenile kind that uses bawdy situations for a laugh.
FOR WHICH AUDIENCES? Audiences who enjoy bawdy, but harmless, humor should enjoy this. Children aged 10 and younger should attend at a parent’s discretion.
RATING: The type of humor would indicate that if this were a movie, it would be “PG-13.”
SYNOPSIS: A retired schoolteacher lives a quiet life in Texas, and is set in her ways. She’s highly respected in town. A smooth-talking handyman passes through, intent on renovating her house. Their lonely and stubborn personalities don’t prevent them from having feelings for each other but they still have things to learn about their lives before determining if they belong together – and making the decision to find love.
LANGUAGE: A few mild uses of “damn.”
SMOKING AND DRINKING: There is no smoking and a few instances of wine with dinner.
SEX: None depicted but there is chaste reference to one night of passion.
FOR WHICH AUDIENCES? Fireflies is suitable for all ages, although young children may be bored by a love story between two older adults..
RATING: If it were a movie, Fireflies would be rated “PG.”
SYNOPSIS: Jerry Herman’s energetic Hello, Dolly! is a musical filled with charisma and heart. Matchmaker Dolly Levi is a widow, a matchmaker, and also a professional meddler –but everything changes when she decides that the next match she needs to make is to find someone for herself. Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Hello Dolly! is boisterous and charming from start to finish. Dolly Levi is one of the strongest and richest starring roles for a woman ever written for musical theatre.
LANGUAGE: A few mild uses of “damn.”
SMOKING AND DRINKING: The characters sing of smoking although none is depicted, and wine and champagne are consumed during dinners.
FOR WHICH AUDIENCES? Hello, Dolly! is suitable for all ages.
RATING: If it were a movie, Hello, Dolly! would be rated “G.”