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POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 27, 2012 Page 11 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN Bill Monroe is the father of bluegrass. He invented the style, invented the name and for the great majority of the 20  century, embodied the art form. Beginning with his Blue Grass Boys in the '40s, Monroe defined a hard- edged style of country that emphasized instrumental virtuosity, close vocal harmonies, and a fast, driving tempo. See MUSIC SECTION for further details. LOWELL MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 978-454-2299 www.LowellAuditorium, c om COME FLY AWAY _L Thursday, March 1, 2012. "Come FlyAway" is the new Broadway musical that brings together the legendary vocals of Frank Sinatra and the creative vision of Tony Award-winner Twyla Tharp (Movin' Out). This one-of-a-kind experience combines the seductive vocals of "O1' Blue Eyes" with the sizzling sound of a live on-stage big band and the vis- ceral thrill of Tharp's choreography. As 14 of the world's best dancers tell the story of four couples falling in and out of love, you will experience the exhilaration of a first kiss, the excite- ment of a first dance, and the bitter- sweet moments of a first good-bye in a world of sparkling romance and astonishing beauty Come Fly Away features a host of beloved Sinatra clas- sics, including "Fly Me to the Moon," "My Way," "New York, New York" and "Witchcraft." MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT -- March 28, 2012. Lovingly "ripped- off' from the internationally famous comedy team's most popular motion picture, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty PyLhon's Spamalot is the winner of three 2005 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Di- rector (Mike Nichols), as well as the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Musical. Telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail, Monty Python's Spamalot features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and one legless knight. ITALIAN EVENTS & PROGRAMS BOSTON CHILDREN'S THEATRE The Wimberly Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts 527 Tremont Street, BostOn, MA 617-933-8600 REFELCTIONS OF A ROCK LOB- STER -- March 3-11, 2012. After being bullied relentlessly, 17-year- old student Aaron Fricke from Cumberland, RI sued his high school in 1980 for the right to escort his boyfriend to his senior prom. In the tradition of The Diary of Anne Frank and To Kill a Mockingbird, this play deals with issues of bullying and preju- dice. Boston Children's Theatre is proud to bring a story from local his- tory to enlighten today's youth with positive messages of tolerance and acceptance. BOSTON CHILDREN'S THEATRE The Plaza Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts 539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 617-933-8600 JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH -- March 17-25, 2012. A magical peach! An incredible journey! Insect friends! In James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl's story comes hilariously to life in this family show that reveals the wickedness of some and the goodness of others. Follow James, the wise Old- Green-Grasshopper and the pessimistic Earthworm on their wild adventure. And, don't forget James' mean Aunt Spiker and cruel Aunt Sponge! WHEELOCK FAMILY THEATRE Wheelock College 260 The Riverway Boston, MA 617-879-2300 THE WIZARD OF OZ - Friday, Feb- ruary 3; Friday, February 10; Friday, February 17; Friday, February 24. Based on the classic 1939 MGM movie, this magical production will sweep audiences off their feet, from the mo- ment the tornado twists its way into Kansas. Young farm girl Dorothy and her little dog Toto are transported "Over the Rainbow," where they meet the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow on the Yellow Brick Road, and travel together in search of the great and powerful Wizard him- self. Featuring such classic songs as "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" and "If I Only Had a Brain," The Wizard of Oz is sure to cast its timeless spell over the entire family. BOSTON OPERA HOUSE 539 Washington St., Boston, MA 617-259-3400 AMERICAN IDIOT - Now through January 29, 2012. Based on Green Day's album and featuring such songs as: =Wake Me Up When September Ends," "Holiday" and the blockbuster tide track, this Boston premiere tells the story of three lifelong friends forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of surburbia. LE8 MISERABLES -- March 13- April i, 2012. Les Misrables has been seen by over 53 million people in 38 countries and 21 languages since its first London performance in October 1985. The original Broadway produc- tion opened on March 12, 1987, at the Broadway Theatre, winning seven Tony Awards that season, including Best Musical. The show went on to play a total of 6,680 performances. Based on Victor Hugo's epic novel. Relentless policeman Javert pursues escaped convict Jean Valjean over decades through the tumult of revo- lutionary France. Valjean becomes a mayor, agrees to raise the daughter of a dying prostitute and joins the fight for freedom. None of this impresses the single-minded Javert, until the day Valjean saves his life. Score includes "Who Am I?," "A Little Fall of Rain," "One Day More," "Bring Him Home" and "I Dreamed a Dream." WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA GLEN CAMPBELL GOODBYE TOUR -- Thursday, February 23, 2012. The legendary singer/ songwriter released his final studio album, "Ghost on the Canvas." De- spite the diagnosis of Alzheimers, Glen will hit the road for his "Goodbye Tour." "I still love making music," says Campbell. "And I still love performing for my fans. I'd like to thank them for sticking with me through thick and thin." Glen Campbell is best known for a series of hits in the 1960s and 1970s. Campbell's hits include: *Gentle on My Mind," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," =Wichita Lineman," "Galveston," "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Southern Nights." Campbell made history by winning four Grammys in both  country and pop categories in 1967. For "Gentle on My Mind" he received two awards in country & western, "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" did the same in pop. BILL MONROE -- April 21, 2012. The musical genre took its name from the Blue Grass Boys, and Monroe's music forever has defined the sound of classical bluegrass -- a five-piece acoustic string band, playing precisely and rapidly, switching solos and sing- ing in a plaintive, high lonesome voice. Not only did he invent the very sound of the music, Monroe was the mentor for several generations of musicians. Over the years, Monroe's band hosted all of the major bluegrass artists of the '50s and '60s, including Flatt & Scruggs, Reno & Smiley, Vassar Clements, Carter Stanley, and Mac Wiseman. Though the lineup of the Blue Grass Boys changed over the years, Monroe always remained de- voted to bluegrass in its purest form. LOWELL MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 978-454-2299 REAL OLDIES LIVE -- Friday, March 23, 2012. Don't miss your chance to enjoy the fun-loving, toe- tapping tunes of artists Gary "US" Bonds, The Cleftones, The Orlons, and Johnny Tillotson and the Tuttie Frutties. Gary "US" Bonds created the legendary party record, "Quarter to Three." He is also known for "School is Out," "School is In," "Dear Lady Twist," "Twist, Twist Senora," "Seven Day Weekend," and others. The Cleftones are known for hits "Little Girl of Mine," "Can't We Be Sweet- hearts," and "String Around My Heart." Also, appearing, The Orlons, who had some dance and novelty gems in the early '60s: "The Wah Watusi," "Don't Hang Up," and "South Street." You wouldn't want to miss Johnny Tillotson, who is famous for chart records "Poetry In Motion," "It Keeps Right On A Hurtin'," "Without You," "Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On," and many more. SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB Double Tree Hotel 400 Soldiers Road, Boston, MA 617-562-4111 DAVID SANBORN - February i0, 2012. Renowned and revered the world over as one of the greatest saxo- phone players of all-time, David Sanborn is an artist whose music has inspired countless other musicians while creating a body of work that spans the genres of rock 'n' roll, R&B, pop and jazz. A naturally gifted performer, David has helped defined the saxophone's modern sound while influencing a generation. TD GARDEN Causeway Street, Boston NEIL DIAMOND - June 23, 2012. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and 2011 Kennedy Center Honoree, will take his greatest h{ts on the road on a much-anticipated North American tour. Neff Diamond has had numerous hits including! "Forever in Blue Jeans," "Cherry, Cherry," "Sweet Caroline," "I'm a Believer," "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," "Red, Red Wine," "America" and many more. Nell's musical career spans nearly five decades, Neff has sold more than 125 million albums world- wide, with a remarkable track record of 16 Top Ten albums, and 37 Top Ten singles. WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA Tieketmaster 1-800-745-3000 AMAZING JOHNATHAN -- Satur- day, January 28, 2012. The Amazing Johnathan is an eccentric comic ma- gician whose bizarre humor and unscripted antics have earned him widespread recognition as one of the most original and unique performers today. His DVD, "Wrong on Every Level" is the latest example to prove this point. Despite making regular appearances on national television shows, his live shows are what Amaz- ing Johnathan thrives on. He has literally destroyed audiences and stages with a style that has been described as a cross between Steve Martin and Alice Cooper. With his impulsive, raw humor and abrasive wit, he keeps audiences on the edge of their seats while exhibiting sponta- neous magic and showcasing impres- sive special effects. The Amazing Johnathan Show has added new material but still showcases the same impulsive, bizarre humor and abrasive wit that has earned him widespread critical acclaim. COLIN QUINN: LONG STORY SHORT - Sunday, January 29, 2012. In "Long Story Short," Colin Quinn focuses his "articulate brand of com- edy" on the demise of empires, includ- ing our own. More than standup com- edy, "Long Story Short" is a hilarious blend of incisive observation, sharp commentary and Colin's channeling of the personalities of the past. From Socrates to Snooki, Quinn is at his ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS "The Sicilian Corner" ii:00 am to i:00 pm every Friday with host Tom Zappala and Mike Lomazzo and "The Italian Show" with Nunzio DiMarca every Sunday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Go to www. "Italia Oggi" Sundays 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM www. "Dolce Vita Radio" DJ Rocco Mesiti 11:00 am-l:00 pm Sundays 90.7 FM or online www.djrocco,com. "The Nick Franciosa Show" Sun- days from 12 Noon to 3:00 pm on WLYN 1360 AM and WAZN 1470 AM. "Guido Oliva Italian Hour" 8:00 am-9:00 am Sundays on WSRO 650 AM and online at "Radio Italia Unita" - Thursdays 2:00 pm-3:00 pm on radio or itunes, college radio click on Zumix. For more information, log onto "Tony's Place" on MusicAmerica WPLM FM 99,1 - Every Sunday 9:00 pm-10:00 pm on MusicAmerica. Host Ron Della Chiesa presents Tony's Place. Visit BRAINTREE TOWN HALL 854 Washington Street, Braintree, MA ITALIAN FIESTA - March 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm. Featuring Italian Folk Singers and Dancers. Cake sale, raffle and light refeshments -- an enjoyable afternoon is planned. RSVP by March 20 th. One or two tables can be reserved as needed for IACO. To purchase tickets or further details, satirical best, taking on the attitudes, appetites and bad habits that toppled the world's most powerful nations. "Long Story Short" proves that throughout human history, the joke has always been on us. ETTA MAY'S WHITE TRASH DIARY - Tuesday, February 7, 2012. What's the best way to describe Etta May? "Minnie Pearl with a migraine." To put it simply, when Etta May takes the stage, she is the reigning Queen of Southern Sass. She reflects "You know you're get- ting fat when you sit in the bathtub and the water in the toilet risesl" Etta May grew up alongside nine older brothers, who referred to their baby sister as "the human sacrifice." In fact, Etta May's parents -- did not realize Etta May was a girl until she required a training bra. Etta May met her husband, Delbert, an aspir- ing truck driver, at a friend's kegger. From across the yard their eyes locked in a love look. Nine months later, she was blessed with a boy, followed by a girl and two more boys. -That's where my comedy comes from. "I just wait for my husband or kids to do something stupid, and then I write it down." Etta May, will take you on a redneck ride through the Deep South. DAVID SPADE -- Friday, Febru- ary 10, 2012. Spade first made a name for himself as a standup comedian. He joined the cast of Lorne Michael's long-running television show Satur- day Night Live in 1990 as a writer and a performer. On the show, he soon gained popularity for such recurring sketches such as "The Hollywood Minute" in which Spade would sar- castically shred some of Tinseltown's biggest stars with his nasty comments. Spade also proved an able imperson- ator of celebrities ranging from Jeff Foxworthy to Tom Petty. JOHN F. KENNEDY PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Columbia Point, Boston, MA 866-JFK- 1960 IN HER VOICE: JACQUELINE KENNEDY, THE WHITE HOUSE YEARS. In the spring of 1964, a few months after President Kennedy's death, Jacqueline Kennedy recorded a series of interviews with historian and family friend Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. At the age of thirty-four, with the White House years behind her, she was speaking for the historical record -- to preserve and shape her hus- band's legacy. The interviews, held on deposit here at the Kennedy Library, were sealed for 47 years Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died in 1994. In 2011. the 50  anniversary year of the Kennedy Presidency, her daughter, Caroline Kennedy, decided it was the right time to share these conversa- tions with the public. please contact Irene Gibbons at 781- 843-3251 or Sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Charity Fund. WYNDHAM HOTEL, ANDOVER 123 Old River Rd., Andover, MA 1-978-346-9496 AN EVENING OF ITALIAN ROMANCE featuring MICHAEL AMANTE and MARISSA FAMIG- LIETTI -- Saturday, June 9, 2012. Michael Amante is affectionately known as the "People's Tenor." He has been crowned the "Prince of High C's" for his remarkable ability to hit and sustain with ease, one of the highest notes of a tenor's voice. With Michael's long history of singing popular Rock and Gospel music, coupled with extensive classical Bel- Canto training, he is able to sing even higher with a strength and mas- tery rarely heard anywhere in the world. Being able to produce these notes consistently within the con- text of a moving line and in conjunc- tion with a beautiful sound, requires not only talent, but skilled use of technique. The most prolific tenor of all time, Luciano Pavarotti, the "King of High C's," once described the feeling this way: "Excited and happy, but with a strong undercurrent of fear. The moment I actually hit the note, I almost lose consciousness. A physical, animal sensation seizes me. Then I regain control." Amante expe- riences this thrilling sensation as well.