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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 17, 2012 Page 11 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN ITALIAN EVENTS & PR()GRAMS Phil Vassar's unbounded energy and limitless talent have proven him, again and again, as one of Nashville's most prolific and versatile stars. Those who best understand Phil Vassar "good-time, piano playing, boundless energy on stage, hardest-working-man-in-the-business" also understand the ongoing evolution of his original music. See MUSIC SECTION for further details. LOWELL MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 978-454-2299 www.LowellAuditorium, corn COME FLY AWAY -- Thursday, March i, 2012. "Come Fly Away" 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 "Ol' 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 Python'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. WHEELOCK FAMILY THEATRE Wheelock College 200 The Riverway Boston, MA 617-879-2300 www.WheeloekFamilyThestre.org THE WIZARD OF OZ - Friday, Feb- ruary 1.7;, Friday, February 24. Based on the classic 1939 MGM movie, this magical production will sweep audi- ences off their feet, from the moment 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 www.BostonOperaHouse.com LES MISERABLES -- March 13- April 1, 2012. Les Mis6rables 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." BEAUTY AND THE BEAST -- May 29-June 3. 2012 Tale as old as time, true as it can be. Disney's Beauty and the Beast. the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to you! Based on the Academy Award- winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people world- wide. This classic musical love story is fffied with unfo-gettable character's lavish sets and costumes, and daz- zling production numbers including "Be Our Guest" and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney's Beauty and the Beast! WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA www.TheWilburTheatre, corn GLEN CAMPBELL GOODBYE TOUR -- Thursday, February 23, 2012. The legendary singer/songwriter released his final studio album, "Ghost on the Canvas." Despite 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 Phoe- nix," "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston." "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Southern Nights." Campbell made history by winning four Grammys in both coun- try 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- hag 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 www.LowelIAuditorium, c om 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 Watusl," "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. PHIL VASSaR -- Thursday, March 22, 2012. With his self-titled artist debut on Arista/Nashville, Phil took his seat as country's leading piano man with the success of songs like "Carlene," "Just Another Day in Para- dise" and "Six-Pack Summer." Since then he's continued to prove his worth time and again with releases like "American Child," That's When I love You," "In A Real Love," "I'll Take That as a Yes (The Hot Tub Song)," "Last Day of My Life" and "Love is a Beautiful Thing." Now with 6 albums under his belt, all held too much acclaim: Phil is ready for the next journey in his musical career. No stranger to hard work and with a strong business mind on his shoul- ders, Phil's taking control by launch- ing Rodeowave Entertainment, a full- service Record Label/Promotions/ Management company based in Nash- ville, TN. First up to be released is Phil's 7 th album his first ever Live CO/ DVD combo recorded in Nashville with brand new music included. Phil's ongoing evolution endures and will surely prove he's here to stay. TD GARDEN Causeway Street, Boston www.TDGarden.com BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN -- March 26, 2012. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band launched the first US leg of the 2012 "Wrecking Ball" World Tour on March 18 in Atlanta. Bruce Springsteen's. 17 h studio album "Wrecking Ball" will be released on Columbia Records on March 6. "We Take Care Of Our Own," the album's first single, is "classic Springsteen" with "anguish and challenge [that] run thick and fast" (Rolling Stone); a "richly orchestrated Wall of Sound ... that nods to the 'Born to Run' era" {Billboard]. Said long-time manager Jon Landau, "Bruce has dug down as deep as he can to come up with this vision of modern life. The lyrics tell a story you can't hear anywhere else and the music is his most innovative in recent years. The writing is some of the best of his career and both vet- eran fans and those who are new to Bruce will find much to love on 'Wrecking Ball.'" NEIL DIAMOND - June 23, 2012. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and 2011 Kennedy Center Honoree, will take his greatest hits 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. TD GARDEN Causeway Street, Boston DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS DARE TO DREAM -- Friday, February 17 to Sunday, February 26. This brand-new ice spectacular featuring scenes from Tangled; The Princess and the Frog; and Cinderella. Experience Disney's hilarious hair-raising esca- pade, Tangled, as Rapunzel, her un- likely companion, Flynn, and Maxi- mus, embark on an uproarious jour- ney that takes adventure to new lengths! Boogie to the beat of the bayou with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen in a magical, musical journey that all begins with a fateful kiss. And fanciful dreams become reality as Cinderella meets her Prince Charm- 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 I0:00 am to I:00 pro. Go to www. I 110wccmam.com. "Italia oggi" Sundays I:00 pm to 2:00 pm with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM www. 1460WXBR.com. "Dolce Yita Radio" DJ Rocco Mesiti 11:00 am-l:00 pm Sundays 90.7 FM or onl/ne www.djrocco.com. "The Nick Franclosa Show" Sun- days from 12 Noon to 3:00 pm on WLYN 1360 AM and WAZN 1470 AM. "Guido Ollva Italian Hour" 8:00 am-9:00 am Sundays on WSRO 650 AM and online at www.wsro.com. "Radio Italia Unita" - Thursdays 2:00 pro-3:00 pm on www.zumix.org/ radio or itunes, college radio click on Zumix. For more information, log onto www.italiaunita.org. "Tony's Place" on MusicAmerica WPLM FM 99.1 - Every Sunday 9:00 pro-10:00 pm on MusicAmerica. Host Ron Della Chiesa presents Tony's Place. Visit www.MusicNotNoise.com. BRAINTREE TOWN HALL 854 Washington Street, Braintree, MA ITALIAN FIESTA - March 25, 2012 at 2:00 pro. Featuring Italian Folk Singers and Dancers. Cake sale, raffle and light refeshments -- an enjoyable afternoon is plaimed. RSVP by March 20% One or two tables can be reserved as needed for IACO. To purchase tickets or further details, please contact Irene Gibbons at 781- 843-3251 or isgibbons@verizon.net. Sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Charity Fund. WYNDHAM HOTEL, ANDOVER 123 Old River Rd., Andover, MA 1-978-346-9496 www.ATSCommunications.c om 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 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_t_raining _, hei.s.able ing, with a glass slipper fit for an un- forgettable fantasy come true. All your favorite princesses take to the ice in a spectacular finale at the ultimate Disney Princess event of a lifetimel Experience the beauty, sparkle, and spirit with Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream! WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA www.thewilbur.com Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000 KATHY GRIFFIN -- Friday, March 23, 2012. Two-time Emmy winner, NY Times bestselling author, Grammy nominee, 2009"s GLAAD Vanguard recipient and 2011 Trevor Project Life Award honoree Kathy Griffin is a multi-faceted performer with rapid fire wit. She has been making audiences laugh for years discussing Hollywood gossip and celebrity blunders. After various TV guest spots, Kathy began gaining notice as a stand-up comedi- enne and landed her own "HBO Half Hour Comedy Special." In 1998, HBO gave Kathy her own one-hour spe- clal, "A Hot Cup of Talk." She partici- pated in, and won "Celebrity Mole" on ABC, and then hosted the NBC reality series "Average Joe" as well as the MTV series, "Kathy's So-Called Reality." In 2010, Kathy took a dra- matic turn on "Law and Order: SVU" where she riveted audiences with her portrayal of a lesbian activist with a secret. In August 2005, Kathy's real- ity show, "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the O-List," debuted on Bravo to rave reviews and was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program and the second season of "Kathy Grif- fin: My Life on the D-List" won Kathy her first Emmy in that same category. The third season premiered in 2007 and again won Kathy an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program. The fourth and fifth season were nomi- nated again for Outstanding Reality Program. The sixth and final season of "D-List" aired on Bravo during the summer of 2010. to sing even higher with a strength and mastery rarely heard anywhere in the world. Being able to produce these notes consistently within the con-text of a moving line and in con- junction with a beautiful sound, re- quires 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 experiences this thrilling sensation as well. BERKLEE PERFORMANCE CENTER 136 Massachusetts Avenue Boston MA 02115 www.Berklee.edu/Events PINO DANIELE LIVE IN BOSTON -- Saturday, June 9, 2012. Pino Daniele is an influential Italian jazz- fusion guitarist. From the beginning of his career, it was evident that his passion lay in rock and blues. Greatly influenced by his own cultural back- ground, his music was a successful fllsion of tradition and modernity. His solo debut, Terra Mia, sung in Nea- politan, was the first example of what Daniele called "taramblfl," a combi- nation of tarantella, rhumba, and blues. In 1979 his self titled record was released, followed by Nero a Met& in 1980, and that same year Daniele was invited to open for reggae super- star Bob Marley for his show in Milan. In 1989 Daniele took a step toward greater commercial success with the release of the pop record Mascalzone Lat/no, followed by 1991's Un Uomo in Blues, 1993's Che Dio Ti Benedica (which had two tracks produced by Chick Corea), 1995's Non Calpestare I Fiori Nel Deserto, |997's Dimmi Cosa Succede Sulla Terra, and 2000"s Medina. Two years later the singer teamed up with fellow Italian stars Francesco DeGregori, Ron, and Fiorella Mannoia for a tour, captured on the appropriately tiffed In Tour. In 2005 Daniele released Iguana Caf. Between 2005 and 2010, Daniele re- leased three more studio albums: II Mio Nome e Pino Daniele e Vivo Qui, Ricomincio da 30 and Electric Jam. In 2010, Daniele released his 13 th stu- dio.album,_Booo Boygfe M _