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Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) David Nicholson column

May 19, 2013


May 19--Actress Sally Struthers plays the irrepressible Dolly Levi in a touring production of "Hello, Dolly!" coming to the Ferguson Center for the Arts in November. Subscriptions to the Ferguson's 2013-2014 Broadway lineup are now on sale.

Struthers, an Emmy Award winner for her groundbreaking television series, "All in the Family," has appeared in a number of theatrical productions, including "Nunsense," "Grease" and "The Odd Couple."

The Ferguson series will open in October with "Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking!" the latest edition of the popular musical revue created by Gerard Alessandrini that spoofs Broadway musicals. Coming in January 2014 will be "Memphis: The Musical," a show loosely based on the life of Dewey Phillips, one of the first DJs to play the music of black artists in the 1950s.

The 2014 lineup continues with the return of Blue Man Group followed by "Rock of Ages," a musical using classic rock hits of the 1980s, and will close with "The Broadway Dolls," an ensemble of female performers singing Broadway hits.

Patrons can choose the Broadway Series package of four shows or the Broadway Plus package that adds in "Hello, Dolly!" and "The Broadway Dolls."

Here's the schedule:

-- "Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking!" Oct. 4-5

-- "Hello, Dolly!" Nov. 15-16

-- "Memphis: The Musical," Jan. 17-18

-- Blue Man Group, Jan. 30-Feb. 2

-- "Rock of Ages," Feb. 28-March 1

-- The Broadway Dolls, March 15

Subscriptions range from $138 to $223 for the Broadway Series and $192.40 to $328.40 for the Broadway Plus series. Order forms are available online at or at the Ferguson box office. Call 757-594-8752 for information.

Summer Sings

The Williamsburg Choral Guild brings back its popular "Summer Sings," three Wednesday night sing-alongs of great choral masterpieces in June.

Dates are June 12, 19 and 26. Registration begins at 7 p.m., and the location is Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists, 3051 Ironbound Road.

The guild welcomes singers of all abilities as well as those who just want to listen. Sight-reading familiarity is a plus, but a love of community music-making is the only requirement.

Each evening will feature a guest conductor and piano accompaniment. Here's the lineup:

-- June 12 -- Beethoven: Mass in C Major, conducted by Jamie C. Bartlett, associate professor of music at the College of William & Mary.

-- June 19 -- An Evening of Spirituals, conducted by Reginald Fox, director of music at First Baptist Church.


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