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Arts planner: Broadway in Columbia season tickets, Columbia Baroque Soloists' summer institute, arts commission fellows

June 30, 2013


June 30--Four Tony Award-winning musicals headline the new Broadway in Columbia schedule: "Jersey Boys," "Memphis," "Hello, Dolly!" and "Million Dollar Quartet."

"Jersey Boys" will have a weeklong run of eight performances at the Koger Center in March. It's the second consecutive year Broadway in Columbia has staged a production for that many performances. In March, "Les Miserables" had a successful run.

Tickets for the 2013-2014 season, which also includes "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" and "The Addams Family," go on sale Monday.

"Jersey Boys," a musical documentary on The Four Seasons (later known as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons), has started a trend. The Midtown Men, the dashing vocal quartet that sings decades-old songs, performed at the Koger Center in February as part of the last Broadway in Columbia season.

The four vocalists -- Daniel Reichard, Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria and J. Robert Spencer -- performed "Jersey Boys" on Broadway for more than 1,000 performances. Reichard, an original cast member, alongside Hoff, Longoria and Spencer, began playing clubs as the Boys. It led to a 2010 lawsuit by the members of The Four Seasons and the "Jersey Boys" playwrights that claimed the Boys were trying to mislead audiences. That year the quartet changed its name to The Midtown Men.

"Jersey Boys," which runs March 25-30, remains immensely popular.

Here are the other shows:

"Disney's Beauty and the Beast," Oct. 27: The love story between, well, a beauty and a beast, never gets old. Especially when told through music.

"Hello, Dolly!," Nov. 19-20: Sally Struthers will star as the matchmaking Dolly in this Broadway classic.

"Memphis," Jan. 7-8: The musical is about the lives of a local radio DJ ready to change the world and a club singer ready for the big time.

"Million Dollar Quartet," Feb. 5-6: The musical retells the story of the recording session where Sam Phillips, the founder of Sun Studios and Sun Records, brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for one night.

"The Addams Family," April 28-29: The entire family -- Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch -- will be here to share their ridiculously spooky lives.

Season ticket packages, which start at $197, can be purchased at the Koger Center box office, 806 Park St.; by calling (803) 251-2222; or by visiting

The Columbia Baroque Soloists' summer institute, "The Glory of Italy and the Splendor of France," will be held on Monday evenings in July at the USC School of Music. The classes, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., begin Monday and end July 29. The series of five master classes for recorder and harpsichord players will be led by Jean Hein (baroque recorders) and Jerry Curry (harpsichord). There will be an opportunity to play sonatas, suites and trio sonatas in small ensembles. Sessions are open to high school and college students and adults. Pre-registration is required, and tuition is $40-$80. The school of music is at 813 Assembly St.;

The South Carolina Arts Commission announced its Individual Artist Fellowships this week, and two Midlands artists were on the list. Robert Lyon, who teaches sculpture at USC, is a craft fellow and Robbie Robertson, a playwright, screenwriter and marketing maven, is a screenwriting fellow. James Arendt (visual arts) and Jeff Sumerel (production) are the other fellows. Each artist receives $5,000.

The deadline for individual artists working in prose, poetry, acting and playwriting to apply for the 2015 fellowship awards is Nov. 1. For more, visit or call (803) 734-8696.


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