Thursday, October 31, 2013

Dragonfly Orchestra Liuzhou Water Festival 2012

Spectacular Chinese music & circus show - even more dynamic than Cirque du Soleil, published with consent of the artists for promotional purposes.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Fellini's La Strada ~ Art Cinema

Drama, Foreign Classic
Italian / PG / 1 hr. 55 min.
Acclaimed Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini drew on his own circus background for the 1954 classic La Strada. Set in a seedy travelling carnival, this symbolism-laden drama revolves around brutish strongman Zampano (Anthony Quinn), his simple and servile girlfriend Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina, Fellini's wife), and clown/aerialist Matto (Richard Basehart). Appalled at Zampano's insensitive treatment of Gelsomina, the gentle-natured Matto invites her to run off with him; but Gelsomina, like a faithful pet, refuses to leave the strong man's side. Eventually Zampano's volcanic temper erupts once too often, leading to tragic consequences. Written by Fellini and Tullio Pinelli and scored by Nino Rota, La Strada was the winner of the first official Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film, awarded in 1956.

"Signor Fellini has used his small cast, and, equally important, his camera, with the unmistakable touch of an artist. His vignettes fill his movie with beauty, sadness, humor and understanding." - A.H. Weiler, New York Times

"As French critic Andre Bazin pointed out, 'The Fellini character does not evolve; he ripens.' And so do his movies. - Rita Kempley , Washington Post


Dragonfly Orchestra is a unique joint venture and collaboration between the Liuzhou Song and Dance Group (China) and Insect 8 Productions (Canada) who previously enjoyed world-wide acclaim as the creators of the contemporary string project Barrage. 

The core of Dragonfly Orchestra is a self-contained musical ensemble that bridges the gap between Eastern and Western performance sensibilities and styles. The ensemble consists of 7 musicians performing Western and Oriental Classical-Crossover music styles on standard Western Classical instruments (4 Violin, 2 Viola, 1 Pianist). They deliver a high energy, choreographed, stylistic performance that highlights the diversity and intensity of the solo and ensemble playing. The sound palette is classically based with multi-part writing supporting varied musical themes. Powerful, contemporary backing tracks and rhythm loops support the soaring string lines and ethereal, angelic vocals. Original compositions, Folk, Pop, Classical, Jazz, Movie / Television and Broadway themes are all part of the musical basis for the show. Creative set design and next generation video and lighting elements support the superb performers in a way that captivates all the audiences senses.

Dragonfly Orchestra had its premiere performance in September, 2012 at the famous Water Carnival in Liuzhou, China. The melding of Western and Eastern Theatrical elements is the driving artistic force behind the show – and was an instant hit with the audiences in China.  Dramatic and exciting choreographic elements are created with the musicians, dancers and additional support artists combining their talents with the musicians in a unique presentation style.
This ground breaking Musical and Theatrical Fusion is not to be missed !

Monday, October 28, 2013

50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL is at The Lyric Theatre in Stuart Florida April 24 and 25 2013!

This video shows some of the great musical highlights of the hilarious new show 50 Shades! The Musical! The parody is at The Lyric Theatre April 24-25

Saturday, October 26, 2013

La Strada (HD Trailer)

A carefree girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Looking For An Echo - Kenny Vance

Doo Wop legend Kenny Vance performs this classic hit. Not the Lauryn Hill or Sesame Street Doo Wop hits but still rockin crowds in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York and worldwide, a gentleman with soul in his doowop.

Craig Ferguson : Does this need to be said

Coming to The Lyric in Stuart, Florida on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 @ 7:00 PM.  For tickets visit

Few comedians can make you laugh like Craig Ferguson, and this is Craig at his best. This is a Craig set free and allowed to be himself, without the artificial constraints of his TV show (censor, budget, lighting, insert your own Late Late Show recurring joke here), and the results are hilarious. He's a master storyteller, and able to weave jokes in and out of what sometimes appear to be some of the most random topics ever. The special covers a broad spectrum, but it all pulls together into some epic comedy. And probably the most infectious, *bleep*-eating grin ever. Not sure why that's a phrase (why on earth would anyone first think to describe a grin as *bleep*-eating?), but it's apt. He has a great rapport with his audience, and it shows. It's clear he's having a great time, and cares that his audience is too. Judging from the laughs, they were. (I was lucky enough to be in the audience when it was filmed, but I think the special does a good job catching the energy there that night). Profane, profound, and side-splittingly funny. There aren't many comedians like Craig Ferguson, and this special is a great showcase for his talent.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

​Before Midnight ~ Art Cinema

Drama, Romance, Comedy
English, Greek, French  / R /1 hr. 48 min.
Before Midnight is an upcoming American romance drama film and the sequel to Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004). Like its predecessors, the film was directed by Richard Linklater. As with the previous film, Linklater shares screenplay credit with both actors from the movies, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.  Directed By: Richard Linklater.   Written By: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy.

"Bittersweet, intelligently written, deftly acted and painfully honest." - Claudia Puig, USA Today

"Mr. Linklater's shooting style is so graceful and unobtrusive, and Mr. Hawke and Ms. Delpy inhabit their characters with such conviction, that the challenge and originality of the movies are easy to overlook." - A.O. Scott, New York Times

"From first scene to last, Hawke and Delpy shine brilliantly, wearing their roles like second skins." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

50 Shades!  The Musical!

“50 Shades! is a very good laugh and is impossible to resist!" - The Chicago Tribune 
  A sexy, hysterical musical romp, 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL is a laugh out loud night of fun that you won’t want to miss!
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!  50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL!  The hilarious parody of the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon, makes it's triumphant return to The Lyric after 4 SOLD-OUT performances last spring.  A resounding hit, 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL opens with a ladies book club deciding to read Fifty Shades of Grey. Through their interpretation of the novel, the audience is lead on an uproarious roller coaster ride of this unlikely bestseller. The show is full of dance numbers, and original songs delivered by an outrageous cast with a live, on-stage band. Join the global sensation and experience the show that had sold-out audiences in New York, Chicago and The Lyric screaming for more!  This production contains adult language and adult content
Join the global sensation and experience the show that had sold-out audiences in New York and Chicago screaming for more!
Official Website
This production contains adult language and adult content. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Nestor Torres' Miami Spice

Things are heating up at The Lyric with the return of Nestor Torres, Grammy winning Latin jazz sensation, as you have never seen him!
Savor the authentic Latin flavor of Torres' own musical journey, as he retraces his roots.  The audience will be transported to the barrios of Puerto Rico, New York City and Miami. Thick with heritage, these dynamic urban cultures, come together, through the eyes and ears of Nestor Torres, in a mélange of sexy rhythmic melodies and spoken word.   

Something of a musical prodigy, Nestor Torres came to the United States from his native Puerto Rico and studied at two renowned institutions: the New England Conservatory of Music and the Berklee College of Music. After making guest appearances with mambo master Tito Puente and releasing a series of albums on an independent label in the 1970s, Torres's career as a leading Latin jazz flutist was full of promise. After moving to Miami in the 1980s, he became part of a flourishing music scene that included Gloria and Emilio Estefan and the legendary bassist Israel "Cachao" Lopez.
It has been said that "if a flute could talk and sing, it would certainly be in the voice of Nestor Torres, for he speaks through his instrument."
Experience Nestor Torres' Miami Spice.  It's sure to be Caliente! 

Guys & Dolls ~ In Concert!

Starring Lyric Favorites:
Lorrianna Colozzo, Karin Leone, Nestor Torres & Sarge
Accompanied by the world renowned, Craig Turley Orchestra

Combine the pizzazz of Damon Runyon’s now-legendary characters with a dazzling score by Frank Loesser, a brilliant book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, and appearances by all of your Lyric favorites ~ The result is Guys and Dolls in Concert at The Lyric. 
Guys and Dolls – A Musical Fable of Broadway, one of America’s greatest musicals and winner of 15 Tonys since its 1951 premiere.  One of the musicals that defined the Golden Era of Broadway, Guys and Dolls, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, made its Broadway premiere in 1950, ran for 1,200 performances, and won 15 Tony awards, including Best Musical. The show brought "Runyonland," the world of author Damon Runyon, to life - and did for those characters what Spamalot does for Monty Python or Hairspray does for the world of John Waters. 
The Frank Loesser score includes some of the most popular songs of the era including "I'll Know," "A Bushel and Peck," "If I Were A Bell," "Guys and Dolls," and "Luck Be a Lady."  
Sure to be the hottest ticket in town!   

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Lyric's Birthday Bash Benefit Gala with The Cab Calloway Orchestra 

The Lyric’s first annual Birthday Benefit Gala will be celebrated in Roarin’ 20’s style when the world-famous, energetic and highly talented Cab Calloway Orchestra takes the stage. The powerful interactive performance promises a swingin’ good time.  

But, the concert is just the beginning of the memorable bash!  Immediately following the concert, party goers in their best “glad rags” will make their way to The Cotton Club Speakeasy. Here they’ll be able to “shake a leg” to popular ‘20’s dances, enjoy delicious food, “bootleg” beverages, fun and many surprises. 
Tickets are limited for this premier event so early purchase is highly recommended. Because it is a benefit, a portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible and sponsorship opportunities are available. 
It’s going to be a “nifty” night … “The real Cat’s Meow” … Be there!
For more information:
Contact Linda Prange, Lyric Development Director 
at 772-220-1942, ext 209 or

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Grayson Hugh

Grayson Hugh first burst on the scene in 1988 with his RCA album "Blind To Reason".  The album spawned several international hits as well as popular music videos and eventually went Gold in both the U.S. and overseas. Hugh's unique blending of classic soul styles, poetic lyrics along with his high energy piano playing, charmed radio and concert audiences around the world. 

His second record "Road To Freedom", was also acclaimed, making many top ten lists (including Billboard Magazine) and garnering feature articles by music critics. Pulitzer Prize-winning Leonard Pitts Jr. wrote: "Have I heard any newcomer in the last decade that excites me as much as this guy? No." (Miami Herald, October 19, 1992). "Road To Freedom" caught the attention of Hollywood as well. Director Ridley Scott requested the use of two of Hugh's songs for the film "Thelma and Louise". Jon Avnet asked Hugh to record a version of Bob Dylan's song "I'll Remember You". for the film "Fried Green Tomatoes". The resulting arrangement and performance by Hugh closes the film with "a gospel assault that could raise the dead" (Peanuts, The Cleveland Sun, December 3, 1992).

The 2010 release of "An American Record" heralded the return to the public eye and ear of Grayson Hugh. After many turbulent years that included disastrous dealings with a mercenary music industry, a stint as professor of songwriting at Berklee College Of Music in Boston and a near fatal relapse with alcohol in 2000, Hugh has emerged sober, stronger and more prolific than ever. In the words of one writer: "With An American Record, the payoff is just beginning. Grayson Hugh has been there and is back again. His story - our story - has to be heard." (Robert Doerschuk, CMA (May 10, 2010).
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Hugh first met singer Polly Messer in 1980, when she was singing with the swing band Eight To The Bar. Grayson's good friend Ron Scalise had produced both of their first records ("Grayson Hugh" and "This Joint Is Jumpin"). Ron would rave about this girl Polly and her voice, so Grayson had to hear her live. Impressed with what he called "that Polly-tone",  Hugh asked Polly to sing backup vocals in his band The Wild Tones in 1982. The two became friendly during their subsequent many rehearsals and did performances in New York (the legendary Gerde's Folk City) and live television (CPTV's "In Performance" concerts series). Polly and Ron ended up getting married in 1988, just as Hugh's recording career was taking off. Though they all remained friends, Polly and Grayson led their seperate lives. Polly and Ron had a child in 1991 but were divorced in 1994. As a single mother, Polly returned to college and received a degree in Art (with a triple major) from Western Connecticut State University in her home town of Danbury. She showed her work at several galleries and sang briefly with a New York-based rockabilly band Eugene Chrylser. But longed to sing with Grayson again. 

The opportunity came when, in 2006, she happened to hear that Grayson was recording a new album. She contacted him and the two reignited their friendship. When she asked to sing on the album, Hugh told her there was no money for a harmony singer. Polly offered to sing for free. At the first vocal session in January 2007, the chemistry began to grow beyond the musical and they were married in August 2008. Co-producing "An American Record", the two began a musical collaboration that has taken them to concert stages around the world.
Grayson is currently writing songs for his next record which will be released sometime in 2014.

Monday, October 7, 2013

​It’s a party and you’re invited!

The Lyric Birthday Bash Benefit Gala kicks off with the smooth styling of the legendary Cab Calloway Orchestra at The Lyric Theatre at 6 p.m. on Nov. 16,

Immediately following the concert, the good times continue as the entire party moves to “The Cotton Club Speakeasy” in the Elliott Museum.

This roarin’ 20s-style gala begins with the energetic and highly talented Cab Calloway Orchestra. Zoot-suit clad, Chris Calloway, grandson of Cab Calloway promises a powerful interactive show and a swingin’ good time, complete with his gorgeous Fan Dancers.

Following the concert, party goers wearing their best “glad rags” will make their way to the Speakeasy at The Elliott Museum.

Here they can “shake a leg” to popular ‘20s dances, enjoy delicious food, “bootleg” beverages, fun and many surprises.

One of the biggest surprises the “Flappers and Fellas” will see is how the Elliott Museum has been transformed into The Cotton Club Speakeasy.

Planning this inaugural annual gala is The Lyric’s League of Extraordinary Women, plus a few guys. This newly formed group of outstanding volunteers is dedicated to the success of The Lyric and the gala.

League members include Bridget Baratta, Frank Byers, Jr, Ethel Christin, Patty Downing, Betsy Harold, Hope Jochem, Kathy Kramer, Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, Joan McGowan, Eileen Morris, Mike Mortell, Niki Norton, Elizabeth Price, Karen Rodgers, Rachel Scott, Paul Shirley, Kenan Siegel, May Smyth, Daryl Swann, Kathy Sue Tranter, Linda Weiksnar and Nancy Wong. Gala chairs are Eileen Morris, Ethel Christin and Daryl Swann.

Tickets are $250 each and are your admission to both the Cab Calloway Concert and the after-concert Speakeasy at the Elliott.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. It’ll be a “nifty” night “The real Cat’s Meow.” You won’t want to miss the fun.

For more information about the Gala, contact Linda Prange, Lyric development director at (772)220-1942, ext. 209 or email

The Lyric Theatre was built in 1926 as a silent movie house and was operated until the depression, when it was closed and eventually sold. Over the next 50-years, it was used in a variety of manners.

In 1987, in the midst of a downtown redevelopment effort, the historically significant structure became the jewel we know today, following it’s stated mission “to provide the community with a home for the performing arts that entertains, educated and stimulates the growth of artistic integrity and experience for everyone.”

The Lyric Theatre is on the National Register of Historic Places, and represents a colorful history in Stuart as a gathering place for young and old alike.

Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate all that the Lyric Theatre means to our community. Join the good times at The Lyric Birthday Bash Benefit Gala!

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Big Lebowski ~ Cult Classic!

English/117 min./R
The Big Lebowski is one of the best cult films of our times! In the usual unconventional style of Coen Brothers directing, a case of mistaken identity becomes an odd and complex kidnapping plot in the 1998 film The Big Lebowski. Jeff Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) is an easy-going nobody who happens to share the same name with a millionaire. When malicious plots do not go as planned, Lebowski unintentionally ends up in the middle of the Los Angeles mayhem. Accompanying Jeff Bridges is an all-star cast, including Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, John Goodman, and Julianne Moore. The Big Lebowski is a thoroughly entertaining, strange and fascinating world ruled by Joel and Ethan Coen. Rated R

The Big Lebowski ~ Cult Classic!

The Dude drinks nine White Russians during the course of the movie—he drops one while at Jackie Treehorn’s house.

The Big Lebowski ~ Cult Classic!

The word “dude” is used around 161 times in the movie; 160 spoken and once in text form in the credits for “Gutterballs” the second dream sequence.

The Big Lebowski ~ Cult Classic!

The rug that “really ties the room together” was inspired by a real-life experience. According to legend, Joel and Ethan Coen were at a barbecue, during which the host would randomly and repeatedly stop between conversations and say “Doesn’t this rug really tie the room together?” Obviously, the comment stuck with them.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Maximus Mars

This anti-bullying show empowers youth to combat school yard and cyber bullying.

In this steam-punk themed production, Maximus Mars has crash landed on a strange planet inhabited by bullies who try to destroy his ship, and send bullying messages to his communication device. Maximus engages the audience to come up with tools which help him resolve conflicts, and return safely to earth. With its colorful set and costumes, a vibrant cast, and themes of individuality and compassion, Maximus Mars is a perfect way to kick off a successful and friendly school year.
Seen by audiences across America, Maximus Mars is best appreciated by audiences in grades 3-8.


Sweeping the Florida coast with their rough blend of country and rock, Crossbone is one of the best groups that local music has to offer. Despite their bad boy image, these Harley-Davidson driving musicians take their music seriously, performing some of the best and most well-known songs of the country rock genre with impeccable musicianship and high-powered energy. Making a name for themselves along the Treasure Coast, Crossbone now makes their way to The Lyric Theatre for a night of your favorite songs, including hits by Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Doors, and Charlie Daniels. 
Founded in 2003, Crossbone began as a four piece band with a passion for southern rock and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Initially playing nightclubs and private parties in the area, the band started to make waves in the local music scene, leaving loyal fans in their wake. Their energetic interpretations of country and rock classics earned them an unofficial title as the most wanted local band on the Treasure Coast. Bad boys with hearts, Crossbone has played at a countless number of fundraising and charitable events, including motorcycle club annuals, fundraisers for families of fallen or ill riders, March of Dimes, Habitat for Humanity events, and Toys for Tots. Despite their rising fame, the band broke up in 2007 after four years of success. 
After only two years apart, guitarist Keith ‘Cutter’ Kohrs brought the best of local country rock back to the Treasure Coast and reunited the band in 2009. Along with lead guitarist Kevin McLoughlin and drummer Paul Goulas, Crossbone inducted two new members to the family, introducing bassist Bobby Lewis and lead vocalist Pat Campion. With their new soulful accompaniment and powerful vocals, Crossbone has added a whole new dimension to their already celebrated sound. The 5-piece group is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year, performing a totally redesigned show featuring a new lineup of former members Scott Benge, Brian Cunningham, Norman ‘Buddy’ Reid, and Garry Nutt. Don’t miss Crossbone this October for their rockin’ anniversary celebration at The Lyric Theatre.
Also as an added bonus, our friends Tim and Rebecca of the Nouveau Honkies
also known as the "Deux" Nouveau Honkies will be opening the show!

Nouveau Honkies Website: