Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati opens the regional premiere of Black Pearl Sings by Frank Higgins on March 13, and it’s a powerful musical about being a woman in a man’s world, being black in a white world, and about holding on to your soul when the world treats people as a commodity. Lee Hay finds out more about this production from the two stars, Annie Fitzpatrick and Torie Wiggins.
As part of CCM’s year-long celebration of Kurt Weill, they will present The Threepenny Opera beginning February 28, along with concert performances of Weill’s Kiddush (Prayer of Sanctification) and the a capella madrigal Ho, Billy, O! from the Weill musical Love Life. Anne Arenstein learns more about the Weill festival and these upcoming performances from Robin Guarino, CCM’s J. Ralph Corbett Chair of Opera and director of The Threepenny Opera, and dramaturge Bruce McClung.
Playhouse in the Park’s current Thompson Shelterhouse production is Hank Williams: Lost Highway, which presents the stories behind some of the country legend’s greatest hits. The show features more than 20 of Hank Williams’ greatest hits and was co-authored and directed by the same man behin
d two of the Playhouse’s crowd favorites: Always…Patsy Cline and Love, Janis. Our Jim Stump talks with about this production and the legendary Texas singer-songwriter.