Thursday, May 27, 2010

London/Broadway, 'Red'/Pink

NYC – Two shows that seemingly had little in common joined forces at one of the Broadway League’s Creative Conversations during a recent conference.

Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne from “Red” (the story of artist Mark Rothko) sat with Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge from “La Cage aux Folles” (a revival of the musical that resulted in the movie, “The Birdcage”).

One common element – and the one that prompted the joint setting – is that they both started as smaller London productions before moving to Broadway. Grammer joined the cast in NYC, co-starring with Hodge, who had been in the London production.

“Red” began at the Donmar Warehouse and “La Cage” at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Here’s what the stars said about their shows, and about differences between London and NYC.

La Cage

"Certain lines in London that got enormous laughs there that get nothing here. Certain lines here that get enormous laughs got nothing here." – Douglas

"I knew George Hearn years ago. We used to get drunk together after the show, but I never saw it." – Kelsey

“People seem surprised that I’m English. I must have slowly shifted into ‘American.’ ” – Douglas

"There was a traffic pattern that had been laid out [in London]. There was a luxury to having it blocked already … freedom to find the heart, to find the laughs. The piece resonates so much on an emotional level." – Kelsey

"I secretly play the first scene a little bit slower to give people a chance to dip in …" – Douglas

"There's no greater place in the world than Broadway. It is the pinnacle in my own life. It's a great place to do the work." – Kelsey

"The musical is sort of the hallmark of what you think of as Broadway … I've never been in any situation in the theater where there's so much light and joy and love … I'm not sure I'm ever leaving. It is an amazing experience for me. I couldn't be happier." – Kelsey


"It's the most exciting and rewarding and fulfilling experience I've ever had working as a stage actor – working on Broadway." – Alfred

“It was one step removed in London because of all the cultural, geographical references. … it is a quintessentially New York play.” – Alfred

"He [Alfred] was talking about the Broadway community – not so much a club … a grouping of people. The way he was describing it sounded almost too good to be true … just a sense of being a part of a very specific and welcoming and supportive tribe. … It means a great deal." – Eddie

“Everyone you meet seems to know what you're in and what you're up to. … they feel a common ownership, very positive sense of pride." – Alfred

"When it's good, it's great. When it's not so great, it can be awful. Some of those who didn't like me before now are so far up my bum they could have a weekend place …” –- Alfred

"In England, if you're enjoying the work it's almost unseemly to celebrate that." – Eddie

Answering “What is that red paint made of”:
"Blood, mad desire and passion …” – Eddie
“Broken marriages, phone calls you never get replies to." – Alfred

“Red” is at the Golden Theatre on 45th Street. “La Cage” is at the Longacre Theatre on 48th Street. – MKilgore

Star Shine Brings Money, Talent

All those TV and movie stars on Broadway this season helped gross a total of $1.02 billion during the 09-10 season, according to The New York Times.

The revenues are up despite a slight decrease in attendance, perhaps attributable to the non-reporting of numbers for “Young Frankenstein” because of that show’s policies.

But the stars are bring in more than box office revenues; they’ve got talent, too.

Consider that all five of the Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play nominees are better known for their movie work:

Jude Law, “Hamlet
Alfred Molina, “Red”
Liev Schreiber, “A View From the Bridge:
Christopher Walken, “A Behanding in Spokane”
Denzel Washington, “Fences”

In the Best Actress in a Play category, sit-com vets Valerie Harper and Linda Lavin were both nominated for “Looped” and “Collected Stories.” (Laura Linney, nominated for “Time Stands Still,” is equally at home in TV/film and on stage.)

In the Best Actor in a Musical category, Kelsey Grammer for “La Cage aux Folles” and Sean Hayes for “Promises, Promises” successfully made the switch from sit-coms to Broadway.

Add Catherine Zeta-Jones, Leading Actress in a Musical nominee, and Scarlett Johansson, Leading Actress in a Drama nominee, and you can see the tremendous impact these double- and triple-threat performers had.

See the Tony Awards on June 13 at 8 p.m on CBS. – MKilgore

Bending 'Fences'

"Fences," the play by August Wilson at the Cort Theatre, is attracting some of the biggest buzz on Broadway and not just because Denzel Washington is in it (although that doesn't hurt).

Wilson, who died in 2005, won the Pulitzer Prize for "Fences" in 1987. (He won again for "The Piano Lesson" in 1990.)

Cast members Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Mykelti Williamson and director Kenny Leon, who has Tampa Bay area roots, were among those who participated in a recent Creative Conversation about the work at a conference.

Washington and Davis are both nominated for Leading Role Tony Awards and Henderson has been nominated for his Featured Role. Leon was nominated for Best Director of a Play and the entire work has been nominated for Best Revival of a Play.

Here are their thoughts about "Fences," their roles and August Wilson:

"What's fantastic … is that he writes just about people, in relationships with their wives, with their sons. It's something that's going to touch you, something that's going to move you. Just ordinary people, people going through their lives who are just like us." -- Viola

"I think our play looks more llke America than any other play on Broadway. And I'm proud of that." -- Kenny

"I thought I was too young until I read it and found out i was almost too old. I had never read it. I had seen it, but i had never read it." -- Denzel

"It's [always] a different river, because August really examines relationships …" -- Stephen

"There are no specific physical movements that I had to stick to. Like any great play, it's open to interpretation. The greatest compliment is that they've seen this play before but they're never seen it like this before. That's the testament to a great play." -- Denzel

"Everybody in this room is the truth. And everybody is their version of the truth." -- Stephen

"I'm digging deeply to find out what he meant … the farther you fall, the higher you bounce. " -- Mykelti Williamson

"This was an earlier work. And now that he's completed the cycle, you look back and have a keener focus and a keener eye toward what he was trying to say. My approach to the work is different … how can you inform the work differently." -- Stephen

"Last night, some man screamed out, 'Man, don't do it, Denzel!' When I see those heads go down, I know it's the men in the audience." -- Denzel

"They [the audience] are coming to see this and they're hoping it will shed some light on their lives." -- Kenny

"Don't try to get it right, get it true. August has laid some serious track. " -- Stephen

"Fences" runs through July 11 with limited ticket availability.

-- MKilgore

Expanding Broadway's boundaries

As recent innovative shows such as "Fela!", "Spring Awakening" and "American Idiot" join a relatively small set of risk-taking, more-niche-than-rich shows that actually made it to Broadway, a group consisting of a producer, a presenter and an artist paused during a recent conference to discuss what new types of content mean to both Broadway and the road market for Broadway.

The cast for the session was:

Bill T. Jones, Tony Award-winning choreographer for "Spring Awakening" and Tony-nominated for Fela!"

Kevin McCollum, Tony Award-winning producer of "In the Heights," "Avenue Q" and "Rent"

Michael Reed, senior director of Cultural Participation and Programming, ASU Gammage

Culled from a lengthy and fast-moving session, here are their comments:

"We do ourselves a disservice when we talk about these new productions like they're different from 'traditional Broadway.' When I think about 'traditional Broadway,' I think about 'The Music Man.' No, it's just a beautiful evening in the theater." -- Kevin

"Great art isn't necessarily for everyone." -- Bill

"People come to your shows because they trust you. And people know when they come to our building, they know that whatever on that stage will be respectful, will be worthwhile. The relationship is there." -- Michael

"For people who have never bought a ticket to Broadway to realize that a show reflects their own cultural experience … that to me is a hit. It's not about dollars." -- Kevin

" 'Rent' has permeated the consciousness of America. And I'm very proud of that. And we had to give the Hispanic community their own musical vocabulary through 'In the Heights')." -- Kevin

"We live in an era of diminished curiosity." -- Bill

"It's alchemy. You never know what will work." -- Kevin

"I was struck by the musical vocabulary [in 'Fela!']. We can't afford to react to the ordinary. We're a lifestyle choice. Profit is about making sure you're about exceeding the expectation." -- Jones

"I'm in the musical storytelling business. Storytelling is about surprises. Listen to what you hear when you're walking down the street and think how can I tell a story with that ..." -- Kevin

"All of my shows that have been hits started off-Broadway. You need to be able to able to watch your shows without hemorrhaging $250,000 You need to be able to watch it while hemorrhaging $30,000 to $40,000." -- Kevin

"We sang before we spoke. There's something in our DNA that makes us respond to music." --Kevin

* This was a free-flowing conversation and I confess to having done a bit of a mash-up rather than a chronological account.

-- MKilgore

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Macy’s shoppers invited to a free performance from the Tony Award-winning Broadway show during the local engagement

WHAT: Macy’s at Wiregrass Commons is hosting an event for the whole family, with a special performance by cast members from Mary Poppins, playing at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts May 20 – June 6. Cast members will perform a medley of Mary Poppins favorites including “Jolly Holiday,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” and “Feed the Birds,” plus a song specially written for the stage production, “Practically Perfect.” Additionally, customers will have the opportunity to receive two tickets to the Wednesday, June 2 performance at the Straz Center with a $100 purchase store-wide at Macy’s during the event.*

Additionally, Macy’s, the Tony Awards and CBS will be giving customers the opportunity to win a chance to go to the Tony Awards on June 13th. The Macy’s Ticket to the Tony’s nationwide contest will give two lucky fans the opportunity to walk the red carpet, attend and be featured on live television at the Tony Awards. Visit for more details. The Tony Awards will air on CBS on June 13th.

* Only valid on purchase made at Macy’s at Wiregrass Commons on May 29, 2010. While supplies last. Gift with purchase. No refunds on qualifying purchase, exchanges only.

WHERE: Performance by the cast of Mary Poppins
Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 12:00 PM
Macy’s at Wiregrass Commons – Women’s Dress Department
28233 Paseo Drive
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543

MORE: The Macy’s Ticket to the Tony’s contest is available at Contestants, ages 13 and over, can upload video content of themselves singing one of the following Broadway tunes:

· 96,000, In the Heights
· Gimme, Gimme, Thoroughly Modern Millie
· Good Morning, Baltimore, Hairspray
· I’m Gonna Wash that Man Right Outa my Hair, South Pacific
· The Lonely Goatherd, The Sound of Music
· Maybe, Annie
· One, A Chorus Line
· Stars, Les Misérables
· Ya Got Trouble, The Music Man

Entries can be uploaded on starting on April 27 at 3:00 PM, ET and ending on May 27 at 3:00 PM, ET, at which point public voting for selection of the five finalists commences, closing on June 1 at 12:00 AM, ET. On June 3, the five semi-finalists will be announced. The five finalists will be flown to New York City to participate in a live sing-off in Macy’s Herald Square on Friday, June 11 – where a panel of Broadway stars and experts, along with the online votes, will choose two finalists who will win the opportunity to walk the red carpet at THE 64TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 13. The two finalists will be red carpet ready with a $1,000.00 gift card from Macy’s.

Finalists will be featured on The 64th Annual Tony Awards, Sunday, June 13 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET) on the CBS Television Network. Semi-finalists will win the opportunity to attend the full Tony Awards Dress Rehearsal.

No purchase necessary to enter or win. For complete rules, go to

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tennessee and the Tonys

With both "Memphis" and "Million Dollar Quartet" nominated for the Best Musical Tony, this seems to be Tennessee's year in the spotlight.
They're up against Green Day's "American Idiot" and "Fela!"

From the official "Memphis" web site:

From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tenn. comes a hot new Broadway musical - inspired by actual events - with heart, soul and energy to burn. He's a young, white radio DJ named Huey Calhoun (Chad Kimball), whose love of music transcends race lines and airwaves. She's a black singer named Felicia Farrell (Montego Glover), whose career is on the rise, but who can't break out of segregated clubs. When the two collaborate, her soulful music reaches radio audiences everywhere, and the Golden Era of early rock 'n' roll takes flight.

A thrilling theatrical event that combines Broadway splendor with the roots of rock, Memphis features an original story by Joe DiPietro ("I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change") and a brand-new score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan. Directing is Tony® nominee Christopher Ashley ("Xanadu") and choreography is by Sergio Trujillo ("Jersey Boys"). The cast also features Derrick Baskin, J. Bernard Calloway, James Monroe Iglehart, Tony nominee Michael McGrath and Cass Morgan.
Both of the leads, Kimball and Glover, were nominated for Tony Awards in their categories.

"Million Dollar Quartet" is about the historic night in 1956 when Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis ended up in the studio together.

Levi Kreis, who figuratively set fire to his piano as Jerry Lee Lewis, was nominated as Best Featured Actor in a Musical.

You can read more from the creators of "MDQ" in an earlier post. --


Thursday, May 20, 2010

DVR Alert! 9 to 5!!!

SET YOUR DVR - IT'S 9 to 5!
Dolly Parton will be the featured guest on OPRAH Friday, May 21st Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Dollywood - and will no doubt mention the 9 to 5 TOUR! (Coming to the Straz Center Oct. 26-31).

Have a happy Friday and set your DVRs!

-Kari G.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Tuesday (morning) with Sean

Sean Hayes, the former star of "Will and Grace," and the current star in "Promises, Promises," provided an early-morning wake-up to the nearly 600 attendees of the annual Broadway League Spring Road Conference -- a gathering on industry producers, presenters, agents and affiliated industries.

He found humor in everything from his early speaking time Tuesday morning ("Good evening. In the world of the theater, I'm just going to bed") to the name of the Broadway League itself ("How many teams are there?").

"I kid because I'm tired," he said.

But he turned serious to praise Broadway and "the overwhelming joy it brings audiences."

"If it weren't for people like you, there's be no chance for actors like me," Hayes said.

"Good night." (And then he probably went off to find breakfast.)

-- MKilgore

Elvis, Perkins, Cash and Jerry Lee: One amazing night

NYC -- On Dec. 4, 1956 the cornerstones of rockabilly and rock 'n' roll convened on Memphis' Sun Studios for a legendary jam session.

As the creators of the new Broadway musical, "Million-Dollar Quartet" explained it, this was a relatively spontaneous event during a nominal Carl Perkins session. Sun's owner Sam Phillips helped pull it together.
Jerry Lee Lewis was Perkins' piano player at the time. Elvis Presley, who had recorded for Sun, had jumped to a bigger label. And Johnny Cash was worried about the emergence of this new rock style that threatened to end his career.

In the actual recording session, the quartet mostly sang the music that had influenced them. In a small bit of dramatic license, the musical actually features their greatest hits because that's really what audiences want to hear.

"We took 18 months of Sun Records history and condensed it to one night," they said.

Here's what the creative team had to say about their Best Musical Tony-nominated show:

"We kept it to the raw emotion and the journey these guys were on."
"We wanted to capture one historic moment that featured the of rock 'n' roll."
"You can see their torment. Their preachers said this was the devil's music. They had no education and were suddenly big stars."

"They're actually playing onstage; it's all spontaneous."

-- MKilgore

Come Fly Away With Green Day?

NYC -- Normally blase theater professionals went all gaga twice Tuesday, first for a regal appearance by the choreographer/writer/director Twyla Tharp and then for a charming sit-down with Broadway's newest surprise -- Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong.

Former dancers now in arts management clogged the front row for Tharp, just as their younger colleagues did later on for Armstrong.

Tharp, of course, helped start the most recent trend toward "Rockway" with her work on "Movin' Out," based on the works of Billy Joel. Following a short run with a show using songs by Bob Dylan, she's back with "Come Fly Away," which puts Frank Sinatra on Broadway and is billed as "A new musical love affair."

Sinatra apparently came to see one of Tharp's earlier works using one of his songs.

"I cried. I want to be a dancer," Sinatra supposedly said.

"You are a dancer," Tharp said she told him. You're great in all the movies. (Pause.) But I wouldn't quit my day job."

Director Michael Mayer, who most recently did "Spring Awakening," and composer and orchestrator Tom Kitt worked with Armstrong to turn the band's 2004 Grammy Award-winning sixth CD "American Idiot" into a new Broadway musical, supplemented by a few songs from the group's latest recording "21st Century Breakdown."

Here are some random quotes and observations from those two sessions:

American Idiot

"I wanted to create a different texture for the theater, but you still felt it was Green Day." -- Kitt

"I was in the middle of 'Spring Awakening' and I was listening to the album a lot. I started to hear a very clear narrative." -- Mayer

"We always thought it should be staged somehow -- film or whatever." -- Armstrong

"I wanted to show the band I would take care of their baby." -- Kitt

"I looked to The Beatles and George Martin … 'Yesterday' … you always knew it was The Beatles." -- Kitt

"The record was perfect … The extra narration was inside the music -- even in the drum beats, the guitar breaks." -- Mayer

"I had no preconceptions about Broadway " -- Armstrong

"This probably has been the greatest experience of my life." -- Armstrong

"There's something happening here, and it's hopeful and exciting." -- Mayer
Come Fly Away

Tharp on the origins of the musical:

"We set out to find some of the narrative he created in the great American songbook." -- Tharp

"We tell the story through the deed because words lie." -- Tharp

Tharp on working with familiar dancers:

"You love them. You know what they can do. You can try things with them because of trust."

Dancers on working with Tharp and with Sinatra material:

"We call each other gladiators. It's a different level of focus, a different level of commitment than I've ever experienced." -- Karine Plantadi

"He [Sinatra] is a male artist who can care … without being wimpy, who can show strength without being arrogant. I wanna dance like that guy sings. … I didn't know that before two minutes ago." -- John Selva.

-- MKilgore

Sights and sounds in and around the annual Broadway League Spring Road Conference

NYC -- Spotted Tuesday night at the Lunt-Fontaine Theater seeing "The Addams Family": Neil Simon, whose "Promises, Promises" with Sean Hayes is up several blocks away.

NYC -- Overheard Tuesday night in the mezzanine during "The Addams Family": "There's nothing like a Broadway musical." And, no, it wasn't from an industry professional.

-- M Kilgore

Broadway League Spring Road Conference

Once again many of us at the Straz Center find ourselves left to our own devices as our fearless leaders have ventured up to NYC for the Broadway League Conference. This is where all the Performing Arts Centers and "road houses" meet to see what Broadway is offering this season - thereby indicating what the road will have to choose from next season.

It is a wonderful conference full of panels with creative teams, performers and industry professionals. They get fabulous show swag, lots of attention and an opportunity to meet and learn from their counterparts around the country.

As for us? We were pondering turning the cube farm into a miniature golf course today...

Michael Kilgore the VP of Marketing for the Straz Center will be posting some cool tidbits from the conference - so keep checking back with the blog this week.

-Kari G.

Monday, May 17, 2010

We Love Our Interns!

Every summer we take on an intern (or two) and enjoy watching them learn the ropes here at the Straz Center. They are usually conflicted by two profound emotions - How AWESOME it can be to work here and how BORING it can be to work here. Let's face it, we have Mary Poppins loading in even as we type this, yet that doesn't mean that those Club Jaeb flyers are going to go down to the photocopy machine and create themselves! We try to give them an honest view of both sides of our industry.

For a short period of time we have Intern L. She rocks a whole bunch and currently she is rocking a social media project that is going to put the Straz Center in a very good place in a very short period of time. So we like that lots. We asked Intern L. if she wouldn't mind sharing with you what it is like to be an intern here - this is what she submitted (and she was not paid to say how cool Kari G. is - we promise!).

As many of you may know, a senior’s last three weeks of high school tend to turn into something of a joke: Classes are winding down, AP exams are done, and you don’t even care because you already got into college! To rid their halls of teenagers affected with the potent “Senioritis”, and to give us a taste of what the real world is like, my school’s administrators came up with a creative, effective way of keeping us prep-school rabble-rousers out of trouble: Internships. So, every year when May comes around, the seniors of the school are rounded up and shipped off to prey upon businesses and offices all around Tampa Bay until graduation.

A lot of us are stuck working in the offices of mortgage brokers, or babysitting at our old schools, but some kids are lucky enough to land spots at places like Radio Disney, NBC, and, of course, the Straz Center. As you could probably tell by where you’re reading this blog, I was one of the lucky ones.

I’m proud to be my high schools’ resident “theater geek”. I’ve been in all of the school plays, and was even the Production Manager this year! (a.k.a. I got the director coffee and took notes). My iPod is full of Broadway musicals, and if you ask me about anything you think a normal teenager would know, like, “What is My Morning Jacket?” my answer will probably be, “A jacket your wear in the morning.” (If you’re like me and don’t know, it’s actually an American rock band known for their eclectic mix of music genres. See you just learned something new!). I’m also eager to learn about advertising and running a business (living the American Dream and all that good stuff), so the Straz Center’s marketing department was pretty much the perfect place for me to work for three weeks.

Now, you’re probably thinking “What on earth could anyone get done in just three weeks?” I’ll admit I was wondering that too, until Kari G. introduced me to this crazy thing called Social Media, which is all of the social networking sites (like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter etc.) that many companies use as marketing tools. However, there is no one place where someone can go and see what all the other major theaters in the country are doing with social media—until now.

Kari G. bequeathed upon me what we have come to call “The Mother of All Social Media Projects” and for the last week I have been compiling a data base for her and all the other fine folks at the Straz Center that has links the Facebook-esque pages and blogs of American theaters. Pretty cool, right?

However, the end of this internship is rapidly approaching, and before I’ll know it I will be off to the University of Central Florida in the fall (Go Knights!). Thanks to Kari I was fortunate enough to meet a successful UCF grad, Courtney M., the other day. As an aspiring performer, I’m ready to learn all I can about succeeding in theater. Kari and Courtney gave me valuable insights and tips that will definitely be of use to me in the next few years.

As a recap: I’m a crazy theater fanatic doing an awesome internship with the lovely Kari G. at the fantastic Straz Center, and then I’m going to college, and then who knows what?

Wish me luck!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The GOP is coming!

Get ready Tampa because the announcement has just been made! The GOP National Convention will be in Tampa in 2012!
According to Tampa Bay & Co. This is a very exciting time for the Tampa Bay region. The 2012 Republican National Convention will bring over 40,000 visitors to Tampa Bay the week of August 27, 2012 and potentially provide an estimated economic impact of nearly $170 million.

Hey Elephants - we have a couple of meeting spaces we think you would like...
- Kari G.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tourism Tampa Bay

May 11 - 14 is National Tourism Week. This may not be as exciting for (insert the name of a town in an undesirable location known only for The World's Fattest Cat) but here in the Tampa Bay region, we take our tourism pretty seriously. We have a lot to celebrate and show off in our area and nobody puts us in the spotlight like Tampa Bay & Co.!

Today was their Tourism Luncheon - an event that everybody looks forward to every year. From the spectacle of performance to the exciting upcoming events and conventions coming to our area (We'll find out tomorrow if the GOP has sand in their shoes for the 2010 Convention!) everybody has a great time! In fact, even our President, Judy Lisi found herself in the show today. The picture is a little grainy - but she's the shorter one!

Congrats to all the hard working folks at Tampa Bay & Co. for another great luncheon. And we hope that everyone enjoyed the Mary Poppins presence - after all the show is less than a week away here at the Straz Center! Just part of the fun when you visit Tampa Bay!
-Kari G.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Mother's Day Brunch at the Straz!

Mother's Day Brunch at the Straz Center

This Sunday, May 9
Seatings at 10:30 a.m., 1 or 3 p.m.
$31.99 per person
$14.95 for children 3 to 12 years
Under 3 years free

Haven't you caused Mom enough drama? This Mother's Day make her the star! Celebrate at the Straz Center with a Mother's Day Buffet featuring chef-attended carving stations, omelet station, breakfast station, hot buffet, salad station, dessert station, kids buffet, a glass of champagne per adult and a flower for every Mom! (Full menu below)

For reservations, call 813.229.STAR (7827) or contact the Box Office.

Join us with your Mom for our


Mother’s Day Brunch

Seatings at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 or 3 p.m.

Chef Attended

Carving stations

Peppered crust prime rib

Orange pineapple glaze ham

Herb roasted turkey breast with cranberry chutney

Breakfast station

Selection of chilled juices and sliced seasonal fruit and berries

Assorted Fresh homemade baked goods including bagels, jams, cream cheese and honey

Fluffy scrambled eggs, apple wood smoked bacon, turkey bacon, sausage links

Chef Attended Omelet station

(egg whites and egg Beaters Available)

Maestros signature breakfast potatoes

Classic Eggs Benedict with hollandaise sauce

Cinnamon French toast station with maple syrup and whipped cream

Salad Display

Patty and Martha signature chopped salads

with assorted mix greens, green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, sliced red onion, broccolini,

Kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, anchovies, parmesan cheese, baby vegetables and

homemade croutons served with creamy ranch, citrus vinaigrette, Caesar and blue

cheese dressings

Chef’s Hot Buffet

Sautéed guajillo chicken paillard served over mashed potatoes

Baked filet of salmon Veronique with champagne butter sauce and grapes

Roasted seasonal potatoes with garlic aioli

Cauliflower and broccoli au gratin

Kid corner

Chicken tenders mini sliders curly fries and grilled cheese

Celery sticks and carrots


Chef selection of pies, cakes and cookies

Chef Attended Strawberry Festival Flambé:

Plum sweet strawberry with brown sugar,

sweet butter lemon zest and Brandy set aflame with Bacardi 151 rum

And a glass of house champagne or Mimosa punch

Full bar and wine list available after 11 a.m.

And a flower for every Mom

We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Final performances of Godspell.

There are some great opportunities to see Godspell before it closes! First, grab the kids and come tonight (nothing says Cinco de Mayo like Godspell!) for Broadway Family Night! Purchase one full price adult ticket and get one free child's (12 and under) ticket (restrictions apply). Come early for family-friendly activities.There is a postshow talk-back in the theater following the Wed., May 5, performance.
Moving forward you can take advantage of a special social media offer for the remaining shows. Now through May 16 you can receive $10 off all tickets. Limit 4 tickets. Promo code: SOCIAL.

These two offers cannot combine so don't get all crafty on us. And all fine print, "Subject to availability, not good on prior purchase, etc. etc." all apply.

Enjoy the final performances of this amazing show!
-Kari "Day by Day" G.

Monday, May 03, 2010

The Tonys Are Coming! The Tonys Are Coming!

Tomorrow morning at 8:30 am EDT, Jeff Daniels and Lea Michele will announce the 2010 Tony Nominations live on! Be sure to go online to watch the announcements as they happen.

To watch them live click here, and then meet us back here or our facebook page and tell us what you think!

-Kari G.