Celebrating the Life of a Legendary Rocker with Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story on the Forestburgh Playhouse Stage

Buddy Holly was just 22 years old, but already a rock and roll sensation, when he boarded a four-seater plane with fellow stars Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper, as well as pilot Roger Peterson, for the short hop to the next stop on their tour. The plane crashed in inclement weather, killing all four instantly. That date, February 3, 1959, was memorialized as “The Day the Music Died” in Don McLean’s 1971 hit song, “American Pie.” In honor of the 50th anniversary of the plane crash, the Forestburgh Playhouse is bringing Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story to life June 18-30.

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Iconic Film The Wizard of Oz Turns 80 and Comes to Life on the Forestburgh Playhouse Stage

Who doesn’t love The Wizard of Oz? Its annual telecasts were appointment TV for millions of families from 1959 through 1991, and it continues to run frequently on television today. In honor of the film’s 80th birthday, the Forestburgh Playhouse is bringing the stage play to life all summer on our children’s stage--every Thursday and Saturday at 11 AM starting on June 20th.

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Is a Theater Season Subscription Worth the Cost?

If you enjoy the theater, you have probably considered a season subscription. For theater lovers, who would see every show no matter what, it’s an easy decision. Yet, if you only see shows now and then, you might wonder whether it is truly worth the cost. To help make this decision easier for you, let’s break down what a theater season subscription involves.

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Differences Between Hair the Musical and Hair the Movie

Debuting off Broadway in 1967 and on Broadway in 1968, Hair is the rock musical that defined a generation. Show creators and close friends James Rado and Gerome Ragni set out to capture the countercultural zeitgeist that was unfolding around them, basing lead characters Claude and Berger on themselves, and the rest of the ensemble on the people in their everyday lives. In fact, they recruited some of the original cast at Be-Ins and other happenings they attended.

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The 10 Most Popular Musicals of All Time

How you define the “best” or even the “most popular” musical of all time? Is it box office numbers? Total performances on Broadway? The number of revivals or touring productions? For Rolling Stone magazine, it’s even simpler: poll the readers. From the magazine’s June 2016 poll, here are the 10 iconic musicals that made the cut.  Apparently the Forestburgh Playhouse patrons agree with Rolling Stone since, over the years, the Playhouse has produced 9 out of the top 10!

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Should You Audition with a Song from the Musical You're Auditioning For?

If you’re a musical theatre lover, you have probably envisioned yourself in a key role, such as Sandy in Grease or Roger in Rent. When you finally have the opportunity to audition for your dream musical, your first instinct might be to audition with the song you have always imagined yourself performing. Unfortunately, though, this is almost always a mistake. A golden rule (with some exceptions, of course) for musical theatre auditions is, unless you are told otherwise, try not to audition with a song from the musical you’re auditioning for. Here is what you should know.

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Reasons to Take Kids to Theatre Performances

Many people enjoy the theatre for simple entertainment value, and it is true that excellent theatre has a transportive quality that can help you forget your troubles for a few hours. What you might not realize, though, is what a unique and immersive learning experience theatre can be for all ages, and especially for children. Here are 7 reasons that taking kids to theatre performances can genuinely enrich their lives.

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