The Best Of Times, held on Saturday, November 30th, was New Bedford Festival Theatre’s star-studded event at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. The evening was a smashing success, with Representative Antonio Cabral in attendance. Mayor Jon Mitchell welcomed former mayors Scott Lang, Fred Kaliz, and John Bullard. The community came out to honor George Charbonneau,…

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Mamma Mia! is a jukebox musical written by British playwright Catherine Johnson, based on the songs of ABBA composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, former members of the band. The title of the musical is taken from the group’s 1975 chart-topper “Mamma Mia”. Ulvaeus and Andersson, who composed the original music for ABBA, were…

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The story is set in the Upper West Side of New York City in the mid-1950s and explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. When, Tony, a Jet, falls in love with Maria, a Shark, the young lovers struggle to keep their love alive in…

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Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture PYGMALION with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, MY FAIR LADY “the World’s Greatest Musical,” will come to life with the story, the songs, and the characters audiences know and love. Professor Henry Higgins loves language. Cockney flower…

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Grease is a 1971 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey with additional songs written by John Farrar. Named after the 1950s United States working-class youth subculture known as greasers, the musical is set in 1959 at fictional Rydell High School (based on William Howard Taft School in Chicago, Illinois) and follows ten working-class teenagers…

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Mary Poppins is a musical with music and lyrics by the Academy Award-winning Sherman Brothers (with additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe) and a script by Julian Fellowes. The musical is based on the similarly titled series of children’s books by P. L. Travers and the 1964 Disney film, and is…

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The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually…

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You remember the plot. You love the characters. You know “the song.” It’s no less than the stage adaptation of one of the most celebrated and beloved films of all time. 1920’ Hollywood is the setting for this zany, light-hearted romantic comedy about the early days of sound film, when many a movie studio found…

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Tracy Turnblad, a cheerful, overweight high school student living in Baltimore, Maryland steps out of her apartment (“Good Morning Baltimore”) and endures a day’s worth of school before she and best friend Penny Pingleton can watch their favorite television show, The Corny Collins Show, a teen dance show broadcast from local station WYZT (“The Nicest…

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