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Award-winning musical “Honk Jr.” coming to JC

By George Basler Twenty years ago, Broome County puppeteer Robert Rogers heard the CD soundtrack of a musical from England call Honk! and was inspired by its songs and story. He was not alone. The musical -- with music by George Stiles and book and lyrics by Anthony Drewe [...]

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Tri Cities Opera resuming live productions

By George BaslerAfter a 15-month hiatus because of COVID-19, Tri Cities Opera will resume live productions next week with a staging of Gaetano Donizetti’s popular The Elixir of Love. But the venue will be out of the norm for the Binghamton-based opera company.Instead of performing at The Forum [...]

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Coping with COVID (update): Seton’s ‘Les Mis’ both live and streamed

By George Basler After putting a list of safety measures in place, Seton Catholic Central High School in Binghamton is ready to stage a concert version of the musical Les Miserables this weekend. Limited-seating tickets are now on sale for the four performances that will run 7 p.m. Thursday-Sunday [...]

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KNOW Theatre’s ‘Gruesome Playground Injuries’ features memorable performances

Reviewed by George Basler Emotional wounds and physical scars are on vivid display in Rajiv Joseph’s compelling two-character play Gruesome Playground Injuries. KNOW Theatre's production, being streamed through April 30, is just as compelling, thanks to bravura performances by Jessica Nogaret and Joshua Sedelmeyer as two needy people drawn [...]

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KNOW to stream unconventional play on demand

By George Basler KNOW Theatre is continuing to present online productions even as its management hopes to be back on its downtown Binghamton stage this fall. Following a virtual presentation of One Person, streamed online in January, KNOW Theatre will debut Rajiv Joseph’s Gruesome Playground Injuries for on-demand virtual [...]

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Coming back: Broadway at Binghamton sets 2021-22 season

Live theater fans, rejoice! This fall, Broadway at Binghamton will resume bringing touring musicals to the Broome County Forum in Binghamton. On the schedule, announced today (April 13): Escape to Margaritaville, Oct. 19-20, featuring both original songs and Jimmy Buffett classics An Officer and a Gentleman, Feb. 23-24, 2022, [...]

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Arts venues inch back to live shows

By George BaslerIn March 2020, the Endicott Performing Arts Center closed its theater doors and went dark because of COVID-19. For more than a year, the center has depended on an online platform, EPAC Digital, to stay active creatively.But this will change at 8 p.m. May 13, when the [...]

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Middle School actors go virtual, too

Vestal Middle School will present The Show Must Go Online! at 7 p.m. Saturday (March 27) on Zoom. Join Zoom Meeting https://vestal-k12-ny-us.zoom.us/j/97766686122 / Meeting ID 977 6668 6122). Produced by VMS Musical Director Elaine Laramee, this free virtual musical features performances by middle school students, along with special appearances [...]

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Coping with COVID: High schools pivot to maintain spring performance tradition

EDITOR’s NOTE: Late last year, Broome Arts Mirror writer George Basler reported on how local arts organizations had been “Coping with COVID.” His series continues today with a look at how local high schools are trying to maintain their annual spring performance tradition. (A special thank-you to Rich Ives, [...]

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BCAC announces 2021 UCF grant recipients

The Broome County Arts Council (BCAC) has awarded $286,500 in 2021 United Cultural Fund (UCF) grants this year to 15 local arts organizations and community non-profits. General Operating Support (GOS) grants, designed to help sustain the general operations of major Broome County arts organizations, w ere awarded to the [...]

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Johnson City approves Goodwill Theatre’s tent plan

By George Basler Johnson City's planning board has given the green light to the Goodwill Theatre Inc.’s plan to erect a tent for live outdoor performances this spring and summer. At its Feb. 23 meeting, the board unanimously approved both a special use permit and a site plan for [...]

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Zoning approval sought for Goodwill tent plan

By George Basler A plan by the Goodwill Theatre to erect a tent at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage for live productions beginning in the spring is now under consideration by Johnson City officials. The theater is working with the village on a site plan, and JC's planning board [...]

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Local officials await details on Cuomo’s arts plan

By George Basler Local arts leaders are pleased that Gov. Andrew Cuomo made boosting the arts a prominent part of his State of the State address. But the details of Cuomo’s initiative, dubbed the New York Arts Renewal, still must be fleshed out, they noted. Without these details, they [...]

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Coping with COVID update: Three groups schedule holiday shows

EDITOR’s NOTE: Recently, Broome Arts Mirror writer George Basler reported on how local arts organizations have been “Coping with COVID.” As groups formulate or revise plans, BAMirror will publish updates like the following article. By George Basler Three performing arts organizations are continuing holiday traditions even as they remain [...]

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