Copious Notes http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com The journal of a Kentucky culture vulture Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:58:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 ‘WoodSongs’ expands its TV and radio reach http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/2015/06/29/woodsongs-expands-its-tv-and-radio-reach/ http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/2015/06/29/woodsongs-expands-its-tv-and-radio-reach/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:58:54 +0000 http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/?p=15673 Continue reading ]]> The Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour is presented most Mondays at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Ryan Zencka.

The Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour is presented most Mondays at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Ryan Zencka.

The Lexington-based WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour has been added to two prominent national outlets that will enable it to reach 14.4 million viewers and listeners worldwide, according to a news release.

The DISH Network satellite service has added the show to its Blue Highways channel starting in July. It will be shown at 7 and 10 p.m. Fridays, 1 p.m. Sundays and noon Tuesdays. According to WoodSongs, that will make the show available to more that 14 million viewers.

WoodSongs has also been added to the Americana Country Channel on the American Forces Radio Network, which is broadcast in 173 countries and all United States Military Bases. The program was already carried on AFRN’s main channel, but WoodSongs says the addition to the Americana channel will make it available to 400,000 additional listeners.

WoodSongs, hosted by musician Michael Johnathon, is recorded most Mondays at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center in downtown Lexington for TV, radio and Internet distribution. It is carried on more than 500 radio stations worldwide and on public television stations in the United States. Recent WoodSongs guests have included Asleep at the Wheel and The Fairfield Four.

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Regrouping Lexington Art League seeks feedback from artists, community http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/2015/06/28/regrouping-lexington-art-league-seeks-feedback-from-artists-community/ http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/2015/06/28/regrouping-lexington-art-league-seeks-feedback-from-artists-community/#comments Sun, 28 Jun 2015 14:47:24 +0000 http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/?p=15670 Continue reading ]]> Katie Clark(left), of Louisville, and Jeremy Gubin, of Cincinnati, came to the Lexington Art League on a scavenger hunt and stayed for the opening party for the Lexington Art League's new exhibit "Current: An Exhibition of Conceptual Art by Louis Zollar Bickett," in Lexington on Friday, September 6, 2013. Herald-Leader photo by Mark Ashley.

Katie Clark(left), of Louisville, and Jeremy Gubin, of Cincinnati, came to the Lexington Art League on a scavenger hunt and stayed for the opening party for the Lexington Art League’s new exhibit “Current: An Exhibition of Conceptual Art by Louis Zollar Bickett,” in Lexington on Friday, September 6, 2013. The Art League is currently recovering from a financial crisis and working to figure out its direction going forward. Herald-Leader photo by Mark Ashley.

Regrouping from a financial crisis that became public this spring, the Lexington Art League held a forum at ArtsPlace Tuesday seeking input about its direction and relationship to patrons and artists.

Before opening the standing-room-only forum in the ArtsPlace gallery to comments and questions, board members addressed the crisis that brought the organization to this point.

Christine Huskisson, the board president, said the organization tried to expand programming in the last few years and hoped that money would follow.

“That was a risk,” Huskisson acknowledged. “Our intentions were honest and true and stuck to our mission. But that left us in a weakened financial position.”

In 2014, the Art League presented programs mostly outside of its home base at the Loudoun House. That included the moon-like light sculpture at Main Street and Broadway by Canadian artists Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett that was the centerpiece of the winter 2014 exhibit Luminosity. Huskisson cited that project as a costly event that generated little revenue for the Art League.

The Art League, board members said (and director Stephanie Harris had previously said), was trying to establish an international profile for the organization. But a lot of conversation from the board and attendees at the forum focused on the League’s relationship to local artists and its role in the community.

Several people at the forum said presentation of national and international art in Lexington will be covered by the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky and the forthcoming 21c Museum Hotel, scheduled to open later this year.

The form that renewed focus for the Art League might take depended on who was talking, from returning to former popular programs like the annual nude exhibit to less-costly projects in line with the ambitions of the last few years.

“The programming is off base,” said photographer Don Ament, whose studio is in the Loudoun House. “No one is coming through the door. I’m there every day, when I’m in town. It’s empty.

“I’d like to show up where I don’t have to read six pages to understand the art.
We kind of lost ‘art for everyone,'” he added, referring to the League’s slogan, “and turned into art for artists and people who like to talk about art.”

Audience member Kate Savage said, “define who the customer base is, and figure out how to go after them.”

Among suggestions toward that end were:

  • Bring back party-centered events such as Fourth Friday (which has been revived) and Art Fever.
  • Avoid duplicating programs offered by other institutions such as the Living Arts and Science Center.
  • Focus on Lexington, and build on its status as a “small city.”
  • Drop admission for shows, something the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky did, recently.
  • To rebuild membership, tie membership to events, like attending openings and Fourth Friday parties.
  • Have a greater focus on member benefits.
  • Create easier and more ways for volunteers to participate.
  • Present more shows outside of the Loudoun House.

Several people suggested staff positions focused on grant writing, education, volunteer coordination and a local artist liaison. Earlier this year, the League reduced to a staff of three full-time employees from five, and Harris said employment at the Art League is currently “quarter to quarter.”

There were also numerous ideas about the Loudoun House, from refocusing on it as the league’s premiere presentation venue to refashioning it as artists studios and a place for young artists to develop.

Boar members did point to a number of local initiatives focused on local art, including its artist archieve, its Community Supported Art program and outreach to the Castlewood neighborhood, where the league is based. But clearly, the relationship between the League and local artists needs to be repaired, numerous board and audience members said.

And, of course, the nude show came up numerous times. The Art League dropped the show in 2014. Huskisson. who pointed out the current Art League board is fairly new, said of the nude, “there was a feeling it was beginning to define the organization.”

At this point, the Art League is working to define itself with a new strategic plan and mission statement. After numerous references to “saving” the Art League, board member Anne Helmers said, “We’re past the saving part,” noting mechanisms have been put in place to avoid another financial meltdown, and that the League is stable. “We need to get to what’s next.”

And that seems to be where the group is heading.

Surveys were passed out at the forum, and they are still available online.

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Tony Award winner bows into Lexington ’42nd Street’ cast http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/2015/06/24/tony-award-winner-bows-into-lexington-42nd-street-cast/ http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/2015/06/24/tony-award-winner-bows-into-lexington-42nd-street-cast/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 22:22:20 +0000 http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/?p=15667 Continue reading ]]> Tony Award-winning actress Karen Ziemba, will play Dorothy Brock in the Lexington Theatre Company's production of 42nd Street, July 23 to 26 at the Lexington Opera House.

Tony Award-winning actress Karen Ziemba, will play Dorothy Brock in the Lexington Theatre Company’s production of 42nd Street, July 23 to 26 at the Lexington Opera House.

Tony Award-winning actress Karen Ziemba, will play Dorothy Brock in the Lexington Theatre Company‘s production of 42nd Street, July 23 to 26 at the Lexington Opera House. This rounds out the casting for the company’s inaugural production, which mixes a variety of performers, from Broadway veterans such as Ziemba to local stage favorites and student performers.

The cast, except for Ziemba, was announced last week.

In 2000, Ziemba won the Tony Award for best featured actress in a musical for her performance in Contact, a show consisting of a set of dance plays choreographed and directed by Susan Stroman. The show won won a total of four Tonys, including best musical. She also won the same Drama Desk Award for that performance, and won the 1991 Drama Desk Award for best actress in a musical for And the World Goes Round.

Her other Tony nominations are best actress in a musical for Steel Pier (1997), best featured actress in a musical for Never Gonna Dance (2004) and best featured actress in a musical for Curtains (2007).

Ziemba’s Broadway debut was in the original production of A Chorus Line, and she went on to play the ingenue, Peggy Sawyer, in the original production of 42nd Street. In the Lexington Theatre Company production, she plays the Broadway veteran threatened by the upstart star.

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Phoenix Friday: Go for Ben Sollee, discover Humming House http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/2015/06/19/phoenix-friday-go-for-ben-sollee-discover-humming-house/ http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/2015/06/19/phoenix-friday-go-for-ben-sollee-discover-humming-house/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 13:07:55 +0000 http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/?p=15661 Continue reading ]]>
This afternoon’s Phoenix Friday concert, presented by WUKY-FM 91.3, features well-known Lexington musician Ben Sollee, who is taking the cello places most Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra kids probably never imagined it would go.

But there is a discovery to be made on the bill, for people who have not already heard of Nashville’s Humming House. A number of Lexingtonians certainly have heard the band, which made a stop at the Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, earlier this year.

The quintet seemed a bit squeezed to the right hand side of the stage, but quickly let loose with a very muscular take on country and bluegrass, with flourishes like bassist Ben Jones adding to the foundation with a kick drum. The rhythm is strong in the group, but so are intricate arrangements, virtuosic playing and pure energy. Simple, rousing choruses are a Humming House trademark on songs such as Gypsy Django (above) or Nuts, Bolts and Screws and Great Divide from the band’s March release Revelries. The group also has a penchant for covers such as Justin Timberlake’s My Love and Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean that really show off its strengths (I had never before contemplated what a treat it would be to hear Billie Jean‘s bass line on an upright, acoustic bass).

Justin Wade Tam and Leslie Rodriguez are a winning combo of lead singers, but regardless of who has the lead, the whole group is always fully engaged. So expect more than a bit of a party at the park, as long as the rain holds off.

 

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AthensWest Theatre Company announces first full season http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/2015/06/17/athenswest-theatre-company-announces-first-full-season/ http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/2015/06/17/athenswest-theatre-company-announces-first-full-season/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 11:07:16 +0000 http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/?p=15653 Continue reading ]]> Carol Hickey, Mark Mozingo, and Victoria Huston-Elem in the original Prospect Theatre Company production of "Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge," Photo by Gerry Goodstein for Prospect Theatre Company.

Carol Hickey, Mark Mozingo, and Victoria Huston-Elem in the original 2009 Prospect Theatre Company production of “Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge,” Photo by Gerry Goodstein for Prospect Theatre Company.

AthensWest Theatre Company, Lexington’s first theater in several decades to regularly engage actors under contracts with Actors Equity, announced its first full season of plays, Tuesday night.

The season, announced at a fund-raising event at Belle’s Cocktail House, includes an American classic that promises to be very popular this year and two surprisingly musical choices. They are:

To Kill A Mockingbird by Christopher Sergel, based on the novel by Harper Lee. Directed by Jeff Day. Day, co-founder of the company with Bo List, says in surveying regional theater companies around the country, it was clear that this would be a popular title this year with the 55th anniversary of the novel and Lee’s first published novel since Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman, on July 14.

Watchman was written before Mockingbird, but set after the iconic novel, and has Scout returning home to Maycomb and her father, Atticus Finch.

The show also has a sentimental draw for List, who says Mockingbird was the first play he saw. It plays for three weekends, Nov. 20 to Dec. 6.

33 Variations by Moises Kaufman. Directed by Bo List, musical direction by Tedrin Blair Lindsay. The play parallels a musicologist racing a debilitating disease to solve one last mystery about a piece of music by Beethoven. That is paralleled with Beethoven racing his failing hearing to create that same piece of music. This will be a regional premiere for the work, which had its Broadway debut in 2009. It plays two weekends, Feb. 12 to 21.

Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge, music and lyrics by Peter Mills, book by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel, adapted J.M. Synge’s Playboy of the Western World. Directed by Margo Buchanan. This bluegrass musical will be something of a homecoming for an Equity actor from the the Lexington area. Mark Mozingo, who returned to Central Kentucky recently, will reprise the role he originated in the original New York production of Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge by Prospect Theatre Company, which earned strong reviews from outlets such as The New York Times.

“The script, by Mr. Mills and Cara Reichel, delivers smart satire with a dark backwoods accent,” Anita Gates wrote in her April 2009 review, which also called the show “highly entertaining.”

Day and List said the relatively unknown show, which will run two weekends, April 22 to May 1, was the biggest risk on the schedule, but they believe it will pay off.

“It’s a musical nobody knows, but I think people here are going to love it and are going to love Mark Mozingo’s performance,” List said.

For his part, Mozingo, who performed a number from the show at Tuesday’s event, said, “Prospect Theatre gave me my first New York role, and I am so excited to get to do it again.”

Mozingo is the only actor who has been precast, List and Day said. In addition to show dates, audition dates for all productions were also announced, and will be posted on the AthensWest website.

Both 33 Variations and Golden Boy will be regional premieres, and Day said the company was attracted to them as they created events through their collaboration with other artists in the community.

“With 33 Variations, we’ll be working with folks at UK music, and Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge will involve our bluegrass music community,” Day said. “We really want to work with artists throughout the community to do excellent work.”

Like with the theater’s inaugural production of Doubt in February, Day said each production this season is budgeted for two Equity contracts, and all involved will be paid. (Actors Equity is the stage actors union.) Day said that is the model the theater wants to work under, to give Equity actors in the area a chance to work, while not excluding non-Equity performers from its productions.

Mozingo said he is excited for the opportunity to work in the Bluegrass.

“I have been jobbed into smaller communities than Lexington under Equity contracts, and I wondered, ‘Why can’t we have that in Lexington?'” said Mozingo, who also works with AthensWest as director of outreach. Citing Equity theaters in Louisville and Cincinnati, he added, “It’s the right time … we’re just as vital.”

  • All performances will be at the Downtown Arts Center, 141 East Main Street. Tickets will be $25 each, $20 ages 65 and older and active military. Season subscriptions are $60 each, $45 seniors and military. Call 1-866-811-4111.

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Lineup complete for Red, White & Boom 2015 http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/2015/06/16/lineup-complete-for-red-white-boom-2015/ http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/2015/06/16/lineup-complete-for-red-white-boom-2015/#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:15:36 +0000 http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/?p=15641 Continue reading ]]> Chris Young is one of the headliners this year at Red, White and Boom. Photo from chrisyoungcountry.com.

Chris Young is one of the headliners this year at Red, White and Boom. Photo from chrisyoungcountry.com.

With an announcement Monday morning on WBUL-FM 98.1, the lineup is now set for this year’s edition of the Red, White & Boom country music romp at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

Like last year, it will be a two-day festival, but this year it will be on Friday and Saturday, and it will be the weekend before the the Fourth of July, where the festival started years ago as a downtown Independence Day extravaganza.

 

Like the lineup, headliners Chris Young and Phil Vassar represent country music both new and traditional.

That’s not to say Young is any sort of newcomer. Since winning the competition show Nashville Star in 2006, he has released four full-length albums and had five No. 1 country singles including Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song). His latest is I’m Comin’ Over, and he is currently working on his fifth studio album.

Vassar’s career just predated big singer-competition shows as his first No. 1, Just Another Day in Paradise, dropped in 1999. That same year, he was named ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year, having penned hits for Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina and Colin Raye. Michael Jordan, operations manager for Clear Channel Lexington, said, “Phil’s set is nothing but huge hits.”

Performance days for the artists will be announced Monday afternoon. A limited number of tickets are still available. Here’s a look at the rest of the lineup:

Eric Paslay returns to the fest after a rousing set last year. Like Vassar, he has penned No. 1 hits for several other artists including Jake Owen’s Barefoot Blue Jean Night, and he is continuing to tour off his 2014 debut album.

Kelsea Ballerini. Photo from Sweet Talk PR.

Kelsea Ballerini. Photo from Sweet Talk PR.

Kelsea Ballerini just released her debut album, The First Time, in May, which includes the hit single Love Me Like You Mean It.

The Cadillac Three were just dubbed by Rolling Stone as, “the workingman’s country-rock band,” in a review of their CMA Fest performance. Their big hit is The South, but their latest, White Lightning, is quickly gaining traction.

Michael Ray hails from Eustis, Fla., and after making a big splash in the Sunshine State, he came to Nashville to record his debut album, Livin’ it Up, which includes the single Kiss You This Morning. 

Casey James jumps off the lineup as another musician who first came to our attention through a reality-competition, as a contestant on American Idol in 2010. His latest single is Fall Apart.

LoCash. Photo by Jake Harsh.

LoCash’s Chris Lucas and Preston Brust. Photo by Jake Harsh.

LoCash are the guys who gave Tim McGraw Truck Yeah, and a number of other artists hits. In their own rights, the duo of Chris Lucas and Preston Brust performed for several years as the LoCash Cowboys and have recently renamed themselves LoCash. Their latest single is I Love This Life. It seems to be a safe bet they are also the only artists in the Boom lineup with a signature wine line: Shipwrecked from Stonum Vineyards of Lodi, Calif.

Drake White is probably the only Boom artist with a degree in building engineering, and he worked as a general contractor in Nashville before quitting that job to pursue a music career. (Don’t all Nashville contractors really want to be country stars?) His latest single is It Feels Good.

Mo Pitney presents the options. From mopitney.com.

Mo Pitney presents the options. From mopitney.com.

Mo Pitney‘s debut single Country is a big ol’  embrace of the music and professed lifestyle, and then it makes a much bigger statement. It has more that 1.5 million listens on Spotify. Cleanup on Aisle Five is a much bigger weeper than the kinda fun title suggests.

Haley Georgia might sound like a traditional country artist name — who is actually from Texas — but as her debut single Ridiculous shows, her sound and profile are very modern. Billboard referred to her as “Country in the key of Ke$ha.”

John King (not the CNN anchor) is actually from Georgia, and toured heavily throughout the country before landing a Nashville recording contract. His first EP, On Your Lips, dropped in March with the single Tonight Tonight (Best Night of Our Lives) (we presume the parenthetical is to reduce confusion with the Genesis song of the same name).

And Boom is throwing in DJ Tank, known for some Louisville gigs, to keep the party rolling.

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Montgomery Gentry and Laura Bell Bundy drop new music on the same day http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/2015/06/10/montgomery-gentry-and-laura-bell-bundy-drop-new-music-on-the-same-day/ http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/2015/06/10/montgomery-gentry-and-laura-bell-bundy-drop-new-music-on-the-same-day/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 13:06:10 +0000 http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/?p=15622 Continue reading ]]> Laura Bell Bundy's 'Another Piece of Me' was released on June 9, 2015. Photo from laurabellbundy.com.

Laura Bell Bundy’s ‘Another Piece of Me’ was released on June 9, 2015. Photo from laurabellbundy.com.

Nobody declared June 9, 2015, new music day in Kentucky, but that’s what we have with new releases from two Central Kentucky artists.

Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry's 'Folks Like Us' is their first new album in three years. Photo from montgomerygentry.com.

Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry’s ‘Folks Like Us’ is their first new album in three years. Photo from montgomerygentry.com.

Newly inducted Kentucky Music Hall of Fame members Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry, known to country music fans as Montgomery Gentry, dropped Folks Like Us, their first new album in three years and Blaster Records debut.

Laura Bell Bundy, who may have one of the most multi-faceted careers of anyone is show business today, is out with her latest country release, Another Piece of Me, fresh off turning heads on the Tony Awards red carpet.

Bundy is best known for her film and stage work, including regular roles on FX’s Anger Management and The CW’s Hart of Dixie and Broadway turns in Wicked, Hairspray and her Tony Award-nominated performance as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde — The Musical.

But from her work with childhood friend Amber Rhodes to her solo albums both on independent and major labels, country music has always been a passion project for Bundy, and in interviews, she has said the new album is her most personal project yet.

Another Piece of Me boasts a trademark Bundy dance song, and Two Step is the one here, with Bundy talking us through it like a Broadway choreographer. Regardless of where you put her, there will always be a storyteller in Bundy, and songs like She Only Wants to Dance and China and Wine have moments where that stage interpreter comes out.

And Montgomery Gentry will always be guys from rural Kentucky, as Folks Like Us attests. In the title tune, they sing in the chorus, “Raise ’em up, if you’re thinkin’, This ole’ world ain’t got enough, Boot wearin’, God fearin’, Folks like us.” It is well worn territory for the guys, and frankly they do the small town reminiscing song a lot better than a lot of acts; it seems to come from a more honest place. The clarity is reminiscent of John Mellencamp’s Cherry Bomb. And as Montgomery and Gentry showed at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame ceremony in April, it’s a role they play very well and the audience loves it.

Hillbilly Hippies seems to want to be a summer anthem, and who knows. These next three months always seem bigger than their actual spot on the calendar, and Bundy and the boys are getting them started off right.

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Summer Classic: The quotable ‘Casablanca’ http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/2015/06/09/summer-classic-the-quotable-casablanca/ http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/2015/06/09/summer-classic-the-quotable-casablanca/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 22:19:26 +0000 http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/?p=15624 Continue reading ]]> Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in their final scene from 'Casablanca.'

Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in their final scene from ‘Casablanca.’

The first thing that comes to mind when you think of Casablanca  (1942) is the star-crossed lovers Rick (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), whose passion couldn’t overcome the war that tore them apart.

The thing most people say are the quotes. You would think Casablanca, this week’s Summer Classic at the Kentucky Theatre, was a 1980s teen comedy for all it’s great lines that get repeated on an almost daily basis from media to private conversations.

“Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.”

“We’ll always have Paris.”

“… it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.”

“Oh, please, monsieur. It is a little game we play. They put it on the bill, I tear up the bill. It is very convenient.”

“I stick my neck out for nobody!”

“Mostly I remember the last one. The wow finish. A guy standing on a station platform in the rain with a comical look in his face because his insides have been kicked out.”

“Round up the usual suspects.”

“Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

And, of course, there’s “Play it again, Sam,” a line that was never actually spoken in the movie, though it is often attributed to it, thanks in part to Woody Allen’s 1969 Broadway play and 1972 movie of that name, in which he is a recently divorced man who gets advice about how to treat women from Rick.

The line, “Play it, Sam,” comes from Ilsa, when she arrives at Rick’s Café Américain, sees Rick’s friend and pianist Sam (Dooley Wilson) and asks him to play her and Rick’s song, As Time Goes By, which has the memorable opening line, “You must remember this, a kiss is still a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh … ”

The other memorable exchange over As Time Goes By is between Sam and Rick, who asks the pianist to play it after longstanding orders not to.

“You played it for her, you can play it for me!”

“…Well, I don’t think I can remember…”

“If she can stand it, I can! Play it!”

Woody Allen was far from the only man looking to Rick for guidance in cool and romance, and Bogie owes a lot to the screenwriters for that status with lines like, “Go ahead and shoot. You’ll be doing me a favor,” and arguably Casablanca‘s most enduring classic, “Here’s looking at you, kid.”

Saturday Night Live had a bit of fun with Rick’s cool this season in a skit with guest host J.K. Simmons and cast member Kate McKinnon playing the airport scene where Rick talks Ilsa into getting on the plane with Victor Laslo. In one line, he tells her that if she stayed, “Nine chances out of ten, we’d both wind up in a concentration camp.” On  SNL, Ilsa recoils, “Concentration camp? Ewwwww,” and starts trying to wriggle away and high-tail out of there while Rick continues his noble speech.

Such is the enduring appeal of this 73-year-old classic, that a show focused on the pop culture of today considers it relevant. And in part, it has to do with all those quotes that keep popping up.

At one point is the Belmont Stakes telecast Saturday, NBC sportscaster Bob Costas invoked Captain Renault’s classic exclamation, “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!”

It will be no shock if Casablanca once again draws a full house for Summer Classics.

  • Casablanca shows at 1:30 and 7:15 p.m. June 10 at the Kentucky Theatre.

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2015 Tony Awards live blog http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/2015/06/07/2015-tony-awards-live-blog/ http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/2015/06/07/2015-tony-awards-live-blog/#comments Sun, 07 Jun 2015 23:13:57 +0000 http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/?p=15558 Continue reading ]]> Alan Cumming, left, and Kristin Chenoweth arrive at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Alan Cumming, left, and Kristin Chenoweth arrive at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Well the Tony Awards seem like a good excuse to finally break le blog’s unplanned hiatus (May was a busy month professionally and personally, including one child graduating from high school and another turning 16).

The Tonys are an interesting award show for those of us in Flyover country, because few of us outside the New York metropolitan area have seen many or even any of the contenders. Frequently, we here in Kentucky have rooting interests, like last year when Lexingtonian Stephen Trask’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch was a big winner (with fellow Lexingtonians Justin Craig and Matt Duncan on stage with Neil Patrick Harris for the show-stopping Sugar Daddy), or years when Bluegrass State natives such as Steve Kazee and Laura Bell Bundy were nominees.

This year, there aren’t any Kentuckians among the contenders I am aware of (correct me if I am wrong), but the Tonys are still great for us for two big reasons:

1. It gives us a preview of what we can see if we travel to NYC and will see on local and regional stages in a few years.

2. It is usually one of the best if not the best major award show of the year. These people know how to do it live, and I have full faith in Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming for a great show.

Once they sign on, I’ll be checking in with thoughts and comments; maybe some photos if I can grab them (check out Alan’s formal wear, above).

The show blog is below. If you want to read it in chronological order, start from the bottom and scroll up.

Post-script

Kristin Caskey, center, along with cast and crew accepts the award for best musical for “Fun Home”at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Kristin Caskey, center, along with cast and crew accepts the award for best musical for “Fun Home”at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Neil Patrick Harris made a little joke about his consensus disappointing gig hosting the Oscars this year, a gig earned from several successful turns hosting the Tonys. What worked for him at the Tonys also worked for Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming: their own winning personalities combined with fellow live performers, all having a good time. They can come back, shorts formal wear and all.

The performances seemed to affirm a number of the verdicts: Fun Home clearly came across as the most inventive and affecting show. While Something Rotten looked like a scream, Fun Home felt like the strongest offering. In contrast, The King and I is classic 20th century Broadway, but its Tony presentation had a fresh spark.

Plays are always harder to tell, because we never get to see much of them on the Tonys. The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time looked intriguing, but those of us who had not seen the nominees had little to go on. Yes, this putting on a show, but it seems the TV and stage producers could find a more respectful way to present the play nominees.*

Al-in-all, on Broadway’s big night of prime time, it acquitted itself well.

* This is an annual complaint.

10:59 pm

Playing the best musical speech off seemed to indicate CBS was not going to let the Tonys shoot 45 minutes over like, oh, the interminable Grammys, earlier this year.

This may paint me as old school but, with all due respect to the Jersey Boys (who were just at the Belmont on Saturday), whatever happened to just giving out the big award at the end of the show and saying good night? Trying to come up with a grand finale rarely seems to work. The show did what it was supposed to do. Say goodnight, Gracie — or Kristin and Alan.

10:55 pm

Jason Alexader, left, and Larry David present an award at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Jason Alexader, left, and Larry David present an award at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Best musical nominees had to wait ’til the of the Larry and Jason show to find out Fun Home won.

10:48 pm

Kelli O’Hara accepts the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical for “The King and I” at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Kelli O’Hara accepts the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical for “The King and I” at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

“I don’t need this, but now that I have it, I have some things to say,” six-time nominee, first-time winner Kelli O’Hara accepting best actress in a musical for The King and I. Lovely moment with her and Ken Watanabe, and nice shout out to fellow Oklahoman Kristin Chenoweth, who was acting sore back stage. Acting.

Did she just say, “I’m going to do the worm”?

10:44 pm

“The home I have found with some grace … is to talk into the darkness.” — Michael Cerveris from his lovely speech accepting the award for best actor in a musical for Fun Home. Off track, but on target.

10:36 pm

Josh Groban, center, performs at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Josh Groban, center, performs at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

I am on the record as not being a Josh Groban fan, but that You’ll Never Walk Alone for the In Memoriam segment was lovely, especially the chorus of performers from nominated musicals in costume.

10:31 pm

Alex Sharp accepts the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play for “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Alex Sharp accepts the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play for “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Alex Sharp is 25, and he just went out and beat Bradley Cooper, Bill Nighy and others for the Tony for best actor in a play for his performance in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Pretty sweet, and cool reaffirmation that stage is its own playing field.

10:15 pm

What we learned tonight from Alan: Harry Connick Jr. is America’s Sweetheart.

10:11 pm

The bumpers are a scream. I gained respect for Josh Groban for how he played along in that last one. Kristin: “Alan, are you dead?”

10:06 pm

Matthew Morrison, left, and Kelsey Grammer of “Finding Neverland” perform at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Matthew Morrison, left, and Kelsey Grammer of “Finding Neverland” perform at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

There was a time when you had to be a Tony nominated musical to get a number on the awards. Guess it helps to have Kelsey Grammer and Matthew Morrison in your cast. Downside: If that’s the big number, we understand why Finding Neverland wasn’t nominated. Upside: That few minutes was better than the entire NBC Peter Pan … thing.

9:49 pm

Jennifer Nettles? For a second, I thought I fell asleep and woke up in the CMA Awards.

9:40 pm

There are definitely more informed opinions out there, but every Roundabout Theatre revival I have seen has been outstanding, and On the 20th Century certainly appeared to be cut from that cloth.

9:32 pm

Ruthie Ann Miles came close to being demoted to the chorus line with that speech (see 8:20 pm).

9:24 pm

The cast of “On the Town” performs at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

The cast of “On the Town” performs at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Another pic from earlier: Airborne with On the Town.

9:21 pm

Kristin Chenoweth, left, and Alan Cumming perform at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Kristin Chenoweth, left, and Alan Cumming perform at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Photo from earlier (above). Alan Cumming appears to be doing a Mother Ginger thing.

9:11 pm

Sydney Lucas from the cast of "Fun Home" performs at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Sydney Lucas from the cast of “Fun Home” performs at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Wow, arresting performance from Fun Home. It felt very fresh next to the revival performances we have seen so far.

9:05 pm

Fun Home appears to be on a roll.

9 pm

Vaness Hudgens, left, Victoria Clark and the cast of “Gigi” perform at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Vaness Hudgens, left, Victoria Clark and the cast of “Gigi” perform at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Ashley Tisdale introducing Vanessa Hudgens in the Gigi performance … now we know where the High School Musical cast ended up.

8:55 pm

We have an excellent story on Fun Home, for which Sam Gold just won best director, up at LexGo.com.

8:50 pm

Kristin and Alan are funny. But that Tommy Tune tribute was a great reminder that they are best when they are singing and dancing.

Christian Borle accepts the award for best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical for “Something Rotten!” at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Christian Borle accepts the award for best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical for “Something Rotten!” at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

8:37 pm

Some Lexington notes on Christian Borle’s win for Something Rotten: Christian was Laura Bell Bundy’s leading man in Legally Blonde — The Musical, for which they were both nominated for Tonys. Also, his last win was for Peter and the Star Catcher, which Lexington Opera House general manager Luanne Franklin LOVED and brought to Lexington on this just past Broadway Live season. She just came back from NYC RAVING about Something Rotten. So, as soon as she can get it in Lexington …

8:30 pm

My impression of Ken Watanabe was rearranged in about a minute there. OK, Kristin and Alan are definitely having a good time.

8:23 pm

If the Brits keep winning at this rate, it will start to feel like the Oscars in the 1990s — Helen Mirren and Richard McCabe for The Audience, are the nights first two winners.

8:20 pm

Alan Cumming, center, performs at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Alan Cumming, center, performs at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Go too long and you’re demoted to the chorus line?

8:14 pm

Helen Mirren accepts the award for performance by an actress in a leading role in a play for “The Audience” at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Helen Mirren accepts the award for performance by an actress in a leading role in a play for “The Audience” at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Helen Mirren adds a Tony to her trophy case for The Audience. So cast Dame Helen as the Queen, she wins an award.

8:01 pm

Kristin Chenoweth, left, and Alan Cumming perform a medley at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Kristin Chenoweth, left, and Alan Cumming perform a medley at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

My son already wants Alan Cumming’s outfit for prom. You wanted Alan to sing Willkommen. (But he can’t seem to get her to sing Popular.)

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‘Live from Lincoln Center’ coming to Shaker Village music fest http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/2015/05/03/live-from-lincoln-center-coming-to-shaker-village-music-fest/ http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/2015/05/03/live-from-lincoln-center-coming-to-shaker-village-music-fest/#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 13:14:26 +0000 http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/?p=15551 Continue reading ]]> Patrons filled the Meadow View Barn for the May 30, 2010 performance of the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass. Photos by Kirk Schlea.

Patrons filled the Meadow View Barn for the May 30, 2010 performance of the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass. Photos by Kirk Schlea.

For decades, arts fans have tuned into PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center to find out what is happening at the venerable New York institution.

At the end of this month, the series will travel from New York for the first time to find out what happens at the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill every Memorial Day weekend.

Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han are artistic directors of the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass. They are shown performing in the Meadow View Barn  May 30, 2010 at the Shaker Village, Pleasant Hill.  © Photo by Kirk Schlea.

Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han are artistic directors of the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass. They are shown performing in the Meadow View Barn May 30, 2010 at the Shaker Village, Pleasant Hill.

Since 2007, the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass has welcomed musicians from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, led by artistic directors cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, for a weekend of performances in the village and at the hilltop Meadow View Barn, which was restored for the event.

This year’s fest will present a slightly expanded lineup of 14 musicians to present American works such as Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring — if you heard the Lexington Philharmonic present the chamber setting in 2011, you know how lovely that version is –for the broadcast on July 31. Click here for more on the performances that weekend and ticket information.

Live from Lincoln Center is celebrating its 40th season, but this will be the first time it has taken the show on the road.

“With this upcoming broadcast event, we reach new horizons in showcasing the excellent Chamber Music Society musicians, from a stage beyond our concert halls in New York,” Andrew C. Wilk, executive producer of the series, said in a news release. “The Chamber Music Society is a great ambassador and this is an exciting way to conclude a remarkable season of incredible events.”

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