Musicals, jazz among events

SUMMER ARTS SEASON

May 28, 1993|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,Contributing Writer

Summer may be just around the corner, but a vacation is the furthest thing from the arts community's mind. Much is on tap for Anne Arundel County audiences during the coming months.

No Broadway musical is more redolent of summer than Meredith Wilson's tuneful, extraordinarily clever hit "The Music Man." This classic story of the prim, proper Iowa librarian, Marian Paroo, who falls for Harold Hill, the fast-talking, filmflam music director is chock full of barbershop quartets, Fourth of July picnics and those lumps in the throat we get when that big brass band marches by.

The Annapolis Summer Garden Theater begins its 28th season "theater under the stars at the City Dock" this weekend. "The Music Man," starring the immensely talented Tom Magette, will play Thursday through Sunday evenings at 8:45 through July 17.

"Godspell," the unpretentious, religiously based rock musical, will be ASGT's second offering. It will run from July 23 through Sept. 4.

Summer Garden's cast cranks up the perennial "Talent Machine" again Monday through Wednesday evenings from June 22 through July 14. The cast will take the stage in the sassy, fleet-footed romp, "42nd Street" on Monday through Wednesday evenings from July 27 to Aug. 18.

A different, wonderfully exciting evening of drama awaits you at Theatre in the Woods, a new experience in the Unitarian Church of Annapolis at Bestgate and DuBois roads. T. G. Cooper's ensemble, "Pamoja," is in residence, and its first offering is a blockbuster: Cooper's "Bojangles," based on the life of Bill Robinson, the dancer and actor.

It opens this weekend and runs Thursday through Sunday through June 13. All performances are at 8 p.m. with an additional 3 p.m. show on Sundays. A buffet is available for season subscribers. Call 267-6966 for tickets and for information about "Amen Corner" and "El Haji Malik" which will be presented later.

Annapolis Jazzfest '93 is set for June 6 at the lower campus of St. John's College from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Pianist Stef Scaggiari, singer Sue Matthews, The Keter Betts Quartet and the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble, will be among the performers. Proceeds will benefit the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Also at St. John's, the Baltimore Klesmer Orchestra will present "The Celebration of Jewish Music" on June 13 at 2 p.m. Klesmer, the soulful, songful style originated by the Jewish musicians of eastern Europe will be on display as will Jewish music of the Mediterranean and early Jewish jazz.

This one hits close to home! If I remember the family history correctly, my great-grandfather was one of the hot double-bass players in the Ukraine a few generations back.

What can I say? It's in the blood. I can't wait.

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