Experience Broadway's cultural diversity, one night only, Tonight: Nov . 5th at Stagecrafters

History of American Musical Theatre in Royal Oak

Broadway veteran Sean McCourt a native of the Detroit area, will take you on a a tour of American Musical Theatre tonight at the Baldwin Theatre in Royal Oak.  Tonight Only: Monday Nov. 5th 7:30pm.
Stagecrafters is presenting "Enter Stage Left," the world premiere presentation of McCourt's powerful performance. He uses entertaining stories and memorable songs to lead you through this musical theatre journey from 1927 to the present. 
Tickets are $10 per person.  They are available online at:  http://www.stagecrafters.org/   or by phone at 248-541-6430 using Visa or MasterCard. All seats are reserved.

Stagecrafters says, "you will discover the great "entrances" on the Broadway stage with pioneering moments involving the African American community ( Show Boat, Porgy and Bess, Ragtime), the Hispanic Community ( In The Heights), the Jewish experience ( Fiddler on the Roof), the AIDS crisis ( Rent), all with the overarching theme of racial intolerance ( South Pacific, West Side Story, Wicked). "
McCourt researched and wrote Enter Stage Left .  He says,  “"for me, the story of musical theatre is the story of America.  Each generation welcomes new audiences and new subjects. Musical comedy is a uniquely American art form."
McCourt points out  that since its beginnings in 1927, the American Musical has "always pushed the boundaries of what it means to be an American.  From Show Boat to In the Heights, the American Musical has been at the forefront of social mobility in this country."
For the show, McCourt interviewed Broadway stars such as Idina Menzel and Brian d'Arcy James, as well as, composer Stephen Schwartz and several producers. 
The production will include a screen presentation interwoven with on stage performances by McCourt and special guests. The screen presentation will include interviews with Broadway notables such as Tony Award winners, Rent Producer Jeffrey Seller , In the Heights Musical Director Alex Lacamoire, along with several others.
McCourt grew up in Bloomfield and performed in shows at Lahser and Marion High Schools.  He is the creator of Broadway'’s longest running behind-the-scenes attraction, Behind the Emerald Curtain
Last year, he brought The Portable Behind the Emerald Curtain to Stagecrafters for a sold-out show.  McCourt was in the original Broadway casts of Wicked, Mary Poppins, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.
He starred in the off-Broadway hit, Bat Boy.  He also appeared in the Broadway productions of Titanic, and
It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues.  He has produced and directed dozens of television shows for Discovery Channel and National Geographic.  His original musicals include Ten Years Apart and Last Romeo, produced at the Cincinnati Playhouse, the Ordway Theatre, and Off-Broadway.  He also appeared several times on Law and Order
Tickets are $10 per person.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.stagecrafters.org or by phone at 248-541-6430 using Visa or MasterCard. All seats are reserved.
Stagecrafters is located at : 415 S. Lafayette Ave., Royal Oak, MI 48067
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