Rhode Show Special: Providence Performing Arts Center’s season of hottest hits

Rhode Show Special: Providence Performing Arts Center’s season of hottest hits


FROM WPRI 12, IT’S “THE RHODE SHOW PRIME TIME SPECIAL,” PROVIDENCE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER’S SEASON OF HOTTEST HITS! YOUR EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT THE MUSICALS, SHOWS, AND PERFORMANCES THAT ARE HEADED TO THE CAPITAL CITY THIS YEAR! AND YOU’VE GOT THE HOTTEST SEAT IN TOWN, WITH NO TICKET NEEDED! NOW, SIT BACK, RELAX, AND ENJOY THE SHOW! HI EVERYONE! I’M WILL GILBERT. AND IM MICHAELA JOHNSON! IN THE NEXT HALF HOUR WE’RE GOING TO GIVE YOU A FRONT ROW SEAT TO CHECK OUT SOME OF THE AMAZING PERFORMANCES THAT ARE READY TO TAKE THE STAGE RIGHT HERE, AT THE PROVIDENCE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER! AND WE’LL EVEN TAKE YOU BACKSTAGE TO MEET THE CREATIVE FORCES BEHIND THE SOME OF THE SHOWS! PLUS LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT THESE PERFORMANCES MEAN TO THE CREATIVE CAPITAL! AS THEY SAY, “ON WITH THE SHOW!” WE’RE ALL FAMILIAR WITH THE MOVIE CATCH ME IF YOU CAN. NOW THE REAL STORE HAS BEEN TURNED INTO A MUSICAL. THEY ARE KICKING OFF THEIR NATIONAL TOUR RIGHT HERE IN PROVIDENCE. WE CAUGHT UP WITH THE CAST. ♪ ♪ YOU MAY HAVE SEEN THE MOVIE, BUT YOU’VE NEVER SEEN THE STORY LIKE THIS BEFORE. ♪ ♪ IT’S THE TRUE STORY OF A LOVABLE CON-ARTIST WHO TAKES YOU ON A THRILLING CHASE AS HE TRIES TO FLEE FROM THE F.B.I. IT IS JUST ONE BIG PARTY. I THINK THAT RIGHT OFF THE BAT IS EXCITING FOR EVERYBODY. IT’S SORT OF A FANTASY TO GET THE LIMITS NO RESPONSIBILITIES AND BE WHOEVER YOU WANT TO BE. YOU MEET LOTS OF PEOPLE IN THE PROCESS. LET’S TALK ABOUT THE MUSIC. ♪ CATCH ME IF YOU CAN HAS AN ORIGINAL SCORE THAT’S GOING TO HAVE YOU DANCING IN THE AISLES ON THIS GLAMOROUS CHASE AROUND THE WORLD. THEY ARE TRYING TO KEEP UP. WHO WOULDN’T WANT TO GET AWAY WITH WHAT HE’S GETTING AWAY WITH? IT’S EMPOWERING AND EXCITING AND DARK AND SAD AND HAPPY AND SEXY ALL IN ONE SHOW. IT’S REALLY DYNAMIC AND TAKES YOU ON THIS BEAUTIFUL RIDE. SPEAKING OF RIDES, THE CAST CAN’T WAIT TO HIT THE ROAD FOR THEIR NATIONAL TOUR. I’VE NEVER TOURED BEFORE. I JUST GRADUATED SCHOOL. I’M NERVOUS ABOUT IT, BUT VERY EXCITED. THE FIRST STOP IS RIGHT HERE IN PROVIDENCE. TO BE ABLE TO BE IN FRONT OF AN AUDIENCE WHO KNOW THAT IT’S YOUR OPENING NIGHT AND HAVE THAT SAME EXCITED ENERGY JUST TAKES YOU TO THE MAX. THEY ARE EXCITED ABOUT MORE THAN JUST GETTING ON STAGE. I’M FEELING LIKE I’M HUNGRY FOR SOME ITALIAN. THAT’S WHAT I FEEL LIKE. THIS IS MY FOURTH TIME PERFORMING IN PROVIDENCE WITH A NATIONAL TOUR AND PROVIDENCE IS ALWAYS A GREAT, GREAT SPOT. ACTUALLY, MY SECOND TIME OPENING. I OPENED BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT ONE BIT. IT WAS GREAT, GREAT ENERGY FROM THE PROVIDENCE CROWD. I’LL BE INTERESTED TO SEE THE LINE ABOUT THE RED SOX. THERE’S A LINE IN THE SHOW I SAY THE RED SOX ALWAYS LOSE. NOW I’M A RED SOX FAN, BUT I FEEL LIKE IT’S KIND OF WEIRD, BECAUSE I DON’T THINK THE RED SOX COULD HAVE DONE MUCH WORSE THIS YEAR. YOU KNOW, I JUST HOPE I GET OUT OF THERE SAFELY. RED SOX JOKES ASIDE, AT THE CORE OF THE MUSICAL IS A TOUCHING MESSAGE THAT WILL STAY WITH YOU LONG AFTER CURTAIN CLOSE. I’M HEARTENED ABOUT THE SELF DISCOVERY AND FINDING WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO HIM AND WHERE HIS HEART LIES AND FAMILY. HE MEETS A GIRL. HE REALIZES I DON’T WANT TO PLAY THIS GAME, I DON’T WANT TO RUN. I WANT TO IT WILL DOWN AND HAVE A FAMILY AND LIVE A LIFE. WHAT AN EXCITING SHOW, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN IS DEFINITELY A CAN’T-MISS. THE BROADWAY SERIES AT PPAC IS A GREAT WAY FOR ENTERTAINMENT WITHOUT DRIVING FAR. LET’S LOOK AT SOME OF THE OTHER PERFORMANCES IN THE BROADWAY SERIES, STARTING WITH A DARK AND DANGEROUS LOVE STORY THAT’S BECOME A THEATRICAL PHENOMENON. YOU’LL REMEMBER HIM FROM SEASON FOUR OF AMERICAN IDOL, CONSTANTINE HAS TEAMED UP WITH DEBORAH COX TO BRAIN MODERN TWIST TO A CLASSIC BATTLE OF GOOD AND EVIL, JEKYLL AND HYDE. SO MANY ACTORS HAVE GOTTEN TO PLAY THIS ROLE BEFORE. WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT BRINGING A COMPLETELY NEW ENERGY AND DESIGN EFFORT TO THE SHOW. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE MUSICAL THEATER. I LOVE BROADWAY SHOWS. THERE’S NOTHING BETTER THAN BEING IN FRONT OF A LIVE AUDIENCE WITH A LIVE ORCHESTRA. I’M VERY EXCITED ABOUT SINGING WITH DEBORAH. WE HAVE THESE BIG VOICES AND ENERGY. THE SONGS ARE ICONIC, CLASSIC PIECES. I THRIVE ON THESE KIND OF FILMS. WE’RE GOING TO BRING A ROCK AND ROLL ENERGY, BUT A GREAT CLASSIC, ROMANTIC SOUND, AS WELL. ALL OF OUR BACKGROUND, OUR DIFFERENCES, YOU’RE GOING TO SEE THAT COME TOGETHER. IT’S GOING TO BE A REALLY NICE BLEND. WE’RE VERY FAMILIAR WITH THE MUSIC AND THE BRAND OF JEKYLL AND HYDE BUT WE’RE GOING TO BRING A COMPLETELY NEW ENERGY TO IT. IT’S GOING TO BE A TOTALLY FRESH TAKE. AND OF COURSE, JEKYLL AND HYDE HAS ALL OF THE CLASSIC SONGS! SPEAKING OF SINGING, HERE’S ONE THAT WILL HAVE YOU DANCING IN THE AISLES! CHECK OUT THE GLORIOUS MUSICAL, SISTER ACT! THERE’S NOTHING BUT FUN IN THIS SHOW. I THINK WHEN YOU’RE LOOKING IN THERE, YOU SEEM TO SEE A KIND OF SPIRITUALTY. THEY SEEM TO BE PLAYING UNDER DIFFERENT RULES, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? THEY WANT TO ROCK, JUST LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE. [ LAUGHTER ] ♪ THE MUSIC IS UNBELIEVABLE. ALAN HAS OUTDONE HIMSELF. I ALWAYS WANTED TO DO SOMETHING IN THAT RICH SOIL OF THE 1970’S POP STYLES. IT’S FUN AND MOVING AND MUSIC YOU WANT TO BE PART OF AND A GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT YOU WOULDN’T MIND SPENDING TIME WITH, AND YOU LEAVE THE THEATER FEELING GOOD. ♪ THE STORY OF THIS REALLY SORT OF RAG TAG GROUP OF NUNS WHO DON’T SING PARTICULARLY WELL AND THE LADY THAT COMES INTO THEIR MIDST AND THEY FREAK HER OUT AND SHE FREAKS THEM OUT AND SUDDENLY, IT’S A LOVE STORY. ♪ IT’S A GREAT SHOW FOR FAMILY. YOU CAN BRING ANYBODY TO THIS SHOW. PEOPLE YOU HATE, YOU COULD BRING TO THIS SHOW, AND THEY WILL LOVE YOU. THE SHOW WILL BE FUNNY, FUNNY, SMART, FUNNY, AND THEN VERY TOUCHING. YOU WANT TO SEE OUR SHOW, BECAUSE IT’S A GOOD ONE. THIS IS PURE UNADULTERATED FUN. WHAT CAN I SAY, NUNS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN! HERE’S A LOOK AT SOME OF THE OTHER BROADWAY SERIES SHOWS THAT WILL BE ON STAGE AT P-PAC! I THINK PEOPLE WILL COME WITH THEIR FAMILY AND SAY THIS IS A FUN THEATRICAL EVENT. THE CHILDREN WILL BE ENTERTAINED AND THE ADULTS WILL HAVE A LOT OF LAUGH. A FAVORITE HOLIDAY HIT COMES TO LIFE ON STAGE IN NOVEMBER, AS “ELF”, THE BROADWAY MUSICAL, PRINCE YOU THE STORY OF A LOVABLE ORPHAN WHO BELIEVES HE IS ONE OF SANTA’S ELVES. THIS IS A GREAT HEARTWARMING STORY, IF YOU’VE SEEN THE MOVIE, WHICH MOST PEOPLE HAVE, IN NY YOU’LL SEE THE STAPLING VERSION OF THIS. IT HAS A LIMITED RUN. IN NEW YORK, IT WAS STANDING ROOM ONLY. PEOPLE DIDN’T GET TICKETS. YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO TO NEW YORK. YOU CAN COME RIGHT HERE AND ENJOY THIS GREAT FAMILY MUSICAL TO KICK OFF THE HOLIDAY SEASON. THEN TUNE IN TO MEMPHIS. ♪ THE MUSIC RUNS THE GAMUT, FROM VERY UPBEAT DANCE NUMBERS, VERY DYNAMIC TO SOME REALLY POWERFUL MOMENTS. HIT THE UNDERGROUND DANCE CLUBS OF THE 1950S, FOR EXPLOSIVE DANCING, SIZZLING SONGS, AND A THRILLING STORY OF FORBIDDEN LOVE. IT IS DYNAMIC, IT IS SEXY, VERY STEAMY, IT IS A POWERFUL STORY ABOUT HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS. ♪ AND IN JANUARY, RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH FAVORITE ROCK N ROLL ICONS. ♪ ♪ MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET IS THE TONY AWARD WINNING BROADWAY MUSICAL, INSPIRED BY THE ELECTRIFYING TRUE STORY OF THE FAMED RECORDING SESSION WHERE ICONS ELVIS PRESLEY, JOHNNY CASH, JERRY LEE LEWIS AND CARL PERKINS CAME TOGETHER IN MUSIC FOR ONE UNFORGETTABLE NIGHT! ANOTHER HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED PERFORMANCE COMES TO PROVIDENCE IN JUNE. “WARHORSE” IS THE STORY OF FRIENDSHIP AND COURAGE CAUGHT UP AMID ENEMY FIRE AND TREACHEROUS MISSIONS. IF YOU’VE READ THE BOOK, OR SEEN THE MOVIE, OR EVEN IF YOU’RE NEW TO THE STORY, WHAT BETTER WAY TO SEE IT TOLD THAN ON STAGE? HERE’S A LOOK AT HOW IT WAS TRANSFORMED FOR THE THEATER. ♪ MY LATE FATHER LEFT SOME PICTURES AND THE SUBJECT WAS BRITISH CALVARY CHARGING UP A HILL INTO BARBED WIRE. IT WAS IMPORTANT TO ME RIGHT FROM THE OUTSET TO WRITE A STORY WHICH WAS A LOOK AT THE UNIVERSAL SUFFERING OF THAT WAR AND ANY WAR. MY MOM SAID TO ME, HAVE YOU READ THE ONE ABOUT THE HORSE IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR. I THOUGHT MAYBE THIS IS THE STORY FOR WHICH HAND STRING PUPPETS COULD CREATE THAT DEFINITIVE PUPPET THAT IS GOING TO PLAY A LEADING ROLE. THE THING THAT INTRIGUED ME MOST, A HORSE GOING INTO WAR AND SEEING A WAR THROUGH THE EYES OF AN ANIMAL. SO THE NEUTRALITY OF THE ANIMAL, THE WAY IT DIDN’T MAKE JUDGMENTS ABOUT ANY SITUATION IS WHAT APPEALED TO ME. ♪ WHAT A BUNCH OF PEOPLE AND WHAT A SHOW THEY’VE MADE. THE STORY IS SO POWERFUL AND THE CHARACTERS SO MOVING, YOU’LL FORGET THE LIFE-SIZE PUPPETS AREN’T REAL CREATURES. IT’S ONE I KNOW I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE! COMING UP, IT’S THE TALE AS OLD AS TIME, AND IT’S HEADED TO THE P-PACK STAGE! MEET THE ARTISTIC FORCES BEHIND THE CLASSIC MUSICAL “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.” NOW, HERE’S A LOOK AT SOME OF THE OTHER FAVORITES COMING TO PROVIDENCE! ♪ ♪ WELCOME BACK TO THE RHODE SHOW PRIME TIME SPECIAL, PROVIDENCE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER’S SEASON OF HOTTEST HITS! WE ARE WALKING BACKSTAGE AT PPAC, WHERE ALL OF THE TOURS LEAVE THEIR MARK! CHECK THIS ONE OUT, IT’S A FAVORITE DISNEY FAIRYTALE, THAT’S RETURNING TO PROVIDENCE! HERE’S A LOOK AT THE CLASSIC SHOW BEAUTY AND THE BEAST! ♪ ♪ PEOPLE WATCH THIS AND THEY ARE IMMEDIATELY GRABBED BY HOW STRONG THE STORY IS AND BY THE END, THEY’RE HELPLESS. THE SHOW HAS FANTASTIC MUSIC IN IT, REALLY GREAT PERFORMANCES IN THE SHOW. IT’S A BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL PRESENTATION. ♪ ♪ BECAUSE OF HOW BRILLIANT IT IS, THAT IT APPEALS TO BOTH ADULTS AND TO CHILDREN. ♪ ♪ THE GIRLS BUY THE TICKETS BUT THE GUYS LOVE IT, BECAUSE IT’S FUNNY. THERE ARE BEAUTIFUL WOMEN IN IT. I JUST THINK THE GUYS ARE SURPRISED, ACTUALLY. ♪ ♪ WONDERFUL MUSIC, LET’S FACE IT. IT’S WONDERFUL MUSIC. LOVELY TO LISTEN TO. IT’S FUN TO HEAR IT AGAIN. ♪ ♪ WE BROUGHT IT BACK TO LIFE IN A NEW AND REDESIGNED AND RE CHOREOGRAPHED WAY THAT REPRESENTS OURSELVES AT ARTISTS AND I THINK BRINGS THE SHOW TO LIFE IN A FRESH, NO WAY. ♪ ♪ IT’S A FANTASTIC LOVE STORY. IT’S WAY PAST YOUR BEDTIME. ♪ WHAT A GREAT STORY, IT TEACHES YOUNG AND OLD THAT IT IS WHAT’S INSIDE THAT COUNTS. AND BROUGHT TO LIFE ON STAGE, IT’S EVEN MORE MAGICAL! WILL? JOINING ME RIGHT NOW IS PPAC PRESIDENT, LYNN SINGLETON. A LOT OF EXCITING THINGS HERE. WE JUSTIFIED FINISHED THREE WEEKS OF JERSEY BOYS AND ROLLING INTO CATCH ME IF YOU CAN IN EARLY OCTOBER AND THE CHRISTMAS CLASSIC ELF IN EARLY NOVEMBER. YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT THE NATIONAL TOURS, A FEW OF THEM HAVE DECIDED TO BEGIN THE TOUR HERE. WOO WE’VE REALLY MADE OUR MARK OPENING TOURS IN PROVIDENCE. WE’VE GOT A VERY STRONG THEATER TOWN WITH OUR PROXIMITY TO NEW YORK AND EVEN BEYOND THAT, EVERYBODY INCLUDING WPRI HAS GOT ON THE TEAM. WE GET ENORMOUS SUPPORT WHEN WE OPEN TOURS FROM THE CBB, PROVIDENCE TOURS AND COUNSEL, THE CITY OF PROVIDENCE TO GET BEHIND US AND HELP PROMOTE. MAKE THE COMPANIES FEEL WARM AND WELCOME HERE. I’VE HAD RESTAURANTS COME AND DISTRIBUTE GIFT CARDS SO THEY CAN EAT IN THEIR RESTAURANTS. THAT GOES A LONG WAY. SO YOU GUYS WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO DO THIS WITHOUT YOUR SPONSORS? YES, AND ACTUALLY THIS YEAR WE ARE THRILLED, NEW TITLE SPONSOR. THE TACO WHITE FAMILY FOUNDATION SERIES. JOHN AND HIS GROUP HAS BEEN VERY SUPPORTIVE OF THEATER THROUGH THE YEARS AND HAS STEPPED UP AND SPONSORED THE ENTIRE SERIES FOR OUR BROADWAY SHOWS. THE CORPORATIONS HAVE REALLY DEVELOPED AN AFFINITY FOR THIS PLACE. IT’S A WIN-WIN FOR THEM, AD SUPPORT AND BRING CLIENTS TO THE SHOWS. WHAT’S THE REACTION FROM THEATERGOERS? IT IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE. ACTUALLY THE REACTION, PROVIDENCE AND THIS THEATER HAVE GROWN UP TOGETHER. A LOT OF PERFORMERS COME BACK, NOT ONLY THE ARTISTIC PEOPLE, BUT PEOPLE THAT WORK WITH THE SHOWS. THEY FIND PROVIDENCE VERY MANAGEABLE, VERY USER FRIENDLY AND NEIGHBOR FRIENDLY. THE THEATER IS A JOY TO PERFORM IN. WE CONSTANTLY GET COMMENTS ABOUT WHAT A GREAT BUILDING IT IS. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. GOOD TO SEE YOU, WILL. BACK TO YOU. WHAT REALLY MAKES THIS BEAUTIFUL THEATER SPECIAL ARE ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO TRULY LOVE IT HERE. WE FOUND A LONG-TIME SUBSCRIBER WHO HAS PASSED HER LOVE OF THE ARTS TO THE NEXT GENERATION. AND A RETIRED COUPLE WHO HAVE VOLUNTEERED HERE FOR DECADES. THERES SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE HERE AT PPAC. PILAR TASCA HAS BEEN ENJOYING SHOWS AT P-PAC FOR OVER TWENTY YEARS. MUSIC WAS A VERY IMPORTANT PART IN MY LIFE. I GREW UP IN A FAMILY THAT WE WERE INTRODUCED AND EXPOSED TO MANY DIFFERENT FORMS OF ART INCLUDING MUSICAL THEATER, OPERA, CLASSICAL MUSIC, SO I WOULD SAY THAT EVEN FROM THE ONSET OF MY PREGNANCIES, I WANTED TO PASS THIS ON TO MY CHILDREN. HER MOTIVATION AS A MOTHER CONTINUES ON. IF I BROUGHT THEM, EXPOSED IT TO THEM, THEY WOULD PROBABLY DO THE SAME WITH THEIR CHILDREN. THE LOVE FOR ALL THE PERFORMING ARTS WILL CONTINUE. SHE HAS GROWN AND EXTENDED FAMILY AT THE THEATER. BECOMING PART OF THE PPAC FAMILY, RECOGNIZING THE PEOPLE WHO SIT AROUND YEAR AFTER YEAR, CATCHING UP WITH THEM GOOD AND BAD. PART OF THIS ARTS COMMUNITY ARE MARY LU AND RICHARD. THIS SEASON WILL BE THEIR 24 24th YEAR. I I ENJOY SEEING THE SHOWS OBVIOUSLY. BUT THERE’S ALSO A COMRADERY WITH THE OTHER USHERS AND THE REST OF THE STAFF. WE SORT OF HAVE BEEN WORKING HERE FOR SO MANY YEARS THAT WE SORT OF BECOME A FAMILY. MARY LU WAS INVITED BAY FRIEND TO WORK AT THE THEATER WHO THEN WANTED TO INCLUDE HER HUSBAND. SHE SAID WOULD RICHARD ENJOY COMING? I SAID I’LL CALL HIM. I DID CALL HIM. THE ULTIMATE THING WAS THAT I COULD EITHER GO WITH HER TO THE THEATER OR STAY HOME ALONE. EASY CHOICE. NOT SURPRISINGLY, THE PAIR IS NOT THE ONLY HUSBAND AND WIFE DUO WHO VOLUNTEER. WE ENJOY BEING HERE. THEY ENJOY BEING HERE, AND I THINK THE THEATER PROFITS FROM US BEING HERE. WE DON’T HAVE TO GO TO NEW YORK OR CHICAGO OR THE BIG CENTERS. IT’S RIGHT HERE IN OUR STATE. I THINK WE’RE VERY BLESSED TO HAVE THAT AND WE SHOULD TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN IN, YOU KNOW, COME AND ENJOY IT. ASIDE FROM SAVING MONEY ON TICKETS, SUBSCRIBERS LIKE PILAR GET SPECIAL BENEFITS. AND MARY LU AND RICHARD SAY THEY’D RECOMMEND VOLUNTEERING TO ANY THEATER LOVERS WHO WANT TO GET INVOLVED. “THE RHODE SHOW PRIME TIME SPECIAL”, PROVIDENCE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER’S SEASON OF HOTTEST HITS, . WELCOME BACK. IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH, THE “BROADWAY SPECIALS” COME TO PROVIDENCE. AND ONE SHOW COMING IS DEFINITELY AN EXPERIENCE. BLUE MAN GROUP COMBINES COMEDY, MUSIC, AND TECHNOLOGY TO CREATE A WILD AND ONE OF A KIND SHOW. ♪ ♪ IT’S GUARANTEED TO BE A NIGHT OUT THAT YOU WON’T SOON FORGET! AND DIRECT FROM BROADWAY, “AMERICAN IDIOT” TURNS A MULTI-PLATINUM GREEN DAY ALBUM INTO A SMASH-HIT MUSICAL. ♪ ♪ WE ALWAYS THOUGHT SOMEHOW THERE SHOULD BE SOME SORT OF STAGE VERSION BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT WE WERE THINKING IN OUR HEAD. IT’S A MUSICAL ARRANGEMENTS, I MEAN, IT’S AMAZING. THEIR ENERGY IS JUST, IT’S JUST INSPIRING. ♪ ♪ IT’S A PERFECT TIME TO GET YOUR SEATS NOW! YOU CAN COME IN TO THE TICKET WINDOW OR ORDER ONLINE. BUT NOW, LET’S HEAD OUTSIDE, WILL? WE’VE BEEN INSIDE. NOW THE MAYOR JOINS US. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TODAY. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE AND WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT SHARING THIS WITH ALL OF RHODE ISLAND. FOR YOU AS MAYOR, WHAT IS THE REACTION YOU GET WHEN VISITORS SEE THE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER? USUALLY, IT’S WOW. IT’S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL BUILDING, SO HISTORIC. PEOPLE ARE REALLY IMPRESS SAID. NOW WITH THE NEW SQUARE, I THINK PEOPLE ARE ALSO IMPRESSED WITH HOW EASY IT IS TO GET AROUND THE CITY, THE WALKABILITY AND THE EASE OF GETTING TO SEE A SHOW HERE. WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT SHOWING IT OFF. WE’RE ALSO TALKING ABOUT THE RECENTLY RENOVATED PPAC SQUARE HERE. IT’S A WONDERFUL SPACE. I WANT EVERYONE ACROSS THE STATE TO COME DOWN AND ENJOY IT. I THINK THE TWO WAY TRAFFIC HAS WORKED OUT WELL AND IT’S ALSO SAFER, GOOD REVIEWS. WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT THAT AND HAVE GOTTEN GOOD REVIEWS WITH RESPECT TO THE SQUARE. HOW HAVE THE BUSINESSES BEEN RESPONDING TO THIS? IT’S GOT TO GO GREAT FOR BUSINESS. THEY HAVE ONE WORD, MORE, MORE. IT’S A WONDERFUL THING. ANYTIME THERE IS A SHOW HERE, IT’S GREAT FOR EVERYONE AROUND, ALL THE RESTAURANTS, ALL THE BUSINESSES NEARBY. AS MAYOR, IT’S A TOUGH JOB, YOU HEAR A LOT OF COMPLAINTS, BUT THIS HAS TO BE A POSITIVE THING FOR ANYBODY VISITING. WITHOUT A DOUBT. YOU’VE BEEN INSIDE, YOU KNOW HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS. NOW THE OUTSIDE IS MORE ATTRACTIVE. IT’S A LITTLE MORE FRIENDLY PEDESTRIAN. IT’S AN EXCITING THING, GREAT SHOWS, GREAT FOOD, AND GREAT HOTELS, AS WELL. WE WANT PEOPLE TO COME AND SPEND A LOT OF TIME. IS THERE ONE SHOW THAT YOU’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING? I THINK SISTER ACT. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US TODAY. A LOT OF GOOD SHOWS COMING UP AND WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THEM ALL. BACK TO YOU. THANKS WILL. THEY’VE PERFORMED FOR PRESIDENTS ON THE S.N.L. STAGE, AND MOST RECENTLY AT THE CLOSING GAMES OF THE LONDON SUMMER OLYMPICS! WE’RE TALKING ABOUT STOMP! THE PERCUSSION BASED SHOW HAS BEEN STUNNING AUDIENCES FOR DECADES. SO WE HEADED TO THEIR REHEARSAL AT THE ORPHEAUM THEATER IN NEW YORK TO FIND OUT WHY. BROOMS, LARGE POLES, WE EVEN USE PLUNGERS, BASKETBALLS, KITCHEN SINKS. ♪ THE CAST OF STOMP WILL USE PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING THEY CAN GET THEIR HANDS ON TO MAKE THEIR UNIQUE PERCUSSION SYMPHONY. ♪ THE SHOW HAS BEEN WOWING AUDIENCES SINCE THE MID- 1990’S. AND HAS NO PLANS OF STOPPING ANYTIME SOON. IN FACT, SOME OF THE PERFORMERS HAVE BEEN WITH THE SHOW JUST AS LONG! LIKE, STEPHANIE. IT’S JUST SO MUCH FUN, JUST A LOT OF FUN. WE GET TO, IT’S LIKE PLAYING, YOU KNOW, YOU GET TO PLAY MUSIC WITH CRAZY INSTRUMENTS, YOU KNOW, WITH SO MANY DIFFERENT OBJECTS. IT’S A GREAT EXPERIENCE. IT’S JUST A LOT OF FUN. THE SHOW IS DIFFERENT FROM ANYTHING ELSE YOU’LL SEE, BUT WHAT EXACTLY IS IT? THE SHOW IS AN EXPLOSION OF MOVEMENT AND DANCE AND MUSIC. THE UNIQUE PART IS WE USE NO CONVENTIONAL INSTRUMENTS. WE USE BROOMS, MATCH BOXES, OUR OWN BODIES, TRASH CANS. IT’S A SYMPHONY OF RHYTHM. AND WHILE EACH SHOW IS PLANNED AHEAD OF TIME, YOU’LL NEVER SEE THE SAME SHOW TWICE! MAYBE ABOUT 80 TO 85 PERCENT OF CHOREOGRAPHY. THE REST IS IMPROV. IT COULD BE MUSICAL THINGS. ANYTIME A SOLOIST IS THERE, WE WRITE THAT OURSELVES OR IMPROVISE. IT IS UNIQUE TO OURSELVES. THE CAST PRACTICES EACH DAY TO TAKE THEIR IMPROVISATION SKILLS, FROM THIS: TO THIS! ♪ ALL OF THE PERFORMERS HAVE A UNIQUE BACKGROUND, FROM MUSIC TO DANCE, TO… WELL… SOME MORE OBSCURE SKILLS. MAN, I WORKED AT 7-11. I WAS A SLURPEE PUSHER! ♪ AND ONCE ALL THOSE SKILLS COME TOGETHER, WHAT YOU GET IS ONE UNFORGETTABLE PERFORMANCE! WHEN EVERYBODY COMES TOGETHER, THEY LEARN FROM YOU AND YOU LEARN FROM THEM AND IT BECOMES A HYBRID PERFORMANCE THAT IS REALLY UNIQUE FOR THE SHOW. BUT THE CAST WANTS YOU TO KNOW THE SHOW IS MUCH MORE THAN JUST DRUMMING. WHAT’S COOL ABOUT THIS SHOW IS IT’S A SKELETON. WE ALL PLAY DIFFERENT ROLES AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT, SO EVERYTHING IS ALWAYS DIFFERENT, IT’S ALWAYS FRESH, IT’S ALWAYS FUN. IT MAKES IT FUNNY, TOO. STOMP IS FUNNY. PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THAT! STOMP IS FUNNY! THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING US FOR “THE RHODE SHOW PRIME TIME SPECIAL: PROVIDENCE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER’S SEASON OF HOTTEST HITS!” IT WAS A LOT OF FUN LOOKING AT THE GREAT SHOWS COMING OUR WAY! FOR TICKETS AND SHOWTIMES OF ANY OF THE PERFORMANCES, PLEASE, CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE, WPRI.COM. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU HERE SOON! GOOD NIGHT, EVERYBODY. GOOD NIGHT. ♪ ♪

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