​Muscle Shoals ~ Art Cinema

Music Documentary 
English/PG/1 hr. 51 min.

The incredible true story of a small town with a big sound.

 

MUSCLE SHOALS is a documentary about a place filled with magic and music, legend and folklore, where the river is inhabited by a Native American spirit who has lured some of the greatest Rock and Roll and Soul legends of all time, and drawn from them some of the most uplifting, defiant, and important music ever created. In Muscle Shoals, Alabama, music runs through the hills, the river, and the spirit of the people. It is a place where, even before the Civil Rights Movement really took shape, the color of your skin didn’t matter inside the studio.  Cast: Gregg Allman,  Bono, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger and MANY more!
 
“Only the genre’s most studious followers will be able to watch Muscle Shoals without being regularly astonished, Greg “Freddy” Camalier’s documentary tells an extraordinary story. ” – Mark Jenkins, NPR

“Even casual music fans will enjoy behind-the-hits doc.” – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

“The archival footage is strong, Camalier is generous with musical clips, and the talking heads generate some drama when describing epochal moments like Aretha’s first session.” – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

“Do not leave the film until the last credit rolls by.” – Dave Hoekstra, Chicago Sun-Times

One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das ~ Art Cinema

Music Documentary
English / NR / 1 hr. 12 min.
 

In 1970, Jeffrey Kagel walked away from the American dream of rock ‘n’ roll stardom, turning down the chance to record as lead singer for the band soon-to-be the Blue Oyster Cult. Instead, he sold all his possessions and moved from the suburbs of Long Island to the foothills of the Himalayas in search of happiness and a little-known saint named Neem Karoli Baba. ONE TRACK HEART: THE STORY OF KRISHNA DAS follows his journey to India and back, witnessing his struggles with depression and drug abuse, to his eventual emergence as Krishna Das, world-renowned spiritual teacher and chant master. Featuring interviews with Ram Dass (LSD Icon Richard Alpert), Rick Rubin (Grammy Award winning Producer), Sharon Salzberg (NY Times bestselling author), Daniel Goleman (two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee), as well as a musical score by J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr) & Devadas, this is the inspiring story of how one man’s heart-expanding journey continues to transform countless lives.
 
“A fine documentary, a nice introduction to a charismatic figure with a fascinating life, an unusual art and worldwide fans.”  - David DeWitt, New York Times

“Modest and affecting, it’s a portrait of the possibility of finding peace, contentment and self through both music and spirituality.” – Nick Schager, Time Out New York

A Peter White Christmas featuring Rick Braun and Mindi Abair

For more than four decades, acoustic guitarist Peter White has brought variety to the contemporary jazz scene with his impressive combination of jazz, pop, and classical guitar.  A long-time session musician, Peter White’s smooth musical styling is perfect for the melodies of the holiday season. His intelligent and inspired arrangements of Christmas classics offer a refreshing new take on time-old songs.
 
Born in a small town north of London in 1954, Peter White found himself drawn to instruments as a small child, experimenting with everything from the clarinet to the violin. Peter finally found his calling when he picked up the guitar, inspired by the success of emerging rock groups such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Originally drawn to the electric, an accidental fire destroyed his guitar and Peter’s interests shifted towards the acoustic. Inspired by James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, and Crosby, Stills and Nash, Peter honed his acoustic guitar skills and quickly gained recognition as a highly talented musician, earning his first professional gig at the age of 19. In 1975, he was invited to join folk-rock star Al Stewart’s band as a keyboardist for their tour of England, Scotland, and the United States, a meeting that would lead to an extended professional and personal musical relationship between Stewart and White. Touring with Stewart, Peter White opened for a number of major artists, such as Linda Ronstadt, Billy Joel, and Queen. Peter personally contributed to Al Stewart’s success, working with Stewart in recording the major 1976 hit “Year of the Cat.”
 
Peter White’s success as a session guitarist encouraged the musician to embark on his own solo career, beginning in 1990. His first album, entitled Reveillez-Vous, or Wake Up in French, featured several unused songs written for Al Stewart and became a favorite on a number of contemporary jazz stations. Based on this early success, White signed with Columbia Records to produce his 1996 album, Caravan of Dreams. Now, 13 solo albums later, Peter White has just completed his latest album, Here We Go, marking the musician’s first recording with the celebrated saxophonist David Sanborn. Peter shows no signs of slowing down, touring internationally and participating in a variety of music tours, from “Guitars and Saxes” to Peter’s own “Peter White Christmas Tour.” The latter tour, fueled by the success of White’s holiday albums Songs of the Season and A Peter White Christmas, showcases the musician’s extensive talents in reworking some of the Christmas season’s most treasured classics.

Chicken with Plums ~ Art Cinema

Comedy / Drama
French / PG-13 / 1 hr. 30 min.
 

From the Oscar nominated filmmakers of Persepolis, Chicken With Plums is a “captivating live-action fairytale full of whimsy, humor, magic and despair” (Collider.com). Since his beloved violin was broken, Nasser Ali Khan, one of the most renowned musicians of his day, has lost all taste for life. Finding no instrument worthy of replacing it, he decides to confine himself to bed to await death. As he hopes for its arrival, he plunges into deep reveries, with dreams as melancholic as they are joyous, taking him back to his youth and even to a conversation with Azraël, the Angel of Death, who reveals the future of his children. As pieces of the puzzle gradually fit together, the poignant secret of his life comes to light: a wonderful story of love which inspired his genius and his music. 
 
“Chicken With Plums” is a whimsical, sad, diverting and altogether delightful exploration of how cinema can benefit, not only from glancing back at its own past, but by staying open to parallel forms of presentation and play.” – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

“Its storytelling style is playful and self-conscious, with magically unrealist touches.” – Mark Jenkins, NPR

“The same winning balance of seriousness and humor that made Persepolis such a hit works equally well in Chicken With Plums. – Jay Weissberg, Variety

Village People

Now in their 36th Year!
 
The Lyric will be burning up with Disco fever when Village People, the undisputed “Kings of Disco”, make their triumphant return to Treasure Coast!  The one-of-a-kind Village People light up the stage with their energetic choreography, brimming with raucous fun and lots of bumping and grinding. Complete with their flamboyant personas, this iconic pop-phenom group will don their signature costumes as a police officer, American Indian chief, construction worker, soldier, biker and cowboy, and groove you back to the decadent days of Disco!

Selling more than 100 million recordings, Village People were an instant phenomenon in the ‘70s and ‘80s with hits San Francisco/In Hollywood, Macho Man, YMCA, In the Navy, Go West , Can’t Stop the Music and more.  The band was assembled in 1977 and managed by two French musicians, Jacques Morali and Henri Belolo, specifically to showcase and perform their disco music creations.  In 1980, they starred in their own 1980 major feature movie Can’t Stop the Music co-starring Steve Guttenberg, Bruce Jenner, Valerie Perrine, Paul Sand, June Havoc, Tammy Grimes and directed by Nancy Walker. It remains a popular cult film around the world.
 
In September 2008, Village People finally received a “Star” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – between Betty Grable and Liberace!  The group has won many worldwide awards including the American Music Award-Favorite Musical Group 1979, AGVA’s Georgie Award, West Germany’s Gold Lion Award for music excellence, Brazil’s 1981 Award for Best Act, etc. In the summer of 2013, Village People added a new single to their show:”Let’s Go Back to the Dance Floor”.  This crowd pleaser is available on i-Tunes and Amazon.com and was written and produced by KC of “Sunshine Band” fame.
 
Village People are Ray Simpson (Cop & lead singer), Alexander Briley (G.I./Military), Felipe Rose (Native American Indian), Bill Whitefield (Construction Worker), Jim Newman (Cowboy) and Eric Anzalone (Biker).

 
 

American Big Band “Home For The Holidays”

The best of American big band comes to The Lyric stage this December for a Christmas showcase of all of the holiday favorites. An explosive synthesis of big band and Broadway, American Big Band features a 12 piece orchestra and 8 singers and dancers in a music extravaganza perfect for the whole family. Performing winter classics from Bing to Bublé, American Big Band, Home for the Holidays is a show that’s bound to get even a Scrooge’s toe tapping.
 
Established in 2004, American Big Band has toured all across the country, bringing classic big band brass and Broadway hits to a variety of venues. More than just a simple ensemble, American Big Band is a fully staged, fully costumed production show with a talented group of professionally trained performers to bring you the highest form of musical entertainment. A favorite of infants and octogenarians alike, the Big Band brings its Christmas special to The Lyric Theatre this year for a performance featuring some of the best holiday classics and modern interpretations.

50 Shades!  The Musical!

“50 Shades! is a very good laugh and is impossible to resist!” – The Chicago Tribune 
 
  A sexy, hysterical musical romp, 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL is a laugh out loud night of fun that you won’t want to miss!
 
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!  50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL!  The hilarious parody of the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon, makes it’s triumphant return to The Lyric after 4 SOLD-OUT performances last spring.  A resounding hit, 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL opens with a ladies book club deciding to read Fifty Shades of Grey. Through their interpretation of the novel, the audience is lead on an uproarious roller coaster ride of this unlikely bestseller. The show is full of dance numbers, and original songs delivered by an outrageous cast with a live, on-stage band. Join the global sensation and experience the show that had sold-out audiences in New York, Chicago and The Lyric screaming for more!  This production contains adult language and adult content
 
Join the global sensation and experience the show that had sold-out audiences in New York and Chicago screaming for more!
 
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This production contains adult language and adult content. 

Steve Solomon “Standup”

America’s favorite dysfunctional comedian is back again. Creator and star of three-time award-winning Broadway comedy “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m in Therapy”, Steve Solomon returns with even more side-splitting, raucous jokes this December, introducing new material and incorporating stories from his other hit shows, such as “STILL in Therapy” and “Home for the Holidays.”
 
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Steve Solomon grew up in the ethnically diverse neighborhood of Sheepshead Bay. Drawing from his personal experiences growing up in the Big Apple as well as his experience in the entertainment industry, Steve is the king of one-man shows. Over the last four years alone, Steve Solomon has had audience rolling in the aisles in over 75 cities and 3 countries, bringing his neurotic brand of humor to theaters all over the world. Renowned for imitating voices with an uncanny ability and incorporating wild and wacky sound effects, Steve recounts tales from his past with hilarious insights and a splash of self-deprecation.
 
Whether you know Steve Solomon’s stand-up or this is your first time, no performance is the same with Steve Solomon. Selling out audiences from San Francisco to Atlantic City, Steve has also taken Broadway by storm, starring in one of the longest running one-man shows in the institution’s history. Now, Steve returns to The Lyric Theatre, bringing a little bit of Broadway, and insanity, back with him.