Enjoy an entertaining twist on Gilbert & Sullivan

New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players I've Got A Little Twist

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players’ I’ve Got a Little Twist is where The Mikado meets The Music Man. It’s where the HMS Pinafore sets sail for Brigadoon. It’s where The Pirates of Penzance take shore leave On the Town. In short, it’s where Broadway meets Gilbert & Sullivan.

I’ve Got a Little Twist — coming to The Clayton Center on Friday, February 21, at 8 PM — is a one-of-a-kind show that proves the Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire is as fun, fresh, and full-of-life as, well, three little maids from school!

See for yourself as the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players (NYGASP) celebrates the legacy of Gilbert & Sullivan in American musical theater, featuring favorites from Rodgers & Hammerstein, Bernstein, Sondheim, Lerner & Loewe, Meredith Willson and Jerry Herman.

The show, which won a 2010 Bistro Award, features ingeniously rewritten lyrics for Gilbert & Sullivan tunes. It brings together Gilbert & Sullivan numbers with more modern musical theatre, and, often, allows the classic Gilbert & Sullivan to speak for itself.

I’ve Got a Little Twist speaks to audiences who are new to Gilbert & Sullivan as well as to die-hard fans. The cast features an emcee who interacts with a soprano, an alto, a tenor, a comic baritone and a bass in a clever mash up of scenes and songs. The performance culminates in a number that celebrates the way in which this tongue twisting art form has been “used and infused into Broadway shows for years.”

NYGASP is in its 46th year of operation as America’s preeminent professional Gilbert & Sullivan repertory ensemble. Under the dynamic leadership of Artistic Director Albert Bergeret, the company  has created its own special niche in the cultural mosaic of New York City and the nation.

Tickets to I’ve Got A Little Twist are $22, plus tax and fees.

Sloane: A Jazz Singer Returns

Jazz singer Carol Sloane will return to the Triangle area for a concert performance at The Clayton Center in downtown Clayton, on Friday, October 11, at 8 PM. 

“Two for the Road” pairs Sloane with the incredible Mike Renzi — one of her most beloved, longtime pianists. The show will be an intimate “homecoming” (Sloane lived in North Carolina for a number of years) and will feature some of Carol’s favorites songs, including tunes she recently recorded for a new live album at Birdland in New York City. 

NPR calls Sloane “a sublime singer of great songs.”

“She is natural and unaffected with a voice that embraces the melody and the listener with equal parts maturity and conviction. Combining spirit with character and elegance with style, Sloane has enchanted audiences all over the world. Her command of The Great American Songbook is unmatched.”

Film director Michael Lippert (Reeves: A Home For Music) is crafting a moving film about this favorite lady of jazz. The documentary film SLOANE • A JAZZ SINGER began shooting when Sloane appeared at Raleigh’s C Grace jazz club in May of 2018. The film continues in production and will include the recording of the new live album at Birdland. And don’t be surprised if you see a camera or two wandering around The Clayton Center on October 11. (view the film trailer here.) 

It’s not often you come across a music documentary where the greatness of the film equals the greatness of the subject (“Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser” and “The Beatles: Anthology” come to mind) and this trailer has all the earmarks that “Sloane: a Jazz Singer” will turn out to be a film of that caliber. Like those great documentaries, it looks stunning and grabs the viewer immediately. The juxtaposition of the current and historical footage and images tells you right up front that you’re about to embark on a very special journey. Although there are many who deserve this quality of treatment, there is no one who is more deserving than the incredible Carol Sloane, especially to those of us here in her home state of Rhode Island. Bravo to all involved. As they say, “I can’t wait to see the movie!” Rick Bellaire, Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame 

For more info about the documentary SLOANE • A JAZZ SINGER now in production, click here.

PURCHASE

Take a Stroll Down “Main Street, USA” with ATS&O

The Around the Town Singers & Orchestra take a stroll down Main Street, USA, on Friday, June 21, at 7 PM. This fun 90-minute show celebrates the return of Main Streets all over America and features music and dancing from the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

ATS&O promises a special “show within a show” with some of the most toe-tapping hits to keep you singing along the entire time! Take a peek down Main Street Clayton with an amazing set that will allow the audience to become be a part of a unique experience! Tickets are $18, plus sales tax and fees, and group discounts are available.

For more information about ATS&O visit aroundtownsingers.org.

Holiday Happenings

All will be merry and bright around town beginning tonight, Thursday, November 29. Thousands of people will pack Main Street beginning at 5:30 PM for the Annual Christmas Village and Tree Lighting sponsored by the Clayton Downtown Development Association.

Enjoy two and a half hours of music, holiday cheer, business open housed, a live Nativity, train rides and — of course — a chance to see Santa. The tree lighting ceremony begins at 7:45 PM at Town Square on the corner of Main Street and Fayetteville Street.

This weekend also kicks off The Clayton Center’s schedule of holiday events.

Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas show the way they used to be, presented by the Around Town Singers and Orchestra on Saturday, December 1, at 7 PM. Sing along to all of your favorite songs of the season. Tickets are $18, plus sales tax and fees. A group discount is available for groups of 8 or more.

On Sunday, December 2, at 6 PM, Tippy Toes Dance Studio of Princeton presents its annual production of the Nutcracker. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, plus sales tax and fees.

Join us for the remarkable musicianship of the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra as they present their Fabulous Equinox Orchestra Clayton Center NCswinging renditions of holiday classics on Friday, December 7, at 8 PM. Tickets are $35, plus sales tax and fees, UNLESS you make your purchase on Tuesday, December 4. Take advantage of a special half-off discount on Tuesday for all tickets purchased for the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra.

Then, on Saturday, December 15, the Johnston County Chorus presents A Christmas Spectacular, its annual holiday show featuring all of your favorite seasonal songs and skits. Special guests this year include dancers from Artistry in Motion dance studio. Tickets for both the 2 PM and 7 PM shows are $16 for adults and $12 for students 12 and under. A group discount is available for groups of 8 or more.

Check out our calendar of events for additional information and to see our complete schedule of events.

Royal Wood Headlines Second Show In Palladian Series

You may not know him yet, but you are going to LOVE him!

Canadian singer/songwriter Royal Wood will sweep you off your feet when he plays at The Clayton Center on Friday, November 9. The alternative/pop artist delivers beautiful melodies, heartfelt emotions and strong vocals, and his fans will attest that he’s “talented, personable and SO MUCH FUN!”

Proclaimed a prolific songwriter and one of Canada’s major talents by critics, Wood has established himself as a true musical talent. Wood has two albums that have debuted in the Top 30. He has received multiple JUNO nominations, he is a two-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee and he had a No. 1 added song at Hot AC radio. His songs have been heard on high profile sync placements like Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice.

Wood just completed a wildly successful and sold out cross-country theater tour opening for the legendary Bonnie Raitt. He is currently touring the world in support of his critically acclaimed 2018 release, Ever After The Farewell.

Tickets to the 8 PM show are $18, plus taxes & fees.

PURCHASE | MORE