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December 7, 2016
The Gift of Magic

Beauty and the Beast
Pictured: Catherine Charlebois (Belle) and Jason Michael Evans (Beast) with the cast of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Photo Credit: David J. Murray: Clear Eye Photo.

Last week, we opened the Ogunquit Playhouse at The Music Hall’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the Broadway musical, and let me tell you, it’s a phenomenal show. Each day, hundreds and hundreds of families came to the Historic Theater, creating memories that will last for a lifetime. The lobby is full of little girls dressed in their very best dresses and little boys in ties and dress pants posing for pictures and wiggling with excitement to see the show. It might be the most adorable thing that we see each year.

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December 6, 2016
Film discussion: Certain Women

Show and tell

Well, that little bit of snow did wonders from my Christmas spirit, raising me from a state of simmering rage about the crassness of the season to a state of relatively serene irritation. It’s the Christmas miracle, happening again this year.

On Tuesday night, The Music Hall Loft will be showing Certain Women, the latest movie from esteemed filmmaker Kelly Reichardt. I’ll be leading a discussion of the movie, and I hope you’ll come, if for no other reason than that it will provide a couple of hours during which you will not hear a single word about politics or “the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” or Rob Gronkowski’s injury. Zero.

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December 2, 2016
Sponsor Spotlight:  C&J Bus Lines

C&J Bus Lines

Bringing the experience of Broadway to the Seacoast during the holidays is a cornerstone of The Ogunquit Playhouse at The Music Hall series.  For the second year in a row, we’re so pleased to have Presenting Series Sponsor C&J Bus Lines as a valued partner in this effort. This week we launched Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – our 2016 holiday production – and I had an opportunity to ask C&J President Jim Jalbert a few questions about what he’s looking forward to from this show, what were his favorite memories from last year, and why supporting the arts is an important part of C&J’s business.

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November 30, 2016
It’s beginning to look a lot like Beauty

Beauty and the Beast at The Music Hall

Today is the day, today, the curtain goes up on the first preview show of Beauty and the Beast. I’m pretty excited to see my favorite childhood movie come to life on my favorite stage, and from the bits and pieces of rehearsal that I’ve seen, it’s going to blow away my expectations. The set, the costumes, the actors, it’s all just spectacular.

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November 29, 2016
Film discussion: Cameraperson

Camera Person

With the annoying speed bump of Thanksgiving out of the way, the Great Christmas Marketing Juggernaut can now put the accelerator to the floor. It’s all merchandising, all the time until New Year’s Eve, when we can look forward to the marketing onslaught grinding to a temporary halt. We will get about three days, max, to enjoy the silence before Valentine’s Day merchandise starts to show up in stores. And January will bring our credit card bills, too.

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November 22, 2016
Grateful and Thankful at The Music Hall

Grateful

Gratitude is a word we’ve been talking a lot about over the last month here at The Music Hall. Every morning, Patricia Lynch, our Executive Director, takes a few moments to list the five things she’s grateful for. As this is my Thanksgiving week blog, I thought I’d take a page from her playbook and share the five things I’m grateful for here at The Music Hall.

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