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Southside Johnny Rocks The Music Hall In Brief

Southside Johnny Rocks The Music Hall

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes came into Portsmouth with one goal in mind: to bring the New Jersey rock to The Music Hall. Southside Johnny, who is sometimes referred to as the “Godfather of the New Jersey sound,” started playing just after 9 p.m. to a massive roar of applause. For over an hour and a half, Johnny & the Asbury Jukes rocked the crowd filling the Music Hall almost to its entirety. The fans sang along and clapped to every song, including their hit “I Don’t Want To Go Home.” The band also added a personal touch to their performance, interacting with the crowd during the entire show. The rock ‘n’ roll that echoed through The Music Hall was nostalgic for many people in the crowd, bringing them back to earlier days when they listened to Southside Johnny (and similarly Bruce Springsteen). The fantastic performance by Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes was felt all throughout downtown Portsmouth – something that is always welcome. Read More Read More
John Barrymore Returns to The Music Hall In Brief

John Barrymore Returns to The Music Hall

The legendary actor John Barrymore, who appeared on stage at the Historic Theater in The Dictator in 1904, years before filming the better known silent film version in 1915, returns in the form of Christopher Plummer in our latest HD Broadcast: Barrymore. HD Broadcast: Barrymore Saturday December 29, 2012 1pm the Loft $27.50 Student ticket price: $15. An unforgettable portrayal of legendary actor John Barrymore, a man of colossal talent and contradictions and one of the greatest Shakespearean actors of all time. Set in 1942, the final year of John Barrymore’s life, the play takes place on the stage of a Broadway theater, where the actor is struggling to recreate his performance in the title role of Shakespeare’s Richard III. It leads him to look back on the highs and lows of his stunning career and remarkable life. Directed, and adapted for the screen, by Érik Canuel (Bon Cop, Bad Cop), the play stars Christopher Plummer in the tour de force film performance of his career.“Christopher Plummer really deserves a Best Actor Oscar for Barrymore… it’s the role—and the performance—of a lifetime, and he plays every color, nuance, mood shift and variety of vocal power and body language in his enormous range.  The artistry leaves you with your mouth wide open… stunned and cheering.  So bring out the Oscar. “ – Rex Reed, New York Observer Read More Read More
Social on the Seacoast: The Best Kept Secret in Town Specials

Social on the Seacoast: The Best Kept Secret in Town

Gift-giving fever is here. But it doesn’t have to be stressful. My epiphany about gift-giving happened last summer, when I was rushing around Portsmouth looking for a house gift for cousins who live in a Maine farmhouse. I like to match gifts to the recipients and was thinking about their personalities. Mary is an extrovert. Terry is an introvert. They are both intellectually curious and read The New York Times every day. I had recently heard Susan Cain’s fascinating talk about her book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking at the Writers in the Loft series and it struck me: an autographed copy would be the perfect gift! I high-tailed it over to The Music Hall Box office to purchase a copy. I also bought them a box of Music Hall greeting cards so they could see highlights of the fabulous place I’m privileged to work for—and I could feel good about contributing a bit more to an independent arts organization that brings so much to the community. Read More Read More
Deepak Chopra Visits The Music Hall Explore and Learn

Deepak Chopra Visits The Music Hall

Bestselling author and physician Deepak Chopra visited The Music Hall Thursday December 6, 2012 to discuss his latest work, Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness and Spiritual Well-Being, co-authored by Harvard Medical School Professor Rudolph E. Tanzi. The first ever Innovation and Leadership Forum in the Historic Theater was presented in collaboration Writers on a New England Stage, The Music Hall-New Hampshire Public Radio series of bestselling authors. The transformational evening included a discussion with Executive Producer/Moderator Patricia Lynch, and closed with Dr. Chopra leading the sold-out audience of 900 in a meditation in the landmark 1878 theater. Read More Read More

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