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Stage Notes: Go-Go’s musical opens Uptown Players’ new season; TBT “last” ‘Nutcracker’

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The cast of ‘Head Over Heels’ by Uptown Players. (Courtesy photo) Stage Notes is a weekly aggregate post about theater, classical music and stage news, events, reviews and other pertinent information. Uptown Players got the beat for its new season Uptown Players’ goes on “Vacation” with its 2022/23 season opener next month.

The company will open the new season with the  musical comedy Head Over Heels, by Jeff Whitty & James McGruder, featuring the music of the Go-Go’s The jukebox musical adaptation of Sir Philip Sidney’s The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia features music by one of the iconic groups of the ’80s New Wave.

The show blends Elizabethan England, The Go-Go’s pop punk sound and some contemporary queer culture. The show features the hit songs, “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Vacation,” “Head Over Heels,” and lead singer Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven is a Place on Earth” and “Mad About You.” This production will be directed by Penny Ayn Maas, with music direction by Lee Harris and choreography by Evor Wright.

Cast cast includes Tim Brawner, Kylee Brown, Brian Hathaway, Isaiah Christopher-Lord Harris, Laura Lites, Gena Loe, Canali Miller, Grace Moore, Michael Mossucco, Seth Paden, Caroline Rivera, Michael Russell, Kylie Stewart, Lee Walter, Kelsey Ward, Brett Warner, Evor Wright and Sarah Youngblood The production is stage managed by Kathryn Demith.

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