If Bruce Springsteen is the Boss, Billy Joel is at least the Assistant Manager. Joel's music is such large part of our collective cultural landscape, it's no surprise that, in the vein of Mamma Mia—the musical based on the music of ABBA—an entire musical production has been created around his songs: Movin' Out. And it's no surprise that as part of their Fred Meyer Broadway in Boise program, the Morrison Center is bringing it here.
Movin' Out opened on Broadway in 2002 and since then has received numerous awards and accolades, including two Tony Awards in 2003 for best choreography and best orchestrations. With choreography by Twyla Tharp, Movin' Out is the story of five friends traversing 20 years together. The characters are pulled directly from Joel's songs—Brenda and Eddie from "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant," James from "James," Judy from "Why, Judy, Why," and Tony and Sgt, O'Leary from "Movin' Out." But this story is told entirely without language. Tharp has been quoted as saying, "The movement and the action tell the story—the experience, the emotional resonance, comes from action rather than language."
Sep. 21, 8 p.m., $40-$62.50, Sep. 22, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; $40-$62.50, Sep. 23, $35-$55, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Ln., 208-426-1110.
Who knew it had a curator?
The art wall at Flying M is under new management. Jeremy "Jerms" Lanningham (one of BW's favorite illustrators) and John Warfel are the new curators of the wall. They will continue to have new shows each month, but will also be making changes that include a local art blog and new and different exhibits.
Lanningham and Warfel are looking for artists for next year's exhibits and will consider work in any medium: printmaking, painting, drawing, small sculpture. If it's art, they want to see it.
The 2007 artists include Lanningham himself for October, and a shared exhibit with work by Ben Wilson and Erin Cunningham (two of BW's other favorite illustrators).
For more information, contact Lanningham and Warfel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flying M Coffeehouse, 500 W. Idaho St. 208-345-4320.
Aargh ye theater-goin' scallywags (Sept. 19 is "talk like a pirate" day)
Prairie Dog Playhouse begins their 2007-2008 season this week with their very unique take on the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean III: At Wits' End! This season's shows include The Grintch or How the Winch Stole Christmas!; Gunsmokin' or Have Fun Will Travel!; Flash Gordon: King of the Somewhat Improbable!; and the Sword of Zorro or From Z to Shining Z. If you haven't seen a PDP production, this company specializes in family-friendly, funny parodies that poke fun at pop-culture icons. If you have seen one, you know just how much fun these shows are and probably already have your season tickets.
Sept. 21, 7:15 p.m., $13 adults, $10 students and seniors, $7 children 12 and under. Every Friday and Saturday through Oct. 27. Sunday matinees Oct. 7 and 21, 2 p.m.