Jazz

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They did it their way

An evening with Sinatra at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse The Tacoma Musical Playhouse saw a crowded lobby and a full […]

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Richard III – à la Chinoise

The Royal Family of England portrayed as 1920’s Gangsters in Chinatown

If you have ever wondered why King Henry VIII of England was so obsessed with having a legitimate male heir, read the Shakespearean plays set during the during the War of the Roses. Shakespeare’s rendering of the end of these dynastic wars, when two rival branches of the royal family, the Yorks and the Lancasters, fought endlessly for the disputed crown of England, opened this weekend at Theater off Jackson. Produced by Rebatensemble Theatre Group, director Elizabeth Wu, staged Richard III in Chinatown in the 1920’s, with the Yorks and Lancasters, as rival gangs of speakeasy owners i.e. gangsters.

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Emboldened/Unsung Jazz Heros

Theater-off-Jackson hosted an evening dedicated to early Jazz musicians; some local to Seattle, and some making history in New Orleans. The first show, upstairs in an art gallery/cabaret was a “Live Installation”, Unsung Heroes of Seattle Jazz, produced by Freehold Theatre in partnership with the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas and the Mahgany Project, the second was Emboldened, the Rise and Fall of King Bolden the First, an original script by one of Seattle’s most distinguished actors, Reginald André Jackson. King Bolden was actually Charles Buddy Bolden, a Cornetist, often credited with improvising Ragtime to create what came to be known as Jazz in New Orleans.

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