In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (of which the Sandburg Home is part), Flat Rock Playhouse created two new original productions — Spink, Skabootch and Swipes in Rootabaga Country and Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Express.
The story, by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey, is set in River City, Iowa, during the summer of 1912. When a clever con artist known as Professor Harold Hill, played by Brian Robinson, steps off the train, he means business. This classic musical is performed through Saturday, July 9.
The show is a lean, mean 90 minutes, with no intermission, and leaves the audience on its feet, cheering by the end. It manages to tell the compelling tale of the early days of rock ‘n’ roll, while also feeling intimate.
Tribute artist Donny Edwards will call on experiences alongside Elvis’ peers, plus loose limbs and plenty of hairspray, to honor The King with authenticity at Flat Rock Playhouse from Thursday, April 7, to Sunday, April 17.
Standouts include An Iliad, Art, Young Frankenstein and more.
This world premiere of Flat Rock Playhouse’s dazzling new musical, Chasing Rainbows: The Road To Oz, embodies the classic Hollywood movies of the 1930s. It looks and feels like Broadway musicals of old, while also being fresh and new.
Fly, which depicts the struggles, losses and achievements of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, continues at Flat Rock Playhouse through Sunday, Sept. 27
This week in local moviemaking, Asheville 48 Hour Film Project winners are named, a new silent film series launches and WCU’s Controlled Chaos Film Festival screens student work.
Over The River and Through The Woods continues its run at Flatrock Playhouse Downtown through Sunday, June 21. It isn’t a downer and it isn’t a comedy: it’s a deft portrait of reality, in all of its humor and sadness.
Everything about the production was magical from the moment the lights went down and the music came up.
Flat Rock Playhouse‘s new production, A Motown Christmas, is a tight two-hour show. It covers a number of predictable holiday classics — “Jingle Bells,” “Frosty The Snowman,” “Santa Clause is Coming To Town” and religious standards like “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” “Silent Night” and “Joy To The World.” The show features the vocal […]
By 1865, blight decimated nearly all the vineyards of Europe. Native American grapevine rootstock, with a thick and tough root bark, were relatively immune to damage and resistant to blight. European vines were grafted onto Native American rootstock and the European wine industry was retrieved from extinction. The new Flat Rock Playhouse rootstock has no […]
Flat Rock’s Christmas Carol is a lovely treat.
If you like your Christmas fare retro, radio-oriented and polished, George Bailey’s catharsis awaits, familiar and new all at the same time and doused in good will and cheer.
The pace is so relentless, the flashbacks are so abrupt, the sly Perry Mason-esque moments of “I just have one more little question” are so predictable, and (in the current production by Flat Rock Playhouse) the actors are just so darn good-looking, that pretty soon one begins to feel that one is in fact watching a TV drama.
One can’t help but love Scott Treadway’s rubberized face.
Let’s face it, in this day and age of hipster sensibility, the tortured optimism and simplicity of Denver’s lyrics and his persona are the very anti-thesis of cool.
If frivolity is what you’re after, Flat Rock Playhouse’s production delivers.
“Funny is money,” Mel Brooks has always liked to say, and with the musical The Producers, he proved it.
Flat Rock has assembled a cast of local luminaries who deliver performances worthy of their better-known predecessors, and the unique setting adds significant power and pleasure to the proceedings.
For the Glory is in every respect a spectacular piece of entertainment: The music and the singing are near flawless, the staging runs like a well-oiled machine, the set is stunning and the lights contribute beautifully to the whole effect.