Musical From Cancelled Show ‘smash’ Gets A Concert Performance In New York With Jeremy Jordan

Men react as they struggle against a strong wind and rain caused by approaching Typhoon Wipha at a business district in Tokyo October 16, 2013. A once-in-a-decade typhoon threatened Japan on Tuesday, disrupting travel and shipping and forcing precautions to be taken at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant.   REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

“Wow! Really excited to be playing New York Times Square at 1 p.m. this afternoon!” McCartney tweeted about an hour before the packed mini-concert. “Come on down to Times Square. It’s all going to be happening there!” he added. Security guards at the site said the 15-minute, lunch-time concert was kept a secret until shortly before its start. “I loved it. It is hard not to like this band. They have been playing together for so long; they just make perfect music every time they hit a stage,” Said Hamdan, 51, a teacher in New York who learned about the concert through Twitter, said. Tawanna Flowers, a 25-year-old security guard working at the event, described the mini-concert as “awesome.” “New,” which features 12 tracks including “New” and “Queenie Eye” is McCartney’s first album of new material in six years. “A lot of the tracks are quite varied and not necessarily in a style you’d recognize as mine,” the singer and bassist said on his website. “But I didn’t want it to all sound the same.

The nightclub 54 Below said Tuesday it will present two world-premiere concert performances of Hit List on Dec. 9 featuring some of the stars from the series, including Jeremy Jordan, Andy Mientus and Krysta Rodriguez. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Later Tuesday, the 150-seat nightclub said both shows had sold out in an hour. Tickets were $55 plus a $25 food and beverage minimum. On the second season of Smash, the musical Hit List was a gritty, low-tech off-Broadway show that became a theater community darling and later competed with the glitzy Broadway-bound musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe called Bombshell. Hit List songs were written by Drew Gasparini, Joe Iconis, Andrew McMahon, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and Lucie Silvas. Smash was cancelled this summer after two seasons. ___ Online: Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

“Lucky 13” – Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band presents their Fall Concert

"Lucky 13" - Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band presents their Fall Concert

The group was formed in 2001. This is their 12th Annual Fall Concert. They have to this point performed 24 major concerts (fall and spring) along with about ten or more other performances each year for a total of about 170 concerts. Howard Green is the founder, conductor and musical director of the Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band. When casting about for a theme for this years fall concert, Green noted that a great many significant musical anniversaries occurred in this year, 2013. In addition to the centennial and bicentennial birthdays of Richard Wagner, Giuseppe Verdi (1813), Benjamin Britten, Woody Herman, Sammy Cahn, and Jimmy Van Heusen (1913), it was also the sesquicentennial birthday of Pietro Mascagni and the 50th anniversary of the death of Ernesto Lecuona. This year also marks the 100th birth date of Danny Kaye, and the same major anniversaries of great pieces of music like the musical Oliver! and The Banks of Green Willow. Considering all the musical connections, Green decided that 13 was not so unlucky after all. In fact it has been a very lucky thing and that led to the theme of the concert. The selections he has chosen will all be by composers born in 1813, 1913, or on the 50-year anniversaries 1863 and 1963), or which were written in those years. Green is excited about this upcoming concert. He says, As always we are going to provide a veritable fall feast for our audience. The variety and quality of what we program is what I believe brings people back to hear our concerts every season both our loyal and valued followers and our new members. And the challenge to our wonderful musicians (there are 70 of them from not only Buffalo Grove but all over the Chicago area!) is what makes these performances so much fun. Green describes the pieces in glowing terms. The program will include hair-raisers like the Verdi Overture to The Sicilian Vespers and the Overture to the Flying Dutchman, as well as popular show tunes from Oliver premiered 50 years ago in 1963, a march by Sousa written in 1913, and other wonderful selections.