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"City in a City in a City" is the new play from writer Matthew Capodicasa which makes its world premier at The BlueBarn Theatre on Thursday, May 17th.  He stops by the KIOS-FM studios to discuss the play, the creative process, and his good fortune to be in Nebraska.  For more information, feel free to look at www.BlueBarn.org.

Denise Chapman is directing Omaha Community Playhouse's production of "The Mountaintop" which opens this Friday May 4th.  She joins Mike Hogan live in the KIOS-FM studios to discuss the show, juxtaposing the iconic reputation of Dr. Martin Luther King with his humanity, and the greater themes of the show.  More information is available at www.OmahaPlayHouse.com.

Based on the Academy Award-winning film by Tom Stoppard and adapted by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), Shakespeare in Love is a love letter to the stage and a celebration of theatre, music and human connection.  Jacob Roman stars as the young Will Shakespeare in the Omaha Community Playhouse's current production.  Jacob stops by the KIOS-FM studios for a chat with Mike Hogan, "Live & Local" on Morning Edition.  More information  is available at www.OmahaPlayhouse.com

Darin Anthony, guest director at the Blue Barn Theatre, is at the helm for the current production, "Nureyev's Eyes."  

The Benson Theatre was built in 1926 as a vaudeville theatre.  It was converted to a movie theatre in the 1940’s, and became retail space in 1953. 

In 2010, the space was purchased by Lund Ross Contractors for the purpose of restoring the theatre to its original purpose. 

Monty Eich, Marketing Manager for the Benson Theatre Project, says the organization wants the theatre to become a community hub.  He says the plan is to offer live musical, theatrical, and comedy events, as well as select films. 

The rock and roll musical is set in 1987 around a club on the Sunset Strip.  Actor Matt Ban plays Dennis Dupree in the production. 

He says Dennis is the 70’s leftover in the show and owns the rock club.  Ban says this is the first rock show he’s ever done and he’s having a good time singing some of the 80’s best hair metal music.  

He says the show gets big reactions wherever it goes and he thinks it’s because the music is so much fun and so well-known.