American Shakespeare Center’s ‘Our Town’ and jazz greats Cindy Bradley and Alex Bugnon head to Hampton for exclusive, one-night-only engagements.
Hampton, VA – The American Theatre’s Premier Performance Series sizzles this March with two highly anticipated shows that celebrate the power and passion of drama and music.
Saturday, March 25, 8 p.m.
Telling the fictional tale of a small town during the early 20th century, Our Town is considered one of the great classics of American theater, winning the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1938 and the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play in 1989. Speaking to the core of our American values, it reminds us that no matter the generation, we are all searching for the same things. The American Shakespeare Center returns to The American Theatre with this performance presented in its signature style. Looking at ordinary people living ordinary lives has never been more extraordinary.
“Audiences of all ages will appreciate playwright Thornton Wilder’s beautifully told tale of our daily triumphs and struggles, love and marriage, and the fragility life,” said Hampton Arts Artistic Director Richard M. Parison, Jr. “It’s the kind of story that reminds of us the theater’s power to reflect and transform our lives.”
This engagement of Our Town is partially supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts.
Cindy Bradley & Alex Bugnon
Friday, March 31, 8 p.m.
Jazz greats Cindy Bradley and Alex Bugnon combine forces for an electric evening of contemporary jazz.
It’s been a decade since Cindy Bradley’s debut EP, Just a Little Bit, wowed music enthusiasts with her velvety trumpet tones and landed her a record deal with Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm Records. The creative partnership has led to the critically acclaimed albums Bloom, Unscripted, Bliss, and the soon-to-be-released Natural, which coincidentally drops on the date of her American Theatre appearance.
“I started playing the piano when I was six, but we had to choose a different instrument to be part of the band program. I forgot to bring my permission slip to class, so the teacher just had me randomly circle an instrument that I wanted to play. I picked the trumpet, which turned out to be a life and career defining fluke,” said Bradley, who has earned the title of New Artist of the Year and Brass Player of the Year by the Contemporary Jazz Awards and hit number one on Billboard’s Album Chart for Unscripted.
On the same program, internationally renowned jazz keyboardist Alex Bugnon brings his signature style to The American Theatre with a catalog of hits spanning his nearly 30-year career. Nephew of the great jazz trumpet player Donald Byrd, Bugnon’s first exposure to jazz was at the Montreux Jazz Festival in his hometown in Switzerland. He studied at the Paris Conservatory of Music as well as the Berklee School of Music and has played with some of the industry’s greats, including James Ingram, Patti Austin, Freddie Jackson, and more.
“We’re fortunate to have two fantastic musicians grace The American Theatre stage on the same evening,” said Hampton Arts Artistic Director Richard M. Parison, Jr. “While their sounds are unique, together they represent the very best in the jazz world.”
Both performances are at:
The American Theatre
125 East Mellen Street
Hampton, VA 23663