August 29, 2013
This story appeared in The Norwood Transcript on July 9th, 2013. Click here to read the story online.
Story by Brad Cole
This group has performed at the Norwood Theatre several times already, and has quickly become a fan-favorite, said Erica McLaughlin, events and marketing director for the Norwood Theatre. Its performance on Saturday, Sept. 14 will kick off a busy autumn for the theatre.
“Everyone really wanted them to come back, after they performed Jesus Christ Superstar in March,” McLaughlin said, noting that September’s performance will feature covers of songs by The Beatles, Queen, Led Zeppelin and David Bowie.
“The Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra tickets are selling well, due to their popularity,” McLaughlin said, noting some people requested to purchase tickets in March, two months before they went on sale. “People are really excited to have them back.”
Another returning event is Ornament, an 11-piece rock orchestra tribute to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Ornament will come to Norwood on Saturday, Nov. 30. A second holiday event will be the Holiday Variety Show on Saturday, Dec. 14, and features North Shore Acappella and a performance by ventriloquist Brian Tiernan.
“That is a family-friendly holiday celebration,” McLaughlin said.
While some groups are returning to Norwood Theatre, the fall season brings many new acts to the Norwood Theatre. These acts include two comedy nights and a pair of tribute bands. The first comedy night features Don Gavin on Oct. 12, the second features Paul D’Angelo on Dec. 6. Gavin, dubbed “The Godfather of Boston Comedy,” was originally scheduled to appear in February, but his performance was cancelled due to a snowstorm.
The tribute shows include The British Invasion Tribute on Nov. 2 and Draw the Line on Nov. 16.
“Last year, we had Beatlemania Again. (The British Invasion) is a similar tribute to The Beatles, but also has other 60s era rock-and-roll songs,” McLaughlin said. “Draw the Line is an Aerosmith tribute band endorsed by the band and Steven Tyler to sort of live out their legacy.”
Other performances in the fall include doo-wop band The Corvettes on Sept. 28, The Broadway Boys on Oct. 19, Grayson Hugh with Polly Messer on Oct. 26 and Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class on Nov. 9.
There will also be a pair of children’s shows. On Oct. 20, the Gerwick Puppets come to town for “Inside the Haunted House,” a Halloween show. Debbie & Friends, a children’s musician that players everything from pop to reggae to country music, performs on Nov. 17.
“There is something here for everyone to see, be it toddlers or seniors,” McLaughlin said.
Tickets to these performances can be purchased online at norwoodstage.com. Those who wish to call 781-551-9000 or visit the box office at 109 Central St. can do so during the theatre’s limited summer hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. in June and the first two weeks of August. The box office is closed during July, though tickets can be purchased online at that time.
The theatre also aims to be involved in the Norwood community. There will be a number of fundraisers and community events at the theatre in the fall. The first of these is on Saturday, Sept. 7, Norwood Day. The theatre will be open and offer screenings of “Our Gang,” the series of 1920s and 1930s comedic shorts also known as “The Little Rascals.”
“If you haven’t been here yet, it’s definitely worth coming by and giving it a chance,” McLaughlin said.
The theatre will also screen “Miracle on 34th Street” at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, the same day as the Circle of Hope’s Luminary Night. The screening will end as the Luminary Night begins, and all the proceeds from that afternoon’s screening will go to the Circle of Hope Foundation, a charity that assists residents of Norwood who find themselves in need due to a catastrophic medical event.
“Miracle on 34th Street” will also screen at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 and 2 p.m. on Dec. 8. One dollar from each ticket sold at those screenings will be donated to the Circle of Hope.
“Miracle on 34th Street” won’t be the only film screened at Norwood Theatre. The Vincent Prince Film Festival will run from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, and will feature screenings of “Tales of Terror,” “The Abominable Dr. Phebes” and “The Last Man on Earth.”
While tickets to live performances can be purchased in advance, tickets to these film screenings must be purchased the day of the event, McLaughlin said.