Ralph Maffongelli directs, and Folkmanis Puppets endorses Bloomin

Ralph Maffongelli directs, and Folkmanis Puppets endorses Bloomin

The Final Approach Restaurant in Sheboygan Falls Wisconsin welcomes the J&G Gypsies in the Sapperstein & Murway Classic in the making, Bloomin!  A musical for all ages debuts.

Sheboygan Falls, WI September 18, 2012 – Once again, Ralph Maffongelli and the J&G Gypsies take to the stage to bring Bloomin and all its colorful, musical glory to the stage for Sheboygan area residents.

“Bloomin is one of those productions that is so much more than it first appears at casual glance,” states Ralph Maffongelli, Director.  “The music is phenomenal and the message to audiences is clear … the garden is a fascinating place.  Some might consider the message extremely ‘green’,” Ralph continues.

Starring local favorite, Tamara Richelle Pool as Mother Earth, with Chris Fontaine, Mike Eberhardy, Sue Kaiser, Hilary Mayer and Ty Wesley rounding out an entertaining cast of talented actors to bring Bloomin and characters to life for Sheboygan audiences.  Bloomin also includes Emma Dehne as the Butterfly Ballerina, Steve Thaves as Seedling Mum, Hillary Mayer and Kathleen Beuttenmueller.  With talented Musical Director Janice Westphal, Choreographer Jessica Mueller and talented costume designer Tony Olson, Bloomin is chicken soup for the gardener’s soul.

Award-winning Folkmanis® Puppets proudly partners with Bloomin.  “We fell in love with Bloomin’s social and environmental message, and are thrilled to see the potential for puppets to be represented on the stage, elevating the art of puppetry for all ages in this profound and beautiful production,” states Elaine Kollias, Marketing Director for Folkmanis Puppets.  Learn more about Folkmanis at their website here, http://www.Folkmanis.com.

Tickets are available now and the show goes on stage October 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20 with Matinee’s & Evening performances on the 13th and 20th at the Final Approach Restaurant in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin.

Call 1-855-345-5550 (toll free) for tickets and information.   Box Office is open until 9pm.

ABOUT THE J&G GYPSIES
The J&G Gypsies, led by Ralph Maffongelli, is a wholly owned subsidiary of J&G Unlimited, LLC a theatrical licensing firm representing the writing and composing team of Judith Sapperstein & Gary Murway.  For additional information, please visit the TLC Scripts website at http://www.TLCScripts.com.

ABOUT THE FINAL APPROACH RESTAURANT
The Final Approach Restaurant serves fine dining at a reasonable price.  The food is exceptional and the menu is expansive, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.  In addition to their restaurant, they have a Banquet Facility that can handle up to 650 people for weddings, parties, events, conventions and more.  To learn more, please visit http://www.FinalApproachRestaurant.com.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Tracy Byrne, VP, CMO
creative@jandgunlimited.com
215-345-5550

J&G Gypsies Perform Friends in High Places, Final Approach

J&G Gypsies Perform Friends in High Places, Final Approach

Sheboygan Falls WI: The J&G Gypsies are once again on stage at the Final Approach Dinner Theatre in Sheboygan Falls Wisconsin, performing the Sapperstein & Murway comedy, “Friends in High Places.”

Directed by Sheboygan’s own Ralph Maffongelli, aliens from the planet Quirdmut land on the Mall in Washington DC seeking our help, but wind out having to deal with our corrupt politicians to get it solved.

“This is a funny play that’s great for the whole family,” shared Ralph Maffongelli.  “We welcome to the stage in starring roles, Randy Stache as President Arnot Thinkinear; Chris Fontaine as Powers Wayning; and Mike Roehl as General Geroge S. Trojan.”

Returning to the Final Approach stage with the J&G Gypsies is Susan Chambers Johnson as the alien Foit, Kevin Horne as the news reporter Chase Storyman and Tamara Richelle Pool as reporter Lilac Hellowitz.  Joining them is Randall Stache as President Arnot Thinkineer, Ben Johnson as the alien Gnudt, Jim Johnson as the alien Loodigun, Danielle Rammer as Lola Clematis, Clarke R. Krist as Shelby Dunn and Pat Forkner as Sunny Day.  Costuming and set design by Tony Olson.

Friends in High Places is on stage April 27th, 28th, 29th & then gain May 3rd, 4th & 5th.  Tickets are on sale now with good seats still available, with a Matinee performance on April 29th. Enjoy dinner with your show, or just come for the show only.

The aliens from the Planet Quirdmut will be available after the show for photography with the audience.  Also available after the show is an audio CD of the journey of our politicians to the planet Quirdmut to build intergalactic diplomatic relations.

Call 1-855-345-5550 (toll free) for tickets and information.  Box Office is open until 9pm.

ABOUT THE J&G GYPSIES
The J&G Gypsies, led by Ralph Maffongelli, is a wholly owned subsidiary of J&G Unlimited, LLC a theatrical licensing firm representing the writing and composing team of Judith Sapperstein & Gary Murway.  For additional information, please visit the J&G website at http://www.TLCScripts.com, or for the Gypsy show schedule.

ABOUT THE FINAL APPROACH RESTAURANT
The Final Approach Restaurant serves fine dining at a reasonable price.  The food is exceptional and the menu is expansive, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.  In addition to their restaurant, they have a Banquet Facility that can handle up to 650 people for weddings, parties, events, conventions and more.  To learn more, please visit http://www.FinalApproachRestaurant.com.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Tracy Byrne, VP, CMO
creative@jandgunlimited.com
215-345-5550

Ralph Maffongelli Announces Reviews of Love and Merger

Ralph Maffongelli Announces Reviews of Love and Merger

Ralph Maffongelli follows up one successful show at the Final Approach Restaurant with another that promises to be much funnier than the last, “Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus!”

ScriptCover1024_LoveAndMergerSheboygan Falls Wisconsin, January 28th, 2012 – The reviews are in from the December 2011 performance of Sapperstein & Murway’s “Love and Merger,” performed at the Final Approach Restaurant at the Sheboygan County Memorial Airport and directed by Sheboygan’s own Ralph Maffongelli.

“We had a good time, it was wonderful!  We enjoyed the show and look forward to many more,” was the general theme of audience comments shared with Ralph after their performance of Regal’s.

Now, with this show under their belts, Ralph and the J&G Gypsies have announced their 2012 show calendar, already taking ticket orders for February’s performance of “Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus!” starring Kevin Horne and Eileen McCormick-Kelm as “Man” and “Woman.”

“As a theatrical director, I have read many new scripts, some requested and some not.  The vast majority of them were so poorly written, that I could not figure out how people could put their names on them let alone submit them for production.  That was NOT the case with any of the Sapperstein & Murway works I’ve had the pleasure of reading, however,” shared Ralph in a recent interview.

“There is something for everyone in this show [Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus], which is sure to have you laughing and perhaps sighing a little, as evidenced by opening night’s audience.” – Stage Magazine, May 2013

“There is something for everyone in this show [Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus], which is sure to have you laughing and perhaps sighing a little, as evidenced by opening night’s audience.” – Stage Magazine, May 2013

When asked about why he chose this work as the answer to audience’s demand for more shows, Ralph had to say, “Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus really caught my eye.  Written as a modern, up-to-date Adam and Eve story, the piece is well conceived, unified and consistent.  The characters are believable because their actions and objectives are well motivated and the dialogue is not only convincing, but flows smoothly. Most importantly, the dramatized situation – within the convention initially established – is very plausible.  We witness a beautiful relationship develop between Man and Woman in a very gradual and very believable manner.  But the literary elements and carefully constructed structure are utilized not for their own sake, but to create a totally light-hearted, audience-friendly, easy to enjoy comedy.  Laughter is the objective and the technique is never allowed to get in the way of the purpose of the piece.  The situations, in which the characters find themselves and their reactions, are written in such a universal way that audiences will certainly relate to them, but will also find them hysterically funny.”

“Ralph and J&G are working to create a new model for theatre presentation, one that’s all about the audience and their desire to simply have a good time.  We are not here to be ‘artsy’ or ‘over-dramatized’.  We just want to have fun and we want to do it with our audiences.  We encourage our actors to ‘play’ with the audience in order to enhance their entertainment experience and make them feel a part of it all,” shared Judith Sapperstein, one-half of Sapperstein & Murway.

“So many of our audience members pulled me aside after the show’s in December to thank us for bringing something fun and new to them, that they’re so very tired of the same old works being done over and over again,” Judith stated.

In answer to audience demand, the 2012 season begins just in time for Valentine’s Day, February 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 17th and 18th with Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus.  Tickets are on sale now by calling toll free, 215-345-5550.  Dinner, the show, tax and gratuity are all inclusive in the price of a ticket and group rates are available.
ScriptCover1024_Bloomin2015_SC“In April, we begin to bring new musicals to our wonderful audience, starting with Bloomin! a work that holds a very special place in my heart,” concludes Judith.  To learn more about the show schedule and what each show is all about, you are asked to please visit the J&G Gypsy website.

ABOUT THE J&G GYPSIES
The J&G Gypsies, led by Ralph Maffongelli, is a wholly owned subsidiary of J&G Unlimited, LLC a theatrical licensing firm representing the writing and composing team of Judith Sapperstein & Gary Murway.  For additional information, please visit the J&G website at http://www.TLCScripts.com.

ABOUT THE FINAL APPROACH RESTAURANT
The Final Approach Restaurant serves fine dining at a reasonable price.  The food is exceptional and the menu is expansive, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.  In addition to their restaurant, they have a Banquet Facility that can handle up to 650 people for weddings, parties, events, conventions and more.  To learn more, please visit http://www.FinalApproachRestaurant.com.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Tracy Byrne, VP, CMO
creative@jandgunlimited.com
215-345-5550

Final Approach Restaurant Presents New Dinner Theatre Experience

Final Approach Restaurant Presents New Dinner Theatre Experience

SHEBOYGAN FALLS, WISCONSIN – October 18, 2011 – The Final Approach Restaurant at the Sheboygan County Memorial Airport, known for their amazing food and dining experience, has come together with J&G Productions, to bring to you a new dinner theatre experience. J&G Productions in Sheboygan, is led by Ralph Maffongelli, former Artistic Director at the Sheboygan Theatre Company and includes many talented and well-known performers in the area.

In an interview with Ralph he stated, “Our first production will be on December 1st through the 4th and will feature an amazing new comedy by Sapperstein & Murway, called Love and Merger. It’s about a greedy town council and what goes on when a wealthy town founder passes and leaves his estate to the town itself,” he shared. “You’ll see many familiar faces on stage including Tamara Richelle Pool, Tyrone Wesley, Robert J. Scheibl, Samantha Lin Pool, Chris Fontaine, Eileen McCormick Kelm, Michael A. Eberhardy and Kevin Horne,” Ralph concluded.

This is only the beginning of an aggressive calendar of theatrical entertainment, planned for Sheboygan and surrounding area residents for the 2012 season. “If you love theatre, love great food and live in the area, you really ought to head on over and see what we have planned for you,” states Tracy Byrne, J&G Unlimited’s VP, COO.

Tickets are available at the restaurant by calling 920-341-3668 where a J&G representative will call you back to finalize your order. You can go to “Dinner and a Show” or “Show Only”, and group rates are available for 15 or more. More information about the play, “Love and Merger” is found on TLC Scripts’ website here: https://tlcscripts.com/shop/love-and-merger-download/

About J&G Productions
J&G Productions is a wholly owned subsidiary of J&G Unlimited, LLC, a theatrical licensing firm representing the writing and composing team of Judith Sapperstein & Gary Murway. For additional information, please visit our website at: http://www.TLCScripts.com

About Final Approach Restaurant
The Final Approach Restaurant serves fine dining at a reasonable price. The food is exceptional and the menu is expansive, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In addition to their restaurant, they have a Banquet Facility that can handle up to 650 people for weddings, parties, events, conventions, and more. (www.finalapproachrestaurant.com)

Press Contact:
Tracy Byrne, VP,/COO
J&G Unlimited, LLC.
creative-at-jandgunlimited.com
920-341-3668 (in Sheboygan)

Where have catchy musicals gone

Has anyone noticed that musicals just don’t seem to stick in the head like they used to?  Yes, some rise to great fame and popularity like Cats or Wicked, but what do you remember about them 10, 20 or 50 years later?  Once their run is over, do you think 50 years later theatres all over the world will still be paying to perform them as they do Gypsy or Oaklahoma?

Think about it … “I’m gonna wash that man right outta my hair” became a commercial ditty, but got its start in the amazingly popular stage musical and movie, South Pacific.  Then There’s always “Singin In the Rain,” while that was a movie, it was still a musical and who can forget that tune?  Come to think of it, where did the musical and dancing movies go?

So, how many songs from “Cats” do you remember well enough to hum a few bars?  What about Wicked? They’re amazingly popular Broadway musicals, but the music from them don’t seem to have longevity with any age bracket.  Why is that do you suppose?

Well, I’ve read a number of blogs on the topic … the general consensus is that today’s musicals are actually being classified as “modern operas.”  The songs are actually the speaking lines set to music whereas the good old show tunes and memorable plays like “Funny Girl” or “Gypsy” even “Oklahoma” have the story happening in the lines and the songs are there to enhance the story line, but not be the actor’s lines.  Because of this, they’re memorable, they’re catchy … and today, in the new millennium, 50 years or so after they were originally produced, these plays are still the popular favorites for small and large theatrical groups around the world.

What’s going on in the entertainment industry these days with the types of productions being produced?  So many things are spin-offs, remakes, rewrites, spoofs … where’s the original works?  The truly new stuff as once came about in the early days of Broadway?  Research has brought me to realize that the smaller theatres wont do it unless the production is proven to bring in a crowd and make money and Broadway wont take much note unless it’s been performed in smaller venue’s.  Kind of a catch 22.

Has the stage seemed to have lost it’s draw to the world as the silver screen spin’s off the new “classics” like “G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra,” and “Transformers,” or yet another Friday the 13th remake.  It’s all death, dismemberment, violence, big guns, high tech, blow it up bigger than the other guy and scare you out of your pants.  It’s no wonder the kids are doing this to each other.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved Transformers :), and I’m sure when the kids drag me to GI Joe I’ll probably enjoy it at least once, but I just wish there was more going on with entertainment than this.

I wish there were more opportunities to take the kids to the theatre, off Broadway, off-off Broadway, doesn’t have to be on Broadway.  But if I take them, I don’t want to see another rendition of Cinderella, or a stage version of a Disney cartoon and they don’t want to see a long boring drama … wouldn’t it be nice to walk out laughing with a tune stuck in your head that you enjoy humming throughout the house?