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Las Vegas Spotlight: October 2007

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Julia Murney
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You don't have to go all the way to New York to see Broadway's leading ladies, because on October 20 they're coming to us. A trio of the Great White Way's brightest lights -- Julia Murney, Emily Skinner, and Kate Baldwin -- present a fabulous musical program as The Broadway Divas. They will croon and belt a slew of showtunes at UNLV's Artemus W. Ham Hall, under the musical direction of Kimberly Grigsby. The songs will also feature wonderful new arrangements from Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last 5 Years, Songs for a New World) and Andrew Lippa (john and jen, The Wild Party).

Also at UNLV, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (October 5-14) is the first entry in the university theatre department's "Second Season," taking place in the Black Box Theatre. Jay Presson Allen's play, adapted from the book by Muriel Spark, is about an outspoken girls' school teacher in Scotland during the 1930s.

Las Vegas Little Theatre's October offering is a pair of one-act plays by James McLure. Laundry & Bourbon and Lone Star (October 5-14) are both set in the small town of Maynard, Texas and feature members of the Caulder family. The former takes place on Elizabeth Caulder's back porch and explores the life of Maynard women, while the latter is set behind a bar where Vietnam vet Roy Caulder and a couple buddies are raising hell. But both plays, directed here by Jeremy Volsteadt, are about more than they seem.

For those craving a good scare this Halloween, the Insurgo Theater Movement is celebrating the macabre with Guignol Brothers: Theater of the Damned (October 5-November 3). Squeamish audiences beware: Demons, torture, and buckets of blood are all on the menu! (And they're really serious about the blood -- people in the first few rows are encouraged to wear expendable clothing.) You have to be 18 years or older to attend unless you're with a parent/guardian.

Looking for something that the whole family can enjoy? Well then you can't go wrong with Signature Productions' Peter Pan (October 8-November 10). This is the musical version of the funny, action-packed, and poignant J.M. Barrie play about a boy who refuses to grow up and a trio of siblings who join him in his adventures in Neverland. The show's tuneful score includes the songs "I Won't Grow Up" and "I'm Flying!"

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