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Zilker Theatre ProductionsThe Wizard of Oz
The 59th Zilker Summer Musical embraces all the joy in the familiar tale, making for a family-friendly show
Arts Review  July 27, 2017, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...Zilker Theatre Productions presents The Wizard of Oz this summer, and its production embraces all the joy in the musical, without irony. Director J..."

Zilker Theatre Productions' Shrek the Musical
The lovable ogre and company spring to life on the Hillside stage with loads of laughs and professional polish
Arts Review  July 28, 2016, by Shanon Weaver
"...Even pegged-out mercury can't stop an audience from enjoying a show of this caliber, though; the performance I attended was chock-full of families, sprawled blanket-to-blanket across the Zilker hillside, ready for the antics of that lovable ogre and company. Zilker Theatre Productions' staging, under Scott Shipman's direction, doesn't disappoint..."

Austin Theatre Critics' Table 1999-2000 Nominations
Arts Story  May 12, 2000, by Robert Faires
"...Big River, Zilker Theatre Productions..."

Top 10 (+1) Theatre Riches of 2015
Wild theatrical energy and masterful performances were the hallmarks of outstanding theatre in 2015
Arts Story  December 31, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...Hairspray (Zilker Productions)..."

A Guide to Austin's Musical Theatre Scene
Arts Story  August 1, 1997, by Robert Faires and Adrienne Martini
"...In Austin, these are good days for getting that razzle-dazzle rush that stage musicals provide. The theatre scene is bustling with Broadway-brand beltin' and steppin', with revivals of the classics of the American musical theatre and productions of newer shows that serve up the form's classic pizzazz, with companies committed to the works of this cherished form, and with artists who are breathing sweet, imaginative life into them..."

Austin Theatre Refuses to Fade in 1995 And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going
The past 12 months saw some of Austin's
Arts Story  January 5, 1996
"...7. Ameerah Tatum in Blue Orpheus (GullyLove Productions/VORTEX Repertory Co.) and Dreamgirls (Zachary Scott Theatre Center). An artist of flashing eyes and souful voice, Ameerah Tatum can burn herself into your memory..."

Hairspray
The musical delights again, thanks to Zilker Theatre Productions' stellar cast and quality staging
Arts Review  July 16, 2015, by Elissa Russell
"...One of theatre's many jobs is to help facilitate such crucial discussions for both avid theatregoers and those who have never seen a play. Zilker Theatre Productions is currently doing just that – not through the dramas of Wilson or McNally as one might expect, but instead with Hairspray, the teased-up, campy, multiple Tony Award-winning musical that tackles issues ranging from body image to racial injustice...."

Nothing Less Than Magical
Veterans of the Zilker Summer Musical recall enchantment on the hillside
Arts Story  July 4, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...The latter qualifies as a sure bet by virtue of the fact that a summer musical has been produced on the Zilker Hillside stage for five decades running. The tradition was launched in 1959 when theatrical options in Austin were much more limited than they are today – basically a handful of college productions, community productions at Austin Civic Theatre (what's now Zach Theatre), and the occasional touring show..."

Of Thee I Sing (and Dance)
The musical is America's gift to theatre, and here's the local state of the union
Arts Story  July 20, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...This small sampling includes two works from the musical's post-war golden age (1946's Annie Get Your Gun, 1959's The Sound of Music), two from the post-Watergate era of anti-romance (Into the Woods and Chess, both from 1986), and two from our own post-millennium age in which musicals are either so derivative or so self-mocking that they routinely advertise the genre in their titles (Legally Blonde: The Musical and Xanadu, both from 2007). Moreover, the productions run the gamut from all-amateur to fully pro..."

Table Banquet
The nominees for the 2013-2014 Austin Critics Table Awards
DAILY Arts  May 8, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...After poring over the hundreds of stage productions, concerts, and art exhibitions mounted locally between May 1, 2013, and April 30, 2014, the members of the Austin Critics Table have agreed on the most outstanding work in dance, classical music, visual art, and theatre in the past year and announced the nominees for the 2014 Critics Table Awards...."

Getting to Oz Through Austin Arts
Area arts events make a Yellow Brick Road to The Wizard of Oz in Zilker Park
Arts Story  May 18, 2017, by Robert Faires


Star Turns
The nominees for the 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards
DAILY Arts  May 9, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...After poring over the hundreds of stage productions, concerts, and art exhibitions mounted locally between May 1, 2015, and April 30, 2016, the members of the Austin Critics Table have agreed on the most outstanding work in dance, classical music, visual art, and theatre in the past year and announced the nominees for the 2016 Critics Table Awards...."

2007-2008 B. Iden Payne Award Nominations
The full list of honorees for the Austin Circle of Theatres' annual theatre honors
Arts Story  October 3, 2008
"...The Shoemaker and the Elves (Freddy Carnes Productions)..."

2008 Payne Awards Nominations
The full list of honorees for the Austin Circle of Theatres' annual theatre honors
Arts Story  October 3, 2008
"...The Shoemaker and the Elves (Freddy Carnes Productions)..."

'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels'
The Georgetown Palace Theatre tours its hit musical to the State Theatre
Arts Story  August 19, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...Butler lobbied her board for extra funds to secure professional choreographers and was able to hire Broadway and off-Broadway vets Danny Herman and Rocker Verastique. On top of that, the project lured Andrew Cannata, the young musical-theatre powerhouse from Zilker Theatre Productions' Footloose, Zach Theatre's Rent, and Penfold Theatre's I Love You Because and John & Jen, to play the wild, unscrupulous Freddy, a role that earned Norbert Leo Butz a Tony, a Drama Desk Award, and a Drama League Award..."

Mr. Show Busy
Michael McKelvey's just a guy who cain't say no (to musicals)
Arts Story  July 22, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...Stephen's Episcopal School, St. Edward's University, Austin Playhouse, Austin Shakespeare, Zilker Theatre Productions, TexARTS, Penfold Theatre Company, his own Doctuh Mistuh Productions, and the youth theatre training program he co-founded with Ginger Morris, Summer Stock Austin...."

In Memoriam
Bil Pfuderer, an actor, director, and designer in Austin theatre for 20 years and producer of the Zilker Summer Musical from 1980-1995, died in Canton, Ohio, on June 4
Arts Story  June 16, 2006, by Robert Faires
"...As an Entertainment Specialist with the U.S. Army, he produced and directed touring productions for military installations throughout Europe..."

Austin Access Arts Summer Events
Arts Story  June 10, 1999
"...Zilker Theatre Productions' Big River (AD): July 17 & 31, 8:30pm, at Sheffield Hillside Theatre, Zilker Park..."

Little Shop of Horrors
This year's Zilker Summer Musical swaps the Swiss Alps for Skid Row, but it's as hugely entertaining as ever
Arts Review  July 26, 2013, by Jillian Owens
"...(For you conscientious parents out there, I'd rate it PG for cartoonish violence, mild crude language, and themes of doom and destruction.) A peeling gray set from Aaron Stahlecker, eerie shadows from Jason Amato and Patrick W. Anthony's eye-boggling lighting, and giant menacing Audrey II plant puppets by Monkey Boys Productions make even Zilker's idyllic knoll feel like an inner-city slum...."

Articulations
The Austin Circle of Theatres has released the nominations for the 2002-03 B. Iden Payne Awards.
Arts Column  August 15, 2003, by Robert Faires
"...Iden Payne Awards, honoring excellence in local stage work mounted from August 2002 through July 2003. The Nominations Committee managed to honor a whopping 78 shows from 42 companies in the 27 categories covering musicals, dramas, comedies, and productions for youth..."

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