5 picks for live entertainment
'The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940'
Longtime Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor Michael J. Hume directs playwright John Bishop's wildly witty whodunit at the Mountain Avenue Theatre at Ashland High School, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. With a cast and crew of theater program students, this farcical escapade features nonstop hilarious moments as characters untangle the mystery of the infamous "Stage Door Slasher" in a house designed with sliding panels, secret passageways, knives springing out of nowhere and a maid who seems to pop up everywhere. Shows are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 10-12. Matinees are at 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 6 and 13. Tickets are $15 for reserved seats, $10 for general seating, $7 for students and seniors, and can be purchased online at showtix4u.com, by calling 866-967-8167, or at Paddington Station, Tree House Books or Music Coop in Ashland. Reserved seats can only be purchased online.
Experience the hits of Barry Manilow when Jim Witter and his band present "I Write the Songs" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Look for such classics as "Mandy," "Can't Smile Without You," "Looks Like We Made It" and "Copacabana." Tickets are $29, $32 or $35, $20, $23 or $26 for age 18 and younger, and can be purchased online at craterian.org, at the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., or by calling 541-779-3000.
Soprano Deborah Voigt will lead a concert of arias performed by 10 emerging and professional opera singers at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., on the Southern Oregon University campus, Ashland. Accompaniment will be provided by pianist Laurie Anne Hunter. A reception will follow the performance. Tickets are $20, $5 for ages 21 and younger, and are available online at bravaopera.com, by calling 800-901-7173, ext. 3, or at the door. There is a $4 charge for phone orders.
Los Angeles vocalist Kathleen Grace, along with bassist Sam Howard and guitarist Storm Nilsson, will perform Grace's jazz and folk inspired compositions at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at Paschall Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Grace's newest album, "No Place to Fall," was released in 2013 on Monsoon Records. Tickets are $25, $10 for students, and can be reserved online at siskiyoumusicproject.com or by calling 541-488-3869.
'Spotlight on Kenny Rogers'
Dave Bernard stars as Country Music Hall of Famer Kenny Rogers in a musical spotlight to be previewed at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10. It opens Friday, Nov. 11, and runs through Nov. 20 at Camelot Theatre, 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Look for such hits as "The Gambler," "Lady," "Lucille," "Ruby" and "Don't Take Your Love to Town," accompanied by a live orchestra. Presila Quinby directs, and Dal Carver is music director. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 10-12 and 17-19, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 13 and 20. Preview tickets are $22, $26 or $33 for all other shows, and can be purchased online at camelottheatre.org or by calling 541-535-5250. Senior discounts are available for evening performances.