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You can win tickets to 7 different plays, musicals and concerts

In my next month of ticket giveaways on The Munro Review, you can win a chance to see a range of events from the national tour of “Chicago” to the author of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”

I’m giving away tickets to seven events. You (and a friend) could go for free to:

• The Shine! Theatre production of “Songs for a New World” by Jason Robert Brown.

Pictured above: The national tour of ‘Chicago: The Musical’ plays at the Saroyan Theatre on March 3-4.  Photo: Broadway in Fresno

• A talk by New York Times best-selling science writer Rebecca Skloot, author of “Henrietta Lacks,” as part of the San Joaquin Valley Town Hall lecture series.

• A performance of “The Valentine” at Fresno’s Vista Theatre, featuring Reedley theater denizens Mark and Denise Norwood.

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•  An opening-weekend performance of Selma Arts Center’s “Puffs,” a hot new satirical play poking fun at the “Harry Potter” world.

•  A concert by pianist Natasha Paremski, whom we last heard perform with the Fresno Philharmonic, in a solo engagement for the Philip Lorenz International Keyboard Concerts series.

• The next Fresno Philharmonic Masterworks concert, this one featuring acclaimed Irish pianist Barry Douglas playing the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2.

• Opening night of the national tour of “Chicago” as part of the Broadway in Fresno series, plus dinner for two and parking at Cosmopolitan tavern and Grill.

I’m putting all these giveaways into one post to make it easier for busy arts lovers to enter.

This also marks the second and final month of my new-year membership drive, in which I hope to reach 300 monthly members/donors to my already faithful roll-call of supporters who make this ongoing experiment in non-profit professional arts journalism possible.

Here are the ground rules:

Ticket giveaways are open only to members, donors and individual sponsors of The Munro Review. A free basic membership is available, and paid memberships start at $5 a month. (You can always opt for a one-time donation of as little as $3.) I love signing up new free members, but even better is adding members who are willing to financially support local arts journalism. It’s the only way this site can continue to stay alive. Memberships and donations are tax-deductible; this is a non-profit site under the fiscal sponsorship of the Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC). To become a member, click here.

To enter, follow the directions for each giveaway (and be sure to tell me which production you’re hoping for). Note the deadlines; they differ for each event. You’re welcome to enter for multiple events, but please leave a separate comment for each entry. You’ll find the comment field near the bottom of the page (just past my bio).

OK, let’s dive in to what’s available. Productions and concerts are listed by opening date:


Shine! Theatre’s ‘Songs for a New World’

Shine! Theatre

Harrison Mills and Jenny Myers in ‘Songs for a New World.’

Presenter: Shine! Theatre.

Venue: Tower Theatre Lounge.

Opening: Friday, Feb. 7

Runs through: Saturday, Feb. 15.

What to expect: A vocally strong quartet of Fresno-area performers (Mady Broach, Harrison Mills, Miguel Molinar and Jennifer Myers) star in a song cycle by Jason Robert Brown. The song list includes Brown’s “Stars and the Moon,” made famous by Audra McDonald.

Preview story: Miguel Molinar talks about the show in a Q&A interview.

The giveaway: a pair of tickets for the Saturday, Feb. 8, performance.

How to enter: Leave a comment on this post answering this question: Do you think you’d have had the guts to make a voyage to the New World? (Or, if you’re too shy to share, just tell me you want to attend the performance.)

The winner (updated): Janet Baker.

Deadline to enter: 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7.


Rebecca Skloot

Rebecca Skloot.

Presenter: San Joaquin Valley Town Hall Lecture Series.

Venue: Saroyan Theatre.

Lecture: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb 12.

What to expect: Rebecca Skloot’s book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” tells the jaw-dropping story of Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman whose cells were taken without her knowledge in 1951 and became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, in vitro fertilization and more.

The giveaway: a pair of tickets to the lecture.

How to enter: Leave a comment on this post answering this question: Did you see the HBO movie based on the book? (Or, if you’re too shy to share, just tell me you want to attend the lecture.)

The winner (updated): Janet Baker. (Yes, she won two giveaways in a row!)

Deadline to enter: 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.


‘The Valentine’

Presenters: Denise and Mark Norwood.

Venue: Vista Theatre.

Opening: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14.

Runs through: 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16.

What to expect: Denise Norwood’s parents had a love affair that can be chronicled in the numerous letters they exchanged with each other throughout their lives, particularly when her father was overseas in the military. Denise’s original play promises “to tug at your heart strings” as it captures a bygone era in which people managed to get along without texting and emojis (cue gasp). She and her husband, Mark, will do a staged reading of the play, which originally debuted in 2004. The Norwoods are guests on the February episode of “The Munro Review on CMAC.” Their interview (and them reading a couple of sample letters) starts at the 21:24 mark:

The giveaway: a pair of show-only tickets to any performance during the weekend.

How to enter: Leave a comment on this post answering this question: When was the last time you sent a real, substantive, hand-written letter to someone? (Or, if you’re too shy to share, just tell me you want to see the show.)

The winner (updated): Linda Ramirez.

Deadline to enter: 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10.


Selma Arts Center’s ‘Puffs’

Presenter and venue: Selma Arts Center.

Opens: Friday, Feb. 14.

Runs through: Friday, Feb. 29.

What to expect: In a certain wizarding school that is not Hogwarts, a group of students in a certain house that bears a certain resemblance to the Hufflepuffs navigates life in the background of a certain “Harry Potter”-like world. This satirical comedy is a local premiere. Kyle Lowe and I did a fun piece on location about the show for the February episode of “The Munro Review on CMAC.” You get a behind-the-scenes look. The field story begins at the 12:09 mark.

The giveaway: Two tickets to any opening-weekend performance.

How to enter: Leave a comment on this post answering this question: Which would you rather win: a free trip on a Slytherin Alumni Cruise or a Hufflepuff Alumni Cruise? (Or, if you’re too shy to share, just tell me you want to attend the performance.)

The winner (updated): Allison Connelly.

Deadline to enter: 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10.


The Munro Review has no paywall but is financially supported by readers who believe in its non-profit mission of bringing professional arts journalism to the central San Joaquin Valley. You can help by signing up for a monthly recurring paid membership or make a one-time donation of as little as $3. All memberships and donations are tax-deductible.

Natasha Paremski with Keyboard Concerts

Photo by Clarence Chan

Presenter: Philip Lorenz International Keyboard Concerts.

Venue: Fresno State Concert Hall.

Performance: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14.

What to expect: Paremski last performed in Fresno in 2017 with the Grieg Piano Concerto. She returns to Keyboard after a 12-year absence to perform a program that includes Ravel’s “Gaspard de la nuit” and Mussorgsky’s famed “Pictures at an Exhibition.”

The giveaway: Two tickets to the performance.

How to enter: Leave a comment on this post answering this question: Do you have a memorable concert or event you attended on Valentine’s Day? (Or, if you’re too shy to share, just tell me you want to attend the performance.)

The winner (updated): Cleo Bauer.

Deadline to enter: 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10.


Fresno Philharmonic: Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff

Presenter: Fresno Philharmonic.

Venue: Saroyan Theatre.

Performance: 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16.

What to expect: The Irish superstar pianist Barry Douglas is a longtime favorite of fans of the Philip Lorenz International Keyboard Concerts series. Now he’ll be making his Fresno Philharmonic debut with a performance of the Shastakovich Piano Concerto No. 2. Also on the program: Gabriela Lena Frank’s “Escaramuza” and the Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2.

The giveaway: a pair of tickets to the concert.

How to enter: Leave a comment on this post answering this question: Have you ever been to Ireland? (Or, if you’re too shy to share, just tell me you want to attend the performance.)

The winners (updated): Emily Adams, Caty Perez.

Deadline to enter: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11.


‘Chicago’ (plus dinner for two at Cosmo)

Presenter: Broadway in Fresno.

Venue: Saroyan Theatre.

Opening: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3.

Runs through: Wednesday, March 4.

What to expect: Murder, mayhem, “All that Jazz” and one of the longest-running shows on Broadway.

The giveaway: In addition to a pair of tickets to opening night, the winner will receive dinner for two from the wonderful folks at Cosmopolitan Tavern and Italian Grill, conveniently located in the corner of the Fresno Convention Center complex. Plus, you’ll get free parking for the evening as well. .

How to enter: Leave a comment on this post answering this question: See photo directly above. Would you be able to fit into any of those costumes? (Or, if you’re too shy to share, just tell me you want to see the show.)

Deadline to enter: 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21.


 


Covering the arts online in the central San Joaquin Valley and beyond. Lover of theater, classical music, visual arts, the literary arts and all creative endeavors. Former Fresno Bee arts critic and columnist. Graduate of Columbia University and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Excited to be exploring the new world of arts journalism.

donaldfresnoarts@gmail.com

Comments (60)

  • Silvia Fisher

    I would most definitely not fit into any Costume for the play “Chicago” I have seen the movie version only and would love to see a live performance of Chicago

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  • Steph

    Chicago costumes? I ABSOLUTELY could fit!

    When I was 10 😕

    Thanks for all these amazing giveaways!

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  • Linda Ramirez

    If they stretch really well I could squeeze. (Pr.obably not). Tuesday night preferred.

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  • Michele Rodriguez

    it scares me to even thing about trying to wear one of the costumes in the photo! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday, than attending opening night of Chicago on March 3rd!

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  • Javier Cabrera

    I would most definitely love to see Chicago. Broadway at its finest.

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  • Doreen Confino

    Ireland was the first European country I ever went to umpteen years ago. The forty shades of green were so evident as we flew over it. I always wanted to go back; this concert would be a nice lead up

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  • Janet Baker

    I don’t think I would likely venture out on a voyage to the New World just because I am not that courageous. The Shine Theater show looks like a format similar to Jacques Brel is Alive and Living in Paris which I loved yeasts ago, so I would really be interested in that show.

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    • Janet Baker

      I meant years ago. It drives me nuts that spellcheck fills in words I didn’t type in.

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  • Janet Baker

    I did not see the HBO series, but I was fascinated by the book on Henrietta Lacks. I would be very interested in going to the lecture to hear what Skloots has been working on since the book, and the difference, if any, the book made in the medical research ethics since then.

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  • Emily A

    As a fellow ‘Puff, I’d happily go on the Hufflepuff Alumni Cruise. We have the best food!

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  • Emily A

    (Fresno Phil Tix drawing)
    Have not yet been to Ireland, but it’s on my bucket list.

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  • Emily A

    Please enter me for the Chicago ticket drawing.

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  • Allison

    Please enter me into the drawing for the Puffs tickets and Chicago tickets. Thank you!

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  • Tamara

    Amos’ costume would fit, but it’s a “no” for the rest of the bunch.
    I would love to be able to see opening night if Chicago.

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  • Caty Perez

    I would love to attend Fresno Phil!

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  • Caty Perez

    I would love to see Chicago!!

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  • Linda Ramirez

    I’d like to see Shine

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  • Ramirez Lunda

    I’d like to see Puffs

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  • Linda Ramirez

    The last time was about 40 years ago I sent a letter.💕

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  • Linda Ramirez

    Fresno Phil. On my way to Ireland this July

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  • Cleo

    Keyboard Concerts would be a great Valentine date for us–no hassle at a restaurant, and begin a celebratory weekend that will end with our season tix for the Philharmonic !

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  • Joan Rubinstein

    I could probably squeeze into one of those costumes but only by putting it on upside down

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  • Adela Santana

    I’ve never been to Ireland, but my husband is Irish and we hope to make it there sometime!

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  • Adela Santana

    I didnt see the HBO movie, but I did read Skloot’s book. I would love to go see her lecture!

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  • Phyllis Mayer

    Hi Donald, I could not fit into the costumes…but could do some of the moves…Fosse is one of my favorite choreographers…can you see the similarities in Chicago and Sweet Charity? I would love to see the stage play and have dinner at the new Cosmos….Phyllis Mayer

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  • Norma Kaser

    I would enjoy Songs for a New World tomorrow evening. I just opened this e-mil so may be late for the deadline.

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  • Courtney Bautista

    The Chicago costumes? I could definitely fit into the shoes.

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  • ben

    Chicago giveaway: The question isn’t whether I COULD fit ever-so-snuggly into one of these stretchable costumes – its that no-one in their right mind would want me to! So the answer is a decided “no.” 🙂

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  • Gloria

    I don’t think I could squeeze into one of those outfits, but I would give it a try by holding my breath. I would ❤️ ❤️ to see Chicago!

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  • Heather

    I would wear Chicago costumes every day! Fitting is up to interpretation. 😂 So, chicago.

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  • Heather

    Also Puffs looks like too much fun. That one is definitely on my list!

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  • Kevin Conorich

    I wouldn’t fit into any of the Chicago costumes, especially after dinner at the Cosmo, but would love to see the show

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  • Kevin Conorich

    I could fil into a Puffs’ robe. Maybe a little too well

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  • Jana Conorich

    No way could I fit into those costumes but I would love rouge my knees and roll my stockings down with the cast. Mama Morton is more my size. Dinner at the Cosmo and Chicago sound like a perfect evening!

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  • Kimberly A Hauxhurst

    After a wonderful dinner at The Cosmopolitan, I am afraid I’d be a bit too pudgy to fit into a costume for Chicago, but I guarantee I’ll fit nicely into the free seats!! Thank you! (pick me)

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  • Linda K Hamby

    I would love to see the musical, Chicago. Only in my dreams could I fit into one of those costumes!!!

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  • Rose

    CHICAGO GIVEAWAY:
    I would loooove to see this! I’m a huge fan! I would not be able to fit into those costumes but I definitely admire them!

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  • Chuck Olson

    I have never seen the show Chicago, and have heard that it’s a fabulous show. Also I’ve never eaten at the cosmopolitan! Winning could scratch those two items off my list!

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  • julie

    H*** no! I could not fit into any of those costumes for Chicago, but I sure love the show!

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  • Allison

    Thank you, Donald, for all you do to promote our local arts. ❤️

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  • Lisa

    I would love to see Chicago. I loved the movie and Roger Rocka’s version.

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  • Iris

    I would love to see Chicago! Please pick me 🙂

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  • Madeline Lynes

    I would love to see Chicago! Love the music.

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  • Terrance V. Mc Arthur

    Me? Fit? HA!, But at least I can still fit into the seats at the Saroyan! I’d love to see it again.

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  • Susan McAndrew

    I might fit into a Chicago costume if it’s really stretchy. For sure I would be delighted to attend a performance. I have seen the film and enjoyed all the razzmatazz.

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  • Jennifer Neer

    I would love to go to the Fresno Philharmonic concert. I’ve never been to Ireland, but some of my ancestors lived there, and I plan to visit some day. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  • Laura Couron

    I could not fit into any of the Chicago costumes but would love to see the show!

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  • Donald, not even one of my sculpted firm thighs could fit those costumes! However, I’d love to see the show. I teach theatre at Edison High School and we are producing Chicago the High School Edition (April 23rd- May 2nd 2020) and I’d love to see in person the differences between the Broadway Tour and the High School Edition!

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  • Madeline Lynes

    I would love to see Chicago. Love the music!

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  • Danielle Seaberg

    I would hope to fit into one of those costumes for Chicago! I miss my time in a leotard dancing in a show!

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  • Kay Pitts

    The costume for Chicago might be a tad tight. I haven’t gained weight so much, just redistributed. I loved the movie and would really like to see the stage production of Chicago.

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  • linda

    Costumes could fit us both . . . but the effect would NOT be the same!! We would love to see this dynamic show live.

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  • Edith Barnette

    I’m chuckling at your question about fitting into one of those sexy black lingerie type outfits. Don’t I wish!! Used to be able to, but need to lose about 15lbs! Would LOVE to see the show–either night works for me. Also, I sure enjoy your OLLI “Conversations on the Local Arts Scene” class. See you on the 24th.

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  • Adele Graves

    I need a can of Pam and a shoe horn and i can wear the dance wear!
    I want to win and take my granddaughter❤️

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  • Tom Graves

    Hahahahahahaha

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  • Barbara Mecca

    The Chicago musical is one of my all time favorite shows! Would love to see the live play version. I saw the movie 3 times. With lipo and spandex, I could fit in those costumes!

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  • Patty Stratton

    I would LOVE to see Chicago! I’d rather watch others in the costumes than try to slink into any one of them myself, though!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

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  • Kathryn Scofield

    I don’t even want to think about fitting into one of those costumes! The world couldn’t take it !

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  • Janet Mills

    “I wish” is my answer to both questions. I love this musical and the Cosmo. Thank you for your informative website and the opportunity to see the great entertainment the Central Valley has to offer for free.

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  • Andra Christenson

    If I were able to fit I probably would be asked to cover up. Hahaha. I have never seen Chicago. In fact it’s been a while since I’ve seen any live theater. Lion King (last year) was the latest. I would love to see the show.

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