Update from Casa Mañana

The Inception of Tuna

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As David Coffee and Jonathan Beck Reed take to the stage of Casa Mañana as stars of Tuna Does Vegas, let’s take a look back at the history of this booming series.  40 years since its inception, the Tuna series has many accolades to its name. A Broadway run, a prime-time TV special, numerous network appearances, and two performances at the White House. But, how did… Read more »

Jacob Hemsath and Ryan Michael Friedman on their roles in “Frank-N-Friend!”

Jacob Hemsath and Ryan Michael Friedman on their roles in “Frank-N-Friend!” image

Jacob Hemsath and Ryan Michael Friedman are on the Casa Mañana stage, now through Sunday, in a show with an important message. Oliver, played by Jacob and Frank-N-Friend, played by Ryan help draw out the best in school bully, Butch. They joined me to discuss their roles in the show, and why this world premiere is so important.  Is this your first children’s show? If so, what… Read more »

Review: TheaterJones | Broadway Reimagined

Review: TheaterJones | Broadway Reimagined image

From Broadway With Love By: Joel Leggett Fort Worth — Casa Mañana has been on a roll with its cabaret programming. In December there was A Dean Martin Christmas, which was perfect for the holidays. And just in time for Valentine’s Day comes the powerhouse entertainer Spencer Day and his show Broadway Reimagined. Throughout the night, Spencer takes Broadway classics… Read more »

Review: How to Make the Perfect Friend: Frank-n-Friend at Casa Mañana – Tanglewood Moms Blog

Review: How to Make the Perfect Friend: Frank-n-Friend at Casa Mañana – Tanglewood Moms Blog image

By: Angela Weaver, February 5, 2020 Running through February 16th, this adorable and touching show makes for a great family night out. “Frank-n-Friend” is a brand new, never-before-seen musical that tells a story about friendship, overcoming obstacles, and compassion set amidst the teen angst of the dreaded middle school years. The show begins with an adorable… Read more »

Music Director, Vonda K. Bowling Discusses Her Role in World Premiere Musical

Music Director, Vonda K. Bowling Discusses Her Role in World Premiere Musical image

Meet Vonda K. Bowling, music director of Frank-N-Friend. Mrs. Bowling received her bachelor’s degree in music education from Shorter College in Rome, GA. She went on to receive her master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Tennessee. Currently, she lives in Rowlett, TX, with her husband, Jeffery Bowling, her children Harrison and Mason, their two dogs, Abby and… Read more »

A Show About Friendship With an Important Message

A Show About Friendship With an Important Message image

  Frank-N-Friend, which runs January 31-February 16, is a heartwarming tale of friendship. But creators Joe Sturgeon and Michael Visconti wanted to write a story that was relatable to today’s youth and focused on the topic of bullying. Giving a run-down of the show, Joe mentions, “A new kid in school, Oliver arrives. [And] he’s not prepared… Read more »

Review: Tanglewood Moms | A Dean Martin Christmas

Review: Tanglewood Moms | A Dean Martin Christmas image

A Dean Martin Christmas at Casa’s Reid Cabaret By: Julie Rhodes If you’re a fresh young thing like me (we need a sarcasm font), you might not be familiar enough with Dean Martin to evaluate whether Casa Mañana’s Joe Scalissi fully emulates the Rat Pack icon in its cabaret show this month. Fortunately, that’s not… Read more »

Review: TheaterJones | A Dean Martin Christmas

Review: TheaterJones | A Dean Martin Christmas image

The Dean of Christmas By: Joel Leggett Fort Worth — There is something timeless about Dean Martin. Casa Mañana is betting that theatergoers will want some nostalgia to go with their holiday entertainment. A Dean Martin Christmas delivers nostalgia and so much more. Get a ticket while you can; it will sell out. I hope that Casa can add a… Read more »

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