Maffongelli announces 2012 show calendar with J&G Gypsies theater group

The reviews are in from the December 2011 performance of Sapperstein & Murway's “Regal's Last Resort,” performed at the Final Approach Restaurant at the Sheboygan County Memorial Airport and directed by Sheboygan's own Ralph Maffongelli.

“We had a good time, it was wonderful! We enjoyed the show and look forward to many more,” was the general theme of audience comments shared with Maffongelli after the performance of “Regal's.”

Now, with this show under their belts, Maffongelli and the J&G Gypsies have announced their 2012 show calendar, already taking ticket orders for February's performances of “Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus!” – just in time for Valentine's Day, Feb. 10, 11, 12, 14, 17 and 18. The show stars Kevin Horne and Eileen McCormick-Kelm as “Man” and “Woman.”

“As a theatrical director, I have read many new scripts, some requested and some not. The vast majority of them were so poorly written, that I could not figure out how people could put their names on them let alone submit them for production. That was not the case with any of the Sapperstein & Murway works I've had the pleasure of reading, however,” shared Maffongelli in a recent interview.

When asked about why he chose this work as the answer to audiences’ demand for more shows, Maffongelli had to say, “`Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus’ really caught my eye. Written as a modern, up-to-date Adam and Eve story, the piece is well conceived, unified and consistent. The characters are believable because their actions and objectives are well motivated and the dialogue is not only convincing, but flows smoothly.

“Most importantly, the dramatized situation – within the convention initially established – is very plausible. We witness a beautiful relationship develop between Man and Woman in a very gradual and very believable manner. But the literary elements and carefully constructed structure are utilized not for their own sake, but to create a totally light-hearted, audience-friendly, easy to enjoy comedy.

“Laughter is the objective, and the technique is never allowed to get in the way of the purpose of the piece. The situations, in which the characters find themselves and their reactions, are written in such a universal way that audiences will certainly relate to them, but will also find them hysterically funny.”

“Ralph and J&G are working to create a new model for theatre presentation, one that's all about the audience and their desire to simply have a good time. We are not here to be 'artsy' or 'over-dramatized.’ We just want to have fun and we want to do it with our audiences. We encourage our actors to 'play' with the audience in order to enhance their entertainment experience and make them feel a part of it all,” shared Judith Sapperstein, one-half of Sapperstein & Murway.

“So many of our audience members pulled me aside after the shows in December to thank us for bringing something fun and new to them, that they're so very tired of the same old works being done over and over again,” Sapperstein stated.

Tickets are on sale now at http://www.JnGGypsies.com or by calling toll free, 1-855-345-5550. Dinner, the show, tax and gratuity are all inclusive in the price of a ticket and group rates are available.

“In April, we begin to bring new musicals to our wonderful audience, starting with `Bloomin!’ – a work that holds a very special place in my heart,” Sapperstein concluded.

To learn more about the show schedule and what each show is all about, visit the J&G Gypsy website at http://www.jnggypsies.com.

The J&G Gypsies, led by Maffongelli, is a wholly owned subsidiary of J&G Unlimited, LLC, a theatrical licensing firm representing the writing and composing team of Judith Sapperstein & Gary Murway. For additional information, visit http://www.JandGunlimited.com, or for the Gypsy show schedule, visit http://www.JnGGypsies.com.

The Final Approach Restaurant serves fine dining at a reasonable price. To learn more, visit http://www.FinalApproachRestaurant.com.


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