"Beaches" the musical, and American composer Aaron Copland: this week on The Green Room

Jul 10, 2015

"Beaches" the musical runs through August 16, at the Drury Lane Theatre, near Chicago.
Credit Brett Beiner

"Beaches" just opened as a new musical in a pre-Broadway tryout in the Chicago area. The musical is similar to the 1988 film starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey.


Director Brian Nash is an Interlochen alum. He says it feels like you’re looking at the same story as the film, but focusing on different days of the girls lives. 

Fans of the film will be happy to hear that the hit song "Wind Beneath My Wings" made it into the show.

“We’ve totally rearranged it,” says Nash. “Kind of stripped it down and made it really, really intimate. The audiences are going nuts for it.”  


Also, Interlochen Center for the Arts is celebrating the life of composer Aaron Copland this summer. 

Interlochen Center for the Arts is celebrating the music of Aaron Copland this summer.

From "Fanfare for the Common Man," to the "Hoe-Down" from "Rodeo", and the "Appalachian Spring Suite," you’ve probably heard more Copland music than you might give yourself credit for. 

Conductor JoAnn Falletta says Copland’s music captures the sound of our landscape.

“This music that he’s choosing to write is to reach out to Americans, and include them, says Falletta. “Nobody was excluded.”

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