Christine Swerczek

Christine Swerczek


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BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES is Nothin' But a Good Time at Omaha Community Playhouse!BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES is Nothin' But a Good Time at Omaha Community Playhouse!
Posted: Mar. 6, 2017


BWW Feature: NICK AND SARAH'S VALENTINE'S DAY CABARET-Filled With LoveBWW Feature: NICK AND SARAH'S VALENTINE'S DAY CABARET-Filled With Love
Posted: Feb. 16, 2017


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BWW Review: SISTER ACT at Omaha Community PlayhouseBWW Review: SISTER ACT WILL BE A HARD ACT TO FOLLOW
Posted: Sep. 16, 2016


BWW Review: You're Gonna Wanna See THE PRODUCERS!BWW Review: You're Gonna Wanna See THE PRODUCERS!
Posted: May. 31, 2016


BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID Ebbs and Swells at the Rose TheaterBWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID Ebbs and Swells at the Rose Theater
Posted: Jun. 6, 2016


BWW Reviews: DISENCHANTED! Does Not Disappoint!BWW Reviews: DISENCHANTED! Does Not Disappoint!
Posted: Aug. 5, 2016


BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES is Nothin' But a Good Time at Omaha Community Playhouse!BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES is Nothin' But a Good Time at Omaha Community Playhouse!
Posted: Mar. 6, 2017


BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL is Stunning!BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL is Stunning!
April 6, 2017

Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Cynthia Weil, and Barry Mannwhat do these four people have in common? An insane amount of songwriting talent! A history filled with awards. And a story worth telling through their melodies and lyrics.

BWW Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS Meets at a CrossroadsBWW Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS Meets at a Crossroads
March 27, 2017

Last night I found myself at a crossroads. It was the Crossroads Mall in Omaha. Inside this nearly vacant structure is a tiny live theater tucked into the northeast corner. The Performing Artists Repertory Theatre (PART) showcased two of Omaha's favorite performers in Jason Robert Brown's THE LAST FIVE YEARS.

BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES is Nothin' But a Good Time at Omaha Community Playhouse!BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES is Nothin' But a Good Time at Omaha Community Playhouse!
March 6, 2017

There's a party at the Bourbon Room and you're invited. Get out that 1980's gear you've got stuffed in the back of your closet and head over to ROCK OF AGES. This show is the most fun I've had in a long while! I've seen it on Broadway and more recently in Las Vegas, but the Omaha Community Playhouse production is not only on par, it exceeds them both in heart and personality. I liked it more.

BWW Feature: NICK AND SARAH'S VALENTINE'S DAY CABARET-Filled With LoveBWW Feature: NICK AND SARAH'S VALENTINE'S DAY CABARET-Filled With Love
February 16, 2017

I love Valentine's Day. And this year, it was even more special. Amidst an already lively theater scene in the metropolitan area, a Valentine's Day Cabaret happened at the Club Vibe. This cabaret, the brain child of Nik Whitcomb and Sarah Gibson, featured local performers who have appeared in award-winning productions in a variety of Omaha theaters.

BWW Review: THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS at The Rose Theater Will Blow You Away!BWW Review: THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS at The Rose Theater Will Blow You Away!
January 27, 2017

Did the Big Bad Wolf really huff and puff and blow the houses down? Did he really eat those innocent little pigs? Was he really a big bad wolf? You be the jury. Listen to both sides of the story at the Rose Theater as they present THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS.

BWW Review: AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS Will Make Your Head Spin at the Omaha Community PlayhouseBWW Review: AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS Will Make Your Head Spin at the Omaha Community Playhouse
January 21, 2017

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS might make your head spin like a globe. Opening at the Omaha Community Playhouse with five versatile actors directed by Carl Beck, this play adapted by Mark Brown from the Jules Verne's classic novel, takes us on a whirlwind adventure.

BWW Interview: SOUND OF MUSIC's Charlotte MaltbyBWW Interview: SOUND OF MUSIC's Charlotte Maltby
January 19, 2017

Charlotte Maltby recently took over the leading role of Maria Von Trapp in the national tour of Rogers and Hammerstein's SOUND OF MUSIC. Under the direction of triple Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien, the production opens Tuesday, January 24th, at Omaha's Orpheum Theater. I had the opportunity to speak with Charlotte by phone yesterday.

BWW Review: THE JUNGLE BOOK is Simply GoodBWW Review: THE JUNGLE BOOK is Simply Good
October 28, 2016

You may think you know Rudyard Kipling's THE JUNGLE BOOK, but you may not have seen it through the eyes of playwright Greg Banks who takes the well-known story written in 1894 and brings it into now. Is the story new? Not really. Are there any big surprises? Not so much. Then what makes it new? I believe that it's the refreshing simplicity.

BWW Review: MURDER BALLAD Rocks with Killer VocalsBWW Review: MURDER BALLAD Rocks with Killer Vocals
October 14, 2016

Four killer voices are rocking the Omaha Community Playhouse. MURDER BALLAD, a new indie-rock sung-through musical by Julia Jordan and music by Juliana Nash, is an old story of a love triangle gone wrong.

BWW Interviews: Andrea Goss of CABARET at OrpheumBWW Interviews: Andrea Goss of CABARET at Orpheum
October 4, 2016

Andrea Goss, who plays Sally Bowles, a young British singer at the Kit Kat Club in CABARET, spoke with me from her Denver appearance last week. Andrea has also appeared in RENT and ONCE. CABARET opens at Omaha's Orpheum on October 11 and runs through the 16th.

BWW Review: SHREK THE MUSICAL is Freakish Fun!BWW Review: SHREK THE MUSICAL is Freakish Fun!
October 2, 2016

For anyone who has spent their "whole life wishing they weren't so freakin' strange," SHREK THE MUSICAL will raise a flag. For everyone else? They'll love it simply for its silly fun.

BWW Review: SISTER ACT at Omaha Community PlayhouseBWW Review: SISTER ACT at Omaha Community Playhouse
September 16, 2016

SISTER ACT is a simple story about nuns in wimples who are taught to let loose in song by a nightclub singer who is cloistered at the convent in hiding from the hoods. This story isn't just black and white. Well, maybe it is. But this foot stomping musical set in 1970's Philadelphia is fun, no matter what.

BWW Review: GOODNIGHT MOON Won't Put You To SleepBWW Review: GOODNIGHT MOON Won't Put You To Sleep
September 6, 2016

Let's say you are a six year old and you have trouble falling asleep. Let's say your imagination runs away with you. Let's say animals can talk, crawl out of paintings on the wall, and sing and dance. These are the components for The Rose Theater's current production, GOODNIGHT MOON, the tale of a young boy (actually, he may be a bunny) who goes on an hour-long romp through the world of make-believe.

BWW Reviews: DISENCHANTED! Does Not Disappoint!BWW Reviews: DISENCHANTED! Does Not Disappoint!
August 5, 2016

The Candy Project's production of the Dennis T. Giacino DISENCHANTED! combines his clever lyrics and energetic musical score with their talented cast and crew to create a fun, satirical romp through the stories of Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and all their princess pals.

BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID Ebbs and Swells at the Rose TheaterBWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID Ebbs and Swells at the Rose Theater
June 6, 2016

Directed by Matthew Gutshick, this cast of THE LITTLE MERMAID turns the old world ambience of the Rose Theater into a watery world of imagination.

BWW Review: You're Gonna Wanna See THE PRODUCERS!BWW Review: You're Gonna Wanna See THE PRODUCERS!
May 31, 2016

This is something you're gonna wanna see! THE PRODUCERS, a Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan musical masterpiece of mayhem, has opened at the Omaha Community Playhouse. In typical Mel Brooks fashion, it sweeps you off into a tornadic whirlwind of slapstick, clever innuendos, and just plain foolishness. But even a piece as good as this would not be as funny as it's meant to be without the right cast and crew to pull it off. This bunch does.

BWW Interview: Dixie Longate of DIXIE'S TUPPERWARE PARTY at Holland Performing Arts CenterBWW Interview: Dixie Longate of DIXIE'S TUPPERWARE PARTY at Holland Performing Arts Center
May 14, 2016

Dixie Longate is coming back to Omaha. Get ready to cough your teeth into your hand and buy some plastic crap from this top-selling Tupperware dealer!

BWW Review: LOST BOY FOUND IN WHOLE FOODS Serves Up a Whole Lot of Food for ThoughtBWW Review: LOST BOY FOUND IN WHOLE FOODS Serves Up a Whole Lot of Food for Thought
May 9, 2016

From the moment we enter the Howard Drew theatre at the Omaha Community Playhouse, we are drawn into the human drama unfolding before us.

BWW Review: ELEPHANT & PIGGIE: WE ARE IN A PLAY: THE MUSICAL is 'unpossible' to not love!BWW Review: ELEPHANT & PIGGIE: WE ARE IN A PLAY: THE MUSICAL is 'unpossible' to not love!
April 25, 2016

What? Not like ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY? "Unpossible!" This is the cute, cute, cutest production to come out of the Rose Theater in a long time. Everything about it is delightful!

BWW Interview: Jacquelynne Fontaine of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at OrpheumBWW Interview: Jacquelynne Fontaine of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Orpheum
April 19, 2016

I am personally excited to see the spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA coming to Omaha this week! Hailed by critics as "bigger and better than ever," Laurence Connor's re-imagination of the longest-running production on Broadway is drawing superlatives: "stunning!" "spectacular!" "brilliant!" "majestic!" and "beautiful!" Because of all the references to beauty, I called Jacquelynne Fontaine, who plays Carlotta, and happens to be a former beauty title holder.



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