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BWW Review: WICKED Casts a Spell at The Landmark Theatre BWW Review: WICKED Casts a Spell at The Landmark Theatre
by Natasha Ashley - March 17, 2017

The latest musical playing at Syracuse's historical Landmark Theatre is none other than the three time Tony Award-winning musical Wicked. The successful Broadway blockbuster with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman has everything - an amazing cast, spectacular sets, gor... (more...)
BWW Review: AIN'T MISBEHAVIN': THE FATS WALLER MUSICAL  is a Swinging Good Time at Syracuse Stage BWW Review: AIN'T MISBEHAVIN': THE FATS WALLER MUSICAL is a Swinging Good Time at Syracuse Stage
by Natasha Ashley - March 05, 2017

Syracuse Stage has almost turned into a 1940s jazz night club with Ain't Misbehavin,' a musical revue, named after the song of the same name by Fats Waller. The show features a book by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Murray Horowitz and musical adaptations and orchestrations by Luther Henderson. Directed an... (more...)
BWW Review: RIVERDANCE the 20th Anniversary Tour Charms at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater BWW Review: RIVERDANCE the 20th Anniversary Tour Charms at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater
by Natasha Ashley - March 01, 2017

The international Irish dance phenomenon, Riverdance, is delighting Syracuse audiences at the Crouse Hinds Theater. Now in its 20th year, it's easy to see why this dazzling production remains so popular and beloved. Under the fabulous direction of John McColgan, the dancers, musicians, and singers g... (more...)
BWW Review: DISGRACED Brings High Emotions at Syracuse Stage BWW Review: DISGRACED Brings High Emotions at Syracuse Stage
by Natasha Ashley - January 29, 2017

Syracuse Stage's first production of 2017 is the 2013 Pulitzer Prize winning play, Disgraced, by Ayad Akhtar. Brilliantly directed by May Adrales at the Archbold Theatre at the Syracuse Stage/SU Drama Complex, the 90-minute production left the audience emotionally stunned as the curtain went down. T... (more...)
BWW Review: ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS Entertains at the Central New York Playhouse BWW Review: ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS Entertains at the Central New York Playhouse
by Natasha Ashley - January 17, 2017

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BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! Sizzles in Icy Syracuse's Crouse Hinds Theater BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! Sizzles in Icy Syracuse's Crouse Hinds Theater
by Natasha Ashley - January 11, 2017

Despite the ice storm outside, the Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater was sizzling. The famous jukebox musical, Mamma Mia!, with music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus and a book by Catherine Johnson, is the latest national tour to come to Syracuse, New York as part of the Famous Artists B... (more...)
BWW Review: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE is Heartwarming at Central New York Playhouse BWW Review: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE is Heartwarming at Central New York Playhouse
by Natasha Ashley - December 11, 2016

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BWW Review: CAMELOT at Capital Repertory Theatre BWW Review: CAMELOT at Capital Repertory Theatre
by Gianluca Russo - December 07, 2016

Beautiful melodies fill Capital Repertory Theatre with director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill's staging of Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner's "Camelot." The musical's score is composed of lush, romantic, and memorable tunes that help to move along the somewhat flawed book.... (more...)
BWW Review: The Syracuse City Ballet presents THE NUTCRACKER at The Crouse Hinds Theater BWW Review: The Syracuse City Ballet presents THE NUTCRACKER at The Crouse Hinds Theater
by Natasha Ashley - December 05, 2016

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BWW Review: MARY POPPINS Soars at Syracuse Stage BWW Review: MARY POPPINS Soars at Syracuse Stage
by Natasha Ashley - December 04, 2016

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BWW Review: 20th Anniversary Tour of RENT brings a Passionate Performance to the Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater BWW Review: 20th Anniversary Tour of RENT brings a Passionate Performance to the Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater
by Natasha Ashley - November 16, 2016

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BWW Review: DIRTY DANCING Opens at Proctors BWW Review: DIRTY DANCING Opens at Proctors
by Carissa Chesanek - November 10, 2016

The electrifying cast belts out classic tunes with dance moves and talent like no other.... (more...)
BWW Review: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Entertains at The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse BWW Review: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Entertains at The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse
by Natasha Ashley - November 07, 2016

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BWW Review: Travis Wall's SHAPING SOUND Continues to Mesmerize Audiences in its Fifth Year BWW Review: Travis Wall's SHAPING SOUND Continues to Mesmerize Audiences in its Fifth Year
by Gianluca Russo - October 26, 2016

With five years under its belt (or dance belt, if you will), Travis Wall's Shaping Sound continues to mesmerize and stun audiences with innovated, invigorating, and enticing choreography. Wrapping up their fall tour this past weekend after a stop in Syracuse, it's easy to see why Shaping Sound has t... (more...)
BWW Review: GREAT EXPECTATIONS Entertains at Syracuse Stage BWW Review: GREAT EXPECTATIONS Entertains at Syracuse Stage
by Natasha Ashley - October 23, 2016

Syracuse Stage opened its 44th season with Gale Childs Daly's adaptation of Charles Dickens' masterpiece GREAT EXPECTATIONS, brilliantly directed by Michael Bloom. The production is humorous, fast-paced, and very easy to follow regardless of familiarity with the novel.... (more...)
BWW Review: ONCE Wows at the Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater BWW Review: ONCE Wows at the Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater
by Natasha Ashley - October 19, 2016

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BWW Review: The Regional Premiere of TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL at The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse BWW Review: The Regional Premiere of TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL at The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse
by Natasha Ashley - October 10, 2016

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival has now opened its fourth premiere musical at Auburn's Merry-Go-Round Playhouse for the 2016 season with the regional premiere of TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL. The two-person musical is written Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman and was originally ... (more...)
BWW Review: OUTSIDE MULLINGAR at Capital Repertory Theatre BWW Review: OUTSIDE MULLINGAR at Capital Repertory Theatre
by Gianluca Russo - October 07, 2016

Rain and romance fill Capital Repertory Theatre with their touching and humorous staging of John Patrick Shanley's "Outside Mullingar." Though confronting themes such as death, acceptance, and self-discovery, the play is a gentle, comedic telling of a feel good, relatable story for all.... (more...)
BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS New National Tour Begins at Landmark Theatre in Syracuse BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS New National Tour Begins at Landmark Theatre in Syracuse
by Natasha Ashley - September 20, 2016

JERSEY BOYS, the harmonious hit jukebox musical with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, and a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, is touring the country again. The latest national tour of the audience-pleasing Tony Award-winning musical started off last week in Syracuse's historic Landm... (more...)
BWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Entertains at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse BWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Entertains at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse
by Natasha Ashley - September 19, 2016

The latest production entertaining audiences at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn, New York is the highly entertaining Tony-nominated musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. Featuring the familiar and classic tunes of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins, the rock n' roll music... (more...)
BWW Review: CHICAGO at Park Playhouse BWW Review: CHICAGO at Park Playhouse
by Gianluca Russo - July 07, 2016

Park Playhouse's production of John Kander and Fred Ebb's Chicago brings a slick, sultry, and sensual vibe to Washington Park, seducing its way through each member of the audience. The show, now known as the longest running American musical in Broadway history, is ruthless, dark, and heartless, thou... (more...)
BWW Review: THE PRODUCERS at Schenectady Light Opera Company BWW Review: THE PRODUCERS at Schenectady Light Opera Company
by Gianluca Russo - May 11, 2016

A musical formed by the geniuses of Mel Brooks, Nathan Lane, and Matthew Broderick would no doubt be a comedic masterpiece, and that is exactly what The Producers is. This critically acclaimed musical opened on Broadway in 2001 and broke the limit for the most Tony Award wins with 12, though Hamilto... (more...)
BWW Review: THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL at Capital Repertory Theatre BWW Review: THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL at Capital Repertory Theatre
by Gianluca Russo - May 03, 2016

There are very few productions that move me to tears, the last being Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Violet starring Sutton Foster, ironically also based on a woman's journey to happiness. And though I usually stay composed and proper, something about Capital Repertory Theatre's beautiful pr... (more...)
BWW Review: LIVING ON LOVE at Curtain Call Theatre BWW Review: LIVING ON LOVE at Curtain Call Theatre
by Gianluca Russo - April 08, 2016

It's obvious that theatre nowadays has begun to stray from the cute, playful shows of the 1950s, in which plots were thin and laughs were large. And rightfully so, as after a certain point, one craves to feel moved and inspired by a piece. But something about Joe DiPietro's Living on Love, which ope... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BLUE-SKY BOYS Lands Safely at Capital Repertory Theatre BWW Review: THE BLUE-SKY BOYS Lands Safely at Capital Repertory Theatre
by Gianluca Russo - March 18, 2016

Who knew that a show based upon President Kennedy's promise to get a man on the moon could be so entertaining, humorous, and, to put it simply, magnificent? The Blue-Sky Boys, which opened Tuesday at the Capital Repertory Theatre, is written by Deborah Brevoort, under the direction of Gordon Greenbe... (more...)