When the tour of MATILDA premiered in Dallas in September of 2015, the musical was plagued with sound issues, making Tim Minchin's intricately witty score impossible to follow. Fortunately, in its return to town (now at Fort Worth's Bass Hall), the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical has been rev... (more...)
Whether or not you're a fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber, you likely know what to expect when approaching any of his famous musicals. From JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR to JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, his catalog is filled with wordy, pop-sounding scores that often offer a CliffsNotes version of... (more...)
Opening night at Theatre Three's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC got off to a slow start, due to the late arrival of one of the theatre technicians. The show itself followed suit, starting off slow, but finding its stride as the evening continued, and ultimately ending in a heartwarming finale. While it may no... (more...)
When ROCK OF AGES (the stage musical…not the dreadful movie) debuted on Broadway in 2014, they were 'Living on a Prayer' that they'd find enough middle-aged former frat guys and metal heads willing to rock out on The Great White Way, but after 2,328 New York performances of people saying 'I Wanna Ro... (more...)
Gutenberg. Without Johannes Gutenberg and his invention of the printing press, life would be very different in our world. We wouldn't have widely distributed books. Most of us wouldn't know how to read or write. And, tragically, we wouldn't have this wildly ridiculous, often inappropriate and hilari... (more...)
Currently on stage at Lakeside is the Greek comedy: 'Lysistrata'. Though written by Aristophanes eons ago, this play has many shockingly contemporary, relevant themes of women rising up to have their voices heard, while men consistently fight to prove who boasts the larger... ego. As an audience m... (more...)
Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID debuted in movie theatres way back in 1989, but nearly twenty years of children singing "Kiss The Girl," "Part of your World," and "Pour Unfortunate Souls" led Disney to produce the celebrated story on a Broadway stage in 2009. And although the show lasted less than two y... (more...)
There are few theatres doing Greek tragedy these days, but Dallas Theater Center has taken on the challenge of making Sophocles' tragic tale of ELECTRA one that will resonate with a modern audience. Dallas Theater Center's 'one-of-a-kind outdoor experience' of the play not only embraces all the dram... (more...)
With music and lyrics by the celebrated Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler, this vulgar delight of a production is no small undertaking; however, the students and faculty of TCU's Theatre department proved they were certainly up to the challenge.... (more...)
PrismCo strikes again in Bruises: Animal vs Machine, the next in their line of wordless, movement theatre pieces. While this production is a revival of PrismCo's well-received Animal vs Machine from last year, it remains fresh in this ambitious new touring venture.... (more...)
Kinky Boots stomped its way into the Music Hall at Fair Park this week, starting the early summer heat off on the right foot for Dallas Summer Musicals. This high energy, feel good, family friendly show has a quiet way of loudly speaking its truth.... (more...)
When IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU opened on Broadway in April of 2015, it didn't quite get the reception the producers intended, closing just shy of three months later and receiving zero Tony Awards nominations. But, the producers at Uptown Players saw a hidden gem, and took a chance on this sweet, funny wed... (more...)
'Sometimes the greatest show on Earth isn't the one you came to see'. Mister Major and the Minor Wife is a dynamic and haunting original one-act play written by senior Theatre TCU student Devin Berg and directed by senior Theatre TCU student Hannah Wright. A tragic tale of stifling imagination, deep... (more...)
In this never never land, you don't need elaborate set pieces and props to bring the story to life; a piece of rope can become a pirate ship and mermaids appear with some fabric and strategically placed cups.... (more...)
'Domination. Collaboration. Assets.
Know your limitations.
Never move your hand, unless your heart follows it.
Just listen. Everything is in the music.'
I first read these words in the Terrence McNally play when I was a vocal performance major in college, experiencing a vocal master ... (more...)
Everyone has those friends who have been with you through thick and thin, who know your ins and outs and for whom you'd do pretty much anything. Lon Barrera, in his Director's notes for MainStage Irving-Las Colinas' latest show CALENDAR GIRLS, calls them "framily," and this play is about the meaning... (more...)
There's one sizable concern that I have about Casa Manana's production of WEST SIDE STORY, and that's the fact that it's only slated to perform for two weekends, with closing night quickly approaching. This version of the classic 1950's American musical may not only be the best production to appear ... (more...)
At its best, theatre is an escape from our day-to-day lives, a mirror to society, and an opportunity to see something special. But, when that mirror is combined with a little smoke, the escape turns into an incredible disappearing act, the special becomes magical and the audience is spellbound.... (more...)
Uptown Players has your weekend evenings planned as they present Broadway Our Way. BWOW is the Players' annual fundraiser that gender-bends the typical Broadway numbers and allows some of Dallas' finest actors and actresses to play the dream roles they'd never land in a heteronormative casting call... (more...)