BWW Review: Nik and Sarah's Cabaret: HOMEMADE FUSION at Club Vibe
by Christine Swerczek - April 24, 2017
This is musical theater at its most personal. Take a small venue, one pianist, and a handful of really talented local performers, toss them together for a fusion of fun.... (more...)
BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL is Stunning!
by Christine Swerczek - April 06, 2017
Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Cynthia Weil, and Barry Mann…what 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS Meets at a Crossroads
by Christine Swerczek - 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 F... (more...)
BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES is Nothin' But a Good Time at Omaha Community Playhouse!
by Christine Swerczek - March 06, 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... (more...)
BWW Feature: NICK AND SARAH'S VALENTINE'S DAY CABARET-Filled With Love
by Christine Swerczek - 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-... (more...)
BWW Review: THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS at The Rose Theater Will Blow You Away!
by Christine Swerczek - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS Will Make Your Head Spin at the Omaha Community Playhouse
by Christine Swerczek - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE JUNGLE BOOK is Simply Good
by Christine Swerczek - 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 be... (more...)
BWW Review: MURDER BALLAD Rocks with Killer Vocals
by Christine Swerczek - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: SHREK THE MUSICAL is Freakish Fun!
by Christine Swerczek - October 02, 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: SISTER ACT at Omaha Community Playhouse
by Christine Swerczek - 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 matte... (more...)
BWW Review: GOODNIGHT MOON Won't Put You To Sleep
by Christine Swerczek - September 06, 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 y... (more...)
BWW Reviews: DISENCHANTED! Does Not Disappoint!
by Christine Swerczek - August 05, 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID Ebbs and Swells at the Rose Theater
by Christine Swerczek - June 06, 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: You're Gonna Wanna See THE PRODUCERS!
by Christine Swerczek - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: LOST BOY FOUND IN WHOLE FOODS Serves Up a Whole Lot of Food for Thought
by Christine Swerczek - May 09, 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: ELEPHANT & PIGGIE: WE ARE IN A PLAY: THE MUSICAL is 'unpossible' to not love!
by Christine Swerczek - 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!... (more...)
BWW Reviews: CALENDAR GIRLS Exposes Character
by Christine Swerczek - April 15, 2016
There's something deliciously undercover at the Omaha Community Playhouse. CALENDAR GIRLS, directed by Susan Baer Collins, opens tonight for a four-week run. The strong ensemble cast reveals distinct, fully rounded personalities. I had so much fun watching their characters unfold, particularly the ... (more...)
BWW Review: CITY OF ANGELS Opens With a Bang!
by Christine Swerczek - March 04, 2016
Picture this: a quartet hanging around a lamppost in 1940's Hollywood dressed in warm yellow and red tones, singing in close harmony while shadowy gray figures dance in the background. A shot rings out and CITY OF ANGELS opens with a bang at the Omaha Community Playhouse.... (more...)
BWW Review: Extra! Extra! NEWSIES is a Hit!
by Christine Swerczek - February 17, 2016
I don't remember enjoying a show this much since PIPPIN came to Omaha! Disney's NEWSIES, the record-breaking smash musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, and book by Harvey Fierstein opened last night at the Orpheum Theater. There was no doubt as to whether the audience enjoyed... (more...)
BWW Review: CAROLINE, OR CHANGE: Will it Change You?
by Christine Swerczek - February 15, 2016
CAROLINE, OR CHANGE is shaking up the Omaha Community Playhouse. The closest to this musical that I've seen on stage is FUN HOME, winner of five 2015 Tony Awards, including best original score by Jeanine Tesori. ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE at Omaha Community Playhouse
by Christine Swerczek - January 22, 2016
The house was estrogen-filled last night at the Omaha Community Playhouse. Packed with women and a handful of brave men, the audience responded with knowing bursts of laughter as they listened to five women on stage talk about marking memorable occasions...the good, the bad, and the ugly... with wh... (more...)
BWW Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER is Starstuff!
by Christine Swerczek - December 04, 2015
Having never seen the five-time Tony Award winning PETER AND THE STARCATCHER prior to the preview at Omaha's Rose Theater last night, I did not know what to expect. I suppose I was thinking it would be similar to the classic Disney movie or the more recent Broadway hit FINDING NEVERLAND, but it was... (more...)
BWW Review: DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE is a Magic Moment
by Christine Swerczek - November 19, 2015
I know everyone will expect this review to begin with, "I've Had the Time of My Life," but I will skip that well-known song that serves as the finale to DIRTY DANCING and go back to the opening number which defines it so well as "This Magic Moment."... (more...)
BWW Reviews: SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Brings Art to Life
by Christine Swerczek - November 01, 2015
SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE exploded on stage on October 30th at Creighton University's Lied Center for the Performing Arts as a glorious celebration of light, color and sound.... (more...)