BWW Reviews: Phoenix Theatre's MARY POPPINS Is the Resounding Sum of All Its Fabulous Parts
(11/24/2014) - Phoenix Theatre has rolled out the Holiday Season carpet with a Mary Poppins that will delight children of all ages and set the standard for this musical for years to come. The beauty of Michael Barnard's direction and musical staging is the seamless welding of a top-of-the-line cast and a brilliant technical crew. Trisha Hart Ditsworth is dazzling in her portrayal of the enigmatic nanny who literally descends upon the Banks household. Toby Yatso delivers a knock-your-socks-off performance as Bert, the jack-of-all-trades narrator. Lots of exceptional performances to delight one and all.
BWW Reviews: Arizona Theatre Company Revival of WAIT UNTIL DARK Is Riveting
(11/17/2014) - No matter if you saw the original Broadway production or the classic film version of Wait Until Dark, the fact of the matter is that Arizona Theatre Company, in co-production with Geva Theatre Center, has mounted a show that stands on its own two feet as riveting and suspenseful drama.
BWW Reviews: Childsplay's THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE Is An Uplifting Voyage Into The Heart of Love
(11/17/2014) - If only there was no closing date to Childsplay's heartwarming and uplifting production of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane…David Saar's brilliance and sensitivity infuse his direction of Dwayne Hartford's enchanting and inspirational play, based on the book by Kate DiCamillo. A remarkable cast ~ Katie McFadzen, David Dickinson, Kyle Sorrell, and Debra K. Stevens ~ breathes life into each character they portray, and through them, Edward, initially all about himself, becomes the embodiment of love.
BWW Reviews: Arizona Opera's RIGOLETTO Is Grand and Gripping
(11/18/2014) - Arizona Opera's production of Rigoletto, directed by Fenlon Lamb, is a noble and well-constructed effort in portraying the ironic misjudgments of its main characters. It is gifted with notable performances by Peter Volpe as Sparafucile, the assassin; Joseph Barron as Count Monterone; Beth Lytwynec as the assassin's sister; and Michael Corvino as Rigoletto. It is, however, Sarah Coburn, who defines and gives glory to this production in her sterling tour de force performance as Gilda.
ATC Presents WAIT UNTIL DARK, Now thru 11/30
(11/13/2014) - Wait Until Dark is a roller-coaster for the stage, a chilling edge-of-your-seat thriller pitting a deeply sinister con man against an unsuspecting but sharp-witted young blind woman. Written by Frederick Knott, newly adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, and directed by Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein, Wait Until Dark comes to the Herberger Theater Center, tonight, Nov. 13-30.
Philip Glass Returning to ASU Gammage in 2015
(11/12/2014) - In celebration of ASU Gammage's 50th Anniversary, Philip Glass, one of the world's most influential composers whose works are included in major motion pictures, opera, theater and dance and are routinely performed around the globe, will return to ASU Gammage on Saturday, February 28 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $35 (students $10) at asugammage.com and the ASU Gammage Box Office.