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BWW Review: THE KING & I National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center BWW Review: THE KING & I National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - June 07, 2017

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BWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center BWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - May 24, 2017

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BWW Review: 2017 Triangle Rising Star Awards BWW Review: 2017 Triangle Rising Star Awards
by Jeffrey Kare - May 17, 2017

For the second year in a row, I had the great pleasure of attending the Triangle Rising Star Awards at the Durham Performing Arts Center. This regional competition brings together high school musical theater students from Central and Eastern North Carolina to perform and compete for the chance to re... (more...)
BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
by Jeffrey Kare - April 12, 2017

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BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - April 05, 2017

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BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - February 22, 2017

Based on Mark Haddon's 2003 mystery novel of the same name, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time follows Christopher Boone, a fifteen-year-old boy with an extraordinary brain, yet has trouble with communications. When he falls under suspicion of killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out t... (more...)
BWW Review: HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center BWW Review: HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - February 01, 2017

Hedwig & the Angry Inch is a stage musical that first debuted at the Jane Street Theatre off-Broadway on February 14th, 1998, where it ran for 857 performances after closing on April 9th, 2000. An independent film adaptation directed by and starring co-creator/original Hedwig John Cameron Mitchell w... (more...)
BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE
by Jeffrey Kare - January 23, 2017

Always...Patsy Cline tells the true story of Patsy Cline's friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. Having first heard Cline on The Arthur Godfrey Show in 1957, Seger became an immediate and avid fan of Cline's and she constantly hounded the local disc jockey to play Cline's records on the ra... (more...)
BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - January 05, 2017

Based on the 1951 Academy Award-Winning Vincente Minnelli film musical of the same name which was inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition by George Gershwin, An American in Paris tells the story of a young American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning... (more...)
BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
by Jeffrey Kare - November 16, 2016

Last year, Raleigh Little Theatre presented their production of a musical that was lovingly ripped off from the 1975 classic film Monty Python & the Holy Grail. Now through November 20th, North Carolina Theatre is presenting their production without ripping off RLT. Spamalot is a highly irreverent... (more...)
BWW Review: FUN HOME National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center BWW Review: FUN HOME National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - October 26, 2016

Based on the 2006 graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, Fun Home tells the true story of Bechdel discovering her own sexuality, her relationship with her gay father, and her attempts to unlock the mysteries surrounding his life.... (more...)
BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS Opens at DPAC BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS Opens at DPAC
by Taryn Oesch - September 14, 2016

'Kinky Boots' plays at DPAC through September 18... (more...)
BWW Review: Raleigh Little Theatre's MEMPHIS BWW Review: Raleigh Little Theatre's MEMPHIS
by Jeffrey Kare - August 22, 2016

Loosely based on the life and career of Dewey Phillips, one of the first disc jockeys to have ever played black music on the radio in the 1950's, Memphis tells the story of a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black nightclub singer who is ready for her big break.... (more...)
BWW Review: I WISH YOU A BOAT - Ward Theatre Company Explores Immigration, Class in Historical Play BWW Review: I WISH YOU A BOAT - Ward Theatre Company Explores Immigration, Class in Historical Play
by Taryn Oesch - August 03, 2016

In any election year but especially this one, certain topics are fraught with emotion and high stakes. Immigration is one of those topics, and theatre is a way to approach it safely but meaningfully. As a theatre company that recently emigrated back to the United States from Australia, Ward Theat... (more...)
BWW Review: STEEL MAGNOLIAS at Theatre Raleigh BWW Review: STEEL MAGNOLIAS at Theatre Raleigh
by Taryn Oesch - July 29, 2016

What better way to spend a hot summer night than seeing "Steel Magnolias" at Theatre Raleigh's Hot Summer Nights? Theatre Raleigh's summer series is beginning to wind down, but it's definitely not cooling off. July 27 was opening night of its production of "Steel Magnolias," the play by Robert Ha... (more...)
BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's MARY POPPINS BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's MARY POPPINS
by Jeffrey Kare - July 27, 2016

Based on the children's novels by P.L. Travers as well as the classic 1964 Walt Disney film of the same name, Mary Poppins tells the story of a nanny who arrives on the doorstep of the Jane & Michael Banks. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michae... (more...)
BWW Review: 2016 Triangle Rising Star Awards BWW Review: 2016 Triangle Rising Star Awards
by Jeffrey Kare - June 07, 2016

The Triangle Rising Star Awards is a regional competition that brings together high school musical theater students from Central and Eastern North Carolina to perform and compete for the chance to represent the Triangle in The National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City every summer... (more...)
BWW Review: IF/THEN National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center BWW Review: IF/THEN National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - May 25, 2016

If/Then is an original musical that tells the story of Elizabeth Vaughan, a 40-year-old woman who moves back to New York City seeking a fresh start to her life. The musical depicts two different paths of where Elizabeth's life could take her.... (more...)
BWW Review: 42ND STREET National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center BWW Review: 42ND STREET National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - May 04, 2016

Based on Bradford Ropes' 1932 novel as well as Busby Berkeley's 1933 film musical adaptation of the same name, 42nd Street tells the story of famed dictatorial Great White Way director Julian Marsh to mount a successful stage production of a musical extravaganza at the height of the Great Depression... (more...)
BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's WIT BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's WIT
by Jeffrey Kare - May 02, 2016

Wit is a 90 minute one act play by Margaret Edson that tells the story of Vivian Bearing, a renowned English professor who has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. During the course of her illness, Vivian comes to reassess her life and her work with a profundity and humor that are transforma... (more...)
BWW Review: CABARET National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center BWW Review: CABARET National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - April 20, 2016

Based on John Van Druten's play I Am a Camera which was adapted from Christopher Isherwood's short story Goodbye to Berlin, Cabaret is based in the nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub as the Nazis were rising to power in Berlin back in 1931. The action is overseen by a Master of Ceremonies with the ... (more...)
BWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center BWW Review: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - April 06, 2016

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BWW Review: THE LION KING National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center BWW Review: THE LION KING National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - March 10, 2016

Based on the 1994 Disney animated film of the same name, The Lion King tells the story of Simba, a young lion who is supposed to succeed his father Mufasa, as King of Pride Rock. But when Simba's Uncle Scar kills Mufasa, Simba runs away from home after being tricked into thinking that he was respons... (more...)
BWW Review: Cary Arts Center's FORBIDDEN BROADWAY BWW Review: Cary Arts Center's FORBIDDEN BROADWAY
by Jeffrey Kare - February 15, 2016

For one night only, the Cary Arts Center presented a production of Gerard Alessandrini's hit off-Broadway musical revue Forbidden Broadway. In the show, a quartet of performers sing rewritten parodies of classic musical theatre songs from classics such as Annie, Aspects of Love, Beauty & the Beast, ... (more...)
BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's GREASE BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's GREASE
by Jeffrey Kare - February 10, 2016

Set in 1959, Grease tells the story of ten working-class teenagers as they navigate the complexities of peer pressure, politics, personal core values, and love in their senior year of high school.... (more...)