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BWW Review: Raleigh Little Theatre's MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
by Jeffrey Kare - August 31, 2015

Lovingly ripped off from the 1975 classic film Monty Python & the Holy Grail, Spamalot is a highly irreverent spoof of the quest of King Arthur and and his Knights of the roundtable.... (more...)
BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre Conservatory's CRAZY FOR YOU
by Jeffrey Kare - August 17, 2015

Just as another Gershwin-based musical An American in Paris is currently playing big on Broadway, the triangle area was recently treated to a performance of the 1992 Tony-Winning Best Musical Crazy for You presented by the North Carolina Theatre Conservatory Master Summer Theatre Arts School.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: North Carolina Theatre's BUDDY - THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY
by Jeffrey Kare - July 22, 2015

Set before 'the day the music died,' Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story tells the true story of rock star Buddy Holly's meteoric rise to fame in the late 1950s-before his life was cut short, along with Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, in a 1959 plane crash.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: NEWSIES National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Karasarides - June 04, 2015

Based on the 1992 Disney film of the same name, which in turn was inspired by the real-life newsboys strike of 1899 in New York City, Newsies tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: PIPPIN National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Karasarides - May 14, 2015

Loosely based on the fictitious life of Pippin the Hunchback, this musical tells the story of the young prince Pippin, Heir to the Frankish throne, who is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the in... (more...)
BWW Reviews: North Carolina Theatre's NEXT TO NORMAL
by Jeffrey Karasarides - May 03, 2015

Next to Normal is an original musical by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey that tells the story of a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness and the attempts to alleviate it have on her family. The musical also addresses such issues as grieving a loss, suicide, d... (more...)
BWW Reviews: JERSEY BOYS National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Karasarides - April 08, 2015

Set in the 1960's, Jersey Boys is presented in a documentary-style format that dramatizes the formation, success and eventual breakup of The Four Seasons. The musical is structured as four 'seasons', where each member of the group narrates giving their own perspective on the story.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: KINKY BOOTS National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Karasarides - March 12, 2015

Based on the 2005 British independent film of the same name which was inspired by a true story, this musical tells the story of Charlie Price, who inherits a shoe factory from his father. To save the business, Charlie forms an unlikely partnership with cabaret performer and drag queen, Lola. With Lo... (more...)
BWW Reviews: PETER & THE STARCATCHER National Tour at North Carolina Theatre
by Jeffrey Karasarides - March 11, 2015

Based on the novel Peter & the Starcatchers by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson, this play features a company of twelve actors play more than a hundred unforgettable characters, all on a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up?... (more...)
BWW Reviews: MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Karasarides - February 19, 2015

Based on Berry Gordy's 1994 autobiography To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown, this musical tells the true story behind Mr. Gordy's founding and running of the Motown record label, and his personal and professional relationships with Motown artists such as Diana Ross, Smokey Ro... (more...)
BWW Reviews: North Carolina Theatre's BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL
by Jeffrey Karasarides - February 11, 2015

Based on the 2000 British independent film directed by Stephen Daldry, this musical tells the story of Billy Elliot, a young English kid who trades boxing gloves for ballet shoes. His personal struggle and fulfillment is balanced against a counter-story of family and community strife caused by the U... (more...)
BWW Reviews: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT National Tour at North Carolina Theatre
by Jeffrey Karasarides - January 21, 2015

Based on material previously written by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse, featuring a catalog of many recognizable songs by George and Ira Gershwin, Nice Work If You Can Get It tells the story of wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter, who meets rough female bootlegger Billie Bendix on the weekend of his wedding... (more...)
BWW Reviews: WICKED National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Karasarides - January 09, 2015

Based on the Gregory Maguire novel titled Wicked: The Life & Times of The Wicked Witch of the West, this musical tells the story of The Wizard of Oz from the witches' perspective long before Dorothy dropped in. Wicked tells the story of two unlikely friends, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) an... (more...)
BWW Reviews: ANNIE National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Karasarides - December 11, 2014

Based on the Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, the musical tells the story of a little orphan with equal measures of pluck and positivity who charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents who abandoned her years ago ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Raleigh Little Theatre's CINDERELLA
by Jeffrey Karasarides - December 08, 2014

Based on the classic fairy tale of the same name, this musical version of Cinderella concerns a young woman forced into a life of servitude by her cruel stepmother, who dreams of a better life. With the help of her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella is transformed into an elegant young lady and is able to ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Karasarides - November 20, 2014

Based upon the fairy tale Cinderella, particularly the French version Cendrillon, ou la Petite Pantoufle de Verre, by Charles Perrault. The story concerns a young woman forced into a life of servitude by her cruel stepmother, who dreams of a better life. With the help of her Fairy Godmother, Cindere... (more...)
BWW Reviews: North Carolina Theatre's A CHORUS LINE
by Jeffrey Karasarides - October 15, 2014

Focused on seventeen dancers auditioning for spots on the chorus of a Broadway show, A Chorus Line is set on the bare stage of a Broadway theatre during an audition for a musical. It also provides a glimpse into the personalities of the performers as they describe the events that have shaped their l... (more...)
BWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Karasarides - September 18, 2014

Based on the 1987 film of the same name, Dirty Dancing tells the classic coming of age story documenting a teenage girl's relationship with a dance instructor whom she encountered during her family's summer vacation.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Raleigh Little Theatre's HAIRSPRAY
by Jeffrey Karasarides - August 25, 2014

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BWW Reviews: North Carolina Theatre's THE LITTLE MERMAID
by Jeffrey Karasarides - July 30, 2014

In my humble opinion, North Carolina Theatre's production of 'The Little Mermaid' is absolutely a delightful night out to the theatre!... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Theatre Raleigh Shines with PARADE
by Larisa Mount - July 13, 2014

I'm going to cut to the chase, because I want everyone who reads this to come away with this: Theatre Raleigh's Parade is not something you can afford to miss, so buy your ticket now.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: OTHER DESERT CITIES Brings Exciting Drama to Downtown Raleigh
by Larisa Mount - June 30, 2014

Currently playing at Theatre Raleigh's Hot Summer Nights, Other Desert Cities, by playwright John Robin Baitz, is the tumultuous story of the Wyeth family. Brooke Wyeth and younger brother Trip are both visiting their parents Polly and Lyman in Palm Springs, California for Christmas. Brooke has just... (more...)
BWW Reviews: RLT's BLITHE SPIRIT is Simply Delightful
by Larisa Mount - June 16, 2014

Raleigh Little Theatre closes its very diverse and entertaining season with a 'haunting' comedy in Blithe Spirit, currently playing through next weekend.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: MAMMA MIA! Brings Fun to Durham
by Larisa Mount - June 06, 2014

The national touring company of Mamma Mia! made a brief pit-stop in the Triangle last weekend, doing several performances at the Durham Performing Arts Center. The show closed out the 2013-2014 theater season at DPAC.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: BLOOD DONE SIGN MY NAME is NYC-Caliber Theater in NC
by Larisa Mount - June 04, 2014

Right now at Theatre Raleigh is a piece of theater that you won't want to miss. Blood Done Sign My Name, based on the book of the same name, tells the true story of the killing of 'Dickie' Marrow in Oxford, North Carolina, in 1970. Told by researcher and interviewer Tim Tyson (through playwright and... (more...)




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