Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 4/15; HILLARY AND CLINTON World Premiere in Chicago, LES MIS in Singapore and More!
This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in Boston, Chicago, Singapore and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include ARCADIA in Boston, Victory Gardens Theater's World Premiere of HILLARY AND CLINTON, and a special feature on LES MIS in Singapore, just to name a few.
1. Maine: Editor Carla Maria Verdino-Sullwold reviews ACT ONE at Good Theater. She says, "Much of the credit for this success at Good Theater must be attributed to director Brian P. Allen, who has cleverly sculpted the forty-four-character cast and multiple locales of the play into a tightly staged drama using fourteen actors and a single, flexible, bare bones set. That Allen had the vision to realize this would work not only for the intimate Good Theater space, but also for the script, is just one of the many strokes of his genius on display here." Read more here.
2. Boston, MA: Editor Justin Sacramone reviews Tom Stoppard's ARCADIA at Central Square Theatre. He says, "Matthew Zahnzinger shines effervescently as Valentine Coverly. Zahnzinger's fully embodied performance reigns in voice and physicality with an onstage presence that rivals his peers. He also conveys the best grasp of the play's language- his scenes were the most lucid. Sarah Oakes Muirhead works fine as Lady Croom despite hair and costumes making her look like Thomasina's contemporary." Read more here.
3. Minneapolis, MN: Editor Jill Schafer reviews THE FANTASTICKS at Nautilus Music Theater. She says, "Completing the perfection of this six-person cast, directed by Nautilus Artistic Director Ben Krywosz, are William Gilness as El Gallo and Brian Sostek as "the actor who dies." A lot. And hysterically, as he uses his dancer's grace to flaunt and flail all over the stage dying in numerous ways, stealing every scene he's in. William is simply spellbinding as El Gallo (a role created by Broadway, film, and TV legend Jerry Orbach) when he recites the poignant and lyrical dialogue, and especially when singing the most famous song from the show that bookends the story, "Try to Remember" (the one I've been quoting throughout this post)." Read more here.
4. Chicago, IL: Editor Rachel Weinberg reviews Victory Gardens Theater's World Premiere of HILLARY AND CLINTON. She says, "Hnath smartly allows the play's Hillary to tell her own story via a meta-theatrical device and the use of direct address. At the beginning of the play, Hillary invites audiences into this alternate world. And thus, while in our world Hillary does not have control over her own narrative, in the play she is given this power." Read more here.
5. Charlotte, NC: Editor Vickie Evans reviews BE A LION By Rory D. Sheriff. She says, "The singing in Be A Lion is its greatest asset. The original scores and the melodious voices of the cast, especially the lead character, The Lion, was second to none. Though it has some semblance of The Wiz, it has its own unique and modern day urban flair. The makeup and costumes were also complementary to the visualization of the storyline. As the playwright, Rory D. Sheriff of a Brand New Sheriff Productions conveyed, Be A Lion is evolving into a full-fledge Broadway-style production." Read more here.
6. Palm Springs, CA: Editor Audrey Liebross reviews BAD JEWS at The Desert Ensemble Theatre. She says, "The Desert Ensemble Theatre (DETC), in Palm Springs, has put together a fabulous production of Joshua Harmon's off-Broadway hit, BAD JEWS. The four young actors and director Rosemary Mallett have done a superb job with the one-act comedic drama that presents the story of two brothers and their cousin arguing over a piece of religious jewelry after the death of their grandfather." Read more here.
7. Portland, OR: Editor Krista Garver reviews A DOLL'S HOUSE at Shaking the Tree Theatre. She says, "The cast brings the rest of the magic. Nikki Weaver is perfection as Nora. Physically, she is rather doll-like -- small enough that she fits into a child's rocking chair and Torvald can lift her easily. But you can feel that she holds within her a lifetime's worth of pent-up thoughts, emotions, and desires. And as they start to come out, she herself seems to expand into an indomitable force. By the end of the play, she seems 8 feet tall." Read more here.
8. Phoenix, AZ: Editor Herbert Paine reviews THE OUTGOING TIDE at Theatre Artist's Studio. He says, "In Theatre Artists Studio's current staging of the drama, Michael Fleck is the wind that fills the story's sail. Fleck delivers a well-rounded and sensitively drawn performance as Gunner. In one moment, he is the prevailing authority of his family. In another, he is adrift, confusing a microwave with a TV or not recognizing his son Jack. In a series of flashbacks, his unkindnesses and slights are revealed. In the end, he pleads for acceptance of his plan. At each tack, Fleck masters the mood and temper of his character." Read more here.
9. Singapore: Editor Rocky Christopher Fajardo features Adrian Pang 'Carnage' in Esplanade-Bound LES MISERABLES. He says, "Adrian Pang is wonderful to work with, such an instinctive actor! It was so much fun to play off him, I just love him! I hope we get to work together again soon,"says Yulo, who along with Salonga, is among the first 3 internationally acclaimed Filipina actresses - the third being Joanna Ampil - to have ever played Fantine in Alain Boublil and Claude Michel Schonberg's LES MISERABLES, with its re-imagined2016 production slotted for a strictlylimited season at The Esplanade beginning May 31 onwards." Read more here.
National Tour Highlight:
10. Washington, DC Editor Benjamin Tomchik reviews JERSEY BOYS at the National Theatre. He says, "The foursome at the heart of this production - Dailey, De Jesus, Hines and Seeley - are stellar. Together they master Sergio Trujillo's crisp choreography and Des McAnuff's fast-paced direction that takes us from Belgum, New Jersey to the Ed Sullivan Show stage and beyond." Read more here.
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