Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 9/30; THE WAR OF THE ROSES in Delaware, OCTOBER SKY at The Old Globe and More!

By: Sep. 30, 2016

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in Delaware, Cleveland, San Diego and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include THE WAR OF THE ROSES in Delaware, ALL THE WAY at Cleveland Play House, and OCTOBER SKY at The Old Globe, just to name a few.



1. Maine: Editor Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold reviews Portland Players' BONNIE AND CLYDE. She says, "What engrosses the viewer most with this production, however, is the conviction of the cast. As Bonnie and Clyde, Joanna Clarke and Joel Crowley radiate white heat energy and sexual chemistry, and they each possess kinetic physicality and powerful vocal presences. Crowley imbues Clyde Barrow with a vulnerability and humanity that win audience sympathy despite his obvious misdeeds. He runs the gamut from vainglorious dreamer to trapped wild animal, to pitiful abused victim, to swaggering gangster willing to descend into hell rather than lead a life of monotony. Vocally, he sears through his songs like "Raise a Little Hell" or the tender "Dyin' Ain't So Bad" and is in total command of his character and the stage." Read more here.

2. Delaware: Editor Rosanne DellAversano reviews THE WAR OF THE ROSES at Delaware Theatre Company. She says, "Bud Martin effectively divides the stage with a large proscenium drop to allow the exquisitely appointed mansion interior, courtesy of Scenic Designer, Paul Tate DePoo III, to be lusciously revealed to rousing applause. The original music by Broken Chord aptly included lower strings stridently digging into a rhythmic pulse to amplify The Devilish doings." Read more here.


3. Cleveland, OH: Editor Roy Berko reviews ALL THE WAY at Cleveland Play House. He says,
"Vonovich doesn't portray Johnson, he is Johnson. Jason Bowen doesn't attempt to duplicate Martin Luther King, Jr. which may cause some to lose the powerful presence of the man, but MLK,Jr's role in societal change are made clear. LBJ's longtime top aid, Walter Jenkins, who caused a major stir when he was charged with disorderly conduct with another man in a public restroom in D.C., and caused a major problem for the Johnson administration, is efficiently portrayed by Chris Richards." Read more here.

4. Chicago, IL: Editor Misha Davenport reviews Theo Ubique's Chicago premiere of FLY BY NIGHT. He says, "With Romney, director Fred Anzevino proves once and again he has an eye for talent. It isn't a keen sense of discovering them (Mr. Romney has a number of stage credits to his name), but rather an ability to match a talented actor with a promising role, then step back and allow the performer's work to speak for itself." Read more here.


5. Minneapolis, MN: Editor Karen Bovard reviews SENSE AND SENSIBILITY at Guthrie Theater. She says, "Elinor, the elder, played with charm and restraint by the excellent Jolly Abraham, represents sense: she keeps her head, and she does her best to make decisions based on reason. Her younger sister Marianne, the lively and likeable Alejandra Escalante, is a much more overtly passionate spirit who leads with her heart, thus representing sensibility. In this adaptation, we first meet an animated Marianne as she directs a stolid suitor in a dramatic reading of HAMLET." Read more here.


6. Jacksonville, FL: Editor Michael Lipp features PRIDE & PREJUDICE with Theatre Jacksonville's new Technical Director, Tim Watson. He says, "Watson and Canning collaborated on a set that uses portraits as a conceptual theme, featuring a large picture frame and two arches that echo the silhouette cameo locket featured on the production's publicity, poster, and program artwork. Along with Watson's scenic and lighting design, costume designers Tracy Olin and Curtis Williams respectively built most of the women's and men's costumes with Williams, Theatre Jacksonville's resident milliner, providing hats for the cast." Read more here.

West Coast

7. San Diego, CA: Editor E.H. Reiter reviews OCTOBER SKY at The Old Globe. She says, "The music is a mix of bluegrass, rock, and country and every hope and dream of the town is expressed in song. It seems that most of those dreams are some form of "get out of this town" in one way or another. In "Look to the Stars" Selig makes the most with this poignant song while hitting some soaring notes. Another stand out song is "Moonshine", sung by Destan Owens as Bathtub Amos along with his jug band, a lovely and cheerful jazzy accompaniment as the boys get drunk on the moonshine they are purchasing for their rocket fuel." Read more here.


8. Portland, OR: Editor Krista Garver reviews HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED at Portland Playhouse. She says, "If you'd like to know how August Wilson went from humble beginnings to a beloved (and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning) playwright, then make your way over to Portland Playhouse for HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED, a one-man show originally written as a memoir and performed by the playwright himself." Read more here.


9. Israel: Editor Ronit Suzan reviews LES MISERABLES at the Israeli National Theatre Habima. She says, "Valjean is played by recording artist Amir Dadon, who proves time after time what a brilliant singer he is with a strong, steady voice and an impressive breath control..." "Of course the stars of this unbelievable cast are Avi Kushnir as Thénardier and Hana Laszlo as Madame Thénardier, the perfect casting for these roles." Read more here.

National Tour Highlight:

10. Rhode Island Editor Andria Tieman reviews WICKED at Providence Performing Arts Center. She says, "This standout performance doesn't in any way overshine the other exceptional members of the cast. Amanda Jane Cooper is wonderful as Glinda. She bursts onto stage as a relentlessly charismatic blonde, and is the perfect contrast to Elphaba's dour expressions. She also manages to play the part of an incessantly perky person without making herself incredibly annoying. She's a bit cartoonish, but frequently injects excellent moments of levity and heart at precisely the right moment. Both of the main actresses have perfect comic timing and the jokes land exactly as they should." Read more here.

STUDENT BLOGGERS! We'd like to feature a few of our student bloggers below!

College: College student Patti Meadors talks about college pre screen videos. Read her blog here.
High School: High school student Leanne Marie Laurino talks about her twin brother winning the NJACT's 43rd Annual Perry Award. Read her blog here.

*BONUS* - Interested in joining our team, but not exactly sure what we do? All of your questions are answered, along with every open position from guest and student bloggers, Regional Editors, BWW sites and more! Check it out here!

This week, we'd like to welcome Jenny Bravo, our newest contributing editor in New Orleans, and Natali Andres in our newest region of Tallahassee.


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