Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold

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BWW Review: Classy Production of Classic NUTCRACKER with Maine State BalletBWW Review: Classy Production of Classic NUTCRACKER with Maine State Ballet
Posted: Nov. 25, 2017


Critic's Choice Best of Maine Theatre 2017Critic's Choice Best of Maine Theatre 2017
Posted: Nov. 26, 2017


BWW Review: BROADWAY AT THE GOOD THEATER Serves Up Holiday CheerBWW Review: BROADWAY AT THE GOOD THEATER Serves Up Holiday Cheer
Posted: Dec. 2, 2017


MSMT Creates Offstage Magic for Local ChildrenMSMT Creates Offstage Magic for Local Children
Posted: Dec. 10, 2017


BWW Review: SANTALAND DIARIES Proves a Perennial Favorite at TAMBWW Review: SANTALAND DIARIES Proves a Perennial Favorite at TAM
Posted: Nov. 27, 2017


Photo Flash: MSMT Accepts BWW Critic's Choice Best of Maine 2017 AwardPhoto Flash: MSMT Accepts BWW Critic's Choice Best of Maine 2017 Award
Posted: Nov. 27, 2017


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BWW Review: NEWSIES Grabs Headlines at MSMTBWW Review: NEWSIES Grabs Headlines at MSMT
Posted: Aug. 11, 2017


BWW Review: Electrifying Joy Ride, GREASE Rocks MSMT StageBWW Review: Electrifying Joy Ride, GREASE Rocks MSMT Stage
Posted: Jul. 21, 2017


BWW Review: Sassy, Sweet, Colorful, MSMT Launches Larger-Than-Life GUYS AND DOLLSBWW Review: Sassy, Sweet, Colorful, MSMT Launches Larger-Than-Life GUYS AND DOLLS
Posted: Jun. 30, 2017


BWW Review: RAGTIME Explodes in Rhythm and RhymeBWW Review: RAGTIME Explodes in Rhythm and Rhyme
Posted: Aug. 14, 2017


BWW Review: Patsy Cline Is Alive and Well and Dazzling at Maine State Music TheatreBWW Review: Patsy Cline Is Alive and Well and Dazzling at Maine State Music Theatre
Posted: Jun. 9, 2017


MSMT Creates Offstage Magic for Local ChildrenMSMT Creates Offstage Magic for Local Children
December 10, 2017

Creating magic on the Pickard main stage each summer is what Maine State Music Theatre does each season and does with consummate skill. But increasingly in recent years, MSMT has been expanding its community outreach and finding ways to attract new audiences and serve diverse and often underserved constituencies. The latest endeavor in a long list of community events was to host a holiday party for the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters at the MSMT rehearsal studios on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

BWW Review: BROADWAY AT THE GOOD THEATER Serves Up Holiday CheerBWW Review: BROADWAY AT THE GOOD THEATER Serves Up Holiday Cheer
December 2, 2017

Among the many holiday season theatrical offerings, the annual musical revue, Broadway at the Good Theater inevitably proves to be a refreshing and original approach to ushering in a season of good cheer. The 2017 production, conceived, written, and directed by Brian P. Allen, is no exception; in fact, if anything, this year's show is bigger, bolder, and full of delightful surprises.

Photo Flash: MSMT Accepts BWW Critic's Choice Best of Maine 2017 AwardPhoto Flash: MSMT Accepts BWW Critic's Choice Best of Maine 2017 Award
November 27, 2017

Members of the staff of Maine State Music Theatre gathered to accept the 2017 Broadway World Critic's Choice Award. For the fifth year in a row MSMT has headed the list of Maine theatre producing extraordinary work. Maine editor Carla Maria Verdino-Sullwold's citation praised the company's 'amazing trajectory into the stratosphere, producing a 2017 that somehow astonishingly managed to top the previous blockbuster season in artistic merit and audience appeal.' Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark said the acknowledgement was made him 'very happy' and he was 'grateful to everyone at Broadway World.'

BWW Review: SANTALAND DIARIES Proves a Perennial Favorite at TAMBWW Review: SANTALAND DIARIES Proves a Perennial Favorite at TAM
November 27, 2017

David Sedaris' Santaland Diaries has become a staple of the alternative Christmas experience a funny, sardonic, wickedly funny look at the traditions and trappings of Christmas. As such, it provides a welcome escape for as the publicity maintains mature elves with its laser-sharp wit, insightful character observation, and turn-on-a-dime humor. The brilliantly written monologue for Crumpet the Elf, adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello, has become a Christmas season favorite of its own. As such, it now plays on the stage of Theater at Monmouth's Cumston Hall with veteran actor Mike Anthony, giving a credible performance that is sure to delight the many viewers suffering from Hallmark or Macy's Santaland fatigue.

Critic's Choice Best of Maine Theatre 2017Critic's Choice Best of Maine Theatre 2017
November 26, 2017

Maine boasts a vibrant, varied theatrical landscape, is home to a significant local community of fine artists, and plays host each year to artists from New York, Chicago, and all the leading regional theatres in the country. Moreover, Maine can be proud of its sophisticated, loyal, and warm-hearted audiences, who appreciate thoroughly the dedication and creativity that goes into producing professional and community theatre and who are generous with their support and acclaim. I am honored to continue to serve as Broadway World's Maine editor, and I remain excited and energized by the richness of the state's theatre scene. As we come to the end of another year, here are my personal choices of the 2017 best in Maine, grouped by theatre and show.

BWW Review: Classy Production of Classic NUTCRACKER with Maine State BalletBWW Review: Classy Production of Classic NUTCRACKER with Maine State Ballet
November 25, 2017

Maine State Ballet 's lavish performance annual performance of The Nutcracker at Merrill Auditorium is a sure sign that the Christmas season is upon us, and the 2017 production did not disappoint! Utilizing the resources of the entire company plus scores of other local dancers and extras, Artistic Director Linda MacArthur Miele once again works magic in this large venue in a performance that fills the house with joy.

BWW Interview: You Win Some, You Lose Some: MSMT's Quest to Obtain Musical Theatre RightsBWW Interview: You Win Some, You Lose Some: MSMT's Quest to Obtain Musical Theatre Rights
November 8, 2017

You win some, you lose some; you have to roll with the punches! Maine State Music Theatre's Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark says with a broad smile. He is talking about the process of acquiring the theatrical rights to produce the shows he does each year a process which is the inevitable and crucial departure point for any theatrical season. And yet, despite Clark's seemingly sanguine attitude toward these negotiations, the reality is that crafting the sensational seasons he has each year for the company is anything but a game of chance. It is the product of planning, strategy, hard work, and the increasing respect in which MSMT is held by the industry.

BWW Review: Spellbinding, Soul Searching Priestly Thriller at Good TheaterBWW Review: Spellbinding, Soul Searching Priestly Thriller at Good Theater
November 6, 2017

The sold out house in Portland's Good Theater sat riveted in their seats throughout as the tense, soul-searching drama of J. B. Priestly's An Inspector Calls as its twists and hairpin turns, its emotional revelations and its jarring ending played itself out with a combination of subtlety and punch. Director Brian P. Allen, his cast and creative team have created a mesmerizing theatrical experience that does complete justice to Priestly's passionate and ever-relevant 1945 play.

BWW Review: THE HAUNTING HOUR Presents a Mercurial Look at the MacabreBWW Review: THE HAUNTING HOUR Presents a Mercurial Look at the Macabre
October 30, 2017

In his directorial debut at Portland Stage, acclaimed actor Dustin Tucker has created an intriguing theatrical evening featuring a potpourri of horror tales by Maine authors, told with a mercurial blend of wit and terror. The brilliantly theatrical eighty-minute piece, which is based on six stories and short plays by John Cariani, Tess Gerritsen, Ike Hamill, Chris F. Holm, Callie Kimball and Stephen King, employs a wide variety of staging devices, and runs the gamut in tone and mood all combining for a sophisticated and satisfying experience.

BWW Review: Portland Stage's COMPLICATIONS FROM A FALL Struggles with Issues of AgingBWW Review: Portland Stage's COMPLICATIONS FROM A FALL Struggles with Issues of Aging
October 28, 2017

Portland Stage's second season offering, Kate Hawley's 2015 play about siblings and their mother confronting dementia, Complications from a Fall, addresses an issue of consequence but while it has its moments of warmth and truth, never quite rises to the challenge of truly articulating something significant about the aging process.

BWW Review: Writers in Love: Good Theater Presents SEX WITH STRANGERSBWW Review: Writers in Love: Good Theater Presents SEX WITH STRANGERS
September 30, 2017

The Good Theater launches its sixteenth season with a beautifully produced, bittersweet, wise, and winsome play by Laura Eason, Sex with Strangers. Despite its suggestive title, the two-character drama is not a steamy expos of passion, but rather a thoughtful exploration of the complicated world of modern relationships, the conflicting demands of attraction and affection with career and creative identity.

Photo Flash: BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON at Madhouse TheatrePhoto Flash: BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON at Madhouse Theatre
September 26, 2017

Madhouse Theatre in South Portland opened its season with a provocative and brilliant production of Michael Friedman's BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON. It runs until October 15, 2017.

BWW Review: BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON Rocks Mad Horse Theatre's OpeningBWW Review: BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON Rocks Mad Horse Theatre's Opening
September 24, 2017

Mad Horse Theatre in South Portland opened its 2017-2018 with another edgy, brilliant production that speaks to the company's reputation for crafting the unusual and provocative with consummate skill. That they had already programmed the 2009 Off-Broadway hit, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson before the tragic and untimely death on September 9th of its composer-lyricist Michael Friedman, only added impact to a production that is angry, powerful, funny, and hugely contemporaneous.

BWW Review: Lady Day and Her DemonsBWW Review: Lady Day and Her Demons
September 23, 2017

Portland Stage opens its 44th season with an intense production of Lanie Robertson's exploration of the tortured inner life of songstress Billie Holiday, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill. Essentially a ninety-minute dramatic monologue, the play with music is a virtuoso vehicle for the singer-actress in the title role. Portland Stage's attractive, expressive production captures all the pathos of Holliday's life, as well as the incomparable beauty of her music making.

BWW Video Flash: Theatre Miniatures # 5 Charis LeosBWW Video Flash: Theatre Miniatures # 5 Charis Leos
August 28, 2017

Actress, singer, comedienne extraordinaire Charis Leos has performed over one hundred roles on more than twenty-eight leading regional theaters across America. Known as a brilliant and endearing character actress with a powerful voice, she has made a name for herself in major roles like Rose in Gypsy, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Jolene in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Louise in Always Patsy Cline, and countless more parts that speak to her versatility and charisma. While Leos performs all over the country, Maine holds a special place in her heart.

BWW Review: MSMT Closes Its Season with Another FirstBWW Review: MSMT Closes Its Season with Another First
August 23, 2017

Just when you thought the excitement of the Maine State Music Theatre season was drawing inevitably to a close, the company delivered one last smashing surprise of an evening: its first free concert on the Brunswick Mall. Playing to a huge crowd that spanned some four blocks of the town green on a perfect late summer evening, MSMT performed a program of highlights from its 2017 repertoire. Partnering with the Brunswick Downtown Association and receiving generous funding from the Maine Arts Commission, the company launched yet another of its many outreach projects designed to bring Broadway to Brunswick.

BWW Review: A Place More Magical Than Dreams: MSMT's ALICE IN WONDERLAND Captivates Young and OldBWW Review: A Place More Magical Than Dreams: MSMT's ALICE IN WONDERLAND Captivates Young and Old
August 21, 2017

In the opening scene of Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark's Alice in Wonderland, Alice sings of her notion of Wonderland - 'a place where nonsense fills the air, a place more magical than dreams' - and in MSMT's Theatre for Young Audiences' original musical version of this classic, witty nonsense is deliciously blended with flights of imagination to create the perfect fantasy that speaks to audiences of all ages.

BWW Review: As Time Goes By: THE ALL NIGHT STRUT Revives Music and MemoriesBWW Review: As Time Goes By: THE ALL NIGHT STRUT Revives Music and Memories
August 19, 2017

The memories are in the music, and Maine State Music Theatre and Portland Stage's latest co-production struts, sizzles smiles, and sparkles with energy and latent emotion. Classy, funny, lively, touching, vocally and instrumentally beautiful, this tightly constructed revue, The All Night Strut, offers a journey to an era where the world was in turmoil, time moved more slowly, hearts were worn on sleeves, and swing was the thing. Performed in a stylish production with a quartet of stunning soloists and a trio of fine musicians, this soundtrack of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s tells its story in song and dance and offers theatre-goers a wholly satisfying and warmly memorable experience.

Photo Coverage: First Look at THE ALL NIGHT STRUT in PortlandPhoto Coverage: First Look at THE ALL NIGHT STRUT in Portland
August 17, 2017

Below, takea first look at Maine State Music Theatre and Portland Stage's 2017 co-production of THE ALL NIGHT STRUT, a musical revue of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, which opens Friday, August 18 in Portland, Maine!

BWW Interview: Coming Together to Bring Change, Panel Discusses NEWSIESBWW Interview: Coming Together to Bring Change, Panel Discusses NEWSIES
August 17, 2017

"Newsies is a hit wherever you take it; it had a highly successful Broadway run and national tour and now in these first regional productions, it is the kind of show that brings people from all over to see it again and again. It reaches so many people with its great music and dance and inspiring story. It's a brilliant piece of theatre, and I am honored to be a part of it."



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