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BWW Review: Loveable Characters and Lots of Laughter in Good Theater's HOMER BOUNDBWW Review: Loveable Characters and Lots of Laughter in Good Theater's HOMER BOUND
Posted: Nov. 12, 2018


BWW Review: REFUGE MALJA at Portland Stage Explores the Refugee ExperienceBWW Review: REFUGE MALJA at Portland Stage Explores the Refugee Experience
Posted: Nov. 11, 2018


BWW Review: THE HAUNTING 2.0 Proves To Be Sophisticated SequelBWW Review: THE HAUNTING 2.0 Proves To Be Sophisticated Sequel
Posted: Oct. 31, 2018


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BWW Interview: Thinking Forward: Maine State Music Theatre Celebrates Its Diamond JubileeBWW Interview: Thinking Forward: Maine State Music Theatre Celebrates Its Diamond Jubilee
Posted: Mar. 4, 2018


BWW Review: Curious and Curiouser: Colorful ALICE IN WONDERLAND at Maine State BalletBWW Review: Curious and Curiouser: Colorful ALICE IN WONDERLAND at Maine State Ballet
Posted: Mar. 25, 2018


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 Interview: Audience Choice Awards Prove Delightful Antidote to Maine WinterBWW Interview: Audience Choice Awards Prove Delightful Antidote to Maine Winter
Posted: Jan. 6, 2018


Winners Announced For The 2017 BroadwayWorld Maine Awards; MSMT Newsies Wins BIG!Winners Announced For The 2017 BroadwayWorld Maine Awards; MSMT Newsies Wins BIG!
Posted: Jan. 3, 2018


BWW Review: Loveable Characters and Lots of Laughter in Good Theater's HOMER BOUNDBWW Review: Loveable Characters and Lots of Laughter in Good Theater's HOMER BOUND
November 12, 2018

For the second offering of the Good Theater's ambitious 2018-2019 season and its one hundredth production in the company's existence, Brian P. Allen has mounted the world premiere of a new play by Maine writer Karmo Sanders. Homer Bound is a rollicking, folksy comedy populated by loveable characters and guaranteed to have the audience split its sides with laughter. Directed with panache by Sally Wood and performed by six excellent actors, Homer Bound is a romp from start to finish!

BWW Review: REFUGE MALJA at Portland Stage Explores the Refugee ExperienceBWW Review: REFUGE MALJA at Portland Stage Explores the Refugee Experience
November 11, 2018

In mounting Bess Welden's new play Refuge Malja, Portland Stage seeks to tell the story of contemporary Syrian war refugees in the context of history, the Holocaust, and personal conflict. Set largely in Greece and the Middle East, it intertwines the story of two journalists, their failed romance, and the struggles they have in coming to terms with past demons and the present suffering they witness. The intersection of these dramas is laden with potential for fine storytelling, but somehow Welden never manages to weave the threads into a coherent tale. Admirable in its intent, Refuge Malja remains a puzzling, under developed theatrical experience.

BWW Review: THE HAUNTING 2.0 Proves To Be Sophisticated SequelBWW Review: THE HAUNTING 2.0 Proves To Be Sophisticated Sequel
October 31, 2018

Dustin Tucker's THE HAUNTING 2.0, presented in the Studio Series at Portland Stage, proves to be a sophisticated and fascinating sequel to last season's inaugural Halloween event. Shaping six horror stories by Maine writers into an imaginative, often chilling dramatic sequence, Tucker's piece explores the psychological dimensions of terror with a combination of visceral fear and dark humor.

BWW REVIEW: Minimalist and Intense CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG Packs Maximum PunchBWW REVIEW: Minimalist and Intense CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG Packs Maximum Punch
October 15, 2018

Opening its 17th season, the Good Theater's stirring production of Simon Stephens' The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time takes the company to new heights of achievement. In a long roster of excellent work, this brilliant staging stands out as one of the company's finest accom;ishments. Minimalist in its staging, eschewing the bells and whistles of the original London and New York productions, Curious Incident packs a maximum punch with its intense narrative and stunning, star- quality performance of Griffin Carpenter in the central role.

BWW Review: Portland Stage Opens 45th Season with BEN BUTLERBWW Review: Portland Stage Opens 45th Season with BEN BUTLER
September 30, 2018

Marking its 45th season Portland Stage opened with Richard Strand's 2014 drama about the Union General Benjamin Butler's unintentional, but heartwarming sheltering of fugitive slaves during his command of Fort Monroe, Virginia, at the start of the Civil War. In a well-cast, elegantly produced staging the company offers a quirky, witty, often whimsical look at four characters who cross ideological swords and skirmish for high stakes not on the battleground but with a war of words, cleverly turned logic, solipsisms, and wittybadinage - all of which result in a remarkable turn of events that defies stereotypes, race, and convention.

BWW Review: Sprightly, Sassy PIRATES OF PENZANCE Closes TAM SeasonBWW Review: Sprightly, Sassy PIRATES OF PENZANCE Closes TAM Season
September 16, 2018

The Theater at Monmouth resumed its tradition of a fall Gilbert and Sullivan production with a sprightly, sassy, clever new take on the beloved chestnut, Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance. In a significantly trimmed score and re-imagined concept, the work comes alive with a freshness, energy, and new slant to the humor, while retaining the silliness of the script and the appeal of the songs.

BWW Review: Becoming a Real Live Boy: MSMT Closes Young Audiences Series with PINOCCHIOBWW Review: Becoming a Real Live Boy: MSMT Closes Young Audiences Series with PINOCCHIO
August 20, 2018

In an enchantingly fresh take on Carlo Collodi's classic tale, Robin and Clark's musical version of Pinocchio explores the inner journey of the wooden puppet who must learn the meaning of truth, compassion, and courage in order to become 'a real live boy.' MSMT closes its Theatre for Young Audiences series with a colorful, amusing, and tender retelling of this touching story, directed and choreographed by Raymond Marc Dumont and entirely produced and performed by MSMT's Educational Fellows.

BWW Interview: 'What a Glorious Feeling': MSMT Panel Celebrates SINGIN' IN THE RAIN and Anniversary ConcertsBWW Interview: 'What a Glorious Feeling': MSMT Panel Celebrates SINGIN' IN THE RAIN and Anniversary Concerts
August 18, 2018

In the midst of what has proved to be an extraordinary week for the company, Maine State Music Theatre fans turned out in a capacity crowd at the Curtis Memorial Library's final Peek Behind the Curtain panel to celebrate the concluding events of this Diamond Jubilee season. In the Brunswick season's penultimate week, MSMT presented nine performances of its smash hit, Singin' in the Rain, as well as two sold-out gala 60th anniversary concerts and a free Concert on the Mall that drew close to 2500 people. The panel, moderated by BWW's Carla Maria Verdino-Sullwold, featured Nicolas Dromard, Kate Fahrner, Brian Shepard, and Kim Sava, the stars of the production, two returning stars closely associated with MSMT's history, Sue Cella and K.K. Preece, as well as Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark. The resulting discussion, which focused on the joyful new staging by Marc Robin of Singin' in the Rain and the special anniversary events, was filled with warmth, laughter, and substance.

BWW Review: Timeless Laughter: Dan Goggin's NUNSENSE Delights in PortlandBWW Review: Timeless Laughter: Dan Goggin's NUNSENSE Delights in Portland
August 18, 2018

It is so seemingly simple and yet so irresistibly infectious. The thirty-five year-old show envelops the audience in a haze of nostalgia and a cocoon of laughter that makes for a delicious theatrical evening. And in this delightfully fresh, colorful, exuberant, and touching co-production presented by Maine State Music Theatre and Portland Stage, Dan Goggin's original Nunsense story makes clear why this musical has remained a timeless phenomenon

BWW Review: MSMT Throws Big, Beautiful 60th Birthday BashBWW Review: MSMT Throws Big, Beautiful 60th Birthday Bash
August 14, 2018

Anniversaries are times to reflect, to evaluate, but also to celebrate. Yesterday with its 60 Years of Musical Theatre: The Best of Maine State Music Theatre gala concert, the Brunswick theatre pulled out all the stops with a big, beautiful Diamond Jubilee gala that proved a stunning culmination to this milestone season. And indeed, six decades after Victoria Crandall launched her dream at the Pickard Theater on the Bowdoin College campus, MSMT can boast numerous reasons to celebrate its history, as well as its present accomplishments and future aspirations. In a matinee and evening stagings that featured musical performances by twenty-one soloists and an ensemble of ten, as well a number of spoken tributes, Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark architected a program that was classy, heartfelt, and rich and deep in the talent it showcased. As with any commemorative event, the program tapped into nostalgia and memory but blended these with a strong sense of the vigorous, energetic, imposing presence this company has become - not only in Midcoast Maine but also as a force in national regional theatre.

BWW Review: MSMT Brings Glitter of Hollywood's Golden Age to the Pickard StageBWW Review: MSMT Brings Glitter of Hollywood's Golden Age to the Pickard Stage
August 10, 2018

As its main stage finale in this Diamond Jubilee season, Maine State Music Theatre chose to present the stage version of one of the most beloved musicals of all time, Singin' in the Rain. With its book by Betty Comden/Adolph Green, and songs by Nacio Herb Brown/Arthur Freed), based on the famed MGM musical, this iconic classic receives a production that recreates the glitter of Hollywood's Golden Age on a dazzlingly grand scale. MSMT's staging, directed/choreographed by Marc Robin, sparkles with the effervescence of fine champagne, bubbles with energy and originality, exudes sunshine and joy, and offers its audiences an exhilarating, entirely magical entertainment experience.

BWW Interview: Brian Shepard: I Never Had a FallbackBWW Interview: Brian Shepard: I Never Had a Fallback
August 8, 2018

Replying to a question about how he has chalked up such an impressive performance roster, Broadway triple threat actor Brian Shepard, who plays Cosmo Brown in Maine State Music Theatre's new production of Singin' in the Rain, smiles and says," Good fortune, a lot of hard work, and I LOVE this! I am doing what I have always wanted to do. It was this or bust. I never had a fallback."

BWW Interview: Make 'Em Laugh, Make 'Em Cry with Joy: A Conversation with Nicolas DromardBWW Interview: Make 'Em Laugh, Make 'Em Cry with Joy: A Conversation with Nicolas Dromard
August 5, 2018

'I think the audience is going to eat up Singing' in the Rain. It is live theatre where anything can happen, and the talent in this cast is really amazing,' enthuses the star of Maine State Music Theatre's new production of the beloved classic, which begins its run at Brunswick's Pickard Theater on August 8th. For Nicolas Dromard, the opportunity to play Don Lockwood is a dream come true. 'It's taken me thirty-one years, but here I am,' he says with a big grin.

BWW Interview: Laughter That Cures All Ills: Dan Goggin and the Enduring Phenomenon of NUNSENSEBWW Interview: Laughter That Cures All Ills: Dan Goggin and the Enduring Phenomenon of NUNSENSE
August 1, 2018

' 'If laughter cures all ills, Nunsense will make doctors obsolete.' That is one of my favorite all time review quotes,' says Dan Goggin. 'Hearing an audience laugh and knowing you had something to do with it is one of the most rewarding experiences I can think of.' Despite the enduring international sensation Goggin's brainchild has become, the writer, director, and creator of a thirty-five-year musical theatre phenomenon and franchise that embraces seven musicals, three spin offs, television specials, a possible upcoming new television series, recordings, and an entire line of merchandise remains a bit bemused and amazed at his runaway success.

BWW Review: We Love You Conrad: MSMT's Stylish Revival of BYE BYE BIRDIEBWW Review: We Love You Conrad: MSMT's Stylish Revival of BYE BYE BIRDIE
July 31, 2018

It has been fifty-eight years since the Tony-award-winning Michael Stewart/Charles Crouse/Lee Adams musical Bye Bye Birdie first opened on Broadway, and while the topicality of the material is no longer au courant, still this fresh, charming Maine State Music Theatre revival, directed/choreographed by Raymond Marc Dumont, retains its humor, humanity, and universality.

BWW Review: Delightfully Outrageous and Incorrect: The PRODUCERS at Biddeford City TheaterBWW Review: Delightfully Outrageous and Incorrect: The PRODUCERS at Biddeford City Theater
July 29, 2018

It is almost fifty years since the original Mel Brooks film and seventeen since the Broadway stage version of Mel Brook's hilarious and outrageously funny, totally incorrect musical, The Producers, hit the stage. And despite it, or perhaps because of the contentious climate in which we live, this glorious tonic of laughter and colorful characters still rings true and commands a wrapt audience. Biddeford city Theater's production, directed by Linda Sturdivant, provides a glorious afternoon escape into the world of parody, spoof, and Broadway innuendo. The production is a large one for this ambitious community theatre, and they rise admirably to the challenge. Sturdivant directs and produces with a sure hand and a very balanced sense of humor - Mel Brooks requires a deft touch, despite the overt quality of his comedy. She expertly captures the iconic moments, keeps the stage pace, moves the action, and helps the cast establish the colorful characters.

BWW Interview: Stayin' Alive: Panel Explores the World of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVERBWW Interview: Stayin' Alive: Panel Explores the World of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
July 27, 2018

The very first number in the stage version of Saturday Night Fever is an ensemble piece, Stayin' Alive, which sets the tone for the raw, realistic musical drama which follows. 'This show gave us a little bit of an edge and by bookending it with Beauty and the Beast and Singin' in the Rain, which are sweet and a little sugary, this enabled us to do something a bit different - something with an edge, bite and grit,' says Maine State Music Theatre's Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark. Clark, together with cast members Jacob Tischler (Tony Manero), Alexandra Matteo (Stephanie Mangano), Christina Carlucci (Pauline), and Anthony J. Gasbarre III (Joey), are speaking to BWW's Carla Maria Verdino-Sullwold in the season's third Peek Behind the Curtain panel discussion at Curtis Memorial Library, devoted to the exploration of the company's current main stage production of Saturday Night Fever, playing on the Pickard stage until August 4.

BWW Interview: Ogunquit's AMERICAN IN PARIS: A Musical and Choreographic ConversationBWW Interview: Ogunquit's AMERICAN IN PARIS: A Musical and Choreographic Conversation
July 22, 2018

'This is a period in history where art is rejuvenating the people. From a musical standpoint, An American in Paris depicts an interesting time in the European-American cultural exchange. The many colors of French, German, British music were being influenced by American sounds to create a new, singular musical aesthetic, and this, in turn, influenced American musicians who emulated these aspects. It became a snowball of invention.' Music Director David Lamoureux is talking about the exciting period of cultural cross contexts and artistic innovation that was Post War Paris. He is joined by two of his collaborators on the production, directed and choreographed by Jeffry Denman, which opened at the Ogunquit Playhouse on July 13: Assistant Music Director Patrick Fanning and Assistant Choreographer Ashley Marinelli. The trio waxes eloquent about the fertile, innovative artistic world of the play and its time period and the opportunity to bring this milieu and story to life at the famed playhouse which celebrates its 86th season.

BWW Review: Dance, Dance, DANCE: MSMT's SATURDAY NIGHT FEVERBWW Review: Dance, Dance, DANCE: MSMT's SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
July 20, 2018

With the immortal songs of the BeeGees, mesmerizing disco dancing, and a cast of unforgettable characters, the musical version of Saturday Night Fever offers an inherently compelling theatrical experience. Maine State Music Theatre's new production does all that and more: it brings freshness, originality, and strong dramatic narrative to the work, all the while that it envelops the audience in its pulse and passion. This production is white-hot, warm, funny, and genuine.

BWW Interview: Jacob Tischler: Creating a ConversationBWW Interview: Jacob Tischler: Creating a Conversation
July 15, 2018

"This show is a boot camp in and of itself!" declares Jacob Tischler. Tischler is referring to his role as Tony Manero in Maine State Music Theatre's production of Saturday Night Fever, which begins its run at the Pickard on July 18th, and he is speaking to Broadway World about the colorful creative path that has brought him to this point in his career.



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