Caroline Sposto

Caroline Sposto

Caroline Sposto is a writer, producer, actor and startup entrepreneur. More information about her can be found at http://www.whycaroline.com




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BWW Interview: Ilia Volok Reflects on DIARY OF A MADMANBWW Interview: Ilia Volok Reflects on DIARY OF A MADMAN
Posted: Oct. 9, 2017


BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS opens at The Memphis OrpheumBWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS opens at The Memphis Orpheum
Posted: Oct. 26, 2017


BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS opens at The Memphis OrpheumBWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS opens at The Memphis Orpheum
October 26, 2017

The 2015 musical, inspired by the Oscar-winning film of the same title, features a score by George and Ira Gershwin and a book by Craig Lucas opened at the Memphis Orpheum this week. Because the story centers on Ballet, which I'm not qualified to critique, I brought along Dmitri Roudnev, former Bolshoi soloist and current Ballet Master.

BWW Interview: Ilia Volok Reflects on DIARY OF A MADMANBWW Interview: Ilia Volok Reflects on DIARY OF A MADMAN
October 9, 2017

From the dictator in his palace to the lone wolf shooter, distorted thinking has become a constant thread running through our news. Sometimes we can better confront dark realities through art. In April of 2012, Ilia Volok debuted his one-man show, DIARY OF A MADMAN in Los Angeles. The production received both public popularity and critical acclaim. He has since brought it back several times in the L.A. area.This month, the production will open at the American Theatre of Actors Beckmann Theatre in New York.

BWW Feature: ETC Announces 2nd Annual 10-Minute Play FestBWW Feature: ETC Announces 2nd Annual 10-Minute Play Fest
April 12, 2017

Emerald Theatre Company had so much fun producing last year's fest, they decided to do it again! Theme: 'That's so gay.'The words, 'That's so gay.' Must be spoken by a character in the context of the author's choice.

BWW Review: Endearing ANNIE Graces the Memphis OrpheumBWW Review: Endearing ANNIE Graces the Memphis Orpheum
December 15, 2016

It's the time of year to reflect on the past and enjoy familiar stories that warm our hearts. In otherwords, 'tis the season for ANNIE. That spunky waif has been part of our American culture for more than 130 years. She was first penned into existence by poet James Whitcomb Riley in 1885. His poem, 'Little Orphant Annie',was inspired by Mary Alice 'Allie' Smith, an orphaned child who came to live in the Riley home.

BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS Serenade Memphis at the Orpheum TheatreBWW Review: JERSEY BOYS Serenade Memphis at the Orpheum Theatre
October 29, 2016

JERSEY BOYS is the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. This award-winning show has been running on Broadway for more than ten years. Its wild popularity spawned touring companies that have been breaking box office records in venues around the world. It was adapted into a film, produced and directed by Clint Eastwood in 2014. The current national tour opened at the Memphis Orpheum on October 25 and it will play through October 30th.

BWW Review: King Charles III Rules at PlayhouseBWW Review: King Charles III Rules at Playhouse
October 6, 2016

KING CHARLES III closed on Broadway earlier this year. And though it won an Olivier Award, I suspect this regional premiere will be a rare opportunity to see this show -- or at least a quality production of it. Done right, as it is by Playhouse on the Square, it's an absorbing and memorable evening of theatre. Anything less could spell disaster because bringing this plausible alternate world to life is quite a feat.

BWW Feature: WORDS MATTER Challenges the Status QuoBWW Feature: WORDS MATTER Challenges the Status Quo
September 3, 2016

I live in Memphis by choice. One of the reasons is that the arts community is not only vibrant, but also concerned, aware and purposeful. About 20 percent of our adult population in this area is functionally illiterate. This doesn't just hurt them in the job market. It affects their ability to life up to realize their potential and live full lives. Literacy Mid-South is committed to changing that.

BWW Review: HARRIET TUBMAN Comes to Life at The Evergreen TheatreBWW Review: HARRIET TUBMAN Comes to Life at The Evergreen Theatre
July 16, 2016

In 1849, a twenty-eight year-old former slave named Harriet Tubman risked her life to lead a group of other slaves to freedom. Over the course of ten years, she made an additional nineteen trips. She didn't lose any of her three hundred 'passengers' on The Underground Railroad. They called her 'Moses.'

BWW Preview: ETC Gears Up for 10-minute Play FestBWW Preview: ETC Gears Up for 10-minute Play Fest
June 3, 2016

After 20 bold years, The Emerald Theatre Company in Memphis is breaking new ground by holding its first annual 10-minute play festival. In keeping with its mission to produce quality, cutting edge works dealing with controversial issues that would not ordinarily be produced by conventional theaters in the Memphis area, the theme for this fest is: 'Out of the Closet.'

BWW Review: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Goes Great Guns at The Memphis OrpheumBWW Review: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Goes Great Guns at The Memphis Orpheum
May 20, 2016

The lights come up, jazz age gangsters rush the stage and fire at the backdrop with their machine guns, and the words BULLETS OVER BROADWAY appears in lights--a perfect intro for a madcap caper. Let the fun begin!

BWW Review: Strong Cast Inhabits THE COUNTRY HOUSE at Circuit PlayhouseBWW Review: Strong Cast Inhabits THE COUNTRY HOUSE at Circuit Playhouse
May 5, 2016

Bucolic setting are wonderful . . . until it rains and everyone is wall-to-wall unpacking their baggage, airing their dirty laundry, calling each other on the carpet, and climbing the walls. At least that's what happens in THE COUNTRY HOUSE by Donald Marguiles. It's an explicit homage to Chekhov -- sort of an UNCLE VANYA and THE SEAGULL mashup. I wasn't knocked out by the script. The setup is simple, the plot predictable, the conflicts obvious. The actors have to bring a lot to this show to make is worth watching. Fortunately, Director, David Landis, had an exceptional cast.wisecracks into heated discussions simply to hear them sizzle.

BWW Interview: Meet Michael WilliamsBWW Interview: Meet Michael Williams
May 3, 2016

Next week the Memphis Orpheum will teem with gun-toting lugs in pinstripes and leggy Jazz Age chorines as BULLETS OVER BROADWAY takes the stage. This roaring twenties crime comedy, based on Woody Allen's 1994 film by the same title was transformed for the stage with Susan Stroman's guidance. In Allen's film, the lead character, David Shayne, was played by John Cusack. In this stage version, a young actor named Michael Williams inhabits the role.

BWW Features: Rachel Black: The exception that proves the ruleBWW Features: Rachel Black: The exception that proves the rule
April 18, 2016

Majoring in Theatre is a bold decision. Committing four formative years and thousands of dollars ought to pay off. College costs have increased exponentially, and (STEM) science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors seem to be the only sought after grads these days. This is why, according to The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, only 8% of today's college students are majoring in humanities.

BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Raises Cain at the OrpheumBWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Raises Cain at the Orpheum
March 18, 2016

Typically the press night buzz at the Memphis Orpheum starts in the lobby . . . or at least inside the foyer. Last night, however, it radiated for two square blocks in all directions as Mormon missionaries turned out in force to meet and greet theater goers. These clean-cut, youth, armed with literature and disarming smiles had driven all the way from Little Rock. They weren't protesting the show, just using the opportunity to tell their side the world Trey Parker and Matt Stone (Creators of South Park) and Robert Lopez, composer of 'Avenue Q' so famously lampooned.

BWW Review: Commending Cloud9BWW Review: Commending Cloud9
March 7, 2016

There is magic in midtown. Memphis is stagestruck -- moreso than ever, and with a surplus of talent! (Investors call the new vitality and nightlife 'gentrification,' I call it a renaissance because the arts are thriving all around us.) In one square mile, there are more shows each weekend than an avid theatre goer has time to enjoy. This month, yet another tantalizing choice appeared on the calendar. Cloud9 Theatre Company just closed its inaugural show at the Evergreen Theatre. (I was sorry I couldn't get there opening night.) Based on what I saw, we have another local gem. What fun to live and work in the midst of so much creative energy!

THE JUNETEENTH STORY - And Why It MattersTHE JUNETEENTH STORY - And Why It Matters
February 28, 2016

Black History Month is drawing to a close, and again, I wonder why this integral component of American history isn't a more substantial part of the discussion year-round. Imagine for a moment a world without the African American influence on music, sports, dance, entertainment, and fashion. Though it may be arguable that Black contributions to popular culture are readily apparent, thousands of other important facts have been left out of the educational curricula for years. For example, most people know that Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb, but how many people know that a black man, Lewis Latimer, invented the filament for the lightbulb?

BWW Interview: Catching up with Kristen Beth WilliamsBWW Interview: Catching up with Kristen Beth Williams
February 11, 2016

The wildly popular musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder will be at The Memphis Orpheum February 9 - 14th. This daring, dark comedy hails from Roy Horniman's 1907 novel, Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal, told through the eyes of a man who bumps off the aristocrats standing in the way of his title. In 1949, the book was loosely adapted into the movie, 'Kind Hearts and Coronets' which starred Dennis Price, Joan Greenwood, Valerie Hobson, and Alec Guinness. In 2014, Robert Freedman and Steven Lutvak set the story to music. It has been nabbing awards and slaying audiences ever since.

STAR TREK: THE ULTIMATE VOYAGE Docks in MemphisSTAR TREK: THE ULTIMATE VOYAGE Docks in Memphis
February 8, 2016

Gene Roddenberry had a bold vision when he pitched his inspiration to NBC as a 'Wagon Train to the Stars' in 1964. The first episode of Star Trek aired on Sept. 8, 1966. It was a show with unknown actors, and limited special effects, but what it lacked in flash, it made up for in sensibility. America was entangled in the Vietnam War, the Cold War was at its height, the Civil Rights Movement was battling the status quo, and pre-regulation smog was covering major cities with toxic gray clouds.

BWW Review: Wowed by the Workshop Theater in NYCBWW Review: Wowed by the Workshop Theater in NYC
December 23, 2015

This time of year faithful pilgrims travel to Bethlehem. My pilgrimage this year was accidental and secular. During a whirlwind trip to Manhattan, I happened upon The Workshop Theater on West 36th Street in Manhattan, a place where great plays are born. Their Sundays@ Six program, in the Jewel Box Theater is free to the public and requires no tickets or reservations.

BWW Review: CINDERELLA Enchants at Memphis OrpheumBWW Review: CINDERELLA Enchants at Memphis Orpheum
October 15, 2015

CINDERELLA is the only Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that was originally written for television. Its first performance was broadcast live on CBS on March 31, 1957 as a vehicle for Julie Andrews, who played the title role. It was subsequently remade for television twice. The 1965 version starred Lesley Ann Warren, and the 1997 one starred Brandy Norwood.



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