Chris Miritello

Chris Miritello


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BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK at The OrpheumBWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK at The Orpheum
Posted: Oct. 10, 2018


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BWW Review: 42ND STREET at Theatre MemphisBWW Review: 42ND STREET at Theatre Memphis
Posted: Jun. 20, 2018


BWW Review: DREAMGIRLS at Playhouse On The SquareBWW Review: DREAMGIRLS at Playhouse On The Square
Posted: Jul. 8, 2018


BWW Review: LOVE NEVER DIES at The OrpheumBWW Review: LOVE NEVER DIES at The Orpheum
Posted: Sep. 5, 2018


BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK at The OrpheumBWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK at The Orpheum
Posted: Oct. 10, 2018


BWW Review: FUN HOME at Playhouse On The SquareBWW Review: FUN HOME at Playhouse On The Square
Posted: May. 22, 2018


BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK at The OrpheumBWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK at The Orpheum
October 10, 2018

There is a moment during the closing scene of Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock when the show transforms from a mere crowd pleasing musical, to a pure and unadulterated celebration. Having witnessed the young students of Horace Green Preparatory School fully evolve from disenfranchised, rule-following and generally unhappy children, to confident rock stars willing to 'stick it to the man,' the audience cannot help but leap to its feet and join the party at the top of Mount Rock. More than a local battle of the bands, it is a celebration of the importance of arts education, the power of inspiring teachers, the joys of finding one's voice, and of the mind-blowing capacity for so much talent to exist in such small bodies and at such an early age. Judging by the standing ovation that began before and continued throughout the curtain call, it is clear that the Orpheum audience was fully invested in these young characters, and that School of Rock had therefore done its job. Indeed, this culminating scene is the ultimate payoff that makes the two and a half hours that precede it entirely worth the investment. The only disappointment was that there was no after party on Beale Street. Armed with their instruments and boundless talent, something tells me that the students of Horace Green Preparatory School could most certainly have brought down the house.

BWW Review: LOVE NEVER DIES at The OrpheumBWW Review: LOVE NEVER DIES at The Orpheum
September 5, 2018

As Memphis theatergoers pile into the Orpheum to kick off a record-breaking 2018-2019 season for ticket sales at the much beloved venue, they are confronted with a familiar, albeit masked face. Indeed, while Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera continues its remarkable 30-year run as Broadway's most enduring production, its sequel, Love Never Dies, has opened in the bluff city. Like all other sequels, Love Never Dies faces the initial challenge of justifying its mere existence. That challenge is further amplified when the first installment is, like The Phantom of the Opera, so woven into the fabric of our cultural iconography. Grumbling devotees of the original Phantom will no doubt ask why the story necessitates a sequel at all, let alone one in which the Phantom is transplanted from the Paris Opera House to (gasp) the underbelly of New York's Coney Island. To those skeptics in the audience (of which this reviewer was one), rest assured that Troika Entertainment's magically beautiful production of Love Never Dies, with direction by Simon Phillips, answers that question rather quickly. Why does The Phantom of the Opera require a sequel? Well, why not? That is particularly the case when the sequel is such an eye catching showcase for its talented cast of performers.

BWW Review: DREAMGIRLS at Playhouse On The SquareBWW Review: DREAMGIRLS at Playhouse On The Square
July 8, 2018

Tear down the mountains. Yell, scream and shout for Dreamgirls, Playhouse on the Square's final musical offering of its 2017-2018 season. Co-directed and choreographed by Jordan Nichols and Travis Bradley, Playhouse on the Square's Dreamgirls is a two and a half hour theatrical energy drink, jam packed with slick production numbers performed by a fresh cast that is plainly up to the task of quenching the audience's thirst for a great time. There is much to be excited about with this production of Dreamgirls, which seems uniquely at home in Memphis, a city whose history and reputation are so intertwined with music and the superstars it has produced. Although the first third of Act I can be described as somewhat frenetic, the production quickly settles in and finds its footing, anchored by electrifying, well-directed performances by Breyannah Tillman as Effie, and Napoleon M. Douglas as Jimmy Early.

BWW Review: 42ND STREET at Theatre MemphisBWW Review: 42ND STREET at Theatre Memphis
June 20, 2018


BWW Review: FUN HOME at Playhouse On The SquareBWW Review: FUN HOME at Playhouse On The Square
May 22, 2018

Following its opening on Broadway in April 2015, Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori's innovative and decidedly modern musical Fun Home enjoyed a 582-performance run and garnered five 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Based on Alison Bechdel's graphic novel depicting of her childhood and coming of age, including most prominently, her realization of her sexuality and complicated relationship with her gay father, Fun Home currently finds itself in the capable hands of Memphis's Playhouse on the Square.