Craig Richardson

Craig Richardson

  Craig is thrilled to be a contributing editor for BroadwayWorld.com! Earning his degree in Musical Theatre from Wichita State University in 2011, Craig began performing all over the Wichita area. Favorite credits include Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd at the Crown Uptown Professional Dinner Theatre, Harold Nichols in The Forum Theatre’s production of The Full Monty and Bobby in Cabaret, also at The Forum Theatre. Craig moved to New York City in 2015 where he was a background actor for television series such as Law and Order, Blue Bloods and Power. Upon returning to his hometown of Wichita, Craig continued performing in productions across the city. He has been seen as Roy in Wichita Community Theatre’s Fun Home and Guild Hall Players’ Peter and the Starcatcher as Ted. In 2018, he went on tour with Bright Star Children’s Theatre performing all over the east coast in schools, libraries, and community theatres. Regularly going to see shows, he is now excited to be able to review productions while encouraging audience attendance for local Wichita Theatre. Please visit Craig’s website at www.craigjosephrichardson.com.




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BWW Review: MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL at The Forum Theatre Company, Wichita's Hottest Ticket in TownBWW Review: MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL at The Forum Theatre Company, Wichita's Hottest Ticket in Town
Posted: Oct. 9, 2019


BWW Review: HARRY SQUATTER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY at Mosley Street Melodrama, Puns and Play on WordsBWW Review: HARRY SQUATTER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY at Mosley Street Melodrama, Puns and Play on Words
Posted: Sep. 25, 2019


BWW Review: TICK, TICK BOOM!  at Roxy's Downtown, Actions Speak Louder Than... Words!BWW Review: TICK, TICK BOOM! at Roxy's Downtown, Actions Speak Louder Than... Words!
Posted: Sep. 18, 2019


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BWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Music Theatre Wichita, A thought-provoking musical still poignant to our timesBWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Music Theatre Wichita, A thought-provoking musical still poignant to our times
Posted: Jun. 13, 2019


BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE at Music Theatre Wichita, A ten for dancing!BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE at Music Theatre Wichita, A ten for dancing!
Posted: Jul. 12, 2019


BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS: THE STORY OF FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS, Oh, What a Night! at Theatre League, Broadway in WichitaBWW Review: JERSEY BOYS: THE STORY OF FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS, Oh, What a Night! at Theatre League, Broadway in Wichita
Posted: Mar. 3, 2019


BWW Review: GONE WITH THE WINDWAGON at Mosley Street Melodrama, 'Frank Lee Scarlett, I Don't Give a Damn!'BWW Review: GONE WITH THE WINDWAGON at Mosley Street Melodrama, 'Frank Lee Scarlett, I Don't Give a Damn!'
Posted: Jun. 10, 2019


BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at Music Theatre Wichita, Around the World in 14 DaysBWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at Music Theatre Wichita, Around the World in 14 Days
Posted: Jun. 27, 2019


BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS at Music Theatre Wichita, Immigrants Get the Job DoneBWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS at Music Theatre Wichita, Immigrants Get the Job Done
Posted: Aug. 19, 2019


BWW Review: MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL at The Forum Theatre Company, Wichita's Hottest Ticket in Town
October 9, 2019

Located at 330 N. Broadway inside First United Methodist Church is the Forum Theatre Company. Under artistic director Kathryn Page Hauptman, her current production of Memphis The Musical is nothing short of being truly incredible earning her a firm reputation of being a convincing story telling director. Taking place in Memphis, Tennessee during the 1950's among a racially divided south, the show depicts exactly what the city is best known for: being the birthplace of rock n' roll. With a well-rounded, talented cast, stunning lightning and set design plus rocking choreography, this show will captivate you from start to finish drawing anyone in our own city looking for quality, music theatre entertainment next to Broadway. The show runs September 26 through October 13th under permission of Theatrical Rights Worldwide.

BWW Review: HARRY SQUATTER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY at Mosley Street Melodrama, Puns and Play on Words
September 25, 2019

What do Noah Webster and Aaron Peckham have in common? Some of you had to really think hard, but for the rest of us little known muggles we would instantly recognize the pair as linguists who are well versed on opposite spectrums of the English dictionary. Webster's Dictionary, written by Noah Webster in 1806, is filled with wonderful, diverse words and definitions of American vocabulary but Peckham in 1999 came up with what was eventually to be known as the urban dictionary, an online resource for American slang words which have infiltrated our own pop culture. In addition, another 90's vocabularic author known under the pseudonym J.K. Rowling is best known for her series based on that cute, loveable and lucky guy, Harry Potter. For Mosley Street Melodrama's current olio, Wichita writers Ryan Schafer and Molly Tully wrote a show most likely using these resources to come up with a fresh, new Halloween show for the theatrical company called Harry Squatter and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day.

BWW Review: TICK, TICK BOOM! at Roxy's Downtown, Actions Speak Louder Than... Words!
September 18, 2019

It's time, pursue your dreams.a?? This is a quote by S. Weitzman, an entrepreneur. It's plastered on a mural right beneath a sundial on southeast Kellogg here in Wichita. Now, I'm not suggesting attempting to read any of the quotes on Kellogg during your morning commute but if you ever do get the time, you'll be reminded kindly that a?oethe journey is the reward.a??

BWW Review: BLOOD BROTHERS at Wichita Community Theatre, Sparking the Conversation on Gun Violence in America
September 17, 2019

3,042 young adults died tragically in 2007 alone from gunfire in the United States according to Children's Defense, a non-profit dedicated to building safer communities with a small yet mighty focus on the crisis of gun violence in America. If that statistic alone doesn't scare you, maybe this will: in a recent 2019 article from the Associated Press, it states here in Wichita, violent crime rates are now twice the national average with gun shootings doubling in the past five years since 2014. The Wichita Police Department recognize shootings have become problematic and are now participating in initiatives such as citizen patrol to help out the understaffed branch keep crime low and accountability high. Bearing this in mind, Wichita Community Theatre opens their 2019-2020 season with the musical Blood Brothers, a show filled with a variety of themes but particularly gun violence being the most shocking and prevalent topic presented. The production runs at 258 N. Fountain from September 4-15, Wednesday through Saturday and is sponsored by KMUW Wichita 89.1.

BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS at Music Theatre Wichita, Immigrants Get the Job Done
August 19, 2019

According to 'fake' news sources, during the 2016 presidential election Hispanics made up about eleven percent of the electorate which was up ten percent from 2012. An estimated 58.9 million Hispanic people live in the United States comprising eighteen percent of the American population. Furthermore, one in seven U.S. residents is foreign born, including you, the reader. In 2018, over 106,147 asylum seeker applications were presented to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. With these kinds of statistical facts, it can be inferred immigration is certainly on the rise, especially those searching for a safe haven in the supposedly United States who come from countries of violence, persecution, and turmoil of their own. Immigration has always made America great bringing varied values while creating a true melting pot. And as the lyrics say in Lin Manuel Miranda's musical Hamilton, 'immigrants, we get the job done.' Sure, you can point fingers and say I'm a millennial living at home with mom and dad and have no inclination of the outside real world or know the importance of a job, but as a privileged Irish American white male actor, I have witnessed time and time again these hard working immigrants 'getting the job done' at restaurant and customer service jobs to help support their own American dream of simple inclusion and sense of belonging. Jobs which no one truly likes to work. From dishwashers, to construction workers, to asylum seeking students, there is nothing these refugees will do to try to assimilate and make America their newfound home. Such themes were presented at Music Theatre Wichita's 2019 season closer In the Heights also written by Lin Manuel Miranda which ran from August 7th-11th at Century II Concert Hall.

BWW Review: THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD at Guild Hall Players
August 8, 2019

Charles Dickens was a literary author we all encountered and studied in formal educational settings. Some may remember when his father was in imprisoned, Dickens knew that he needed to make a living wage and support himself, losing quality education himself. At the age of 15, he began working for an attorney and studied shorthand in the evening which lead to a job as a journalist launching his writing career. From there he wrote several short stories and novels like A Tale of Two Cities, A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist, some becoming stage plays and musicals. His final and greatest novel ultimately turned musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, is a prime example of such a case. The show was presented by Guild Hall Players from August 1st through the 4th at St. James Episcopal Church.

BWW Review: CHICAGO at Music Theatre Wichita, A Dazzling Production
July 30, 2019

'Welcome. Ladies and Gentlemen, you are about to see a story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery-all those things we all hold near and dear to our hearts. Thank you.'

BWW Review: PETEY'S BIG ADVENTURE at Mosley Street Melodrama, A Spoof on Scooters
July 24, 2019

July 15th, 2019. A day that will live forever in Wichita history. A time when everything changed for our community, our children and recreational safety as the city introduced 'the scooter initiative.' Scattered throughout Wichita are 500 scooters available to rent for public use through the Spin App as a way to improve Wichita as a destination to live, play and travel. In Mosley Street Melodrama's current olio, however, scooters are the perfect target for Petey's Big Adventure-a spoof on comedic character Pee-Wee Herman and his escapades. Written by Carol Hughes and directed by Steve Hitchcock, Petey's Big Adventure runs from now until September 7th.

BWW Review: THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB at Wichita Community Theatre, The Perfect Girls' Night Out
July 22, 2019

For their final production of the 2018-2019 season, Wichita Community Theatre proudly presents The Dixie Swim Club-a Jones Hope Wooten comedy. For those unfamiliar to these three authors dubbed 'America's Playwrights' one may recognize their other works such as The Savannah Sipping Society which appeared at Wichita Community Theatre last year or most notably their comedic writing for The Golden Girls. The Dixie Swim Club is definitely a play that showcases wonderful similarities to the television sitcom. Directed by Leroy Clark, The Dixie Swim Club runs from now until July 28th at 258 N. Fountain.

BWW Review: FORBIDDEN BROADWAY at Roxy's Downtown, A Prohibited Parody worth Seeing
July 16, 2019

'Forbidden' is certainly a fitting adjective for Roxy's Downtown current production entitled Forbidden Broadway. If you simply look up the word 'forbidden' in the dictionary, you will find its meaning to be prohibited, not allowed or even banned. It's a clever little title to describe this Off-Broadway parody rated PG-13 which spoofs many lyrics and shows such as Mamma Mia, Cats, and even Hairspray which would send original playwrights and performing artists rolling in their graves with laughter. Opening originally in 1982 by parodist Gerard Alessandrini, the show has gone under many revisions to include even newer musicals. Starring Julia Faust, John Keckeisen, Seth Knowles, Shaun-Michael Morse, Patty Reeder, and Christine Tasheff, Forbidden Broadway runs from now until August 24 at the 1930s cabaret venue in downtown Wichita.

BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE at Music Theatre Wichita, A ten for dancing!
July 12, 2019

For their third show of the summer season, Music Theatre Wichita presents A Chorus Line-- Michael Bennett's beloved concept piece about auditioning for coveted spots in a Broadway production. The show itself debuted forty-four years ago this time in July and follows sixteen performers as they fight for a job in the chorus. Auditioning dancers lay out their entire lives on a single line through stories, mostly dramatic, to tell the ultimate truth of what it's like to simply tryout. A Chorus Line ranks top seven in longest running Broadway production in musical theatre history but is now showing until July 14th at Century II Concert Hall for a limited engagement.

BWW Review: 1776 at Wichita Scottish Rite Signature Theatre
July 5, 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is historically known as being the city of brotherly love. With a current population of over one and half million residents, a lot has happened throughout the centuries during the city's rich past. It's a city that has won world series, held conventions on women's rights and a place that inspired 'rocket man' Elton John's hit 'Philadelphia Freedom' based on the Philadelphia Freedoms world tennis team, ultimately becoming an anthem for the city. And long before 'covfefe' tweets, proposed border walls, and transgender military bans, Congress met for the first time to formulate and write the Declaration of Independence, a document holding dear to the truths that all men are created equal and are forever granted the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Wichita Scottish Rite Signature Theatre recreates the 'room where it all happens' in their current and limited engagement production of 1776 now running until July 3rd at Wichita Center for the Performing Arts.

BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at Music Theatre Wichita, Around the World in 14 Days
June 27, 2019

From the alps of Austria to the perfumery of Paris, Music Theatre Wichita continues its excellence in musical theatre standards with their second show of the summer season, An American in Paris; a suitable show selection set after the end of World War II. Based on the 1928 orchestrations of George Gershwin during his time in Paris and also the 1951 MGM film starring Gene Kelly, this stage adaptation of An American in Paris was most recently on Broadway in 2015 at the Palace Theatre in New York City. It wasn't until then that this filmed musical was tailored for the stage by playwright Craig Lucas. Regional theatres across the United States are eager to produce the production now that the copyrights are available, four years after the initial Broadway debut. Music Theatre Wichita's production is no exception by any means, incorporating a revolving stage and projections bringing Broadway right here to our own all-American City, Wichita.

BWW Review: BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY at Madcap Comedy And Improv Troupe
June 15, 2019

Wichita has a brand-new theatre called Madcap Comedy and Improv Troupe! Now well into what appears to be the first season for the company, they have presented their second full-fledge production after Neil Simon's The Odd Couple under the direction of Cameron Carlson. And it's a good one! Filled with hilarity and sharp comedic acting by only a cast of seven, Ken Ludwig's Baskerville did not disappoint. Catch it this weekend before it closes.

BWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Music Theatre Wichita, A thought-provoking musical still poignant to our times
June 13, 2019

Opening Night. There's nothing like it in the world. Jitters can occur. Mistakes could happen. One hopes everything comes together and the rehearsal time and hard work has paid off. Luckily, for Music Theatre Wichita's producing artistic director Wayne Bryan, opening night was nothing short of absolute shear success for his season opener “The Sound of Music.” Music Theatre Wichita is in its 48th year.

BWW Review: LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! at Roxy's Downtown, East Coast Theatre is Now in Wichita!
June 11, 2019

Picture it: Wichita, 2019. No, I'm not referencing the Golden Girls. I'm simply talking about Roxy's current production of Love! Valour! Compassion! and the fact it took nearly twenty-one years for the show to be revived on a Wichita Stage. The last time the show was seen was in 1998 when Wichita Community Theatre presented the production, three years after the initial Broadway debut in 1995. Twenty-one years later and Wichita is finally ready, again! And the show is well worth the wait because now we have east coast style of theatre right here in the city of Wichita.

BWW Review: THE DIVINERS at Wichita Community Theatre, A splendid drama
June 11, 2019

On a rainy night, The Diviners was presented by Wichita Community Theatre, a play written by Jim Leonard, Jr. and set during the depression era of a small town named Zion, Indiana. The play has a rich production history having been performed on the upper east coast during the year 1980 when it was first written for the American College Theatre Festival in Washington, D.C. Many theatres and high schools subsequently followed and produced The Diviners until of course Wichita Community Theatre decided to wisely include it into their current 2018-2019 season. The show has similar themes seen earlier in the season and centers mainly around the relationship of C.C. Showers, a former preacher, and Buddy Layman, a mentally challenged young boy whose mission is to divine or search for running water yet at the same time has fears of water himself.

BWW Review: GONE WITH THE WINDWAGON at Mosley Street Melodrama, 'Frank Lee Scarlett, I Don't Give a Damn!'
June 10, 2019

Wichita, Kansas. Population of 390, 591 and home to the top 40th outdoor celebrations in the world, The Wichita River Festival, now in its 46th year. If you've never been to River Fest, then you have missed out on hearing the Wichita Symphony Orchestra Pops Concert, or having breakfast with the Admiral, or a stellar firework show under a Kansas sky, or even the axe throwing Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show. That's right. Nothing says 'good old Midwest' like pronto pups and lumberjacks. And if you don't want to have anything to do with the crowds, then visit Mosley Street Melodrama for their current production of Gone with the Windwagon, a spoof on both the Wichita River Festival and the second most favorited novel next to the Bible, Gone with the Wind. Written by Carol Hughes and Directed by Cindy Summers, this melodrama plays every weekend from now until July 13th.

BWW Review: BLOOMSDAY at Wichita Community Theatre, An Introspective Romantic Journey
May 17, 2019

Playing for its final weekend, Bloomsday at Wichita Community Theatre examines the trivial but serious nature of both young and refined love and romance. Now, for those unfamiliar with the holiday, Bloomsday is actually a true festival of the life of Irish writer James Joyce, observed annually in Dublin and even in the United States on the sixteenth of June each year. The celebration focuses on Joyce's first date with his soon to be wife and also the main character of his novel Leopold Bloom. In this production, Wichita Community Theatre not only captures the essence of Dublin during the time period but also shines through with the true meaning of the show-we only get one chance at life.

BWW Review: SHEAR MADNESS at The Forum Theatre Company, Wichita gets to pick who done it
May 17, 2019

Set in a fun and funky hair salon, Shear Madness concludes The Forum Theatre Company's 2019 production season in a big and bold way. The plot, almost from Clue the movie, has action that centers around figuring out exactly who murdered Isabel Churney with none other than hair cutting shears. If you go, which I do highly recommend, pay close attention to the action at the beginning of the show. It will be useful later to help solve the murder mystery. Filled with Wichita current events and references plus greatly polished improv from the cast, you can't keep from laughing but also appreciate the hard work and dedication which went into crafting out a carefully selected play thanks to producing artistic director, Kathy Page Hauptman.



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