Jeffrey Kare

Jeffrey Kare Jeffrey Kare currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina. Having been born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Jeffrey took interest in live theater at age 11, Jeffrey also had the great pleasure of seeing shows at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, enjoying many trips to New York, participating in local theaters both onstage and off, even worked on backstage crew at the Players Guild Theater in Canton, where he earned himself a Golden Guild nomination. Jeffrey also has such a vast knowledge of the theater world, even getting to know about lots of shows and people in the broadway community past and present.



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BWW Review: ALADDIN National Tour at Durham Performing Arts CenterBWW Review: ALADDIN National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
Posted: Oct. 4, 2019


BWW Review: HARRY CONNICK, JR. - A CELEBRATION OF COLE PORTER at Durham Performing Arts CenterBWW Review: HARRY CONNICK, JR. - A CELEBRATION OF COLE PORTER at Durham Performing Arts Center
Posted: Sep. 22, 2019


BWW Interview: Addie Morales of North Carolina Theatre's WEST SIDE STORYBWW Interview: Addie Morales of North Carolina Theatre's WEST SIDE STORY
Posted: Oct. 10, 2019


BWW Interview: Korie Lee Blossey of ALADDIN National TourBWW Interview: Korie Lee Blossey of ALADDIN National Tour
Posted: Sep. 26, 2019


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BWW Exclusive: The Story of How RENT Came to BeBWW Exclusive: The Story of How RENT Came to Be
Posted: Jan. 27, 2019


BWW Interview: Mary Mattison of North Carolina Theatre's MAMMA MIA!BWW Interview: Mary Mattison of North Carolina Theatre's MAMMA MIA!
Posted: Feb. 5, 2019


BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's MAMMA MIA!BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's MAMMA MIA!
Posted: Feb. 13, 2019


BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's ANNIEBWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's ANNIE
Posted: Jul. 24, 2019


BWW Review: HAMILTON National Tour at Durham Performing Arts CenterBWW Review: HAMILTON National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
Posted: Nov. 8, 2018


BWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF National Tour at Durham Performing Arts CenterBWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
Posted: Jan. 9, 2019


BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's IN THE HEIGHTSBWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's IN THE HEIGHTS
Posted: Oct. 17, 2018


BWW Interview: Addie Morales of North Carolina Theatre's WEST SIDE STORY
October 10, 2019

I've recently had the great pleasure of interviewing actress Addie Morales, who is currently in rehearsals for North Carolina Theatre's upcoming production of West Side Story, where she'll be starring in the coveted role of Maria. Addie has previously played the role numerous times regionally at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Barrington Stage Company, Casa Mañana, and New London Barn. Her other regional credits include Tick, Tick, Boom at Playhouse Square and The Buddy Holly Story at Casa Mañana.

BWW Review: ALADDIN National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
October 4, 2019

Based on Disney's 1992 Academy Award-winning animated film musical of the same name as well as the Arabic folktale from the One Thousand and One Nights, Aladdin follows an Arabian street urchin who steals food in order to support himself. Meanwhile, Princess Jasmine is feeling hemmed in by her father's desire to find her a royal groom. To win over both Jasmine and the Sultan, Aladdin teams up with a genie from a magic lamp he found to disguise himself as a wealthy prince. Yet, the Sultan's Grand Vizier, Jafar, is plotting to take over the throne.

BWW Interview: Korie Lee Blossey of ALADDIN National Tour
September 26, 2019

I recently had the great pleasure of interviewing actor Korie Lee Blossey, who at the time of our conversation was getting ready to start performances as the Genie in the national tour of Disney's Aladdin in Charlotte, North Carolina. He made his national tour debut as a standby for the role about two and a half years prior to this. A New Yorker by way of Michigan, some of Korie's previous credits include Kerchak in Tarzan, Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Caliban in The Tempest, and Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors.

BWW Review: HARRY CONNICK, JR. - A CELEBRATION OF COLE PORTER at Durham Performing Arts Center
September 22, 2019

This holiday season, three-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Harry Connick, Jr. will be headlining a one-man show celebrating the work of composer/lyricist Cole Porter for a limited run on Broadway. Recently, he played a premiere engagement at the Durham Performing Arts Center this past weekend. I got to be in attendance for the very first performance on September 21st, and now I give you my review.

BWW Interview: Erin Sullivan of Temple Theatre's WITH LOVE, MARILYN
August 27, 2019


BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's ANNIE
July 24, 2019

Based on Harold Gray's comic strip titled Little Orphan Annie, this musical tells the story of a little orphan with equal measures of pluck and positivity who charms everyone's hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930's New York City. She is determined to find her parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC, finds herself a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

BWW Review: Raleigh Little Theatre's PIPPIN
June 3, 2019

Loosely based on the fictitious life of Pippin the Hunchback, this musical tells the story of the young prince Pippin, Heir to the Frankish throne, who is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh, and the intrigues of political power. When I last saw Pippin, it was a circus at DPAC back in 2015. Now through June 16th, Raleigh Little Theatre is presenting their own production of the 1973 Tony-winning musical, and it could not be more different.

BWW Review: HELLO, DOLLY! National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
May 22, 2019

Based on Thornton Wilder's 1954 play titled The Matchmaker, Hello, Dolly! follows famed New York City matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi as receives her toughest challenge yet. She must travel to Yonkers to find a suitable match for the miserly 'well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire' Horace Vandergelder. She successfully matches many others in the city, including Horace's niece and his two young clerks, but everything seems to go wrong when it comes to matching Horace.

BWW Interview: Lewis J. Stadlen of HELLO, DOLLY! National Tour
May 20, 2019

Coming to the Durham Performing Arts Center from May 21st-26th is the national tour of Broadway's classic musical comedy, HELLO, DOLLY! starring the legendary Tony Award winner Betty Buckley. I recently had the great pleasure of interviewing actor Lewis J. Stadlen, who stars opposite Betty as the wealthy half-a-millionaire Horace Vandergelder.

BWW Interview: Eric Woodall of North Carolina Theatre
April 25, 2019

Eric Woodall has a long history with North Carolina Theatre; as an actor, teacher, and director. As a high school student, he performed in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and GEORGE M! at NC Theatre. After successful years on stage and television, Eric returned to NC Theatre in the late 90's to direct and help cultivate the existing Summer Theatre Arts School program into the NC Theatre Conservatory. For the past 16 years, Eric worked as one of New York's top casting directors in the office of Tara Rubin Casting. Through casting and developing new musicals, Eric has been lucky enough to work alongside Stephen Sondheim, Cameron Mackintosh, William Finn, Sir Richard Eyre, Stephen Daldry, Susan Stroman, Stephen Schwartz, Casey Nicholaw, James Lapine, Phyllida Lloyd, and Hal Prince. A few of his Broadway casting credits include SUNSET BOULEVARD, ALADDIN, FALSETTOS, LES MISERABLES, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, BILLY ELLIOT, MARY POPPINS, THE LITTLE MERMAID, and MAMMA MIA! (Broadway, National tour). Past NC Theatre directorial credits include MAMMA MIA!, GYPSY, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, MARY POPPINS, BILLY ELLIOT, DRIVING MISS DAISY, and STEEL MAGNOLIAS. Other directing credits include NEXT TO NORMAL, WEST SIDE STORY, BIG RIVER, ON GOLDEN POND (Casa Manana); BIG FISH, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, PARADE, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, and VIOLET (Theatre Raleigh); AMADEUS (Memphis' Playhouse on the Square), and HAY FEVER (Playmakers Repertory). As a guest lecturer, Eric has taught at universities and training programs around the country including NYU, Baldwin Wallace, and Elon. Internationally, Eric was invited to lead workshops in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia through Actors Equity of Australia. Last year, American Theatre named Eric one of the 'People You Should Watch' in its 'Role Call: Six Theatre Workers You Should Know' series. Eric is a drama graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and is a member of SDC and CSA.

BWW Review: ANASTASIA National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
April 17, 2019


BWW Interview: Joy Franz of ANASTASIA National Tour
April 8, 2019

Coming to the Durham Performing Arts Center from April 16th-21st is the national touring production of ANASTASIA. I recently had the great pleasure of interviewing actress Joy Franz, who is currently appearing in it as the Dowager Empress. A role that in the 1997 animated film was voiced by Angela Lansbury and on Broadway was originated by two-time Tony nominee Mary Beth Peil.

BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's MAMMA MIA!
February 13, 2019

Based on the songs of ABBA, Mamma Mia! is set on a Greek Island where a young woman named Sophie Sheridan is about to get married, and she wants her birth father to give her away. Yet, she has no idea who it is, so she invites three men who were romantically involved with her mother 20 years ago to the wedding. When they arrive to the island, Sophie's mother, Donna Sheridan, is brought back memories of love and heartbreak.

BWW Interview: Mary Mattison of North Carolina Theatre's MAMMA MIA!
February 5, 2019


BWW Exclusive: The Story of How RENT Came to Be
January 27, 2019

Tonight, FOX will air their third live musical production. Following in the footsteps of Grease and A Christmas Story, the network will be presenting Jonathan Larson's Rent, a rock musical that is loosely based on Giacomo Puccini's 1896 opera, La boheme. The story follows a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City's East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

BWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
January 9, 2019

Based on Sholem Aleichem's series of short stories about Tevye the Dairyman, Fiddler on the Roof centers on Tevye, a poor milkman who lives in pre-revolutionary Russia with his wife and five daughters. Among the traditions in their little village of Anatevka, the matchmaker arranges a match between a boy and a girl, and the father must approve the arranged marriage. However, Tevye must cope with both the strong-willed actions of his three eldest daughters who wish to marry for love and outside influences of the Tsar who intrude upon his village.

BWW TV: David Ferguson of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF National Tour
January 6, 2019

Coming to the Durham Performing Arts Center from January 8th-13th is the current national touring production of Fiddler on the Roof. I recently had the great pleasure of interviewing dance captain (and North Carolina native) David Ferguson.

BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS National Tour at North Carolina Theatre
November 14, 2018

Jersey Boys is presented in a documentary-style format that dramatizes the formation, success and eventual breakup of The Four Seasons. When I last met up with these boys, it was during their return engagement at DPAC back in 2015. Since then, the Broadway production celebrated its 10th anniversary, closed up shop, and is now running Off-Broadway at New World Stages.

BWW Review: HAMILTON National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
November 8, 2018

Based on Ron Chernow's 2004 biographical novel titled Alexander Hamilton, the musical, Hamilton, tells the true story of one of America's Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton. An immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation's first Treasury Secretary.

BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's IN THE HEIGHTS
October 17, 2018

In the Heights is an original musical that is set over the course of three days, involving characters in the largely Hispanic-American neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City. Originally conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda during his sophomore year at Wesleyan University, the musical had its world premiere through their student theater company in April of 2000.



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