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Nicole Ackman

Nicole Ackman

Nicole Ackman returned to her native Raleigh, North Carolina after living in London and New York City. She studied communications and history at Elon University and earned her Master’s in Arts Administration at City University of London. Nicole has been writing for BroadwayWorld for several years in different capacities, in addition to her own blog and several film sites. She also enjoys classic literature, house museums, British chocolate, and Star Wars. 




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LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Review: PRETTY WOMAN National Tour, DPAC PhotoBWW Review: PRETTY WOMAN
Posted: Apr. 20, 2022


BWW Interview: 2022 Triangle Rising Star Winners Symon? Spencer and Joshua Thompson PhotoBWW Interview: 2022 Triangle Rising Star Winners
Posted: May. 13, 2022


BWW Review: 2022 Triangle Rising Star Awards at DPAC PhotoBWW Review: 2022 Triangle Rising Star Awards
Posted: May. 13, 2022


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: THE BAND'S VISIT National Tour PhotoBWW Review: THE BAND?S VISIT National Tour
Posted: Oct. 6, 2021


BWW Review: OKLAHOMA! National Tour, DPAC PhotoBWW Review: OKLAHOMA!
Posted: Mar. 30, 2022


BWW Review: HADESTOWN National Tour (DPAC) PhotoBWW Review: HADESTOWN
Posted: Feb. 23, 2022


BWW Review: PRETTY WOMAN National Tour, DPAC PhotoBWW Review: PRETTY WOMAN
Posted: Apr. 20, 2022


BWW Review: Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, North Carolina Theatre PhotoBWW Review: Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill
Posted: Nov. 6, 2021


BWW Review: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, North Carolina Theatre PhotoBWW Review: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
Posted: Jul. 27, 2021


BWW Review: Escape to Margaritaville, National Tour (DPAC) PhotoReview: Escape to Margaritaville
Posted: Nov. 10, 2021


BWW Review: HAMILTON National Tour, DPAC
May 20, 2022

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical remains every bit as engaging and innovative today as it was seven years ago. Under Thomas Kail’s direction, the show is one of the most unique to have made it big on Broadway.

BWW Interview: 2022 Triangle Rising Star Winners Symoné Spencer and Joshua Thompson
May 13, 2022

On Wednesday night, I got to attend the Triangle Rising Star Awards at DPAC. They are part of the National High School Musical Theater Awards, also known as the Jimmy Awards, which celebrate achievement in high school musical theatre. After the ceremony, I got to chat with the Best Actor and Best Actress winners Joshua Thompson and Symoné Spencer.

BWW Review: 2022 Triangle Rising Star Awards at DPAC
May 13, 2022

From the moment that the ceremony started with an upbeat rendition of “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from HAIRSPRAY by the twenty finalists, it was clear that the 2022 Triangle Rising Star Awards was going to be something special.

BWW Review: PRETTY WOMAN National Tour, DPAC
April 20, 2022

When the film “Pretty Woman” first came out, its narrative didn’t feel as tired. The Cinderella story of sorts follows prostitute Vivian Ward who wealthy businessman Edward Lewis hires to be his escort to business functions for a week. In 2022, with a modern audience, it’s harder to sell that romance, and the gender politics are harder to stomach.

BWW Review: OKLAHOMA! National Tour, DPAC
March 30, 2022

This is not your grandparents’ OKLAHOMA. During intermission, I heard one woman ask another, “Is this the Oklahoma you remember?” and it’s certainly not. If you’ve ever found the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic musical boring or problematic, then this is the revival for you.

BWW Review: HADESTOWN National Tour (DPAC)
February 23, 2022

When a musical makes as much of an impact on Broadway as HADESTOWN did when it first premiered, the first national tour cast has a lot to live up to. Luckily, the tour of HADESTOWN manages to recapture all of the magic that the show had on Broadway, with a stellar cast stepping into the roles.

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY, US Tour (DPAC)
December 29, 2021

If you’re looking for something festive to do with the family, the national tour of A CHRISTMAS STORY is a fun option. The musical brings the beloved 1983 film to life onstage with music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. While the musical exposes the weakness of the plot of the film, the talented cast make it entertaining nonetheless. 

BWW Review: Escape to Margaritaville, National Tour (DPAC)
November 10, 2021

ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE surely features the most Hawaiian print clothing that has ever graced the stage of DPAC. Especially as the weather has turned colder recently, it is just what it promises: an escape to a warm climate full of singing, dancing, and tequila. 

BWW Review: Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, North Carolina Theatre
November 6, 2021

“Singing has always been the best part of living for me,” Billie Holiday tells the audience in North Carolina Theatre’s new production of LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL. Angela Robinson plays singer Billie Holiday and Nygel Robsinon plays her pianist Jimmy Powers at NCT, under the direction of Jarvis Green.

BWW Interview: Jarvis Green of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL (NCT)
October 31, 2021

Jarvis Green is the director and music director of North Carolina Theatre’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. This play with music explores events in the life of American singer Billie Holiday. Jarvis is the Founding Artistic Director of JAG Productions.

BWW Review: THE BAND'S VISIT National Tour
October 6, 2021

THE BAND’S VISIT is an incredibly gentle, but very human musical about a band of Egyptian musicians who end up stranded in a small Israeli town. It’s a show about unlikely connections as we see the Arab musicians bond with those in the small town.

BWW Review: Fun Home, Theatre Raleigh
August 28, 2021

“Am I just like you?” Alison Bechdel questions, looking back on her father after his death in Theatre Raleigh’s latest show, FUN HOME. The musical has music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Lisa Kron. It’s based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel and Bechdel herself is the main character of the piece.

BWW Review: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, North Carolina Theatre
July 27, 2021

“A new world calls across the ocean,” is the first line of Jason Robert Brown’s SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD. It’s a familiar feeling in 2021, as we all try to navigate what our world looks like now as we move out of quarantine and into a new stage of the pandemic.

BWW Interview: Krystina Alabado of SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD (NCT)
July 25, 2021

Krystina Alabado is playing Woman 1 in North Carolina Theatre’s SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD. This sung-through show by Jason Robert Brown explores themes of new beginnings and evolutions. Alabado was last seen onstage in Broadway’s MEAN GIRLS, playing Gretchen Wieners.

BWW Review: Blood Done Sign My Name, Playmakers Repertory Company
January 26, 2021

“Blood Done Sign My Name” is an unfortunately timely show that recounts a racially-motivated act of violence committed in Oxford, North Carolina in 1970. The adaptation of Tim Tyson’s book of the same name is written and performed by Mike Wiley. It delves not only into the incident, but also looks at the civil rights actions that unfolded after.

BWW Review: THIS WONDERFUL LIFE, Raleigh Little Theatre
December 17, 2020

“I love ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’ I love it so much, I’m gonna do it for you all by myself,” the narrator tells the audience at the top of THIS WONDERFUL LIFE. This one-woman play is an adaptation of the classic Christmas film “It’s A Wonderful Life” and Amy White Pridgen brings plenty of enthusiasm and pluck.

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL, PlayMakers Repertory Company
December 16, 2020

What’s the holiday season without a performance of A CHRISTMAS CAROL? Ever since it was first published, theaters have shared productions of Charles Dickens’s classic story every year. PlayMakers Repertory Company’s radio play production is a great example of how a theater can adapt to create something that fits the strange year this has been.

BWW Interview: Brandon A. Wright of THE COLOR PURPLE National Tour
March 13, 2020

Brandon A. Wright plays Harpo in THE COLOR PURPLE, originally scheduled to come to DPAC from March 20 to 22. Wright is a graduate of Wayne State University and is originally from Newark, NJ.

BWW Review: LES MISERABLES National Tour, DPAC
March 11, 2020

Sometimes, I worry when seeing LES MISERABLES yet another time that it won't ignite the same spark within me. And yet, without fail, this musical reminds me not just why I love theatre, but also of so many truths about humanity. It's a multi-layered story, difficult to simmer down to a concise summary.

BWW Review: SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL National Tour at DPAC
February 26, 2020

DPAC has 'Unconditional Lovea' for Donna Summer this week as the National Tour of DONNA: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL is in town. The show uses classic hits of the disco queen like 'Love to Love You Baby' and 'Hot Stuff' to craft a 'concert of a lifetime.' Three women portray Donna at different periods of her life -- Duckling, Disco, and Diva -- to tell how she went from a young girl singing in church in Boston to a top creator of dance floor hits. The show is largely about the adversity that she faced throughout her career, a story that even those familiar with her music may not know.



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