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Perry Tannenbaum

Perry Tannenbaum

  Perry Tannenbaum has been covering the performing arts across the Carolinas since 1987. He has also acted onstage in productions by Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, innovative Theatre, and Charlotte Repertory Theatre. Among the diverse artists he has interviewed, Tony Kushner, Beth Henley, John Guare, Maya Angelou, Dave Brubeck, Gary Burton, Joseph Papp, and Judith Jamison were the most memorable. Beside his regular coverage of the Charlotte performing arts scene for Creative Loafing and, Perry has been covering Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston for over 25 years and makes yearly pilgrimages to New York for his annual roundups of Broadway, Off-Broadway, opera, and jazz. His reviews, interviews, and features have appeared in American Record Guide, Backstage, Classical Voice North America, Dance International, Early Music America, JazzTimes, Stage Directions and


Review: JAGGED LITTLE PILL at Belk Theater
December 3, 2022

Overamped at Belk Theater, with an underwhelming set of grievances in Diablo Cody's adaptation of Alanis Morissette's megahit 1995 album, JAGGED LITTLE PILL generates more fire and heat than substance until it arrives at its #MeToo moment - and finds its heart.

Review: HADESTOWN at Blumenthal Performing Arts
November 10, 2022

In a uniquely simpatico collaboration, composer-lyricist Anäis Mitchell and developer-director Rachel Chavkin have retold the Orpheus-Eurydice myth in a musical form that is slick and glitzy, with primal and profound truths lurking amid the razzle-dazzle.

Review: FALL WORKS at Charlotte Ballet
October 18, 2022

Knight Theater should have been abuzz last Friday night. Yet somehow, a year after Charlotte Ballet's 50th-anniversary celebration - celebrated a year after the company's actual 50th anniversary - my own excitement wasn't reflected by the community at large. A night after Opera Carolina opened its 2022-23 season at Belk Theater to an empty upper balcony and a disappointing crowd, the curtain went up on Ballet's new era with a similarly sparse turnout.

Review: MEAN GIRLS at Belk Theater
September 10, 2022

Tina Fey proves she still knows high school in her musicalized version of MEAN GIRLS, but she makes rookie mistakes about what to leave out and what to leave in. Music by Fey's husband, Jeff Richmond, doesn't compensate for these deficits with Nell Benjamin's lyrics. But the deep and talented touring cast often brings redemption.

Review: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at Belk Theater
July 28, 2022

Amid a banquet of juicy roles doled out by Aaron Sorkin in his adaptation of Harper Lee's TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Richard Thomas feasts the fullest, delivering the most powerful, staggering work I’ve seen from him in my 59+ years of watching his most memorable performances live on Broadway, live in Charlotte, and on TV.

Review: SISTER ACT at Matthews Playhouse
July 22, 2022

We may have underestimated Cheri and Bill Steinkellner's musical adaptation of Paul Rudnick's SISTER ACT screenplay, moving the action from Vegas to Philly and making the show more character-driven. It actually works better on the smaller community theater stage at Matthews Playhouse than the big stage productions we've previously seen.

BWW Review: UNTIL THE FLOOD at Spoleto's Festival Hall
June 9, 2022

UNTIL THE FLOOD is an amazing, transformative theatre experience, a lesson for us all - including playwright Dael Orlandersmith, who researched it in Ferguson and St. Louis, Missouri.

BWW Review: THE APPROACH at Landmark Productions
June 5, 2022

BWW Review: KAT EDMONSON Brings Latenight Chic to Middle C
April 15, 2022

With a mix of perennial favorites and time-tested originals, KAT EDMONSON made her long-anticipated Charlotte debut, charming a latenight Middle C Jazz Club audience

BWW Review: RAVEL PIANO CONCERTO at Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
January 30, 2022

Stewart Goodyear was scintillating in his Charlotte Symphony debut, but the Stravinsky-Weill lineup that followed wasn't an anticlimax.

BWW Review: Warehouse PAC's SWEAT Deploys Stellar Cast on Stellar Script
August 2, 2021

Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning SWEAT analyses the effects of NAFTA on steelworkers in Reading, PA - a microcosm of why blue-collar and union workers jumped out of the pockets of Democratic politicians in the 2000 election and how the seeds of xenophobic Trumpism were first planted

BWW Review: Spoleto's Festival Hall Isn't Ideal for THE WOMAN IN BLACK
June 6, 2021

A late shift in venues moved the visitation of THE WOMAN IN BLACK, that famed West End perennial second in longevity to only The Mousetrap, from the Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed - quite an intriguing choice - to Spoleto Festival USA's Festival Hall. Results are mixed.

Three Bone Theatre Responds to this Moment with HANDS UP
November 22, 2020

As relevant and compelling as it was back in 2014 in responding to Michael Brown, HANDS UP is a perfect way for Three Bone Theatre to return to the Charlotte scene, more activist and more woke.

BWW Review: Symphony Bolsters CHOPIN PIANO CONCERTO With Improved Beethoven
February 22, 2020

An R&J Valentine's Day theme, an ongoing Beethoven celebration, and a CHOPIN PIANO CONCERTO that few at Charlotte Symphony had likely played before were the crisscrossing storylines at the latest classics series concert at Knight Theater.

BWW Review: Sports Seasons and Generations Clash in Brand New Sheriff's FENCES
February 13, 2020

Their third dive into August Wilson's ten-play Pittsburgh Cycle, Brand New Sheriff's FENCES may be their best yet, with an outstanding cast, led by Jonavan Adams - and an outstanding director, Corlis Hayes, who has been here before.

BWW Review: Matthews MAMMA MIA! Mixes Summer Romance and Autumn Regret
February 8, 2020

Director Billy Ensley has lured a bevy of seasoned Charlotte musical stars to a fine looking Matthews Playhouse production of MAMMA MIA! - and he has found a sensational newcomer to ignite the action.

BWW Review: BEYOND THE MINT Crosses the Street for Inspiration
February 3, 2020

The latest edition of Innovative Works, BEYOND THE MINT, sends three choreographers across the street to soak in Spirit Drift's 'Immersed in Light' installation at the Mint Museum Uptown. Chelsea Dumas and Duane Cyrus are particularly successful in their quests for inspiration.

BWW Review: Cherokee Nation Claims Territory Next to APPALACHIAN SPRING
February 1, 2020

Two American warhorses, Samuel Barber's 'Adagio' and Aaron Copland's APPALACHIAN SPRING, topped the marquee, but William Brittelle's 'Si Otsedoha' stole the show at Charlotte Symphony's all-American concert at Belk Theater.

BWW Review: A Disfigured War Vet Struggles to Find – and See – Herself in UGLY LIES THE BONE
January 30, 2020

With Andrea King as a disfigured war vet going through an excruciating rehab in Three Bone Theatre's UGLY LIES THE BONE, it's a perverse pleasure to have Scott Tynes-Miller and Peter Finnegan making asses of of themselves as they make the road to recovery that much tougher.