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 CVNC.org, 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 TheaterMania.com.




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BWW Review: Children's Theatre's MARY POPPINS Raises the Bar While Flying Its StarBWW Review: Children's Theatre's MARY POPPINS Raises the Bar While Flying Its Star
Posted: Oct. 13, 2017


BWW Review: Family and Romance Tug at an Iowa Housewife in MADISON COUNTYBWW Review: Family and Romance Tug at an Iowa Housewife in MADISON COUNTY
Posted: Sep. 28, 2017


BWW Review: THE CHRISTIANS Has Much to Say About America Under The DonaldBWW Review: THE CHRISTIANS Has Much to Say About America Under The Donald
Posted: Sep. 25, 2017


BWW Review: Davidson Takes Astonishing Flight on NEVERLAND TourBWW Review: Davidson Takes Astonishing Flight on NEVERLAND Tour
Posted: Oct. 6, 2017


BWW Review: First Night at the Knight Succeeds With RODRIGO CONCERTOBWW Review: First Night at the Knight Succeeds With RODRIGO CONCERTO
Posted: Oct. 14, 2017


BWW Review: Candle Burns More Brightly in RENT After 20 YearsBWW Review: Candle Burns More Brightly in RENT After 20 Years
Posted: Oct. 1, 2017


BWW Review: THE REVOLUTIONISTS Reminds Us That 1793 Wasn't a Very Good YearBWW Review: THE REVOLUTIONISTS Reminds Us That 1793 Wasn't a Very Good Year
Posted: Oct. 11, 2017


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: Art and Business Clash in MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOMBWW Review: Art and Business Clash in MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM
Posted: Apr. 7, 2017


BWW Review: EMERSON STRING QUARTET Rocks Halton Theater AgainEMERSON STRINGS Still Rockin' in Their 40th Year
Posted: Dec. 16, 2016


BWW Review: Children's Theatre's MARY POPPINS Raises the Bar While Flying Its StarBWW Review: Children's Theatre's MARY POPPINS Raises the Bar While Flying Its Star
Posted: Oct. 13, 2017


BWW Review: CHORUS LINE at CPCC Remains as Fresh as Ever ? in SpotsBWW Review: CHORUS LINE at CPCC Remains as Fresh as Ever ? in Spots
Posted: Jun. 23, 2017


BWW Review: FUN HOME Strikes a New Balance on TourBWW Review: FUN HOME Strikes a New Balance on Tour
Posted: Jun. 30, 2017


BWW Review: Bourne's Stylish RED SHOES Misses the TrainBWW Review: Bourne's Stylish RED SHOES Misses the Train
October 20, 2017

Matthew Bourne's adaptation of THE RED SHOES struggles to tell its story - and contour its mad impresario villain - in ballet form.

BWW Review: First Night at the Knight Succeeds With RODRIGO CONCERTOBWW Review: First Night at the Knight Succeeds With RODRIGO CONCERTO
October 14, 2017

Young guitarist Pablo S inz Villegas burned with Spanish duende, assuring that Charlotte Symphony's first Classics Series concert at Knight Theater wouldn't be their last.

BWW Review: Children's Theatre's MARY POPPINS Raises the Bar While Flying Its StarBWW Review: Children's Theatre's MARY POPPINS Raises the Bar While Flying Its Star
October 13, 2017

In a dazzling production that may challenge the small fry's small attention spans, Children's Theatre's MARY POPPINS sets a new standard for technical theatre in Charlotte.

BWW Review: THE REVOLUTIONISTS Reminds Us That 1793 Wasn't a Very Good YearBWW Review: THE REVOLUTIONISTS Reminds Us That 1793 Wasn't a Very Good Year
October 11, 2017

If you can find the newly repurposed Goodyear Arts Center, you'll find that the new PaperHouse Theatre production of Lauren Gunderson's THE REVOLUTIONISTS is a dark comedy with a light self-effacing touch.

BWW Review: Davidson Takes Astonishing Flight on NEVERLAND TourBWW Review: Davidson Takes Astonishing Flight on NEVERLAND Tour
October 6, 2017

Taking over the key supporting roles of Charles Frohman and James Barrie's charismatic villain, Captain Hook, John Davidson rescues FINDING NEVERLAND from shipwreck.

BWW Review: Candle Burns More Brightly in RENT After 20 YearsBWW Review: Candle Burns More Brightly in RENT After 20 Years
October 1, 2017

Under the direction of Evan Ensign, the 20th anniversary edition of RENT has become a no-fly zone for self-absorbed rockstar posturing and strutting.

BWW Review: Family and Romance Tug at an Iowa Housewife in MADISON COUNTYBWW Review: Family and Romance Tug at an Iowa Housewife in MADISON COUNTY
September 28, 2017

The Tony Award-winning music and orchestrations of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON are as beautifully rendered in CPCC Theatre's production as they were in the national tour, with better singing if you value clarity.

BWW Review: THE CHRISTIANS Has Much to Say About America Under The DonaldBWW Review: THE CHRISTIANS Has Much to Say About America Under The Donald
September 25, 2017

In 2014, THE CHRISTIANS seemed to be about a bunch of tedious church folk wrestling with their faith. You should see it now.

BWW Review: Alfred's BROWN TALE Is Very Chicago and Very FunnyBWW Review: Alfred's BROWN TALE Is Very Chicago and Very Funny
September 20, 2017

Notwithstanding the lingering leeriness I feel about going to see them, one-person shows can be memorable and truly special. Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays, Frank Gorshin's Say Goodnight, Gracie and Colin Quinn's Long Story Short stand out as the best that I've seen by men, while I'd point to Julie Harris's Belle of Amherst, Lily Tomlin's The Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe, and Tova Feldshuh's Golda's Balcony as the best by women - plus two more at Spoleto this year, Avital Lvova's Angel and Ayodele Casel's While I Have the Floor.

BWW Review: One-Two Punch of Surprises Powers EAT THE RUNTBWW Review: One-Two Punch of Surprises Powers EAT THE RUNT
September 19, 2017

Make sure to bring your smartphone to the Charlotte Art League when you see EAT THE RUNT. You'll help to cast the show, conveniently set in an art museum by playwright Avery Crozier, by texting your choices.

BWW Review: Triumphant AIDA Cast Slogs Through Tedious Sir Elton ScoreBWW Review: Triumphant AIDA Cast Slogs Through Tedious Sir Elton Score
September 14, 2017

Linda Woolverton does a masterful job of modernizing - and feminizing - Verdi's libretto for A DA, but despite an excellent Theatre Charlotte cast, slogging through Sir Elton's parade of power ballads grows tedious.

BWW Review: Fire, Fury, and Painful Memories Drive Wilson's JITNEYBWW Review: Fire, Fury, and Painful Memories Drive Wilson's JITNEY
September 7, 2017

BNS Productions has assembled a strong, deep, and engaging cast for August Wilson's JITNEY, and director Corlis Hayes keeps it chugging at a rush-hour pace.

BWW Review: Playwright Imposter Goes Off-Script in THE SUBMISSIONBWW Review: Playwright Imposter Goes Off-Script in THE SUBMISSION
August 24, 2017

Three Bone Theatre's fast-paced production of THE SUBMISSION brings out all of playwright Jeff Talbott's backstage comedy and drama - and helps gloss over its clumsy, implausible ending.

BWW Review: ShakesCar Puts Women Behind THE IRON MASKBWW Review: ShakesCar Puts Women Behind THE IRON MASK
August 21, 2017

Shakespeare Carolina takes a bold step in their adaptation of Dumas's swashbuckling MAN IN THE IRON MASK, casting two women as the twin brothers who claim the title of Louis XIV.

BWW Review: More Empathy for a Barbaric Monarch in the Touring KING AND IBWW Review: More Empathy for a Barbaric Monarch in the Touring KING AND I
July 13, 2017

Leaning toward spectacle and theatricality, Bartlett Sher's production of THE KING AND I took me by surprise with its emotional power.

BWW Review: FUN HOME Strikes a New Balance on TourBWW Review: FUN HOME Strikes a New Balance on Tour
June 30, 2017

Knight Theater and Abby Corrigan's darker, more vulnerable portrayal of Middle Allison make the big differences in the current touring version of FUN HOME.

BWW Review: CHORUS LINE at CPCC Remains as Fresh as Ever  in Spots
June 23, 2017

While A CHORUS LINE shows signs of age at CPCC Summer Theatre, when it gets intensely personal, it still delivers a dramatic jolt.

BWW Review: SQUAWKS Hasn't Sharpened Its ClawsBWW Review: SQUAWKS Hasn't Sharpened Its Claws
June 22, 2017

CHARLOTTE SQUAWKS 13: CHARLOTTE, WE HAVE A PROBLEM does a better job targeting statewide and national scoundrels than delivering on its promise to face local issues, but there are genuine nuggets among the worthless trinkets - and an absolutely sensational new cast member.

BWW Review: WAITING FOR GODOT Tops Spoleto's Edgy Theatre LineupBWW Review: WAITING FOR GODOT Tops Spoleto's Edgy Theatre Lineup
June 8, 2017

Spoleto Festival USA has gone from last year's 40th anniversary geniality to its customary edginess, and Druid Theatre's WAITING FOR GODOT wonderfully keynotes that shift at Dock Street Theatre.

BWW Review: Physical Comedy Reigns Supreme in THE ACTRESSBWW Review: Physical Comedy Reigns Supreme in THE ACTRESS
May 24, 2017

Physical comedy upstages Chekhovian pathos in Peter Quilter's THE ACTRESS, now at Spirit Square in a well-acted Three Bone Theatre production.



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