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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LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Review: Charlotte's Off-Broadway Poignantly Pieces THREE DAYS OF RAIN TogetherBWW Review: Charlotte's Off-Broadway Poignantly Pieces THREE DAYS OF RAIN Together
Posted: Dec. 7, 2017


BWW Review: Charlotte Symphony Demonstrates Their Seasoning in BEETHOVENBWW Review: Charlotte Symphony Demonstrates Their Seasoning in BEETHOVEN
Posted: Nov. 30, 2017


LAST 365 DAYS

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: Little Discoveries Yield Big Laughs in THE SNOWY DAYBWW Review: Little Discoveries Yield Big Laughs in THE SNOWY DAY
Posted: Nov. 1, 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: WAITING FOR GODOT Tops Spoleto's Edgy Theatre LineupBWW Review: WAITING FOR GODOT Tops Spoleto's Edgy Theatre Lineup
Posted: Jun. 8, 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: Miller's CRUCIBLE Roars Its Power at CPBWW Review: Miller's CRUCIBLE Roars Its Power at CP
Posted: Nov. 4, 2017


BWW Review: Charlotte's Off-Broadway Poignantly Pieces THREE DAYS OF RAIN TogetherBWW Review: Charlotte's Off-Broadway Poignantly Pieces THREE DAYS OF RAIN Together
December 7, 2017

Meticulously directed by Paige Johnston Thomas, the Charlotte's Off-Broadway restores THREE DAYS OF RAIN to its original bearings, leaving us unexpectedly with a touch of bittersweet romantic comedy.

BWW Review: Charlotte Symphony Demonstrates Their Seasoning in BEETHOVENBWW Review: Charlotte Symphony Demonstrates Their Seasoning in BEETHOVEN
November 30, 2017

An autumn of BEETHOVEN presented by Christopher Warren-Green and the Charlotte Symphony ends triumphantly with his great VIOLIN CONCERTO, played with sensitivity and virtuosity by Benjamin Beilman.

BWW Review: Actor's Theatre Stages a Superior HAND TO GOD  In Hilarious Spurts
November 13, 2017

In many ways, the deglamorized Actor's Theatre production of HAND TO GOD works better than the Broadway version.

BWW Review: Subversive Energy Still Ignites FAHRENHEIT 451BWW Review: Subversive Energy Still Ignites FAHRENHEIT 451
November 10, 2017

Forget about Charlottesville and think about Charlotte when you go to see Three Bone Theatre's high-combustion revival of Ray Bradbury's FAHRENHEIT 451.

BWW Review: Miller's CRUCIBLE Roars Its Power at CPBWW Review: Miller's CRUCIBLE Roars Its Power at CP
November 4, 2017

Arthur Miller still has a message for post-2016 America in THE CRUCIBLE, and CPCC tre iTheatre s serving it up hot.

BWW Review: Little Discoveries Yield Big Laughs in THE SNOWY DAYBWW Review: Little Discoveries Yield Big Laughs in THE SNOWY DAY
November 1, 2017

Children's Theatre balls up four Ezra Jack Keats kids' books into a fast, fun-filled and funny 44 minutes with THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES.

BWW Review: Soot of Sodom Chases the Joads in THE GRAPES OF WRATHBWW Review: Soot of Sodom Chases the Joads in THE GRAPES OF WRATH
November 1, 2017

After 27 years in the wilderness, Frank Galati's award-winning stage adaptation of Steinbeck's GRAPES OF WRATH finally arrives - powerfully - in Charlotte

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.



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