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: Pride Rock Remains Strong in 'Rafiki Tour' of THE LION KINGBWW Review: Pride Rock Remains Strong in 'Rafiki Tour' of THE LION KING
Posted: Aug. 27, 2018


BWW Review: Fleet Buffoonery Conquers Enchantment in PETER AND THE STARCATCHERBWW Review: Fleet Buffoonery Conquers Enchantment in PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
Posted: Sep. 13, 2018


BWW Review: Panther Star Shows Us a Grittier Africa in ECLIPSEBWW Review: Panther Star Shows Us a Grittier Africa in ECLIPSE
Posted: Aug. 30, 2018


BWW Review: New Horror and Grotesquerie as Phantom Moves to Coney for LOVE NEVER DIESBWW Review: New Horror and Grotesquerie as Phantom Moves to Coney for LOVE NEVER DIES
Posted: Sep. 14, 2018


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: People Messing With Other People Keep THE LUCKIEST PEOPLE LivelyBWW Review: People Messing With Other People Keep THE LUCKIEST PEOPLE Lively
Posted: Feb. 8, 2018


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: Actor's Theatre Stages a Superior HAND TO GOD ? In Hilarious SpurtsBWW Review: Actor's Theatre Stages a Superior HAND TO GOD ? In Hilarious Spurts
Posted: Nov. 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: New Horror and Grotesquerie as Phantom Moves to Coney for LOVE NEVER DIESBWW Review: New Horror and Grotesquerie as Phantom Moves to Coney for LOVE NEVER DIES
September 14, 2018

Your knees won't buckle when you enter Belk Theater to see LOVE NEVER DIES, Anthony Lloyd Webber's long-awaited sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. There's no gleaming chandelier looming ominously over ticketholders in the front rows, nor will you see any nooks or gargoyles spanning the stage proscenium. Until the curtain rose, about the only aspect of the new Lloyd Webber melodrama that reminded me of its predecessor on opening night was the size of the crowd who had come to see it. A near sellout - not too shabby for a musical that has never played on Broadway.

BWW Review: Fleet Buffoonery Conquers Enchantment in PETER AND THE STARCATCHERBWW Review: Fleet Buffoonery Conquers Enchantment in PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
September 13, 2018

Theatre Charlotte's PETER AND THE STARCATCHER was more enjoyable to me than either the Broadway or the touring versions - partly because I've finally discarded the expectation that the Peter Pan prequel would deliver on Neverland's enchantment.

BWW Review: Panther Star Shows Us a Grittier Africa in ECLIPSEBWW Review: Panther Star Shows Us a Grittier Africa in ECLIPSE
August 30, 2018

Brand New Sheriff's production of ECLIPSED reaffirms that Danai Gurira is a force to be reckoned with as a playwright as well as a Marvel Universe action hero.

BWW Review: Pride Rock Remains Strong in 'Rafiki Tour' of THE LION KINGBWW Review: Pride Rock Remains Strong in 'Rafiki Tour' of THE LION KING
August 27, 2018

As Disney's megahit reaches its 21st Broadway birthday, we're not asking each other anymore if you've seen THE LION KING. Instead we're apt to ask how many times you've seen this unparalleled spectacle or, more nostalgically, 'Do you remember your first time?'

BWW Review: SEX WITH STRANGERS Is a Steamy, Brainy BrewBWW Review: SEX WITH STRANGERS Is a Steamy, Brainy Brew
August 23, 2018

Laura Eason isn't misleading or overpromising with her title, SEX WITH STRANGERS, but it's a pleasant surprise to encounter as much brains as body heat

BWW Review: CORTEO Wows, Charms, and Sweetly Dazzles in Arena RemountBWW Review: CORTEO Wows, Charms, and Sweetly Dazzles in Arena Remount
August 11, 2018

Cirque du Soleil has been on a bumpy road in recent years with such dubious spectacles as Delirium and Paramour, but they've regained their zany, surreal, and mesmerizing swagger - and how! - with CORTEO, a smashing epic triumph.

BWW Review: BOOK OF MORMON Remains Spectacularly HilariousBWW Review: BOOK OF MORMON Remains Spectacularly Hilarious
July 27, 2018

Some of the jests of THE BOOK OF MORMON are starting to show some wear, but the buffoonery, vulgarity, and bold tastelessness still satisfy, and the dance ensemble on this third Charlotte go-round - along with Casey Nicholaw's choreography seem more brilliant than ever.

BWW Review: Earthbound NEWSIES Charms With Punk Hero and Youthful FervorBWW Review: Earthbound NEWSIES Charms With Punk Hero and Youthful Fervor
July 21, 2018

Choreography isn't as eye-popping in CPCC Summer Theatre's NEWSIES as the Broadway version was, but the hero's role and all the colorful elders are performed on the same lofty level as the impressive set design.

BWW Review: APPROPRIATE Sports Multiple Meanings and GraveyardsBWW Review: APPROPRIATE Sports Multiple Meanings and Graveyards
July 20, 2018

Who is or isn't prejudiced or racist is part of the cargo in Branden Jacob-Jenkins' APPROPRIATE, but the playwright also dissects what makes families tick and malfunction.

BWW Review: Long Sufferings Redeemed by Pure Longings  and Bluegrass Music  in BRIGHT STAR
June 29, 2018

It takes decades for tragic losses and separations to turn around to bliss in Steve Martin's BRIGHT STAR, but there's plenty of sparkling bluegrass music along that rocky mountain road.

BWW Review: Break Out the Mindless Nostalgia With CP's Re-Engineered GREASEBWW Review: Break Out the Mindless Nostalgia With CP's Re-Engineered GREASE
June 21, 2018

Trotting out its third different opening scene, GREASE still doesn't have its artistic act together, but it still delivers mindless, guilty, and politically incorrect pleasures in abundance - with double scoops of sock hop nostalgia.

BWW Review: FLYING LOVERS Tops 2018 Theatre Offerings at Spoleto Festival USABWW Review: FLYING LOVERS Tops 2018 Theatre Offerings at Spoleto Festival USA
June 19, 2018

With THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART and BORDERS, Spoleto Festival USA took advantage of the funky and guerilla potentials of the Woolfe Street Playhouse, but the best theatre this year was THE FLYING LOVERS OF VITEBSK, which brought a little cabaret ambiance to storied Dock Street Theatre.

BWW Review: Tappin Music Carries the Night  at the Knight  in Opera Carolina's I DREAM
May 23, 2018

Hamstrung by a libretto that sidesteps Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' and 'Mountaintop' speeches, Douglas Tappin's I DREAM sustains audience enthusiasm with a powerhouse Opera Carolina cast.

BWW Review: Homespun BARBECUE APOCALYPSE Improves With AgeBWW Review: Homespun BARBECUE APOCALYPSE Improves With Age
May 15, 2018

Charlotte's Off-Broadway takes a homespun approach to Matt Lyle's BARBECUE APOCALYPSE that makes it seem more real than it did in 2015. So does the absence of a rational adult in the White House.

BWW Review: Egg-spressive Brothers Cook Up SOMETHING ROTTEN for Elizabethan StageBWW Review: Egg-spressive Brothers Cook Up SOMETHING ROTTEN for Elizabethan Stage
May 11, 2018

Whether you love 'em or hate 'em, the more you know about Shakespeare and Broadway musicals, the more SOMETHING ROTTEN will have you laughing out loud.

BWW Review: Time's Up for Heavy Drama in THE MERMAID HOUR, but the Lyricism Lingers OnBWW Review: Time's Up for Heavy Drama in THE MERMAID HOUR, but the Lyricism Lingers On
May 7, 2018

While the crises of THE MERMAID HOUR seem more overblown than they did two years ago at Actor's Theatre, director Laley Lippard and her design team have brought fresh beauty and transcendence to the non-binary protagonist's aspirations.

BWW Review: Comedy and Dread Haunt THE HUMANS in Lower ManhattanBWW Review: Comedy and Dread Haunt THE HUMANS in Lower Manhattan
May 4, 2018

Pennsylvania rubes visiting the Big Apple supply old-timey laughs to THE HUMANS, but the Twin Towers and Hurricane Sandy also lurk in Stephen Karam's drama.

BWW Review: New RITE OF SPRING Showcases the Best of Charlotte Symphony and BalletBWW Review: New RITE OF SPRING Showcases the Best of Charlotte Symphony and Ballet
April 15, 2018

Charlotte Symphony continues to shine in modern repertoire, but RITE OF SPRING: REINVNENTED was extra special as Charlotte Ballet also put its best foot forward.

BWW Review: Actor's Theatre Brings THE MOUNTAINTOP Down to Earth  So It Can Soar
March 21, 2018

Only slightly rushed, Katori Hall's THE MOUNTAINTOP arrives in style at its divine and visionary destinations in Actor's Theatre of Charlotte's production, directed by April Jones.

BWW Review: WAITRESS Frequently Betrays Its Southern Heart With Loudness and SillinessBWW Review: WAITRESS Frequently Betrays Its Southern Heart With Loudness and Silliness
March 16, 2018

With her country-rich voice, Desi Oakley keeps the Southern heart of WAITRESS beating despite the silly lagniappe of the script and the tour's overmiked production.



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