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: Break Out the Mindless Nostalgia With CP's Re-Engineered GREASEBWW Review: Break Out the Mindless Nostalgia With CP's Re-Engineered GREASE
Posted: Jun. 21, 2018


BWW Review: Long Sufferings Redeemed by Pure Longings ? and Bluegrass Music ? in BRIGHT STARBWW Review: Long Sufferings Redeemed by Pure Longings ? and Bluegrass Music ? in BRIGHT STAR
Posted: Jun. 29, 2018


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


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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: 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: 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.

BWW Review: Lucia Stetson Brings a Regal, Enigmatic EVITA to CPCCBWW Review: Lucia Stetson Brings a Regal, Enigmatic EVITA to CPCC
February 23, 2018

CPCC Theatre's EVITA sports spectacular sets and costumes along with a regal, enigmatic leading lady who can belt, but they need to fix the audio for the leading men.

BWW Review: Landing the Next LeBron Is Step One in KING LIZ -- but Can She Keep Him in Line?BWW Review: Landing the Next LeBron Is Step One in KING LIZ -- but Can She Keep Him in Line?
February 22, 2018

Chameleonic sports agent Liz Rico has the game to land top NBA prospect Freddie Luna straight out of high school, but KING LIZ will need fresh moves keep her phenom from self-destructing

BWW Review: People Messing With Other People Keep THE LUCKIEST PEOPLE LivelyBWW Review: People Messing With Other People Keep THE LUCKIEST PEOPLE Lively
February 8, 2018

A father and son have plenty to sort out in the wake of Mom's death in Meridith Friedman's THE LUCKIEST PEOPLE, while the son's gay lover wonders which of the two is behaving more childishly.

BWW Review: The Truly Innovative Dances of Charlotte Ballet's INNOVATIVE WORKS Are MesmerizingBWW Review: The Truly Innovative Dances of Charlotte Ballet's INNOVATIVE WORKS Are Mesmerizing
February 2, 2018

Sasha Janes strays too far from his comfort zone in his new piece, but CharBallet's INNOVATIVE WORKS features stunners by Robyn Mineko Williams and Myles Thatcher

BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK Sports Heavy-Metal VulgarityBWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK Sports Heavy-Metal Vulgarity
January 12, 2018

Somewhat muted and diluted at cavernous Ovens Auditorium, the touring company of SCHOOL OF ROCK is as talented and high-energy as their Broadway counterparts - reminding us that Andrew Lloyd Webber can truly rock.

BWW Review: Amid a Record Cold Wave, Nosky Brings the Heat of VIVALDI'S FOUR SEASONSBWW Review: Amid a Record Cold Wave, Nosky Brings the Heat of VIVALDI'S FOUR SEASONS
January 11, 2018

Reaching full bacchante mode, punk redhead violinist Aisslinn Nosky torched the Red Priest.

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.



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