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



BWW Review: MATILDA Is Less Sweet and More Abrasive at ImaginOnBWW Review: MATILDA Is Less Sweet and More Abrasive at ImaginOn
Posted: Oct. 3, 2018

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: 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

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: Lucia Stetson Brings a Regal, Enigmatic EVITA to CPCCBWW Review: Lucia Stetson Brings a Regal, Enigmatic EVITA to CPCC
Posted: Feb. 23, 2018

BWW Review: APPROPRIATE Sports Multiple Meanings and GraveyardsBWW Review: APPROPRIATE Sports Multiple Meanings and Graveyards
Posted: Jul. 20, 2018

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

BWW Review: A Catchphrase Becomes a Musical Mantra in A CHRISTMAS STORY
December 7, 2018

Joseph Robinette's adaptation of Jean Shepherd's beloved Yuletide story doesn't make all the right moves, but A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL will still warm your holiday spirit if you're patient with it.

BWW Review: Actor's Gym Unearths a Gem in FALLEN ANGELS
December 6, 2018

Two wives grapple with the prospect of meeting their common old flame in Noel Coward's FALLEN ANGELS, a situation that played out very differently in 1925 than it does today.

November 14, 2018

THE DAFFODIL GIRLS, Jeff Swearingen's makeover of 'Glengarry Glen Ross,' transformed David Mamet's real estate shark tank into a Girl Scout Cookie drive. Now in a further mutation, Three Bone Theatre successfully produces this children's theatre hit with an all-adult cast.

BWW Review: Mendelssohn's ITALIAN SYMPHONY Upstaged by Epic Paganini Concerto
November 6, 2018

Charlotte Symphony's celebration of Italy with music by Berio, Berlioz, Paganini, and Mendelssohn's ITALIAN SYMPHONY actually peaked with Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1, thanks to the spectacular virtuosity of Sergej Krylov.

BWW Review: Like Panoramic Pease, MUSIC OF THE NIGHT Was Fun While It Lasted
November 2, 2018

After we're rid of the obligatory 'Memory,'CP's fond farewall to Pease Auditorium, THE MUSIC OF THE NIGHT, is a lot of fun - but not a lot of music,

BWW Review: THE PHILADELPHIA STORY Bides Its Time Before Detonating
October 31, 2018

A less-than-imperial Tracy Lord picks up strength, energy, and enlightenment as THE PHILADELPHIA STORY chugs along at Theatre Charlotte, cresting in time for an affecting epiphany.

BWW Review: Charlotte Symphony's ROYAL CELEBRATION Delivers Brassy, Breathtaking Music
October 22, 2018

While nobody onstage reminded us exactly what we were celebrating, Charlotte Symphony's MUSIC FOR A ROYAL CELEBRATION, commemorating the Queen City's 250th anniversary, was a concert fit for a king.

October 17, 2018

With a company that mostly outclassed the replacement cast I saw on Broadway, the HAMILTON tour not only set off a ticketbuying frenzy across Charlotte, it fulfilled theatergoers' wildest expectations.

BWW Review: FALL WORKS Fetes Bernstein and Robbins in Witty Style
October 15, 2018

With three sailors on shore leave, a carnival of fantastics seeking to console a disconsolate janitor, and the oddest choreography for Bellini's 'Casta Diva' you'll ever see, FALL WORKS launched Charlotte Ballet's 2018-19 season with wit and style.

BWW Review: BEETHOVEN'S FIFTH Recaptures Its Elemental Fire
October 7, 2018

Charlotte Symphony has kicked off its 2018-19 season with an all-Beethoven program highlighted by the FIFTH SYMPHONY and a guest turn by pianist Garrick Ohlsson, adding an extra performance to meet anticipated. They're also meeting great expectations

BWW Review: CP's BECKET Struggles With Loyalty, Faith, and Caring
October 6, 2018

At times BECKET looms before us like a vast Shakespearean tapestry and at others like a bloated two-hander, but this CPCC Theatre production plays well at Halton Theater, which is really good news as Pease Auditorium bites the dust.

BWW Review: MATILDA Is Less Sweet and More Abrasive at ImaginOn
October 3, 2018

MATILDA may be losing some of its appeal as a children's story, especially when Children's Theatre of Charlotte makes it more realistic than the national tour that came to town just two years ago.

BWW Review: Symphony's OPENING NIGHT GALA Celebrates With Primal Beauty and Fire
September 27, 2018

Symphony's OPENING NIGHT GALA, spotlighting violinist Joshua Bell, boded well for the 2018-19 season to come and the orchestra's celebration of Charlotte's 250th anniversary.

BWW 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.