Central New York Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: DIRTY DANCING Comes to Life at the Landmark Theatre BWW Review: DIRTY DANCING Comes to Life at the Landmark Theatre
by Natasha Ashley - May 17, 2018

The classic story of Dirty Dancing by Eleanor Bergstein comes to life on a national tour now playing Syracuse's Landmark Theatre.... (more...)
BWW Review: Syracuse University's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is Thrilling at Syracuse Stage BWW Review: Syracuse University's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is Thrilling at Syracuse Stage
by Natasha Ashley - May 07, 2018

There is no doubt that Syracuse University has a fabulous Department of Drama. This time around they are showcasing their talented students in the thrilling and cult classic musical Little Shop of Horrors at Syracuse Stage. With book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and toe-tapping tunes by Alan Menken, ... (more...)
BWW Review: ROCKIN' ROAD TO DUBLIN Rocks The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater BWW Review: ROCKIN' ROAD TO DUBLIN Rocks The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater
by Natasha Ashley - May 04, 2018

Is it a rock concert? A musical production? Or an Irish dance show? Rockin' Road to Dublin can be categorized as all three. The one-night-only engagement of this unique Irish dance and rock concert at Syracuse's Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater proved to be a fantastic experience. It offers a fresh tak... (more...)
BWW Review: THE MAGIC PLAY Intrigues at Syracuse Stage BWW Review: THE MAGIC PLAY Intrigues at Syracuse Stage
by Natasha Ashley - April 30, 2018

Syracuse Stage concludes its season with an intriguing and mystifying production of The Magic Play. The unique production features a cast of three actors under the astute direction of Halena Kays. It is positively entrancing thanks to the brilliant cast and unique script.... (more...)
BWW Review: STOMP Sizzles at the Landmark Theatre BWW Review: STOMP Sizzles at the Landmark Theatre
by Natasha Ashley - April 18, 2018

The latest tour to entertain Syracuse audiences is none other than STOMP, the international sensation that features the use of some of the most unlikely instruments. On a blustery and cold April day (welcome to Spring in Syracuse) STOMP sizzles inside the historical Landmark Theatre. The multiple aw... (more...)
BWW Review: CHESS Has All the Right Moves at Central New York Playhouse BWW Review: CHESS Has All the Right Moves at Central New York Playhouse
by Natasha Ashley - April 15, 2018

The Central New York Playhouse has one again stepped up, taken a risk, and created something magical with its current musical, Chess. Under Robert G. Searle's clever direction, the entire talented cast Chess cast works together beautifully to deliver a very intriguing and powerful performance of the... (more...)
BWW Review: A FEW GOOD MEN is Gripping at the Central New York Playhouse BWW Review: A FEW GOOD MEN is Gripping at the Central New York Playhouse
by Natasha Ashley - March 18, 2018

The latest production entertaining audiences at the Central New York Playhouse is Aaron Sorkin's suspenseful play, A Few Good Men. Sorkin later adapted the play into a major motion picture of the same name starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore. Director Dustin M. Czarny has once again ... (more...)
BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS Plays The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS Plays The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater
by Natasha Ashley - March 14, 2018

The latest tour entertaining audiences as part of Broadway in Syracuse at the Crouse Hinds Theater is the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots, featuring a book by Harvey Fierstein with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper.... (more...)
BWW Review: Syracuse City Ballet Charms With ALADDIN at Crouse Hinds Theater BWW Review: Syracuse City Ballet Charms With ALADDIN at Crouse Hinds Theater
by Natasha Ashley - March 12, 2018

The Syracuse City Ballet, the only professional ballet serving the Central New York community, brought the enchanting ballet of Aladdin to life this past weekend at Crouse Hinds Theater in Syracuse, New York. The production was directed and choreographed by founding artistic director Kathleen Rathbu... (more...)
BWW Review: ON GOLDEN POND is Heartwarming at The Redhouse at City Center BWW Review: ON GOLDEN POND is Heartwarming at The Redhouse at City Center
by Natasha Ashley - March 10, 2018

Devotion, passion, and drive are just some of the words that come to mind when I think of The Redhouse, 'a nonprofit, multi-arts organization dedicated to the production and presentation of interdisciplinary works, theatre, music and visual art.' The Redhouse has become a large part of the theatre s... (more...)
BWW Review:  A RAISIN IN THE SUN is Compelling at Syracuse Stage BWW Review: A RAISIN IN THE SUN is Compelling at Syracuse Stage
by Natasha Ashley - February 25, 2018

Syracuse Stage has once again brought an intense and gripping production to the local stage. This time around it is Lorraine Hansberry's American classic play A Raisin in the Sun (in a co-production with Indiana Repertory Theatre) captivating audiences.... (more...)
BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE is Sensational at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE is Sensational at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater
by Natasha Ashley - February 22, 2018

The national tour of the classic musical A Chorus Line is entertaining audiences at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds theatre in Syracuse, New York. The production - restaged by Baayork Lee based on Michael Bennett's original direction and choreography - is 'One Singular Sensation.' With masterful music by ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME is Powerful at The Baldwinsville Theatre Guild BWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME is Powerful at The Baldwinsville Theatre Guild
by Natasha Ashley - February 04, 2018

Baldwinsville Theatre Guild, an ambitious community theatre in Central New York, repeatedly tackles some challenging large-scale musicals to show off local talents. Their latest musical production is none other than The Hunchback of Notre Dame, featuring a principal cast of ten, an ensemble of seven... (more...)
BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL is Electrifying at Syracuse Stage BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL is Electrifying at Syracuse Stage
by Natasha Ashley - January 28, 2018

Under the brilliant direction of Robert Hupp, the Artistic Director of Syracuse Stage, Next to Normal is thrilling audiences at Syracuse Stage with its intense story, dynamite singers, and powerful score. The uniquely brilliant musical covers many controversial topics such as grief, suicide, drug ab... (more...)
BWW Review: MOSCOW BALLET'S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER 25TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR Enchants at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theatre BWW Review: MOSCOW BALLET'S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER 25TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR Enchants at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theatre
by Natasha Ashley - December 18, 2017

The Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker has once again returned to Syracuse, New York for two performances at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theatre. This annual tour, produced by Akiva Talmi, is a holiday tradition that many look forward to seeing again and again and for good reason; it is breath... (more...)
BWW Review: 1940's Radio Hour at The Central New York Playhouse BWW Review: 1940's Radio Hour at The Central New York Playhouse
by Natasha Ashley - December 10, 2017

Syracuse's Central New York Playhouse latest show is 1940's Radio Hour, written by Walton Jones and featuring various hit songs of the 1940s. Directed by Patricia Catchouny with musical direction by Abel Searor, 1940's Radio Hour transports us to December 1942 the final holiday broadcast of the Mu... (more...)
BWW Review: THE NUTCRACKER Brings Traditional Holiday Cheer at the Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater BWW Review: THE NUTCRACKER Brings Traditional Holiday Cheer at the Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater
by Natasha Ashley - December 05, 2017

The Syracuse City Ballet has once again brought The Nutcracker ballet to the Crouse Hinds Theater. Many families look forward to carrying on the tradition of seeing The Nutcracker every Holiday season and this year's production did not disappoint under the fabulous direction of Kathleen Rathbun.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ is an Astonishing Acrobatic Adventure at Syracuse Stage BWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ is an Astonishing Acrobatic Adventure at Syracuse Stage
by Natasha Ashley - December 03, 2017

The holiday production at Syracuse Stage is always a family favorite to look forward to and this year is no different. Syracuse Stage and the Department of Drama have joined forces with New York City-based 2 Ring Circus to bring a twist on the iconic story of The Wizard of Oz. Cleverly directed by D... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LION KING Opens New North American Tour at The Landmark Theatre BWW Review: THE LION KING Opens New North American Tour at The Landmark Theatre
by Natasha Ashley - November 01, 2017

The excitement in the air in Syracuse, New York has been going on for quite awhile since it was announced that the North American tour of The Lion King would be coming to the Landmark Theatre in late October. The time has finally arrived and the crowds are packed into the theatre, ecstatic to once a... (more...)
BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is Captivating at Syracuse Stage BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is Captivating at Syracuse Stage
by Natasha Ashley - October 30, 2017

The Tony Award winner for Best Play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, is now captivating audiences at Syracuse Stage. This thought-provoking and enthralling production is co-produced with the Indiana Repertory Theatre, where this same cast previously received rave reviews. Impressi... (more...)
BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN's GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER is Hilariously Entertaining at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN's GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER is Hilariously Entertaining at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater
by Natasha Ashley - October 11, 2017

Broadway in Syracuse opens its new season with the hilariously entertaining A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder. The musical comedy, based on the 1907 novel Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal by Roy Horniman, features a clever book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and music and lyrics by ... (more...)
BWW Review: Syracuse University Department of Drama's CRAZY FOR YOU is a Toe-Tappin' Good Time at Syracuse Stage BWW Review: Syracuse University Department of Drama's CRAZY FOR YOU is a Toe-Tappin' Good Time at Syracuse Stage
by Natasha Ashley - October 10, 2017

Crazy For You is one of those musical comedies that helps the audience escape reality. You immediately become absorbed in the hysterical and uplifting score by the renowned George and Ira Gershwin, Ken Ludwig's timeless love story, and, of course, stellar dancing. The Syracuse University production ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE THREE MUSKETEERS is Riveting at Syracuse Stage BWW Review: THE THREE MUSKETEERS is Riveting at Syracuse Stage
by Natasha Ashley - September 25, 2017

Syracuse Stage begins its new season with the enthralling play of The Three Musketeers. The production marks the directorial debut of Syracuse Stage's Artistic Director Robert Hupp, and it's a good one. The swashbuckling adventure is packed with sword fighting, dramatic entrances, gorgeous period ... (more...)
BWW Review: ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE Shines at The Merry – Go – Round Playhouse BWW Review: ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE Shines at The Merry – Go – Round Playhouse
by Natasha Ashley - September 23, 2017

The Merry - Go - Round Playhouse in Auburn, New York ends their 2017 season with Always...Patsy Cline the musical based on a true story of the legendary Patsy Cline. The show shines light on the talented singer Patsy Cline and the memorable music she brought to the country music industry during her ... (more...)
BWW Review: GHOST THE MUSICAL Captivates at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse BWW Review: GHOST THE MUSICAL Captivates at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse
by Natasha Ashley - September 05, 2017

The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse once again has brought a top-notch group of actors to Broadway in the Finger Lakes and is now thrilling audiences with Ghost the Musical.... (more...)