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BWW Review: Broadway at the Good Theater Pays Tribute to 1940s Photo BWW Review: Broadway at the Good Theater Pays Tribute to 1940s
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Dec 6, 2019

Each year Portland's Good Theater presents a holiday musical revue, written and directed by Brian P. Allen, and dedicated to celebrating a decade in American musical theatre history. Allen's show this year is devoted to the 1940s when so many of the geniuses of the a?oelegitimatea?? musical theatre style reigned supreme. The revue he has created is ambitious and comprehensive featuring twenty-five performers, including several Broadway actors, and covering the likes of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Lowe, Cole Porter, Kurt Weill, and the Gershwins, together with many lesser-known writers. Performed with the intimacy and informality of a cabaret setting, Broadway at the Good Theater offers a nostalgic and delightful musical evening.

BWW Review: Happy Ending: THE LITTLE MERMAID at MSMT Photo BWW Review: Happy Ending: THE LITTLE MERMAID at MSMT
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Aug 19, 2019

a?oeA very, very merry, merry, happy, happy endinga??.a?? sings the colorful cast of human beings and sea creatures as they celebrate the wedding of Prince Alexander and Melody in Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark's musical version of THE LITTLE MERMAID. And, indeed, this final 2019 Maine State Music Theatre production in the Pickard Theater proves to be just that! The third Theatre for Young Audiences show which closes another season of spectacular theatre for the Brunswick-based theatre is one of the most ambitious, completely realized productions created by MSMT's intern company.

BWW Review: Superstar[s]: THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER at MSMT Photo BWW Review: Superstar[s]: THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER at MSMT
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jul 30, 2019

a?oeSuperstara?? is the title of the final number in Maine State Music Theatre's third concert staging, THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, but the designation seems to apply just as easily to the aspirations and abilities of the young artists who brought this sensational evening of theatre to life. Each season MSMT, as part of its Educational Fellowship Program, presents a fully staged concert performance created completely by these young professionals in training, and, each year in recent memory, the offerings have grown more complex, the talent more dazzling. Last night's performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber's music bears witness to that phenomenon, offering an evening of inspired staging, strong solo and ensemble performances, and spectacular vocalism and dancing.

BWW Review: Young Audience Squeals with Delight at THREE LITTLE PIGS Photo BWW Review: Young Audience Squeals with Delight at THREE LITTLE PIGS
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jul 8, 2019

Judging by the squeals of delight from the youngsters attending MSMT's second Theatre for Young Audiences production of THREE LITTLE PIGS, the familiar nursery rhyme made into a musical by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe proved to be a great hit! The fifty-five minute retelling of the tale of the three piglets who leave home to make their way in the world and must outsmart the Big Bad Wolf to survive is told with charm, wit and a touch of contemporaneity and gentle messaging.

Squealing With Delight For Maine State Music Theatre's THREE LITTLE PIGS Photo Squealing With Delight For Maine State Music Theatre's THREE LITTLE PIGS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2019

Maine State Music Theatre presents Stiles and Drewe's THREE LITTLE PIGS. This Theatre for Young Audiences show will run on July 8th with performances at 10 am, 1 pm, 4 pm, and 7:30 pm. 

BWW Review: We Go Together: MSMT and Lewiston's Public Theatre Co-Produce GREASE Photo BWW Review: We Go Together: MSMT and Lewiston's Public Theatre Co-Produce GREASE
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 19, 2019

Just as the youthful cast sings their exuberant anthem, 'We Go Together,' at the close of GREASE, so, too, might the theatre-loving communities of Midcoast Maine find new reason to celebrate in the first-ever co-production of Maine State Music Theatre and The Public Theatre. From June 18-30, 2019, the two Equity companies have joined forces to present Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey's beloved classic, in Lewiston in a fresh, new, vibrant production that recaptures all the joy, travails, libido and angst of adolescence.

BWW Interview: First Date: MSMT & Lewiston's Public Theatre Co-Produce GREASE Photo BWW Interview: First Date: MSMT & Lewiston's Public Theatre Co-Produce GREASE
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 9, 2019

"It's like a first date, " says Christopher Schario, Executive/artistic Director of Lewiston's Public Theatre. "It's a total cross population between our institutions and our audiences," he adds. Maine State Music Director Curt Dale Clark concurs: "This co-production is helping the arts in both our communities. It's upping the ante and providing more opportunities for people to enjoy live theatre," The two artistic heads , together with the leads of the production Tanner Callicutt and Katie Brnjac are chatting with Broadway World about the first-ever collaboration between the two theatres, a new staging of the musical GREASE, performed at The Public Theatre June 18-30, 2019.

Maine State Music Theatre and The Public Theatre Present GREASE Photo Maine State Music Theatre and The Public Theatre Present GREASE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2019

Maine State Music Theatre (MSMT) in Brunswick and The Public Theatre (TPT) in Lewiston are partnering together for the first time to bring the musical GREASE to The Public Theatre stage June 18-30.

Maine State Music Theatre And The Public Theatre Present GREASE THE MUSICAL Photo Maine State Music Theatre And The Public Theatre Present GREASE THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2019

Maine State Music Theatre (MSMT) in Brunswick and The Public Theatre (TPT) in Lewiston are partnering together for the first time to bring Grease the Musical to The Public Theatrestage. 

BWW Review: MSMT's SNOW WHITE Delivers Magic and Message Photo BWW Review: MSMT's SNOW WHITE Delivers Magic and Message
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - May 26, 2019

Maine State Music Theatre launches its 2019 Theatre for Young Audiences series with a fresh, vivid, polished production of Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark's highly original musical version of SNOW WHITE. The familiar fairytale gets a 'politically correct' overhaul in this iteration - one which despite the fact that it was written more than twenty-five years ago - remains astoundingly innovative and relevantly modern.

BWW Interview: Every Year Seems Like an Anniversary: MSMT Previews Its 61st Season Photo BWW Interview: Every Year Seems Like an Anniversary: MSMT Previews Its 61st Season
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Apr 15, 2019

'It's always hard to follow an anniversary season, where you've pulled out all the stops for that special celebration,' confides Maine State Music Theatre's Artistic Director, Curt Dale Clark, as he sits down with Broadway World Maine to preview the company's upcoming 61st season. 'It's a bit scary because after the anniversary, then, what next? But the beautiful thing about what we do for a living [in the theatre] is that every year seems like an anniversary. MSMT has carved out a niche here in Brunswick where we pull out all the stops year after year. Our public expects it, and it is pour job to do it!'

BWW Review: Becoming a Real Live Boy: MSMT Closes Young Audiences Series with PINOCCH Photo BWW Review: Becoming a Real Live Boy: MSMT Closes Young Audiences Series with PINOCCHIO
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Aug 20, 2018

In an enchantingly fresh take on Carlo Collodi's classic tale, Robin and Clark's musical version of Pinocchio explores the inner journey of the wooden puppet who must learn the meaning of truth, compassion, and courage in order to become 'a real live boy.' MSMT closes its Theatre for Young Audiences series with a colorful, amusing, and tender retelling of this touching story, directed and choreographed by Raymond Marc Dumont and entirely produced and performed by MSMT's Educational Fellows.

BWW Review: MSMT Brings Glitter of Hollywood's Golden Age to the Pickard Stage Photo BWW Review: MSMT Brings Glitter of Hollywood's Golden Age to the Pickard Stage
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Aug 10, 2018

As its main stage finale in this Diamond Jubilee season, Maine State Music Theatre chose to present the stage version of one of the most beloved musicals of all time, Singin' in the Rain. With its book by Betty Comden/Adolph Green, and songs by Nacio Herb Brown/Arthur Freed), based on the famed MGM musical, this iconic classic receives a production that recreates the glitter of Hollywood's Golden Age on a dazzlingly grand scale. MSMT's staging, directed/choreographed by Marc Robin, sparkles with the effervescence of fine champagne, bubbles with energy and originality, exudes sunshine and joy, and offers its audiences an exhilarating, entirely magical entertainment experience.

BWW Review: We Love You Conrad: MSMT's Stylish Revival of BYE BYE BIRDIE Photo BWW Review: We Love You Conrad: MSMT's Stylish Revival of BYE BYE BIRDIE
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jul 31, 2018

It has been fifty-eight years since the Tony-award-winning Michael Stewart/Charles Crouse/Lee Adams musical Bye Bye Birdie first opened on Broadway, and while the topicality of the material is no longer au courant, still this fresh, charming Maine State Music Theatre revival, directed/choreographed by Raymond Marc Dumont, retains its humor, humanity, and universality.

Nostalgia For 1960's Small Town Values Takes The Stage In MSMT's BYE BYE BIRDIE Photo Nostalgia For 1960's Small Town Values Takes The Stage In MSMT's BYE BYE BIRDIE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2018

Maine State Music Theatre (MSMT) will present Bye Bye Birdie with two performances on Monday, July 30 at 2:00 and 7:30 PM. 

BWW Review: Celebrating Irving Berlin: MSMT Launches Concert Series with I LOVE A PIA Photo BWW Review: Celebrating Irving Berlin: MSMT Launches Concert Series with I LOVE A PIANO
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 19, 2018

MSMT's all-singing, all-dancing tribute to Irving Berlin, I Love a Piano, blew the Pickard Theater audience away at two Monday performances with its steady stream of classic hit tunes, its high energy choreography, and the dazzling virtuosity of its youthful cast. This was an afternoon and evening to sit back and revel in the rich history of American popular music and to celebrate a composer whose work provided the soundtrack for the American experience for almost seventy years. It is exciting to watch MSMT's cast of young professionals perform this material with so much connection and commitment. Though this is the music of past generations, the eleven-person ensemble of remarkable triple threat actors brings it vibrantly to life for a contemporary audience, affirming the truism that longevity is what makes great music.

BWW Review: Happily Ever After: MSMT Presents Robin and Clark's CINDERELLA with a Con Photo BWW Review: Happily Ever After: MSMT Presents Robin and Clark's CINDERELLA with a Contemporary Twist
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Jun 13, 2018

There is a moment in Robin and Clark's musical version of Cinderella when the scullery maid screws up her courage and hurls a self-affirmation back to her abusive stepmother and sisters, saying, "No! I've always done everything you asked and now it is time for me to do something for myself!" The audience young and old erupts into spontaneous applause for this very contemporary heroine. Though Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark's musical is more than twenty-five years old, it speaks with a freshness and an appeal that are as lasting as the fairy tale itself, and Maine State Music Theatre's most recent production captures all the delightfulness and the darkness of the story and serves it up with customary flair.

Maine State Music Theatre Goes Has A Ball With CINDERELLA Photo Maine State Music Theatre Goes Has A Ball With CINDERELLA
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2018

The Theatre for Young Audiences program at Maine State Music Theatre opens with Robin and Clark's Cinderella June 13 (10 AM, 12:30 PM) and June 16 (11 AM). 

Maine State Music Theatre Celebrates The Music Of Irving Berlin With I LOVE A PIANO Photo Maine State Music Theatre Celebrates The Music Of Irving Berlin With I LOVE A PIANO
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2018

Maine State Music Theatre (MSMT) will showcase the music of Irving Berlin with two performances of I Love a Piano on Monday, June 18 at 2:00 and 7:30 PM.

Maine State Music Theatre Goes Has A Ball With CINDERELLA Photo Maine State Music Theatre Goes Has A Ball With CINDERELLA
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2018

The Theatre for Young Audiences program at Maine State Music Theatre opens with Robin and Clark's Cinderella June 13 (10 AM, 12:30 PM) and June 16 (11 AM). 

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