BWW Interview: Tito Hernandez Channels Inner Fosse for North Carolina Theatre's PIPPIN BWW Interview: Tito Hernandez Channels Inner Fosse for North Carolina Theatre's PIPPIN
by Lauren Van Hemert - Jun 28, 2018

PIPPIN is the story of a young prince trying to find the meaning of life. Pippin's struggle to find out where he fits into the world is not unlike the 38 middle school and high school students performing in North Carolina Theatre Conservatory's production, which opens July 6th at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Downtown Raleigh. The students are part of the conservatory's Master Summer Theatre Arts School (STAS), one of the flagship pre-professional training programs of North Carolina Theatre. 'Pippin never finds anything fulfilling until he finally realizes he never had to go anyplace further than his own backyard to find what he was looking for,' says Director Tito Hernandez, who has been teaching at the conservatory for 18 years. 'It has a closure at the end and the message that you can search all over you want, but the happiness has to be within.' Hernandez first saw PIPPIN after it opened on Broadway in 1972, under the direction of Bob Fosse. But he says, this production is closer to the 2013 Tony Award-winning revival, including the circus choreography, acrobatics, and extended ending. And Hernandez, a dance veteran himself having made his Broadway debut in JEROME ROBBINS' BROADWAY, is no stranger to Fosse's artistry. In fact, he participated in a tribute event to Fosse before the legendary choreographer passed away and had the opportunity to meet him, work with his associates, and perform his choreography. PIPPIN runs July 6-8 at A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater at The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Broadway's Patrice Covington and Jesse Nager Set for LIVE IN THE LIVING ROOM at W Hollywood
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

This Thursday, March 16th, 42 Seven Productions and W Hollywood will welcome Broadway vets Patrice Covington (The Color Purple) and Jesse Nager (Motown the Musical) to LA's new weekly concert series, 'Live In The Living Room,' taking place every Thursday night in The Living Room of W Hollywood. (more...)

BWW Review: Actress/Singer MEGAN HILTY Rocks VPAC
by Don Grigware - Sep 28, 2015

Broadway and TV actress/singer Megan Hilty performed a splashy show at Valley Performing Arts Center at CSUN, Northridge on Thursday, September 24 at 8 pm to a packed audience of her fans. Hilty is best remembered for playing Glinda in Wicked for four and a half years - she replaced Kristin Chenoweth on Broadway - and also for premiering the role of Doralee Rhodes, played in the film by Dolly Parton, in  the musical of 9 to 5 at the Ahmanson and on Broadway. She also starred in NBC's musical Smash as actress Ivy Lynn, who creates a Marilyn Monroe character for a fictional musical Bombshell, for two seasons on NBC to great acclaim. (more...)

BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre Conservatory's CRAZY FOR YOU
by Jeffrey Kare - Aug 17, 2015

Just as another Gershwin-based musical An American in Paris is currently playing big on Broadway, the triangle area was recently treated to a performance of the 1992 Tony-Winning Best Musical Crazy for You presented by the North Carolina Theatre Conservatory Master Summer Theatre Arts School. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Young Reed Shannon Talks MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
by Don Grigware - Apr 21, 2015

Actor Reed Shannon is currently on tour with Motown the Musical playing Young Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. In our chat he talks about preparing for these roles and his young theatre life so far. Unbelievable! You are playing Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson when they were young like you. How difficult is it for you to differenciate between the 3 boys? What do you have to do physically and mentally to portray them? Did you watch tapes or listen to CDs to get the voices just right? I know Jackson performed young but I'm not sure about Little Stevie Wonder. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Reed Shannon of MOTOWN National Tour
by Jeffrey Kare - Feb 2, 2015

Coming to the Durham Performing Arts Center from February 17th-22th is the national touring production of Motown: The Musical featuring Reed Shannon in the roles of Young Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson. (more...)

NC Theatre Celebrating 30th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2014

On May 24th, 1984, North Carolina Theatre, opened its doors to their very first production, Camelot. Under the direction of De Ann Jones, the production starred Terrence Mann as 'King Arthur' and Sharon Lawrence as 'Guinevere.' Both actors have since gone on to have play countless other roles on stage, TV and film. The show opened with 825 season tickets sold and a total audience of 24,000. Upon Camelot's opening, The Raleigh Times proclaimed that 'Broadway had finally come to Raleigh.' (more...)

BWW Reviews: NC Theatre Scores Big with LES MISERABLES
by Larisa Mount - Feb 15, 2014

North Carolina Theatre is taking on an iconic work of musical theater with their current staging of LES MISERABLES. Such a piece is quite a feat to put on, and to do it well is a great undertaking, but NC Theatre manages to accomplish something spectacular by combining the best talent of the Triangle with amazing New York actors. The result is a production which does justice to the cultural monolith which is Les Mis. It's a perfect production for die-hard fans and first-timers alike. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Craig Schulman, Lauren Kennedy & Chuck Wagner in NCT's LES MISERABLES
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2014

North Carolina Theatre (NCT) and Broadway Series South welcomed their blend of Broadway veterans, NYC actors and local talent for LES MISERABLES, opening tonight, February 11, and continuing through February 23. The show will star Raleigh's own Lauren Kennedy, reprising the role of 'Fantine' she played on Broadway, alongside her real-life daughter Riley Campbell as 'Young Cosette'. Broadway veterans Craig Schulman as 'Jean Valjean' and Chuck Wagner as 'Javert' round out this star-studded cast. Check out a first look below! (more...)

North Carolina Theatre Opens LES MISERABLES Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2014

North Carolina Theatre (NCT), the region's premier producer of professional Broadway musicals, in association with Broadway Series South, is excited to announce that casting has begun for their February 2014 production of LES MISERABLES directed by Dave Clemmons which will play at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. This will be the theatre's first time producing this timeless classic. (more...)

North Carolina Theatre to Open LES MISERABLES, Feb 11
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2014

North Carolina Theatre (NCT), the region's premier producer of professional Broadway musicals, in association with Broadway Series South, is excited to announce that casting has begun for their February 2014 production of LES MISERABLES directed by Dave Clemmons which will play at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. This will be the theatre's first time producing this timeless classic. (more...)