Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 10/26 - FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, A BRONX TALE, and More!
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Miami: Contributor Cristina Pla-Guzman reviews HAVANA MUSIC HALL at Actors' Playhouse, writing "My grandparents story, one I have heard many times, is etched into my heart. As a third generation Cuban American living in Miami, Florida, as soon as we start to crawl, you are listening to Cuban music, eating your grandmother's potage (a stew of lentil beans and rice) and hearing about the good ole days before Fidel Castro stole Cuba from the people - people who still long for home. A home that was ripped from their fingers that 60 years later still proudly bleed red, white and blue. People who fled to the United States for the hope of a better life while leaving their hearts in the jewel of the Caribbean, Cuba. At the World Premiere of Havana Music Hall, the sounds of Cuban music filled the lobby and the excitement of audience members, who were dressed for the occasion in guayaberas (traditional Cuban shirts) and hats, bounced off the walls of the Actors' Playhouse on Miracle mile."
UK / West End: Contributor Louis Train reviews BWW Review: TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, writing "So cunning and persuasive is Adjoa Andoh as Ulysses, I would gladly follow her to battle. James Cooney as Patroclus, the lover of Achilles, is charming and touchingly real; his relationship is the play's true romance, his death, the true tragedy. Oliver Ford Davies as the lord Pandarus is everything - funny, at times; poignant, at times; devastating, at times."
Connecticut: Contributor Joseph Harrison reviews SWEET CHARITY at The Hartt School Of The University Of Hartford, writing "It will come as no surprise to theater fans in Connecticut that we have an embarrassment of riches in our state when it comes to our favorite past-time. From multiple touring houses to some of the finest professional theaters in the country to top-notch community theater companies - Connecticut has it all. But what often gets overlooked in the sea of theatrical choices are the top-rated college and university theater programs right in our own back yard. After years of ignorance (or simple lack of awareness), I witnessed, first hand, the amazing work being produced by the students at one of these schools, The Hartt School of the University of Hartford. This dedication to not only learning the craft, but delivering a powerful and thrilling performance was front and center in the school's most recent production of Neil Simon, Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields' classic musical SWEET CHARITY, which ran for just four (too) short days October 18 - 21st."
UK / West End: Contributor Debbie Gilpin reviews GUYS AND DOLLS at Royal Albert Hall, writing "For three performances only, renowned director/choreographer Stephen Mear has brought his own semi-staged version of the classic musical Guys and Dolls to the Royal Albert Hall. The Royal Philharmonic Concert orchestra bring Frank Loesser's much-loved score to life, along with a cast that includes Adrian Lester (Sky Masterson), Lara Pulver (Sarah Brown), Meow Meow (Miss Adelaide), Jason Manford (Nathan Detroit), Clive Rowe (Nicely Nicely Johnson), Joe Stilgoe (Benny Southstreet), and Sharon D Clarke (General Cartwright). Whilst they're not presenting the entire show, all of the musical numbers are intact and any gaps in the story are covered by narrator Stephen Mangan."
Nashville: Contributor Jeffrey Ellis reviews CCP's SWEENEY TODD, writing "Fog comes billowing out over the footlights, bringing with it a pervasive sense of foreboding that sets the tone for the next three hours of what is - without any fear of exaggeration - the most satisfying theatrical experience of 2018. Eye-poppingly gorgeous, with a design aesthetic that's perfectly wedded to the source material provided by composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim and book writer Hugh Wheeler, and featuring some of the most electrifying performances we've ever witnessed at Cumberland County Playhouse (where they know a thing or 100 about staging musicals), Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is spectacular."
Central New York: Contributor Colin Fleming-Stumpf reviews A BRONX TALE at Rochester Broadway Theatre Leauge, writing "If you've ever seen the movie or one-man-show version of A Bronx Tale you already know that it's a captivating, emotional story about a young working class man growing up during the doo-wop era of the 1960's who's torn between the opposing worlds of criminal life on the streets and the proverbial 'straight and narrow.' The musical adaptation of the story, featuring music by Alan Menken and a book by Chazz Palminteri (who wrote the one-man-show and starred in the both the play and feature film) pairs the emotional complexity of the film with spirited, high-energy song and dance numbers that make for a truly entertaining night at the theatre."
Central New York: Contributor Natasha Ashley reviews FIDDLER ON THE ROOF National Tour at The Landmark Theatre, writing "The US national tour of the classic musical Fiddler on the Roof has begun its short preview run at the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse, New York, kicking off the Famous Artists Broadway Theater Series: Broadway in Syracuse. The opening night performance of this familiar favorite was beautifully performed, highly emotional, and showcased some incredible talent."
Rockland / Westchester: Contributor Peter Danish reviews FUN HOME at White Plains Performing Arts Center, writing "'Fun Home' the Tony-winning musical, based on Alison Bechdel's autobiographical graphic novel, is a serious show about a serious topic, showing how members of a dysfunctional family come to terms - sort of - with their sexuality, and their place in the world. Spoiler: some of them deal with it better than others."
Regional Editor Spotlight:
Natasha Ashley is a reviewer for productions throughout Central New York. She was born and raised in the suburbs of Syracuse, New York. Natasha has grown up seeing many theatrical productions with her sister, Jennifer Perry, in New York City and in Washington D.C. Natasha and her sister have always shared the love for theatre. She graduated and received her Bachelors degree from Houghton College in 2008 with a double major in English and Communications. While attending Houghton College she acted in numerous productions. She was also the Assistant Director of the college production of You Can't Take it With You. Natasha was in charge of securing patrons, ticket sales, costume management, hair, and makeup for the college shows. She now resides in Cicero, New York with her husband and two children. For the last three years she has attended and reviewed many productions throughout Central New York for NY Theatre Guide.
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