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BWW Blog: The Best of the 2014-15 Season at North Carolina Theatre!

Since the 2014-15 Season at North Carolina Theatre just wrapped up, I decided to give you guys my top picks for what were some of the best productions I saw this past season. I've seen many quality productions within the past year, but these are my top 3.

And they are...

  1. Billy Elliot The Musical-As someone who actually got to see the original Broadway cast, watching this production at North Carolina Theatre really reminded me a lot of what a great musical Billy Elliot is. Playwright Lee Hall had brilliantly adapted his own Oscar-Nominated screenplay into a very funny, and very moving theatrical piece that anyone wanting to pursue a career in the arts can relate to! It still remains to be one of the greatest musicals I've ever seen in my life! Inventive, yet magnificent staging by director Eric Woodall, the only word that can describe this production of Billy Elliot overall is OUTSTANDING! Read My Full Review Here!

  2. A Chorus Line-Director/Choreographer Mitzi Hamilton re-creates Michael Bennett's original staging, resulting in a glorious production of a glorious show! Straight from the opening audition number, to the grand finale, you really do feel like you're apart of the journey the characters take through an honest portrayal of what actors go through in the audition process for a Broadway musical. Aside from the energetic choreography, other standout moments include 'I Hope I Get It', 'I Can Do That', 'At the Ballet', 'The Music and The Mirror', 'What I Did For Love', and of course, 'One'. A Chorus Line has always been viewed as a Landmark Musical for a reason, it is absolutely one of the greatest works in the world that needs to be seen live onstage! I strongly suggest you buy your tickets to see this production at North Carolina Theatre as it truly is 'One Singular Sensation'! Read My Full Review Here!

  3. Next to Normal-This production showed what an extraordinary piece this was! It's very inventively staged by director Casey Hushion on a two-story set designed by Chris Bernier; and an energetic intimate band conducted by Nancy Whelan. Each of the six-member ensemble delivered in their own right. While the subject matter may not be for everyone, I think anyone who's interested in a show like this should leave with a breath of fresh air! Read My Full Review Here!

Congratulations to North Carolina Theatre on such a great season, and I look forward to the next one!



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From This Author - Jeffrey Kare

Jeffrey Kare currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina. Having been born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Jeffrey took interest in live theater at age 11. He also had the great pleasure of seeing s... (read more about this author)


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Interview: Kathleen Garrett of North Carolina Theatre's STEEL MAGNOLIASInterview: Kathleen Garrett of North Carolina Theatre's STEEL MAGNOLIAS
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