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BWW Review: BRIGHT STAR National Tour at North Carolina Theatre BWW Review: BRIGHT STAR National Tour at North Carolina Theatre
by Jeffrey Kare - April 18, 2018

Originating from the 2013 collaborative album by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell titled Love Has Come for You, Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in the 1920s and '40s. The musical was inspired by the tr... (more...)
BWW Review: Led By Powerhouse Female Performances, THE COLOR PURPLE Delivers Timeless and Timely Story BWW Review: Led By Powerhouse Female Performances, THE COLOR PURPLE Delivers Timeless and Timely Story
by Lauren Van Hemert - April 04, 2018

Thirty-four years after Alice Walker's The Color Purple won The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the national tour of the Tony Award®-winning Broadway revival of the same name delivers a timely story of self-discovery and forgiveness.... (more...)
BWW Review: MAKS, VAL, & PETA LIVE ON TOUR: CONFIDENTIAL Brings Love Story to Durham Performing Arts Center BWW Review: MAKS, VAL, & PETA LIVE ON TOUR: CONFIDENTIAL Brings Love Story to Durham Performing Arts Center
by Lauren Van Hemert - March 23, 2018

Following their successful OUR WAY tour in 2015, DANCING WITH THE STARS' brothers VALENTINE CHMERKOWVSKIY and MAKSIM CHMERKOWVSKIY brought their new show, CONFIDENTIAL, to The Durham Performing Arts Center stage Thursday, along with twotime Mirror Ball winner, also known as Maks' wife, PETA MURGATRO... (more...)
BWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ National Tour at North Carolina Theatre BWW Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ National Tour at North Carolina Theatre
by Jeffrey Kare - March 14, 2018

Based on Victor Fleming's 1939 film musical of the same name as well as L. Frank Baum's 1900 novel, The Wizard of Oz (of course) follows Dorothy Gale, a young girl who lives on a farm in Kansas with her dog, Toto, until a cyclone arrives, picks up her house, and blows them away to the land of Oz. Th... (more...)
BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - March 05, 2018

Based on Gaston Leroux's 1910 horror novel of the same name, The Phantom of the Opera follows a deformed composer who haunts the grand Paris Opera House. Sheltered from the outside world in an underground cavern, the lonely, romantic man tutors and composes operas for Christine Daae, a gorgeous youn... (more...)
BWW Review: Raleigh Little Theatre's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS BWW Review: Raleigh Little Theatre's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by Jeffrey Kare - February 09, 2018

Based on Roger Corman's 1960 black comedy of the same name, Little Shop of Horrors follows Seymour Krelborn, a meek floral assistant who stumbles across a new breed of plant that he names 'Audrey II' after a coworker he has a crush on. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame ... (more...)
BWW Review: LES MISERABLES National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center BWW Review: LES MISERABLES National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - January 31, 2018

Based on Victor Hugo's 1862 novel of the same name, Les Miserables tells the story of an ex-convict who after serving nineteen years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread, goes on a quest for redemption. When a kind bishop inspires him by a tremendous act of mercy, the ex-convict known as Jean Valj... (more...)
BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's LOVE LETTERS BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's LOVE LETTERS
by Jeffrey Kare - January 15, 2018

Love Letters centers on two characters, Melissa Gardner & Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, as they sit at tables side by side to read the notes, letters and cards they've wrote to each other over the course of 50 years. Within the letters, the two characters discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and d... (more...)
BWW Review: ON YOUR FEET! National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center BWW Review: ON YOUR FEET! National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - January 03, 2018

On Your Feet! tells the true story of how a record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to make it happen. From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very... (more...)
BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - November 29, 2017

Based on Richard Linklater's 2003 film of the same name, School of Rock follows Dewey Finn, a down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. When he discovers his students' musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conq... (more...)
BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's GYPSY BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's GYPSY
by Jeffrey Kare - November 15, 2017

Loosely based on the 1957 memoir by renowned stripetease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, Gypsy follows the dreams and efforts of her mother, Rose, who raises two daughters to perform onstage and casts an affectionate eye on the hardships of show business life. The idea to musicalize this story came about whe... (more...)
BWW Review: CIRCUS 1903 at Durham Performing Arts Center BWW Review: CIRCUS 1903 at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - October 23, 2017

Ladies & gentlemen, for one week only, the circus is in town! The producers of the world's biggest magic show, The Illusionists have teamed up with the award winning puppeteers from War Horse to present a thrilling turn of the century circus spectacular. Sensational puppetry puts elephants back in t... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - October 19, 2017

When I last met with these characters 'Under the Sea', I was only starting to cover theatrical events in the Triangle area. Now over three years later, I have more experience, so let's take another dive, shall we? Based on the 1989 Disney animated classic of the same name as well as the classic Hans... (more...)
BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's BEAUTY & THE BEAST BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's BEAUTY & THE BEAST
by Jeffrey Kare - July 26, 2017

Based on Disney's 1991 Academy Award-winning animated film of the same name as well as the classic French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, Beauty & the Beast tells the story of a bright, beautiful young woman who doesn't seem to fit in with her hometown. She later finds herself trapp... (more...)
BWW Review: THE KING & I National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center BWW Review: THE KING & I National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - June 07, 2017

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BWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center BWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - May 24, 2017

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BWW Review: 2017 Triangle Rising Star Awards BWW Review: 2017 Triangle Rising Star Awards
by Jeffrey Kare - May 17, 2017

For the second year in a row, I had the great pleasure of attending the Triangle Rising Star Awards at the Durham Performing Arts Center. This regional competition brings together high school musical theater students from Central and Eastern North Carolina to perform and compete for the chance to re... (more...)
BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
by Jeffrey Kare - April 12, 2017

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BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - April 05, 2017

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BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - February 22, 2017

Based on Mark Haddon's 2003 mystery novel of the same name, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time follows Christopher Boone, a fifteen-year-old boy with an extraordinary brain, yet has trouble with communications. When he falls under suspicion of killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out t... (more...)
BWW Review: HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center BWW Review: HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - February 01, 2017

Hedwig & the Angry Inch is a stage musical that first debuted at the Jane Street Theatre off-Broadway on February 14th, 1998, where it ran for 857 performances after closing on April 9th, 2000. An independent film adaptation directed by and starring co-creator/original Hedwig John Cameron Mitchell w... (more...)
BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE
by Jeffrey Kare - January 23, 2017

Always...Patsy Cline tells the true story of Patsy Cline's friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. Having first heard Cline on The Arthur Godfrey Show in 1957, Seger became an immediate and avid fan of Cline's and she constantly hounded the local disc jockey to play Cline's records on the ra... (more...)
BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - January 05, 2017

Based on the 1951 Academy Award-Winning Vincente Minnelli film musical of the same name which was inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition by George Gershwin, An American in Paris tells the story of a young American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning... (more...)