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BWW Review: LES MISERABLES National Tour, DPAC Photo BWW Review: LES MISERABLES National Tour, DPAC
by Nicole Ackman - March 11, 2020

Sometimes, I worry when seeing LES MISERABLES yet another time that it won't ignite the same spark within me. And yet, without fail, this musical reminds me not just why I love theatre, but also of so many truths about humanity. It's a multi-layered story, difficult to simmer down to a concise summa...
BWW Review: SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL National Tour at DPAC Photo BWW Review: SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL National Tour at DPAC
by Nicole Ackman - February 26, 2020

DPAC has 'Unconditional Lovea' for Donna Summer this week as the National Tour of DONNA: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL is in town. The show uses classic hits of the disco queen like 'Love to Love You Baby' and 'Hot Stuff' to craft a 'concert of a lifetime.' Three women portray Donna at different periods ...
BWW Review: SEUSSICAL TYA, Raleigh Little Theatre Photo BWW Review: SEUSSICAL TYA, Raleigh Little Theatre
by Nicole Ackman - February 16, 2020

Raleigh Little Theatre's latest production is the Theatre for Young Audiences version of SEUSSICAL. It's a seventy-five minute version of the show, created specifically for younger audiences to enjoy. The show is based on the works of Dr. Seuss with Cat the Hat serving as the narrator as it follows ...
BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's KINKY BOOTS Photo BWW Review: North Carolina Theatre's KINKY BOOTS
by Jeffrey Kare - February 12, 2020

Based on Julian Jarrold's 2005 British independent film of the same name which was inspired by a true story, Kinky Boots tells the story of Charlie Price, who inherits a shoe factory from his father. To save the business, Charlie forms an unlikely partnership with cabaret performer and drag queen, L...
BWW Review: MEAN GIRLS, National Tour at DPAC Photo BWW Review: MEAN GIRLS, National Tour at DPAC
by Nicole Ackman - February 12, 2020

The MEAN GIRLS National Tour is trying to make fetch happen at DPAC this week. If you like high school drama, big flashy vocals, and lots of pink costumes, then it's the perfect show for you. Everyone probably knows of the 2004 comedy film a?oeMean Girls,a?? written by Tina Fey, that starred Lindse...
Review: RENT, National Tour at DPAC Photo Review: RENT, National Tour at DPAC
by Nicole Ackman - January 29, 2020

There are some musicals that become cultural milestones, that permeate beyond the theatre community into mainstream popular culture. OKLAHOMA did so in its day and HAMILTON is an obvious modern example. But if there's one show that achieved it in the 1990s, it's RENT. And this week, you can see the ...
BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, Raleigh Little Theatre Photo BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, Raleigh Little Theatre
by Nicole Ackman - January 19, 2020

a?oeThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,a?? Raleigh Little Theatre's latest show, is the first local production of the much-acclaimed play. Directed by RLT Artistic Director Patrick Torres, the production explores the mind of a brilliant young man and the effects that the crumbling of ...
BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center Photo BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - January 15, 2020

Come From Away is based on a true story of when the isolated community of Gander, Newfoundland played host to the world. What started as an average day in a small Canadian town turned into an international sleep-over when 38 planes, carrying thousands of people from across the globe, were diverted t...
BWW Review: CINDERELLA, Raleigh Little Theatre Photo BWW Review: CINDERELLA, Raleigh Little Theatre
by Nicole Ackman - December 07, 2019

If you're looking for a fun family show to see this holiday season, Raleigh Little Theatre's CINDERELLA is a great choice. This year marks the 36th annual production of the musical and Mike McGee returns to direct for his second year. The show is based on the original, well-known fairy tale by Charl...
BWW Review: RAGTIME, PlayMakers Repertory Company Photo BWW Review: RAGTIME, PlayMakers Repertory Company
by Nicole Ackman - December 06, 2019

RAGTIME is a musical that is as relevant now as it was in 1998 when it premiered and the production currently on at PlayMakers Repertory Company makes that abundantly clear. While the show might be set in the state of New York in 1906, it makes statements about immigration, race relations, corrupt j...
BWW Review: WHITE CHRISTMAS National Tour Photo BWW Review: WHITE CHRISTMAS National Tour
by Nicole Ackman - December 04, 2019

It seems that the best things really do happen while you're dancing, or at least they do in the touring production of WHITE CHRISTMAS that's currently at DPAC. The musical is at its very best during its high-energy dance numbers. The show is based on the 1954 holiday classic film starring Bing Crosb...