#Musical Theater

Take two: Professional theater returns to West Chester

The Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, in West Chester, Pa., has hired its first artistic director, Carmen Khan, who will lead the company into professional theater productions. The Uptown! will become one of only two professional theater production companies, along with People’s Light in Malvern, in all of Chester County....
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‘The Art of Murder, The Case of the Deadly Grudges’ debuts in Topeka

TOPEKA (KSNT) – The Topeka Civic Theatre has brought back their ever popular murder mystery, “The Art of Murder, The Case of the Deadly Grudges.” This year’s play was written by Shannon J. Reilly, Artistic Director at the Topeka Civic Theatre. “The Art of Murder is our signature fundraiser,” Reilly said. “This is the eighth […]
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Santa Fe Opera announces 2023 season

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Santa Fe Opera has announced the performances for the 2023 season. Opening the opera’s 66th Festival Season will be Puccini’s Tosca and Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, followed by Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Dvořák’s Rusalka and Monteverdi’s Orfeo with a world premiere orchestration by American composer Nico Muhly. Scheduled in the 66th Festival Season are 38 performances including two special Sunday […]
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THEATER REVIEW: High praise for ‘The Chorus Line’ at the Mac-Haydn Theatre

Written by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, directed by Eddie Gutiérrez. “To commit suicide in Buffalo would be redundant.”. When people come to New York City to get into the professional theatre, they leave behind their prejudices about where they have come from. Unless, of course, they come from the city itself. In Michael Bennett’s tribute to dancers in the theater, both sorts of people are thrown together for a long audition session with a director/choreographer who believes that only those fools who will unveil themselves can take on the complicated anonymity of on-stage world: the chorus of a show where no one is special except the star. Twenty-one dancers compete for eight places: four girls, four boys. For most of them, this show is all that is important. Nothing matters but getting the job and for two hours and forty minutes the intimate show of strengths rages on the bare stage in a Broadway house. For us, the audience witnessing the drama, the melodrama and comedy and wit of these youngish people is something we will never see again when the show they want to be in opens and we go to see it. They will become the dancing and singing wallpaper that lets the supernovas shine. But here, in this show about them, we discover that the shining is actually their reflections in the mirror. On the stage of the Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham they all shine brightly, almost blinding us with their unique talents and personalities.

Actors fill ‘Rent’ with raw energy at Vanguard Theater in Montclair

Despite the presence of a phone booth onstage — remember those? — “Rent,” in its current run at the Vanguard Theater in Montclair, doesn’t seem dated at all. The late Jonathan Larson’s musical, of course, is more than 25 years old, having debuted of-Broadway in 1996. But with a story inspired by Puccini’s 1896 opera “La Bohème,” and struggling young artists and activists still populating our cities, it seems timeless.

Young artists to bring cabaret-style show to stage Tuesday in Carmel

Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre’s Young Artists Program (YAP) will present REVUE at 6 and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28 in The Studio Theatre, 4 Carter Green, Carmel. High school students from across central Indiana will present a showcase of scenes, dance, solo, trios, and small group numbers for an evening full of fun cabaret-style entertainment.

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Trevor: The Musical’ on Disney+, An Off-Broadway LGBTQ+ Musical With A Message

The name Trevor is now synonymous with the anti-bullying LGBTQ+ movement, mostly stemming from the nonprofit The Trevor Project. But even before The Trevor Project was Trevor, an Oscar-winning short film that externalized a young boy’s internal gay leanings. Trevor: The Musical builds on that story and was an off-Broadway production last fall before getting the film treatment and landing on Disney+. With its release during Pride Month, it’s no doubt timely. But is it actually worth streaming?

Warren Gerds/Review: ‘Cinderella’ dances in Kaukauna

KAUKAUNA, Wis. (WFRV) – Two years later than planned because of COVID-19, Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers’ “Cinderella” is brightening Bernie Hupperts Center for the Performing Arts in Kaukauna High School. The Kaukauna Community Players production directed by Kevin Plekan has a hometown theater feel...

Ailyn Pérez, Marta Torbidoni & Maria Grazia Schiavo Lead Angers/Nantes Opera’s 2022-23 Season

The Angers/Nantes Opera has announced its 2022-23 season. Here is a look at the opera productions and vocal performances. Raphaële Kennedy, Sophia Burgos, Els Janssens Vanmunster, Marc Scoffoni, Charles Rice, and Vincent Bouchot lead “L’Annonce faite à Marie.” The world premiere is composed by Philippe Leroux. Célie Pauthe directs the production.

San Francisco Opera Announces Cast Change for Verdi Concert

San Francisco Opera has announced a cast and program update for the June 30 Eun Sun Kim Conducts Verdi concert. The company noted that due to illness, tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz must withdraw from the concert. The tenor, who is currently performing in Europe, has developed a bilateral ear infection which prevents him from international air travel.

The Firehouse Theatre presents Seussical Jr.

All events are subject to change due to weather or other concerns. Please check with the venue or organization to ensure an event is taking place as scheduled. Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical Jr. Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that's been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

Audition for 'Steel Magnolias'

Tacoma Little Theatre is holding auditions for Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias. The production will be the first show of the theatre's 104th seasoned and will be directed by Deanna Martinez. Auditions will be held July 10-11 at Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N I Street, Tacoma and on July 12 at...

Open Auditions for Children of Eden at Connecticut Theatre Company

COVID Protocol: – Please note: All actors auditioning for Children of Eden will be required to be Fully Vaccinated, as defined by current CDC and state guidelines. What: Open auditions for Children of Eden, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by John Caird. When: 06/26/22 &...