Blockbuster Broadway Musical “Wicked” at DPAC More Than Lives Up to Its Advance Billing

The Durham Performing Arts Center will present "Wicked," starring Durham native Laurel Harris as Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West, from Jan. 7th to 25th (photo by Joan Marcus)

The national tour of the blockbuster Broadway musical Wicked has touched down at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) for a three-week run. If the Jan. 8th performance is any indication, it will be three weeks of sellouts for DPAC. The universally acclaimed musical tells the story of the Wicked Witch of the West from… Continue reading Blockbuster Broadway Musical “Wicked” at DPAC More Than Lives Up to Its Advance Billing

The Casting and Performances (Including the Orchestra) of “Cinderella” Are Flawless

I remember watching the 1965 remake of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella on television when I was probably still in single digits, years before I became a musical-theater dancer. Lesley Ann Warren was Cinderella, Stuart Damon was the Prince, Celeste Holm was the Fairy Godmother, and Walter Pidgeon and Ginger Rogers were the King and Queen.… Continue reading The Casting and Performances (Including the Orchestra) of “Cinderella” Are Flawless

Lynne Taylor-Corbett Skillfully Stages Carolina Ballet’s Elegant and Eerie Version of “Dracula”

On Thursday, Oct. 9th, Carolina Ballet ushered in the season of ghosts and ghouls with its elegant and eerie production of Dracula, presented in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in downtown Raleigh, NC. Skillfully choreographed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, the ballet features J. Mark Scearce’s suspenseful score, David Heuvel’s always-luscious costume designs, impressive lighting effects by… Continue reading Lynne Taylor-Corbett Skillfully Stages Carolina Ballet’s Elegant and Eerie Version of “Dracula”

“The Blues Project” by Dorrance Dance Is a Great Evening of Music and Dance at UNC-Chapel Hill

Dorrance Dance, headed by Chapel Hill native Michelle Dorrance, brought down the house on Sept. 25th at the University of North Carolina’s Memorial Hall with The Blues Project, a 60-minute work created by Dorrance, co-choreographers Derick K. Grant and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, and blues musician/composer Toshi Reagon. Presented as part of the Carolina Performing Arts series,… Continue reading “The Blues Project” by Dorrance Dance Is a Great Evening of Music and Dance at UNC-Chapel Hill

Carolina Ballet’s Production of “The Firebird” Was Very Pleasing to Watch and Very Beautifully Danced

Carolina Ballet opened its 2014-15 season with a mixed repertory evening anchored by Firebird, set to Igor Stravinsky’s iconic score of the same name. The performance, presented at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in downtown Raleigh, also featured two new ballets: a Brahms piece choreographed by Carolina Ballet’s new choreographer-in-residence, Zalman Raffael, and another Stravinsky… Continue reading Carolina Ballet’s Production of “The Firebird” Was Very Pleasing to Watch and Very Beautifully Danced