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On May 23-28 at DPAC, Finding Neverland will dramatize how J.M. Barrie (played by Billy Harrigan Tighe, center) came to write Peter Pan; or, The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up (photo by Jeremy Daniel)

On May 23-28, Finding Neverland Will Show DPAC Audiences How Peter Became the Pan

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May 23, 2017

The penultimate show of the Durham Performing Arts Center’s critically acclaimed 2016-17 “Dream Big” SunTrust Broadway Series is the First National Tour of the crowd-pleasing 2015 Broadway and 2017 West End musical Finding Neverland, produced by Weinstein Live Entertainment and NETworks Presentations, directed by Diane Paulus, and choreographed by Mia Michaels. Finding Neverland, which won… Read More ›

Broadway Series South and the North Carolina Theatre will present Matilda the Musical on May 23-28 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts (photo by Joan Marcus)

2013 Tony Award® Winner Matilda the Musical Dramatizes Roald Dahl’s 1988 Children’s Book

On May 23-28, Broadway Series South and the North Carolina Theatre will jointly present eight performances of the four-time 2013 Tony Award® winner Matilda the Musical in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Matilda the Musical, which features music and lyrics by Tim Minchin and a book by Dennis… Read More ›

Eddie George, shown here with the Ladies Ensemble, stars as Billy Flynn (photo by Jeremy Daniel)

Eddie George Will Star as Defense Attorney Billy Flynn in Chicago on May 12-14 at DPAC

Football great Eddie George will star as ultra-slick and completely unscrupulous criminal defense attorney Billy Flynn in the razzle-dazzling U.S. Tour of Chicago that will put the roar back in the Roaring Twenties for five divinely decadent performances on May 12-14 at the Durham Performing Arts Center. The 43-year-old Philadelphia, PA native previously played Flynn… Read More ›

Triangle theatergoers will have the time of their lives at Mamma Mia! (photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia)

Here We Go Again … The Mamma Mia! Farewell Tour Will Play Five Shows at DPAC on May 5-7

“Mamma mia, here [we] go again/My my, how can [we] resist you?” The North American “farewell tour” of the global musical sensation Mamma Mia! is returning to the Durham Performing Arts Center for five high-octane performances on May 5-7. This 1999 West End and 2001 Broadway mega-hit, which features a book by Catherine Johnson and… Read More ›

The Durham Performing Arts Center will present Finding Neverland on May 23-28 as part of its 2016-17 SunTrust Broadway Series

May 2017 Triangle Theater Calendar

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the Triangle Review’s Master Theater Calendar for the entire month of May 2017. If your productions are not listed in this calendar, please e-mail the SHOW TITLE(S), DATE(S), LOCATION(S), and the name of the PRESENTER(S) to RobertM748@aol.com, and be sure to e-mail all your news releases and publicity PHOTOS — with… Read More ›

Tangela Large stars in PlayMakers' production of Mr. Joy (photo by Huth Photo)

In Mr. Joy at PRC, An Attack on a Chinese Immigrant Rallies His Harlem Customers

For the final production of its consciousness-raising 2016-17 PRC2 second-stage season, PlayMakers Repertory Company will present Mr. Joy, a one-woman show written by African-American actor/singer and playwright Daniel Beaty and directed by PlayMakers‘ first-year producing artistic director Vivienne Benesch, on April 26-30 in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the University of North Carolina at… Read More ›

Celebrate Holy Week April 11-16 in Raleigh with NCT’s Production of Jesus Christ Superstar

The North Carolina Theatre, the Triangle’s premier producer of home-grown revivals of Broadway musicals, is staging a stellar production of 1971 Broadway and 1972 West End musical Jesus Christ Superstar, directed by Benson, NC-born New York City director Eric Woodall, on April 11-16 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing… Read More ›

The Durham Performing Arts Center will present eight performances of Something Rotten! on April 4-9 as part of its SunTrust Broadway Series

April 2017 Triangle Theater Calendar

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the Triangle Review’s Master Theater Calendar for the entire month of April 2017. If your productions are not listed in this calendar, please e-mail the SHOW TITLE(S), DATE(S), LOCATION(S), and the name of the PRESENTER(S) to RobertM748@aol.com, and be sure to e-mail all your news releases and publicity PHOTOS — with… Read More ›

The Durham Performing Arts Center will present The Bodyguard, starring Deborah Cox, on March 14-19 as part of its SunTrust Broadway Series

Grammy®-Nominated R&B Singer Deborah Cox Stars in The Bodyguard on March 14-19 at DPAC

Grammy®-nominated Canadian R&B/pop singer/songwriter Deborah Cox will star as Academy Award®-nominated superstar pop singer Rachel Marron — the Whitney Houston role in the Oscar®-nominated 1992 Warner Bros. film — in The Bodyguard on March 14-19 at the Durham Performing Arts Center. The 2016-17 U.S. National Tour of the 2012 West End hit musical will be… Read More ›

Gene Gillette and Lane at the Stage Door (photo by Dustin K. Britt)

Curious Incident… Actor Gene Gillette Takes a Unique Kid on a Backstage Tour of DPAC

My review, Autism Takes Center Stage at DPAC in an Ingenious Adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, highlighted the experience of one of my students (who I’m calling “Lane”) after seeing the production on its opening night, Feb. 21st, at the Durham Performing Arts Center’s. Lane is often hesitant to… Read More ›

The Durham Performing Arts Center will present The Bodyguard, starring Deborah Cox, on March 14-19 as part of its SunTrust Broadway Series

March 2017 Triangle Theater Calendar

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the Triangle Review’s Master Theater Calendar for the entire month of March 2017. If your productions are not listed in this calendar, please e-mail the SHOW TITLE(S), DATE(S), LOCATION(S), and the name of the PRESENTER(S) to RobertM748@aol.com, and be sure to e-mail all your news releases and publicity PHOTOS — with… Read More ›

Twelfth Night stars Jenny Latimer as Olivia and Michael Keyloun as Feste (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PlayMakers Rep Opens Its All-Star Production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on March 1st

On March 1-5, 7-12, and 14-19, PlayMakers Repertory Company will present an all-star modern-dress production of Twelfth Night, a rollicking 17th century romantic comedy by English poet and dramatist William Shakespeare (1564-1616), in the Paul Green Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Dramatic Art. Originally written for the close… Read More ›

The U.S. Tour stars Adam Langdon (center) as Christopher Boone (photo by Joan Marcus)

DPAC Presents Simon Stephens’ Olivier and Tony Award® Winner, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, on Feb. 21-26

The Durham Performing Arts Center’s is excited to present the U.S. tour of the National Theatre of Great Britain’s award-winning 2012 production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, on Feb. 21-26 as part of its 2016-17 SunTrust Broadway Series. Ingeniously adapted for the stage by English playwright Simon Stephens (Heisenberg) and… Read More ›

William Peace Theatre Nurtures Comic Talent with Michael Frayn’s 1982 Farce, Noises Off!

William Peace Theatre director Wade Newhouse stretches out face down on the floor of the dimly lit Leggett Theater on the second floor of Main Building at William Peace University in Raleigh, NC. His face is smushed against a frilly couch pillow. Nine disheveled college actors drape themselves across the first couple of rows. The… Read More ›

Saturday Night Fever: The Musical plays Raleigh Memorial Auditorium on Feb. 14-19

You Should Be Dancing! Saturday Night Fever: The Musical Plays Raleigh on Feb. 14-19

You should be — and you will be — dancing! Broadway Series South and the North Carolina Theatre will present Saturday Night Fever: The Musical on Feb. 14-19 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in the heart of downtown Raleigh, NC. According to NCT’s news release, Saturday Night… Read More ›

Hazel S. Edmond, Byron Jennings II, and Ira David Wood IV star in Theatre in the Park's world premiere of Adrienne Earle Pender's N

February 2017 Triangle Theater Calendar

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the Triangle Review’s Master Theater Calendar for the entire month of February 2017. If your productions are not listed in this calendar, please e-mail the SHOW TITLE(S), DATE(S), LOCATION(S), and the name of the PRESENTER(S) to RobertM748@aol.com, and be sure to e-mail all your news releases and publicity PHOTOS — with… Read More ›

Euan Morton stars as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (photo by Joan Marcus)

HB2 Be Damned: Hedwig and the Angry Inch Will Raise Eyebrows at DPAC Jan. 31-Feb. 5

House Bill 2 be damned: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, composer and lyricist Stephen Trask and librettist and star John Cameron Mitchell’s gender-bending, 90-minute 1998 Off-Broadway, 2000 West End, and 2014 Broadway concert musical about the travails of a brassy transsexual East German-American punk-rock singer recovering from a gruesomely botched sex-change operation, will definitely raise… Read More ›

Rasool Jahan (left) and Shanelle Nicole Leonard star as Esther and Mayme (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Intimate Apparel at PlayMakers Repertory Company Chronicles a Black Seamstress’ Quest for Love and Respect in New York in 1905

PlayMakers Repertory Company will present Intimate Apparel, Brooklyn, NY African-American playwright Lynn Nottage’s prize-winning 2004 Off-Broadway play about the life and loves of a middle-aged African-American seamstress named Esther Mills, who lives in New York City at the dawn of the 20th century, on Jan. 25-29 and Jan. 31-Feb. 5 and Feb. 7-12 in the… Read More ›

Carter Calvert (left) and Sally Struthers will star at NCT as charttopper Patsy Cline and her number-one fan, Louise Seger (photo by Jay Goldsmith for the 2012 Ogunquit Playhouse production)

Sally Struthers and Carter Calvert Will Star in Ted Swindley’s 1997 Off-Broadway Hit, Always… Patsy Cline, on Jan. 20-29 at NCT

Broadway and national and international tour veteran Carter Calvert (It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues) and fellow Broadway veteran Sally Struthers, who won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Comedy-Variety or Music Series in 1972 and 1979 for playing Gloria Bunker Stivic in Norman Lear’s groundbreaking CBS television sitcom… Read More ›

Nicole Villamil will star Brian Mertes and Jim Findlay's workshop production of De Profundis on Jan. 11-15

Brian Mertes and Jim Findlay Will Workshop De Profundis on Jan. 11-15 at PlayMakers Rep

On Jan. 11-15, PlayMakers Repertory Company will present a PRC2 workshop production of De Profundis, an original play co-conceived by director Brian Mertes and designer Jim Findlay and starring Nicole Villamil, in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the University of North Carolina’s Center for Dramatic Art. De Profundis, which is Latin for “from the… Read More ›

Emily Ferranti and Garen Scribner star as wealthy heiress and art connoisseur Milo Davenport and aspiring artist Jerry Mulligan in the U.S. tour of An American in Paris, playing Jan. 3-8 at DPAC (photo by Matthew Murphy)

An American in Paris at DPAC Is a Delightful, Dance-Heavy Musical, "Inspired by" the Film

On Jan. 3-8, the Durham Performing Arts Center will present eight performances of the 2016-17 U.S. Tour of the multiple 2015 Tony Award®-winning musical An American in Paris as part of its current SunTrust Broadway Series. Inspired by the multiple Oscar®-winning 1951 MGM musical An American in Paris, directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Gene… Read More ›

Sara Esty and Garen Scribner star as French ballerina Lise Dassin and American painter Jerry Mulligan in the touring company of An American in Paris, which opens Jan. 3rd at DPAC (photo by Matthew Murphy)

January 2017 Triangle Theater Calendar

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the Triangle Review’s Master Theater Calendar for the entire month of January 2017. If your productions are not listed in this calendar, please e-mail the SHOW TITLE(S), DATE(S), LOCATION(S), and the name of the PRESENTER(S) to RobertM748@aol.com, and be sure to e-mail all your news releases and publicity PHOTOS — with… Read More ›

Tatyana Lubov and Hayden Stanes star as Ella and Prince Topher (photo © Carol Rosegg)

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella at DPAC Features a New Book, New Songs, and Beaucoup Magic

This weekend, Summit, NJ-based Work Light Productions’ Second National Tour of the award-winning 2013 Broadway production of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella will play the five enchanted evening and matinee performances on Dec. 30-Jan. 1 at the Durham Performing Arts Center, in the American Tobacco Historic District of downtown Durham. Originally written as a television special… Read More ›

Theatre in the Park will present A Christmas Carol, starring Ira David Wood III as Scrooge, on Dec. 7-11 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium and on Dec. 15-18 at DPAC

December 2016 Triangle Theater Calendar

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the Triangle Review’s Master Theater Calendar for the entire month of December 2016. If your productions are not listed in this calendar, please e-mail the SHOW TITLE(S), DATE(S), LOCATION(S), and the name of the PRESENTER(S) to RobertM748@aol.com, and be sure to e-mail all your news releases and publicity PHOTOS — with… Read More ›

The mean, green killjoy Grinch poses with his faithful but much-abused dog Young Max (played during the 2010 national tour by Stefan Karl and Seth Bazacas) (photo by PaparazziByAppointment.com)

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: The Musical Returns to DPAC on Nov.29-Dec. 4

Fantastical creatures from New York City-based Big League Productions, Inc.’s critically acclaimed national tour of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: The Musical, based on the beloved 1957 children’s book written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss (nee Theodor Seuss Geisel, 1904-91), will once again delight children of all ages when the 1994 Minneapolis, 1998… Read More ›

Bob Nocek Presents LLC brought comedian Paula Poundstone to Raleigh's Meymandi Concert Hall on Thursday, Dec. 1st

On Dec. 1st, Paula Poundstone Will Tickle Triangle Funny-Bones with Her Offbeat Humor

EDITOR’S NOTE: This week, Bob Nocek Presents LLC is bringing whimsical comedian, actress, and author Paula Poundstone back to the Triangle for another highly anticipated one-night stand — at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1st — this time in Meymandi Concert Hall in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, NC…. Read More ›

Andrea Syglowski as tackles the title role of former May Queen Jennifer Nash (photo by Jon Gardiner)

In The May Queen at PlayMakers Rep, Playwright Molly Smith Metzler Speaks with a Singularly Funny, Very Human Voice

PlayMakers Repertory Company will present the regional premiere of The May Queen, an original comedy by award-winning playwright Molly Smith Metzler, on Nov. 22, 23, 26, and 27 and Nov. 29-Dec. 4 and Dec. 6-11 in the Paul Green Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Dramatic Art. Originally commissioned… Read More ›

Monty Python's Spamalot at NCT stars Jeff McCarthy (center) as King Arthur and Ta'Rea Campbell as The Lady of the Lake (photo by Curtis Scott Brown)

Monty Python’s Spamalot at NCT Will Savagely Satirize King Arthur and His Knights

The North Carolina Theatre will stage a zany new production of Monty Python’s Spamalot, the madcap British comedy troupe’s irreverent retelling of the heroic medieval tales of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, on Nov. 15-20 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh…. Read More ›

November 2016 Triangle Theater Calendar

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the Triangle Review’s Master Theater Calendar for the entire month of November 2016. If your productions are not listed in this calendar, please e-mail the SHOW TITLE(S), DATE(S), LOCATION(S), and the name of the PRESENTER(S) to RobertM748@aol.com, and be sure to e-mail all your news releases and publicity PHOTOS — with… Read More ›

Ashley Popio founded the Women's Theatre Festival (photo by Liza Marie Photography)

What the Women’s Theatre Festival Did for Us

The North Carolina Women’s Theatre Festival was formed to “create, produce, and promote extraordinary theatre by women.” Behind its design were 179 women from all over the Triangle area: writers, actors, producers, directors, designers, and technicians — all fighting for gender equality in the performing arts. I have been speaking with the creators, collaborators, and… Read More ›