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The Acting Is Superb in N.C. Opera’s First-Rate Production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro

I had forgotten how much fun it is to listen to Mozart! I am by no means an opera buff, but I can readily testify that the North Carolina Opera’s production of The Marriage of Figaro, co-produced with Opera Saratoga and performed at Raleigh’s A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater), is an unqualified success. Whether performed by… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet will stage The Little Mermaid Feb. 2-19 in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in >the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh (photo by 20/20 Photo Video)

Carolina Ballet’s Little Mermaid Is a Classic Fairy Tale with a Progressive Twist

In the land of basketball and BBQ, it is easy to forget that North Carolina also has a notable ballet company. Carolina Ballet’s production of Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s The Little Mermaid, running Feb. 2-19 in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh, will delight the young and the young at heart, with its cartoon colors, stunning… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet will stage The Little Mermaid Feb. 2-19 in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in >the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh (photo by 20/20 Photo Video)

The Little Mermaid Is a Big Hit for Carolina Ballet

The littlest mermaids were not necessarily on stage Thursday night when the Carolina Ballet premiered its latest ballet of the season, The Little Mermaid, based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Little girls in fancy dresses, tutus, and tiaras filled the seats at Raleigh’s A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater to see (and hear!) one… 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)

NCT’s Always… Patsy Cline Is Friendship Set to Music and a Fantastically Entertaining Show

Friday night, there were a lot of Patsy Cline fans enjoying award-winning actresses Sally Struthers and Carter Calvert in the North Carolina Theatre‘s production of Always… Patsy Cline, which opened on Jan. 20th in Raleigh’s A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater. It is not surprising that the show appeals to Cline’s loyal fans, but I urge you… 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 ›

Broadway Series South's rendition of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical runs Nov. 25-Dec. 24

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Is a Fun-Filled, Joyous Entertainment for Children of All Ages

Broadway Series South’s presentation of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, based upon the 1964 Claymation television special, will tickle kids and Baby Boomers alike as they tap their toes through this adaptation of the story of Rudolph. From his humble beginnings as a nasally challenged young reindeer to his rise to the head of… Read More ›

Broadway Series South's rendition of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical runs Nov. 25-Dec. 24

Broadway Series South’s Annual Rendition of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Is a New Triangle Family Tradition

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a seasonal holiday favorite. Growing up as a child, I always looked forward to watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on TV. Just after the turkey was finished and the holiday decorations were unpacked, the family would gather in the living room to watch this Holiday Classic. Broadway Series South’s fourth… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet will perform Robert Weiss' Don Quixote on Oct. 13-16, 22, 23, 29, and 30 in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater

Carolina Ballet’s Don Quixote Dazzles and Delights

With dynamic dancing, comedic acting, and an eye for the philosophical, Carolina Ballet artistic director and choreographer Robert Weiss has created Don Quixote, his own interpretation of the classic 17th century novel that delighted audiences in 2008 and completely charmed the ballet’s Oct. 13th opening-night audience. This ballet will run through the end of the… Read More ›

Claude Debussy's La Mer is a world premiere by Zalman Raffael (photo by Chris Walt)

Carolina Ballet’s Sept. 15-Oct. 2 Performance of La Mer Includes Three World Premieres

Opening night for the ballet means you’re in for a treat, and Robert Weiss’ phenomenal Carolina Ballet didn’t disappoint on Sept. 15th, with the world premiere of choreographer Zalman Raffael’s La Mer. The lovely principal ballerina Lara O’Brien welcomed the audience with the reminder that the Carolina Ballet creates more original ballets each year than… Read More ›

Fox & Beggar Theater and Cirque De Vol Studios presented Tarocco: A Soldier's Tale on Aug. 13th in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh

Fox & Beggar Theater’s Mystical Tarocco Is No Cirque du Soleil; It’s Even Better!

Founded in 2013, Asheville, NC’s Fox & Beggar Theater performs what the company calls “dreampunk cirque nouveau.” This is no Cirque du Soleil. It’s better. F&BT focuses its energy on storytelling — dark stories told through dance, acrobatics, puppetry, music, and animation — rather than spectacle for its own sake. Fox & Beggar Theater’s latest… Read More ›

North Carolina Theatre's April 29-May 8 production of Wit stars New York actress Kate Goehring (left) as Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., and 1991 Tony Award® winner Daisy Eagan as Susie Monahan, RN, BSN

NCT’s Wit Will Make Viewers Think and Feel

In theatre, things don’t always go as expected, but, as the old saying goes, “the show must go on.” This mantra certainly proved true in the case of North Carolina Theatre’s production of Wit, for which the original leading lady, Judy McLane, bowed out of the role before opening night, citing personal reasons. Fortunately, the… Read More ›

Kate Goehring stars as English professor/cancer patient Dr. Vivian Bearing (photo by Curtis Scott Brown)

Nobody Does It Better Than Kate Goehring, Who Stars as Dr. Vivian Bearing in Wit May 3-8 for NCT

Nobody does English lit professor-turned-ovarian cancer patient Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., better than New York actress Kate Goehring, who stepped into the role in the North Carolina Theatre‘s current production of Wit literally at the 11th hour as a last-minute replacement for Broadway actress Judy McLane, who bowed out for “personal reasons,” according to NCT. But… Read More ›

North Carolina Theatre's April 29-May 8 production of Wit stars New York actress Kate Goehring (left) as Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., and 1991 Tony Award® winner Daisy Eagan as Susie Monahan, RN, BSN

NCT’s Production of Wit Will Star Kate Goehring as Dr. Vivian Bearing and Daisy Eagan as Her Nurse

The North Carolina Theatre‘s April 29-May 1 and May 3-8 production of Atlanta, GA playwright and teacher Margaret Edson’s 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Wit, will star New York actress Kate Goehring as cancer patient Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., and 1991 Tony Award® winner Daisy Eagan as her primary nurse, Susie Monahan, RN, BSN. Goehring, who earned… Read More ›

Kate Goehring to Replace Judy McLane in North Carolina Theatre’s Wit

North Carolina Theatre, the region’s premier nonprofit professional regional theatre, today announced a cast change for Margaret Edson’s Wit, opening April 29th. Kate Goehring will step into the lead role of “Vivian Bearing, Ph.D.” replacing Judy McLane, who has withdrawn from the production due to personal reasons.

Carolina Ballet will present Robert Weiss' "dance meditation," inspired by Paul Moravec's 2004 Pulitzer Prize-winning score, Tempest Fantasy, on March 3-6, 12, 13, 19, and 20 in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh

Tempest Fantasy Continues Carolina Ballet’s Shakespeare Theme March 6, 12, 13, 19, and 20

Carolina Ballet artistic director and choreographer Robert Weiss has created a Shakespearean theme this year to honor William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death on April 23, 1616; and the latest ballet showcases another of The Bard of Avon’s great plays: The Tempest. Accompanying the nod to the master’s Tempest is a new… Read More ›

Principal dancers Lilyan Vigo and Marcelo Martinez perform in Love Speaks (photo by 20/20 Photography)

Carolina Ballet’s Love Speaks Is the Ballet of the Season: Eloquent, Funny, and Romantic

What better way to celebrate love during this month of the year than with William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, his sonnets, coupled with the Symposium, linked dances based on discussions of the various elements of love? Robert Weiss’ Carolina Ballet did all that and much more with their current triumph, Love Speaks, choreographed by guest… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet will stage Symphonie Fantastique: Un Bal, a world premiere by Robert Weiss, on Oct. 8-25 in Raleigh's A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater

Carolina Ballet’s New World Premiere Is Simply Fantastique!

Carolina Ballet’s artistic director Robert Weiss and choreographer-in-residence Zalman Raffael have done it again with Symphonie Fantastique: Un Bal. Another world premiere hit the stage at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater on opening night, Oct. 8th, showcasing two movements from Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, as well as the Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major… Read More ›

Broadway Series South will present The Screwtape Letters Oct. 2-4 in Raleigh's Fletcher Opera Theater

Broadway Series South Will Present a “Wickedly Witty” Adaptation of “The Screwtape Letters” Oct. 2-4

This weekend, Broadway Series South will host the National Tour of C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters for four performances Oct. 2-4 in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in the heart of downtown Raleigh, NC. The New York City-based Fellowship for Performing Arts founder and artistic director Max… Read More ›

What a F****ng Amazing “Evening with Amanda F****ng Palmer”!

While most of the Triangle’s residents were glued to their televisions, watching the final game of March Madness on Monday, April 6th, we found ourselves sitting at A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater, awaiting the start of a performance by an artist whose work neither of us knew. We hadn’t a clue what to expect from the… Read More ›

“Next to Normal” Opening in May

Lauren Kennedy, Charlie Pollock and Mike Schwitter lead cast of NC Theatre’s NEXT TO NORMAL opening in May RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina Theatre, the region’s premiere nonprofit professional regional theatre producing professional Broadway musical revivals, announces the full cast for its upcoming, Next to Normal, playing May 1 to May 10, 2015 at A.J…. Read More ›

Carolina Ballet will present "Master Composers: Music for Dance" on March 21st and 22nd in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh

Carolina Ballet’s “Master Composers” Is Masterfully Danced in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh

Before each performance at the Carolina Ballet, artistic director Robert Weiss comes out onstage to introduce the performance. The most recent performance appears to be especially close to his heart, perhaps because all of the music, classical and composed originally for dancing, was researched and chosen by Weiss himself and choreographed for the Carolina BalletRead More ›

North Carolina Theatre Announces Its 2015-16 Season!

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina Theatre and Broadway Series South are excited to announce their 2015-16 season at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. This Blockbuster season is full of shows so popular they’ve made it to the big screen and back. The season begins in September with the record-breaking Dirty Dancing –… Read More ›

"Allegro Brillante" showcased the talents of ancers Richard Krusch and Margaret Severin-Hansen (photo by Armes Photography)

Carolina Ballet’s “Four Temperaments” Tantalizes

On Valentine’s Day, lovers and friends join together in a celebration of all that is romantic and beautiful in the world. What better place to celebrate that occasion than at a performance of the Carolina Ballet? To extend that feeling of love and romance, one only needs to take advantage of the three remaining performances… Read More ›

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” Is the Holiday Show of the Season

Exposing children to theatre is very important, and what better way to expose them than with a stage rendering of the beloved 1964 television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?” This colorful, fun production is on stage through the holiday season at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts as part of Broadway Series South… Read More ›

Marcelo Martinez, shown here in the 2010 production with Lilyan Vigo, reprises his role as Count Dracula in Lynne Taylor-Corbett's version of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" (photo by Chris Walt Photography)

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… Read More ›

Margaret Severin-Hansen and Marcelo Martinez star in "Dracula" (photo by Chris Walt Photography)

“Dracula” Swoops in Dramatically to the Carolina Ballet

On Oct. 9th, plague and vampires came to the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh via the guise of the Carolina Ballet, and they will stay to seduce audiences and produce passionate performances until Oct. 26th. The two ballets, based on classic horror stories written by Edgar Allan Poe (The Masque of the Red Death)… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet’s “Firebird” Sizzled at Raleigh’s A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater on Sept. 11-28

From Sept. 11th to 28th, the Carolina Ballet offered three balletic jewels to enraptured audiences in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh, NC. Few realize the true gem Raleigh has under Robert Weiss’ artistic direction. With 17 years at the helm of the Carolina Ballet, one would believe that he would be slowing down… Read More ›

Marcelo Martinez (left) and Richard Krusch will star in Carolina Ballet's production of "Firebird," on Sept. 11-28 in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh (photo by Chris Walt Photography)

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… Read More ›

Sandy Duncan and Kevyn Morrow star as Daisy Werthan and Hoke Colburn in the North Carolina Theatre's version of "Driving Miss Daisy" (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

Sandy Duncan and “Driving Miss Daisy” Are a Delight at the North Carolina Theatre

Topical plays usually show their age after a while when the topic is no longer relevant or the characters become dated, but neither is the case with the North Carolina Theatre‘s production of Driving Miss Daisy, starring Sandy Duncan. In a run that spans May 2-11, 2014, Duncan leads the small cast in a delightfully… Read More ›

Sandy Duncan Stars in “Driving Miss Daisy” at NCT

Sixty-eight-year-old television and stage actress and comedienne Sandy Duncan will star in the title role of wealthy Jewish widow and retired Atlanta schoolteacher Daisy Werthan in North Carolina Theatre‘s upcoming production of Driving Miss Daisy by award-winning Atlanta, GA-born New York City playwright and screenwriter Alfred Uhry. The perennially popular 1987 Off-Broadway hit and 1988 Pulitzer… Read More ›