A Bronx Tale at DPAC Is Fast and Fun

Jeff Brooks (left) and Trey Murphy star as Sonny and Young C in A Bronx Tale (photo by Joan Marcus)

When the curtain rises on A Bronx Tale: The Musical at the Durham Performing Arts Center, it’s the 1960s; and we are on Belmont Avenue in an Italian-American neighborhood of the Bronx. It’s a world in which a gang leader praises Machiavelli and extols the virtues of instilling fear, rather than earning love. “Being a… Continue reading A Bronx Tale at DPAC Is Fast and Fun

A Bronx Tale Dazzles at DPAC

Alec Nevin (left) and Trey Murphy star as Calogero and Young C (photo by Joan Marcus)

Based on both the 1993 film of the same name that marked Robert DeNiro’s directorial debut and the one-man show that inspired it all, DPAC’s production of A Bronx Tale effectively brings to life a story that is at times frightening, often touching, and above all, incredibly honest and real. The show opens with its… Continue reading A Bronx Tale Dazzles at DPAC

Arlie Kidd and Kathryn Davis Sparkle as Ariel and Ursula in Disney’s The Little Mermaid

The Towne Players of Garner’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid is kind of a mixed bag. Whether you will like it is dependent on what type of entertainment you are looking for. As most of you know, the plot is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s 1837 Danish fairy tale and the Disney’s 1989 animated… Continue reading Arlie Kidd and Kathryn Davis Sparkle as Ariel and Ursula in Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Disney’s Aladdin at DPAC Is a Sumptuous, Color-Saturated Confection of a Show

Disney's Aladdin plays DPAC on Oct. 2-6, 8-13, 15-20, and 22-26 (photo by Deen van Meer)

To steal a line from Aladdin, “Do you trust me?” Then trust me when I say, “Open a new tab and either buy tickets to this candy-colored feast-for-the-senses or sign up for the $25-per-ticket digital lottery and hope you get a chance to see this absolutely gorgeous show during its four-week run at the Durham… Continue reading Disney’s Aladdin at DPAC Is a Sumptuous, Color-Saturated Confection of a Show

DPAC’s Production of Disney’s Aladdin Is a True “Magic Carpet Ride”

Aladdin stars Kaenaonālani Kekoa and Jonah Ho'okano as Jasmine and Aladdin (photo by Deen van Meer)

In 1992, the animated film Aladdin became a smash hit for Disney. Then, in 2011, it made its way onto Broadway in the form of a musical. And, proving that the story is still very much alive, it was made into a live-action film just this year. DPAC has chosen to take the musical version,… Continue reading DPAC’s Production of Disney’s Aladdin Is a True “Magic Carpet Ride”