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Little Shop of Horrors starred Lexi Yauch, Nicholas Kraft, and Tyler Ellis as Audrey, Seymour, and Mushnik

Clayton Youth Theater Reprises Little Shop of Horrors with Gusto at The Clayton Center

The Clayton Youth Theater celebrated its 10-year anniversary by going back to its roots. The Saturday, Aug. 5th, closing performance of the musical Little Shop of Horrors was sold out. Director and founder Nikki Dyke created the Clayton Youth Theater in 2007 as a way to provide a positive mentoring environment for the youth of… Read More ›

Ben Michael and Catherine Charlebois star as The Beast and Belle (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Offers Magical Fun for Viewers of All Ages

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has been a fan favorite, for both children and children at heart, since it was released as a film in 1991. It has been so longstanding and popular, in fact, that a live action version was released just this year, which makes North Carolina Theatre’s production of the theatrical version… Read More ›

Ben Michael plays The Beast in Beauty and the Beast (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

NCT’s Production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Is Lively and Enchanting

North Carolina Theatre enjoyed a sold-out opening-night performance on Tuesday, July 25th, of their current production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The show, which is being performed from July 25th to July 30th in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, has some beautiful tender moments, highly energetic group… Read More ›

Ben Michael and Catherine Charlebois star as The Beast and Belle (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

NCT Retells "A Tale as Old as Time," Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, on July 25-30 in Raleigh

On July 25-30, the North Carolina Theatre will retell “A Tale as Old as Time,” Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in the heart of Raleigh, NC. NCT will stage eight high-octane performances of the perennially popular 1994 Broadway musical, based on the… Read More ›

Joey Barreiro stars as newsboy-turned-strike leader Jack Kelly in Newsies (Disney© photo by Deen van Meer)

Newsies Is Back at DPAC … and It’s Just as Good the Second Time Around

A little over a year ago, DPAC brought Disney’s Newsies to the Triangle. The show must have been pretty popular (our publication reviewed it favorably) since the theatre also opened its new season with an encore production. And, while much of the cast has changed, the perfect direction of Jeff Calhoun and the amazing, can’t-look-away… Read More ›

Broadway’s Smash Hit Newsies Thunders into Durham with DPAC’s 3 Millionth Visitor

Newsies, Broadway’s smash-hit musical from the Disney team, burst onto the Durham Performing Arts Center’s stage Tuesday night — and though it was fabulous and fun, it wasn’t the only exciting event of the evening. DPAC welcomed its 3 millionth visitor, Durham native Erin Andrews, right before the curtain went up, with lots of confetti,… Read More ›

Joey Barreiro stars as newsboy-turned-strike leader Jack Kelly in Newsies (Disney© photo by Deen van Meer)

Stop the Presses (Again)! Disney’s Newsies Will Return to DPAC for Eight Shows on Aug. 16-21

On June 2-7, 2015, the high-octane First National Tour of Disney’s sensational 2012 Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical, Newsies, roared into the Durham Performing Arts Center, hitting on all cylinders, thanks to the dynamic direction of two-time Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun (Newsies and the 1994 Revival of Grease) and the combustible choreography of 2012 Tony winner… Read More ›

Matt DaSilva (left) and Christiaan Smith-Kotlarek star as Lefou and Gaston (photo by Matthew Murphy)

Beauty and the Beast Still Enchants DPAC Patrons

Last Friday night, Durham Performing Arts Center patrons found much to cheer about in the third visit of NETworks Presentations, LLC’s brilliantly reimagined touring version of the Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which may have earned an even heartier standing ovation than the show received during its 2010 and 2013 sojourns in the Bull City…. Read More ›

Brooke Quintana and Sam Hartley star as Belle and the Beast (photo by Matthew Murphy)

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Returns to DPAC for Five Performances from Oct. 23rd to 25th

On Oct. 23-25, the Durham Performing Arts Center will bring back Columbia, MD-based NETworks Presentations, LLC’s new-and-improved touring version of the 1994 Broadway musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, for five performances in DPAC‘s 2,700-seat, state-of-the-art theater, located in the bustling American Tobacco Historic District of the Bull City. This stage adaptation of the 1991… Read More ›

“Newsies” Is Great … and Its Choreography Is Even Better

Once upon a time, some paperboys set out on a strike against unfair practices. This triumphant story evolved into a 1992 Disney flick starring Christian Bale, which received moderate, and later, cult success. As with many moderate-to-insanely popular films, Newsies was made into a musical with book by Harvey Fierstein. The timeless underdog story focuses… Read More ›

The "Newsies" cast will kick up their heels through Sunday at DPAC (Disney© photo by Deen van Meer)

Extra! Extra! Read All About It! “Newsies” Delivers at DPAC!

The high-octane First National Tour of Disney’s sensational 2012 Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical, Newsies, roared into the Durham Performing Arts Center, hitting on all cylinders, thanks to the dynamic direction of Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun and the combustible choreography of Tony winner Christopher Gattelli, whose exuberant dance numbers are poetry in motion. In newspaper parlance,… Read More ›

Stop the Presses! Disney’s “Newsies” Blows into DPAC on June 2nd for Eight Exuberant Performances

Next up for the Durham Performing Arts Center is the 2012 Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical sensation, Disney’s Newsies, which will play June 2-7 at DPAC in the American Tobacco Historic District. Newsies is based on the 1992 Disney movie musical, directed by Kenny Ortega, which dramatized the 1899 New York City newspaper strike. The tour… Read More ›

"Disney's The Little Mermaid" stars (from left) Matt Allen as Scuttle, Jessica Grové as Ariel, and Joseph Gaitens as Flounder (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

NCT’s “The Little Mermaid” Is an Easy Crowd Pleaser … But Not Much Else

Disney’s 1989 film The Little Mermaid easily became an instant classic when it was released. So, it’s no wonder that its Broadway incarnation has been equally successful. North Carolina Theatre’s stage version, directed by Jennifer Werner and starring the adorable Jessica Grové in the title role, is no exception. The story takes all of the… Read More ›

Jessica Grové Will Star as Ariel in “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” for NCT on July 29-Aug. 3 in Raleigh

The North Carolina Theatre will present the Triangle premiere of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, starring 32-year-old Hilliard, OH-born Broadway actress and singer Jessica Grové as Ariel, on July 29-Aug. 3 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The Little Mermaid is the final homegrown Broadway musical production of the… Read More ›

“Little Shop of Horrors” Brought Its Black Comedy to the Kirby Theater in Roxboro Nov. 1-3

When one of the major characters is not out of high school and some of the others are retired, you know you are attending a performance by a local theater company. This weekend, the Roxboro Little Theater Company presented Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s Little Shop of Horrors. Directed by Ray Pearce, the show was… Read More ›

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” Dazzles at DPAC

After 15 years of performances pleasing more than 35 million people in 21 countries, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast arrived back at the Durham Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Oct. 8th, to enchant current fans and entrance new ones. The show’s sellout engagement in 2010 will certainly be repeated during the run of the dazzling… Read More ›

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” Offers Escapism at Its Finest

Every person, no matter what age, can stand a little magic in his or her life, and Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” onstage now at DPAC, provides it in droves. Anyone who has seen the classic 1991 animated feature film of the same name will recognize the lively cast of characters—beautiful, free-spirited Belle (Hilary Maiberger)… Read More ›

The enchanted objects of "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" help make the show some enchanted evening (photo by Joan Marcus)

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” Returns to the Durham Performing Arts Center on Oct. 8-13

The Durham Performing Arts Center is bringing back Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, based on the 1991 Disney animated film, on Oct. 8-13 as a “Broadway Encore Special.” (Columbia, MD-based NETworks Presentations, LLC’s new-and-improved version of the 1994 Broadway musical began its current tour in February 2010 and first played DPAC on June 8-13, 2010.)… Read More ›

HRT Puts a Classic Spin on “Little Shop of Horrors”

“Little Shop of Horrors,” based on the low-budget, 1960 film of the same name, is a play that often finds itself in a bit of a predicament: if it is put on by a major theatre, one that pulls out all the stops and spares no special effect, it often loses a bit of its… Read More ›

Ta'Rea Campbell (center right) stars as fugitive nightclub singer Deloris Van Cartier, a.k.a. Sister Mary Clarence, in "Sister Act" at DPAC (photo by Joan Marcus)

“Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy” Will Raise the Roof at DPAC Through Sunday, May 19th

You don’t have to be Catholic to enjoy Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy, playing now through Sunday at the Durham Performing Arts Center, but it does heighten the hilarity of this laugh-out-loud Broadway musical version of the 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg as a nightclub singer who witnesses a murder and is sent to… Read More ›

“Sister Act” Makes a Flawless Transition from Film to Stage in DPAC’s Charming Production

Just about every 90s kid (and adult) has seen the 1992 fish-out-of-water comedy “Sister Act” starring Whoopi Goldberg. Unfortunately, not everyone has had the incredibly fun experience of seeing the film brought to bigger and better life in its stage version as adapted by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner and playing now at DPAC. Embarking… Read More ›

Ta'Rea Campbell (center) stars as fugitive nightclub singer Deloris Van Cartier, a.k.a. Sister Mary Clarence, in "Sister Act" at DPAC (photo by Joan Marcus)

Unlike the 1992 Film, “Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy” Is Set in Philadelphia in the 1970s

The Durham Performing Arts Center will welcome the first U.S. national tour of Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy, to its 2,700-seat, state-of-the-art theater in the American Tobacco District for eight performances, starting at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14th, and running through 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 19th. The 2011 Broadway musical is based… Read More ›

“Little Shop of Horrors”: That Mean Green Mother from Outer Space Is Back, This Time at NRACT

Audrey II, that Mean Green Mother from Outer Space, is back! This time, the wonderfully wicked man-eating plant will thrive at the North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre, which is presenting a community-theater production of “Little Shop of Horrors” on Sept. 14-16, 21-23, and 28-30 in its theater in the Greystone Village Shopping Center in north Raleigh, NC. The 1982 Off-Broadway hit is based on director Roger Corman’s legendary low-budget 1960 horror film “The Little Shop of Horrors,” shot in only two days for just $30,000.