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The First National Tour of School of Rock: The Musical, playing now through Sunday at DPAC, stars Rob Colletti (center) as overweight, immature, wannabe rock star Dewey Finn (photo © Matthew Murphy)

School of Rock: The Musical Serves Up Songs and Laughter at DPAC

Popular movies being turned into musicals is all the rage in the theatre world these days. It seems no film is “safe” from being adapted into a musical. In fact, adaptation is exactly what happened with School of Rock The Musical, onstage now at Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) under the direction of Laurence Connor…. Read More ›

Rob Colletti (left) and Phoenix Schuman star in School of Rock (photo © Matthew Murphy)

The Kids Are the Stars in the School of Rock at DPAC

When the voice of legendary British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber tells the audience at the Durham Performing Arts Center that, “Yes, the kids definitely do play their own instruments,” people laugh appreciatively; but the last laugh is on them. Webber’s comment is the most understated moment of the evening; and by the end of the… Read More ›

Garðar Thór Cortes and Meghan Picerno star as The Phantom and Christine Daaé in the U.S. Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies, now playing at DPAC (photo by Joan Marcus)

On Opening Night at DPAC, Love Never Dies Started Late, But Proved Well Worth the Wait

Last night was opening night for Love Never Dies: The Phantom Returns, which will run for seven more performances at the Durham Performing Arts Center before closing Sunday evening. There was a full house at DPAC for this sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera; but the inaugural performance of Love Never… Read More ›

Meghan Picerno and Garðar Thór Cortes star as Christine Daaé and The Phantom in the U.S. Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies, now playing at DPAC (photo by Joan Marcus)

The Phantom Returns in Love Never Dies at DPAC, Just in Time for Halloween

The inaugural U.S. Tour of Love Never Dies: The Phantom Returns, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s thrilling 2010 non-sequel sequel to his humongous 1986 West End and 1988 Broadway mega-hit musical The Phantom of the Opera, will arrive at the Durham Performing Arts Center just in time for Halloween — and run for eight performances through Nov…. Read More ›

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Is High-Energy, Fast-Paced, and Uplifting

It was my pleasure to attend Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on its opening weekend at Raleigh, NC’s Sonorous Road Theatre & Film Studio. Directed by artistic director Michelle Murray Wells, this is the biggest show so far in their new space at 3801 Hillsborough St. And it certainly did not disappoint! The show… Read More ›

Jesus (Aleks Pevec) shares the Last Supper with his disciples (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

NCT Masterfully Resurrects Jesus Christ Superstar

It is 1971 and we have a new Broadway musical in which Mary Magdalene lusts for Jesus, an African-American actor plays a sympathetic Judas Iscariot, there is no resurrection scene, and the score is full-on rock-and-roll. Jesus Christ Superstar earned more than its fair share of protesters from the Religious Right upon its opening. But… 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 ›

DPAC’s “Phantom” Proves Some Stories Are Better Left Unchanged

DPAC’s all new (but not too-new) production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” is quite the exciting experience. It takes some of the play’s most iconic scenes- the chandelier that crashes to the ground and the gondola ride that takes Christine (Julia Udine) down into the phantom’s lair and puts a whole… Read More ›

Cameron Mackintosh’s New Production of “Phantom of the Opera” Thrills at DPAC Through Oct. 19th

The dramatic story of the disfigured music master and his talented and beautiful protégé is one of the most recognized of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpieces, and many would believe that the dramatic tale could not be improved. They are wrong. Cameron Mackintosh’s 25th anniversary production of The Phantom of the Opera is truly the “glorious… Read More ›

Cooper Grodin and Julia Udine portray The Phantom and his protégé, Christine Daaé, in the 2014 North American Tour of "The Phantom of the Opera" (photo Matthew Murphy)

Reimagined Version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” Will Haunt DPAC on Oct. 8-19

A boldly reimagined version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1986 West End and 1988 Broadway backstage musical, The Phantom of the Opera, will haunt the Durham Performing Arts Center, in the American Tobacco District, on Oct. 8-12 and 14-19. 2014 North American Tour director Laurence Connor and his creative team have “refreshed” the longest-running show in… Read More ›

DPAC Presents a Rousing, Over-the-Top “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has long been a theater staple. The show proves that Bible stories can translate well to the stage, especially when they’re dressed up with fancy costumes, fast-paced choreography, and a special effect or two. Of course, the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) is… Read More ›

Ryan Williams’ Pharoah Outshines “American Idol” Alumni Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young in “Joseph”

Before Tuesday’s opening-night performance of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Durham Performing Arts Center, the two-millionth visitor won a golden ticket good for upgraded seats that night and a $1,000 DPAC Ticket Center credit to use at any time during the year on any shows of… Read More ›

Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo star as Joseph and The Narrator (photo by Daniel A. Swalec)

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at DPAC Will Star Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young

Charismatic “American Idol” alumni Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young will star as The Narrator and Joseph in the vivacious 2014 touring version of the 1973 West End and 1982 Broadway musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, directed and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler, which will play the Durham Performing Arts Center on May 13-18 as… Read More ›

“The Wizard of Oz” Wows at DPAC

Just about everyone knows the story of Dorothy Gale, her dog Toto, and their journey to the land of Oz. Surprisingly, however, DPAC’s “The Wizard of Oz” manages to bring a sense of novelty to this classic tale. Featuring new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, as well as all the hits from… Read More ›

The First North American tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's version of "The Wizard of Oz" is based on the London and Toronto productions (photo by Cylla von Tiedemann)

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Wizard of Oz” at DPAC Is a Wonderful Multimedia Musical Extravaganza

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s nifty new version of The Wizard of Ozis a wonderful multimedia musical extravaganza. Based on the classic 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film and playing six shows through Sunday at the Durham Performing Arts Center, the First North American Tour of The Wizard of Oz is chock-full of spectacular special effects, including an onstage tornado… Read More ›

The 2013-14 North American tour of Andrew Llord Webber's version of "The Wizard of Oz" is based on the Toronto production (photo by Cylla von Tiedemann)

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to DPAC to See Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Wizard of Oz” on April 8-13

The Durham Performing Arts Center will conclude its critically acclaimed 2013-14 SunTrust Broadway Series on April 8-13 with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s vivacious new version of The Wizard of Oz, based on the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical-fantasy film with screenplay by Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, and Edgar Allan Woolf and 1940 Academy Award®-winning song “Over the Rainbow”… Read More ›

DPAC’s “Evita” Takes an In-Depth Look at One of Argentina’s Most Beloved Public Figures

In the first new Broadway production of the play in over thirty years, this version provides even more insight into Evita’s (as Peron is known) fascinating life.

Caroline Bowman is luminous as Argentina's First Lady Eva Duarte de Perón (photo by Richard Termine)

The 2014 Tour Stars of “Evita” at DPAC, in Some Ways, Outshine Previous Luminaries in Those Roles

When a show has been stunning audiences for more than 35 years with music so recognizable that people hum the main tunes in the shower, and the brightest stars on Broadway have blown audiences away with their performances

The tour cast of "Evita" includes Sean MacLaughlin as Juan Perón and Caroline Bowman as Eva Perón (photo by Richard Termine)

Caroline Bowman and Josh Young Star as Eva Duarte de Perón and Ché in “Evita” on March 11-16 at DPAC

The First National Tour of the 2012 Broadway revival of Baron Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sir Tim Rice’s 1978 West End and 1979 Broadway blockbuster musical, Evita, will perform in the magnificent 2,700-seat Durham Performing Arts Center for eight performances on March 11-16.

Jennifer Shrader plays Grizabella the disheveled Glamour Cat in the North Carolina Theatre's gala Oct. 8-13 production of "Cats" at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium (photo by Curtis Brown)

The Choreography in NCT’s “Cats” Is Uneven, Surprisingly Stiff, and Often Repetitive

I was looking forward to seeing the North Carolina Theatre production of Cats. I’d seen the show on Broadway in the early 1980s, and had come away from it in awe. Unfortunately, the NCT production fell short of my expectations. For those of you not familiar with Cats, the show was conceived and composed by… Read More ›

Broadway star Lauren Kennedy stars as Eva Peron in "Evita" (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

Don’t Cry for NCT: “Evita” Is a Dazzler

Lauren Kennedy and Ray Walker are not just 18 years older, but better — much better. Their charismatic characterizations make the North Carolina Theatre‘s home-grown production of “Evita” a must-see musical that outshines some of the touring productions that pass through the Triangle.

Broadway star Lauren Kennedy stars as Eva Peron (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

Lauren Kennedy and Ray Walker Will Reprise Their Roles as Eva Perón and Ché Guevara in “Evita” at NCT

Lauren Kennedy and Ray Walker will reprise their roles as Argentina’s flamboyant First Lady Eva María Duarte de Perón (1919-52), a.k.a. “Evita,” and dashing Argentinean Marxist and Cuban revolutionary leader Ernesto Guevara (1928-67), a.k.a. “Ché,” in the North Carolina Theatre‘s high-octane Oct. 22-30 revival of “Evita.”

Lauren Kennedy Provides the Candle-Power and Matthew-Jason Willis Creates a Setting Where She Can Shine in “Tell Me on a Sunday”

Lauren Kennedy can caress a lyric until it purrs like a six-week-old kitten or pump up the volume until her voice rattles the Kennedy Theater rafters. Indeed, her vivacious versions of “Take That Look Off Your Face,” “Unexpected Song,” and “Tell Me on a Sunday” earned lengthy applause and whoops of joy on Wednesday, during her warmly applauded hour-long opening-night performance, which ended with a fervent standing ovation for Kennedy and her effervescent accompanists: musical director Julie Florin (piano), Drew Lile (guitar), John Simonetti (bass), Les Webster (percussion), and Joan Beck (violin).

Lauren Kennedy Stars in “Tell Me on a Sunday,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s One-Act Song Cycle

Lauren Kennedy says, “I jumped at the chance [to perform TELL ME ON A SUNDAY] when director Matthew-Jason Willis and I discussed [this one-woman show], because it is a score I’ve been desperate to tackle, and I adore working with him! He had some fascinating and fresh ideas on the show that really excite me”