A Christmas Story: The Musical at the Durham Performing Arts Center Is a Real Crowd Pleaser

The cast includes Susannah Jones as Mother, Christopher Swan as The Old Man, Cal Alexander as Randy, and Colton Maurer as Ralphie (photo by Gary Emord Netzley)

Big League Productions, Inc.’s national tour of A Christmas Story: The Musical, staged with brio by director Matt Lenz and crisply choreographed by choreographer Warren Carlyle and associate choreographer Jason A. Sparks — especially the delightful tap-dance sequences — opened at the Durham Performing Arts Center the day after the day after the day after… Continue reading A Christmas Story: The Musical at the Durham Performing Arts Center Is a Real Crowd Pleaser

Dear Evan Hansen at DPAC Explores Life in the Digital Age … and Just Life Period

The cast includes (from left) includes Ben Levi Ross as Evan, Aaron Lazar and Christiane Noll as Larry and Cynthia Murphy, and Maggie McKenna as Zoe Murphy (photo by Matthew Murphy)

Sometimes, life has a way of getting out of control. One tiny lie or misunderstanding spins out into something almost unrecognizable. This is exactly what happens to the title character in DPAC‘s production of Dear Evan Hansen. Directed by Michael Greif, this Tony-award winning musical jumps right into the troubled, anxious head of teenage Evan… Continue reading Dear Evan Hansen at DPAC Explores Life in the Digital Age … and Just Life Period

Get Out Your Handkerchiefs for Dear Evan Hansen at the Durham Performing Arts Center

Ben Levi Ross (center) stars as Evan in the First North American Tour of Dear Evan Hansen, playing tonight through Sunday evening at the Durham Performing Arts Center (photo by Matthew Murphy)

The irritating beeps and sounds of social media emanate from the stage before the Durham Performing Arts Center’s newest musical, Dear Evan Hansen, begins; and it is that phenomenon of the impact social media has on our lives that threads through the whole story. With amazingly memorable music, a moving and profound storyline, and phenomenal… Continue reading Get Out Your Handkerchiefs for Dear Evan Hansen at the Durham Performing Arts Center

NRACT’s Dogfight the Musical Is a Winner!

The term “dogfight” conjures up a myriad of images: two or more fighter planes in a combat duel (usually during World War I), two pit bulls fighting to the death or, perhaps, a riotous drunken brawl. (One might also conjure up an image of a certain hotshot NFL quarterback who fell from grace a few… Continue reading NRACT’s Dogfight the Musical Is a Winner!

Dogfight at NRACT Features Superb Production Values and Near-Professional Performances

Dogfight the Musical, the stage version of the 1991 movie Dogfight, with screenplay by Bob Comfort, opened Friday night at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre to a jam-packed full house of very receptive theatergoers. Like many war stories Dogfight the Musical, which features book by Peter Duchan and music and lyrics by Benj Pasek… Continue reading Dogfight at NRACT Features Superb Production Values and Near-Professional Performances