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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 ›

Kara Lindsay (right) stars as Mary Poppins (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

North Carolina Theatre’s Mary Poppins Is "Practically Perfect in Every Way"

EDITOR’S NOTE: Pamela Vesper is out of town. Kurt Benrud was assisted in writing this review by his eight-year-old granddaughter Jessica Marie Talley. It’s nice to see (and hear) old friends. And who among us is not friends with the characters and songs in the North Carolina Theatre‘s presentation of Disney’s and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary… Read More ›

Nicolas Dromard and Kara Lindsay star as Bert and Mary (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

NCT’s Mary Poppins Stars Broadway’s Kara Lindsay and Nicolas Dromard as Mary and Bert

On July 26-31, the North Carolina Theatre will conclude its 2015-16 season of locally produced revivals of Broadway shows with a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious production of Disney’s and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, directed by Benson, NC-born New York City director Eric Woodall and choreographed by Ryan Kasprzak. The show, which will be performed in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium,… Read More ›

Hilary Maiberger and Conor Ryan star as Clara Johnson and Fabrizio (photo by Curtis Scott Brown)

Theatre Raleigh’s The Light in the Piazza Is a Unique Experience That Should Not Be Missed

As part of its sizzling 2016 Hot Summer Nights series, Theatre Raleigh is bringing us an utterly exquisite evening, performing Craig Lucas and Adam Guettel’s 2005 Broadway musical, The Light in the Piazza, in a portion of a statuary gallery of the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh. The museum setting is ideal for the… Read More ›

Sam Faulkner (left) and Maximilien Baud star as Billy and Older Billy (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

NCT’s “Billy Elliot the Musical” Has It All: Delightful Dancing, Lively Music, and Hilarious Dialogue

The North Carolina Theatre‘s production of Billy Elliot the Musical has a six-day run at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, from Feb. 10th through the 15th. Would that it ran for another week. Sam Faulkner plays Billy Elliot, the young man who discovers his path in life by… Read More ›

Sam Faulkner of Charlotte plays young boxer-turned dancer Billy Elliot in "Billy Elliot the Musical" (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

Raleigh’s David Wood and Charlotte’s Sam Faulkner Will Star in NCT’s Presentation of “Billy Elliot”

The Triangle’s premier professional producer of home-grown revivals of hit Broadway musicals, the North Carolina Theatre will stage Billy Elliot the Musical, the award-winning 2005 West End and 2008 Broadway musical based on the 2000 film, on Feb. 10-15 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in the heart… Read More ›

The Theatre Raleigh Hot Summer Nights presentation of "Parade," stars Zachary Prince and Raleigh native Lauren Kennedy (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

The Tony Award®-Winning Musical “Parade” Is a Colossal Hit for Theatre Raleigh

Imagine writing a musical about a famous miscarriage of justice in the South — a musical! Now imagine that it is searingly powerful and poignant. Theatre Raleigh’s Hot Summer Nights production of Parade is both. With book by Alfred Uhry and music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, Parade will take your breath away with… Read More ›

Theatre Raleigh will stage "Parade," starring Lauren Kennedy and Zachary Prince, on July 9-27 in the Kennedy Theater in Raleigh

Theatre Raleigh’s “Parade” Is Flawless

Alfred Uhry’s “Parade,” onstage now as part of Theatre Raleigh’s Hot Summer Nights, tells the story of how one man’s life changed on Confederate Memorial Day in 1913. That man is Leo Frank (Zachary Prince), the Jewish supervisor of a pencil factory who feels out of place in very-Southern Marietta, Georgia. In the early scenes,… 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 ›

The cast for "August: Osage County" includes (from left) Pamela Dunlap, Dorothy Lyman, Julie Fishell, Lauren Kennedy, and Lisa Brescia (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

Tracy Letts’ “August: Osage County” Is a Scorcher

The current Hot Summer Nights | Theatre Raleigh production of dramatist and screenwriter Tracy Letts’ prize-winning 2007 dark comedy, “August: Osage County,” is a scorcher, with New York television soap-opera star and two-time Emmy Award® winner Dorothy Lyman generating much of the heat as Violet Weston, the irascible pill-popping matriarch of a disintegrating Oklahoma family that could put the D in dysfunctional. Violet has become addicted to pain killers while battling mouth cancer. She is physically fragile, but ferocious and determined to rage, rage against the dying of the light.

HSN | TR's cast for "August: Osage County" includes (from left) Pamela Dunlap, Dorothy Lyman, Julie Fishell, Lauren Kennedy, and Lisa Brescia (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

Two-Time Emmy Winner Dorothy Lyman Will Star in Tracy Letts’ Dark Comedy “August: Osage County”

Two-time Emmy Award® winner Dorothy Lyman will star in Hot Summer Nights | Theatre’s Raleigh stellar production of “August: Osage County,” award-winning 47-year-old playwright and screenwriter Tracy Letts’ 2007 dark comedy about a dysfunctional Oklahoma family, on Nov. 29-Dec. 2 and Dec. 6-9. The 65-year-old Minneapolis, MN native is probably best known for her performances as Gwen Frame in “Another World” (1976-1980, 1989) and as Opal Sue Gardner in “All My Children” (1981-83).

NCT will perform "Steel Magnolias" April 20-22 and 24-29 in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater

Beth Leavel and the NCT Cast of “Steel Magnolias” Hit a Homerun with This Sweet, Southern Classic

The Raleigh theatrical landscape is extraordinarily diverse for the continuance of 2012 and into 2013. Companies are pushing their boundaries, enriching their core audiences (while also working to broaden their base and encourage new attendees to purchase a ticket), and enticing new talent to tread their boards. An example of this departure from a theater’s… Read More ›

NCT will perform "Steel Magnolias" April 20-22 and 24-29 in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater

Tony® Winner Beth Leavel Will Star as M’Lynn in NCT’s Gala Presentation of “Steel Magnolias”

The North Carolina Theatre will present a stellar production of playwright and screenwriter Robert Harling’s heavily autobiographical 1987 Off-Broadway hit and 1989 blockbuster film, “Steel Magnolias,” starring Tony Award® winner Beth Leavel as the unflappable M’Lynn Eatenton, on April 20-22 and 24-29 in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in the Progress Energy Center.

Raleigh's Lauren Kennedy stars as Violet, with Melvin Tunstall III (left) and Jason Sharp

Lauren Kennedy Sizzles in “Violet,” But Shares the Spotlight with Melvin Tunstall and Yolanda Rabun

The current Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy production of “Violet: A New Musical” is hot, hot, hot. Raleigh native Lauren Kennedy provides much of the sizzle in this Southern-fried 1997 Off-Broadway musical comedy, and Melvin Tunstall III and Yolanda W. Rabun add pizzazz.

Raleigh's Lauren Kennedy stars as Violet

Broadway’s Lauren Kennedy Will Star in “Violet: A New Musical” at Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy

Critically acclaimed Broadway star Lauren Kennedy will return to her hometown next week to tackle the title role in Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy’s upcoming production of “Violet: A New Musical,” a 1997 Off-Broadway musical based on N.C. author Doris Betts’ 1973 short story “The Ugliest Pilgrim.”