Tag: Eric Woodall
The Actors, Set, and Music of NCT’s Gypsy Are Great; But Mama Rose’s Maniacal Drive for Fame Tired Us Out
When the curtain rises on the North Carolina Theatre‘s production of Gypsy: A Musical Fable, it’s 1940; and times are tough. We meet Mama Rose (played by Christine Sherrill) and her kids, Baby Louise and Baby June (played by North Carolina Conservatory students Ellen Mackenzie Pierce and Skyla l’Lece Woodard, respectively). Mama Rose is a… Read More ›
Ever since Gypsy first premiered in 1959, it has been lauded as a great stage musical, one that has important things to say about fame and desire. And, in a time when everyone seems to striving for his “fifteen minutes,” the musical, onstage now through North Carolina Theatre under the direction of Eric Woodall, is… Read More ›
The North Carolina Theatre will kick off its eagerly anticipated 2017-18 season with Gypsy: A Musical Fable, which NCT’s preshow publicity dubs “The Mother of All Musicals,” on Nov. 14-19 in Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in the heart of downtown Raleigh, NC. New York City director and Benson,… Read More ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 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.
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).
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 ›
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.
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.
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.”