North Carolina Theatre Returns to Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, with a Delightful, Bubbly, and Frothy Rendition of 9 to 5 The Musical

Stars include (from left) Sara Jean Ford as Judy, Lauren Kennedy as Violet, and Ryah Nixon as Doralee (photo by Curtis Scott Brown)

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the first full show from the North Carolina Theatre in 18 months. I’m not sure they could have chosen a better show to get us back to the stage. 9 to 5 The Musical is a bubbly and frothy confection that has a wide-ranging appeal for young… Continue reading North Carolina Theatre Returns to Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, with a Delightful, Bubbly, and Frothy Rendition of 9 to 5 The Musical

NC Theatre’s 9 to 5 Is as Delightful as Dolly Parton

Set in 1979 and narrated by none other than musical legend Dolly Parton herself (via video), NC Theatre’s 9 to 5 burst onto the stage last night. The musical, which is based on the 1980 film and which features music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, is every bit as big, bold, and beautiful as the… Continue reading NC Theatre’s 9 to 5 Is as Delightful as Dolly Parton

North Carolina Theatre’s West Side Story Is Both Timeless and Relevant

Addie Morales and Zach Adkins star as Maria and Tony (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

West Side Story is a theatre staple, one that almost everyone has seen at least once, if not multiple times. However, North Carolina Theatre‘s current production, directed by Eric Woodall and based on a conception by Jerome Robbins, is a new, fresh, and surprisingly modern take on this beloved tale. And, while this production doesn’t… Continue reading North Carolina Theatre’s West Side Story Is Both Timeless and Relevant

NCT’s West Side Story Is a High-Energy Show, with Dazzling Choreography and Awesome Music, Vocals, and Acting

Jeremy Dumont's choreography for West Side Story is dazzling (photo by Curtis Scott Brown)

It is not an exaggeration to say: “North Carolina Theatre‘s production of West Side Story has it all!” This is a high-energy show with dazzling choreography, awesome music, beautifully clear vocals, natural down-to-earth acting, and plenty of opportunities to laugh … and to cry.. Directed by NCT’s producing artistic director Eric Woodall, this production features… Continue reading NCT’s West Side Story Is a High-Energy Show, with Dazzling Choreography and Awesome Music, Vocals, and Acting

NC Theatre’s Production Proves Annie’s Still Got It!

Emily Jewel Hoder (left) and Alexa Lasanta star as Molly and Annie (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

Everyone’s favorite pint-sized redhead is back on stage in NC Theatre’s production of Annie. This beloved musical is brought to life beautifully through Eric Woodall’s skilled direction, awesome lighting effects, amazing painted backdrops, and a charismatic cast that makes the joy and hope imbued in the story come bubbling to the surface. The show opens,… Continue reading NC Theatre’s Production Proves Annie’s Still Got It!