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North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre's cast for its community-theater production of The Toxic Avenger includes (clockwise, from top left) Orlando Parker Jr., Jay Dolan, Heather Shinpaugh, Aaron C. Alderman, and Lauren Paige Raine

The Toxic Avenger at NRACT Is Grand Fun, But Unpolished

Based on Lloyd Kauffman’s 1984 cult horror comedy film of the same name, the musical version of The Toxic Avenger opened in Brunswick, New Jersey, in 2008, followed a year later by an Off-Broadway production, which won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Off-Broadway Musical. The show has been mounted across the United… Read More ›

Zak Caska and Aya Wallace star as Huey and Felicia in Memphis at Raleigh Little Theatre (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

Raleigh Little Theatre’s Memphis Is Major Fun, with Some Minor Flaws

Raleigh Little Theatre’s 2016-17 “Season of Discovery” opens with its first mainstage show, Memphis, an original musical with music and lyrics by David Bryan and book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro. The team also wrote the 2008 rock musical The Toxic Avenger, which opens October 7 at the North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre. Bryan… Read More ›

Zak Caska and Aya Wallace star as Huey and Felicia in Memphis at Raleigh Little Theatre (photo by Curtis Brown Photography

RLT’s Memphis Is a Dynamic, Toe-Tappin’, Hand Clappin’, Jumpin’, and Jivin’ Experience

Memphis, with book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music and lyrics by David Bryan, is a lively start to Raleigh Little Theatre’s 2016-17 season. With its first song, “Underground,” the tone and beat are set for nonstop music and patter. Young Huey Calhoun — who represents “Daddy-O” Dewey Phillips and “Moondog” Alan Freed, two… Read More ›

Aaron Fried, Reed Campbell, and Mariah MacFarlane are hilarious as bootleggers Duke Mahoney, Cookie McGee, and Billie Bendix in the "Nice Work If You Can Get It" (photo by Jeremy Daniel)

A Nice Show If You Can See It

Some shows are serious, deep, and thoughtful. Others, like Joe DiPetro’s hilarious “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” are just plain good fun. The musical, which features songs by George and Ira Gershwin, including some of their biggest and best well-known hits, is made larger-than-life for North Carolina Theatre, thanks to playful direction by… Read More ›

Mariah MacFarlane and Alex Enterline star as Billie Bendix and Jimmy Winter in "Nice Work If You Can Get It" (photo by Jeremy Daniel)

Bootleg Whiskey, Wild Women, and Gershwin Give “Nice Work If You Can Get It” Its Kick

Bootleg whiskey, the Roaring Twenties version of “Girls Gone Wild,” and a plethora toe-tapping Gershwin tunes give Work Light Productions’ current National Tour of the 2012 Tony Award®-winning musical comedy, Nice Work If You Can Get It, its kick. This invigorating romp, set in Prohibition era New York City in 1927 and jointly presented in… Read More ›