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Theatre Raleigh Creates a Magical, Musical Midsummer Night’s Dream Like None Other

“Up and down, up and down, I will lead them up and down, I am feared in field in town. Goblin, lead them up and down.” — Puck; Act III, Scene II           These lines, spoken by the mischievous Puck are musical and magical — almost Seussian in nature — and beg to be delivered… Read More ›

Theatre Raleigh’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Is Lots of Fun for Old and Young

We think that Young Willy Shakespeare would have loved what Lauren Kennedy Brady and Morgan Parpan have done to his great comedy, or rather to A Thirty-Minute Dream, which Bill Tordoff adapted from The Bard’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The show, which lasts for not quite an hour, and is aimed directly at the young… Read More ›

The cast includes (from left) Taylor Kraft as Dyanne, Ian Fairlee as Jerry Lee Lewis, Joe Boover as Elvis Presley, Ted S. Bushman as Johnny Cash, and Michael Kennedy as Carl Perkins

There’s a "Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On" in Theatre Raleigh’s Million Dollar Quartet

There’s a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on in the Kennedy Theatre, in Raleigh’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, as Theatre Raleigh concludes its 2016 Hot Summer Nights Series with a rousing rendition of Million Dollar Quartet. “Million dollar quartet” is a gross (pun intended) understatement of the monies made by Elvis Presley, Johnny… Read More ›

Theatre Raleigh's cast for Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias includes (from left) AC Donohue, Robyne Parrish Lamb (seated), Susan Russell, and Pamela Dunlap (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

Theatre Raleigh’s Steel Magnolias Features Phenomenal Acting by a Dynamite Cast

Dothan, AL-born playwright Robert Harling seems to have an affinity for writing about women and their relationships – with themselves, with other women and with men. He also penned Soapdish, First Wives Club, Laws of Attraction, and The Evening Star (the sequel to Terms of Endearment). Steel Magnolias, now playing in Raleigh’s Kennedy Theatre as… Read More ›

Cool Summer Evenings: Georgia Stitt and Friends Was Thoroughly Enjoyable

Cool Summer Evenings is the yin to Theatre Raleigh’s yang, Hot Summer Nights. These concerts, held over the course of several Saturdays during the summer, give local artists the opportunity to take the stage and showcase their talents. On Saturday, July 16th, Theatre Raleigh presented Cool Summer Evenings Georgia Stitt and Friends, featuring singer/composer Georgia… Read More ›

Yolanda Rabun’s July 9th Cool Summer Evening Was a Hot Concert for Theatre Raleigh Patrons

Theatre Raleigh has been bringing quality theater to downtown Raleigh for several years with its Hot Summer Nights series. On Saturday, July 9th, they launched their new Cool Summer Evenings music series with Cool Summer Evenings: Yolanda Rabun. Theatre Raleigh’s website states: “Cool Summer Evenings is the side dish to Theatre Raleigh‘s main course, Hot… Read More ›

Julie Fishell (left), Charlie Brady, and Meagan Mackenzie Chieppor star in Theatre Raleigh's production of All My Sons (photo by Alexa Rose Blazevich Photography)

Theatre Raleigh’s All My Sons Heats Up Summer Nights at the Kennedy Theatre on June 8-19

The lights came up on the stage of the Kennedy Theatre on Thursday night, with a beautiful, middle-aged woman in a nightdress sitting on a tree swing in the darkness of a thunderstorm. The violence of the storm and its destruction drives her back into the house, and all goes black once more. This moment,… Read More ›

Lauren Kennedy (center) doubles as Edwin Drood and Miss Alice Nutting (photo by Curtis Scott Brown)

Theatre Raleigh’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood Is a Riotous, Boisterous Entertainment

Theatre Raleigh’s Hot Summer Nights Series kicks off the summer live-theater season with a rip-snorting rendition of Rupert Holmes’ The Mystery of Edwin Drood (also known as Drood), based on Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel of the same name. The musical, for which Holmes wrote the book, music, and lyrics debuted at the August 1985 New… Read More ›

Theatre Raleigh’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood Is the Most Fun You’ll Have All Year

The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a fun, interactive show, based largely on the unfinished Charles Dickens mystery of the same name. To make it even more fun and to get audiences out in time for a late dinner, Theatre Raleigh, as the opener to its annual Hot Summer Nights series, has developed a self-proclaimed… Read More ›

Hot Summer Nights and Theatre Raleigh's July 25-29 and Aug. 1-5 production of "Race" stars (from left) Alan Campbell, Lormarev Jones, David McClutchey, and Erick Pinnick (photo by Lauren Kennedy)

David Mamet’s “Race” at HSN Explores Perceptions That Divide White America from Black America

As he proved in “Oleanna” (1992), when he skewered Political Correctness in academia, infamously profane and famously profound Chicago playwright, screenwriter, and director David Mamet is fearless when it comes time to confronting hot-button issues. He is not only unafraid to gore some of society’s sacred cows — he gleefully makes cutlets out of them. In Hot Summer Nights and Theatre Raleigh‘s eyebrow-raising presentation of “Race” (2009), Mamet explores the vast gulf in perception that still divides White America from Black America, especially when it comes to allegations of white-on-black crime.

Hot Summer Nights and Theatre Raleigh's July 25-29 and Aug. 1-5 production of "Race" stars (from left) Alan Campbell, Lormarev Jones, David McClutchey, and Erick Pinnick (photo by Lauren Kennedy)

Lauren Kennedy Will Direct Her Husband, Tony Nominee Alan Campbell, in “Race” by David Mamet

Hot Summer Nights and Theatre Raleigh are staging an eye-opening R-rated drama on a timely but thorny topic — “Race” by David Mamet — on July 25-29 and Aug. 1-5 in the K.D. & Sara Lynn Kennedy Theatre in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, NC. Chock-full of Mamet’s trademark profanity, “Race” frankly explores issues seldom discussed onstage.

Bryan T. Donovan and Lilly Nelson play the hopelessly square Robert and the flirtatious flight attendant Gretchen (photo by Lauren Kennedy)

Bryan T. Donovan’s Zany Antics as Robert Rocket HSN’s “Boeing-Boeing” into the Comic Stratosphere

“Boeing-Boeing,” the inaugural production of Hot Summer Nights and its newly formed larger parent company, Theatre Raleigh, is a real humdinger, based on Beverley Cross and Francis Evans’ revised English-language script for the critically acclaimed 2008 Broadway revival of Marc Camoletti’s 1960 French sex farce, which is set during the Swinging Sixties in a plush bachelor pad near Paris-Orly Airport.

Ben Nordstrom and Lauren Barone star as the fickle Bernard and his girlfriend Gabriella in "Boeing-Boeing" (photo by Lauren Kennedy)

Hot Summer Nights’ 2012 Season-Opener, “Boeing-Boeing,” Is a Classic French Farce by Marc Camoletti

Hot Summer Nights and its new larger parent company, Theatre Raleigh, will kick off their ambitious 2012 season with a sizzling professional production of “Boeing-Boeing,” Beverley Cross’ English adaptation of a classic French farce by Marc Camoletti (1923-2003), on June 13-17 and 20-24 in the K.D. & Sara Lynn Kennedy Theatre in back of the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, NC. “Boeing-Boeing” debuted in Paris on Dec. 10, 1960; and Beverley Cross’ English adaptation premiered in London in 1962 and then ran for seven years in the West End.

Barefoot in the Park Hot Summer Night's at the Kennedy Theatre

Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon | Jun 19-20

Barefoot in the Park is considered one of American Playwright, Neil Simon’s comedic masterpieces. Directed by Richard Roland, Barefoot in the Park follows the life of a conservative young lawyer and his irrepressible bride who is struggling with marital discord after the ecstasy of the honeymoon gives way to the reality of setting up housekeeping… Read More ›


It is likely the perfect name for a show that will move from one theatre to another this September. Drift, a contemporary concert-musical will close out the fifth season of Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy in not just one location, but two. Also drifting in to town with the production are some heavy hitters on the acting scene including Christian Campbell (Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical, The $treet) and Lauren Kennedy (Spamalot, Les Miserables, Vanities the Musical) who will direct.

12 Things You Wanted to Ask Jeremy Schonfeld, Drift Composer

Being honest, with this type of subject matter means putting true moments of raw emotional expression onstage. I don’t water down these moments, so I wouldn’t necessarily suggest DRIFT for a those who are bothered by forceful language or sensitive subject matter. Other than that, DRIFT isn’t like anything you’ve seen before.

THE TURN OF THE SCREW – July 29-August 9

A psychological thriller finds a home at the Kennedy Theatre this summer in the adaptation of Henry James’ chilling ghost story Turn of the Screw by playwright Jeffrey Hatcher.

I Love You, Your Perfect, Now Change – Held over for Two more Performances – July 24 & 25

In the intimate setting of the Kennedy Theatre an engaging cast reveals the truths about life, love, and the building of relationships. Presented with the art of song and stage the audience laughs, chuckles and knowingly nods to whisper, “That’s you, honey.”