Theatre Raleigh’s The Bridges of Madison County Is Captivating from Start to Finish

Broadway veterans Janine DiVita and Patrick Oliver Jones star as Francesca and Robert in Theatre Raleigh's presentation of The Bridges of Madison (photo by Jennifer Robertson Photography)

No matter how familiar you might be with the story told by The Bridges of Madison County, you will enjoy Theatre Raleigh’s current production, directed by Lauren Kennedy Brady, with musical direction by Nathan Thomas, in Raleigh, NC’s Kennedy Theatre. I suspect most theatergoers are quite familiar with the story. Robert James Waller’s 1992 novel… Continue reading Theatre Raleigh’s The Bridges of Madison County Is Captivating from Start to Finish

Theatre Raleigh’s The Bridges of Madison County Is a Timeless, Well-Told Love Story

Janine DiVita stars as Francesca in The Bridges of Madison (photo by Jennifer Robertson Photography)

Based on the novel of the same name, Marsha Norman’s The Bridges of Madison County, onstage now through Theatre Raleigh and under the direction of Lauren Kennedy Brady, is a bittersweet love story that strikes a chord with any viewer who has ever been in love at the wrong time. Rebecca Leigh Johnson’s rustic set… Continue reading Theatre Raleigh’s The Bridges of Madison County Is a Timeless, Well-Told Love Story

The Color Purple Never Fades — It’s a Smash Hit at the Durham Performing Arts Center!

The cast of The Color Purple includes (from left) Bianca Horn, Carrie Compere, Carla R. Stewart, Adrianna Hicks, Erica Durham, Angela Birchett, and Brit West (photo by Matthew Murphy)

The 2017-18 North American tour of the Tony Award®-winning 2015 Broadway Revival of The Color Purple: The Musical opened to a sell-out crowd last night at the Durham Performing Arts Center, and the cast cracked the walls with their stellar performances. It’s a bonafide smash hit and a revival that’s almost better than the original!… Continue reading The Color Purple Never Fades — It’s a Smash Hit at the Durham Performing Arts Center!

The Color Purple at DPAC Relies on the Strength of the Story and Its Characters

The Durham Performing Arts Center will present The Color Purple on April 3-8

The Color Purple is one of those stories that is so powerful that it is made into multiple incarnations. It started as a novel in 1982, was made into an award-winning film in 1985, found itself gracing the stage as a musical, and is now being shown as a revival performance at Durham Performing Arts… Continue reading The Color Purple at DPAC Relies on the Strength of the Story and Its Characters

Sympathy for The Devil? The Color Purple’s Gavin Gregory Makes the Case for "Mister"

The North American tour cast of The Color Purple includes (from left) Carla R. Stewart as Shug Avery, Adrianna Hicks as Celie, and Carrie Compere as Sofia (photo by Matthew Murphy)

The bodacious 2017-18 North American tour of The Color Purple: The Musical, based on the musical’s Tony Award®-winning 2015 Broadway Revival, produced by TROIKA Entertainment, LLC of Gaithersburg, MD et al., and brilliantly reimagined by 65-year-old Scottish director, choreographer, and set designer John Doyle, will roar into the Durham Performing Arts Center for eight high-octane… Continue reading Sympathy for The Devil? The Color Purple’s Gavin Gregory Makes the Case for "Mister"