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The Matilda the Musical cast performs "Revolting Children" (photo by Joan Marcus)

Matilda the Musical Has Lots to Love

Onstage now through Broadway Series South and the North Carolina Theatre, under the direction of Matthew Warchus, Matilda, based on the book of the same name by Roald Dahl, is just as fabulous as ever. And, while diehard fans of the original story might be surprised to learn that some features of the original story- such… Read More ›

The Matilda the Musical cast performs "Revolting Children" (photo by Joan Marcus)

Matilda the Musical at the Duke Energy Center Is Powerfully Designed But Weakly Written

Broadway Series South and the North Carolina Theatre‘s joint presentation of Matilda the Musical, playing tonight through Sunday evening in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, was originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Based on British author Roald Dahl’s popular 1988 children’s book, which Dennis Kelly adapted for the stage, Matilda features rousing music and witty lyrics… Read More ›

Broadway Series South and the North Carolina Theatre will present Matilda the Musical on May 23-28 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts (photo by Joan Marcus)

2013 Tony Award® Winner Matilda the Musical Dramatizes Roald Dahl’s 1988 Children’s Book

On May 23-28, Broadway Series South and the North Carolina Theatre will jointly present eight performances of the four-time 2013 Tony Award® winner Matilda the Musical in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Matilda the Musical, which features music and lyrics by Tim Minchin and a book by Dennis… Read More ›

Jesus (Aleks Pevec) shares the Last Supper with his disciples (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

NCT Masterfully Resurrects Jesus Christ Superstar

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 ›

Celebrate Holy Week April 11-16 in Raleigh with NCT’s Production of Jesus Christ Superstar

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 ›

Saturday Night Fever: The Musical plays Raleigh Memorial Auditorium on Feb. 14-19

Saturday Night Fever Is a Feel-Good Piece of Nostalgia

Watching Broadway Series South and the North Carolina Theatre‘s presentation of Saturday Night Fever: The Musical last night, I wanted to break out my wedge-heeled shoes and learn how to hustle! Although Tuesday was opening night for Saturday Night Fever, the North Carolina Theatre and Broadway Series South made the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium crowd feel… Read More ›

Saturday Night Fever: The Musical plays Raleigh Memorial Auditorium on Feb. 14-19

You Should Be Dancing! Saturday Night Fever: The Musical Plays Raleigh on Feb. 14-19

You should be — and you will be — dancing! Broadway Series South and the North Carolina Theatre will present Saturday Night Fever: The Musical on Feb. 14-19 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in the heart of downtown Raleigh, NC. According to NCT’s news release, Saturday Night… Read More ›

Carter Calvert (left) and Sally Struthers will star at NCT as charttopper Patsy Cline and her number-one fan, Louise Seger (photo by Jay Goldsmith for the 2012 Ogunquit Playhouse production)

NCT’s Always… Patsy Cline Is Friendship Set to Music and a Fantastically Entertaining Show

Friday night, there were a lot of Patsy Cline fans enjoying award-winning actresses Sally Struthers and Carter Calvert in the North Carolina Theatre‘s production of Always… Patsy Cline, which opened on Jan. 20th in Raleigh’s A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater. It is not surprising that the show appeals to Cline’s loyal fans, but I urge you… Read More ›

Carter Calvert (left) and Sally Struthers will star at NCT as charttopper Patsy Cline and her number-one fan, Louise Seger (photo by Jay Goldsmith for the 2012 Ogunquit Playhouse production)

Sally Struthers and Carter Calvert Will Star in Ted Swindley’s 1997 Off-Broadway Hit, Always… Patsy Cline, on Jan. 20-29 at NCT

Broadway and national and international tour veteran Carter Calvert (It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues) and fellow Broadway veteran Sally Struthers, who won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Comedy-Variety or Music Series in 1972 and 1979 for playing Gloria Bunker Stivic in Norman Lear’s groundbreaking CBS television sitcom… Read More ›

Monty Python's Spamalot at NCT stars Jeff McCarthy (center) as King Arthur and Ta'Rea Campbell as The Lady of the Lake (photo by Curtis Scott Brown)

There’s a Belly Full of Laughs in NCT’s Naughty, Bawdy Rendition of Monty Python’s Spamalot

Let me say right off the bat that I am a huge fan of the Arthurian Legend. I have always been intrigued by the story of Camelot, King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, and the Knights of the Round Table. Although there are many different versions of this basic story, North Carolina Theatre offers many a side-splitting… Read More ›

Monty Python's Spamalot at NCT stars Jeff McCarthy (center) as King Arthur and Ta'Rea Campbell as The Lady of the Lake (photo by Curtis Scott Brown)

Monty Python’s Spamalot at NCT Will Savagely Satirize King Arthur and His Knights

The North Carolina Theatre will stage a zany new production of Monty Python’s Spamalot, the madcap British comedy troupe’s irreverent retelling of the heroic medieval tales of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, on Nov. 15-20 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh…. Read More ›

Kara Lindsay (right) stars as Mary Poppins (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

North Carolina Theatre’s Mary Poppins Is "Practically Perfect in Every Way"

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 ›

Nicolas Dromard and Kara Lindsay star as Bert and Mary (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

NCT’s Mary Poppins Stars Broadway’s Kara Lindsay and Nicolas Dromard as Mary and Bert

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 ›

North Carolina Theatre's April 29-May 8 production of Wit stars New York actress Kate Goehring (left) as Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., and 1991 Tony Award® winner Daisy Eagan as Susie Monahan, RN, BSN

NCT’s Wit Will Make Viewers Think and Feel

In theatre, things don’t always go as expected, but, as the old saying goes, “the show must go on.” This mantra certainly proved true in the case of North Carolina Theatre’s production of Wit, for which the original leading lady, Judy McLane, bowed out of the role before opening night, citing personal reasons. Fortunately, the… Read More ›

Kate Goehring stars as English professor/cancer patient Dr. Vivian Bearing (photo by Curtis Scott Brown)

Nobody Does It Better Than Kate Goehring, Who Stars as Dr. Vivian Bearing in Wit May 3-8 for NCT

Nobody does English lit professor-turned-ovarian cancer patient Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., better than New York actress Kate Goehring, who stepped into the role in the North Carolina Theatre‘s current production of Wit literally at the 11th hour as a last-minute replacement for Broadway actress Judy McLane, who bowed out for “personal reasons,” according to NCT. But… Read More ›

North Carolina Theatre's April 29-May 8 production of Wit stars New York actress Kate Goehring (left) as Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., and 1991 Tony Award® winner Daisy Eagan as Susie Monahan, RN, BSN

NCT’s Production of Wit Will Star Kate Goehring as Dr. Vivian Bearing and Daisy Eagan as Her Nurse

The North Carolina Theatre‘s April 29-May 1 and May 3-8 production of Atlanta, GA playwright and teacher Margaret Edson’s 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Wit, will star New York actress Kate Goehring as cancer patient Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., and 1991 Tony Award® winner Daisy Eagan as her primary nurse, Susie Monahan, RN, BSN. Goehring, who earned… Read More ›

Kate Goehring to Replace Judy McLane in North Carolina Theatre’s Wit

North Carolina Theatre, the region’s premier nonprofit professional regional theatre, today announced a cast change for Margaret Edson’s Wit, opening April 29th. Kate Goehring will step into the lead role of “Vivian Bearing, Ph.D.” replacing Judy McLane, who has withdrawn from the production due to personal reasons.

North Carolina Theatre & Broadway Series South Invite Patrons to “Be Our Guest” for Their 2016-17 Season

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina Theatre and Broadway Series South are proud to announce their 2016/17 season at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. This season they are inviting patrons to “Be Our Guest” at the new and improved facility. After a $17 million renovation, they are thrilled for patrons to see the updates… Read More ›

The North Carolina Theatre's high-octane production of Grease plays Feb. 9-14 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

Take "The One That You Want" to America’s Favorite High-School Musical, Grease, in Raleigh

The North Carolina Theatre brought the terrific energy of Grease, the granddaddy of all the high-school musicals, back to the Raleigh-Durham area on Feb. 9th at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. NCT’s Broadway Connection founder DeAnn S. Jones, president and CEO Lisa Grele Barrie, and artistic director and producer Casey Hushion and producer Carolee Baxter chose Lumberton,… Read More ›

North Carolina Theatre’s Grease Is Charming and Fun

The longtime-hit Grease, which takes an up close and personal look at the lives of working class teenagers in 1950s Chicago, has been much-loved since its 1971 premiere and even more so since its popular 1978 movie incarnation starring Olivia Newton John and John Travolta. It even gained a whole new legion of “hopefully devoted”… Read More ›

America Is the Real Star of Broadway Series South and the North Carolina Theatre’s Ragtime

Ragtime, written by Terrence McNally and based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow, is a lively and moving little story set in New York in the early twentieth century. In the Broadway Series South and North Carolina Theatre production, directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge, things get off to a very lively start. During… Read More ›

Ragtime: The Musical focuses on three families (from left): two Jewish immigrant from Eastern Europe, a WASP family from New Rochelle, NY, and an African-American couple from Harlem (photo by Scott Suchman)

Ragtime: The Musical’s Acting, Singing, and Staging Are Strong and Well Executed

Simply put, Broadway Series South and the North Carolina Theatre‘s presentation of Ragtime: The Musical is well worth seeing. The acting, the staging, the singing, the choreography — they are all strong and well executed. The performances, the story, and the “message” of the play are overwhelming. Based on the novel Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow,… Read More ›

Kate Turner (left), Troy Bruchwalski (center), and Donald Coggin (right) star as Mother, Father, and Younger Brother (photo by Scott Suchman)

Ragtime: The Musical at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium Does the Late E.L. Doctorow Proud

In 1975, E.L. Doctorow published the smash-hit novel Ragtime, which peered telescopically into the racial, cultural, class conscious, and anti-immigrant state of the nation during the first couple of decades of the 20th Century. In so doing, it shone the harsh light of reality on our lack of real maturity in those areas since. Doctorow’s… Read More ›

Ragtime’s Story Is Still Relevant, Despite Uneven Staging, and Should Be Seen

In 1998, the New York theater scene was completely and totally abuzz with a little musical stage adaptation of Disney’s The Lion King. It swept some of the bigger awards, such as Best Musical; but a dark horse was lying in the wings, picking up some of the coveted awards such as Best Score, Best… Read More ›

Chris Sams tickles the ivories as ragtime pianist Coalhouse Walker, Jr. (photo by Scott Suchman)

On Jan. 12-17, Ragtime: The Musical Will Focus an Unsentimental Lens on Early 20th Century America

Were the Good Old Days really all that good for all segments of society? asks the joint Jan. 12-17 Broadway Series South and North Carolina Theatre presentation of the current North American tour of the 2009 Broadway revival of Ragtime: The Musical, produced by Phoenix Entertainment and staged by 2010 Tony Award® and Drama Desk… Read More ›

North Carolina Theatre’s Vivacious Version of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods Is Delightful

On Oct. 20th, Stephen Sondheim’s twist on Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Into the Woods, opened at the North Carolina Theatre, for the first time in NCT’s 32-year history. With a howl, a few curses, and some cannibalism, beloved fairy-tale characters became quite different from what we normally envision — and with great aplomb! It was definitely… Read More ›

Jamison Stern, Raleigh native Laurel Harris (center), and Jacquelyn Piro Donovan star as the Baker and his Wife and the Witch who laid a curse of barrenness on them (photo by Curtis Scott Brown)

N.C. Theatre’s Into the Woods Stars Broadway’s Laurel Harris and Jacquelyn Piro Donovan Oct. 20-25

The North Carolina Theatre‘s gala, home-grown production of Into the Woods, which will run Oct. 20-25 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, stars Broadway veterans Laurel Harris and Jacquelyn Piro Donovan as the barren Baker’s Wife and the old humpbacked Witch who, years ago, cursed her husband to endure a childless marriage. The Triangle’s foremost producer of… Read More ›

Gillian Abbott and Christopher Tierney star as Frances "Baby" Houseman and her dance instructor Johnny Castle in "Dirty Dancing" (photo by Matthew Murphy)

“Dirty Dancing” Sizzles at Memorial Auditorium

The 2014-16 National Tour of Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage — which made its Raleigh debut last night, courtesy Broadway Series South — really sizzles. Contributing to the conflagration are incendiary performances by Gillian Abbott as awkward, altruistic 17-year-old Frances “Baby” Houseman; Christopher Tierney as dynamic, dreamboat Catskills resort dance instructor Johnny Castle;… Read More ›

Christopher Tierney and Gillian Abbott star as Johnny Castle and Frances "Baby" Houseman in the North American tour of "Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage" (photo by Matthew Murphy)

1987’s Beloved “Dirty Dancing” Is Just as Timeless Onstage

The iconic film Dirty Dancing, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, has been a favorite among audiences since it first premiered in 1987. And, despite the years that have passed since its release, it’s still popular, especially among the female demographic. Its simple-but-sweet story, in which true love trumps all is classic, timeless, and happy-… Read More ›

Broadway Series South will present the Raleigh debut of "Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage" on Sept. 8-13 in Memorial Auditorium, so Triangle theatergoers can once again have the time of their lives with Johnny and Baby

National Tour of “Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage” Will Make Its Raleigh Debut on Sept. 8-13

The critically acclaimed National Tour of Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage, starring Christopher Tierney as suave and oh-so-sexy Catskills resort dance instructor Johnny Castle and Gillian Abbott as awkward 17-year-old Frances “Baby” Houseman, will make its Raleigh debut on Sept. 8-13 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing… Read More ›