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Miss Saigon stars Emily Bautista as Kim and Anthony Festa as Chris (photo by Matthew Murphy)

Miss Saigon at DPAC Is a Spectacular Musical That Explores the Plight of Refugees

Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Miss Saigon debuted almost 30 years ago (14 years after the actual Vietnam War ended) and yet, director Laurence Connor’s updated 2018-19 Cameron Mackintosh and NETworks Presentations touring version of Miss Saigon, playing now through Sunday evening at the Durham Performing Arts Center as part of DPAC‘s SunTrust Broadway Series,… Read More ›

Miss Saigon stars Emily Bautista as Kim and Anthony Festa as Chris (photo by Matthew Murphy)

In Defense of DPAC’s Miss Saigon

Since its opening in 1989, Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil’s tragic musical, Miss Saigon, has been attracting a strong mixture of both criticism and praise. The musical, based loosely on the opera Madame Butterfly, and onstage in a revamped production at DPAC, may still have some elements some viewers find troubling. However, the beautiful thing… Read More ›

Steeped in Tradition, DPAC’s Fiddler on the Roof Is Still Relevant and Engaging

Fiddler on the Roof has been considered a classic since its debut in 1964. Despite its place in the theatrical canon, however, it is not a show frequently staged in the Triangle area, with theatregoers preferring the new, hip, and edgy. However, DPAC’s Suntrust Broadway production of the classic, directed by Bartlett Sher, proves that… Read More ›

DPAC's Dec. 4-9 presentation of Elf the Musical is part of its 2018-19 SunTrust Broadway Series

Elf the Musical at DPAC Lacks the Bubbly Magic of the 2003 Will Ferrell Film

I was hoping for some holiday cheer from Elf the Musical, a child-friendly Christmas spectacle, playing now through Sunday evening at the Durham Performing Arts Center as part of DPAC‘s 2018-19 SunTrust Broadway Series. It’s the story of Buddy, an elf made famous by Will Ferrell in the 2013 movie Elf. Unfortunately, the play lacks… Read More ›

DPAC’s Elf is Pure Christmas Magic

It’s hard to believe that it’s been fifteen years since the hit movie Elf, starring Will Ferrell, was released and became a quick classic. The movie is such a favorite that, unsurprisingly, it has been turned into a musical by the same name, onstage now at DPAC under the direction of Sam Scalamoni. For those… Read More ›