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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 ›

The outrageous antics of David Wood (right) as Charles Dickens' misanthropic old miser Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol have Theatre in the Park audiences rolling in the aisles

Dustin vs. Dustin on A Christmas Carol at TIP: "We Need to Talk …"

There are two people writing this review. First there is Dustin Britt — the guy who has gone to Theatre in the Park’s musical-comedy version of A Christmas Carol, with his family, every December for the last 27 years. This Dustin values dearly the contribution that writer-actor-director Ira David Wood III’s annual production has made… Read More ›

Carolina Ballet's 15th anniversary production of The Nutcracker is a real crowd-pleaser

The Carolina Ballet’s 15th Anniversary Edition of The Nutcracker Is a Must-See Show

Everyone who makes Carolina Ballet’s annual presentation of The Nutcracker a staple of their holiday festivities comes to the ballet with visions of cupcakes and candy canes dancing in their heads. They were not disappointed by the Carolina Ballet’s 15th anniversary production of their delectable version of the Christmas delight last week at the Durham… Read More ›

The outrageous antics of David Wood 9right) as Charles Dickens' misanthropic miser Ebenezer Scrooge have TIP audiences rolling inn the aisles

Ira David Wood III’s Christmas Carol Is the Gift That You Unwrap First

Theatre in the Park executive and artistic director Ira David Wood III delivers a sumptuous gift to Triangle theatergoers in this year’s presentation of A Christmas Carol, which runs Dec. 7-11 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium and Dec. 15-18 at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Wood’s production is a feast for the senses. Mark Pirolo’s set,… 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 ›

Bob Nocek Presents LLC presented Hannibal Buress: The Hannibal Montanabal Experience at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23rd, in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

Comedian Hannibal Buress Earned Big Laughs Friday Night at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

Chicago native Hannibal Buress (yes, that’s his name) is touring the United States, Canada, and Australia with a microphone, a DJ, and a dry wit. He exploded onto the club comedy scene in 2009, during his tenure as a writer on Saturday Night Live, and skyrocketed quickly. Buress’ first comedy album, My Name is Hannibal,… Read More ›

Brian Wilson’s Electrifying Pet Sounds Still Generates Good Vibrations!

At 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19th, AEG Live presented a one-night-only engagement of Brian Wilson Celebrates Pet Sounds’ 50th Anniversary in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Musical legend and Grammy® winner Brian Wilson was joined on stage by an entire army of extremely talented musicians, including former… 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 ›

Carolina Ballet will stage George Balanchine's ballet based Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream May 12-15 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

Carolina Ballet Ends Its Stupendous Season with Balanchine’s Version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Filled as it was with nods to William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death, Carolina Ballet’s 2015-16 “Season of Drama” is ending appropriately with the delightful and magical ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as choreographed by the great George Balanchine. With this season’s offerings ranging from this light-and-lovely comedy to the darkly tragic… Read More ›

Marcelo Martinez and Lara O'Brien starred as Lord and Lady Macbeth (photo by Armes Photography)

Carolina Ballet "Seizes the Power" with an Amazing Macbeth

In a tour de force performance, punctuated by stunning sets, haunting music, and powerful balletic drama, The Carolina Ballet thrilled the Durham Performing Arts Center during the Sunday, May 1st, matinee of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The play is the capstone of a tribute to Shakespeare that has spanned artistic director and choreographer Robert Weiss’ plans… Read More ›

Broadway Series South presented Cesar Millan and Junior on April 9th in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

On April 9th, Cesar Millan Live! Was Both Entertaining and Charming in Raleigh

It’s safe to say that almost all dog lovers who’ve experienced a dog that jumps on strangers or barks incessantly or doesn’t walk well on a leash have consulted Cesar Millan, the acclaimed television personality dubbed “the dog whisperer.” Whether those dog lovers have watched one of his television shows or perused his website or… 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 ›

The Carolina Ballet will present The Nutcracker on Dec. 18-23, 26, and 27 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

Carolina Ballet’s Nutcracker, Which Plays in Raleigh Dec. 18-27, Is a Real Treat for the Holiday Season

One of the tried and true holiday spectacles that has lasted for years is the ballet The Nutcracker, and few productions compare to the one directed by Carolina Ballet artistic director Robert Weiss. The show, which features amazing illusions and the gorgeous Tchaikovsky score, is a special treat for Carolina Ballet regulars, who see the… Read More ›

David Wood stars as skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge (photo by Stephen J. Larson)

Ira David Wood III’s Thoroughly Irreverent Version of A Christmas Carol Delights Triangle Audiences

In his 40th year as the grouchy Ebenezer Scrooge, one might think that Ira David Wood III’s performance in Theatre in the Park’s production of A Christmas Carol would be one that he’s done so many times, he’s gotten bored. You would think that his lines would be so well memorized, he’d often seem like… Read More ›

David Wood stars as misanthropic miser Ebenezer Scrooge (photo by Stephen J. Larson)

Here We Come A’Caroling, with Ira David Wood III’s Zany Musical Version of A Christmas Carol!

‘Tis the season for the telling of a classic tale — Theatre in the Park’s musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This Raleigh institution, which some affectionately call “The Ira David Wood Show,” enters its second 40 years of music, dance, and singing a Christmas masterpiece. As in Christmases past, the multi-talented Ira… Read More ›

Stuart Ward and Dani de Waal Have Great Chemistry and Sound Beautiful Together in Once in Raleigh

I admit I was holding out on Once, now playing at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, courtesy Broadway Series South. I happened to be in New York City during its much-acclaimed Off-Broadway run; and at an after-party for the opening night of Teresa Rebeck’s Seminar, I was strongly encouraged… Read More ›

The Carolina Ballet will present Beethoven: Symphony No. 9th, with Stravinsky's Petruschka, on Nov. 19-22 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

Carolina Ballet Passionately Performs Gorgeously Choreographed Works by Beethoven and Stravinsky

One doesn’t expect to go to the circus when attending the ballet, but that’s just what Carolina Ballet artistic director Robert Weiss delivers to the audience during the performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9th and Stravinsky’s Petruschka from Nov. 19th to 22nd in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. Every inch of the stage is utilized to create… Read More ›

The North Carolina Opera Opens Its Sixth Season on Oct. 30th with a Stellar Madama Butterfly

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly has endeared itself to audiences for more than a hundred years with its passionate love story and recognizable arias, but even more so with its heartbreaking love story. Few tales grace the stage and combine elements from both Eastern and Western culture as the story of the teenage Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly)… Read More ›

Sea nymphs frolic in "Neptune, the Mystic" (photo by Nigel Armes Photography)

The Carolina Ballet Opens Its 18th Season with a World Premiere of “The Planets”

The Triangle is home to a strong community of people in the creative arts; and it was more evident than ever on opening night, Sept. 24th, when the world premieres of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and The Planets lit up the stage at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. Two of this area’s brightest stars, Carolina Ballet’s artistic director… 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 ›