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Before this review can proceed, this reviewer has a small confession to make: She is a bit of a Clay Aiken fan-girl, so her review might be somewhat biased in his favor. Now that the truth is out in the open, suffice it to say that, even without Aiken’s indomitable presence in his role as [...]
“American Idol” season-two runner-up Clay Aiken wins the hearts and minds of Triangle theatergoers with his pixilated performance as the star-struck Man in Chair in the North Carolina Theatre‘s uproarious rendition of The Drowsy Chaperone, playing now through Sunday in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in the downtown [...]
“American Idol” season-two runner-up Clay Aiken and Tony Award®-winning actress Beth Leavel will star in the North Carolina Theatre‘s gala production of The Drowsy Chaperone, directed and choreographed by NCT artistic director Casey Hushion, on May 7-12 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts (formerly the Progress Energy Center) [...]
Comedian Matt Iseman will star in the hilarious new multimedia one-man show, “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus LIVE!”, which will debut at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1st, in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium as part of the critically acclaimed Broadway Series South series. The play is based on the 1992 bestseller by John Gray.
Theatre In The Park‘s gala 38th-annual production of TIP executive and artistic director Ira David Wood III’s zany musical-comedy version of “A Christmas Carol,” which will run Dec. 6-9, 11, and 12 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium and Dec. 15 and 16 in the Durham Performing Arts Center, will include timely topical references and the same old theatrical hocus-pocus and hilariously hokey vaudeville touches — not to mention a virtuoso performance by Wood as Ebenezer Scrooge.
Thanks to a pixilated prologue briefly depicting Shrek the seven-year-old ogre’s banishment to the swamp and Far, Far Away Princess Fiona’s exile to a remote castle guarded by a fire-breathing Dragon, fans of the 2001 Academy Award®-winning animated film “Shrek” and Broadway Series South and North Carolina Theatre patrons who have never seen the DreamWorks movie can enjoy “Shrek the Musical” equally, with its whimsical musical staging by NETworks Presentations, LLC national tour director Stephen Sposito and choreographer Chris Bailey.
Broadway Series South and the North Carolina Theatre are hosting a deluxe encore presentation of the Tony Award®-winning 2008 fractured fairy tale, “Shrek the Musical,” based on the 2001 Academy Award®-winning animated movie “Shrek,” on Nov. 27-Dec. 2 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. (“Shrek” made its Triangle debut on April 5-10, 2011 at the Durham Performing Arts Center.)
Bad Boy, Bad Boy: “Catch Me If You Can” Transforms Frank Abagnale’s Crimes into a 1960s Variety Show
Troika Entertainment’s zesty national tour of the 2011 Tony Award®-nominated Broadway musical “Catch Me If You Can” is a nimble, lighthearted romp through the life and crimes of infamous teenage con man and forger Frank William Abagnale, Jr. – all staged as a 1960s-style TV variety show, with a lively script by Terrence McNally and a buoyant score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.
On Nov. 6-11, Broadway Series South and the North Carolina Theatre will jointly host the national tour of multiple 2011 Tony Award® nominee “Catch Me If You Can,” a frisky musical comedy based on the legendary 1960s crime spree of 64-year-old Bronxville, NY native Frank William Abagnale, Jr. A legendary con man, check forger, identity thief, and escape artist, Abagnale was a great imposter who successfully impersonated a pilot, a sociology teacher, a doctor, and an attorney — all before he turned 21.
Like, Oh My God, You Guys, North Carolina Theatre’s “Legally Blonde the Musical” Is Totally Awesome!
North Carolina Theatre would have been hard-pressed to find a more upbeat way to end its 2012 season than with Legally Blonde the Musical, a thoroughly giddy little production that is a must-see for audience members of all ages. Fans of the 2001 Reese Witherspoon hit know the story of Elle Woods all too well. [...]
OMG! “Legally Blonde the Musical” Is Back in the Triangle — and the North Carolina Theatre Is Doing It
Oh, my God, you guys! “Legally Blonde the Musical” is back — by popular demand. The show made its Triangle debut at Durham Performing Arts Center on April 14-19, 2009; but the upcoming presentation is a gala homegrown production by the one of this state’s leading regional theater companies. The critically acclaimed North Carolina Theatre will perform “Legally Blonde” on Oct. 9-14 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium.
Broadway Series South is bringing “Riverdance: The Farewell Tour,” that thunderous — and truly spectacular — celebration of Irish music, song, and dance, back to Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts for five (more) farewell performances on May 25-27. Having introduced Irish stepdancing to much of the world where it was heretofore unknown and thereby delighted millions of people around the globe, the show embarked on its current North American Farewell Tour way back in 2008. (“Riverdance” first bid Raleigh adieu on April 29-May 4, 2008; and said goodbye again to Broadway Series South patrons again on May 4-9, 2010.)
During the upcoming 2012-2013 season Carolina Ballet, the Triangle area’s professional ballet company, will celebrate yet another milestone, its 15th anniversary.
“MythBusters” Co-hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage Will Play Raleigh Memorial Auditorium at 3 and 7 p.m. on March 25th
“The MythBusters: Behind the Myths Tour” promises to be a fantastical evening of onstage experiments, audience participation, rocking video and behind-the-scenes stories. For the first time ever, fans will join Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage on stage and assist in their mind-blowing and mind-twisting approach to science.
Broadway Series South will present the brand-new North American tour of the internationally acclaimed vocal phenomenon, “Celtic Woman: Believe,” at 8 p.m. on March 2nd in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, NC. The Celtic Woman tour will support the group’s new CD/DVD release, “Believe.” It started on Feb. 3rd in Nashville, TN, and will include performances in approximately 60 cities.
At age 64, David Wood ruefully admits, it requires less makeup than it did in December 1974, at age 27, when he first played his role signature role as the malicious, misanthropic old miser who experiences a miraculous Christmas Eve conversion, after a series of ghostly visitations, in “A Christmas Carol” (1843) by Charles Dickens.
Light and Lively: “A Christmas Story: The Musical” Is an Early Christmas Present for Triangle Theatergoers
The light-and-lively national mini-tour of “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” which features an invigorating score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and a sassy script by Joseph Robinette, based on the ever-popular 1983 Warner Bros. motion picture, is an early Christmas present for Triangle theatergoers still digesting their Thanksgiving turkey.
“The  movie lends itself beautifully to the musical-theater genre,” claims director John Rando, “because so much of the movie is seen through the imagination of Ralphie Parker (Clarke Hallum)…. He imagines himself a cowboy, and he wants a [genuine Red Ryder] BB gun.”
“Stomp” is a unique combination of percussion, movement, and visual comedy, created in Brighton, U.K., in the summer of 1991 by Steve McNicholas and Luke Creswell.
Lauren Kennedy and Ray Walker are not just 18 years older, but better — much better. Their charismatic characterizations make the North Carolina Theatre‘s home-grown production of “Evita” a must-see musical that outshines some of the touring productions that pass through the Triangle.
Lauren Kennedy and Ray Walker Will Reprise Their Roles as Eva Perón and Ché Guevara in “Evita” at NCT
Lauren Kennedy and Ray Walker will reprise their roles as Argentina’s flamboyant First Lady Eva María Duarte de Perón (1919-52), a.k.a. “Evita,” and dashing Argentinean Marxist and Cuban revolutionary leader Ernesto Guevara (1928-67), a.k.a. “Ché,” in the North Carolina Theatre‘s high-octane Oct. 22-30 revival of “Evita.”
The North Carolina Theatre‘s high-octane production of “Hairspray” is a must-see musical, with energy to burn, thanks to kinetic staging by director John Simpkins and choreographer Josh Rhodes, exuberant instrumental accompaniment by musical director Nancy Whelan and the NCT orchestra, and a crackerjack cast that really knows how to shake, rattle, and roll.
The North Carolina Theatre is bringing “Hairspray” heroine Tracy Turnblad, the big girl with the big hair and the even bigger heart played for NCT by Jennifer Foster, back to the Triangle for 10 performances on July 23 and 24th and July 26-31, plus a special Target Student Preview Night, starting at 7 p.m. on July 22nd, all in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium.
African-American stand-up comedian and actor Chris Tucker is a 38-year-old Atlanta, GA native who is probably best known for playing Jackie Chan’s motormouthed sidekick Detective James Carter in “Rush Hour” (1998), “Rush Hour 2″ (2001), and “Rush Hour 3″ (2007).
Broadway veteran Jacquelyn Piro Donovan stepped into the role of merry matchmaker Dolly Gallagher in the middle of rehearsals — and squeezes every drop of juice out of this plum part.
NCT artistic director Casey Hushion says, “We were fortunate to replace Cybill Shepherd with Jackie Piro Donovan, a Broadway veteran whose spirit perfectly embodies the iconic character of Dolly Levi.”
For the last 15 years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on “Politically Incorrect” and for the last seven years on “Real Time,” Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him 21 Emmy nominations.
Although the original production of “Spring Awakening” swept people away and drew huge crowds, this touring production failed to deliver on the whole. The performers all had lovely voices, but their acting chops left a lot to be desired.
Based on the 1891 Frank Wedekind play and winner of eight 2007 Tony Awards®, “Spring Awakening” is a landmark musical, with a stirring combination of sexuality, morality, and rock and roll that is captivating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years.
Carolina Ballet is pleased to announce the line-up of programs for the company’s 2011-2012 season, offering many new works for the Triangle audience. Once again there will be seven programs from September 2011 to May 2012 – plus the annual Nutcracker.