I was looking forward to seeing the North Carolina Theatre production of Cats. I’d seen the show on Broadway in the early 1980s, and had come away from it in awe. Unfortunately, the NCT production fell short of my expectations. For those of you not familiar with Cats, the show was conceived and composed by… Continue reading The Choreography in NCT’s “Cats” Is Uneven, Surprisingly Stiff, and Often Repetitive
The North Carolina Theatre‘s invigorating home-grown Broadway-style production of “Oliver!” really earns its exclamation point, with charismatic characterizations by a stellar cast led by Kevin Gray as Fagin and buoyant instrument accompaniment by musical director Edward G. Robinson and the NCT orchestra.
The North Carolina Theatre will present “Oliver!,” the 1960 West End and 1963 Broadway hit musical with music, lyrics, and book by Lionel Bart (1930-99), on July 17-22 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. This rollicking stage adaptation of the 1838 novel “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens (1812-70) premiered on June 30, 1960 in London, where it ran for 2,618 performances.