North Carolina Theatre’s West Side Story Is Both Timeless and Relevant

Addie Morales and Zach Adkins star as Maria and Tony (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

West Side Story is a theatre staple, one that almost everyone has seen at least once, if not multiple times. However, North Carolina Theatre‘s current production, directed by Eric Woodall and based on a conception by Jerome Robbins, is a new, fresh, and surprisingly modern take on this beloved tale. And, while this production doesn’t… Continue reading North Carolina Theatre’s West Side Story Is Both Timeless and Relevant

NCT’s West Side Story Is a High-Energy Show, with Dazzling Choreography and Awesome Music, Vocals, and Acting

Jeremy Dumont's choreography for West Side Story is dazzling (photo by Curtis Scott Brown)

It is not an exaggeration to say: “North Carolina Theatre‘s production of West Side Story has it all!” This is a high-energy show with dazzling choreography, awesome music, beautifully clear vocals, natural down-to-earth acting, and plenty of opportunities to laugh … and to cry.. Directed by NCT’s producing artistic director Eric Woodall, this production features… Continue reading NCT’s West Side Story Is a High-Energy Show, with Dazzling Choreography and Awesome Music, Vocals, and Acting

TIP’s Assassins Fires with Both Barrels

Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s 1990 Off-Broadway, 1992 West End, and 2004 Broadway musical Assassins opened up to a full house Friday night at Raleigh, NC’s Theatre in the Park. The show delves into the psyches of nine successful and would-be presidential assassins, and examines the American character that created them. Assassins is a dark… Continue reading TIP’s Assassins Fires with Both Barrels

The Actors, Set, and Music of NCT’s Gypsy Are Great; But Mama Rose’s Maniacal Drive for Fame Tired Us Out

The North Carolina Theatre's presentation of Gypsy, directed by Eric Woodall, stars (from left) Martin Moran as Herbie, Christine Sherrill as Rose, and Mary Mattison as Louise (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

When the curtain rises on the North Carolina Theatre‘s production of Gypsy: A Musical Fable, it’s 1940; and times are tough. We meet Mama Rose (played by Christine Sherrill) and her kids, Baby Louise and Baby June (played by North Carolina Conservatory students Ellen Mackenzie Pierce and Skyla l’Lece Woodard, respectively). Mama Rose is a… Continue reading The Actors, Set, and Music of NCT’s Gypsy Are Great; But Mama Rose’s Maniacal Drive for Fame Tired Us Out

North Carolina Theatre’s Gypsy Proves Its Themes Are Still Relevant Today

North Carolina Theatre's presentation of Gypsy, directed by Eric Woodall, stars (from left) Mary Mattison as Louise, Christine Sherrill as Rose, and Martin Moran as Herbie (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

Ever since Gypsy first premiered in 1959, it has been lauded as a great stage musical, one that has important things to say about fame and desire. And, in a time when everyone seems to striving for his “fifteen minutes,” the musical, onstage now through North Carolina Theatre under the direction of Eric Woodall, is… Continue reading North Carolina Theatre’s Gypsy Proves Its Themes Are Still Relevant Today