NC Theatre’s Production Proves Annie’s Still Got It!

Emily Jewel Hoder (left) and Alexa Lasanta star as Molly and Annie (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

Everyone’s favorite pint-sized redhead is back on stage in NC Theatre’s production of Annie. This beloved musical is brought to life beautifully through Eric Woodall’s skilled direction, awesome lighting effects, amazing painted backdrops, and a charismatic cast that makes the joy and hope imbued in the story come bubbling to the surface. The show opens,… Continue reading NC Theatre’s Production Proves Annie’s Still Got It!

NCT’s Annie Is Relevant, Nostalgic, Strong, Colorful, and Downright Entertaining!

John Eric Parker and Alexa Lasanta star as Oliver Warbucks and Annie in the NCT's production of Annie on July 23-28 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

Guaranteed to give you an instant earworm, Annie features some of the most recognized Broadway tunes in the history of musicals. Who hasn’t heard Annie’s signature solo, “Tomorrow“; and how many of you can sing at least a couple of lines from “It’s a Hard-Knock Life“? A musical this well-known is usually a bit tired… Continue reading NCT’s Annie Is Relevant, Nostalgic, Strong, Colorful, and Downright Entertaining!

NCT’s Rendition of Annie Is Delightful, a Broadway-Worthy Production

The North Carolina Theatre's July 23-28 presentation of Annie stars Alexa Lasanta as Annie and John Eric Parker as Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

Tuesday, July 23rd, may have been a dark and stormy night; but there were only sunny faces inside the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium for the inaugural performance of the North Carolina Theatre‘s production of Annie. A sea of bright-eyed young children and equally eager adults crowded the halls for opening night of the much-beloved musical Annie,… Continue reading NCT’s Rendition of Annie Is Delightful, a Broadway-Worthy Production

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

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

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

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… Continue reading DPAC’s Elf is Pure Christmas Magic