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North Carolina Theatre Conservatory Students Tackle 2008 Tony® Winner “In the Heights” on Aug. 8-11

The North Carolina Theatre Conservatory Master Summer Theatre Arts School will present a youth-theater production of the Tony Award®-winning 2007 Off-Broadway and 2008 Broadway musical In the Heights, directed and choreographed by dance department head Tito Hernandez, on Aug. 8-11 3043 Barrow Dr. in north Raleigh, NC. Originally conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show features… Read More ›

Broadway's Todd Michel Smith and Raleigh actress Emily Gardenhire will star as Dick and Ruby in "Dames at Sea" on July 5-8 and 11-15 in the Kennedy Theatre (photo by Lauren Kennedy)

“Dames at Sea” Is Another Big Hit for HSN and TR

Broadway’s Todd Michel Smith (in slickly understated performance, a la Gene Kelly) and Raleigh’s Emily Gardenhire are the dynamic duo at the heart of this rousing rendition of “Dames at Sea.” They demonstrate great chemistry, strong singing voices, light feet, and a fine flair for comedy as they portray Dick the sailor-songwriter and Ruby the bubbly newcomer to the chorus who quickly becomes the apple of his eye.

Broadway's Todd Michel Smith and Raleigh actress Emily Gardenhire will star as Dick and Ruby in "Dames at Sea" on July 5-8 and 11-15 in the Kennedy Theatre (photo by Lauren Kennedy)

Broadway’s Todd Michel Smith Stars in HSN and TR’s Sizzling Production of the Musical “Dames at Sea”

Next up for Hot Summer Nights and its new parent company, Theatre Raleigh, is a light and lively rendition of “Dames at Sea,” a jaunty backstage and maritime musical mash-up, with music by Jim Wise and book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller. A parody of the spectacular 1930s movie musicals by legendary Hollywood director and choreographer Busby Berkeley (1895-1976), in which a plucky understudy becomes a huge star overnight, as the audience cheers every step of the way, “Dames at Sea” premiered Off-Off-Broadway in 1966, and opened Off-Broadway in 1968 and in London’s West End in 1969.

Broadway star Lauren Kennedy stars as Eva Peron in "Evita" (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

Don’t Cry for NCT: “Evita” Is a Dazzler

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.

Broadway star Lauren Kennedy stars as Eva Peron (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

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.”