A Christmas Story: The Musical at the Durham Performing Arts Center Is a Real Crowd Pleaser

The cast includes Susannah Jones as Mother, Christopher Swan as The Old Man, Cal Alexander as Randy, and Colton Maurer as Ralphie (photo by Gary Emord Netzley)

Big League Productions, Inc.’s national tour of A Christmas Story: The Musical, staged with brio by director Matt Lenz and crisply choreographed by choreographer Warren Carlyle and associate choreographer Jason A. Sparks — especially the delightful tap-dance sequences — opened at the Durham Performing Arts Center the day after the day after the day after… Continue reading A Christmas Story: The Musical at the Durham Performing Arts Center Is a Real Crowd Pleaser

Hello, Dolly! Is a Heartwarming, First-Rate Musical, Starring the Legendary Betty Buckley!

Betty Buckley stars as Dolly Levi in the National Tour of Hello, Dolly! (photo © 2018 by Julieta Cervantes)

When we arrived at the Durham Performing Arts Center on opening night (Tuesday, May 21st), I was not surprised to see the small buses from various assisted living communities parked in front. The 2018 national tour of director Jerry Zaks’ 2017 Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! has finally reached the Bull City. And it’s not… Continue reading Hello, Dolly! Is a Heartwarming, First-Rate Musical, Starring the Legendary Betty Buckley!

DPAC’s Hello, Dolly! Is an Absolute Delight

Betty Buckley stars as Dolly Levi in the National Tour of Hello, Dolly! (photo © 2018 by Julieta Cervantes)

Almost every theatregoer knows the story of charming matchmaker and major meddler, Dolly Levi (Betty Buckley). However, her story has never been told in a bigger, bolder, or more fascinating way than in the current revival production at DPAC, directed by Jerry Zaks and featuring the fabulous choreography of Warren Carlyle. The story, set in… Continue reading DPAC’s Hello, Dolly! Is an Absolute Delight

Light and Lively: “A Christmas Story: The Musical” Is an Early Christmas Present for Triangle Theatergoers

Gene Weygandt (left) as legendary cowboy Red Ryder and Clarke Hallum as his biggest fan, Ralphie Parker (photo © Carol Rosegg)

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.

Five-City Tour of “A Christmas Story: The Musical” Hopes to Score a Bull’s Eye in Raleigh, NC

“The [1983] 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.”