Steeped in Tradition, DPAC’s Fiddler on the Roof Is Still Relevant and Engaging

Fiddler on the Roof has been considered a classic since its debut in 1964. Despite its place in the theatrical canon, however, it is not a show frequently staged in the Triangle area, with theatregoers preferring the new, hip, and edgy. However, DPAC’s Suntrust Broadway production of the classic, directed by Bartlett Sher, proves that… Continue reading Steeped in Tradition, DPAC’s Fiddler on the Roof Is Still Relevant and Engaging

DPAC’s The King and I Is a True Classic

Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly star as The King and Anna Leonowens (photo by Matthew Murphy)

Set in the 1860s in Siam, the classic Rogers and Hammerstein’s musical  The King and I recently hit the stage  at DPAC under the direction of Bartlett Sher. The musical, based on the novel Anna and the King of Siam, tells the story of Anna (Laura Michelle Kelly), a widowed woman who has been brought… Continue reading DPAC’s The King and I Is a True Classic

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I at DPAC Looks and Sounds Gorgeous, But Its Racial Stereotypes Are Troubling in 2017

Anna Leonowenss (Laura Michelle Kelly) teaches the Royal Children (photo by Matthew Murphy)

In April 2017, the Twitterverse exploded with outrage when Pepsi® created a socially tone-deaf TV ad in which Kendall Jenner seemingly solved the pandemic of police brutality by handing a police officer a soda. People cried “Wasn’t there a meeting? Did no one suggest that this might be offensive? Am I the only one paying… Continue reading Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I at DPAC Looks and Sounds Gorgeous, But Its Racial Stereotypes Are Troubling in 2017

The Tony Award®-Winning 2015 Broadway Revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I Will Play DPAC June 6-11

For the final production of its critically acclaimed 2016-17 “Dream Big” SunTrust Broadway Series, the Durham Performing Arts Center is presenting eight performances of the national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater’s Tony Award®-winning 2015 Broadway Revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, directed by Bartlett Sher and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, based… Continue reading The Tony Award®-Winning 2015 Broadway Revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I Will Play DPAC June 6-11