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The cast includes (from left) includes Ben Levi Ross as Evan, Aaron Lazar and Christiane Noll as Larry and Cynthia Murphy, and Maggie McKenna as Zoe Murphy (photo by Matthew Murphy)

Dear Evan Hansen at DPAC Explores Life in the Digital Age … and Just Life Period

Sometimes, life has a way of getting out of control. One tiny lie or misunderstanding spins out into something almost unrecognizable. This is exactly what happens to the title character in DPAC‘s production of Dear Evan Hansen. Directed by Michael Greif, this Tony-award winning musical jumps right into the troubled, anxious head of teenage Evan… Read More ›

Ben Levi Ross (center) stars as Evan in the First North American Tour of Dear Evan Hansen, playing tonight through Sunday evening at the Durham Performing Arts Center (photo by Matthew Murphy)

Get Out Your Handkerchiefs for Dear Evan Hansen at the Durham Performing Arts Center

The irritating beeps and sounds of social media emanate from the stage before the Durham Performing Arts Center’s newest musical, Dear Evan Hansen, begins; and it is that phenomenon of the impact social media has on our lives that threads through the whole story. With amazingly memorable music, a moving and profound storyline, and phenomenal… Read More ›

NRACT’s Dogfight the Musical Is a Winner!

The term “dogfight” conjures up a myriad of images: two or more fighter planes in a combat duel (usually during World War I), two pit bulls fighting to the death or, perhaps, a riotous drunken brawl. (One might also conjure up an image of a certain hotshot NFL quarterback who fell from grace a few… Read More ›

Dogfight at NRACT Features Superb Production Values and Near-Professional Performances

Dogfight the Musical, the stage version of the 1991 movie Dogfight, with screenplay by Bob Comfort, opened Friday night at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre to a jam-packed full house of very receptive theatergoers. Like many war stories Dogfight the Musical, which features book by Peter Duchan and music and lyrics by Benj Pasek… Read More ›

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

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

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.