The Toxic Avenger at NRACT Is Grand Fun, But Unpolished

North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre's cast for its community-theater production of The Toxic Avenger includes (clockwise, from top left) Orlando Parker Jr., Jay Dolan, Heather Shinpaugh, Aaron C. Alderman, and Lauren Paige Raine

Based on Lloyd Kauffman’s 1984 cult horror comedy film of the same name, the musical version of The Toxic Avenger opened in Brunswick, New Jersey, in 2008, followed a year later by an Off-Broadway production, which won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Off-Broadway Musical. The show has been mounted across the United… Continue reading The Toxic Avenger at NRACT Is Grand Fun, But Unpolished

Raleigh Little Theatre’s Memphis Is Major Fun, with Some Minor Flaws

Zak Caska and Aya Wallace star as Huey and Felicia in Memphis at Raleigh Little Theatre (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

Raleigh Little Theatre’s 2016-17 “Season of Discovery” opens with its first mainstage show, Memphis, an original musical with music and lyrics by David Bryan and book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro. The team also wrote the 2008 rock musical The Toxic Avenger, which opens October 7 at the North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre. Bryan… Continue reading Raleigh Little Theatre’s Memphis Is Major Fun, with Some Minor Flaws

RLT’s Memphis Is a Dynamic, Toe-Tappin’, Hand Clappin’, Jumpin’, and Jivin’ Experience

Zak Caska and Aya Wallace star as Huey and Felicia in Memphis at Raleigh Little Theatre (photo by Curtis Brown Photography

Memphis, with book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music and lyrics by David Bryan, is a lively start to Raleigh Little Theatre’s 2016-17 season. With its first song, “Underground,” the tone and beat are set for nonstop music and patter. Young Huey Calhoun — who represents “Daddy-O” Dewey Phillips and “Moondog” Alan Freed, two… Continue reading RLT’s Memphis Is a Dynamic, Toe-Tappin’, Hand Clappin’, Jumpin’, and Jivin’ Experience

Ebony and Ivory, Part II: “Memphis” Rocks DPAC

Felicia Boswell as Felicia and Bryan Fenkart as Huey strut their stuff in the National Tour of "Memphis," which won the 2010 Tony Award® for Best Musical (photo by Paul Kolnik)

The charismatic characterizations and invigorating vocals of Bryan Fenkart, Felicia Boswell, and Kent Overshown pump up the volume of the exuberant National Tour of “Memphis,” much to the delight of Durham Performing Arts Center patrons attending the show’s eight performances on Jan. 24-29 in the Bull City.

2010 Tony Award®-Winning Rock Musical “Memphis” Will Delight DPAC Patrons on Jan. 24-29

Felicia Boswell as Felicia and Bryan Fenkart as Huey strut their stuff in the National Tour of "Memphis," which won the 2010 Tony Award® for Best Musical (photo by Paul Kolnik)

“Memphis” takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50’s, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun [played by Bryan Fenkart] fell in love with everything he shouldn’t: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer [Felicia Boswell as Felicia]. “Memphis” is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever.