The Carolina Ballet’s Rhapsody in Blue Is Absolutely Stunning!

The Carolina Ballet will present George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue on Jan. 30-Feb. 2 and Feb. 8, 9, 15, and 16 in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh's Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts

When an evening of ballet includes music like perennial favorites George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, the audience knows already that they’re in for a treat, but what the Carolina Ballet’s patrons got with the opening night of Rhapsody in Blue, was a gift tied up in a brilliant diamond-blue… Continue reading The Carolina Ballet’s Rhapsody in Blue Is Absolutely Stunning!

Justice Theater Project’s Version of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess Is a Must-See Show with a Wonderful and Talented Cast

The Justice Theater Project, headed up by Deb Royals, has been producing socially important entertainment for 12 years now. They never fail at both massive jobs — entertaining and driving home the various gaping inequities in American society. This season JTP’s theme, according to Kristi Vincent Johnson, chairperson of the theater’s board of directors, is… Continue reading Justice Theater Project’s Version of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess Is a Must-See Show with a Wonderful and Talented Cast

JTP’s Rendition of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess Is Beautiful and Captivating!

The Justice Theater Project’s rendition of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, which concludes its two-week run on June 23-25 at the Umstead Park United Church of Christ in Raleigh, tells a hauntingly beautiful story, set in “Catfish Row,” a tenement in Charleston, SC. Porgy is a disabled beggar. Bess is a beautiful, sultry woman with… Continue reading JTP’s Rendition of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess Is Beautiful and Captivating!

An American in Paris ‘S Wonderful at DPAC Through Jan. 8th

Garen Scribner and Sara Esty star as American painter Jerry Mulligan and French ballerina Lise Dassin in the U.S. tour of An American in Paris, which opens Jan. 3rd at DPAC (photo by Matthew Murphy)

It’s easy to see why An American in Paris was the most-awarded musical of 2015 and the winner of four Tony Awards®. The Durham Performing Arts Center’s presentation of this musical, as part of the current SunTrust Broadway Series, is spectacular, with songs by the indomitable Gershwin Brothers (George and Ira, who won the Oscar®… Continue reading An American in Paris ‘S Wonderful at DPAC Through Jan. 8th

Dreamy and Wistful, An American in Paris Charms Viewers at DPAC

Sara Esty and Garen Scribner star as French ballerina Lise Dassin and American painter Jerry Mulligan in the touring company of An American in Paris, which opens Jan. 3rd at DPAC (photo by Matthew Murphy)

An American in Paris, onstage now at DPAC under the direction and meticulous choreography of Christopher Wheeldon, seems like it was made for the stage. It features one beautiful song-and-dance number after the next, not to mention wonderfully vibrant characters. Amazingly enough, though, the play is based on the 1951 film of the same name.… Continue reading Dreamy and Wistful, An American in Paris Charms Viewers at DPAC