School of Rock: The Musical Serves Up Songs and Laughter at DPAC

The First National Tour of School of Rock: The Musical, playing now through Sunday at DPAC, stars Rob Colletti (center) as overweight, immature, wannabe rock star Dewey Finn (photo © Matthew Murphy)

Popular movies being turned into musicals is all the rage in the theatre world these days. It seems no film is “safe” from being adapted into a musical. In fact, adaptation is exactly what happened with School of Rock The Musical, onstage now at Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) under the direction of Laurence Connor.… Continue reading School of Rock: The Musical Serves Up Songs and Laughter at DPAC

The Kids Are the Stars in the School of Rock at DPAC

Rob Colletti (left) and Phoenix Schuman star in School of Rock (photo © Matthew Murphy)

When the voice of legendary British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber tells the audience at the Durham Performing Arts Center that, “Yes, the kids definitely do play their own instruments,” people laugh appreciatively; but the last laugh is on them. Webber’s comment is the most understated moment of the evening; and by the end of the… Continue reading The Kids Are the Stars in the School of Rock at DPAC

“Spring Awakening” Jolts Raleigh Audiences

The national tour of "Spring Awakening" played Raleigh Memorial Auditorium on March 11 and 12 (photo by Andy Snow)

Although the original production of “Spring Awakening” swept people away and drew huge crowds, this touring production failed to deliver on the whole. The performers all had lovely voices, but their acting chops left a lot to be desired.

Tony Award® Winner “Spring Awakening” Opens in Raleigh on March 11th

The cast of the national tour of "Spring Awakening" (photo by Andy Snow)

Based on the 1891 Frank Wedekind play and winner of eight 2007 Tony Awards®, “Spring Awakening” is a landmark musical, with a stirring combination of sexuality, morality, and rock and roll that is captivating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years.