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Jennifer Shrader plays Grizabella the disheveled Glamour Cat in the North Carolina Theatre's gala Oct. 8-13 production of "Cats" at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium (photo by Curtis Brown)

The Choreography in NCT’s “Cats” Is Uneven, Surprisingly Stiff, and Often Repetitive

I was looking forward to seeing the North Carolina Theatre production of Cats. I’d seen the show on Broadway in the early 1980s, and had come away from it in awe. Unfortunately, the NCT production fell short of my expectations. For those of you not familiar with Cats, the show was conceived and composed by… Read More ›

NCT’s “Oliver!” Really Earns Its Exclamation Point

The North Carolina Theatre‘s invigorating home-grown Broadway-style production of “Oliver!” really earns its exclamation point, with charismatic characterizations by a stellar cast led by Kevin Gray as Fagin and buoyant instrument accompaniment by musical director Edward G. Robinson and the NCT orchestra.

The Artful Dodger (Nicholas Kraft) befriends Oliver Twist (Sam Poon) (Curtis Brown Photography)

Sam Poon and Kevin Gray Star as Oliver Twist and London Child-Crime Boss Fagin in “Oliver!” at NCT

The North Carolina Theatre will present “Oliver!,” the 1960 West End and 1963 Broadway hit musical with music, lyrics, and book by Lionel Bart (1930-99), on July 17-22 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. This rollicking stage adaptation of the 1838 novel “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens (1812-70) premiered on June 30, 1960 in London, where it ran for 2,618 performances.