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Bullets Over Broadway — National Tour — Academy of Music

Much in the touring production of Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway” is directly from the musical’s unwarrantedly short 2014 Broadway run. Susan Stroman’s gravity-defying dances, re-created for the road by … Continue reading

October 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

La Traviata — Opera Philadelphia at the Academy of Music

Lisette Oropesa in the Opera Philadelphia production of “La Traviata” is nothing less than an operatic ideal. As lithe as she is beautiful, Oropesa sails across the Academy of Music … Continue reading

October 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Don Carlo — Opera Philadelphia at Academy of Music

The artistry of one Giuseppe Verdi hardly needs more extoling, but under the baton of maestro Corrado Rovaris, the Opera Philadelphia orchestra reveals Verdi’s score for his 1867 opera, “Don … Continue reading

April 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dirty Dancing — National Tour — Academy of Music

The touring stage rendition of the popular 1987 movie, “Dirty Dancing,” makes a common but fatal mistake. It takes its audience entirely for granted. “Dirty Dancing,” as a movie, seems … Continue reading

March 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Oscar — Opera Philadelphia at Academy of Music

The life of Oscar Wilde spiraled quickly from the giddy heights of fame, flare, and frivolity to the degradation of confinement, disease, and penury. British law, which in 1897 forbade homosexual practice and … Continue reading

February 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Motown: The Musical — National Tour — Academy of Music

A familiar beat is struck recalling sounds that were favorites from my transistor-listening, records-in-the-basement youth. You hear a slight strain of the Martha and The Vandellas hit, “Dancing in the Street,” … Continue reading

January 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Cinderella — National Tour — Academy of Music

A waltz makes the difference in the touring production of “Cinderella.” All goes along ably but without much excitement until, dressed in simple white and looking demure among other women … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Evita — National Tour — Academy of Music

Michael Grandage’s production of “Evita,” touring the United States after runs in London and New York, is a pageant-like affair that successfully meets the challenge of staging a work that … Continue reading

June 21, 2014 · 4 Comments

Rain — National Tour — Academy of Music

“Rain” is an honest show. The Beatles tribute that arrives perennially with the regularity of precipitation is  a straightforward concert featuring the music of John Lennon and Paul McCartney and … Continue reading

June 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Wizard of Oz — National Tour — Academy of Music

The production of “The Wizard of Oz” currently crossing the U.S. looks less like a touring company than like a tourist trap. You might expect to find this kind of … Continue reading

June 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

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