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Quickies! And For Once, Success!

ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE, Media Theatre, State and Monroe, Media, Pa. through April 1 — Vocally, Jenny Lee Stern channels Patsy Cline. The clean, heartfelt sounds register. Physically, I kept seeing Judy … Continue reading

March 31, 2018 · 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

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

The Musical of Musicals — Montgomery Theatre

 Contemporary composers each have styles theater wags can identify immediately and can have fun parodying. I actually do a rather decent musical  passage from “Waiting for Godot” as if written … Continue reading

April 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sunset Boulevard — Media Theatre

With Ann Crumb’s excitingly electric portrayal of Norma Desmond as a mesmerizing centerpiece, the Media Theatre’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard” soars with noir lushness that remains engagingly … Continue reading

April 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Phantom of the Opera — National Tour — Academy of Music

Lucky, lucky Andrew Lloyd Webber. He sets a Grand Guignol classic, Gaston Leroux’s “The Phantom of the Opera” to music that is lush with romance, witty in both parody and … Continue reading

March 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat — Media Theatre

      From its title, you know that Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice had fun writing and assembling “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” One of the last things the … Continue reading

November 23, 2013 · Leave a comment
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