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Alexander Hamilton: A Favorite Before It Was Fashionable

Lin-Manuel Miranda did Alexander Hamilton, and students of American history, a gratifying favor. Reading Ron Chernow’s excellent biography of Hamilton earlier in this decade, Miranda saw a life of drama … Continue reading

August 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Quickies: The Bald Soprano, Baskerville, Book of Mormon, McCarter Carol, Volunteers…

Oops! I’m behind for a change. Too much attention to creative writing is the culprit, but it’s time to catch up with what’s happening in local theater. “Quickies” will begin to appear … Continue reading

December 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Kinky Boots — National Tour — Forrest Theatre

Few tours maintain the Broadway quality of a show as much as “Kinky Boots,” the national company of which is camped at Philadelphia’s magnificent and criminally underused Forrest Theatre through … Continue reading

May 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Book of Mormon — National Tour — Forrest Theatre

The prevailing impression might be that “The Book of Mormon,” the 2011 Tony-winning musical by “South Park” scamps Trey Parker and Matt Stone, is savagely irreverent and pierces religion and … Continue reading

August 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Jersey Boys — National Tour — Forrest Theatre

 “Jersey Boys” may have some extended concert segments and a score full of Four Seasons and other pop hits, but it is far from a jukebox musical. Among the show’s … Continue reading

December 16, 2013 · Leave a comment
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