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Beautiful, Beautifully Done

Posted by Meara Molitor on November 22, 2015 at 1:00am 0 Comments

From the second Beautiful- the Carole King Musical started to the very last note, there was no dull moment. The show opened with Carole King, played by Abby Mueller, alone on the stage playing an elegant grand piano. As she finished, she was whisked off stage and the next scene erupted into life. From then on, the musical only got better. The actors were phenomenal, the lights and set were never boring, and the costumes were brilliant.…


Beautiful Review

Posted by Ananda Cordova Stuart on November 21, 2015 at 3:58pm 0 Comments

    The first thing I noticed when I walked into the Theater was the grand piano. To me a grand piano means talent and joy so I then knew this musical would be full of that. The fist scene was Carole King with beautiful hair and singing the opening song. It was simply amazing. Then show went on and Carol was following her dream but the whole time she completely changed, different hairstyle and outfit. I was confused if they were the same person to later find out that it was the new Carol…


A "Beautiful" Irony

Posted by R. Grace Carey on November 21, 2015 at 2:45pm 0 Comments

The show, Beautiful: A Carole King Musical, was all about Carole King, a renowned musician and writer, yet, ironically, the play struggled with musicality and scene writing. Although there were some facets of the this musical worth witnessing, like the ensemble’s performances and the hilarious one-liners, this was an underwhelming show on the whole.

Musically, this show was mediocre to okay-plus. the choral ensemble’s work on their feature performances deserves some recognition; their… Continue

The Crowning Jewels on Carole King

Posted by Naveh Shavit-Lonstein on November 21, 2015 at 12:44pm 1 Comment

Naveh Shavit-Lonstein

Beautiful Review

The Crowning Jewels on Carole King 

As a performer, I know that there is aspect of theater that doesn't get a fraction of the reignition that it deserves. An aspect that someone told me is “only recognized when it's bad.” An aspect that every single person, no matter where they are sitting in the house, can see. That is the aspect of technical theater. 

As many people agree, I must say that technical…



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Dirty Dancing

Started by Zoë Makila in Uncategorized Oct 10, 2014. 0 Replies

Do you think Dirty Dancing the stage play would work as a stand alone? I'm curious if you think it's strong enough and has enough of a plot by itself to carry people through without having seen the…Continue

Are Critics Too Snobby?

Started by Dudley Voigt in Uncategorized May 17, 2012. 0 Replies

TC Daily Planet 5/16Jay Gabler, Front Row Seat,When a movie critic says something my dad doesn't agree with, Dad will grunt. "Those critics see too many movies! They have no idea what the average…Continue


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    What is SpotLight's Critical Reviewer Program?

    SpotLight's Critical Review Program gives high school students the opportunity to attend and review touring Broadway productions and SpotLight school productions. Critical Review is part of a larger curriculum that teaches communication skills, and enhances critical thinking and creative response. As part of this program, students receive study guides and press kits before the show, learn from experts including local theatre critics, playwrights and actors who discuss topics from lighting design to choreography, and in some cases, have expanded access to the Broadway touring cast and crew. 

    This program is funded through the generous support of Fred and Ann Moore.



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