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In a world where just about every well known band or musician has a musical dedicated to their story, on my way to Jersey Boys playing at the Orpheum Theatre I assumed I would not witness anything wildly original or exciting. And for the most part, I was right. Of course the music wasn't original because, well, what kind of jukebox musical would it be if it was? The direction was uninspired and some of the writing was as corny as a 60's sitcom. In my mind, Jersey Boys blurs with a…Continue
It was as if a portal had opened up at the back of the theater, and an entire hidden audience suddenly revealed itself. Their ecstatic screams echoed back and forth between our two worlds and it took a moment to realize that the hidden audience we saw was only a digital image, just a theatrical trick. The members of the Four Seasons, silhouetted against the projection, sang their newest smash hit, “Sherry.” It was a moment of bliss: they had achieved their dream of fame and…Continue
Dear Katori Hall,
I saw a really great show last night, it happens to be one you wrote. Congrats on creating one of the most unique theatrical experiences I have ever endured. P**** Valley follows the hardships of four pole dancers in a town in rural Mississippi. Issues of stigma surrounding the pole dancing community, racism, violence, and rape are just a select number of the many issues covered over the course of this…Continue
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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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.