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The Beautiful Story of a Woman and A Piano

Posted by Anne Boatman on November 29, 2015 at 10:51am 0 Comments

The lights went down and then came back up on a blue lit stage, on which there was only a grand piano. Sitting at the piano a woman with long wavy hair, wearing a blue formal gown. She began singing and it was clear that this woman was none other than Carole King, or in this case, Abby Mueller portraying her. Beautiful The Carole King Musical tells this story, as much as other people weave in and out of her life, the story is about Carole King and a…


Beautifully Surprised by "Beautiful"

Posted by Ruby Regan on November 25, 2015 at 6:11pm 0 Comments

I hate jukebox musicals. They always bore me and I never am fully invested in their story because the songs never seem to fit together well in my mind. Going into “Beautiful” last Friday night, I was expecting to feel disengaged and very bored. I was pleasantly surprised when the opposite came true. Carole King’s journey took hold of my attention as soon as Carole King, Abby Mueller, walked on stage to a grand piano in front of 60s decor. Telling her career story with a side of her personal…



Posted by Julian Spencer on November 25, 2015 at 5:03pm 0 Comments

Before discovering that the touring version of Broadway's Beautiful: The Carol King Musical was going to be playing at the Orpheum Theater I had absolutely no idea who the title artist was. After watching I had received a general outlook on her journey as an artist from her early days as joyful youth seeking a career in the business to taking on a more suppressed role during her marriage to her liberating period as a singer. Along the way I was enthralled by great staging and a compelling tale… Continue

A Musical That Truly Embodies The Name

Posted by Moira Weiland on November 25, 2015 at 4:35pm 0 Comments

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is definitely a musical that lives up to its name. At the Orpheum Theatre on Wednesday, November 18 I saw the opening performance of the Carole King musical. For a musical that is a biography of sorts it does a wonderful job of capturing your attention and keeping you captivated by the story. It is about Carole King and her adventures in trying to become a famous songwriter, and eventually famous singer. She did accomplish her goal but not without some… Continue


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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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