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A naughty, but children friendly good time, at Matilda

At Matilda, you can never forget that you are a miracle. As the book and 1996 film were staples in the childhoods of so many, The Royal Shakespeare Company and the Dodgers take Roald Dahl's iconic story to the stage for a new generation. With a Laurence Olivier and Tony award winning history, rest assured that audiences can revel in the fun-filled night. The production not only celebrates the magic of theater, but also the magic of children, all pulled together with bright colors, lights, and… Continue

Added by Sabrina Merritt on March 30, 2017 at 11:01pm — No Comments

Get to Know This Musical!

In an era with rock, and even rap, musicals growing in popularity, The King and I, is a brilliant resher. The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, which premiered in 1951, tells the story of English schoolteacher, Anna Leonowens (Laura Michelle Kelly). Anna, with her young son (Graham Montgomery), travel to Siam, where Anna is to teach the King of Siam’s (Jose Llana)’s many children. The production is a beautiful blend of vocal talent, orchestral…

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Added by Sabrina Merritt on March 3, 2017 at 11:57pm — No Comments

              Though the crowd felt exuberant as the cast of Mama Mia sang the lines “only seventeen,” I only had one thought in my mind. This could have been done by seventeen year olds. Mama Mia is…

              Though the crowd felt exuberant as the cast of Mama Mia sang the lines “only seventeen,” I only had one thought in my mind. This could have been done by seventeen year olds. Mama Mia is a 1999 jukebox musical containing hip ABBA tunes, featuring the story of a young woman named Sophie (Lizzie Markson), raised by a single mother, who is planning to get married. On the eve of her wedding, in attempt to find her father, Sophie invites three old flames of…

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Added by Sabrina Merritt on February 11, 2017 at 12:28am — 1 Comment

Bodyguard Blues

In a show that begins with gunshots and ends with glitter, the topsy turvy musical The Bodyguard, directed by Thea Sharrock, uses the pop hits of Whitney Houston to challenge to the typical dynamics of theatre. Based on the 1992 Whitney Houston film of the same name, Grammy nominated superstar Deborah Cox plays Rachel Marron, a popular singer whose life is put in danger after threats from a stalker. To combat this danger, the…

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Added by Sabrina Merritt on January 13, 2017 at 12:07am — 2 Comments

We Rearrange and Realign

 

When the Bechdel children tell you to “come to the fun home,” you’d better listen. Fun Home, based on the graphic-novel Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, tells the life and times of real-life cartoon artist Alison Bechdel. The musical, told from Bechdel’s perspective at three different ages, primarily focuses on the difficult relationship between Alison and her family, especially her…

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Added by Sabrina Merritt on December 15, 2016 at 11:29pm — 2 Comments

In the Center of Time and Space

While large musicals maybe notorious for performances that “defy gravity,” the National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time defies the boundaries of a stage, and creates a truly immersive experience. Based on the 2003 novel by Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time transports theatergoers into the mind of British teen, and math-genius, Christopher Boone (Adam…

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Added by Sabrina Merritt on December 1, 2016 at 10:01pm — 3 Comments

Come hear the music play!

Show goers are in for a good night. Even before the lights go down, Cabaret transports audience members to Weimar Germany and the racy Kit Kat Klub. In front of a glittery curtain, dancers and musicians in undergarments stretch and warm up, before the lights drop and the legendary Emcee (Randy Harrison) starts the show. Cabaret follows the erratic romance between the American writer Clifford Bradshaw (Benjamin Eakeley) and the British singer Sally Bowles (Andrea Goss).…

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Added by Sabrina Merritt on October 20, 2016 at 4:22pm — 2 Comments

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