Takeaway number two from Brown Paper Box’s Little Women production is that I’d love to be Tessa Dettman’s agent, or better yet, write the review that started a war among agents to represent her.
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Black Button Eyes successfully tackles the violent, satirical humor of “Evil Dead: The Musical” with energy and pluck, transforming the Pride Arts Center into a rural battlefield for demons to rise and fall in the wake of one hard-boiled hero.
By Erika Brown Thomas Broadway In Chicago presents The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical for an extremely limited engagement at the Oriental Theatre. This bestselling book, now adapted for the musical stage is a treat for loyal fans – although you don’t have to know anything about it to understand and enjoy! The only
Thankfully, director Rudy Hogenmiller trusts the music and libretto enough to direct the piece in a straightforward fashion that makes this production a solid Sondheim primer, for anyone ready for next-level musical theatre performance.
By Patrick O’Brien To discuss Fiddler on the Roof, one must first talk about the descriptor “universal.” It’s certainly apt for this beloved musical, to be sure. Name a single culture that has not in any way been influenced by internal or external forces to either adapt or shed their traditions, or perish. Impossible. There’s