In the leading role here, Amanda Giles is every bit Menzel’s/Burns’ equal.
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By Patrick O’Brien Ever since Spring Awakening, singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik has taken to musical theater composition like a duck to water. Or, more accurately, a duck to all seven seas, as he’s enjoyed an unusually prolific and varied career. A non-exhaustive list of his musicals would include his dalliances with Yuppie horror; Lewis Carroll; Southern
By Colin Douglas As the 2019 holiday season and the year wind down, what better way to celebrate than this joyous, unabashed, sometimes poignant musical comedy? It’s impossible to sit still while experiencing Music Theater Works’ production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. It’s so gorgeously sung, energetically danced and comically enacted that it
Surprisingly richer than the Oreo balls: a masterful demonstration on what increasingly feels like a fading art – how to arrange and put across a simple tune.
It’s always a joy to watch Ramey’s conducting enthusiasm, and the exposed placement of the band for this show is an added plus.