USA Onstage NC: Muchas Alabanzas (High Praise) for North Carolina Theatre’s ‘In the Heights’

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By Lauren Van Hemert, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Curtis Brown Photography In 1999, a sophomore at Wesleyan University began working on a musical about immigrants in the Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights. He premiered the first draft of his show in April 2000 on campus. Countless readings and workshops later, and a far cry […]

USAOnstage NYC: Despite strong performances, Disney’s “Frozen” falls flat

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Review by Lauren Van Hemert; Photo by Deen van Meer This year, Disney’s highly anticipated Frozen stormed Broadway, opening at the St. James Theatre after a fall preview at Denver’s Buell Theatre. Inspired by the fairytale The Snow Queen, the story is essentially the same as the movie. It’s a tale of sisterly love overcoming […]

It’s Inevitable: North Carolina Theatre’s “Newsies” is a Hit

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By Lauren Van Hemert; photo by Curtis Brown Photography Note: With this review, ChicagoOnStage’s USAOnStage expands its coverage to the Raleigh-Durham area. In July 1899, hundreds of newsboys formed a union and went on strike against Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst to protest an increase in the wholesale price of the Evening World and […]

American Players Theatre: Four Days + Five Plays = Five Standing Ovations

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Highlights of the 2018 American Theater Critics Association Conference in Spring Green, Wisconsin. By Beverly Friend, PHD, Member American Theater Critics Association One essential piece of advice I always offered my students was that no matter what career they chose, they should be sure to join the relevant professional organizations. Not only does this keep […]