USAOnStage NYC: It’s hard not to be hooked by Head Over Heels

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By Lauren Van Hemert, American Theatre Critics Association member If Something Rotten and Mamma Mia had a love child, Head Over Heels might be it. It’s a high-spirited, saucy jaunt radiating with positivity. If the music alone doesn’t hook you, the underlying theme of love and acceptance should. The musical is inspired by Sir Phillip […]

USAOnStage NYC: “The Prom” shows Broadway the midwest…as Broadway sees it

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Dean van Meer. This could be ripped from the headlines: Small Conservative Town Cancels Prom Over Fears of Gay Couple. In fact, it was: more than one small town has acted so blindly. It’s a sad fact of current American life that fear of those […]

USAOnStage NYC: ‘King Kong’ serves up a visual feast but lacks substance

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By Lauren Van Hemert, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Matthew Murphy The morning after I saw King Kong, someone asked me what I thought. I replied, “The ape got a standing ovation.” So, let’s start there. The most recent retelling of King Kong opened on Broadway this week. The $35 million Australian import […]

USAOnstage NYC: Harry Potter is an astounding achievement

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member #Keepthesecrets. That’s the admonition (and the button) that theatregoers are given when they exit the almost unbelievably magical Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I understand them completely: what happens on that stage is the kind of stage magic that your eyes will tell you is […]

USA OnStage: Raleigh-Durham… Once Again Corey Greenan Dons the Red Blazer as ‘Jersey Boys’ Bad Boy Tommy DeVito

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By Lauren Van Hemert Last month, the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys kicked off its 13th touring season. Next month the show stops at The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts as part of North Carolina Theatre’s season. The jukebox juggernaut is the story of Franki Valli and The Four Seasons, the doo wop […]

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 […]