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 […]

FL OnStage: “Brigadoon” Enchants at the Wick in Boca

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Review by Aaron Krause, American Theatre Critics Association member BOCA RATON — On the Playbill’s cover, gold, upper case letters spell out the title of the enchanting musical playing at The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum through April 8. If the gold coloring and capitalization are coincidence, they’re appropriately symbolic. That’s because we need a […]