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 […]

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 […]