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 […]

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 […]