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Friday, March 6, 2020 | by: Mat DeKinder

"The Band’s Visit” is a warm and touching little musical that feels a bit small against its lofty accolades. The musical romped through the 2018 Tony Awards, winning in 10 categories, including Best Musical. It is enjoyable to be sure, but because of its light touch, it is also mostly f... [More]

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Friday, November 22, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

Typically, musicals shy away from hard-hitting issues, mostly because the last thing people dealing with heart-wrenching, real-life problems do is break into song. This is not to say it can’t be done, it’s just the degree of difficulty is ridiculously high. That’s what makes &... [More]

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Friday, November 22, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

Musicals just might be the best art form to celebrate joy. They don’t have to be profound or epic, but they can make you smile from ear to ear with nothing more than some catchy tunes, energetic dancing a whole lot of charm. “Hello, Dolly!” is certainly one of those musicals t... [More]

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Friday, October 4, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

Making a musical that is even tangentially related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks is a risky proposition. It requires the skill, patience and deftness of threading a needle and makes you wonder why anyone would even want to try. Fortunately, the effort was made or else we never would have got &l... [More]

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

“And the hits just keep on coming!” That old Top 40 radio tagline used to be a promise of familiar, catchy tunes, but it also could be applied to “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” The story of the struggles of and successes of the 1960s hit songwriter turned 197... [More]

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Saturday, February 23, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

It’s tough to get more iconic than “Fiddler on the Roof” when it comes to musicals. This bittersweet depiction of Jewish life in Russia at the dawn of the 20th century has been performed everywhere from the lights of Broadway to countless high school auditoriums. The show is t... [More]

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Monday, January 21, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

Musicals can take many paths from inception to the stage. The more convoluted the route, the greater the degree of difficulty in making something worthwhile. “Anastasia” is a great example of the perils of taking the long and winding road. The show is loosely based on the 1997 anima... [More]

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Monday, January 21, 2019 | by: Mat DeKinder

When it comes to musical theater spectacle and pathos, you’ll be hard pressed to find any show doing that combination better than “Les Miserables.” The show still packs a punch here in 2018, as proven by the touring production playing now through Dec. 16, at the Fox Theatre. ... [More]

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Sunday, June 17, 2018 | by: Mat DeKinder

Now that the initial shock has worn off that those “South Park” guys could produce a racy hit musical, “The Book of Mormon” has settled into the role of a landmark show that enjoys revivals and touring productions. The show’s staying power is credit to creators Trey Pa... [More]

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Sunday, June 17, 2018 | by: Mat DeKinder

  Some shows are built for success. The cast, the direction and the venue all hardly matter for some musicals which boast such a strong infrastructure that they are essentially foolproof. “The Phantom of the Opera” is one such show. Returning to the Fox Theatre stage through May 2... [More]