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Samstag, Februar 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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Montag, Januar 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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Montag, Januar 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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Sonntag, Juni 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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Sonntag, Juni 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]

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Sonntag, Februar 11, 2018 | by: Mat DeKinder

So, I’ve gone on record saying adapting a movie into a musical is generally a bad idea. That does not mean exceptions can’t be made. Take “School of Rock,” for example. The movie was a star vehicle for Jack Black and fit his comedic sensibilities perfectly. “School of ... [More]

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Sonntag, Februar 11, 2018 | by: Mat DeKinder

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I” is one of the duo’s boldest musicals and while it’s tackling of women’s rights issues and cultural sensitivity seems almost quaint by today’s standards, the daring energy of the show still rings true. The touring... [More]

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Samstag, November 11, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

The story of Gloria Estefan and her rise to fame with the Miami Sound Machine is interesting, but not wildly compelling as musical biographies go. Fortunately, the production “On Your Feet! The Emilio & Gloria Estefan Broadway Musical,” playing now through Nov. 19, at the Fox Theatr... [More]

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Freitag, Oktober 6, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

The label “guilty pleasure” gets thrown around an awful lot and is supposed to be reserved for things you enjoy, but know deep in your heart of hearts is terrible. But what happens when that “guilty pleasure” is wrapped around something that is genuinely and legitimately fan... [More]

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Freitag, März 24, 2017 | by: Mat DeKinder

“Motown The Musical” is an ambitious and mostly effective production; however, it ultimately falls victim to the rarest of problems, simultaneously delivering too much and not enough. On paper, this show is a slam dunk — just feature the songs of arguably the most influential... [More]