How do American Idol, The Disney Channel, a classic fairytale and the British theatre tradition of panto fit together? The short answer is: very well, especially in Theatre Under the Stars’ holiday offering SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT, now playing at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.
So my apologies for the lack of posts but business and traveling has been keeping me busy. So I’m making up for lost time today and writing not one, not two, but three reviews of recent shows — starting with the national tour of ON YOUR FEET! THE EMILIO & GLORIA ESTEFAN BROADWAY MUSICAL.
The golden age of Broadway musicals saw many stage shows turned into classic films. But reversing that process has not always been as easy or successful and that trend unfortunately continues with THE BODYGUARD, a production that could more aptly be titled THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY instead of using the name of the hit 1992 movie.
November 13th will mark the 20th Anniversary of “The Lion King” premiering on Broadway. The tour first appeared in Houston in 2002 and has visited two other times since then. Yesterday, the national touring company nicknamed the “gazelle company” arrived at The Hobby Center for a one month summer run. Has the show held up over the last two decades?
Being a big theatre fan, I love the Tony Awards. This year, I’m at sea for the show so I won’t get to see it or live blog it, but I’ll be keeping tabs. So this auto-post is my predictions, made before I set sail on Carnival Valor. I’ll update when I return with my win/loss percentage and thoughts on the winners & show.
The directions to Neverland, according to Peter Pan, are quite simple: “Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning.” Making a musical about the development of Peter Pan and what inspired its writer J.M. Barrie to pen the classic is a bit more complex. “Finding Neverland” arrived earlier this week at The Hobby Center as part of its first national tour and while it made it to the second star just fine, it doesn’t quite get all the way to morning.
“Dreamgirls” is a Tony-winning musical about the show business aspirations and successes of R&B acts like The Supremes, The Shirelles, Jackie Wilson, James Brown and many more. This show, much like those legendary acts, mostly shines but does have some bumps along its road to eventual success.