Review: The Bodyguard

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.

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Review: The 39 Steps

Alfred Hitchcock loved “The MacGuffin.” For those unfamiliar, a “MacGuffin” is a plot device that the protagonist pursues, usually with little or no narrative explanation. What is the secret of this year’s Alley Theatre “Summer Chills” production ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S THE 39 STEPS? It doesn’t really matter. What they’re pursuing isn’t the point – in this case getting there is ALL the fun.

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Review: Falsettos

My first exposure to “Falsettos” was a national tour in the early 90s and while I enjoyed that production, it didn’t stay with me long after the final curtain. The recent revival, which was screened earlier this week in movie theaters and will be a part of “Live from Lincoln Center” on PBS this fall, is a simple yet highly effective staging of this powerful musical.

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Review: Pippin

Pippin is a man in search of something more — his “Corner of the Sky.” Throughout his journey, he finds some exciting things, but they’re never enough. “Pippin” the show, which opened for a free week-long run at Miller Outdoor Theatre last night, has the same problem. It finds some exciting moments but needs to keep searching for something more.

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Tony Award Predictions

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.

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Review: Finding Neverland

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.

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Review: “Dreamgirls”

“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.

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Alley Theatre Reveals 2017-2018 Season

Today the Alley Theatre announced the eight plays for its 2017-2018 season and I must say I’m intrigued. As a subscriber, I know the high quality of the productions there and have learned to trust them when it comes to “unknown” properties. Many of the next season’s selections are in that category but I’m confident they will continue the tradition of fine theatre.

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Review: “Let the Right One In”

I always try to go into the theatre with no expectations other than to be entertained. I also try to do some basic research on the show so I have at least a general idea of what I’m about to see. The Alley Theatre is excellent at including background information in the Playbill to make the show more enjoyable. Clearly many audience members during last night’s performance of “Let the Right One In” didn’t read the program — or bother to read anything about this show before purchasing tickets. I must admit that even I realized later that I had brought some preconceived notions into the theatre and it took me some time to sort out my feelings on this unique production.

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