Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan’s 2002 Tony Award-winning musical comedy “Hairspray” is a glorious hit all over again thanks to the Muse Machine’s truly delightful, impressively cast and genuinely crowd-pleasing production continuing through Sunday, Jan. 15 at the Victoria Theatre. “Hairspray” is the arts education organization’s 33rd annual student musical and features 170 Muse students from across the Miami Valley. Based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name, the show cleverly uses humor and cultural/societal attitudes to examine important and … [Read more...] about ‘Hairspray’ Review – Muse Machine – You Can’t Stop the Joy!
On Stage Dayton
For many of us, the story of Peggy Sawyer is one we all hoped to live. That one big chance to breakthrough, be the star & hit the heights. Well, 42nd Street, now playing at the Schuster Center, hits the heights indeed! From the opening of the curtain, which teases perfectly, through the big finale, which satisfies with some unbelievable hoofing, 42nd Street reminds us that dreams do come true.....even if they are somebody else's! Gerrianne Genga who plays the upbeat, comic relief Maggie, is a standout. She brings to the stage that wacky, scene stealing character for … [Read more...] about TAP THAT!! 42nd Street Delivers the Goods!
The "Bee" is back and charming as ever thanks to Dare to Defy Productions. Composer William Finn, librettist Rachel Sheinkin and conceiver Rebecca Feldman’s entertaining and tuneful 2005 Tony Award-winning musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” has been a popular, ensemble-driven choice for many area theaters over the years. After all, the witty material’s clever brew of zaniness, eccentricity and tenderness is innately appealing in a kooky fashion. So, it’s no surprise Dare to Defy is the latest troupe to provide their own take, a firm, fast-paced, excellently … [Read more...] about ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ – Dare to Defy Productions – A Very Nice Beginning
The Dayton Playhouse is pleased to announce auditions for the comedy of manners, The Women to be held on Monday and Tuesday, January 23 & 24, 2017. Auditions will be at 7 pm each evening at the Dayton Playhouse, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave, Dayton, Ohio 45414. The director of this production will be Robb Willoughby. The play is written by Clare Boothe Luce. Performances will be March 10-19, 2017. The Women is a 1936 American play. It is an acerbic commentary on the pampered lives and power struggles of various wealthy Manhattan socialites and up-and-comers and the gossip that propels … [Read more...] about Casting 20 Women ages 20’s-60’s For Dayton Playhouse Show
Every day is Saturday. This no holds barred philosophy seems to suit 15-year-old sophomores Emmy and Claire, a naive duo on the prowl for unassuming older men in Deirdre O’Connor’s riveting contemporary dramedy “Jailbait,” which receives an outstanding local premiere in the Mathile Theatre of the Schuster Center courtesy of millennial-centric Playground Theatre. Instead of clinging to the innocence of youth, the reticent Claire (an expertly cautious and emotionally wounded Jenna Gomes) and confidently sly Emmy (magnetically effervescent Lisa Glover) dress up in their sexiest attire (the … [Read more...] about ‘Jailbait’ Review – Playground Theatre – Dangerous Game
Highly entertaining and a great big bundle of fun, “Elf the Musical,” based on the popular 2003 Will Ferrell film of the same name, absolutely makes the season bright at the Schuster Center as a Project Unlimited Star Attractions courtesy of the Victoria Theatre Association. Breezily directed by Sam Scalamoni and equipped with exuberantly crisp choreography by Connor Gallagher, this family-friendly tale concerns Buddy, an orphan inadvertently taken to the North Pole as a baby having tumbled into Santa’s bag of toys. Now an adult, Buddy has difficulty fitting in among the elves due to … [Read more...] about ‘Elf’ Review – Victoria Theatre Association – Christmas Cheer
One-upmanship among widows at a New Jersey senior living facility provides the lighthearted and surprisingly touching crux of Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire’s 2015 Off-Broadway comedy “Ripcord,” currently receiving a pleasantly humorous local premiere at the Dayton Playhouse courtesy of Young at Heart Players, a senior troupe founded by Fran Pesch entering its 16th season. In this breezy, socially conscious battle of wills staged with astute tone by Annie Pesch, intimidating, tightly-wound bookworm Abby Binder (Gayle Smith) and chatty go-getter Marilyn Dunne (Pesch) are … [Read more...] about ‘Ripcord’ Review – Young at Heart Players – Ruthless Roommates
Mary Wytkowski, a feisty novice unashamed to ruffle feathers in a climate built on long-standing ideologies and rigid structure, is a truly fascinating brew of complexity, boldness and hope in Tom Dudzick’s surprisingly engrossing comedy “Hail Mary!,” currently receiving a terrific local premiere courtesy of the Human Race Theatre Company at the Loft Theatre. Set in 2003 at Saint Aloysius Catholic Elementary School in upstate New York, “Hail Mary!” is a smart and savvy reminder of how consequential words can be especially when addressed to impressionable third-graders. When Mary tells one … [Read more...] about ‘Hail Mary!’ Review – Human Race Theatre Company – An Education
Acclaimed Irish singer and Cityfolk favorite Cathie Ryan and her award-winning band celebrate a traditional Irish American Christmas with The Winter’s Heart®. This is the band's very first Christmas Tour, which features Cathie’s heart-stirring vocals, virtuoso musicianship on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, harmony vocals, and percussion, championship Irish step dancing, and beloved stories, this musical celebration of the holidays is sure to warm the heart. The Winter’s Heart: An Irish American Christmas is a holiday event sure to kindle the warmth and joy of the season. How to Go? Wednesday … [Read more...] about Celebrate an Irish American Christmas this Season!
Forget June. Silly, feel-good fun is bustin’ out all over Wright State University’s outstanding presentation of the rarely staged 1971 revision of the 1925 musical comedy “No, No, Nanette” in the Festival Playhouse of the Creative Arts Center. Amusingly adapted by Burt Shevelove (“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”), “No, No, Nanette” is an old-fashioned confection about blossoming romance and kooky shenanigans predominately set in Atlantic City circa 1925. Spunky Nanette loves her chipper boyfriend Tom Trainor, but matters grow complicated through various … [Read more...] about ‘No, No, Nanette’ Review – Wright State University – Nifty Nostalgia