On Stage Dayton Previews

Dayton Ballet Presents the Classic Cinderella


Say “Cinderella,” and what word comes to mind? Romance? Intrigue? Love? Humor? How could it not? Just look at the list of characters in the cast: a harassed serving girl, a wicked stepmother, two evil stepsisters, a fairy godmother, four fairies, 12 prince’s courtiers, four mice, four attendants, a beautiful princess, and, of course, a handsome prince. This October, Dayton Ballet opens with the first of three full-length story ballets for its 2015-2016 Ascend Season.

Dare To Defy Takes On Godspell


Godspell is an old favorite, for good reason. It tells the story of Jesus' last days, using gentle parables from The Bible and an easy-going, ultimately touching approach. Dare To Defy's founder, and the director of this production, Becki Norgaard, thinks this helps make the show a great fit for D2D.  As she says,“One reason Godspell is ideal for us is that the staging, message and cast size make it ideal for that intimate experience in the Mathile. In addition, the music is so beautiful, complicated and diverse and I humbly assert that Dare to Defy has been fortunate to attract some of the … [Read more...]

The Human Race Goes Full Monty!


The Human Race proudly launches its 2015-2016 Eichelberger Loft Season with the smash hit The Full Monty: The Broadway Musical. With a book by Tony Award winner Terrence McNally and music and lyrics by Drama Desk Award winner David Yazbek, the hilarious and heartwarming story follows six unemployed Buffalo steelworkers who, in need of quick cash and low on prospects, come up with the outrageous idea to put on a strip act after seeing the local women’s wild enthusiasm for touring Chippendales dancers.       Short on time and with little talent or physical appeal, … [Read more...]

Landmark ‘Lion King’ centerpiece of Victoria’s appealing 2015-16 season

Tshidi Manye as “Rafiki”THE LION KING National Tour.  Disney.  Photo Credit  Joan Marcus

The lineup includes the exhilarating 2013 Tony-winning, circus-themed revival of Stephen Schwartz’s “Pippin,” 2014’s breezy and nostalgic Woody Allen adaptation of “Bullets Over Broadway,” the intimate 2012 Tony-winning adaptation of “Once,” the gorgeous 2013 Tony-winning revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” and composer Jason Robert Brown’s beautifully romantic, Tony-winning adaptation of “The Bridges of Madison County.”

DCDC Produces a Wonderful Valentine for Dayton


his is definitely one of the must see dance performances of the 2014-15 season. Having had the pleasure and benefit of seeing HEARTSHAKES in rehearsal. I cannot think of a more delightful evening that one could spend at the theatre. Crafted with exquisite charm by Kiesha Lalama and set to the bluesy/soulful music of Alabama Shakes.

Soap Star Colleen Zenk Comes To Town To Star in Human Race’s Family Shots **Ticket Giveaway**


Beginning January 22 and running through February 8, Colleen Zenk, along with Corbin Bleu and Randy Brooks will be starring in Family Shots at The Human Race Theatre

“Night of the Living Dead” turns to Day(ton) for National Premiere


Opening on Halloween, The Dayton Playhouse produces the national premiere of George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead Live.

Victoria Theatre Association Announces $30 Million Endowment Campaign


Victoria Theatre Association (VTA) hosted a private reception Tuesday evening announcing a $30 million endowment campaign with funds designated for the future capital, programming and educational needs of VTA’s arts facilities: the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, the Victoria Theatre, and the Metropolitan Arts Center, home to The Loft Theatre.   “Dayton is fortunate to have wonderful arts venues – the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, the Victoria Theatre, and the Metropolitan Arts Center, home to the Loft Theatre – that we own and operate … [Read more...]

Les Miserables Collaboration Creates Big Sound


Do you hear the people sing? You will - but it's this weekend only. Les Miserables is getting a fresh staging and a BIG sound with a collaboration between Dayton Playhouse and Miami Valley  Symphony Orchestra at the Masonic Center for an orchestral and vocal production. The team of Brian Sharp (Director), Erik Strope (Vocal Director), and Ron Kindell (Orchestra Conductor) is working together to bring this show to Dayton. I recently talked to Brian Sharp for some insights into how the production came together and what audiences can expect. Is Les Mis a personal favorite of yours? Do you … [Read more...]

Disney’s Resourceful Young Hero & Wise-Cracking Genie Come To Miamisburg


Childrens' Performing  Arts of  Miamisburg is proud to present Disney's Aladdin, Jr. Sept 12-21 at the Memorial Auditorium on South Sixth Street at Park in Miamisburg.  This current favorite Broadway  hit is popular with kids of all ages!  Music written by Alan Menken and Lyrics by Tim Rice and Howard Ashman. Additional lyrics and book adapted by Jim Luigs. With one rub of the magic lamp, you will be transported into a world of color and energy. Hitch a ride on the magic carpet and travel to Agrabah – the City of Enchantment – where every beggar has a story, every camel has a tail and every … [Read more...]