Musical Theater articles

Sleeker Scrooge Returns to the Wells

Sleeker Scrooge Returns to the Wells

By Montague Gammon III Skinflint Scrooge is back at the Wells Theatre, along with his ghostly and human companions, in a new Virginia Stage Company production of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol that features new music, new costumes, a new set, and a make-over for the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. “Our new take

Virginia Opera Opens with Visually Lush, Thematically Challenging Samson & Delilah

By Montague Gammon III The incandescent fury of a seductress scorned, fueled by ethnic hate, lights up the Harrison Opera House stage when Camille Saint-Saens’ Samson and Delilah opens Virginia Opera’s 2017-18 Season. Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor Adam Turner describes a visually lush, thematically challenging show that moves the familiar Biblical tale of Hebrew

Channeling the Music of Johnny Cash

BY JEFF MAISEY Ben Hope and Katie Barton co-star in the exciting new musical theater work “Ring of Fire,” which pays homage to the music of Johnny Cash. The production is the 2017-18 season opener for Virginia Stage Company and its new artist director, Tom Quaintance. The show runs through October 1 at the historic

REVIEW: Second to Nun is First Rate Play

By Montague Gammon III   The world premiere of the new one woman musical Second to Nun at Zeider’s American Dream Theater provides a thoroughly entertaining bit of short theater that manages the neat trick of being truly informative while remaining unfailingly entertaining and genuinely interesting. It’s a monologue with songs, delivered by the Heaven

STAGE: Wonderful Wiz It Is

By Jerome Langston It’s quite fitting that it’s Anthony Stockard, who shows up first. The Wiz is being rehearsed at Brown Memorial Hall, on the campus of Norfolk State University, and I’m here to interview key members of the cast, along with the ambitious production’s co-directors. As Norfolk State University Theatre Company’s producing artistic director,

Top Spring Musical Theater Performances

Compiled by Staff   Turandot Virginia Opera March 17, 19, 21 Based on an ancient fable set in China, this story of the legendary Princess Turandot, so desirable that men risked their heads for her hand in marriage, weaves the quest for love with the ultimate consequences. From the opening moments of Puccini’s extravagant and

BROADWAY: Rent Still Going Strong after 20 Years

By Jerome Langston It’s pretty fascinating to witness the return of Rent into our current politically polarized and media obsessed Zeitgeist. The rock musical, a loose adaption of Puccini’s La Bohème, was one of the defining theatrical phenomenons of the nineties, winning both a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for Best Musical in 1996.