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Top Spring Musical Theater Performances

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.

Carnival Capers at Virginia Opera

By Montague Gammon III A wildly madcap, vividly colorful, gleefully and respectfully updated and “especially Spanish” production of Rossini’s ever popular Barber of Seville comes to the Harrison Opera House as Virginia Opera’s second production of the current Season, trailing its praises behind it. Gioachino Rossini’s 1816 rom-com farce of disguises, romance, subterfuge, courtship, wealth,

LOCAL THEATER: Silence Goes Generic

By Jim Roberts   “I’ve done some vulgar stuff,” Shon M. Stacy mused after directing a rehearsal of “Silence! The Musical.” “This will top it.” The off-Broadway show is billed as the “unauthorized” parody of “The Silence of the Lambs,” the 1991 film that won five Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best

Top Fall Musical Theater Performances

Compiled by Staff   I Sing the Rising Sea Virginia Stage Company Through October 9 ODU’s Goode Theatre This musical by the coauthor of Frog Kisstells a sweeping story that flows through generations and across continents—from the shores of Virginia to Japan and Antarctica. Scientists, soldiers, poets, and lovers strive to understand and master the power

VA STAGE CO: Climate Change Addressed in Rising Sea

By Jerome Langston It takes a few minutes to fully acclimatize to Virginia Stage Company’s new temporary home—ODU’s modernly designed Goode Theatre, during a rehearsal break for the company’s ambitious brand new musical, I Sing the Rising Sea, which opens their 38th season. The aesthetics of the Goode are quite different from the historic architectural

LOCAL THEATER: A backstage comedy-thriller with Hollywood overtones

By Jim Roberts   Twenty years ago, Jeffery Seneca starred in a college production of “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.” This month, he’ll make his directorial debut at the Little Theatre of Virginia Beach with the same show. “I think I’ve seen it now—both from being in it and directing it—close to 200 times,”

OPERA: This Bird in the Office Flew in from the Stage

By Montague Gammon III   The Virginia Opera’s 8th annual, free and open admission, “Opera in the Park” concerts this year showcase the talents of the company’s chorus, whom VO Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Adam Turner calls “the hardest working singers in the business,” of recent and current members of the Opera’s internationally recognized

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