Playwright Lynn Nottage is best known for her two Pulitzer-Prize winning dramas Ruined and Sweat. She has, however, written some other plays that are just as excellent and equally strong.
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Over the last several years, Allison Spratt Pearce has played some of the more iconic musical theater roles that were made famous by Julie Andrews. This includes Maria in The Sound of Music (Andrews played the role onscreen), Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and recently, Guinevere in Cygnet Theatre’s concert reading of Camelot.
Some entertaining musicals over the past few years have focused, not on stars, but on the people behind them, those who helped make them successful. Motown: the Musical, for instance, was about Berry Gordy, while Million Dollar Quartet paid respect to Sam Phillips, the founder of Sun Records.
The 1980s – the Reagan era with its personalities, politics, entertainment and pop culture – has always had a special place in the American psyche, and it has experienced a resurgence over the past few years. Its recent popularity has been driven, in part, by a combination of nostalgia and science fiction stories such as “Ready Player One” and Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”