Most shows from Disney Theatrical Productions are adaptations of highly successful movies such as “The Lion King,” “Frozen,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Mary Poppins.” Compared with those musicals, “Newsies”, a stage version of the 1992 family-friendly motion picture (and a box office bomb in theatres), sounds highly risky.
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For any production of Monty Python’s Spamalot to succeed, there needs to be well-delivered, non-stop hilarity coupled with cleverly executed musical sequences. Cygnet Theatre’s interpretation features these elements in spades, largely thanks to Artistic Director, Sean Murray.
One of the songs in School of Rock, currently running at the Civic Theatre, is somewhat ironically titled “Where Did the Rock Go?” Fans of Andrew Lloyd Webber might have felt the same way about the composer before his latest hit opened on Broadway.