Originally staged in London in 1986, The Phantom of the Opera is still full of music, effects and imagery that continues to wow audiences in the West End and on Broadway. For the last few years, however, the touring production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical has featured new direction from Laurence Connor and a different set from Paul Brown.
Philosophers and playwrights like to tackle big questions, though when a playwright writes like a philosopher it takes a special audience to appreciate the result. Noah Haidle’s play, Smokefall, eloquently challenges that special audience and those who rise to the challenge will be richly rewarded…
On the sunny Riviera of the 1930s, Facist troops take a break from combat to pursue the ancient nonsense of the beloved Shakespearean comedy ‘Much Ado About Nothing.’ almost everybody does a fine job and there’s one extraordinary turn.
The world has enjoyed author Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” since its original publication in 1831 — so much so that the story has commanded lots of attention amid technical advancement. Moonlight Stage Productions is giving the live show, based on Disney’s 1996 animation, a go — and the result is a cautionary tale about the theater’s errant place in matters that probably shouldn’t concern it.
Director John Waters is no stranger to tasteless comedies for adults. Fans of movies such as “Female Trouble” and “Pink Flamingos” would probably never have guessed that one of his more popular films would be a feel-good PG 1988 movie, “Hairspray.”
For its summer season, New Village Arts Theatre has produced two musical comedies with somewhat deeper stories than one might expect. Avenue Q used puppets to explore themes about adulthood, and Legally Blonde starting off as a modern romantic comedy, turns into a plot about self-improvement.