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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Theater Review

They're singin' the blues over at The Skylight-fortunately, it's all onstage. In fact, given these economic times and the downtrodden songs they're singing, the four-member cast of the musical revue Blues in the Night is pretty upbeat. Blues in the Night focuses on three...
A&E Feature
Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Legends at the Conservatory

Education has always been a key factor in the musical upbringing of jazz trombonist Slide Hampton, especially since he taught himself to play at an early age. It all began the day his father handed him a trombone that happened to be left-sided. Slide was right-handed. But in a musical family of 12 children who all played and sang (eight boys, four girls), he worked with what he was given, including an innate talent that would lead him to master such a physically demanding instrument...
Concert Reviews
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009

Feb. 17, 2009

It was all there: the raucous punk-meets-countrified twang guitars, the fast-driving drums, the infamous sneer, the standoffish attitude and the amazing songbook of familiar classics that brought the '70s into the '80s and beyond. The Pretenders-in 2...
Concert Reviews
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009

Jan. 15, 2009

Thanks to Cheap Trick, power-pop rock will forever live on. And based on last week's three-night stand at Potawatomi Bingo Casino, the boys are not only living on, they're full of the same high-level energy as when they started out 35 years ago. Wa...
Theater
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009

Theater Review

How to find the perfect mate? Figure out that process and peace and harmony will reign worldwide. In the meantime, there's I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, a series of musical vignettes that poke fun at the laws of attraction and the elaborate rituals of dating and mating. Thanks to a well-directed and well-acted production at Sunset Playhouse, audiences will have plenty of time to truly see themselves-and make some...
Concert Reviews
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009

Jan. 12, 2009

For a cold snowy night in January, the Bradley Center was lit up and the stage ablaze, literally, as veteran thrash metalists Metallica unleashed their combustible power chords and speed-freak tempos on a revved-up, fist-pumping crowd that roared for...
Theater
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009

Theater Review

When it comes to putting the TV show "Happy Days" on the stage in Broadway Across America's Happy Days-A New Musical, all thumbs up go to the Fonz. Or to be specific, the very talented performer Joey Sorge. He sounds like the Fonz. He's cool like the Fonz. And he goes one better than the Fonz: This guy can sing and dance yet still strut and swagger with the best of the black leather jacket crowd...
Theater
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008

Theater Review

Toward the end of The Happy Elf, Santa tells an unhappy elf boss, "A lot of magic can happen in 60 minutes." Make that 90 minutes-but audiences young and old will enjoy the magic of the holidays in this world premiere staged by First Stage Children's Theater. The Happy Elf is based on the 2005 animated TV special, which grew out of a Harry Connick Jr. song. Connick wrote six new songs for the stage version and Andrew Fishman wrote the musical book from his own adaptation...
Theater
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008

Theater Review

Who has the right to determine who lives or who dies? Who is the "better person" to receive an organ donation? And how can one person make that life or death judgment for another? These are just some of the questions posed, dissected and agonized over in Mark St. Germain's play The God Committee, which opened Acacia Theatre Company's new season last weekend. When a donated heart becomes available for waiting patients at St. Patrick's Hospital, a committee composed of doctors, surgeons...

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