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“Smokey Joe’s Cafe” at the Roxy Regional Theatre raises the roof

August 12, 2016, DiscoverClarksville. com

 

Clarksville, TN – “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” at the Roxy Regional Theatre is powerful, stunning and a roaring good time. The Roxy has put together a great cast of outstanding vocalists to pay tribute to early rock songwriting superstars Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

The longest running musical revue in Broadway history, this Tony Award-nominated and Grammy Award-winning production pays tribute to over three dozen of the greatest songs ever recorded during the golden age of American culture.

 

Sierra Rep brings kooky sibling drama to the stage

May 12, 2016,  The Modesto Bee

 

Sibling rivalry. Snow White costumes. And more Chekhov jokes than you can shake a seagull at. The play “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” may be steeped in the works of 19th-century Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, but it serves up decidedly modern sensibilities – and sense of humor – of the 21st century. The Tony-winning comedy by American playwright Christopher Durang makes its Sierra Repertory Theatre debut Friday, May 20.

 

Fiddlehead’s ‘The Wiz’ is a warm, winning musical

Rich Fahey, On Boston Stages, February 15, 2015

 

DORCHESTER – It would be a shame if The Winter of Our Discontent caused many strong productions to go unnoticed or unappreciated.

 

It’s hard enough to get people out to the theater in the dead of winter without Mother Nature piling on endlessly.
So here’s hoping that the weather doesn’t waylay Fiddlehead Theatre’s warm, winning, family-friendly musical “The Wiz” at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester through Feb. 23.


The alternative version of the classic musical “The Wizard of Oz” gives the iconic piece an urban-flavored makeover, with a snazzy, R&B and jazz-flavored score by Charlie Smalls, and characters that are a little funkier and edgier than those in the classic MGM movie or the original stage version.

The Wiz in New Hampshire

August 2014

 

This musical is adapted from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. As you probably remember it begins on a tumbledown farm in Kansas. Mother Nature takes charge and takes Dorothy, Nasia Thomas for a whirlwind ride to Oz where she meets the mama’s boy Lion played by Darius Nelson, the hip Scarecrow, Saidu Sinlah, and the up-tight Tin Man, Basit Shittu. In this modern version, their adventures take them to the big city in the middle of a magical musical circus. It’s a fantasy for today’s boisterous world.

 

The Director of this fantasy, Kenneth Green (who also directed Godspell) was quoted as saying, “THE WIZ is a side of OZ you’ve never seen before. It takes the story of Dorothy and her friends and updates it with fantastic POP and R&B music written by Charlie Smalls and Luther Vandross. We will be taking the audience on a streetwise fun and hip journey through OZ, but it’s also a lovely story of faith, friendship and family.”