Nominees Announced For 2018 Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards including “The Royal Family” Directed by Joshua Bergasse

“This week the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association is voting on the final award list in preparation for the Third Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony to be held on Monday, November 12 at 7 pm at the Zion Lutheran Church, 74 First Street (Route 7) in Pittsfield, MA.
The Royal Family of Broadway directed by Joshua Bergasse is nominated for Outstanding New Musical and Outstanding Choreography.”

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Carolina Ballet’s “Dracula” directed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett Swoops into Raleigh’s Duke Energy Center, Just in Time for Halloween

“But the star of the evening is the revival of Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s imaginatively choreographed version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The story, narrated by Dr. Seward, is a feast for the eyes, ears, and mind.
Principal ballerina Lara O’Brien as Lucy Westerna is assisted by another piece of setting and majestic choreography: dressed in all white after her first experience with Dracula, she uses a long, diaphanous scarf as a headdress, a cradle, a brace, and wings. She is lifted into the air, dramatic and gorgeous, and dances as elegantly as if there are no bones in her body.”

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Megan Sikora, Andrew Chapelle, Brian Gonzales, J. Elaine Marcos Star in Reading of “#DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment” Directed by Lorin Latarro

“A reading of #DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment, which had a three-year run at Chicago’s Up Comedy Theatre, is presented in Manhattan October 4. Lorin Latarro directs a cast that includes Andrew Chapelle, Brian Gonzales, Michael Hartney, Andy Lucien, J. Elaine Marcos, Marissa Rosen, and Megan Sikora.
Based on a true story, #DateMe concerns Robyn Lynne Norris (the show’s creator and writer), who is unlucky in love but determined to understand it better, so she logs on to OkCupid. Creating 38 ‘undateable’ profiles as an interactive scientific investigation into online dating, Robyn unwittingly sets in motion the social experiment of our generation.”

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William Jackson Harper’s “Travisville” Featuring Nathan James Begins October 3

“Performances begin October 3 at Ensemble Studio Theatre for the world premiere of Travisville by actor and playwright William Jackson Harper (The Good Place, After the Blast). In Travisville, a Texas church community, untouched by the tumult of the civil rights movement, is compelled into a kind of reckoning once a stranger enters their lives.
Steve H. Broadnax III (The Hip-Hop Project) directs a cast made up of Stori Ayers (Pipeline), Sheldon Best (Sugar in Our Wounds), Denny Dale Bess (Year of the Rooster), Brian D. Coats (Jitney), Bjorn Dupaty (Office Hours), Lynnette R. Freeman (Luz), Nathan James (Qantico), Ivan Moore (Luke Cage), and Shawn Randall (Fish Men).”

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Amas Musical Theatre To Present “Dare To Be Different” Series featuring “Distant Thunder” Directed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett

“Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) in celebration of its 50th season, will present the second year of Dare To Be Different, a series of four new musicals and two one-night only special events from November 15 – December 1 at A.R.T./New York Theatres.
Distant Thunder directed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett chronicles a child torn away from the Blackfeet Reservation and raised by his mother in Chicago. Now as a young attorney, he returns to his tribe seeking reconciliation with his estranged father and unwittingly sets off a firestorm.”

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Review: At “Fall for Dance”, Formula and a Revelation (Sara Mearns)

“In its 15 years, Fall for Dance — the festival where every ticket is just $15, and each program offers a colorful smattering of styles — has fine-tuned certain formulas: how to build, for instance, from an agreeable, subdued beginning to a spectacular, crowd-pleasing finish. And how to leave people aching for more.
Joined by the pianist Cameron Grant, Ms. Mearns, in gauzy pink, imbues the simplest gestures — outstretching an arm, tapping together her wrists — with expressive depth. In less sophisticated hands, Duncan’s yearning, frolicking, diaphanous steps can feel contrived or saccharine, but Ms. Mearns makes them thrilling.”

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Loved? Hated? Or both? The Rep’s “Evita” portrays Eva Perón’s rise to power

“On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh discussed the play with Steve Woolf, Augustin Family Artistic Director of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and actor Pepe Nufrio, who plays the Che character in Evita.
‘We’ve had standing ovations every single night. People are super responsive [to the play] here in St. Louis,’ Nufrio added. ‘Everyone is eager to understand every single word.'”

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New Musical “Pop Punk High” Begins Limited Run September 20 Starring Sarah Anne Fernandez

Pop Punk High begins its limited Off-Broadway engagement September 20 at (le) poisson rouge. The musical comedy, which continues through November 1, celebrates the early 2000s and features a book by Anderson Cook and music and lyrics by Ben Lapidus.
Directed by Felicia Lobo, the cast includes Amanda Centeno, Brenna Donahue, Sarah Anne Fernandez, Jacob Grover, Jess Kaliban, Kelly Krauter, Ben Lapidus, McLean Peterson, Zac Porter, Timiki Salinas, Patrick Sweeney, Leanne Velednitsky, Mina Walker, and Eric Wiegand.”

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BWW Review: “THE HEART OF ROCK AND ROLL” is Bright and Sparkling!

“The show is bright and sparkling with a sense of optimism and never straying too far from the 80’s pop influence of its music. With music this beloved this show could easily be a karaoke musical comedy, but Brian Usifer’s arrangements of the many hit songs help transform the songs into ballads, a capella numbers, and each are honed to fit in each spot in the story. The animated choreography by Lorin Latarro is creative, and seems to channel the vivacity of the music.”

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