Tag Archive: Bill Hanney

Dazzling dancing, strong voices lift ‘The Bodyguard’

BEVERLY – It isn’t easy to step into a role and sing the songs made famous by one of the most iconic performers in history. The late Whitney Houston, who died in 2012,… Continue reading

At NSMT, Ripley puts her stamp on ‘Sunset,’ Norma

BEVERLY – When the opportunity came around, Tony Award-winning actress Alice Ripley was ready for her close-up. Ripley’s first appearance at North Shore Music was as Johanna in NSMT’s 1994 production of “Sweeney… Continue reading

High-stepping ‘Newsies’ leap from the TBTS stage

WAKEFIELD, R.I. —   Who knew that newsies – young boys who sold newspapers on the streets of New York City at the turn of the 20th Century – even knew ballet? It turns… Continue reading

Still the champ: Coffee, NSMT’s ‘Carol’ roll on

BEVERLY – One of the pleasures of being there at when a performer begins to develop what will become of an iconic performance is that you get to see all the little things… Continue reading

NSMT’s ‘Mamma Mia!’: Pure summer fun that works

BEVERLY – Many years ago, just before the first national tour of “Mamma Mia!” hit Boston in August of 2001, a press representative from Broadway in Boston was trying to explain to me… Continue reading

NSMT’s ‘Carol’ is the gift that keeps on giving

BEVERLY – Twenty-five years old? Perhaps, but this production of “A Christmas Carol” is a theatrical Christmas card that still seems new every time you open it. The North Shore Music Theatre is… Continue reading