Tag Archive: BillHanney

NSMT’s ‘Hairspray’: Big girl, big laughs, big fun

BEVERLY — It’s a simple theatrical equation: Big girl with big hair and big dreams = great night of theater for you. The North Shore Music Theatre’s production of the musical “Hairspray” has… Continue reading

Big voices bring light to a dark ‘Jekyll and Hyde’

BEVERLY – There are horses for courses.  And there are singers for songs. No one really knew about a woman named Linda Eder until the musical “Jekyll & Hyde” premiered on Broadway, and… Continue reading

‘Peter Pan,’ at NSMT, is standing the test of time

BEVERLY – The true test of a musical score doesn’t come the first time you hear it, though once is often enough to determine the songs  are strong enough to stand on their… Continue reading

Dazzling dancers, choreography lift NSMT’s “Mame’

BEVERLY – “Mame” is a battleship of a musical and North Shore Music Theatre has the crew to sail it. “Mame” had already been a best-selling book by Patrick Dennis, a celebrated play… Continue reading

NSMT’s ‘Carol,’ Coffee remain local treasures

BEVERLY – It’s the same where it counts, but different in several important ways. The North Shore Music Theatre’s 27th production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” – subtitled a “musical ghost story”… Continue reading

Fancy footwork abounds in NSMT’s ’42nd Street’

BEVERLY – In the opening moments of the musical “42nd Steet” at the North Shore Music Theatre, a curtain is slowly raised just enough so we can see many pairs of dancing feet,… Continue reading

Director’s experience, skills lift up NSMT’s ‘Evita’

BEVERLY – There is something about a life that blazes brightly before being snuffed out at a young age that inspires and fascinates writers and composers. James Dean, JFK and Marilyn Monroe are… Continue reading

NSMT’s fast, funny ‘Frankenstein’: ‘It’s ‘alive!’

BEVERLY – Those who thought Mel Brooks couldn’t write and stage a complete musical weren’t wrong once – when “The Producers” won a record 12 Tonys” in 2001 – they were thankfully wrong… Continue reading

Disney’s ‘Beast’ makes a joyous return to NSMT

  BEVERLY – When the Walt Disney Company decided to re-purpose its successful animated features for the stage, it was the theatrical equivalent of a baseball player starting his at-bat with a 3-0… Continue reading

Little things done right propel NSMT’s ‘Music Man’

BEVERLY – On its way to becoming one of the most popular musicals in theatrical history, “The Music Man” – celebrating its 60th anniversary – had a lot to say. Meredith Willson’s work… Continue reading