Tag Archive: OperaHouse

‘Beautiful’: King’s songs were nation’s soundtrack

BOSTON – For so many of us born in the years after World War II, Carole King, her late former husband Gerry Goffin, and their close friends Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil provided… Continue reading

Fifty years after debut, ‘Cabaret’ is still stunning

BOSTON – This is where it all began. The brilliant careers of composer John Kander and the late lyricist Fred Ebb really took off in 1966 when their second musical – “Cabaret” –… Continue reading

Dahl’s ‘Matilda’ makes a seamless move to the stage

BOSTON – Perhaps one of the reasons Roald Dahl was one of the greatest writers of children’s books is that he never treated his readers as children. Instead of avoiding issues that the… Continue reading

‘Pippin’ makes triumphant trek across the river

BOSTON — When the curtain first went up at the American Repertory Theater’s production of “Pippin” in Cambridge in 2012, there was an audible gasp from the audience. Were they in the wrong… Continue reading

King wrote the soundtrack for Baby Boomers’ lives

  BOSTON – Attention, Baby Boomers: There’s another musical in town that’s right in your wheelhouse. The sound track of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” includes many of the greatest hits of the… Continue reading

Musical ‘Kinky Boots’ has heart, humor, and sole

BOSTON – The lives of working-class English folk has proven to be fertile ground for the writers of musicals. The national touring production of “Kinky Boots” at the Opera House in Boston has… Continue reading

‘Newsies’ leaps off the stage of the Opera House

BOSTON — In 1992, the Walt Disney Co. released a movie loosely based on the 1899 newsboys strike in New York City called “Newsies.” Budgeted at $15 million and starring a young Christian… Continue reading

Michael, Marvin, and Diana return in ‘Motown’

  BOSTON — If you were moved by Michael, dazzled by Diana, and were smitten with Smokey, “Motown: The Musical” is your cup of tea. The national touring production of “Motown: The Musical”… Continue reading

Sit back and let ‘The Lion King’ wash over you

BOSTON — The route of animated film to live stage production has worked out pretty well for Disney Theatricals. Animated movies such as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Tarzan”… Continue reading

Re-imagined ‘Phantom’ remains a great spectacle

  BOSTON — Rarely have a theater and a production been so well-matched. The Boston Opera House, a former vaudeville palace first known as the B.F. Keith Memorial Theatre, was designed in a… Continue reading