Tag Archive: review

Reimagined, intimate ‘Jersey Boys’ soars at NSMT

BEVERLY – The musical “Jersey Boys” won four Tony Awards in 2006, including Best Musical, and ran on Broadway from 2005 to 2017. Still, there were those who wanted to dismiss the story… Continue reading

‘Paragon Park’: A stirring musical tribute to an icon

NORWELL – When you get to be a certain age, memories become even more important, especially when they are about a place that has long since ceased to exist. The Company Theatre’s production… Continue reading

Young people hear what ‘Evan Hansen’ is saying

BOSTON – The vibe at the Citizens Bank Opera House in Boston was young, and the applause at the end of each of the musical numbers was as strong and sustained as if… Continue reading

NSMT’s ‘Freaky Friday’ ranks with other Disney hits

  BEVERLY – July is the traditional spot for the North Shore Music Theatre’s annual “family musical.” In the past, owner/producer Bill Hanney has relied on a proven list of family-friendly works, many… Continue reading

The chase is on in Gloucester Stage’s ‘The 39 Steps’

BOSTON – The stage is bare except for the traditional “ghost light” as actors drift in and out while Gloucester Stage Company Artistic Director Robert Walsh greets the audience with his “curtain speech.”… Continue reading

Lopez’s revisited ‘Yerma’: A riveting, tragic journey

BOSTON – As the Huntington Theatre Company’s playwright in residence, Melinda Lopez has explored several aspects of her Cuban-American heritage and the country itself in works such as “Sonia Flew” – which opened… Continue reading

Front Porch’s ‘Musketeers’ cuts a wide swath

STONEHAM – It is theater’s summer season, and area theaters have taken notice. For their first collaboration, the newly-established Front Porch Arts Collective and the Greater Boston Stage Company have selected a sure-fire… Continue reading

A musical fantasy recalls a dark day for gays

BOSTON – As the celebration of Boston’s annual Pride Week continued on the streets of the city, a group of actors were observing the occasion in a very different way: By retelling the… Continue reading

25 years later, you’re looking good, ‘Oklahoma!’  

BEVERLY – The farmers and the cowboys had not been seen on the stage of the North Shore Music Theatre for a quarter-century. NSMT Producer/Owner Bill Hanney celebrated their return and the 10th… Continue reading

It’s just the right time for fast, funny ‘Hamlet’

BOSTON – It is finally summertime and, as George Gershwin wrote, the living is easy. And theater companies that had been staging heavy-handed dramas such as — I don’t know, say “Hamlet” —… Continue reading