Monthly Archives: November 2015

A Christmas Carol: The Musical – Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria

During the Christmas season, as a way of competing with The Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, the Paramount Theatre, later renamed simply Theatre at Madison Square Garden, began its own holiday musical special.  Performed annually during December for ten years from 1994, A Christmas Carol: The Musical appeared on the wide Paramount stage to great […]

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A Christmas Story: The Musical – Theatre Review, National Touring Company, ASU Gammage, Tempe

Until the popular 1983 Bob Clark film A Christmas Story came along, Hollywood didn’t really have a Christmas movie industry; at least, not in the way we think of it today.  The 40s and 50s classics were certainly there, and there was always the occasional warm-hearted weepie from Hallmark for the small screen, but for […]

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The Good Dinosaur – Film Review

Imagine a parallel universe where 65 million yeas ago, that asteroid that was supposed to hit the Earth and kill off all the dinosaurs went slightly off course and missed.  Now imagine what might have happened to those surviving dinosaurs had they lived in a world created by Disney; they might evolve. In the new […]

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Creed – Film Review

You can look at the new sports drama from director Ryan Coogler two ways.  It’s either the seventh film in the Rocky series or it’s a spin-off.  Maybe both.  Overseas it’s actually called Rocky 7. Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is still there in his hometown of Philadelphia, running his restaurant, and seemingly content to do […]

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A Year with Frog and Toad – Theatre Review: Childsplay, Tempe Center for the Arts

Based on a series of children stories by Arnold Lobel and adapted by Willie Reale, as the title suggests, Childplay’s production of A Year with Frog and Toad isn’t one adventure, it’s a collection of gentle, innocent stories written as seasonal events, starting with spring and ending shortly after Christmas once our two heroes have […]

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The Wizard of Oz – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

With Christmas trees in the foyer and twinkly decorations on the walls, no one needs wait for Macy’s Santa to herald the beginning of the 2015 holiday season; as far as Phoenix Theatre is concerned, it’s already here. This weekend saw the opening of the theatre’s sparkling new holiday production of The Wizard of Oz, a […]

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