Monthly Archives: March 2017

Jesus Christ Superstar – Theatre Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria

It began as a single in 1969 called simply Superstar and received the blessing of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Archbishop even wrote the original liner notes on the cover of the single’s British release. Despite the false rumors that it was banned by BBC radio, the Murray Head song, recorded with the Trinidad Singers, […]

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Finding Neverland – Theatre Review: National Touring Company; ASU Gammage, Tempe

“Once upon a time,” begins Finding Neverland’s J.M. Barrie (Billy Harrigan Tighe), “There was no Peter Pan.” True, but hard to believe. Certainly in our lifetime, there has always been a Peter Pan, and his popularity shows no sign of decline. In fact, during the last few decades, the boy who never grew old has […]

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Beauty and the Beast – Film Review

We should all thank Frozen for director Bill Condon’s new musical adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. The story goes that once Disney execs scrapped the idea of making a film based on their Broadway musical, they developed plans for a straight, live-action production; more in the vein of Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella. […]

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Native Son – Theatre Review: Stray Cat Theatre, Helen K Mason Performing Arts Center, Phoenix

Author Richard Wright’s 1940 novel, Native Son, has been a point of debate ever since it was first published. The story of a 20-year-old black youth from the poor side of 1930s Chicago who accidentally commits a terrible crime was a best-seller from day one. At the time, it made author Wright the father of […]

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Bullets Over Broadway the Musical – Theatre Review; Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

Woody Allen never wanted Bullets Over Broadway to be a musical. It was his sister and the show’s future co-producer, Letty Aronson who suggested he should turn his seven-time Academy Award nominated 1994 film into a live-stage version with songs. Marvin Hamlisch even wrote some new material, but Allen wasn’t interested. Then his sister hit […]

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The Last Word – Film Review

If there’s anyone who has perfected the art of the dislikable, elderly curmudgeon in the latter years of her career, it’s Shirley MacLaine. In Bernie (2012), MacLaine played an ill-tempered, affluent woman despised by the whole town. When she was murdered, nobody cared. In the new comedy with a message, The Last Word, MacLaine plays […]

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