Category Archives: Theatre

Newsies the Musical – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it’s a genuine, theatrical thrill. It’s where a regional production surpasses the enjoyment of either the Broadway show or the National Tour. It happened last year with Stray Cat Theatre’s American Idiot. It’s happened again, this time at Phoenix Theatre. The 1992 film may have flopped (and […]

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Something Rotten! – Theatre Review: National Touring Production, ASU Gammage, Tempe

In a show overripe with puns, lowbrow humor, and most of all, references to just about every musical you’ve ever known, you’d think there’d be a danger of the Broadway musical comedy Something Rotten! living up to its title. Yet the packed, opening night house at ASU Gammage in Tempe lapped it up, every second […]

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Madagascar: A Musical Adventure – Theatre Review: Valley Youth Theatre, Herberger Center Theater, Phoenix

Parents know everything there is to know about the animated franchise, Madagascar. They never had a choice. In an age of videos, DVDs and Blu-Rays, ever since 2005 when the films began, repeated home viewing was compulsory. There can hardly be a mom or dad who hasn’t had to step up to the imaginary mic […]

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Tomás and the Library Lady – Theatre Review: Childsplay, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe

In many respects, Childsplay’s current production at Tempe Center for the Arts, Tomás and the Library Lady, exemplifies what theatre at Childsplay is really about, perhaps even more so than other productions. It’s not only a case of content that inspires, it’s the production itself. At this point in the play’s history, Tomás and the Library Lady […]

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Pippin – Theatre Review: Spotlight Youth Theatre, Glendale

Like the original Roger O. Hirson book, Glendale’s Spotlight Youth Theatre’s new, energetic production for the Broadway musical Pippin is a mixed bag of ups and down, highs and lows, successes and failures. The original source material was always an uneven combination of comical, anecdotal sketches; its rhythm soared in the first half, then slowed […]

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Man of La Mancha – Theatre Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria

Over the years, many have thought it a true tale, but it’s not. Even though the central character to the Broadway musical Man of La Mancha, Miquel de Cervantes, was the real creator behind that most famous of all chivalrous Spanish knights, Don Quixote, the story the musical tells is a fantasy. True, for a […]

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