From the leading players, to background dancers, to walk-on extras, everyone gives 150% to the production, creating a living, breathing world, and that's before mentioning the absolute staggering talent and athleticism of the actual cheerleaders and dance crew members brought in to inject even more believability into the work. Despite an undoubtable time crunch and limited budget, Morris and company have carefully crafted a world bursting with relentless vitality and verisimilitude.
Some feelings are evergreen. Holst's "Mars" will always quicken the heartbeat; "Psycho"'s shower scene will always have one's nerves on end; and, no matter how often you see it, a powerful rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" will always leave one in tears. The musical "Les Miserables" is a piece of art which, despite running … Continue reading ‘Les Miserables’: Broadway in Austin brings a spectacular, heart-rending rendition of a Broadway classic
When most of us look back on America's history, we like to remember the good times: the victories, the discoveries, the stories of heroes and brave men. There is, however, an importance in never forgetting the darker moments that make up our past, those shadowy corners that we dare not even whisper about in mixed … Continue reading Trouble Puppet’s ‘American Blood Song’ is an epic, painfully honest look at one of the darkest parts of American history
Some of my favorite productions over my years of reviewing have come from the humble stages of Summer Stock Austin. Those in the know surely have fond memories of their productions of Little Shop of Horrors, Sweeney Todd, or Legally Blonde, or even their legendary joint-production of Chess, if you were lucky enough to attend. … Continue reading Summer Stock’s “Sister Act” is a stunning display of fresh young talent
It's been over a decade since Lin-Manuel Miranda stood before the president to perform a hip hop song about the life of Alexander Hamilton. Little did he know that one day that simple song would lead to one of the most celebrated pieces of media of the 21st Century, the record-breaking Tony, Grammy, and Pulitzer … Continue reading ‘Hamilton’: Historic hip hop Broadway mainstay gets powerful, poignant production