Month: June 2018

Encores! Songs For A New World

A great deal of talent, dedication and passion goes into each Encores! show.  That is the overwhelming feeling that greets you at the door.  Everyone, and I mean e-v -e-r-y-o-n-e is thrilled to be at City Center.  It is the perfect intimate venue for the job at hand.  Everyone is there to celebrate, and this exuberance cannot help but infect you.

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Carmen Jones

The Artistic Director of the Classical Stage Company, John Doyle, is known for directing second looks at musicals in a stripped-down style that allows for a fresh look at a classic.  His Sweeney Todd, Company, and The Color Purple have won numerous awards including Tony’s for all 3.  So, no surprise he’s tackling a revival of the 1943 musical Carmen Jones.  Which is itself Oscar Hammerstein II’s attempt at stripping down Bizet’s 1875 opera Carmen in order to make that format more appealing to a modern audience.

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Cyprus Avenue

As the play concludes Rea and Ireland return us to our seats.  But we are not the same as when we left.  We have been shattered and reassembled.  We have changed on a cellular level.  This is the magic that is theatre.  This is the transformation that theatre promises front and center.

When it is over, you don’t want to leave the room.

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