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March 8, 2020

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel is a troublesome musical because of the perception that it romanticizes domestic violence. The production performed in concert at the Midland Center for the Arts transforms this preconception by presenting a narrative that portrays tw...

March 8, 2020

In 1943, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein revolutionized musical theatre with Oklahoma! a musical theatre piece that relied less on spectacle, broad comedy and big dance numbers, and more on a realistic script full of complex characters and darker subject matter....

February 8, 2020

They’re Playing Our Song; with book by Neil Simon, music by Marvin Hamilisch, and lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager; premiered on Broadway in 1979 and ran for almost two and a half years. It tells the story of the budding professional and personal relationship of composer V...

February 8, 2020

Neil Simon’s “They’re Playing Our Song” is a semi-autobiographical story of the relationship between Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager from the time of their earliest collaboration. The fact that the music for the show is by Hamlisch and the lyrics by Sager makes...

October 10, 2019

Collaborations of any kind are challenging. Each of these area theatres has their own resources, processes and cultures and you can imagine the kind of train wreck a huge production like this could have been. Managing Director of Pit & Balcony, Amy Spadafore, Director...

September 29, 2019

I know I’m a little late to the game when it comes to seeing Mamma Mia! at the Midland Center For The Arts, in collaboration with Bay City Players and Pit & Balcony But I’m glad I made it.. This show feels like a celebration, and is so much fun. The elements - acting,...

July 11, 2019

As a college student attending the cheap midnight weekend movies in 1982, I saw Rocky Horror Picture Show for the first time. The difference between this movie and the other midnight movies (think Attack of the Killer Tomatoes or Plan 9 From Outer Space) wasRocky Horro...

July 11, 2019

It would seem redundant to begin a review of the Rocky Horror Show, something we’ve probably all encountered in our lives countless times, with a synopsis, so I’ll be brief. Newly engaged Brad Majors (Spencer Beyerlein) and Janet Weiss (Erica Close) find themselves wit...

June 20, 2019

Spring Awakening, the 2006 Tony Award winning rock musical by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater (based off the 1891 German play by Frank Wedekind), is the inaugural production by Tri-Cities Young Adult (TCYA) Theatre.  An ambitious and somewhat controversial show, Spring A...

May 13, 2019

A theatre wedding never goes as planned. Never. Something always shakes things up. Always. The question is “who,” “what,” and “how.” I’m not going to give much away in this review because Pit & Balcony’s production of It Shoulda Been You, with book and lyrics by Brian...

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