Live theater’s ability to transport us to different situations and show us others’ stories makes a solid home run in the play Toni Stone, now receiving a rousing, heartfelt production through Aug. 11 at the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Laura Pels Theatre in New York City.
Theatreworks USA’s touring production of The Lightning Thief is what results from mixing a young adult classic with a rock concert vibe à la Rent: a sometimes intense, yet always laid back feel-good romp that will leave audiences wishing that they, too, had a Greek god as a parent.
Even writing about it the next day, the warmth still glows. In this time, to quote a lyric from another show, “of cold and darkness, in this terrifying night,” the affirmation of basic human decency engendered by the national tour of Come From Away stays comfortably nestled inside, nurturing hope for the future.
The Wedding Singer musical is a lively winning goofball vibe poking good-natured fun at that geological era known as “The ‘80s” in the inaugural offering of Jolt Productions, a professional company in Boca Raton.
Intentional or not, Slow Burn Theatre Company producing Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at the height of Pride Week, near the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, is the ultimate synergistic commentary. Its edition of the reliably infectious feel-good musical rises another level into a conscious celebration of identity. Indeed, pride unfettered and unabashed explodes with the pure joy.
The national tour of A Bronx Tale is proof that if producers hire enough really talented people, you can make an inarguably entertaining musical out of damn near anything.
Hialeah-born actor Nick Duckart is coming home again from New York City. But he is a long way from the days struggling to sell televisions at Circuit City or vending souvenirs for shows at Lincoln Center. This visit fulfills a long-time dream: appearing in the national tour of the musical Come From Away— but being a crucial part of an emotionally powerful musical with an unusually close-knit company.
Sisters opens and closes exactly as expected – two women from disparate socio-economic backgrounds spar and clash, but two hours later have bonded over the common need to remake their lives. But the affecting journey between those points is far from some simplistic television movie of the week.