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A near epic vision unfolds in Slow Burn Theatre Company’s brave, ambitious and dark The Hunchback of Notre Dame resulting in the one of the most powerful musicals seen in South Florida in recent years featuring two memorable performances, a hardworking ensemble and orchestra, evocative production values and an invaluable choir flanking the stage.
Déjà vu is inevitable for John Rubinstein as he portrays the father of the title protagonist in Pippin revival’s national tour coming to the Broward Center next week. After all, Rubinstein created the young man’s role in his Broadway debut 42 years ago. So while he’s on stage acting in one show, another one sometimes nibbles at his consciousness.
It is wonderful to see creativity in approaching a work that isn’t usually staged; the bad news is, when it doesn’t come together, all of the inventiveness is lost. Such is the case with The Plaza Theatre’s mounting of Rags.
Few Broadway shows can equal the track record of 1986’s Rags: closed after four performances, rewritten, remounted, rewritten again. There are at least 10 scripts. But something about the drama about immigrants on the Lower East Side keeps artists and audiences coming back. And now, Rags has been overhauled for a run at The Plaza Theatre in Manalapan.
Those big budget companies make productions with much smaller budgets such as Boca Raton Theatre Guild seem to be missing something – when, in fact, their Pippin this season has outstanding elements that are just as fine as those found in better heeled-companies.
The sparse crowd Saturday night at Actors Playhouse must be a result of people thinking, “Oh, I like it well enough, but I’ve seen Godspell.” But they’d be wrong, to their loss. This earnest troupe led by director David Arisco has reinterpreted and re-imagined for the umpteenth time the venerable warhorse so that it seems fresh and familiar at the same time.
Theater Shelf, a recurring feature by our reviewer Brad Hathaway, reviews recently-released books, CDs and DVDs of interest to theater lovers. This week: the new Phantom of the Opera CD/DVD, Cleopatra and the new Godspell
Actors Playhouse’s 2012-2013 season will feature something old, something new, something you may have heard of but likely never seen, and something only the playwright’s mother is aware of — and all intriguing: In The Heights, Godspell, Fox on the Runway and The Last Five Years
The Caldwell Theatre Company has replaced two of its previously announced shows. The first to go is that perennial favorite mixing drama and comedy, the ever-popular TBA. (They never seem to actually get that one on the boards.) The pinch …