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    From the current national touring production of Les Misérables, I was recently able to interview actor Joshua Grosso, who plays Marius…
    https://www.broadwayworld.com/raleigh/article/BWW-TV-Joshua-Grosso-of-LES-MISERABLES-National-Tour-20180124

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    A Bronx Tale continues to overcome all its disadvantages. First, it survived mixed reviews and complete shutout by the Tony nominating committee, then it’s still running on Broadway, and now it’ll be launching a national tour…
    https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/A-BRONX-TALE-is-Launching-a-North-American-Tour-20180130

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    I got to catch the current national touring production of Les Misérables last night, and here are my thoughts…

    I never saw the original staging, but I am well aware of what it was like. The revamped staging that’s touring the country isn’t radically different from the original, though there are still some key differences. There’s no on stage turntable, and there’s no black box setting. In place of the latter are more visual projections inspired by some of Victor Hugo’s paintings that along with Matt Kinley’s physical scenery make up the set. Though with all of that being said, I think the real power behind Les Misérables is its timeless story filled with unforgettable characters that are brought to life by an incredible troupe of actors. Not to mention that there are a number of breathtaking renditions of some of the musical’s most iconic songs.

    Nick Cartell gives a strong performance as Jean Valjean, the ex-convict who has one of the best character arcs ever written for any story. Josh Davis as Inspector Javert gives a performance that’s threatening, yet at times, showed that character’s empathy as he firmly believes in justice of the law, and has no room for mercy. Melissa Mitchell gave a soulful performance as Fantine, a broken spirited woman who would do anything she can to care for her daughter, Cosette. Joshua Grosso gives a charismatic performance as the student revolutionary Marius, who falls in love with Cosette, now all grown-up, taken care of by Jean Valjean, and charmingly portrayed by Jillian Butler. Talia Simone Robinson gives a heartfelt performance as Éponine, a street urchin who as romantic feelings for Marius, yet suffers from unrequited love. In a musical that in english is titled The Miserables, J. Anthony Crane & Allison Guinn provide some much needed comic relief as the Thénardiers, second-rate thieves who lead a gang of street thugs.

    Overall, I think Les Misérables is a magnificent musical with a beautiful score by Claude-Michel Schönberg & Alain Boublil (with English translations of the lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer) that manages to be uplifting through dire circumstances. This was my fourth time seeing it on stage, and it’s still one of my all-time favorite musicals.

    You Can Read My Full Review Here

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    The most recent Broadway revival of Falsettos will be launching a national tour next winter…
    https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Breaking-FALSETTOS-Will-Launch-National-Tour-in-2019-20180206

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    Rock Of Ages will be launching a 10th anniversary tour this October. https://www.broadway.com/buzz/191129/dont-stop-believin-rock-of-ages-musical-will-hit-the-road-in-fall-2018/

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    Taking on the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi in the upcoming national touring production of Hello, Dolly! will be none other than Tony-winning Broadway legend, Betty Buckley!
    https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Breaking-Broadway-Legend-Betty-Buckley-Will-Lead-National-Tour-of-HELLO-DOLLY-20180212

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    adamunc
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    That seems like very odd casting to me. I’m having a hard time seeing her in the role. Her voice type seems wrong and her brittle comic style isn’t a match to the material. But maybe she’ll draw on her Eight is Enough years to find the right warmth for Dolly.

    There was a rumor that Christine Ebersole would be doing the tour, which seemed a perfect fit.

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    Betty better come to Boston! 🙂

    For the finest in film reviews and awards analysis (and my annual Oscar predictions contest), please visit me at The Awards Connection!

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    And Rochester!!

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    The Durham Performing Arts Center is the venue where I go review the national touring productions that come to Durham, North Carolina. They’ve just revealed their 2018-19 Broadway season, and it includes…

    Hamilton – November 6th-December 2nd
    Fiddler on the Roof – January 8th-13th
    Miss Saigon – January 22nd-27th
    Charlie & the Chocolate Factory – February 12th-17th
    Dear Evan Hansen – March 12th-17th
    Anastasia – April 16th-21st
    Hello, Dolly! – May 21st – 26th
    Cats – June 4th-9th

    For the most part, it looks like a pretty exciting season. I’ve already seen three of these shows on Broadway (Hamilton, Fiddler on the Roof, and Hello, Dolly!), and I’m very excited to see them again. Fiddler is one of my all-time favorite musicals, and I’m very happy to see that the most recent revival will have a second life on the road. I’ve only been able to see Miss Saigon through its Fathom Event, so the opportunity to see it in person will be a first for me. I’ve actually interviewed someone who was in the workshops for Dear Evan Hansen, so I wonder if she’ll be in the tour. I have a soft spot for Anastasia. I’m a fan of the 1997 animated film, as well as Ahrens & Flaherty’s score for the Broadway show. While it may not have gotten the best reviews in the world, I am curious to see it for myself. While the casting of Betty Buckley as Dolly Levi has been up for discussion, I’m still very excited to see her on stage.

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    Here’s the interview I was talking about.

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    The Durham Performing Arts Center is the venue where I go review the national touring productions that come to Durham, North Carolina. They’ve just revealed their 2018-19 Broadway season, and it includes…

    Hamilton – November 6th-December 2nd
    Fiddler on the Roof – January 8th-13th
    Miss Saigon – January 22nd-27th
    Charlie & the Chocolate Factory – February 5th-10th
    Dear Evan Hansen – March 12th-17th
    Anastasia – April 16th-21st
    Hello, Dolly! – May 21st – 26th
    Cats – June 4th-9th

    For the most part, it looks like a pretty exciting season. I’ve already seen three of these shows on Broadway (Hamilton, Fiddler on the Roof, and Hello, Dolly!), and I’m very excited to see them again

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