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November 29, 2021 at 7:18 am #1204612281
A stage production of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel will tour the U.K. next year before a planned West End run in 2023. https://www.playbill.com/article/the-best-exotic-marigold-hotel-stage-adaptation-will-tour-uk-prior-to-west-endNovember 30, 2021 at 8:43 pm #1204616575
Girl From The North Country will embark on a U.K. and Ireland tour next year. The tour will kick off in Dublin on June 25. https://www.playbill.com/article/girl-from-the-north-country-will-embark-on-uk-and-ireland-tourDecember 2, 2021 at 8:28 am #1204619646
Tyrone Huntley, who opened the 2016 production of Jesus Christ Superstar at London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, will reprise his role as Judas Iscariot in the North American touring production, beginning tonight and playing until January 2nd, 2022 at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Tyrone-Huntley-Joins-JESUS-CHRIST-SUPERSTAR-Tour-as-Judas-20211202December 11, 2021 at 10:05 am #1204644093
Last night, I got to see the national tour of Ain’t Too Proud in my area of residence. Today, I give my review.
Book writer Dominique Morisseau does such an expert job of narrowing down all the events Otis Williams and the original Temptations have gone through into a two and a half hour script. Tons of information flies by right at the seat of your pants. Director Des McAnuff also keeps things moving very well in his staging. The lighting designed by the late Howell Binkley is so dynamic. Not only are there standout moments with all the musical numbers (that are brought to life with the help of Sergio Trujillo’s highly energetic choreography and Harold Wheeler’s upbeat orchestrations), but also more tender moments in the book scenes that are handled very well by the strong performances of the cast.
Marcus Paul James makes for quite a compelling Otis Williams, the last surviving member of the original Temptations who narrates this musical. Harrell Holmes, Jr. is a comedic highlight as bass singer Melvin Franklin. Elijah Ahmad Lewis gives such an outstanding performance as David Ruffin, who was later fired from the group due to his difficult behavior. He even gets to show off some powerhouse vocals at different points in the show. Jalen Harris is very charismatic as Eddie Kendricks, who became detached from The Temptations following Ruffin’s departure. James T. Lane is terrific as Paul Williams, who ended up departing the group after having fallen into depression due to stress from performing and personal issues.
Overall, Ain’t Too Proud is a great crowd-pleasing musical that tells the remarkable true story behind The Temptations. This show is able to provide a good amount of historical context to what happened during the era of the classic 5. Audiences are absolutely gonna go nuts for it.December 15, 2021 at 8:15 pm #1204659171
Spamilton: An American Parody will launch a national tour next year, beginning in Sheboygan, Wisconsin on January 22. https://www.playbill.com/article/spamilton-an-american-parody-national-tour-announces-2022-performance-datesDecember 17, 2021 at 3:43 am #1204661960December 17, 2021 at 2:15 pm #1204663105
Now national touring productions are starting to cancel performances due to breakthrough COVID-19 cases in their companies. Pretty Woman has ended its run in Chicago earlier because of this.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/PRETTY-WOMAN-Tour-Cancels-Remaining-Chicago-Performances-Due-To-Breakthrough-COVID-19-Cases-20211217December 18, 2021 at 4:51 am #1204664110December 18, 2021 at 7:58 am #1204664306
I’ve bought a ticket to see My Fair Lady at Rochester’s Auditorium Theatre on February 26. Here’s hoping COVID doesn’t cancel it like did with Hello, Dolly! for me in 2020.December 20, 2021 at 8:57 am #1204668574December 22, 2021 at 1:32 pm #1204674329December 29, 2021 at 3:07 pm #1204685726Not now
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