Monthly Archives: January 2013

  • “Love Makes the World Go ‘Round” kicks off its world premiere in Phoenix

    Posted on January 31, 2013 by downtowndevil in Reviews.

    It’s a pretty safe bet that a show will be worth seeing when the musical arranger and piano accompanist from a hit show such as Glee is involved in it. However, when the same man is both arranging the music and staring in the show, it becomes a must-see for anyone who’s a theatre or music lover.

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  • The Fox on the Fairway tees off

    Posted on January 28, 2013 by downtowndevil in Reviews.

    By Cody Merritt Larkin “Drives, chips, putts, who knows what could happen.” A comedic exposé full of rivalry, love, and golf, humored theatergoers Saturday at the opening night of Actors Theatre’s production of The Fox on the Fairway. Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig’s English farce follows a structured plot, with the show’s characters finding themselves in […]

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  • A S’Wonderful Show

    Posted on January 21, 2013 by downtowndevil in Reviews.

    Before S’Wonderful, I had never heard of the Gershwin brothers, which probably has to do with my age. I walked into Phoenix Theatre not knowing a single song that would be sang on the stage that night. Usually, I go into the show knowing at least a little bit about it, but since the show was a complete mystery to me, I let it remain a mystery as I took my seat 15 minutes before curtain with an open mind.
    Written by Ray Roderick and first performed in 2010, the show is composed of five mini-musicals inspired by the music and lives of George and Ira Gershwin. Of course, the brothers also wrote all 42 songs sang in the musical and were a hit on Broadway during their active years. The two created musical comedies such as Funny Face in 1927 and Of Thee I Sing in 1931, which was the first musical comedy to win a Pulitzer Prize.

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  • A matchmaker puppeteer and her puppets

    Posted on January 15, 2013 by downtowndevil in Reviews.

    For those who haven’t read Emma by Jane Austen and have yet to see any sort of musical adaptation of it, it’s about Emma Woodhouse, a young, beautiful, privileged and slightly spoiled (she’s a brat) young woman in England during the 1800s.

    When Emma’s governess and close friend gets married, Emma decides she is the one to thank for the couple’s success and realizes her true calling: A matchmaker. Throughout the show, Emma’s matchmaking brings many complications to her friends and laughter to the audience as she tries to both create and find love.

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