SpeakEasy’s "Bridges" Builds A Gorgeous Home

SpeakEasy’s "Bridges" Builds A Gorgeous Home

SpeakEasy Stage Company does a wonderful job of inviting the audience in to enjoy the close of their 26th season with a gorgeous musical and a stellar cast in The Bridges of Madison County. While the original run of this production on Broadway was short-lived (lasting only 3 months with seasoned performers Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale), the show should be recognized for its musical and storytelling mastery. This production helps remind us of that beauty, and I hope that more companies will join SpeakEasy by giving this beautiful show the care and attention that it deserves.

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Riding The Highs of Reagle's "Carousel" Healed My Heart

Amidst tragedy in our world, Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston shines with its bright and hopeful production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel.  Under the skillful and innovative direction of Director-Choreographer Rachel Bertone, and a heavenly cast of Boston-favorite performers, Carousel becomes a “can’t be missed” production about missed opportunities, second chances, and the power of love and hope from within the darkness.

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Don't You Wait to See Ellis' Fair and Loverly Eliza Doolittle

There are few things as enchanting as rediscovering a once familiar musical through a new perspective.  Jennifer Ellis’ strong-willed Eliza Doolittle is not only a delight to watch, but a masterpiece of style and grace.  The Lyric Stage Company of Boston freshens the story of My Fair Lady into a modern take of capitalism, ambition, and human connection.  Director Scott Edmiston reimagines the world in the 1930s London, complete with top hats and empire waists, breadlines and soulful melodies.  This My Fair Lady feels even more accessible because of the nuanced acting by Ellis and the charming ignorance of Christopher Chew as Henry Higgins.  The sixteen cast members provide gusto and life to the challenging and lengthy musical making this fit perfectly as an intimate chamber musical with all of the excitement and expertise that the Lyric Stage Company of Boston is known throughout the region.  With an emphasis on storytelling this season, The Lyric brings a new story of rags-to-riches and poppy-cock-to-caviar dreams to its stage, but its heightened emphasis on treating people with dignity and finding the human connection that transcends class and economic status are themes worth dancing all night with this talented cast.

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Ellis and Clark Bring "Wonderful Town" to Life

The rarely-done Wonderful Town, most well known for its music by Leonard Bernstein, concludes Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston’s forty-seventh season.  The campy, rollicking ride through New York City would be nothing without song-birds Jennifer Ellis and Katie Anne Clark. Wonderful Town surprises in its classic and brassy score and its committed ensemble with Ellis and Clark leading the crowd in rousing group numbers and pacing the show at a delightfully sharp clip. Both Ellis and Clark have proven themselves capable of star-studded success in recent individual performances, but it is their sisterly love and comedic duo that make them an unforgettable pairing for a musical treat to end the summer on a high note.

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