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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Gordon Shines as Boston’s Lucky Star

Singin’ in the Rain was a star vehicle movie musical for the unmatchable Gene Kelly as Don Lockwood, the Golden Globes Best Supporting Actor-winning Donald O’Connor as Cosmo Brown, and the Oscar Best Supporting Actress Jean Hagen as Lina Lamont. However, the glorious feeling comes when the rising star Debbie Reynolds gained critical success as young ingénue Kathy Selden.  Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston mounts an astonishingly impressive stage production of the MGM classic movie with talented leading actors, strong supporting successes, energetic ensemble, and thrilling technical elements.  However, 2013 My Theatre (Boston) Award Nominee Gillian Mariner Gordon’s star turn as Kathy Selden rivals, and surpasses, Debbie Reynolds, making the production not to be missed as we see the making of Boston’s new lucky star.

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Quadruple-Threat Leads “The Lambeth Walk”

Me and My Girl at Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston in Waltham is a whimsical look at the by-gone days of lords and ladies, titles and toddies, coats of arms and family crests. Underneath the silliness of the plot, Reagle Music Theatre’s impressive cast finds heart in loyalty, love, and lots of laughter. While the script drags, the leading actors and energetic ensemble keep the show moving at the perfect pace, delighting audiences of all ages for a fun night at the theatre.

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“A Heart Full of Love” for Reagle’s "Les Misérables"

Some of the best reviews are the hardest to write. When the lights rose after the curtain call of Reagle Music Theatre’s Les Misérables, I didn’t know whether to clap or cry. Disclaimer: Despite a few attempts to see this show in the last five or six years, I have avoided it because of a fantastic production that I saw in London. However, Reagle’s production exceeded expectations ten-fold. With few blemishes, this production shone as true mastery of the professional possible in the Greater Boston area.

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Reagle's "Fiddler on the Roof" Lacks Tradition

Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston presents their Fiddler on the Roof, billing the production as “Scott Wahle in Fiddler on the Roof”. Wahle does an adequate job in the iconic role of Tevye, a Jewish milkman in the poor town of Anatevka. However, the real heart of the production comes in the surprises from some of the supporting stars. Despite these strong efforts, Reagle struggles to develop the spirit of a traditional production of Fiddler bogged down by ineffective director choices.

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