Tri-Cities Opera Announces Terrence McNally’s
"Master Class"Tri-Cities Opera is presenting a company premiere, Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning play, MASTER CLASS, which will be performed in the Opera Center’s intimate Savoca Hibbitt Hall at 315 Clinton Street from February 23-25, 2018. MASTER CLASS marks the third production of TCO’s 69th season, and its first time collaboration with Theatre Street Productions. It will also commemorate the 40th anniversary of Maria Callas’ passing and the 95th year of her birth.
Reviewed by Tony Villecco Writing a short story can be challenging; writing a research paper can be daunting. But to actually compose a full-scale musical must be something akin to sitting in the dentist's chair and waiting for the Novocain to kick in. Where to start? How to revise? Months of painstaking workmanship finally giving way to relief and, hopefully, a contented author. (more…)...Read more
Reviewed by George Basler Hold on to your hats: a human tornado in the form of Mama Rose is anchoring an outstanding new production of Gypsy by the Endicott Performing Arts Center Repertory Company. Mama Rose is the centerpiece of the show, and Terri-Jo Ramia gives a blistering performance as the classic stage mother who plays out her own frustrated dreams of fame through the lives of her two children. The rest of the cast is equally good, from the leads to the supporting players to those filling smaller...Read more
Reviewed by George Basler In the 37 years since it was first staged, Sweeney Todd has become one of Stephen Sondheim’s most produced musicals. It’s also one of the darkest musicals ever to grace the Broadway stage. Hearts and flowers aren’t on display here. Instead, hatred, lust and depravity take center stage in the penny-dreadful tale of bloody revenge in Victorian London. The musical requires the cast to convey the right tone and also perform a difficult score with complex lyrical passages, atonal melodies and counterpoint. So it...Read more
Reprising the role for the fifth (and certainly not the last) time with her company, Theatre Street Productions, Andrea Gregori this weekend is bringing her signature portrayal of diva Maria Callas to the Endicott Performing Arts Center. This not-to-be-missed performance, previously presented regionally at the Ti-Ahwaga Playhouse in Owego, the Roberson Center in Binghamton and the Waverly Opera House, is a tour de force for Gregori. (more…)...Read more
Reviewed by George Basler The King and I is one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most loved and familiar musicals, coming in just after The Sound of Music on the popularity scale. And that’s both a blessing and a curse for the production running through Sunday at the Endicott Performing Arts Center’s Robert Eckert Theatre. On the blessing side, the show is such a proven crowd-pleaser that the audience is hot-wired to love it for its wonderful, if old-fashioned, songs and compelling plot. The fact that the stage is...Read more
Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri For a perfect way to end a long week, check out the Stephen Sondheim/Hugh Wheeler musical, A Little Night Music, at Owego's Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center. The show, directed by James Osborne, finds its inspiration in Mozart, Shakespeare and the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night. But even without those references, the average theater-goer can enjoy this for what it is -- a romantic comedy with no shortage of great music. Night Music is one of those shows that I just never happened...Read more