Tag Archives: Julia Adams

Reviewed by Lee Shepherd True confessions: I know Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore inside and out – but only as a pit orchestra musician. I always wondered what was going on above my head, what all the foot stomping was about and why the audience was snickering, chortling and guffawing. Friday night (July 15) in the Anderson Center, at the Summer Savoyards' eighth production of Pinafore, I found out. The operetta subtitled “The Lass That Loved A Sailor,” is simply hilarious – not just for the infectiously hummable tunes,...
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

If you really love musicals and can’t get enough of them this summer, the relatively new group SPARE (Singers Performers Actors Repertory Entertainment) has put together an energetic production of Chicago, the long-running Broadway show by Fred Ebb (book and lyrics), Bob Fosse (book) and John Kander (music). (more…)

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Reviewed by Tony Villecco The Summer Savoyards' has successfully mounted a fun, colorful and energetic production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s perennial favorite operetta, The Mikado. Friday’s house (July 17) at Binghamton University was quite full with an appreciative audience who kept up with the unique British humor sprinkled with modern-day references. After a clean, if somewhat literal, interpretation of the overture, the fine orchestra kept a brisk pace throughout under the direction of Kimberly Bemis Tyler. This particular group of musicians played very well with only an occasional disconnect...
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Reviewed by Sherri Strichman Tri-Cities Opera’s final production of the season, Gounod's Faust, opened last night (April 17) to great audience approval, some of it well-deserved. The opera is adapted from Goethe’s tale of an aged scholar who has become so jaded with life that he has nothing to live for. He makes a deal with the devil for youth and new experiences.  This production, conducted by Thomas Muraco, was directed by Martha Collins with scenic design by Wally Coberg, lighting design by Douglas Macur, original costume design...
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Reviewed by George Basler The Taming of the Shrew is one of William Shakespeare's more controversial plays, as well as one of his best known. If taken seriously, the misogynistic tone and message of female submissiveness can be grating, even offensive, to modern audiences. Thankfully, the Endicott Performing Arts Center's production, which opened Thursday (Aug. 16) and will run through Sunday (Aug. 19), doesn't take itself seriously. The show is a pleasant, if not exactly memorable, diversion for a warm summer's evening. Read more

Reviewed by Tony Villecco

The Summer Savoyards opened their 51st season Thursday (July 14)  at Binghamton University’s Anderson Center with, surely, something for everyone. With its colorful costumes, stage lighting, sets and music, this performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Patience" will please the most diehard G&S fans while, perhaps, make believers out of those with no previous exposure to the English duo's satires with their very unique place in musical evolution.

"Patience" was G&S's take on the excesses of the aesthetic movement. The pace for this...

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