Tag Archives: Terri Jo Ramia

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...
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By George Basler The Southern Tier, during the past year, wallowed in revenge, murder, cannibalism and lust. Don’t panic: We’re not talking real life here, but the world of the stage. For whatever reason, Broome and neighboring counties were treated to three productions of Sweeney Todd, Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s classic musical horror story about a naïve barber who becomes a revengeful serial killer. The Endicott Performing Arts Center mounted a production last fall and Tri-Cities Opera in the spring. The Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown is currently staging the bloody...
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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...
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Reviewed by George Basler Being totally blindsided by a show doesn’t happen very often. But that’s what happened to me last weekend when I saw bare: A Pop Opera, staged by SRO Underground, a branch of SRO Productions III. Even though the musical has played in New York City and across the country, I didn’t know much about the show, except that it focused on a group of students coming of age in a Catholic boarding school. I was expecting a snide, bitter send-up of Catholic school education...
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Were the arts in your weekend? How could they NOT be, with so much going on? In fact, there were too many attractions and performances for us to cover here at BAMirror. So, please, please tell us what you did in the arts by adding a comment to this entry and by checking out Nancy Oliveri's review of The Drowsy Chaperone and George Basler's review of bare: A Pop Opera. Also here is a review of bare: A Pop Opera, submitted by a blog reader, "heldencomprimario": I know. ...
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