Posts Tagged ‘UC Irvine’

AVENUE Q

A beefed-up cast of fourteen terrifically talented student performers and some inspired directorial tweaks make UC Irvine’s Avenue Q the best of the five productions I’ve seen since first discovering it on Broadway a baker’s-dozen years ago.
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PARADE

The UCI Claire Trevor School Of The Arts’ Department Of Drama opens its 2016-2017 season with a powerful, superbly performed big-stage revival of Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry’s Parade.
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MAN OF LA MANCHA

UC Irvine celebrates its Golden Anniversary—and that of the Best Musical Tony-winning Broadway classic Man Of La Mancha—with a student production that, despite a problematic use of “Spanish accents,” once again rivals the best our professional regional theaters have to offer.
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SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS

Musicals don’t get any more dark and twisted (or come with scores any more gorgeous) than the rarely staged Sweet Smell Of Success, just two of the many reasons to catch UC Irvine’s sensational all-student production, one that rivals the best our professional companies have to offer, albeit with a far more youthful cast.
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NICKEL MINES

On October 2, 2006, a 32-year-old husband and father entered an Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, took hostage ten girls ages 6 to 13 , shot five of them to death, critically injured the remaining five, then took his own life. Hardly the stuff of your average, everyday musical, and in fact Andrew Palermo’s Nickel Mines (co-written with Shannon Stoeke and Dan Dyer) proves neither average nor everyday but something quite extraordinary indeed, tragedy turned into art, and the power of grace as it may never have been shown before.
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ANTHONY C. CHATMON II

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BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON


The Occupy Wall Street spirit of 2011 lives on in 2013 as a dozen-and-a-half phenomenally talented UC Irvine triple-threats give the politics of two centuries ago a thrillingly contemporary feel in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, now in its final performances at UCI’s Claire Trevor Theatre.
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SPRING AWAKENING


An extraordinarily talented team of students and faculty, including Broadway hoofer-turned-choreographer extraordinaire Andrew Palermo, have joined forces to create a Spring Awakening so fresh and original, my guess is that book writer-lyricist Steven Sater and composer Duncan Sheik might have a hard time choosing between the Broadway production and UC Irvine’s thoroughly original re-envisioning of their ground-breaking 2007 Tony-winning Best Musical.
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