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Coming to Spokane: ‘Office’ scene-stealer Creed Bratton

Now, with his “Office” days behind him, Bratton tours the country, bringing a blend of comedy and music to audiences everywhere. He’ll land at the Bing in Spokane in July. …

For live ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ NBC turns to a Legend

Most Easter Sundays, you can find John Legend at home, helping cook a big dinner for family and friends. Except this Easter. He’ll be a little busy – being Jesus …

Theater review: Strong vocal performances, cute kids carry ‘The Sound of Music’

All told, the national touring production of the venerable “The Sound of Music” that opened Thursday at the INB Performing Arts Center is a testament to the strengths of a …

Civic aims to draws audiences in with suspenseful ‘Dial M for Murder’

“Dial M for Murder” opens at Spokane Civic Theatre on Friday and runs through April 8.

UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 4:55 p.m.

Lake City Playhouse’s ‘Quilters’ shares the hardships, successes of pioneer women

“Quilters,” which features a book by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek and music and lyrics by Damashek, opens at Lake City Playhouse on Friday and runs through April 8.

UPDATED: Mon., March 19, 2018, 11:26 a.m.

‘Hamilton’ and ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ stars release new song

Miranda has been releasing “Hamilton”-related content each month in a series called Hamildrop. Previous releases have included a track cut from “Hamilton,” “Ben Franklin’s Song,” recorded by the Portland band …

UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018, 3:36 p.m.

Spokane Valley Summer Theatre heading ‘Into the Woods’

Spokane Valley Summer Theatre will go “Into the Woods” in late July. Stephen Sondheim’s fairy-tale musical will take over the Central Valley Performing Arts Center July 13-29.

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 10:04 p.m.

Theater review: ‘Hamilton’ proves why it’s a theatrical sensation

When it comes to “Hamilton,” it’s magical to be in the room where it happens. Since it opened in New York three years ago, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s sung-through musical about America’s …

Five things to know about ‘Hamilton’

Yes, a lot of people like “Hamilton,” even if they’ve not seen it. Which is why when producers announced a second U.S. tour that would launch in Seattle before heading …

Gonzaga’s ‘Coming Home’ explores transition from base to basketball

The original play was written using excerpts from interviews conducted as part of the school’s Oral History of Homecoming Project.

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 3:12 p.m.

‘York’ revived to celebrate Black History Month

In 2004, Spokane Civic Theatre’s playwright-in-residence Bryan Harnetiaux received a request from Gonzaga University’s drama department to write a play about the 1804 Lewis and Clark expedition. Harnetiaux said he …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 25, 2018, 7:35 p.m.

Theater review: ‘Motown: The Musical’ brings the highs and lows – and plenty of hits – to the INB stage

Based on Barry Gordy’s memoir, and with a book by Gordy himself, “Motown: The Musical” is a sleek and slick look at one of the most influential record labels in …

Theater review: Cast takes audience on a wild ride in Civics’ ‘Cactus Flower’

Wynn brought just the right amount of youthful energy to Simmons and wonderfully illustrated the character’s transformation throughout the course of the play, and Rideout was a great leading man, …

For funnyman Tim Meadows, stand-up is his latest avenue for comedy delivery

Fans in the Spokane area will get a chance to check out Meadow’s act when he headlines two nights at the Spokane Comedy Club. It’s a return engagement to the …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 2:18 p.m.

Theater review: Heartfelt ‘Falsettos’ good step for rebounding Lake City

This Tony-winning musical by William Finn and James Lapine is a critical darling and cult favorite. On opening night, an audience member could be heard telling others, “You’re going to …

Out-of-step musicals

Reviving the hallmarks of our musical theater heritage is such a widespread practice on the American stage that the mores of bygone ages are going to be dredged up and …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 2:37 p.m.

‘Falsettos’ arrives in Coeur d’Alene with its story of family and love

This nearly perfect musical about a decidedly imperfect family opens at Coeur d’Alene’s Lake City Playhouse this weekend and is being staged in the region for this first time since …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 10:36 p.m.

Theater review: At 20, ‘Rent’ is wearing its age very well

The 20th anniversary tour of Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer- and Tony-winning rock opera adaptation of “La Boheme” brings a youthful energy to the INB Performing Arts Center.

Lake City Playhouse takes on ‘Every Christmas Story Ever Told’

Coeur d’Alene’s nonprofit theater company will stage “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)” beginning Friday and continuing through Dec. 17. The three-person comedy replaces “A Doll’s House” on …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017, 10:16 a.m.

‘Hamilton’ is headed to Puerto Rico, with Lin-Manuel Miranda reprising lead role

Meanwhile, tickets sales for the “Hamilton” run in Seattle were brisk.

‘Monk’ star Tony Shalhoub returns to Broadway in ‘irresistible’ musical

Finding his voice for each character, whether it’s the Italian-flavored “The Big Night,” or a space alien in “Men in Black,” is one of the first things Tony Shaloub works …

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 15, 2017, 1:48 p.m.

Stage Left taps Molly Allen as its resident playwright

Allen will be the subject of a showcase in October featuring previous staged works and a reading from a new play.

Spotlight: Travolta sisters seek story submissions for holiday show

For “Christmas with a Twist,” Ellen and Margaret Travolta want to share your stories.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 1:29 p.m.

He writes, he acts, he tells jokes: Michael Ian Black will showcase it all in Spokane

On Saturday, before finishing up his last night at the Spokane Comedy Club, the actor-comedian-writer will hold two events at Auntie’s: one for the kids and one for their parents.

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 11, 2017, 4:57 p.m.

‘Million Dollar Quartet’ at CST a rockin’ good time

“Million Dollar Quartet,” now playing at Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, is a jukebox musical that tells a story of that time when Carl Perkins was recording, backed by a young …

CdA Summer Theatre visits the classic ‘South Pacific’

Staging a production of “South Pacific” comes with two distinct historical challenges. The setting, the Pacific Campaign in World War II, stems from Pulitzer Prize material from James A. Michener, …

UPDATED: Sat., July 1, 2017, 10:54 p.m.

Theater review: ‘Phantom of the Opera’ still has the power to thrill

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s megahit lands at the INB Performing Arts Center, courtesy of the Best of Broadway series.

UPDATED: Mon., June 12, 2017, 4:33 p.m.

Theater refuses to buckle after ‘Caesar’ Trump criticism

Though the Public’s version of William Shakespeare’s classic play is unchanged from its 400-year-old original, the production portrays Caesar with a gold bathtub and a pouty Slavic wife. President Trump’s …

Coeur d’Alene’s Laura Little feels good about Tony chances for ‘Come From Away’

“Come From Away” has some momentum, too, having won top honors at the Drama Desk Awards, the Outer Critics Circle, and the Helen Hayes Awards.

UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017, 5:47 p.m.

Kevin Spacey tight-lipped about his plans as host of Tonys

Spacey says he’s been busy with producers figuring out how to approach his first big hosting gig on Sunday. He’s been spending the last few weeks seeing Broadway shows to …