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UPDATED: Fri., July 3, 2020

Hamilton and Me: Why I will cry myself dehydrated on July 3

When, a handful of years ago, I heard my best friend Val’s 10-year-old daughter rap a song about the son of a whore and a Scotsman, it seemed strange that …

UPDATED: Fri., May 15, 2020

Stopped cold: ‘Frozen’ musical on Broadway not to reopen

The big-budget musical “Frozen” will not reopen when Broadway theaters restart.

Spokane Civic Theatre streaming returns with ‘Curious Incident,’ ‘Young Frankenstein’

The shows must go on! Spokane Civic Theatre’s streaming series returns tonight at 7:30 with the Tony Award-winning “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time,” followed by “Young …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

Updated ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ keeps the rock in rock opera

This latest production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s 1971 rock musical, based on the Olivier Award-winning revival staged in London in 2016, brings “Jesus Christ Superstar” into the …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 14, 2019

Leap of faith: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ looks forward by going back to the beginning

If you were alive in the 1970s, chances were good you had a copy of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s hit concept album “Jesus Christ Superstar” in your vinyl …

‘Miss Saigon’: For Emily Bautista, playing Kim in stage spectacle a childhood dream come true

Set against the backdrop of the war in Vietnam, “Miss Saigon” tells the story of a doomed Vietnamese girl, Kim, a prostitute who falls in love with an American soldier …

Review: ‘Mamma Mia!’ ends season on high, fabulous note

If you’ve never understood why every energetic theater kid fawns over “Mamma Mia!,” you’ll get it after this production. It’s inspiring to see the direction of Yvonne A.K. Johnson fleshed …

Emma Larson reunites with Spokane Valley Summer Theatre in ‘Mamma Mia!’

Spokane Valley Summer Theatre’s production of “Mamma Mia!” opens Friday and runs through Aug. 18.

Dreaming a dream as national tour of ‘Les Miserables’ begins Tuesday at the FICA

The touring production of the iconic musical lands in Spokane on Tuesday for an eight-show run.

Spokane native Cherie Price returns home with ‘Menopause the Musical’

“Menopause the Musical” will be performed Tuesday and Wednesday at the Bing Crosby Theater in downtown Spokane.

Laura Little’s ‘Cabaret’ supports performers on and off stage

A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit the Northwest Theatre Arts and Education Foundation.

Review: ‘Oklahoma!’ is a classic for modern audiences

For the modern American masses, a play like “Oklahoma!” might not hold wide appeal without promises of stark, modernizing changes. That was the route taken with its recent Broadway revival, …

UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019

Spokane Civic Theatre’s ‘Spring Awakening’ shows importance of empathy

Spokane Civic Theatre’s production of “Spring Awakening” is co-directed by Sarah Dahmen and Jake Schaefer and music directed by Henry McNulty.

‘Spring Awakening’ brings Elizabeth Martin back to Spokane Civic Theatre

Elizabeth Martin’s starring role as Wendla in Spokane Civic Theatre’s production of “Spring Awakening,” which opens Friday and runs through July 28, marks her 10th production in the last year, …

UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019

Jennifer Tindall says so long, farewell to Spokane with ‘The Sound of Music’

Actress and singer Jennifer Tindall, who stars as Maria Rainer in “The Sound of Music,” will begin classes at New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts later this summer.

Further Review: On Broadway

Spokane is about 3,000 miles away from Broadway, the world-renowned theater district in the heart of Manhattan. But that hasn’t meant that local performers have found steady work and success …

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 …

’La La Land,’ ‘Beauty’ herald more Days of Sun for musicals

“Good movies beget other good movies,” says Marc Platt, a producer of “La La Land,” not to mention the upcoming “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Wicked” films. “So when a movie …

Movie review: ‘La La Land’ will whisk you away

Like a gift from the movie gods, here comes Damien Chazelle’s dreamy “La La Land,” right when a lot of us are in desperate need of some light. It’s a …

What is basketball but a ballet in sneakers?

Broadway musicals can teach you a thing or two about basketball.

Fizzy and fun, “Anything Goes” is pure Broadway

The merriment of “Anything Goes” is palpable. From its fizzy Cole Porter music to its high-stepping dance moves, the Best of Broadway season opener is well acted, well danced and …

A rollicking, middle-brow evening

The musical “9 to 5,” now playing at Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, is just what you’d expect from a 1970s-era workplace comedy. It’s fun and frothy, good-hearted and sexy. Based …

‘Bat Boy’ a campy, harrowing musical

The contemporary musical “Bat Boy” is part urban legend, part Frankenstein, part V.C. Andrews novel and part satire. The dark themes of Lake City Playhouse’s second annual “Stage Left” production …

Theater Review: ‘Heights’ hits right note

Infused with hip-hop rhyme and Latin rhythm, “In the Heights” is “muy excitante.” During its three-year run on Broadway, the show earned two Drama Desk Awards in 2007, four Tony …

Don’t fear ‘Heights’

“In the Heights,” the winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical, is sometimes compared with old-fashioned musicals “Fiddler on the Roof” and “West Side Story.” That’s not entirely …

‘Beauty and the Beast’ shines

Disney fans of all ages will delight in the current touring production of “Beauty and the Beast” for the following reasons: • Its lighthearted retelling of a beloved, romantic fairy …

Theater review: Nothing bashful about ‘Whorehouse’

Spokane Civic Theatre director Marianne McLaughlin and musical director Benjamin Bentler deliver a satisfying version of Carol Hall’s musical “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” chock-full of spot-on comedic timing …

The show must go on, not its critics

Wanna strike a blow on behalf of scandalous, degenerate fornication? How about one against the self-righteous sniffers-out-of-artistic-sin?

Audiences asked to be ‘the boys’ at ‘GI Holiday Jukebox’

At the “GI Holiday Jukebox,” four singers will play the roles of USO performers, doing one last big show for “the boys” before they head off to the European front. …