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"Dirty Dancing" lands at Marcus with a giant, disappointing thud

Published Oct. 7, 2015

Thud! As hard as it may be to believe, that is the exact sound delivered by the stage musical version of "Dirty Dancing" that opened Tuesday night at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. If there was ever a stage adaptation of a movie that ought to just fly off the stage, this one sat there like a hopeless drunk trying to tap dance on a giant exercise ball.


My interview with "Marvin Gaye" of "Motown: The Musical"

Published July 7, 2015

Summerfest may have closed its gates for 2015, but following closely after is "Motown: The Musical," a traveling Broadway production of the jukebox musical arriving at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, July 7. Stepping into the soulful shoes of Marvin Gaye is actor Jarran Muse, who got a chance to chat with about playing an icon, his favorite songs and why Motown music still sings - culturally and socially.


Tall tales, taller giants: Behind the scenes of First Stage's "Big Fish"

Published May 6, 2015

2003's "Big Fish" is a sweet and delightful - and not just because it's one of the few times this side of the millennium you could honestly say, "I enjoyed a Tim Burton movie." Now First Stage will attempt to bring Burton's signature oddball visuals and "Big Fish" author Daniel Wallace's imagination-rich book to live, musical life on stage. In charge is director Jeff Whiting, who chatted with us about bringing tall tales - and taller giants - to life.


My conversation with a Blue Man

Published April 14, 2015

The Blue Man Group is famous for several things: funky instruments, those old Intel ads, Tobias Funke proclaiming that "I blue myself!" on "Arrested Development" and, of course, the whole being covered in blue paint thing. But one of the crucial elements of the Blue Man Group is that they don't talk. So imagine my surprise in getting to interview a Blue Man (at least the transcription would be easy).

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