On Stage Dayton

‘Bring it On’ Review – Victoria Theatre Association – Smells Like Teen Spirit


Fun, sassy exuberance is the bill of fare at the Schuster Center as the appealing national tour/ local premiere of “Bring it On: The Musical” charms and entertains. Presented as a special Star Attractions courtesy of the Victoria Theatre Association, “Bring it On,” a 2013 Tony Award nominee for Best Musical, effectively adheres to the silly, fluff-filled cinematic franchise of the same name launched in 2000 starring Kirsten Dunst. Popular Truman High School cheerleader Campbell (truly delightful triple threat Nadia Vynnytsky) is thrown for a loop when she’s suddenly redistricted to urban … [Read more...]


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Announcing our versatile program for the WSU Dance Concert 2014!  We invite you to experience the innovation and virtuosity of the WSU Dance Ensemble and guests, Dayton Ballet II and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II on April 24 at 7:00, April 25 and 26 at 8:00, April 27 at 2:00. Adults/$10, Students/$5   Box Office:  937.775.2500.  Works span from the abstract to traditional, the athletic to the emotional. This year’s concert features six world premiere pieces reflecting the vitality of our Dance Program. We are especially thrilled to showcase an emerging, dynamic choreographer, Shannon … [Read more...]

‘Memphis’ Review – Victoria Theatre Association – Music of the Soul


The current national tour of Joe DiPietro and David Bryan’s “Memphis,” recipient of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical, vigorously thrills with potency and heart in its firm local premiere at the Schuster Center courtesy of the Victoria Theatre Association’s Premier Health Broadway Series. Set in the 1950s and based on a concept by George W. George, “Memphis” centers on the forbidden interracial romance between kooky DJ Huey Calhoun (an immensely amiable Joey Elrose) and R&B nightclub singer Felicia Farrell (a radiant Jasmin Richardson). Huey, an uneducated outcast who feels a deep … [Read more...]

Cautiously Optimistic Step in the Right Direction


As I arrived at the Victoria Theatre on spring-like Sunday afternoon, I was curious to see how this season would end for this venerable troupe. While there were a few surprises, the final spring concert of the Dayton Ballet season ended on a quiet note. The concert began with former artistic director Dermott Burke’s Fete des Courtiers; a swirling confection of neoclassical formalism, it was perfectly perfunctory in form and execution as couples moved through formations that hinted at a noble engagement. While Fete Des Courtiers broke no new ground choreographically, it nevertheless engaged … [Read more...]

A sychronized DCDC at the Dayton Art Institute


Another excellent chance to see the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company as it presents Synchronicity, a unique concert in collaboration with student musicians attending two of the company’s university partners, Central State University and Wright State University as well as South Dayton Dance Theatre. Special guest artist, Dayton’s very own renowned jazz musician, Khalid Moss and his Trio, will also perform. Mr. Khalid’s trio features Eddie Brookshire on bass and Fenton Sparks on drums. The performance takes place on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 3:00pm in the … [Read more...]

‘Other Desert Cities’ Review – The Cost of Thriving **Ticket Contest**

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Painful lies and political allegiances consume the dysfunctional Wyeth family of Palm Springs in Jon Robin Baitz’s compelling 2011 Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-nominated drama “Other Desert Cities,” commendably staged by Margarett Perry in its local premiere by the Human Race Theatre Company. On Christmas Eve 2004, envisioned within beautifully stylish surroundings by set designer Tamara L. Honesty, the Wyeths are far from merry and bright. Republican hotshots Polly and Lyman fiercely clash with their liberal, emotionally scarred daughter Brooke, a novelist who plans to publish her … [Read more...]

‘Les Misérables’ Review – Wright State University – Stunning Success

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Wright State University delivers an outstanding local collegiate premiere of Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Herbert Kretzmer’s “Les Misérables,” the popular, unabashedly sentimental 1987 Tony Award-winning pop opera based on Victor Hugo’s legendary 1862 novel exploring the human condition through plight and promise within turbulent France. Inspired by the harrowing June revolt of 1832 (the French Revolution concluded 33 years prior), “Les Miz” hasn’t lost one morsel of its angst-ridden, melodramatic urgency under W. Stuart McDowell’s excellently firm, fluid and inventive … [Read more...]

The BOB & TOM Show and Dayton’s Rock Station 104.7 TUE present: The Keystone Light Friends of The Bob & Tom Show Comedy Tour

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The Keystone Light Friends of The BOB & TOM Show Comedy Tour presents a rotating ensemble of the world’s best comedians to stages all across America. Each live comedy show features several headliners heard on The BOB & TOM Show, one of the longest-running and highest-rated radio programs in America and the premiere radio showcase for today’s top comedians. Now in its 9th year, The Keystone Light Friends of The BOB & TOM Show Comedy Tour has performed more than 400 shows from coast-to-coast. Hosted by Bob & Tom’s own Chick McGee, The Keystone Light Friends of The … [Read more...]

Who’s Ready For Girls Night: THE MUSICAL? **Ticket Contest**


Sometimes you just need a reason to grab your girlfriends and plan a fun outing.  The Victoria Theatre is giving you a reason to do that this Saturday, March 29th with GIRLS NIGHT: THE MUSICAL.   This show has been thrilling audiences and earning raves from critics throughout North America since it began touring after its sensational Off-Broadway debut.  This touching and hilarious “tell-it-like-it-is” musical takes audiences on a journey into the lives of a group of female friends. Audience members can’t help but laugh, cry and even sing and dance in the aisles to some the most popular hit … [Read more...]

‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ Review – Dare to Defy Productions – Love Is In The Air


It can be extremely challenging for emerging troupes to stake their claim within Dayton’s continuously expansive theater scene. However, Dare to Defy Productions has done so with highly entertaining ease as evidenced in its very charming production of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts’ hit 1996 off-Broadway musical revue. Presented in the Mathile Theatre of the Schuster Center fashioned in a colorful 1950s, Roy Lichtenstein–inspired decor by set designer Ray Zupp, “I Love You...” paints an amusing, appealing portrait of the relatable ups and downs of … [Read more...]