On Stage Dayton

Landmark ‘Lion King’ centerpiece of Victoria’s appealing 2015-16 season

Tshidi Manye as “Rafiki”THE LION KING National Tour.  Disney.  Photo Credit  Joan Marcus

The lineup includes the exhilarating 2013 Tony-winning, circus-themed revival of Stephen Schwartz’s “Pippin,” 2014’s breezy and nostalgic Woody Allen adaptation of “Bullets Over Broadway,” the intimate 2012 Tony-winning adaptation of “Once,” the gorgeous 2013 Tony-winning revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” and composer Jason Robert Brown’s beautifully romantic, Tony-winning adaptation of “The Bridges of Madison County.”

Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame Nominations Sought


Nomhof_medal_300inations are being sought for 2015 Dayton Theatre Hall Of Fame inductees. Any member of the Dayton arts community is eligible to receive this annual award designed to recognize individuals who have dedicated themselves to theatre arts in Dayton.

‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’ Review –Victoria Theatre Association – Giddy, Glorious Gershwin

Photo by Jeremy Daniel (www.JeremyDanielPhoto.com)

Nice Work” is a silly, summertime, Prohibition-era romantic farce that finds goofy criminals, sexy dames, handsome henchmen, and the haughty upper crust colliding on Long Island. As is standard fare for such zany stories, mistaken identity runs rampant nearly to the point of excess.

‘The Fantasticks’ Review –Dayton Playhouse – Love Is In the Air


Lyricist/librettist Tom Jones and composer Harvey Schmidt’s tender, intimate 1960 musical “The Fantasticks,” loosely based on Edmond Rostand’s 1894 play “Les Romanesques,” receives a visually engaging, strikingly designed presentation at the Dayton Playhouse. Matthew W. Smith spearheads his finest directorial achievement thus far by envisioning the material with nods to commedia dell’arte and vaudeville with particularly lovely sprinkles of whimsicality recalling Jones’ superb direction of the current off-Broadway production. Smith’s show-within-a-show concept is marvelously heightened by … [Read more...]

‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Review – Cedarville University – Prolonged Exodus


Cedarville University is performing "Fiddler on the Roof" through February 8th. DMM's Russel Florence reviews the production.

DCDC Produces a Wonderful Valentine for Dayton


his is definitely one of the must see dance performances of the 2014-15 season. Having had the pleasure and benefit of seeing HEARTSHAKES in rehearsal. I cannot think of a more delightful evening that one could spend at the theatre. Crafted with exquisite charm by Kiesha Lalama and set to the bluesy/soulful music of Alabama Shakes.

‘Family Shots’ Review – Human Race Theatre Company – Matters of the Heart

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Inside a suburban New Jersey hospital, the Baker family has come undone. Crisis brings them together, but what will keep them together? Playwright Michael Slade provides clues with wonderfully relatable authenticity and astute, unresolved ambiguity in his new original play “Family Shots,” an excellent, touching comic drama superbly presented in its world premiere at the Loft Theatre courtesy of the Human Race Theatre Company.

‘Flashdance’ Review – Victoria Theatre Association – The Maniac Returns


A 1980s pop culture explosion can be found at the Schuster Center with the presence of the national tour of “Flashdance – The Musical” courtesy of the Victoria Theatre Association’s Premier Health Broadway Series. It’s quickly apparent how important nostalgia is to the appeal of this middling adaptation of the 1983 film of the same name set in and around a steel mill in blue-collar Pittsburgh. The Schuster lobby contains various images of the Greed Decade from Culture Club to Cabbage Patch Kids and the show curtain recalls MTV’s glory days. But eye-catching distractions can’t disguise the … [Read more...]

A Newbi Rubi Will Be CROWNED!


This fun-loving, talented, and glamorous bunch of girls is looking for a NEWBI RUBI to replace those girls who have moved away, those who have retired from the lavish lifestyle, or some who are (as Dana Sintell says) "just plain tired".

‘Oliver!’ Review – Muse Machine – Pleasures, Large and Small

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The Muse Machine’s incredibly entertaining, excellently cohesive production of Lionel Bart’s 1960 musical “Oliver!,” the arts education organization’s 31st annual student musical, touches the heart and radiates with joy at the Victoria Theatre.