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New York State of Mind: "Wonderful Town," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through August 2
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2014-07-28 12:00:00

Carly Ann Berg and Jenna Haimes (both aloft) and fellow members of Wonderful TownWonderful Town is one of the few musicals whose soundtracks I love without ever having seen the stage version. That is, until Thursday night’s performance at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, and what I saw lived up to the high expectations created by listening to the rich, often humorous songs by composer Leonard Bernstein and lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green.


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The Baum-Diggity: "The Wizard of Oz," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through July 20
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2014-07-07 12:00:00

Carly Berg in The Wizard of OzWhile traveling to Thursday’s presentation of The Wizard of Oz, which features much-loved songs by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, I pondered whether the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre’s production would stick closely to the familiar images and characterizations from the equally loved 1939 film version. (As I prefer to see local theatre companies presenting unique versions of theatrical pieces, I hoped the Showboat would avoid copycat staging.) But once I settled into my seat, it took just a perusal of the program to know this wasn’t going to be my grandfather’s Oz, and a sense of excitement blossomed as I eagerly awaited the metaphorical curtain's opening.


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Out of This Word: "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through July 29
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-07-23 12:00:00

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeThe Clinton Area Showboat Theatre’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightfully entertaining musical comedy that I wouldn’t mind seeing over and over again, as Friday’s performance of director Tommy Iafrate’s production was funny, touching, and energetic, serving as an exceptional rendering of the musical’s charm, wit, humor, and high level of enjoyability.


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The Pied Piper of Sweet Apple, Ohio: "Bye Bye Birdie," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through July 15
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-07-02 12:00:00

Bye Bye Birdie at the Clinton Area Showboat TheatreAmong Bye Bye Birdie’s signature numbers is the show-tune staple “Put on a Happy Face,” and barring one intentionally, gloriously sour exception, the cast for the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre’s winning and energetic production of this Broadway warhorse has done just that.


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After Ever After: "Into the Woods," at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre through June 24
Written By: Mike Schulz
Section: Theatre

Category: Reviews

2012-06-18 12:00:00

Into the WoodsThe scenic design for the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre’s Into the Woods is deceptively simple – basically a half-dozen white drop curtains hanging ceiling to floor, with a few stone steps decorating the otherwise bare stage. But don’t be fooled: Like a rabbit being pulled from a hat, something truly magical emerges from this production’s minimalist-by-necessity façade.


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