Backstage gangster shenanigans & romance in the delightful, sizzling Kiss Me Kate

Another opening of another show for Alexander Showcase Theatre last week with its production of Kiss Me Kate, music and lyrics by Cole Porter, book by Sam and Bella Spewack. Directed by Vincenzo Sestito, with music direction by Gwyneth Sestito and choreography by Jaime Robertson, Kiss Me Kate is currently running at Fairview Library Theatre.Continue reading “Backstage gangster shenanigans & romance in the delightful, sizzling Kiss Me Kate”

Great fun & lots of laughs in AST’s big, bold & stylish Lend Me a Tenor

Alexander Showcase Theatre (AST) opened its production of Ken Ludwig’s hilarious romp Lend Me a Tenor at the Papermill Theatre at Todmorden Mills on Thursday, directed by Vincenzo Sestito. Set in 1934 in a hotel suite in Cleveland, Cleveland Grand Opera Company manager Henry Saunders (Seth Mukamal), his daughter Maggie (Anne-Marie Krytiuk) and his assistantContinue reading “Great fun & lots of laughs in AST’s big, bold & stylish Lend Me a Tenor”

Bloody good musical macabredy fun in Alexander Showcase Theatre’s Sweeney Todd

From the dark, seedy nooks and alleyways of the foggy set, and creepy opening organ music to its tragic ending, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street takes us from pathos to camp and back again in this story of one man’s singular and bloody drive for revenge gone horribly astray. With music andContinue reading “Bloody good musical macabredy fun in Alexander Showcase Theatre’s Sweeney Todd”

The Crucible – a moving & haunting cautionary tale

crucible n.1 a container in which metals are heated 2 a severe test or trial (Oxford Canadian Dictionary) Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, a drama set during the Salem witch trials of the late 1600s – and a metaphor for the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s, when the play was written – is a period pieceContinue reading “The Crucible – a moving & haunting cautionary tale”