KCMetropolis reviews “Fiddler on the Roof”

KCMetropolis reviews “Fiddler on the Roof”

April 29, 2015

Karen Hauge, KCMetropolis

“To Life! To Life!” To Spinning Tree!

Fiddler on the Roof tells the story of a small town and its problems—small problems like the lameness of a horse, the pushiness of one’s long-suffering wife, and the marriageability of poor young women. But there are much larger issues lurking in the background of small Anatevka—discrimination, social unrest, and the mutable relevance of living one’s life according to the Good Book.

Just as the story of Fiddler captures big problems in a small …

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The Pitch reviews “Fiddler on the Roof”

The Pitch reviews “Fiddler on the Roof”

April 29, 2015

Deborah Hirsch, The Pitch

Spinning Tree’s “Fiddler on the Roof” travels well through time

Fiddler on the Roof turned 50 last year, but the musical doesn’t show its age. Despite being steeped in traditions and, for most of us, an old and far-removed way of life, the story is so fundamentally human that it remains vibrant and contemporary. Its world isn’t so distant, in some ways, from our own.

Spinning Tree Theatre’s Michael Grayman and Andy Parkhurst have grabbed hold of the story’s essence and created …

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Kansas City Star “Fiddler on the Roof” review

Kansas City Star “Fiddler on the Roof” review

April 28, 2015

Robert Trussell, The Kansas City Star

“Fiddler” works its will in thoughtful Spinning Tree production

The simple fact of the matter is that “Fiddler on the Roof” always gets to me.

It’s easy to point out the individual components that make this a classic show — Jerry Bock’s evocative score, Joseph Stein’s vivid dialogue, Sheldon Harnick’s poetic lyrics. But there’s a kind of alchemy at work when these contributions come together.

With equal parts humor and tenderness, the show asks us to consider nothing less than the …

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“Fiddler on the Roof” Photos

“Fiddler on the Roof” Photos

The company performs “Tradition”

 

Gary Neal Johnson as Tevye in “If I Were a Rich Man”

 

Julie Shaw as Golde and Megan Herrera as Chava

 

 

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Meet the Cast of “Fiddler on the Roof”

Meet the Cast of “Fiddler on the Roof”

The Cast and Musicians of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

 

Gary Neal Johnson (Tevye) Spinning Tree: Debut. Kansas City Repertory Theatre: (100 productions) including A Christmas Carol (Scrooge), Death of a Salesman (Willy Loman), Little Shop of Horrors (Mushnik), August: Osage County (Charlie), Cabaret (Herr Schultz), Bus Stop (Virgil Blessing), The Drawer Boy (Morgan), Oleanna (John), King Lear (Gloucester), Give ‘Em Hell, Harry (Harry Truman), Royal Hunt of the Sun (Pizarro), Treasure Island (Long John Silver), A Delicate Balance (Harry), Julius Caesar (Caesar), A Midsummer Night’s Dream …

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KCUR Profiles “Black Pearl Sings!”

KCUR Profiles “Black Pearl Sings!”

KC Playwright Frank Higgins Inspired By A Story Of Prison And Redemption

by Laura Spencer, KCUR 90.1 FM

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KCMetropolis Review: “Black Pearl Sings!”

KCMetropolis Review: “Black Pearl Sings!”

Black Pearl Sings and Spinning Tree soars

by Karen Hauge, KCMetropolis.org

Kansas City playwright Frank Higgins has written a quiet masterpiece, and Spinning Tree Theatre has given it a powerful voice in actors Nedra Dixon and Vanessa Severo, directed by Walter Coppage.

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“Black Pearl Sings!” Photos

“Black Pearl Sings!” Photos

Vanessa Severo as Susannah Mullally and Nedra Dixon as Pearl Johnson

 

Nedra Dixon as Pearl Johnson and Vanessa Severo as Susannah Mullally

 

Nedra Dixon as Pearl Johnson

 

Vanessa Severo as Susannah Mullally

 

Nedra Dixon as Pearl Johnson

 

Lighting design by Victor En Yu Tan and scenic design by Matthew Mott

 

BLACK PEARL SINGS! photography by Jeff Rumans

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Kansas City Star Features “Black Pearl Sings!”

Kansas City Star Features “Black Pearl Sings!”

Two women. One black, the other white. One educated, the other not. One pushing to make her name in a male-dominated world, the other committed to finding a missing daughter.

These are the characters — indeed, the only characters — in Frank Higgins’ “Black Pearl Sings,” a play about the power of music and language that became one of the most-produced plays in regional theater during the last five or six years…

Read the Kansas City Star article HERE

 

Playwright Frank Higgins, Nedra Dixon (Pearl Johnson), Vanessa Severo …

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2015-16 Season Announcement

2015-16 Season Announcement

Spinning Tree Theatre proudly announces our 5th season of plays and musicals

 

WEST SIDE STORY

Book by Arthur Laurents. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

Spinning Tree founders Michael Grayman and Andy Parkhurst have a rich history with the show (a combined 9 professional productions, including the 40th anniversary Broadway tour supervised by Jerome Robbins and Arthur Laurents), and are delighted to reproduce the original Jerome Robbins choreography with an all-local professional cast.

August 20 – September 6, 2015

 

THE TURN OF THE SCREW

Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, from …

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