Photo credit: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo
Set in Hartford, CT in the 1950s, this musical from the SpeakEasy Stage Company made me wonder if I was going to be able to relate to the storyline, but any apprehension I may have had was dispelled immediately.
I promise that this musical will resonate and entertain you. Sex, gossip, and keeping up appearances run through this two hour and twenty minute performance with some surprising twists. A personal favorite was the “Wandering Eyes” scene shown below when the seemingly perfect couple is out dancing on vacation in Miami.
Photo credit: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo
The story is compelling and the cast does a great job. I was drawn in from the moment the lights dimmed until it was time to go. This show would make for either a great date night or evening out with friends. The subject matter addressed remains as relevant as ever but is not heavy-handed or preachy making it great fodder for discussion after leaving the show.
Performances run through October 11 and I would encourage you to get tickets today. More information about the musical and to purchase tickets are available here.
Elizabeth Erardi in the SpeakEasy Stage production of CARRIE THE MUSICAL.
Photo by Craig Bailey / Perspective Photo.
Earlier this week I had the opportunity to see CARRIE the musical by SpeakEasy Stage Company. I’ll admit that I didn’t know quite what to expect of a classic Stephen King novel that had been adapted into musical theater, but the cast made me a believer, and I think you’d enjoy this show as well.
Paul Melone does a fantastic job directing this New England premiere and it is definitely a worthy consideration for a date night or fun night out with friends. The cast does an impressive job and includes a number of good voices.
Do you have tickets to the show which runs through Saturday, June 7th? If not, you can purchase them here.
The SpeakEasy Stage Company’s next production, CARRIE The Musical opens this Saturday and Friday, May 16th is SpeakEasy Stage Co’s Out & About performance where you can join the cast following for a special post-show party.
Get your tickets here.
SpeakEasy Stage: THE WHALE. Photo credit: Craig Bailey / Perspective Photo
The SpeakEasy Stage Company latest production, The Whale, is an emotional two act play that runs for nearly two hours and centers around the final weeks of Charlie, a morbidly obese, gay man who lives in rural Idaho.
The struggles Charlie face in this touching play written by Samuel D. Hunter and produced at The SpeakEasy Stage Co. by David R. Gammons made me uncomfortable at times. While his fate was never in doubt, I couldn’t help but wonder what would become of the motley cast of supporting characters: Liz, his co-dependent and enabling friend; Ellie, his angry teenage daughter; Elder Thomas, the persistent Mormon missionary; and even his ex-wife, Mary.
The Whale runs through Saturday, April 5th. Get your tickets here.
The SpeakEasy Stage is offering a one day only sale for the first six performances of THE WHALE and CARRIE the musical by offering tickets regularly priced $55 – $60 for only $30.
Don’t miss this opportunity and take advantage of this great savings. Plan a fun night out with friends or someone special and help support a great local performing arts company all at the same time. Here are the details on how you can get your hands on tickets to these shows: Online tickets are available 9:00 a.m. thru Midnight at speakeasystage.com; alternatively you call the box office from Noon thru 7:00 p.m. at (617) 933-8600; or walk up to the box office from Noon thru 7:00 p.m. at 527 Tremont Street in the South End.
Last weekend I had the opportunity to see SpeakEasy Stage’s production of The Color Purple. This musical is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the acclaimed film by Steven Spielberg.
While watching a musical about a poor African-American woman living in the South in the 1930s may not be the first thing you think of when planning a night out, trust me – you are going to love this show. The SpeakEasy Stage has assembled a large, talented cast that belt out amazing music and draw you in, making the time fly. As you might expect, the show runs the emotional gamut and provides ample fodder for conversation later. For my more shallow readers, the incredibly handsome Jared Nixon (shown below) might be sufficient motivation.
Jared Dixon and Valerie Houston in The Color Purple. Photo by Glenn Perry Photography.
I’ve included a video of one of my favorite songs from The Color Purple courtesy of Mercury Theater Chicago. The local production here at The SpeakEasy Stage runs through February 8th so get your tickets today.
Tickets to The Color Purple
This past week I was able to see The SpeakEasy Stage Company world premiere of a the new comedy, KURT VONNEGUT’S MAKE UP YOUR MIND. The play was assembled by Broadway playwright Nicky Silver from eleven different versions of the script penned by Mr. Vonnegut before his passing in 2007.
The show opens in New York City in 1986. The 90-minute performance without intermission is filled with fast paced, witty dialog interspersed by occasional breaks where Richard Snee pulls double duty, also playing the role of Kurt Vonnegut talking to the audience. I preferred the powerful drama TRIBES that opened the SpeakEasy Stage Company 2013 / 2014 season, but fans of Mr. Vonnegut’s cutting wit will like this performance and enjoy the repartee.
KURT VONNEGUT’S MAKE UP YOUR MIND runs thru Nov-30. You may purchase tickets at the Calderwood Pavilion box office or online here.