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Next to Normal ~ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Jordan Wright February 3, 2020

How do you make a story about a woman having a nervous breakdown palatable to musical theatre audiences? First, you make the characters poignantly identifiable – Dan, a loving husband and father devoted to keeping his family intact; Natalie, a teenage daughter living in the shadow of her dead […]

My Fair Lady ~ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Jordan Wright December 21, 2019

The story of Eliza Doolittle, a street waif transformed into a high society lady by the over-achieving phoneticist, Professor Henry Higgins, has recently been adapted to reflect the #MeToo movement. Love it or leave it (I overheard a dismayed audience member kvetch about the changes), Director Bartlett Sher has […]

Come From Away ~ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Jordan Wright December 13, 2019

Come From Away is the heartwarming true story of the residents of Gander, Newfoundland who took in over 7,000 passengers when their flights were diverted during 9/11. It is not a maudlin retelling of that terrifying moment in time when all U. S. airspace shut down. Nor is it […]

The Magic Flute ~ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Jordan Wright November 4, 2019

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote his final opera, The Magic Flute, in his later years after he had joined the Rationalist faction of the Freemasons known as the Illuminati who held differing views on society’s rank. In this romantic tale, a dragon must be slain – this one’s a fire-breathing, […]

Dear Evan Hansen ~ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Jordan Wright August 11, 2019

Four years ago, Dear Evan Hansen premiered at Arena Stage under the direction and guidance of Molly Smith and Edgar Dobie. The angsty teen musical starred Ben Platt who subsequently became a huge star when the show went to Broadway where it won six Tony Awards in 2017 […]