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Commentary on “Mad Hatter The Musical” – Herberger Theater Center

Theater Commentary – May 9, 2024

FURTHER SCUTTLEBUTT ON “MAD HATTER THE MUSICAL” SUGGEST IT WAS PLAGUED BY INSURMOUNTABLE CHALLENGES

“Mad Hatter The Musical”
Center Stage, Herberger Theater Center
Phoenix AZ

By Chris Curcio
Theater Critic

Nothing posted to Curtain Up Phoenix has received the number of comments as has the “Mad Hatter The Musical” review.  Many of the received comments requested that they not be posted to the site. The comments have been favorable about my negative reaction to the show but they have indicated further scuttlebutt about the world premiere production.  Why have the reactions been so prolific and so damning about the show? Let’s … Continue Reading

“Mad Hatter The Musical” – Herberger Theater Center

Theater Review – May 5, 2024

“MAD HATTER THE MUSICAL” SPUTTERS

“Mad Hatter The Musical”
Center Stage, Herberger Theater Center
Phoenix AZ

By Chris Curcio
Theater Critic

World premiere musicals are always challenging and expensive until they have been worked through the creative process and come to real life.  Broadway musicals are developed over time and are then tested on invited audiences without scenery or costumes.  Phoenix area theaters are occasionally getting world premiere shows.  They are often plays that require less development time and smaller investments than musicals.

Not to avoid a new musical, the Herberger Theater Center is ending its first season of self-produced shows by … Continue Reading

“Sleeping Giant” – Stray Cat Theatre

Theater Review – May 4, 2024

“SLEEPING GIANT” EXPLORES SCARY SITUATIONS THAT PARALLEL CURRENT LIFE

“Sleeping Giant”
Stray Cat Theatre, Studio Theatre, Tempe Center for the Arts
Tempe, AZ

By Chris Curcio
Theater Critic

Stray Cat Theatre has gone through many changes in the last few seasons with mixed results.  For the end of their current season, they have brought back playwright Steve Yockey’s new play “Sleeping Giant.”  He has penned several popular Stray Cat productions including “Mercury,” “Pluto,” “Wolves,” and “Octopus.”

In addition to presenting Yockey’s latest play, Stray Cat’s artistic director Ron May is staging the production after allowing others to put together recent Stray Cat … Continue Reading