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‘Riverdance’ still has its kick

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Twenty years is a long time for a touring stage production, especially a touring stage production that doesn’t lead a double life on community theater stages. But 20 years it has been for “Riverdance,” the…

The firepower of Trans-Siberian Orchestra

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The great thing about a Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert is that you don’t necessarily need to know every song of theirs prior to your arrival at the arena. The stage and special effects, and the power…

‘Finding Neverland’ is crowd pleaser

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When it comes to the arts—performing, musical, or visual—there is a time for masterpieces. And there is a time for very good. While a masterpiece might fill your soul or push boundaries, very good will…

The intimate examination of family in the musical ‘Fun Home’

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The musicals that most of America knows is created with broad strokes. They are big entities with big stories. The nuances of a character’s motivation are glossed over for the larger picture. Think “Wicked.” Think…

‘Matilda’ full of magic

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Walking into The Bushnell for “Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical,” I really didn’t know what I was getting into. Although I read Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator,” and…

Some smiles on ice with your favorite Disney characters

In terms of entertainment for children, you can’t go wrong with anything Disney. Characters such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse—and films like “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin”—will bring a smile to a child’s face faster than the words, “Let’s…

‘Beauty and the Beast’ enchants… but with a few reservations

By KATERINA BELALES CORRESPONDENT After being released more than 20 years ago in 1991, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” has become one of the most classic and iconic movies throughout time, due to its loving, charming, and passionate storyline. “Beauty…

‘The Book of Mormon’ snags your attention with raucous laughs

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR More often times than not, no matter how much you enjoy a stage show, there will be moments in the evening where your attention will wander because what’s on stage has lost its appeal… even…