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Phantom Never Gets Old

October 10, 2017 - articles

story by Kevin Shaw | photo courtesy of Orpheum Memphis    Next year, The Phantom of the Opera will have been running on Broadway for 30 straight years! Such a lengthy run outpaces its closest competitor (the revival of Chicago) by a full eight years…

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Sister Myotis– A Gift from God

October 9, 2017 - articles

by Kevin Shaw  | photos courtesy of Steve Swift    It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 15 years since the Memphis community (and world) was blessed with the angelic presence of Sister Myotis. Whether it’s in the theatre, at an awards show or just…

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Shrek Slays

August 19, 2017 - articles

by Kevin Shaw | photos courtesy of Theatre Memphis    When you’re a parent, you often do things you’d rather not do, but you do them out of love for your children—change dirty diapers, stay up all night with a crying baby and sit through…

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9 to 5: When Men Are The Boobs

August 14, 2017 - articles

by Kevin Shaw    Recently, I’ve been marginalizing the readers out there who have never seen the iconic movies that have been turned into the Broadway musicals that Memphis has been producing as of late (Beauty and the Beast; Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and…

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Under the Sea with Robbie Roby

July 19, 2017 - articles

by Kevin Shaw | photos by Steve Wilson and Mark & Tracy Photography For the past four years, Robbie Roby (doesn’t that sound like a Disney name already?) has been the Dance Captain/Swing for the national tour of The Little Mermaid. His job is to…

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Priscilla Shakes Her Groove Thang

June 26, 2017 - articles

Story by Kevin Shaw | photos by Carla McDonald   Back in the spring of 2016 when all of the Memphis theatres announced their 2016-2017 upcoming seasons, one show stood out to me amongst all the rest—Playhouse on the Square’s Priscilla, Queen of the Desert! Why?…

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BRENNAN VILLINES: Celebrating Success

June 9, 2017 - articles

by Kevin Shaw | photos by Greg Campbell   Plenty of musicians have called Memphis home throughout the years and almost all of them seem to have a remarkably “dramatic” backstory to go along with their success. Add Brenna Villines (a child prodigy pianist) to…

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South Pacific: A Somewhat Enchanted Evening

June 7, 2017 - articles

by Kevin Shaw   In 1975, at the age of nine, I was so desperate to be an actor that I dyed my hair jet black, wore a sarong and rubbed dark brown makeup all over my face, torso, arms and legs. I thought nothing…

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David Merino has got it “Covered” in 20th Anniversary Tour

May 19, 2017 - articles, Uncategorized

(Above) David Merino plays Angel, a drag queen percussionist with AIDS living La Vie Boheme in the RENT 20th Anniversary Tour coming to the Orpheum Memphis on June 16. Credit Carol Rose, 2016.    by Kevin Shaw   Do you remember where you were when…

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A Magical Life

February 3, 2017 - articles

by Kevin Shaw Jeff Hobson is a working magician. By that, we mean he’s been performing magic around the world for well over 20 years with no plans of stopping anytime soon. He likes to mix comedy with illusion and he’s heading to Memphis’ Orpheum…

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