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fun home brings it home

May 4, 2018 - articles

by Kevin Shaw | photos courtesy of Playhouse on the Square   When did you first have an inkling of who you really were? I’m not referring to your surname or ethnicity, etc. I mean, deep down in a way that could not even be…

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A Sinful Act

April 10, 2018 - articles

by Kevin Shaw   When I was still in college back in the late 1980’s, I somehow found myself not only working as a disc jockey at the local radio station in Tuscaloosa, AL (Roll Tide!), but eventually was promoted to having my own morning…

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For Blake Hammond, All the World’s a Stage

April 7, 2018 - articles

by Kevin Shaw | photos by Jeremy Daniel   Very few character actors have had as satisfying a career as Blake Hammond. Over the past twenty years, Hammond has performed on Broadway in such hits as Hello Dolly and Elf-The Musical and even starred as…

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LGBT Youth: For the Love of Theater

March 23, 2018 - articles

by Kevin Shaw | photo provided by Heather Zurowski   Every year, Playhouse on the Square scans the United States to find the most talented theatre interns (performance and technical) to come spend a year in Memphis to help produce and/or star in over 15…

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‘Chaperone’ Keeps Showing Off

March 13, 2018 - articles

by Kevin Shaw | photos by Carla McDonald (Above photo caption: Jason Spitzer (standing center) portrays a man obsessed with musical theatre and watches his favorite “come to life” in The Drowsy Chaperone at Theatre Memphis on the Lohrey Stage , March 9 – 31, 2018.)   I have…

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Flying High: An Interview with Mary Kate Morrissey of Wicked

March 2, 2018 - articles

by Kevin Shaw | photos by Joan Marcus    When it comes to performing in a musical these days, perhaps there’s no bigger or more challenging role than starring as Elphaba (The Wicked Witch of the West) in the Broadway version or national tour of…

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Phantom Never Gets Old

December 18, 2017 - articles

by Kevin Shaw    Next year, The Phantom of the Opera will have been running on Broadway for 30 straight years! Such a lengthy run out paces its closest competitor (the revival of Chicago) by a full eight years and is showing no signs of…

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Laughter, Thy Name is Sister Myotis

December 4, 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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Falsettos Soars

November 6, 2017 - articles

by Kevin Shaw | photos courtesy of Theatre Memphis   [Pictured above: Joshua Pearce (foreground) portrays Jason, the center of attention of a blended family as his “families” look on, (clockwise from left) Christina Hernandez, Jaclyn Suffel, Cary Vaughn, Emily Chateau, Charles McGowan and Greg…

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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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