Oct 17

Life Smells Weird: “SpongeBob the Musical”

National Tour Cast of The Spongebob Musical. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

Presented by the Boch Center Wange Theatre
Based on the series SpongeBob Squarepants by Stephen Hillenburg
Book by Kyle Jarrow
Music by Tom Kitt
Original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Rob Hyman, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I., Domani, Lil’ C, David Bowie, Brian Eno, Andy Paley, Tom Kenny, Derek Drymon, Mark Harrison, Stephen Hillenburg, Blaise Smith & Tom Kitt
Additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton
Production conceived and directed by Tina Landau
Choreography by Christopher Gattelli
Music direction by Patrick Hoagland
Music supervision by Julie McBride & Timothy Hanson

October 15 – 27, 2019
Boch Center Wang Theatre
Boston, MA
SpongeBob and Wang Theatre on Facebook

Review by Kitty Drexel

(Boston, MA) A theatre professor-friend of mine teaches what she calls the “Parking Lot Rule” to her first level theatre students at New York State college. She says that, if they are reviewing a production, her students should wait until they are in the parking lot to discuss their thoughts on the performance they just watched. It’s a good rule to live by. You don’t know who is listening.

I was taught the “Walls Have Ears Rule” as a wee tot at theatre camp. It’s stayed with me for 25 years. A majority of my performing colleagues know a version of this rule. Its concept is simple and easily taught. The consequences of not heeding the rule can be harsh. Cruel words travel faster than kind words and words travel fast. More on this in a bit.   

The SpongeBob Musical currently playing at the Wang Theatre is great fun. The musical is intended to be consumed by fans of the widely popular, dank meme incubating Nickelodeon TV series. It is a heartening comedy that teaches important lessons about friendship, generosity and civic duty. Anyone who isn’t at least peripherally aware of the TV show won’t be able to follow the musical’s fastpaced introduction of characters and subplots. A YouTube search before attending will prepare most adults for the innocent wackiness that the show is known for.  Continue reading

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May 07

“The Sound of Music”: A Timely Revival

Presented by Networks Press
Written by Richard Rogers & Oscar Hammerstein
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp
Directed by Matt Lenz
Choreography by Danny Mefford
Music supervision by Andy Einhorn

May 1-13, 2018
Wang Theatre
Boston, MA
Sound of Music on Facebook

Review by Kate Idlebrook

(Boston, MA) Hate crimes are up. White nationalism is on the rise. Reports of race-based bullying are spiking in schools across the country. Into this mix drops a timely revival of The Sound of Music at the Wang Theatre. The iconic musical about a young novice-turned nanny and an Austrian navy captain who refuses to bow to the Nazi invasion has been delighting audiences for decades both on stage and on screen. Continue reading

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