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MSMT’s fabulous New York, in 42nd Street

You know how this story goes: Lovely, ambitious, and impossibly nice tap-dancing ingénue arrives in Depression-era New York City to make it on Broadway, and — by a mingling of pluck, luck, and looks — she gets herself cast as a chorus girl.
A glorious homage
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 24, 2012
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A Chorus Line explores the many, and the one

The ensemble dancers in a big Broadway musical are meant to function like one seamless, glittering organism, with no one dancer drawing attention from the others or from (perish the thought) the stars.
E pluribus, unum
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 15, 2012
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Alternatives, and standbys, for summer

The big theater buzz this summer is of course is the Fringe, which actually comprises two overlapping programs from June 26 to July 1.
Life on the Fringe
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 08, 2012
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Review: Musings on MSMT's Xanadu

For years now, the decade of the 1980s has been enjoying a curiously sustained wave of nostalgia.
The gods must be ’80s
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 29, 2011
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Maine's quirky summer stage season

Summertime and a lush arboreal landscape is an unexpected setting for Samuel Beckett's flinty Waiting for Godot , and this reviewer is already stirred.
History + mystery
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 17, 2011
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Monty Python takes the stage at MSMT

"Adult Situations," a sign in the theater lobby promises, though as my companion eagerly commented pre-curtain, the disclaimer should perhaps also include a warning of "Childish Situations."
Airspeed + swallows
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 20, 2010


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Isn't it swell?

The musical satire Chicago first hit the boards in 1975, the same year as A Chorus Line , and you could say that the two shows highlight two sides of the era's ethos: The latter follows dancers through feel-good, encounter-group-style personal affirma
MSMT's Chicago is a wry spectacle
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 06, 2010
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Coming back to life

The season at Maine State Music Theatre opens with the beautiful music of Always...Patsy Cline , Ted Swindley's feel-good celebration of the remarkable singer (Jenny Lee Stern) and her charms both on and off the stage.
MSMT rolls out a wonderful Patsy Cline
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 18, 2010
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Musical power

The Man in the Chair (Charles Abbott) is a man of a certain age who wears both a sweater vest and a cardigan, feels pangs of a "non-specific sadness," and harbors an abiding nostalgia for the musical theater of yesteryear.
MSMT's lively Drowsy Chaperone
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 21, 2009
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Dark secrets

Even the quotidian is lyrical here among Roman columns, lush sunsets, and the bare contours of ancient heroes. In this Florence of 1953, daily life is filled with flowers, fedoras, and waiters transporting girls on beautiful bicycles.
Hidden by The Light in the Piazza
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 19, 2009

In the shadows

As we look into the new year, let's start with the most primal theatrical basics: stories.
Secrets + stories hit the boards in 2009
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 31, 2008