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For all the fun we had along with Whoopi Goldberg in the movie ' Sister Act ,' the musical version is a delight all its own, as the show touring through Providence Performing Arts Center is demonstrating.
'Sister Act' rattles the rafters at PPAC
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 12, 2013
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Jekyll & Hyde at PPAC

There is something to admire as well as eye-roll about melodrama, with all its inflated emotions and brake-squealing plot turns.
The beast within
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 04, 2013
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Memphis tears down the house at PPAC

There are worse concerns in America's history of racial inequities than a white DJ getting eyerolls for playing black music. Nonetheless, the musical Memphis will tick you off about the foolishness anyway.
The soul of a city
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 07, 2012
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An uplifting Elf The Musical at PPAC

It's about time elves get some credit for contributing to Christmas cheer.
Spirit of the Season
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 09, 2012

A high-flying Catch Me If You Can at PPAC

The subject and story of Catch Me If You Can sound like the flights of fancy that customarily keep musicals aloft, but it's propelled by an actual rascal and the unlikely high points of his actual career(s).
Man on the move
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 12, 2012
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A high-flying Catch Me If You Can at PPAC

The assonant, guttural names of old Welsh and Scottish villages — Aberarder, Aberayron, Llangranog, Llangurig, Abergorlech — return often to the mouths of the characters in Brian Friel's Faith Healer .
Man on the move
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 06, 2012


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Jersey Boys hits the high notes at PPAC

Jersey Boys could so easily have been just another jukebox musical, with familiar hits strung together as predictably as notes on a scale.
Street corner symphony
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 24, 2012
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A supersized Mary Poppins at PPAC

There's no secret why the hit musical Mary Poppins has filled more than 9 million seats around the world over the last seven years.
The bitter and the sweet
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 17, 2012
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Shrek the Musical charms at PPAC

Talk about your franchises.
'Toon time
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 06, 2012
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Cirque Dreams gets seasonal at PPAC

There is plenty of color and spectacle for the little ones and dexterous skill for the big kids (aka adults), as Cirque Dreams Holidaze dazzles at the Providence Performing Arts Center through December 18.
An acrobatic Holidaze
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 16, 2011
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Photos: Providence celebrates 375th Birthday in style

Providence celebrated its 375th birthday at The Providence Performing Arts Center, November 22, 2011.
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By RICHARD MCCAFFREY  |  November 25, 2011


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Les Misérables leads the charge at PPAC

I'm not sure whether Les Misérables is defiantly and respectably uncontrite as a melodrama or merely unabashedly so. Does this operatic musical rush with such defiant conviction across the mire of melodrama that it doesn't get stuck?
Les Misérables leads the charge at PPAC
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 29, 2011

Momix’s Moses Pendleton on Botanica

You may have seen Momix dancers on a Hanes or Target commercial during the Golden Globes last spring.
Movement and illusion
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 22, 2011

Momix’s Moses Pendleton on Botanica

You may have seen Momix dancers on a Hanes or Target commercial during the Golden Globes last spring.
Movement and illusion
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 22, 2011
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Rock of Ages lets its hair down at PPAC

Rock of Ages is such an explosive, face-melting jukebox musical that only afterward do we realize it didn't include two hours of skyrocket pyrotechnics — although all the laser beams through fog come close.
Can’t fight this feeling
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 07, 2011
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StyleWeek Providence gets ready to strut

The pink dress with white daisies was a thrift-shop muumuu before Nicole Lebreux refurbished it. Now it's headed for the runway.
Hemlines
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  August 26, 2011


Review: Arlene Violet's The Family

If anybody not under potential indictment is qualified to write something titled The Family , subtitled "A Musical About the Mob," it's Arlene Violet.
Wiseguys (and dolls)
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 10, 2011
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Review: Alvin Ailey's Revelations headed to PPAC

Over the years, choreographers and dance companies have been feted in many ways, but there has never been another dance piece that inspired not only a US postage stamp and a US Senate resolution and a special Barbie doll!
Heart, spirit, and soul
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  May 06, 2011
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Review: A winning West Side Story at PPAC

Regarding Shakespearean tragedies, it's hard to think of another Broadway adaptation that could earn the box office appeal that this musical drew out of Romeo and Juliet .
When Tony met Maria
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 29, 2011
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Photos: Neil Young at the Providence Performing Arts Center

Neil Young performs live at the Providence Performing Arts Center on April 22, 2011.
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By RICHARD MCCAFFREY  |  April 29, 2011
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Review: Next to Normal is part-musical, part-drama

Musicals have been made about everything from finicky felines to a wheel-chaired victim pushed overboard by terrorists. So Next to Normal 's focus on bipolar disorder is hardly an eyebrow-raiser these days. An impressive touring production is at the Pr
Ordinary people
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 25, 2011


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Review: The Lion King inspires at PPAC

The Lion King is roaring at the Providence Performing Arts Center through February 20, and the theatergoing denizens of this urban jungle are happy.
A roaring success
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 11, 2011
The Lion King comes to the Providence Performing Arts Center

The Lion King comes to the Providence Performing Arts Center


Forget about the fact that Julie Taymor is under major scrutiny for the shaky start that the U2-guided Spider-Man show is getting on Broadway these...
By webteam  |  January 25, 2011
In the Heights at the Providence Performing Arts Center

In the Heights at the Providence Performing Arts Center


In the northwest portion of Manhattan, between the Hudson and Harlem rivers, lies Washington Heights, a predominantly Nuyorican neighborhood that ripples with cultural pride. For...
By webteam  |  January 04, 2011
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Winter theatre preview: From the Bard to Becky Shaw

From the latest Pulitzer winner for drama to a musical adaptation of a popular board game, and from the Bard to Becky Shaw, Rhode Island theaters are certainly starting 2011 with varied offerings.
Gionfriddo, Synge, Ibsen, and more
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 31, 2010
Mamma Mia! at the Providence Performing Arts Center

Mamma Mia! at the Providence Performing Arts Center


It kicked butt on Broadway and therefore made it to the silver screen, where it took a few punches from the critics. Stringing a wealth...
By webteam  |  December 21, 2010


Festival Ballet's The Nutcracker at the Providence Performing Arts Center

Festival Ballet's The Nutcracker at the Providence Performing Arts Center


Prepare for a full stage at Festival Ballet's annual spin through The Nutcracker. Weaving in and out of the 25 pros who are dancing the...
By webteam  |  December 14, 2010
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An enchanting South Pacific at PPAC

History is written by the winners, and there are few good-guy winners in the history of warfare more hallowed and haloed than the American victors of World War II, saviors of Western civilization.
Love and war
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 10, 2010
"South Pacific" performance at the Providence Performing Arts Center

"South Pacific" performance at the Providence Performing Arts Center


If the chilly days of almost-winter are getting to you, a trip to a warmer clime presents itself. Basking in the heat of South Pacific...
By webteam  |  November 30, 2010
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Review: A Radio City Christmas at PPAC

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular , at the Providence Performing Arts Center through November 28, should be called Santa Claus and the 18 Leggy Showgirls . They could have packed the place with hubbies.
High-kicking holiday spirit
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 19, 2010