“I wasn’t the funniest person in the room
or anything like that,” says comedian Fortune Feimster of her childhood
in Belmont, N.C. “I would tell jokes that I heard to friends and I’d
watch Saturday Night Live a lot and mimic the sketches in school the following Monday, so comedy was a part of my life.”
In addition to the imaginative stage work, War Horse
features stage-wide projections, evocative music and more than 30 actors who play numerous
roles and quickly assemble simple but suggestive props and bits of
Aronoff to host Green Day-inspired Punk Rock opera in spring 2014
Two weeks ago I caught a touring performance of American Idiot: The Musical when it made a three-evening stop at Dayton's Victoria Theatre (see review here).
The performance of Green Day's album transformed into a musical theater
piece was a noisy blast of defiance, full of energy – although a downer
of a story about three guys being overwhelmed by everyday life. But
that's what you's probably expect of a "Punk Rock Opera." We'll have it
for two nights in Cincinnati, Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12,
2014 (that's right, a year from now) as part of the Broadway
Across America series at the Aronoff (about twice the size of the
Victoria). If you're a fan of Green Day, you'll want to see this one.
And if you like shows such as next to normal, a recent big
hit for Ensemble Theatre, it's worth noting that Green Day's songs were
orchestrated for the stage show by Tom Kitt, who composed N2N's story of a bipolar mom struggling to keep her family together.
The opening 15 minutes of Titanic: The Musical, recreating the tragic 1912 sinking of the doomed
ocean liner, is one of the most stirring, evocative sequences in all of musical
theater. It grabs you as you meet dozens of characters boarding the ship, overflowing
with great expectations — of success, of escaping poverty, of new life in
America, of achieving dreams. But we know what awaits many of them in the
freezing North Atlantic after the collision with an iceberg.