Tag Archive: BillHanney

NSMT’s ‘Carol,’ Coffee remain local treasures

BEVERLY – It’s the same where it counts, but different in several important ways. The North Shore Music Theatre’s 27th production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” – subtitled a “musical ghost story”… Continue reading

Fancy footwork abounds in NSMT’s ’42nd Street’

BEVERLY – In the opening moments of the musical “42nd Steet” at the North Shore Music Theatre, a curtain is slowly raised just enough so we can see many pairs of dancing feet,… Continue reading

Director’s experience, skills lift up NSMT’s ‘Evita’

BEVERLY – There is something about a life that blazes brightly before being snuffed out at a young age that inspires and fascinates writers and composers. James Dean, JFK and Marilyn Monroe are… Continue reading

NSMT’s fast, funny ‘Frankenstein’: ‘It’s ‘alive!’

BEVERLY – Those who thought Mel Brooks couldn’t write and stage a complete musical weren’t wrong once – when “The Producers” won a record 12 Tonys” in 2001 – they were thankfully wrong… Continue reading

Disney’s ‘Beast’ makes a joyous return to NSMT

  BEVERLY – When the Walt Disney Company decided to re-purpose its successful animated features for the stage, it was the theatrical equivalent of a baseball player starting his at-bat with a 3-0… Continue reading

Little things done right propel NSMT’s ‘Music Man’

BEVERLY – On its way to becoming one of the most popular musicals in theatrical history, “The Music Man” – celebrating its 60th anniversary – had a lot to say. Meredith Willson’s work… Continue reading

NSMT’s magical ‘A Christmas Carol’ never gets old

BEVERLY – It remains the area’s premier holiday show, unchallenged and still undefeated, and seemingly rolling on forever, the Ol’ Man River of Christmas entertainment. The North Shore Music Theatre’s 26th annual production… Continue reading

NSMT’s ‘Spamalot’: The Pythons would be proud

BEVERLY – And now for something completely different. Before 2004, Broadway had never really seen a show such as “Spamalot,” the famed British comedy troupe Monty Python’s take on the tale of King… Continue reading

Blue skies ahead for NSMT’s ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

BEVERLY – What is it about tap dancing that makes us want to don a pair of tap shoes and strut our stuff? When one – or several, preferably – tap dancers strut… Continue reading

‘Mary Poppins’ is practically perfect in every way

BEVERLY – It’s practically perfect in every way. The North Shore Music Theatre’s production of Disney’s “Mary Poppins” combines Disney magic with its own kind and the result is a joyously spectacular production… Continue reading