September 6 CNY Playhouse: Spamalot

Spamalot CNY Playhouse

CNY Playhouse’s ‘Spamalot’ draws laughter galore — and every Monty Python fan in town

The area’s newest theater troupe mounts the first local production of this whacky Broadway megahit, and gets it (mostly) right

By Laurel Saiz

Judging from the reaction of the near-capacity crowd at Friday’s opening night performance…

August 29 Redhouse Theater: Songs for a New World

Redhouse’s ‘Songs for a New World’ a high-calibre musical revue

A talented troupe of singers and pit orchestra musicians forges a song-filled journey from a 15th century Spanish ship to a modern Fifth Avenue skyscraper

By Laurel Saiz

The Redhouse’s latest production, Songs for a New World, brings together a group of eight talented performing artists who explore…

July 19 Cazenovia Counterpoint: The Wind in the Willows

Society for New Music stages a whimsical and wistful ‘The Wind in the Willows’

The Society’s production, a musical setting of the treasured Kenneth Grahame children’s classic, is a delightful reminiscence of childhood

By Jon Fredric West

On Friday, July 19th my wife and I spent a lovely evening at The Catherine Cummings Theater in Cazenovia…

July 13 Glimmerglass: Camelot

Glimmerglass premiere of ‘Camelot’ chivalrous, but hardly a knight to remember

David Pittsinger, as King Arthur, provided most of the magic in this pleasant but unspectacular production of the Lerner and Loewe musical

By David Abrams

Francesca Zambello’s courageous marketing decision to produce a blockbuster Broadway musical each season is not without its challenges…

June 7 Rarely Done Productions: Debbie Does Dallas, The Musical

XXX marks the spot: Rarely Done Productions mounts ‘Debbie’

Spoof of the notorious ‘Debbie Does Dallas’ porn flick maintains the film’s dialogue, replaces X-rated scenes with music

By Laurel Saiz

Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical, the current show by Rarely Done Productions, is goofy and cornball, All-American, and hilariously, uproariously raunchy — in a totally unsordid way…

April 20 SU Drama: Violet

‘Violet’ a warm and tender road trip to the heart

But turning back the clock in this story-turned-musical from 1969 to 1964 creates dramatic incongruities too difficult to ignore

By Laurel Saiz

Syracuse University Drama Department’s current production of Violet, directed by Rodney Hudson, is adapted from the short story The Ugliest Pilgrim…

Mar. 25 Famous Artists Broadway: The Addams Family

‘The Addams Family’ musical, like the 1960s B&W television series, a colorless experience

Thanks to the standout performance of Jennifer Fogarty, only one foot of this production is in the grave

By Laurel Saiz

When Baby Boomers see The Addams Family, the new musical comedy playing at the Civic Center through tomorrow evening, they will be reminded of the popular black-and-white TV series that originally aired from 1964 to 1966…