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Theater Preview: Gallery Players Returns with Streamed Version of Classic Musical ‘I Do! Do!’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Preview: Gallery Players Returns with Streamed Version of Classic Musical ‘I Do! Do!’

Gallery Players – a bright spot in the Columbus theater world for over 70 years – opened a run of She Loves Me on March 8, 2020. After only two performances, director Pamela Hill and the cast fully expected to return the following Thursday. The burgeoning pandemic had other ideas and the show – like […]

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Theatre Review: Gallery Players Presents Columbus Premiere of Fast, Funny ‘Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Gallery Players Presents Columbus Premiere of Fast, Funny ‘Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’

Gallery Players closes 2019 with a frenzied, funny ride through the 2014 Tony winner A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder by Robert L. Freedman (book and lyrics) and Steven Lutvak (music and lyrics), directed by Tim Browning.  A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder follows Monty Navarro (Jay Rittberger) on a tip from family […]

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Review: Otterbein’s Rollicking Guys and Dolls

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: Otterbein’s Rollicking Guys and Dolls

For almost 70 years, Guys and Dolls, with its book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows (based on Damon Runyon’s short stories), and music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, has charmed and enthralled audiences. Otterbein Summer Theatre’s sizzling production, directed by Lenny Leibowitz (also conducting the orchestra from the piano for original music director Samuel […]

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Gallery Players’ 70th Season Kicks Off With Luminous “Falsettos”

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Gallery Players’ 70th Season Kicks Off With Luminous “Falsettos”

Gallery Players kicks off its landmark 70th season with a spare, beautiful production of Falsettos, music and lyrics by William Finn and book by James Lapine and William Finn, directed by Ross Shirley. We meet the “hero” of Falsettos, Marvin (Will Macke), in 1979, right after he’s left his wife Trina (Rachel Hertenstein) and son […]

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See Gallery Players’ Evocative ‘Side Show’ Through March 18

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford See Gallery Players’ Evocative ‘Side Show’ Through March 18

Side Show, the Broadway musical with book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger, received its regional premiere in a handsome production at Gallery Players, directed by Ross Shirley. The musical follows conjoined twins Daisy (Bailey Maholm) and Violet (Eryn Hollobaugh) Hilton. The audience watches their journey from one master to another: […]

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Theatre Review: Gallery Players’ 13 Has Charm to Spare

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Gallery Players’ 13 Has Charm to Spare

Gallery Players closes 2016 with recent Broadway musical 13. The ebullient score by Jason Robert Brown shines in this production directed by Ryan Scarlata with assistant director Emma Lou Andrews and choreographed by Scarlata and Katie Wagner. The paint-by-numbers book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn follows Evan Goldman (Neil Kalef) who gets transported in the […]

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Theatre Review: Gallery Players’ Guys and Dolls is Mostly a Winner

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Gallery Players’ Guys and Dolls is Mostly a Winner

Since premiering on Broadway in 1950, Guys and Dolls, the adaptation by Frank Loesser (music and lyrics) and Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling (book) of Damon Runyon’s witty world-askew stories has been a perennial crowd-pleaser with multiple revivals on Broadway and the West End and I’d wager there’s never a day someone in the US isn’t […]

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