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Theatre Review: Broadway Across America Season Roars Out of the Gate with ‘Dear Evan Hansen’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Review: Broadway Across America Season Roars Out of the Gate with ‘Dear Evan Hansen’

Dear Evan Hansen is the rare contemporary Broadway musical to captivate a wide swath of public attention. On every trip I’ve made to NYC since its transfer from Off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theater to the great white way, I’ve seen more Playbills for and overheard more conversations about this show by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul […]

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Review: Jubilant Hit Revival of “Hello, Dolly!” Comes to Broadway In Columbus

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Review: Jubilant Hit Revival of “Hello, Dolly!” Comes to Broadway In Columbus

Hello, Dolly!, Jerry Herman (music and lyrics) and Michael Stewart’s (book) adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker, has delighted audiences since its 1964 debut. A high-water mark for productions comes to the Ohio with the first tour of the 2017 Broadway smash revival, directed by Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Warren Carlyle. This tale of […]

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Interview: Patton Oswalt

Grant Walters Grant Walters Interview: Patton Oswalt

The acclaimed comedian and actor brings a new hour to the Ohio Theatre on Sunday night

My wife, Julie, and I sat in the audience at the Palace Theatre during Patton Oswalt’s last show in Columbus in 2017 — a set that echoed much of what would be seen in his then-forthcoming Netflix special, Annihilation.  While his astutely acidic take on his surroundings has never failed to make me laugh, he displayed […]

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The Price Is Right Live Returns to the Ohio Theatre

Kylie Harwell-Sturgill Kylie Harwell-Sturgill The Price Is Right Live Returns to the Ohio Theatre

The Price Is Right Live™ is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to “Come on Down” to win. Prizes may include appliances, vacations, and possibly a new car. Audience members can play classic games from television’s longest-running and most popular game show such as Plinko™, Cliffhangers™, The Big Wheel™, or […]

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Disney’s Aladdin Comes to Columbus

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Disney’s Aladdin Comes to Columbus

Disney’s stage adaptations of their animated musicals are surefire crowd-pleasers. That trend continues when the national tour of Aladdin rolls into town this month. I spoke with Zach Bencal who originated the role of Babkak on this, the first national tour, including Columbus, by phone from the Atlanta stop on the tour. Bencal’s infectious enthusiasm was […]

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CSO: Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration

Anne Evans Anne Evans CSO: Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration

CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov leads the Columbus Symphony, guest violinist Daniel Rowland, guest soprano Jennifer Lynn Cherest, and the Columbus Symphony Chorus in a unique concert celebrating legendary composer, conductor, and educator Leonard Bernstein. This kaleidoscope of Bernstein’s most popular Broadway works includes On the Town: Three Dance Episodes, West Side Story: Suite for […]

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CSO: Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration

Anne Evans Anne Evans CSO: Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration

CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov leads the Columbus Symphony, guest violinist Daniel Rowland, guest soprano Jennifer Lynn Cherest, and the Columbus Symphony Chorus in a unique concert celebrating legendary composer, conductor, and educator Leonard Bernstein. This kaleidoscope of Bernstein’s most popular Broadway works includes On the Town: Three Dance Episodes, West Side Story: Suite for […]

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