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Prepare yourself, musical theater lovers, because the Syracuse Stage is about to put on its first musical of the 2011-2012 season, just in time for the holidays. While the stage isn’t showcasing a classic musical, like last year’s “Cabaret” or “Rent,” it is a classic story, with the musical element as an added twist.

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” is a classic book by C.S. Lewis and more recently has been adapted as a popular Disney movie. The book is part of a series called the “Chronicles of Narnia,” but let’s face it, no one ever read any of those.

Set in World War II England, four siblings find an entrance to a magical world in the back of a wardrobe (a closet, for us Americans). Of course, the siblings are faced with a wicked witch who they must fight with the help of a talking lion. Lewis must have had a hard time coming up with an original title for this one.


The Syracuse Stage is taking its own spin on the psychological horror with its new production of “The Turn of the Screw,” based a story by Henry James. The story focuses on a governess and two young children on an English estate (old, practically empty, remote house? Scary things never happen there). The governess begins to see ghosts on the grounds, which of course leads to chaos and terror running rampant throughout the house.

I’m usually not one for horror films (mostly because I just can’t sit through that much bad acting in such a short period of time), but theater is often different. Without tacky special effects and embarrassingly bad plots, horror on stage has a much larger chance of surviving without making the audience cringe (from awkwardness–hopefully they’ll cringe from fear). Especially with the plot written by a respected writer, instead of an overpaid Hollywood screenwriting machine, “The Turn of the Screw” should be a sophisticated take on an oftentimes unsophisticated genre.

One interesting addition to “The Turn of the Screw” is the pre-show talk with a cast member. The talks will be held an hour before every show, and a cast member will divulge his or her insights and thoughts about the show.  As a former actor myself, any opportunity to talk to cast members and get an insider’s opinion on a show is always appreciated.

The show, playing at the Storch Theatre, is opening the stage’s 39th season, and is showing now through October 16. Tickets are available online at the Syracuse Stage website.

-Diana Pearl

Disney’s most successful (and let’s face it, only worthwhile) Broadway show, “The Lion King,” has made its way to Syracuse. It’s being performed nightly at the Crouse-Hinds Theater at the Civic Center.

For theater-lovers, Syracuse’s biggest downfall is its lack of theater scene. The Syracuse Stage puts on incredible student and professional productions, but there’s nothing like being in a city filled to the brim with great, professional theater. So when a tour comes to town, I usually jump at the opportunity.


I’m going to start by saying that if you have never seen RENT (on stage that is, the Chris Columbus 2006 movie version does not count) run, don’t walk, or at least take the connective corridor to the Syracuse Stage and get tickets to see it. It’s selling out fast and it’s something anyone who has at least some interest in the theatre should see at least once. If you have been living under a straight, white, measure-your-life-in-love-less rock since 1996 and haven’t heard of RENT, do yourself a favor and learn about it here. (more…)

SU DRAMA’S PRODUCTION OF CABARET OPENS THIS WEEKEND! I hear good things. I have my ticket for tonight. (You’ll receive a review shortly after.)

Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret is often considered one of America’s greatest musicals. You’re probably familiar with another one of their musicals, Chicago. (Shockingly, I have yet to see that show, but the movie was fantastic.) Cabaret is set in pre-World War II-Germany; it includes a memorable score and evocative themes. The show won eight Tony Awards when it first opened on Broadway in 1966. Like my viewing of Chicago, I’ve only seen the movie of Cabaret (staring Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles), so it should be an adventure.

Unlike most SU Drama Productions, which are held in the Storch Theater, this one will be performed at the Syracuse Stage’s Archbold Theater (same building!) I took a sneak peak at the set after class one day, and it looks incredible. Can’t wait to see this show!

Get tickets, or call the box office at (315) 443-3275. Student tickets are $16.

Performances are: October 1,2,7,8,9 @ 8 p.m. and October 3,10 @ 2 p.m.

~ Amelia Bienstock