book of mormon 700

by Rebecca Rudynk

The Book of Mormon is simply delightful: Unwaveringly blunt, raucously hilarious, and unapologetically offensive. It tackles the taboo and the sacred. The absurd and the heartwrenching. While it maintains the structure and cadence of a traditional Broadway musical, it is anything but. Unlike any other show out there, it is absurdly special…Read More →

FREAKY FRIDAY-700

by Rebecca Rudnyk

Freaky Friday is a story familiar to most (if not all of us) thanks to the original 1972 book by Mary Rodgers, and its subsequent film adaptations, most recently in 2003 starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsey Lohan. The musical version premiered on stage in Virginia in late 2016, with a cast album released in 2017 and a Disney Channel Original Movie airing in 2018…Read More →

spamilton 700

by Rebecca Rudnyk

Spamilton: An American Parody is one of the newest shows by Gerard Alessandrini, creator of the nearly 40 year old off-Broadway staple, Forbidden Broadway. A comedic review of Hamilton, its creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, and the impact both have made on Broadway, it opened in New York in 2016 to critical acclaim — including a Tweet of approval from Miranda — extending its originally-planned run of 18 performances to over 500 before closing in early 2018. Additional productions have popped up in cities also hosting Hamilton, including Chicago, London and Los Angeles…Read More →

charlie 700

by Rebecca Rudnyk

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory is a new musical based on the beloved children’s book by Roald Dahl. A story that was woven into the everlasting fabric of our zeitgeist by the 1971 film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Gene Wilder’s portrayal of the odd-but-intriguing candy man left a lasting impression on an entire generation of young people. A warmth and nostalgia that, although some have tried, has never been fully replicated…Read More →

rent 700

It’s a tragic, recurring cycle. Every generation loses artistic visionaries too soon, and the mourning of that loss embeds itself into the fabric of popular culture. Jonathan Larson, the creator of Rent, died suddenly in 1996 at the age of 35, leaving a gaping wound in the theatre-loving community upon which he had already generously bestowed his talent and vision. Although he was posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize, as well as several of the most coveted Tony, Drama Desk, Obie and Outer Critics Circle awards, he passed before seeing his greatest success open on Broadway, and its subsequent meteoric rise…Read More →

rebecca rudnyk 702

YabYum Theatre Critic Rebecca Rudnyk joined hosts Anna and Bonnie with some show tunes and local music sing-alongs on this edition of The YabYum Hour. Hear all about some of Rebecca’s favorite musicals from both past and present as well as the vibrant theater community that Phoenix has to offer by checking out this Radio Phoenix broadcast…Read More →

sisters in law 700

by Rebecca Rudnyk

The Phoenix Theatre Company’s new mainstage show, Sisters in Law, based on the best selling book by Linda Hirshman, is an intimate look at the relationship between the first two women to serve on the US Supreme Court. Though they have very different ideologies, both Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg are incredible pioneers, and the bond they built in the years they served together as justices is a compelling premise…Read More →

play that goes wrong 700

by Rebecca Rudnyk

The Play That Goes Wrong is a play within a play. A college production with a small but mighty cast, making due as things go devastatingly awry. Bringing back memories of shows from childhood when everyone invests their entire soul into a production, building sets from scraps and piecing together costumes from Goodwill finds and parents closets. Desperate to making it work. Improvising as things fall apart along the way. Yet this is not a cobbled-together, low budget passion project. It is a Broadway show with a Tony Award-winning set, perfectly constructed and capable of doing the unimaginable. Accompanied by a script with carefully considered errors yielding hilarious results. And as if that wasn’t enough, there are some very impressive magic tricks sprinkled in for good measure…Read More →