REVIEW: C-R Productions Presents “Thoroughly Modern Millie”

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, September 2006 I was ten when the film Thoroughly Modern Millie was released and I remember enjoying it very much. Like every other little girl in the world at that time I had been lugged to see The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins over and over again by well-meaning elderly…

REVIEW: C-R Productions Presents “Kiss Me, Kate”

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, February 2006 Last August, as a special treat, I took my then-sixteen-year-old son Brandon to New York to see Monty Python’s Spamalot. At intermission I turned to him and, indicating the 1,519 or so members of the unwashed masses with whom I was forced to share…

REVIEW: C-R Productions Presents “Ain’t Misbehavin'”

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, February 2006 “The joint is jumpin’,It’s really jumpin’,Come in cats an’ check your hats,I mean this joint is jumpin’.The piano’s thumpin’,The dancers bumpin’.This here spot is more than hot,In fact the joint is jumpin’”– Andy Razaf and J. C. Johnson I once had the fun…

REVIEW: “Annie” at the Cohoes Music Hall

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, December 2005 Exactly thirty years ago this month I was stage managing a workshop production of a musical based on Harold Gray’s legendary comic strip, Little Orphan Annie. It was a fun little show, and the author/director taught me a lot about Gray and the strip’s…

REVIEW: “My Fair Lady” at the Cohoes Music Hall

Reviewed by Gail M. Burns, October 2005 My Fair Lady, based on George Bernard Shaw’s 1914 play Pygmalion and Gabriel Pascal’s 1938 film of the same, is often called the perfect musical. While remaining extremely faithful to its roots, the music and dance seem to spring effortless from the script. In this…

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