Reviews for Georgetown Palace Theatre Performances

Review: The Little Mermaid, Disney by Georgetown Palace Theatre

Review: The Little Mermaid, Disney by Georgetown Palace Theatre

by Justin M. West
Published on December 23, 2016

Unfortunate. And nothing was more disappointing and consistently cringeworthy than the wire work. I felt bad for the actors on stage doing their absolute best to overcome a stage effect that was overused, clearly under-practiced, and that should have been done away with entirely.

                                                                               CTXLT note: Many of the roles in The Little Mermaid are double cast. The photos below are of the actors who appeared at the performance reviewed. 

 

I left Georgetown, Texas  in a huff about ...

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Review: Beauty and the Beast by Georgetown Palace Theatre

Review: Beauty and the Beast by Georgetown Palace Theatre

by Michael Meigs
Published on December 18, 2015

Those in this extravaganza are two-dimensional characters for the most part, except for Ismael Soto as the Beast, whom we see both yearning and learning.

I lingered after the Georgetown Palace's Saturday matinee performance of Beauty and the Beast, intending to say hello to Kristin DeGroot, the sweet soprano who plays Belle. Watching the excitement onstage well after the curtain call, I was treated to an unmistakeable demonstration of why this production is running strong and full for its more than six-week run as the Palace's annual Great Big Holiday Extravaganza.

 

DeGroot was surrounded by her fans ...

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Review: Jesus Christ Superstar

Review: Jesus Christ Superstar

by Michael Meigs
Published on February 05, 2015

The full houses at the Georgetown Palace offer evidence that this rock opera about the gentle man from Nazareth still affects us deeply today -- for some, perhaps even more deeply than the Book and history that it's based upon.

Jesus Christ Superstar, first an LP, was recorded 45 years ago.  Shortly after that it was up on Broadway and running hard, talking to the United States and later the world.That 1970 creation was, in its day, closer to the great era of Broadway musicals than it is to us now.  

 

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Review: Same Time, Next Year by Georgetown Palace Theatre

Review: Same Time, Next Year by Georgetown Palace Theatre

by Michael Meigs
Published on April 29, 2013

The world of the play is pretty much irrelevant to the contemporary world of instant messaging, hooking up, friends with benefits, living together without sanction of marriage and easy divorces. And to anyone born since the play was first staged in 1975.

Yes, I would be delighted to enjoy a guilt-free assignation once a year with the energetic, sweet and affectionate Virginia Keeley.

 

Fellow actor Bill Barry has had that privilege this month at the Georgetown Palace, at least in our imaginations.  Since the six scenes in Bernard Slade's play span the twenty-four years between 1951 and 1975, Barry's averaging just about one imaginary assignation a day.  (And by his exuberant count ...

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Review: South Pacific by Georgetown Palace Theatre

Review: South Pacific by Georgetown Palace Theatre

by Michael Meigs
Published on March 06, 2013

Much of the ensemble is made up of folks just like us – who happen to have been blessed with fine singing voices and proximity to the Palace, queen of musical theatre in Central Texas.

 

The Georgetown Palace Theatre has done it again.  The production of South Pacific playing weekends through March, 2013, is energetic, polished and entertaining, a celebration of the classic 1949 musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein.  It’s a reminder that at mid-century American musical theatre pioneered new directions in entertainment for a public newly aware of the world beyond Main Street, USA.

 

With their first collaboration Oklahoma! in 1943 Richard Rogers and Oscar ...

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Review: Singin' in the Rain by Georgetown Palace Theatre

Review: Singin' in the Rain by Georgetown Palace Theatre

by Michael Meigs
Published on March 07, 2012

Watson's casting at the Palace has produced an exhilarating variation. Here the athlete is Kevin Oliver in the role of Cosmo. Jim Lindsay as Don Lockwood is smaller of frame and light on his feet; with such a natural grace he's a grown-up edition of one of those balletic Sharks from West Side Story

Gotta sing!   Gotta dance!

 

Those could be the rallying cries for the Georgetown Palace Theatre. Under the years of Mary Ellen Butler's artistic direction, this community institution in the elegantly refurbished movie house off the courthouse square has seen very little down time, given its eight-show season and its classes for adults and for young people. The staff and the unpaid actors and tech folk send familiar musicals and plays down the ...

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