University of Alabama students perform musical ‘Falsettos’

By Matthew Speakman Special to The Tuscaloosa News The term falsetto is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as an artificially produced singing voice that overlaps and extends above the modal register. It’s used by singers to break out and hit vastly different, higher notes, singers such as Smokey Robinson, Prince, Frankie Valli, Jeff Buckley, and […]


Fresh take jazzes up venerable Shakespeare play

By Nic Helms Special to The Tuscaloosa News Performances of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” are always games of expectation: What fresh take on “To be or not to be” can possibly exist under the sun? Seth Panitch’s production of “Hamlet” at the University of Alabama this week does not disappoint on this score. Setting the play […]

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THEATER REVIEW: Actors, director lift production into a higher realm

By Mark Hughes Cobb Staff Writer For a city of just under 100,000, there’s a lot of theater here. The regularly producing companies — Theatre Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre, the Actor’s Charitable Theatre and the University of Alabama Department of Theatre and Dance — produce four to eight productions per season, each, so sometimes, a […]


THEATER REVIEW: “Young Frankenstein” lives again at UA

By Mark Hughes Cobb Staff Writer Published: Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 11:00 p.m. If you walk into “Young Frankenstein” the musical expecting “Young Frankenstein” the movie, well, you’re entering with the wrong attitude. Walk this way. As with any adaptation from one medium to another — book to film, myth to play, song to […]