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Vol. LXV, No. 19
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
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(Photo by T. Charles Erickson)
ROMANCE AND SLEEP DISORDERS: An orderly in a sleep disorder clinic (Bryce Ryness) enters the surrealistic world of dreams and fairy tales to swim the castle moat and awake the sleeping beauty (Aspen Vincent) in a romantic pas de deux, complete with dazzling lighting effects and wheeling hospital bed in “Sleeping Beauty Wakes,” a rock musical comedy at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre through June 5.

This Sleeping Beauty Comes to the Sleep Disorder Clinic In Rocking 21st Century Riff on the Classic Fairy Tale

Donald Gilpin

Had any trouble sleeping lately? Any problems staying awake during the day? Any interesting dreams to tell us about? Worried that you’re less than fully awake to the events of your life as they speed by?

Sleeping Beauty Wakes, at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre through June 5 then moving on to La Jolla Playhouse in California, brings the romantic magic of the classic Charles Perrault fairy tale to the incongruous setting of a contemporary sleep disorder clinic. With book by Rachel Sheinkin, 2005 Tony Award winner for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, score by husband and wife team Brendan Milburn (music) and Valerie Vigoda (lyrics) of GrooveLily, and direction by Rebecca Taichman (Twelfth Night at McCarter, 2009) — this off-beat material is surely in good hands.

Princeton Singers Members Change Direction, Feature Soloists in a Night at the Opera

Nancy Plum

Princeton Singers stepped out of their usual orbit this past weekend with “A Night at the Opera,” an evening of arias and scenes designed to showcase the ensemble’s singers outside the choral realm. Grouped together in themes of text, the concert’s vocal selections also strayed far in deviously romantic themes from the performance venue of Trinity Church in Princeton. Despite the unusual setting for saucy and humorous operatic portrayals, the evening showed that the members of the Princeton Singers can hold a solo stage as well as fit into an ensemble.

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