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At the grand splendor of our spring soiree, “Happenin’ at the Hollemans” (which turned into “Fun in the Franklin Room”), I could only but think of those lyrics from Mary Poppins: “If you reach for the stars / All you get are the stars / But we’ve found a whole new spin / If you […]

“Everyone talks about, but no one does a thing about the weather.” Well, we did. We changed “Happenin’ at the Hollemans” to “Fun in the Franklin Room.” I had been watching The Weather Channel intently all week and saw that Monday showed a large yellow lightning bolt (and Sunday as well). I could, but didn’t […]

MARY POPPINS Continues to Fly, Hollemans Host HAPPENIN’

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on May 8, 2015

Over 2,500 children, with hands worn red from hard clapping and voices yelled out by screams of joy, have seen Mary Poppins fly. If you could only see their faces when, like a high-flying floating balloon, Stephanie Hawkins ascends into the sky, high above the roofs of Amber Wallace’s fabricated London chimney tops, you would […]

MARY POPPINS Opens to Full Houses and Standing Ovations

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on May 1, 2015

Mary Poppins has finally opened! It really has opened, and it has opened to riotous applause and to standing ovations, as Mary Poppins gracefully flies across the Roxy stage to cheers from full houses of adults and children alike. Friday night’s pay-what-you-can preview quickly sold out, but the box office gave prospective audience members the […]

Mary Poppins says she “shall stay until the winds change.”  This cast of beautiful, handsome, eager and talented young people makes this delightful production one of, if not our best ever.  It is more appealing than anything we have ever done.  I am at a loss for the fear of “the wind changing,” and it […]

Rivers & Spires Anniversary Inspires $13 Tickets, Today Only

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on April 17, 2015

Today (Friday, April 17), all tickets for the remainder of the Roxy Regional Theatre’s 32nd Season (Mary Poppins, The 39 Steps and The Music Man) are $13 in honor of Rivers & Spires’ 13th Anniversary. This offer can only be redeemed from 9:00am until 2:00pm today, either in person at the box office or by […]

I never saw Maria Callas perform Tosca.  I’ve seen a video, but only of the second act.  However, I did see Marie Collier perform Tosca in Chicago.  Miss Collier had replaced an indisposed Callas at London’s Covent Garden, so seeing her performance was not so far removed from seeing a shadow of a statue of […]

MORRIE Continues to Touch, MARY POPPINS Waits in the Wings

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on April 3, 2015

There is something miraculous, awesome and deeply spiritual about Good Friday. Theatre folk are wont to say, “Never play Christmas, Easter or Memphis.” But Good Friday is different: “No greater love …” Jay Doolittle as Morrie in Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie says, “Love is the only rational act. Without love, we are birds with […]

TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE Opens for Pay-What-You-Can Tonight at 8pm

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on March 27, 2015

There is an unadulterated bliss one has when working alongside such creative, talented and affable artists as Jay Doolittle and Matthew Whitfield in the two-character play Tuesdays with Morrie. Each are artists in their own rights, one more so by wisdom seasoned with age and the other with that eagerness of youth. Both make the […]

Jay Doolittle Returns for TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, Opening March 27

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on March 20, 2015

Jay Doolittle, at 74, returns to the Roxy for his 62nd production. In a tenure spanning 16 years, he first brought his talent to the fore in 1999’s The Diary of Anne Frank. Jay has performed 60 other roles in Albee, Shakespeare, Miller, Hellman and others, including Professor Morrie Schwartz in Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with […]