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Thursday, March 21, 2024

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical at the Peace Center by Edwin Arnaudin

Ari Groover does right by the Queen of Rock 'n’ Roll in this lively musical.

SOURCE: ashevillestages.com at 11:57AM
Thursday, February 8, 2024

Girl From the North Country at the Peace Center by Edwin Arnaudin

The Bob Dylan jukebox musical is a treat for fans and the uninitiated alike.

SOURCE: ashevillestages.com at 11:05AM
Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help at NC Stage Co. by Edwin Arnaudin

Katie Forgette’s witty memory play is a success on every conceivable level.

SOURCE: ashevillestages.com at 02:00PM

The Glorious World of Crowns Kinks and Curls at Different Strokes by Edwin Arnaudin

Naimah Coleman, Zakiya Bell-Rogers, and Kirby Gibson shine in this ode to Black women’s hair.

SOURCE: ashevillestages.com at 12:23PM
Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Company at the Peace Center by Edwin Arnaudin

The gender-swapped take on the Sondheim classic is a mixed bag.

SOURCE: ashevillestages.com at 05:01PM
Sunday, December 31, 2023

The Best of 2023 by Edwin Arnaudin

Asheville Stages contributors reflect on their favorite productions from the past year.

SOURCE: ashevillestages.com at 06:00PM
Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Jeeves Takes a Bow at NC Stage Co. by Edwin Arnaudin

British and American sensibilities collide to brilliant comic ends in the latest Jeeves production.

SOURCE: ashevillestages.com at 01:58PM
Wednesday, November 22, 2023

The Wiz at the Peace Center by Edwin Arnaudin

Beyond stunning production design and a few big performances, newcomers may wonder why this musical is considered a classic.

SOURCE: ashevillestages.com at 06:18PM
Thursday, September 21, 2023

MJ at the Peace Center by Edwin Arnaudin

The Michael Jackson musical is the complete package.

SOURCE: ashevillestages.com at 11:33AM
Saturday, September 9, 2023

What the Constitution Means to Me at NC Stage Co. by Edwin Arnaudin

Hanley Smith dazzles in this entertaining and thought-provoking production.

SOURCE: ashevillestages.com at 02:25PM
Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Wicked at the Peace Center by Edwin Arnaudin

The beloved musical is worth seeing for its spectacle, not its songs or writing.

SOURCE: ashevillestages.com at 11:35AM
Thursday, July 20, 2023

A Chorus Line at Flat Rock Playhouse by Edwin Arnaudin

The material is a particularly terrific fit for FRP, whose Leiman Mainstage feels almost custom made for a cast and production of this size.

SOURCE: ashevillestages.com at 12:00PM
Thursday, May 25, 2023

Jagged Little Pill: The Musical at Peace Center by Edwin Arnaudin

The Alanis Morissette jukebox musical addresses hot-button topics in memorable ways.

SOURCE: ashevillestages.com at 12:30PM
Friday, May 19, 2023

Steel Magnolias at Flat Rock Playhouse by Edwin Arnaudin

This true ensemble honors the humor and heart of Robert Harling’s family-inspired play.

SOURCE: ashevillestages.com at 11:34AM
Thursday, April 20, 2023

To Kill a Mockingbird at the Peace Center by Edwin Arnaudin

Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel is destined to go down as one of the all-time great works of theater.

SOURCE: ashevillestages.com at 08:57AM
Friday, March 31, 2023

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at NC Stage Co. by Edwin Arnaudin

Christopher Durang’s Tony-winning, Chekhov-riffing play is a long but worthwhile sit.

SOURCE: ashevillestages.com at 12:34PM
Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Native Gardens at Asheville Community Theatre by Edwin Arnaudin

Karen Zacarías’ culture clash comedy is a must-see.

SOURCE: ashevillestages.com at 05:22PM
Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Every Brilliant Thing at NC Stage Co. by Edwin Arnaudin

Scott Treadway adds to his illustrious career with this mesmerizing one-man show.

SOURCE: ashevillestages.com at 12:57PM
Sunday, December 4, 2022

Elf: The Musical at Asheville Community Theatre by Edwin Arnaudin

The modern holiday classic translates nicely to musical theater form.

SOURCE: ashevillestages.com at 06:55PM
Sunday, October 9, 2022

The Roommate at NC Stage Co. by Edwin Arnaudin

The intermission-free 100 minutes fly by thanks to sharp comedic performances and active pacing.

SOURCE: ashevillestages.com at 05:28PM
Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Blood Knot at Flat Rock Playhouse by Edwin Arnaudin

Athol Fugard’s 1961 drama about apartheid South Africa is an endurance test.

SOURCE: ashevillestages.com at 02:22PM

God of Carnage at Flat Rock Playhouse by Edwin Arnaudin

The theater’s Black Box Series kicked off in hilarious, spectacular fashion.

SOURCE: ashevillestages.com at 12:00PM
Friday, September 16, 2022

Cry It Out at Attic Salt Theatre Co. by Edwin Arnaudin

Four new mothers’ lives collide in this emotionally rich dramedy.

SOURCE: ashevillestages.com at 11:51AM
Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Blood at the Root at Different Strokes by Edwin Arnaudin

This powerful, Jena Six-inspired drama is a true ensemble work from top to bottom.

SOURCE: ashevillestages.com at 11:08AM
Monday, August 22, 2022

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at Flat Rock Playhouse by Edwin Arnaudin

The 55-year-old material feels as fresh as ever under Reggie Law’s direction.

SOURCE: ashevillestages.com at 03:40PM
Tuesday, July 12, 2022

West Side Story at Flat Rock Playhouse by Edwin Arnaudin

The Broadway classic soars at The Rock.

SOURCE: ashevillestages.com at 01:24PM
Thursday, July 7, 2022

The Hunchback of Notre Dame at SART by Edwin Arnaudin

The ambitious musical features a fascinating, emotionally-rich take on Quasimodo.

SOURCE: ashevillestages.com at 10:33AM
Sunday, June 19, 2022

Monsters of the American Cinema at Different Strokes! by Edwin Arnaudin

Christian St. Croix’s dramedy is emblematic of the pros and cons inherent in many two-handers.

SOURCE: ashevillestages.com at 05:30PM
Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Interview: Josh Tower by Edwin Arnaudin

The UNC Chapel Hill grad plays Aaron Burr in “Hamilton,” June 7-19 at the Peace Center.

SOURCE: ashevillestages.com at 12:37PM
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Million Dollar Quartet at Flat Rock Playhouse by Edwin Arnaudin

Sam Phillips brings Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis to Sun Records for one rocking night.

SOURCE: ashevillestages.com at 09:00AM
Monday, May 23, 2022

Sisters of Swing at SART by Edwin Arnaudin

This superb jukebox musical about The Andrew Sisters is impeccably cast and performed.

SOURCE: ashevillestages.com at 11:40AM

All that Chat

2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards