On a day when Comedy was the hit in historic downtown Beverly and when just earlier in the day The Salem News posted a story about two theatres competing in one town. The Cabot was able to pack the house for a night of comedy at the same time that The Larcom packed the house for their comedy show. Last Saturday at the historic Cabot Center for Performing Arts Boston legendary comedian Steve Sweeney took to the stage in front of a very large crowd. Born in Charlestown, Steve Sweeney is a legendary Boston comedian known as a master of dialects and character voices. With his famous Boston accent and great insight into human nature, Steve is so thoroughly Bostonian that he merits his own stop on the MBTA Green Line.
The night opened up with two great warm-up acts who were able to get the crowd ready for the big man himself. Now let me just warn you Steve’s comedy is so unique you won’t see anything else like it anywhere. His stories and show are something that can be described as witty and weird but also you will find others in the crowd that will describe it as hilarious and funny. Some folks in the crowd were a little thrown off by his style as one woman said “This show wasn’t something I expected” in terms of the delivery style of the comedy when Steve started taking his shirt off. While another woman was overheard saying “Steve is as funny now as when I saw him years ago”. All in all if you’re a fan of Steve’s this show didn’t disappoint but at the same time before you go to see Steve’s style you may want to look up some videos on YouTube so that your not confused as some folks were in the crowd which really made the night a let down for them.
The Cabot Center for Performing Arts has an amazing line-up of shows coming down the line this summer with shows like Symphony by the Sea on June 20th, 2015 and Local Rock Rules coming on June 27th, 2015. So be sure to checkout some of the upcoming shows at The Cabot by visiting www.TheCabot.org for more information.
Wood Media Staff Writer
On a day when The Salem News published an article wondering if both The Larcom Theatre and The Cabot Street Center for Performing Arts could co-exists. The Larcom Theatre really delivered a great show in front of a large crowd of over 200 for former 60 Minutes II star Jimmy Tingle. All awhile down the street The Cabot packed a house of over 300 to see star Steve Sweeney.
The Larcom crowd was entertained however by such an amazing performer with just an amazing act. Jimmy Tingle who is the Executive Director for his non-profit Humor for Humanity entertained the crowd with his great style of pop culture events to real life experiences of growing up in Cambridge Massachusetts. One of the unique things that Jimmy Tingle did during his show was right after intermission he opened up the floor for questions from the audience which brought many great questions including “Would you ever consider a divorce?” and of course Jimmy had a great answer and that was “Not at the moment I am happily married for 18 years but is anyone else in the crowd looking to mingle with someone new?” Another question from the audience was “What was your opinion on the deflategate Patriots situation?” and Jimmy answered that by saying “what other sport out there allows each team to bring their own balls? Because if that was me I would bring my own balls to every thing that I do on a daily basis.”
The show closed with a great tribute to why he does comedy and what his mission in life is. Jimmy taught the audience about his new non-profit Humor for Humanity. He has decided to dedicate his life to helping non profits and the crowd really seemed interested and really wanted to support him with this great idea. For more information on Jimmy Tingle visit www.JimmyTingle.com as he has a lot of shows coming up in the area of the New England and to find out more information on the Humor for Humanity.
Mark Allen Wood
Wood Media Staff Writer
Last night’s performance of Dreamgirls (which is a take from a book that was written from the perspective of a former member of the girl group The Supremes) which started the NSMT’s 2015 season and kicked off the sixtieth birthday of the North Shore Music Theatre opened to a strong audience with what seemed to be exceptionally high expectations. However the first act slowly went downhill. With a slow build on the storyline and numbers that seemed (at times) out of place. In fact the first act could have been cut in half! The start is confusing at best. The title is “Dreamgirls” not “Man with the three backup singers.” At the start you would have thought that the main focus of the show was a man named James (“Jimmy”) who was struggling to find his sound and needed these girls to make him standout as unique.
I must say however that as long and drawn out as the first act may seem it is crucial to the story line and gives you great insight as to the culture and goings-on in the entertainment industry at that particular time.
The second act however was nothing short of perfection! You would never know that it was opening night at the NSMT and that some of these individuals were new and right out of the gate. The second act was fast paced and fun filled with cheers and laughter from both the audience and cast alike. One thing that stood out to me was when Eric Lajuan Summers who portrays James Thunder Early (“Jimmy”) took it upon himself to really get the crowd excited and have a good amount of audience participation. His voice and presence filled the whole theater and his excitement and enthusiasm was felt by all.
With all of that being said there was no shortage of talent and charisma. However the real star of the show was that of Bryonha Marie Parham who played Effie Melody White. This show was Perham’s debut performance for the NSMT however as stated above this is something you would never unless you were reading about it. The tone of Parham’s voice was rich and full with a smooth transition and no notice of stress with pitch between high and low notes. With every note and line you could feel the emotion and passion that Parham has for her part and her work in general. Overall I would say that this is a must see if you are into the culture of the early 1960’s into the 1970’s and have a passion for music that is full of heart and soul.
Tickets for The Dreamgirls are priced from $54 - $79. Performances are June 2 thru June 14, Tue - Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri & Sat at 8 pm, matinees Wed, Sat and Sun at 2 pm. Kids 18 and under save 50% on ‘Family Fridays’- June 5 & 12 at 8 pm. For tickets and information call (978) 232-7200, visit www.NSTM.org, or visit the box office in person at 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly, Dreamgirls is sponsored by Abiomed
Written by: Nicole Lynne Wood
Wood Media Theater Reviewers are a husband and wife team which includes Mark & Nicole Wood of Beverly.