Letter to the Editor: "Quasimodo moving in show at Riverside"

Letter to the Editor: "Quasimodo moving in show at Riverside"

No words are adequate to describe the moving performance of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” at Riverside Dinner Theater.

It was genius to have the actor playing Quasimodo walk forward on stage as himself—a tall handsome young man—talking about his character, putting on the hunchback shirt, tousling his hair, leaning downward and loping across the stage, then speaking in the voice of the horribly disfigured cripple.

[Culpeper Times] CURTAIN CALLS: ‘Hunchback’ rings out 20th season

[Culpeper Times] CURTAIN CALLS: ‘Hunchback’ rings out 20th season

But what of Quasimodo himself?  There’s a fine balance that must be struck between strength and unconscious pathos. The physical deformity must be dominant, but not overworked; the voice struggling to be understood, but not too self-aware. A new face on Riverside’s stage, Justin Luciano, fulfills the most demanding expectation. His is a stand-out performance in a production filled with superlatives.

Riverside Center's The Hunchback of Notre Dame on CBS 6's Virginia This Morning!

Riverside Center's The Hunchback of Notre Dame on CBS 6's Virginia This Morning!

The Riverside Center For The Performing Arts brings "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" to their stage in Fredericksburg.

Actors Thomas Adrian Simpson and Justin Luciano along with producing artistic director, Patrick A'Hearn stopped by the studio to share about bringing classic tale to the stage. Riverside Center For The Performing Arts presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame now through Sunday, May 6 At The Riverside Center For The Performing Arts in Fredericksburg.

BWW Review: Riverside Center Hits The Right Notes with HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Regional Premiere

BWW Review: Riverside Center Hits The Right Notes with HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Regional Premiere

Boasting an impressive production and stellar cast, Riverside Center for the Performing Arts is presenting the professional DC-Northern Virginia regional premiere of the dark and romantic musical THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. It is well worth the trip along Interstate 95 to hear the rich score and lyrics by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, respectively, and be taken in by the sumptuous production, one of the biggest I have had the pleasure of seeing at this venue.

Free Lance-Star Review: What makes a monster and what makes a man? Riverside's 'Hunchback of Notre Dame'

Free Lance-Star Review: What makes a monster and what makes a man? Riverside's 'Hunchback of Notre Dame'

From the ominous opening melody to the crashing “Finale Ultimo,” Riverside Center for the Performing Arts’ production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” seduces a depth of fascination from audience members not often seen at the dinner theater.

An ambitious production, led by Justin Luciano as Quasimodo and Thomas Adrian Simpson as Dom Claude Frollo, sends chills through the viewer, repeatedly inspiring the desired mix of horror and delight. The 18-person cast, the largest in Riverside history, is backed by a chorus of 20 and accompanied by a nine-piece orchestra.

Letter to the Editor: "Riverside show a treat in all respects"

Letter to the Editor: "Riverside show a treat in all respects"

On Thursday evening, my wife and I and another couple had the great pleasure of attending a spectacular performance of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" at the Riverside Dinner Theater.

This production is based on the classic Victor Hugo novel, and is highly theatrical and entertaining. The cast, along with the Stafford Regional Choral Society, provided a most professional and entertaining production.

DCMetroTheaterArts Review: ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts

DCMetroTheaterArts Review: ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and book by Peter Parnell. Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film, Riverside is the first theatre in the metropolitan area to premiere its regional debut! Director Patrick A’Hearn leads this grand production–the largest at Riverside to date.

Ring the bells: 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' swings into Riverside

Ring the bells: 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' swings into Riverside

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts is ending its 20th season with a big ol’ bang.

A cast of 18, community choir of 22 and nine-piece orchestra are sharing the stage for “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”—the theater’s largest production ever. The epic musical owns the stage now through May 6, with performances Wednesdays through Sundays.

Justin Luciano and Thomas Adrian Simpson Preview Riverside Center's The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Opening March 14)!

Justin Luciano and Thomas Adrian Simpson Preview Riverside Center's The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Opening March 14)!

Listen to Justin Luciano (Quasimodo) and Thomas Adrian Simpson (Dom Claude Frollo) preview our upcoming production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Riverside alongside Producing Artistic Director, Patrick A'Hearn and Town Talk's Ted Schubel (NewsTalk 1230 WFVA). 

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts in Fredericksburg, Virginia is excited to be the first regional theater in the metropolitan area to present The Hunchback of Notre Dame, starring Justin Luciano as Quasimodo and Thomas Adrian Simpson as Dom Claude Frollo. Located at 95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA, performances begin on March 14th and run until Sunday, May 6th.

BWW Review: MAMMA MIA Proves A Super Trouper in Regional Premiere at Riverside Center

BWW Review: MAMMA MIA Proves A Super Trouper in Regional Premiere at Riverside Center

The view looks pretty good from a pair of platform shoes. Heck, even on an idyllic, Greek island resort there's not a moment of stress and strain that can't be cured by breaking into the hits of Sweden's number one pop group, ABBA.

Located just south of the metropolitan DMV area (off of I-95), Riverside has grabbed MAMMA MIA! ahead of tons of other professional theatres, so they are rightly boasting a regional premiere for this production, running through March 4. From what I could tell during my visit, audiences are responding favorably and want to get their ABBA fix - along with a Greek-inspired menu that had me shouting "Opa!"

CURTAIN CALLS: Take a chance on ‘Mamma Mia’

CURTAIN CALLS: Take a chance on ‘Mamma Mia’

One thing is certain about monster successes: they can’t be predicted. The best laid plans can run to naught as easily as an ordinary bright idea can become a shooting star. There’s no formula for it and no accounting for public reactions – which brings me to “Mamma Mia!”

Now playing at the Riverside Center in Fredericksburg, “Mamma Mia’s” stardust reputation has preceded it and is filling the house. Anyone who thinks today’s audiences are too jaded for feel-good rhythms and happy-but-improbable endings is betting on the wrong side.

DCMetroTheaterArts Review: ‘Mamma Mia!’ at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts

DCMetroTheaterArts Review: ‘Mamma Mia!’ at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts presents  Mamma Mia!, with music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus and book by Catherine Johnson, with some songs by Stig Andersson. Riverside Center is the first theater in the metropolitan area to be granted the rights to present this worldwide hit musical, and with their Broadway-quality productions, I couldn’t think of a better-deserved venue to handle its regional debut. Based on the hit songs written by ABBA, this fun-loving production is a must-see for musical lovers.

Dancing Queens! The Cast of Mamma Mia! perform live on Richmond's CBS 6

Dancing Queens! The Cast of Mamma Mia! perform live on Richmond's CBS 6

RICHMOND, Va – The cast of the Riverside Center for The Performing Arts’s new show, Mamma Mia! lit up the studio at CBS 6 WTVR with a LIVE performance of ABBA’s international hit song, “Dancing Queen.”

Grey Garrett previews Riverside Center's Mamma Mia! (Now through March 4)

Grey Garrett previews Riverside Center's Mamma Mia! (Now through March 4)

Listen to Grey Garrett (Tanya) preview our current production of Mamma Mia! at Riverside alongside Producing Artistic Director, Patrick A'Hearn and Town Talk's Ted Schubel (NewsTalk 1230 WFVA). 

Mamma Mia! runs now through March 4, 2017. Tickets are available via our website or by calling our box office at 540-370-4300!

Here we go again: Riverside brings Abba musical 'Mamma Mia!' to the stage

Here we go again: Riverside brings Abba musical 'Mamma Mia!' to the stage

More than 70,000 people saw a show at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts last year, making 2017 its most successful year to date.

After a record-breaking year, it appears things are off to a solid start for the theater here in 2018. Advanced sales for its latest production—“Mamma Mia!”—are already the highest grossing in the venue’s 20-year history. So, you may want to put a little pep in your step if you want a seat for the party.

“Mamma Mia!” owns the stage at Riverside through March 4, with shows on Wednesdays through Sundays.

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts presents MAMMA MIA!

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts presents MAMMA MIA!

The Riverside Center for the Performing Arts in Fredericksburg, Virginia is excited to be the first regional theater in the metropolitan area to present Mamma Mia, starring Betsy Padamonsky as Donna Sheridan. Located at 95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA, performances begin on January 10th and run until Sunday March 4th.

Riverside's Christmas Spectacular is guaranteed to fill your holiday with joy

Riverside's Christmas Spectacular is guaranteed to fill your holiday with joy

Already spectacularly popular, the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts’ “Christmas Spectacular” is destined to become a favorite for holiday seasons to come.

Running now through Dec. 31, audiences are loving this variety show of Christmas classics, with echoes of Radio City’s “Christmas Spectacular” in its liveliness and verve.

'Riverside Christmas Spectacular' turns on the nostalgia this holiday season

'Riverside Christmas Spectacular' turns on the nostalgia this holiday season

It’s the most magical time of the year at the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts.

Snow is falling onstage; songs like “O Holy Night,” “Silent Night” and just about every other Christmas classic you can think of is ringing out; and actors are even putting on a much-shortened rendition of the holiday favorite “A Christmas Carol.”

The “Riverside Christmas Spectacular” opened Wednesday to a sold-out audience, and it continues its seasonal run through Dec. 31.

Joyce DeWitt previews 'On Golden Pond' with WFVA's Ted Schubel

Joyce DeWitt previews 'On Golden Pond' with WFVA's Ted Schubel

Listen to Joyce DeWitt preview our current production of On Golden Pond at Riverside alongside Producing Artistic Director, Patrick A'Hearn and Town Talk's Ted Schubel (NewsTalk 1230 WFVA).