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Free Lance-Star Review: Riverside's 'Beauty and the Beast'

Everyone knows the story of “Beauty and the Beast.” One of Disney’s most beloved and popular movies, it tells the story of a vain, cruel prince who is cursed to live as a beast after turning an old woman away from his castle for her appearance. Only by learning to love someone and be truly loved in return can the prince break the spell. Enter Belle, an independent village girl who dreams of more outside her quaint little village.

Riverside Center for the Performing Arts brings this classic story to life with all of the favorite songs and characters from the 1991 animated feature, but it also offers fans and newcomers so much more to enjoy. What makes this show stand out are the quieter moments that resonate with the audience. That is what Riverside is trying to shine a light on: the relationships at the heart of the story.

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Discover the charm and grandeur of Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' at Riverside

“Song as old as rhyme ... Beauty and the Beeeeaaaaaaaaast!”

You know the lyrics. You’ve seen the iconic Disney flick. And now, it’s time to experience it live.

Through Nov. 25, “Beauty and the Beast” and all of its timeless glory is at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts. Directed by Riverside’s producing artistic director Patrick A’Hearn, this one is full of storybook and “once upon a time” charm.

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Free Lance-Star Review: 'A Chorus Line' exposes heartache and thrill of making it on Broadway

It takes an army of super-talented dancers, singers and actors to put on the big-ticket productions Broadway is known for—shows like “Les Miserables,” “The Lion King,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Wicked.” Who are these hundreds of largely anonymous people? How did they end up where they are?

Onstage at the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts through Sept. 16, “A Chorus Line” examines a handful of these unique individuals and what drove them to pursue such a career—as well as the ins and outs, the starts and stops, the thrill and devastation that make performing what it is.

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Free Lance-Star: Get in line for Riverside's latest musical treat: 'A Chorus Line'

Periodically we all have an audition.

These auditions can come in the form of a job interview, passing an important test or meeting all of your spouse’s BFFs. It can be grueling.

Well, performers, dancers and actors go through auditions all the time. And there’s an iconic musical coming to town focused on that process as well as the unique folks that typically comprise it.

The time-tested and iconic Michael Bennett production “A Chorus Line,” with music by Marvin Hamlisch, owns the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts stage through Sept. 16.

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Free Lance-Star: 'Always ... Patsy Cline' is a heart-warmer and a hoot

Meeting your favorite singer is a dream for many, but for one lucky fan that became a reality and turned into a cherished friendship.

Always … Patsy Cline,” now onstage at the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts, shares the true story about how one divorced mother of two formed a special bond with a country music legend.

Playwright Ted Swindley weaves together more than 25 songs into this incredibly heartwarming and surprisingly funny show, starring Broadway actress Carter Calvert as the Winchester-born singer and TV icon Sally Struthers as super fan Louise Seger.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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