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Photo: Molly (Katie Postotnik) and Sam (Steven Grant Doug
Special effects and cast’s soaring vocals lift ‘Ghost’ story of love and heartbreak
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Review:
Tall and athletic Steven Grant Douglas, as Sam, commands the stage with his physical and vocal presence — his gorgeous voice is strong and soaring and his range wide — and is the standout of “Ghost the Musical” now at the Smith Center through Sunday.
Photo: Ghost The Musical is at the Smith Center for the P
‘Ghost The Musical’ brings movie magic and romance to the Smith Center stage
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
“Ghost,” nominated for five Academy Awards, brought new meaning to the art and skills of pottery and starred Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and the comedic talents of Whoopi Goldberg, who won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. ...
Photo: Musical director Richard Oberacker.
Can a musical from Las Vegas make it in New York? Richard Oberacker is finding out with ‘Bandstand’
Friday, August 8, 2014
Maybe the most apt way to describe Richard Oberacker’s emotions at the moment are “mitigated excitement.” His new musical “Bandstand: A Musical,” co-created with lyrics-writing partner Robert Taylor, could become "something extraordinary." ...
Photo: Myron Martin, president and CEO of the Smith Cente
Smith Center’s Myron Martin: Performing arts center is ‘the living room’ for Las Vegas
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Guest Columnist:
It’s amazing to think that nearly two decades ago, with little more than the “can-do” spirit for which Las Vegas is known, community leaders set out to bring a performing arts center to our city, and two years ago the Smith Center opened with great fanfare.
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The inaugural Valley Theatre Awards reflect back while pushing forward
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
'Anton Chekhov’s Cherry Orchard of the Living Dead' leads with six wins, 'Red' named Best Production.
The World’s a Stage
The World’s a Stage
Friday, July 11, 2014
Cirque du Soleil’s KÀ redefines what we’ve come to expect from the theater
KÀ's athletic feats, technology create impressive production.
Photo: Monica L. Patton, David Larsen and Cody Jamison St
The Book of Myron: Outgoing musical ‘far, far exceeded’ expectations
Monday, July 7, 2014
Most touring musicals require a few performances to generate positive buzz in a community. But not “The Book of Mormon” in its boundlessly successful run at the Smith Center. ...
Photo: Activism through art: Reid writes plays for people
Weekly Q&A: Playwright Ryan Reid brings the realities of Alzheimer’s to center stage
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Weekly Q&A:
"I think activism through art is the best way," says the budding playwright (and granddaughter of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid).
Photo: Myron Martin, president and CEO of the Smith Cente
Who wants ‘The Book of Mormon’? Myron Martin had to raise his hand
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Myron Martin has been on a mission on behalf of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. But instead of the Book of Mormon, he’s packing his Tony Award voter’s card. And he played it expertly to land ...
Photo: The world premiere of William Shakespeare's
Photos: Teller’s ‘Tempest’ premiere is ‘pure brilliance’ and Broadway bound; more Shakespeare to come?
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
When our silent Rio headliner magician Teller decided to produce his vision of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” you knew that there’d be magic — and what incredible illusions he has created to weave naturally into the story that England’s preeminent dramatist envisioned in the 1600s.
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The unconventional percussion of Kenny Wollesen; boxer becomes a ‘sox’ symbol
Saturday, April 5, 2014
The instruments being used in “The Tempest” at Symphony Park are a mix of traditional music-making devices and such household items as coffee cans, hand cranks, shoes, wooden boxes, aged dress shoes and vacuum hoses ...
Photo: The Tempest by William Shakespeare.
Q+A: Teller reveals secrets of his William Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ at Smith Center
Thursday, February 20, 2014
When the Smith Center unveiled its Season 3 of Broadway productions Tuesday night, magic master Teller dazzled attendees with an advance look at his upcoming version of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” which isn’t in the new nine-show lineup.
Photo: Myron Martin, president and CEO of the Smith Cente
Q+A: Myron Martin reveals Smith Center’s Broadway Season 3, including three debut U.S. tours
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
In addition to the Tony Award darling “Kinky Boots,” the series includes other Tony-winning productions and celebrated new shows: “Ghost: The Musical,” “Pippin,” “Newsies,” “Cinderella” and more. Patrons who missed “Wicked” two seasons ago will get another chance to see it.
Local playwright Ernie Curcio talks reflecting Vegas onstage—and theater’s future here
Local playwright Ernie Curcio talks reflecting Vegas onstage—and theater’s future here
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Weekly Q&A:
It’s a constant uphill battle with theater in Las Vegas. I think it’s a constant uphill battle with theater anywhere. It’s almost like a defunct art form.
Photo: Cockroach Theater, a black-box style theater at Ar
Cockroach Theatre splits with artistic director Erik Amblad
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
“Opening the theater and getting our first season on its feet presented a lot more challenges than any of us could have ever anticipated.”

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