3 Charlotte connections to the Oscars are vying for best short narrative, best short documentary and – from one degree away, that is – best supporting actress. The Oscars air Feb. 24, starting at 8 p.m. on ABC.
I told a friend I’d be reviewing Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s “Three Little Birds,” with songs by Bob Marley — minus, of course, references to lovemaking, ganja, political corruption, racial unrest, religious philosophy and revolution.
Leave behind “Madama Butterfly,” the Puccini opera from which most of the plot of “Miss Saigon” was lifted. Don’t compare this musical to the great “Les Misérables,” the previous show by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil. Set aside memories of the special effects and Tony-winning performances in the 1991 Broadway production.
Every artist makes art about the times in which he or she lives. The Oscar-nominated “The Favourite” and “Green Book” aren’t just historical voyages to 18th-century England or the Jim Crow South: They’re meant to prod us into thinking about the ways men still stereotype women and women compete with each other, or relations between blacks and whites in the America we inhabit today.
With "The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical" at Blumenthal through Jan. 20, stars Chris McCarrell (who plays Percy) and Kristin Stokes (Annabeth) show us around backstage in Charlotte – and reveal a few secrets!