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Sunday, September 18, 2022

Anderson Twins’ MANCINI CELEBRATION Sets the Stage for upcoming Benny Goodman, Irving Berlin & Duke Ellington events. by David Dow Bentley III

  A VERY WONDERFUL SEASON… …of very wonderful American Jazz music, has recently gotten under way from New York’s renowned jazz virtuosos, Peter & Will Anderson. I had the pleasure…

SOURCE: thepeoplescritic.com at 07:49AM
Sunday, April 10, 2022

Andersons Bring GERSHWIN Celebration to Symphony Space by David Dow Bentley III

The month began with a miserable April Fool’s Day on Friday, and wintry weather had been delaying spring’s arrival for too long. But 24 hours later, Saturday began to warm things up with…

SOURCE: thepeoplescritic.com at 03:03AM
Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Stutzmann & ASO Offer Warm Tribute to Ukranian Struggles by David Dow Bentley III

It was a concert long in the planning, but who could have known the added significance Mozart’s “REQUIEM” would take on amid the swirl of cataclysmic world events that would surround S…

SOURCE: thepeoplescritic.com at 01:42AM
Monday, November 29, 2021

Stephen Sondheim Remembered by David Dow Bentley III

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III “The People’s Critic“ As the world mourns the recent loss of legendary musical genius, Stephen Sondheim, I was moved to look back over the many times in the la…

SOURCE: thepeoplescritic.com at 01:36AM
Monday, November 8, 2021

The Andersons Return to Symphony Space by David Dow Bentley III

Anderson Twins + Vince Giordano & Friends = Return of Musical Joy By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III     “The People’s Critic” It had been nearly two Pandemic years since I had the pleas…

SOURCE: thepeoplescritic.com at 06:12AM
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Texas Rep Celebrates Rosemary “TENDERLY” by David Dow Bentley III

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III   “The People’s Critic” They say that “timing is everything,” but after a pandemic year-and-a-half of being unable to fly back east from Texas to visit t…

SOURCE: thepeoplescritic.com at 08:12PM
Friday, April 2, 2021

Donny Edwards Gives a Royal “TRIBUTE TO THE KING” by David Dow Bentley III

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III      “The People’s Critic” Last weekend, after a year of repeated pandemic-related concert rescheduling, the Crighton Theatre’s much anticipated, and lo…

SOURCE: thepeoplescritic.com at 06:12AM
Friday, March 19, 2021

“FOOTLOOSE” Brings Joyous Revival to the Owen Theatre by David Dow Bentley III

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III    “The People’s Critic” [All photos by Trevor Hall Photography. Click any photo to enlarge.] It seems to be happening bit by bit. The pre-pandemic world we…

SOURCE: thepeoplescritic.com at 07:32AM
Thursday, February 18, 2021

ODD COUPLE Offers Theatrical Light at the End of Pandemic Tunnel by David Dow Bentley III

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III “The People’s Critic” [PHOTOS BY: Michael Pittman. Click any photo to enlarge.] Perhaps William Shakespeare was not predicting our approaching Texas pandemic w…

SOURCE: thepeoplescritic.com at 08:33PM
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Saturday, December 5, 2020

Musical Joy Returns to the Crighton via “PETER PAN” by David Dow Bentley III

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III   “The People’s Critic” Peter Pan, the classic 1954 musical now playing at the historic Crighton Theatre in Conroe, Texas, is my first childhood memory of be…

SOURCE: thepeoplescritic.com at 04:54AM
Tuesday, November 24, 2020

WHO CAN HELP? by David Dow Bentley III

 WHO CAN HELP?As we are all aware the problem of hunger in the country is becoming extremely serious and this is a perfect time to take some steps to alleviate that. Below is a link to an e…

SOURCE: thepeoplescritic.com at 07:06PM
Monday, November 2, 2020

Brilliant Minnelli Performance Seems a Song for Our Time by David Dow Bentley III

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III “The People’s Critic” It was back in another century and another world when I first became aware of a rising talent named LIZA MINNELLI. It was a simpler time …

SOURCE: thepeoplescritic.com at 04:48AM
Sunday, July 26, 2020

CINDERELLA Event Supports the Actor’s Fund by David Dow Bentley III

My sources tell me that this YouTube video of the classic 1957 Rodgers and Hammerstein’s  “Cinderella,” will be available (in support of www.TheActorsFund.org/Cinderella), just today,…

SOURCE: thepeoplescritic.com at 04:12AM
Thursday, June 25, 2020

Pandemic Relief from Houston’s MUSIC BOX THEATER by David Dow Bentley III

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III     “The People’s Critic” [Click Any Photo to Enlarge] Is there musical theater after Covid-19? You betcha! And Houston’s MUSIC BOX THEATER is prepared t…

SOURCE: thepeoplescritic.com at 11:06PM
Friday, May 8, 2020

In Spite of the Crisis, Broadway Bows to “The King” Once More by David Dow Bentley III

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III     “The People’s Critic” On this National Day of Prayer, please allow me to answer one prayer of my own, that this pandemic crisis currently circling the …

SOURCE: thepeoplescritic.com at 02:48AM
Thursday, March 12, 2020

An Icy and Magical Wonderland in Class Act’s FROZEN by David Dow Bentley III

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III     “The People’s Critic” I’m sure I am not alone in recalling the childhood wonder of curling up with a beautifully illustrated book of Grimm’s Fairyt…

SOURCE: thepeoplescritic.com at 11:24AM
Thursday, March 5, 2020

Swing Into Spring with BROADWAY AT THE BOX! by David Dow Bentley III

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III   “The People’s Critic” It seems that each year at this time I am confronted with the daunting task of trying to summarize the countless delights of the MUSI…

SOURCE: thepeoplescritic.com at 12:03PM
Sunday, March 1, 2020

Unforgettable Celebration of a “KING,” from Houston Symphony by David Dow Bentley III

By David Dow Bentley III   “The People’s Critic” Of the countless hit recordings left to us by legendary vocalist, NAT KING COLE, the song “Unforgettable” would certainly rank hi…

SOURCE: thepeoplescritic.com at 04:36AM
Monday, February 24, 2020

TUTS Offers an Unusual Trip with Its Tropical “ISLAND” by David Dow Bentley III

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III     “The People’s Critic” [Click any photo to enlarge] I don’t usually assign my readers “homework” in advance of seeing a show, but it seems appropr…

SOURCE: thepeoplescritic.com at 04:42AM
Friday, February 21, 2020

Crighton’s Pleasant “MILLIE” Avoids Near Calamity by David Dow Bentley III

                      By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III     “The People’s Critic” [Click any photo to enlarge] It was not your normal Saturday night at the beautiful Cr…

SOURCE: thepeoplescritic.com at 04:42AM
Saturday, November 16, 2019

A Holiday Appetizer from Lone Star Lyric at Ovations by David Dow Bentley III

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III   “The People’s Critic” [All photos by ThePeoplesCritic.com. Click any photo to enlarge] No, it wasn’t a Christmas show. Not yet. That treat is just around…

SOURCE: thepeoplescritic.com at 01:36AM
Friday, November 1, 2019

YTA Event Brings Music and Elegance to THE GLADE by David Dow Bentley III

By David Dow Bentley III     “The People’s Critic” [All Photos by ThePeoplesCritic.com. Click any photo to enlarge] For the many Montgomery County supporters of the annual Young Te…

SOURCE: thepeoplescritic.com at 07:42AM
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Costumes and Sets Crown Crighton’s Joyful CINDERELLA by David Dow Bentley III

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III    “The People’s Critic” Conroe’s wonderful Crighton Theatre has, for many years, continued to send me personal invitations to the shows mounted by the mu…

SOURCE: thepeoplescritic.com at 02:18PM
Saturday, October 19, 2019

A Symphonic Tour of Europe from Rick Steves & Houston Symphony by David Dow Bentley III

  It was like an exquisite fairytale tour of the continent for lucky audiences at last weekend’s Houston Symphony concert titled, “Rick Steves’ Europe: A Symphonic Journey.” A full …

SOURCE: thepeoplescritic.com at 05:06AM
Thursday, October 17, 2019

A Complex SPRING AWAKENING from TUTS by David Dow Bentley III

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III   “The People’s Critic” Let’s be clear right out of the box. The current offering from Houston’s Theater Under the Stars is NOT your grandma’s Broadway…

SOURCE: thepeoplescritic.com at 09:24AM
Thursday, September 26, 2019

A “BRASSY” ENCORE FOR THE MUSIC BOX THEATER by David Dow Bentley III

[All Photos by ThePeoplesCritic.com. Click any photo to enlarge] By David Dow Bentley III   “The People’s Critic” If The Music Box Theater was revisiting some familiar territory duri…

SOURCE: thepeoplescritic.com at 02:36AM
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Stage Right’s Comical WILD WOMEN Reveal Our Unspoken Dilemma by David Dow Bentley III

By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III   “The People’s Critic” Who among us has not noticed the explosion, in recent years, of the growing industry of storage facilities designed to relieve us of …

SOURCE: thepeoplescritic.com at 03:33AM
Monday, September 16, 2019

Electrifying CHORUS LINE Rocks the Room at TUTS by David Dow Bentley III

    By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III     “The People’s Critic” [All photos of this current TUTS production of A Chorus Line by MELISSA TAYOR] ***Click Any Photo to Enlarge*** By way of f…

SOURCE: thepeoplescritic.com at 04:36AM
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Houston Symphony Commemorates the Heroes of 9/11 and Beyond by David Dow Bentley III

[All photos courtesy of Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Click any photo to enlarge.] By DAVID DOW BENTLEY III     “The People’s Critic” Aptly titled A SYMPHONY OF HEROES, the Hous…

SOURCE: thepeoplescritic.com at 10:03PM
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Swinging SATCHMO Celebration from Anderson Twins & Friends by David Dow Bentley III

BY DAVID DOW BENTLEY III    “The People’s Critic” It seems to be becoming an annual musical celebration of the end summer as brilliant jazz musicians, Peter and Will Anderson, hold …

SOURCE: thepeoplescritic.com at 11:03PM

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