Musical Theater in the News

Disco Queen's Story Comes to Gammage

Saturday, January 4, 2020 The East Valley Tribune

Conservatory alumna Dan'yelle Williamson (B.F.A. '06, musical theater) chats about her road in the theater industry, getting to know the legendary Donna Summer, and her role as Diva Donna in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.

A Spirited 'Oliver!' at New Rep

Friday, January 3, 2020 The Boston Globe

New Repertory Theatre's Oliver! featured Conservatory student Rashed Alnuaimi (M.F.A. '20, musical theater) in the role of Bill Sikes and alumna Daisy Layman (B.F.A. '19, musical theater) as Nancy. The Boston Globe lauds their performances, "Alnuaimi seizes the role of the brutal, combustible Bill Sikes from the instant he materializes in Oliver! His transfixing portrayal constantly makes us aware of how short Sikes's fuse is…" and "Layman's performance of "As Long As He Needs Me" is a showstopper."

12 Plays and Musicals that Mattered in Boston this Year

Monday, December 23, 2019 WBUR's The Artery

WBUR's recap of Boston's influential theater works in 2019 has numerous Conservatory connections, including Adina Verson (B.F.A. '05, musical theater) in Indecent, Yewande Odetoyinbo (M.F.A. '18, musical theater) in Caroline or Change, Carl Hsu (M.F.A. '15, musical theater) and Micheline Wu (M.F.A. '18, musical theater) in Pacific Overtures, as well as theater faculty member Igor Golyak as artistic director with Arlekin Players.

Lights. Camera. Senior Center?

Sunday, December 22, 2019 The New York Times

Alum Matthew Hoffman (B.F.A. '04, musical theater) has become a celebrity, if not quite the kind he had envisioned, when he started to volunteer at a senior center as a type of acting coach a few years ago. He helps people in their 70s, 80s and 90s perform scenes from films like Casablanca, Brokeback Mountain, and The Wizard of Oz, even providing wigs and costumes for special videotaped performances.

For New Faces, A Key Role in 2019

Thursday, December 19, 2019 The Boston Globe

The overall portrait of Boston theater in 2019 is defined by numerous young artists whose faces made their presence felt, month after month. Conservatory highlights include alumni Katrina Z. Pavao (M.F.A. '19, musical theater) and playwright Alexis Scheer (B.F.A. '14, musical theater), as well as theater faculty member Marianna Bassham.