Touring musicals are expected to be efficient, slimmed-down versions of their Broadway originals to be able to troupe from town to town overnight. But the production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” that kicks off this year’s Theater League season is as lavish as anything you’ll see on stage.
There are a lot of good things going on in the Forum Theatre’s fourth annual outing of its original “Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: A Spirited New Musical,” which was commissioned in 2011 to become a local holiday tradition.
There’s enough solid close-harmonizing in “Plaid Tidings,” the holiday sequel to the nostalgic “Forever Plaid” jukebox musical about a 1950s quartet coming back from the spirit world for a concert they never got to give, to qualify as a musical.
Artist Cody Seekins hopes to take viewers on a psychedelic voyage into the subconscious mind. Buddhist allegories, karmic journeys and psychological chasms are the focus of his “Jataka Tales” exhibition, which opens Friday at Newman University’s Steckline Gallery. It’s a show where surrealist shapes become allegories and vibrant colors are gateways into a higher mode of thinking.