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Moby-Dick; Welcome to Arroyo’s; Disney’s Mulan Jr.

Moby-DickWinspear Opera House, Dallas(214) 443-1000Turning Herman Melville’s myth-soaked classic of American literature into a three-hour opera was “a leviathan of an undertaking,” said The Wall Street Journal. But this “ambitious” new work by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer successfully captures “the overpowering nature of Melville’s prose.”

Welcome to Arroyo’sAmerican Theater Company, Chicago(773) 409-4125Fresh off the success of his The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Kristoffer Diaz has written another “charming, clever” new play, said Variety. This tale, about two Puerto Rican siblings coping with their mother’s death, confirms him as a fresh, exciting voice in American theater.

Disney’s Mulan Jr.Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis(612) 874-0400“From its story line of a plucky youth overcoming adversity” to its slick pop score, this musical stage show screams Disney, said the Minneapolis Star Tribune. But a charming performance by Katie Bradley and this production’s “sheer sumptuous beauty” make it a unique treat.

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