Adam Chanler-Berat and Kyle Beltran play childhood friends who share a secret in DTC's new musical The Fortress of Solitude at the Wyly.
Karen Almond
Adam Chanler-Berat and Kyle Beltran play childhood friends who share a secret in DTC's new musical The Fortress of Solitude at the Wyly.

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The Fortress of Solitude

Continues through April 6 at the Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora St. Tickets available at 214-880-0202.

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Only in its terrific casting does The Fortress of Solitude gain any altitude. Fine singer Chanler-Berat is best when he's the younger Dylan, vibrating with nervous energy. Young Broadway star Kyle Beltran brings an angelic face and voice and real emotional depth to the role of Mingus. His character arc from shy teenager to hardened adult convict happens subtly and brilliantly. Kevin Mambo as Mingus' dad, Barrett Rude Jr., comes centerstage to sing and dance with the Distinctions at the top of Act 2. Standouts in the ensemble include Jeremy Dumont (DFW theater's finest dancer), Traci Lee, Carla Duren, Alison Hodgson and Jahi Kearse, all playing multiple roles. Broadway veteran Andre de Shields explodes onto the stage as Mingus' ex-con grandfather in the show's fieriest performance. De Shields' rousing, angry gospel-style solo is the closest thing to a great moment this show has.

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Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Must disagree, think you're being overly critical and looking for things to pick at.   This production is better than many of the Broadway series I've seen at the Winspear.  Enjoyed the evolution of the music used in the background of the production (heard a nod to the Ramones and the Beasty Boys).  And yes the cast and the singing is some of the very best.

 
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