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Theater Review: Sophisticated wit and music make everyone ‘Welcome to Paradise’ | Vermont art

The charismatic Artistic Director of the Town Hall Theater and Opera Company of Middlebury revealed himself as a world-class musical theater composer and lyricist with the world premiere of a ‘workshop production’ of his ‘Welcome to Paradise’ at the Middlebury Theater on Friday.

Douglas Anderson’s beautiful “I Still Want the Moon,” the series’ anthem, in which the protagonist sings of her hope and unwillingness to give up — or settle down — sums up the show. It is tearing at hearts with bittersweet delight and could easily stand on its own.

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