Ellen Dostal

Ellen Dostal

Ellen Dostal is a Senior Editor and longtime writer for BroadwayWorld's Los Angeles region. A self-professed musical theatre geek, she also publishes two popular Southern California theatre blogs – Musicals in LA and Shakespeare in LA – and has covered jazz and classical events for the KJazz 88.1 FM and K-Mozart 1260 AM Arts and Music Blogs. She is also the LA Show writer for TheThreeTomatoes.com (The Insider's Guide for women who aren't kids). As a founding member of New Musicals Inc’s repertory company, she has developed roles in countless new works, many of which have been produced regionally and in New York. By day she works to raise money for children in need at Variety - the Children's Charity of Southern California.




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Theatre in Historic Places: A Ballerina in the Desert's Legacy Lives on at AMARGOSA OPERA HOUSETheatre in Historic Places: A Ballerina in the Desert's Legacy Lives on at AMARGOSA OPERA HOUSE
Posted: May. 31, 2017


BWW Review: Can You Solve the Mystery of HOLMES, SHERLOCK, AND THE CONSULTING DETECTIVE?BWW Review: Can You Solve the Mystery of HOLMES, SHERLOCK, AND THE CONSULTING DETECTIVE?
Posted: Jun. 8, 2017


BWW Review: Geffen Playhouse Sets Its Course for Love in CONSTELLATIONSBWW Review: Geffen Playhouse Sets Its Course for Love in CONSTELLATIONS
Posted: Jun. 16, 2017


BWW Review: Robot Teammate's New Musical TURBULENCE! covers Fun-Loving Comic TerritoryBWW Review: Robot Teammate's New Musical TURBULENCE! covers Fun-Loving Comic Territory
Posted: Jun. 11, 2017


BWW Review: Ebony Rep's  FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE is the Summer Party You Don't Want to MissBWW Review: Ebony Rep's FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE is the Summer Party You Don't Want to Miss
Posted: May. 24, 2017


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BWW Review: CIRCUS 1903 Recreates the Golden Age of Circus at the Hollywood PantagesBWW Review: CIRCUS 1903 Recreates the Golden Age of Circus at the Hollywood Pantages
Posted: Feb. 16, 2017


BWW Review: ABSINTHE L.A. Brings Sin City to Los Angeles, and It's an Instant HitBWW Review: ABSINTHE L.A. Brings Sin City to Los Angeles, and It's an Instant Hit
Posted: Mar. 24, 2017


BWW Review: LONDON CALLING, A MUSICAL Doesn't ConnectBWW Review: LONDON CALLING, A MUSICAL Doesn't Connect
June 18, 2017

London Calling, The Clash's third album, is considered by many to be one of the band's greatest achievements. It is also the title of a musical that has been knocking around for the last decade, now being presented at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Using songs by The Clash, it is the story of four bandmates who share a dream of making it big. According to the program it is not based on The Clash's rise to fame but on the writers' own experiences of, 'A youth spent playing in bands, living in squats and pursuing dreams'

BWW Review: Geffen Playhouse Sets Its Course for Love in CONSTELLATIONSBWW Review: Geffen Playhouse Sets Its Course for Love in CONSTELLATIONS
June 16, 2017

What a difference one decision makes. Turn a corner, say hello, say nothing, leave - even the smallest of choices has the power to alter our future. In CONSTELLATIONS, Nick Payne's exquisite play for two, now on stage at Geffen Playhouse, we watch the various stages of a couple's relationship play out as a series of overlapping alternate realities.

BWW Review: The Theatre High of hearing John Bucchino play IT'S ONLY LIFEBWW Review: The Theatre High of hearing John Bucchino play IT'S ONLY LIFE
June 13, 2017

I'm sorry if you missed Art-In-Relation's production of IT'S ONLY LIFE this past weekend because you missed hearing a remarkable musician play his own magnificent songs in a tiny 50-seat theater. To have that luxury is a rare occurrence, even for a city like Los Angeles. It was a breathtaking evening with the composer at the piano expressing, as only one who has written a song truly can, the most intimate nuances of a piece. For a lover of music, it was transcendent.

BWW Review: Robot Teammate's New Musical TURBULENCE! covers Fun-Loving Comic TerritoryBWW Review: Robot Teammate's New Musical TURBULENCE! covers Fun-Loving Comic Territory
June 11, 2017

Set to an upbeat '80s-style pop rock score, TURBULENCE! is a screwball mash-up of Friday night SyFy comedy classics and Saturday morning cartoons with colorful characters and bright, energetic choreography. Two musical departures - a hokey country 'Hoedown Throwdown' style number (priceless) and a beautiful a cappella choral piece add variety. The friendly rough-and-tumble nature of the work is a good fit for those looking for an escape from the more cynical/slit-your-wrists drama one often finds at the Fringe. This is comical territory, bold and fun-loving. It won't tax any brain cells but the rowdy good time it delivers is all you need.

BWW Review: Can You Solve the Mystery of HOLMES, SHERLOCK, AND THE CONSULTING DETECTIVE?BWW Review: Can You Solve the Mystery of HOLMES, SHERLOCK, AND THE CONSULTING DETECTIVE?
June 8, 2017

Unbound Productions producers Jonathan Josephson, Paul Millet and Jeff G. Rack have already proven they can create smart theatre based on classical literature. Their wildly popular Wicked Lit horror series at Mountain View Mausoleum has developed a loyal legion of fans who keep coming back year after year. Now they've taken their outdoor immersive theatre experience and expanded into the mystery genre, mounting their first major production under the moniker Mystery Lit with HOLMES, SHERLOCK AND THE CONSULTING DETECTIVE. Written by Josephson, directed by Millet, and designed by Rack, it combines three of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes mysteries into one epic whodunit.

BWW Review: Characters Defend Their Worth in UNSPOKEN: SHAKESPEARE'S PERSONAE IN PERILBWW Review: Characters Defend Their Worth in UNSPOKEN: SHAKESPEARE'S PERSONAE IN PERIL
June 6, 2017

Los Angeles Drama Club jumps into the controversy about rewriting Shakespeare for modern audiences in UNSPOKEN: SHAKESPEARE'S PERSONAE IN PERIL. Part II of a trilogy exploring what has become a sore subject among Shakespeare circles, it takes a strong stand and presents persuasive food for thought in this year's Hollywood Fringe Festival.

BWW Review: TITUS SHARKDRONICUS Combines Shakespeare and Sharks for the FringeBWW Review: TITUS SHARKDRONICUS Combines Shakespeare and Sharks for the Fringe
June 2, 2017

Shakespeare by way of Gilligan's Island with a cast of hammy knuckleheads is what you'll get in Fiona Austin's TITUS SHARKDRONICUS. There isn't a serious bone in this fish tale's body so leave your sophistication at the door and prepare for an hour of melodrama loosely based on the plot of Titus Andronicus, but with the addition of sharks as Tamora's sons.

Theatre in Historic Places: A Ballerina in the Desert's Legacy Lives on at AMARGOSA OPERA HOUSETheatre in Historic Places: A Ballerina in the Desert's Legacy Lives on at AMARGOSA OPERA HOUSE
May 31, 2017

The last place you'd expect to find a ballerina is in the middle of the desert; in a bustling city center full of people to fill an audience, yes, but in Death Valley Junction population less than 20? No, in this cultural hot spot, art is found in the shifting sands and sunset-washed mountains where colors and textures create breathtaking views for but a moment and then are gone.

BWW Review: Ebony Rep's  FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE is the Summer Party You Don't Want to MissBWW Review: Ebony Rep's FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE is the Summer Party You Don't Want to Miss
May 24, 2017

FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its successful Broadway run in an out-and-out stellar revival at Ebony Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles. It's the summer party you don't want to miss!

BWW Review: Actors Co-op's To-Die-For Musical LUCKY STIFF is Full of Quirky CharmBWW Review: Actors Co-op's To-Die-For Musical LUCKY STIFF is Full of Quirky Charm
May 17, 2017

Before Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty teamed up for iconic works like Ragtime, Once on this Island, and their current Broadway hit Anastasia,they wrote a crazy little musical called LUCKY STIFF. It was their first collaboration and, though it never made it to Broadway, it won the pair a Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theatre and launched a 30-year partnership that has helped shape the genre ever since.

BWW Review: Ensemble Shakespeare Theatre Transforms Tragedy Using Theatre in LEAR'S SHADOWBWW Review: Ensemble Shakespeare Theatre Transforms Tragedy Using Theatre in LEAR'S SHADOW
April 19, 2017

LEAR'S SHADOW, a new play by Shakespeare Ensemble Theater Artistic Director, Brian Elerding, is a sensitive exploration of theatre's transformative ability to heal, even under the most devastating of circumstances. Using passages from King Lear as a tool within a contemporary storyline, it takes a thoughtful and surprisingly candid approach to the subject of loss.

Theatre in Historic Places: FEFU AND HER FRIENDS in Aline Barnsdall's Hollyhock HouseTheatre in Historic Places: FEFU AND HER FRIENDS in Aline Barnsdall's Hollyhock House
April 18, 2017

Nearly a hundred years after Aline Barnsdall first envisioned an artist colony on Olive Hill in the middle of Hollywood, the public will have a rare opportunity to experience her dream come to life. Beginning May 6th, Hollyhock House, in partnership with Circle X Theatre Co. and J.U.S.T. Toys Productions, presents the Maria Irene Fornes play FEFU AND HER FRIENDS staged as an immersive theatrical event inside Hollyhock House. It is a first for this historical beauty and an exciting project that unites the past and present in more ways than one.

BWW Review: BELLA GAIA - A Poetic Vision of Earth From SpaceBWW Review: BELLA GAIA - A Poetic Vision of Earth From Space
April 17, 2017

BELLA GAIA - A Poetic Vision of Earth From Space is a multi-dimensional musical and visual concert experience created by Kenji Williams that emotionally reconnects us - to each other and to our planet - by offering an extraordinary view of earth as one people, one world.

BWW Review: Theatrics Overpower Storytelling in ECT's ROMEO AND JULIETBWW Review: Theatrics Overpower Storytelling in ECT's ROMEO AND JULIET
April 12, 2017

Elysium Conservatory Theatre has thrown everything but the kitchen sink into its latest production of Shakespeare's ROMEO AND JULIET, the first in their brand new space in downtown San Pedro.

BWW Interview: Meet the Producers of  A LITTLE NEW MUSICBWW Interview: Meet the Producers of A LITTLE NEW MUSIC
April 11, 2017

It takes a village to create a new musical. And it takes a village like A LITTLE NEW MUSIC to give musical theatre writers a place to showcase new material while their Broadway-hopeful shows are in development. Meet Peter Welkin, Christopher Maikish, Luke Klipp, Amy Francis Schott, and Kila Packett from A LITTLE NEW MUSIC.

BWW Preview: SHAKESPEARE IN YOSEMITE Highlights the Best of John Muir and William ShakespeareBWW Preview: SHAKESPEARE IN YOSEMITE Highlights the Best of John Muir and William Shakespeare
April 10, 2017

Celebrate Earth Day and Shakespeare's Birthday by taking a road trip up to Yosemite National Park for a unique presentation that celebrates both on April 22 & 23.

BWW Review: ABSINTHE L.A. Brings Sin City to Los Angeles, and It's an Instant HitBWW Review: ABSINTHE L.A. Brings Sin City to Los Angeles, and It's an Instant Hit
March 24, 2017

It used to be true that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But not anymore. For the next five weeks, LA audiences will get a taste of Sin City right here in our own backyard, thanks to Spiegelworld's in-your-face adult-only production, ABSINTHE LA.

BWW Review: Not Man Apart's PARADISE LOST: RECLAIMING DESTINY Viscerally Recreates The Fall of ManBWW Review: Not Man Apart's PARADISE LOST: RECLAIMING DESTINY Viscerally Recreates The Fall of Man
March 15, 2017

There's not a chance in hell that an audience member could fail to be engaged in Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble's latest new work, PARADISE LOST: RECLAIMING DESTINY. The company has found a tantalizing niche with its athletically rich dance, movement & sensory exploration of stories that literally leap off the stage into the stratosphere. This latest production pushes that unique concept to new heights as it invokes the mighty forces of good and evil in a struggle of epic proportions.

BWW Review: CIRCUS 1903 Recreates the Golden Age of Circus at the Hollywood PantagesBWW Review: CIRCUS 1903 Recreates the Golden Age of Circus at the Hollywood Pantages
February 16, 2017

If Dorothy in THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZhad run away from home and found this traveling circusinstead of Professor Marvel and his crystal ball, she might never have gotten swept up in a twister and landed in Munchkinland. Instead, she might have become part of a new family, the kind that traveled the dust bowl in the early part of the twentieth century and instilled a sense of wonder in every child who was lucky enough to hear that the circus was coming to town.

BWW Review: To the Genius of Oscar Levant - FOR PIANO AND HARPO at Falcon TheatreBWW Review: To the Genius of Oscar Levant - FOR PIANO AND HARPO at Falcon Theatre
February 13, 2017

Pulling double duty as both playwright and star, Dan Castellaneta portrays Oscar Levant in his latest new work, FOR PIANO AND HARPO. Levant was a concert pianist, and contemporary of George Gershwin, whose genius gave him entree into the glittering worlds of classical music, Broadway, and Hollywood but whose private demons ultimately undermined his career. The play explores Levant's addictions and mental health issues while committed to a Mt. Sinai psych ward in 1956, on the Jack Paar Show in 1962, and during an extended stay at the home of his friend, Harpo Marx, in 1935.



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