Ellen Dostal

Ellen Dostal

Ellen Dostal is a longtime west coast editor and reviewer for BroadwayWorld.com. 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. 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. She also continues to work as an actress, singer, and voiceover artist in Los Angeles.




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BWW Interview: Meet the Producers of  A LITTLE NEW MUSICBWW Interview: Meet the Producers of A LITTLE NEW MUSIC
Posted: Apr. 11, 2017


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
Posted: Apr. 10, 2017


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


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
Posted: Apr. 18, 2017


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


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: CIRCUS 1903 Recreates the Golden Age of Circus at the Hollywood PantagesBWW Review CIRCUS 1903 Recreates the Golden Age of Circus
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: 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.

BWW Feature: Center Theatre Group and FUN HOME Announce Choir CompetitionBWW Feature: Center Theatre Group and FUN HOME Announce Choir Competition
February 6, 2017

Heads up singers - want to win tickets to see Fun Home at the Ahmanson? Center Theatre Group is holding a cool choir competition in conjunction with the upcoming national tour of Fun Home, which begins performances at the Ahmanson Theatre on February 21st!

BWW Review: An Elegant Revival of THE LAST FIVE YEARS Soars in La MiradaBWW Review: An Elegant Revival of THE LAST FIVE YEARS Soars in La Mirada
January 25, 2017

Jason Robert Brown's THE LAST FIVE YEARS is the kind of musical you often find produced in small theaters and black boxes. Written for a cast of two, it can be done very simply without much in the way of a set or props making it a popular choice for those with a limited budget or other technical constraints.

BWW Review: Love Transcends the Limitations of Language in Casa 0101's ALADDIN Dual Language EditionBWW Review: Love Transcends the Limitations of Language in Casa 0101's ALADDIN Dual Language Edition
January 20, 2017

Love transcends the limitations of language in Casa 0101's charming production of Disney's ALADDIN Dual Language Edition/Edicion De Lenguaje Dual and that uplifting message is a takeaway that never loses its luster. The simple story of Aladdin (Daniel Martinez) and his magic lamp overcoming the villainous Jafar (Omar Mata), with the help of a jovial Genie (Lewis Powell III) and his loyal pet monkey (Sebastian Gonzalez), has become a family favorite thanks to the popularity of Disney's 1992 animated film.

BWW Review: Christopher Reiner Reflects on the Road in END UP HEREBWW Review: Christopher Reiner Reflects on the Road in END UP HERE
January 18, 2017

Composer Christopher Reiner serves up a sixty-minute set of original songs and prose selections at ZJU Theatre Group that demonstrates the unique range of programming found at Zombie Joe's North Hollywood establishment. The company's niche is live horror and they have gained tremendous popularity with productions like their URBAN DEATH series and other renegade theatre pieces that deliver a purposely disquieting 'underground' take on the world. But ZJU also produces a wide variety of other theatrical offerings including Shakespeare, musicals, and even family theatre under its Limecat banner.

BWW Interview: Jeffrey Kahane - Venturing Out Into What Matters with LOST IN THE STARSBWW Interview: Jeffrey Kahane - Venturing Out Into What Matters with LOST IN THE STARS
January 16, 2017

Not since 1950 have audiences in L.A. been able to see a live professional performance of Kurt Weill's musical masterpiece LOST IN THE STARS. That changes this month when the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, presents a brand new production in partnership with CAP UCLA. Set during the era of South African apartheid, the devastating taleof a black minister whose son accidentally kills a white neighbor's son explores racial inequalities and the courage it takes to forgive when faced with an impossible moral dilemma.

BWW Review: Michael Arden Reinvigorates MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at The WallisBWW Review: Michael Arden Reinvigorates MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at The Wallis
December 7, 2016

When MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG opened on Broadway in 1981, no one anticipated that it would be a flop. With a score by Stephen Sondheim and direction by Hal Prince, it should have been the next success in a series of highly successful collaborations by the two kings of musical theatre, following such game changers as COMPANY, FOLLIES, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, PACIFIC OVERTURES, and SWEENEY TODD

BWW Interview: Todd Lerew Offers Insight into AMERICA'S SHAKESPEARE: THE BARD GOES WESTBWW Interview: Todd Lerew Offers Insight into AMERICA'S SHAKESPEARE: THE BARD GOES WEST
November 14, 2016

Something may be rotten in the state of Denmark but, in Los Angeles, Shakespeare lovers will find all the joy that they can wish when the Library Foundation of Los Angeles opens its newest exhibit: American's Shakespeare: The Bard Goes West on November 17 at the Central Library. The show is a partnership between the Library Foundation, the Los Angeles Public Library, and Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC and will not only offer a look at his incredible legacy worldwide but show how Shakespeare's impact was felt here in California.

BWW Review: Cirque du Soleil Creates a Wondrous World in TORUK - THE FIRST FLIGHTBWW Review: Cirque du Soleil Creates a Wondrous World in TORUK - THE FIRST FLIGHT
November 4, 2016

Don LaFontaine was one of the most prolific voice actors in the movie industry for more years than I can even remember, until his death in 2008. You may not know his name but you've certainly heard his deep bass voice and famous catch phrase, 'In a world' in hundreds of movie trailers during his more than forty-year career. Were he alive today and recording the movie trailer for TORUK - THE FIRST FLIGHT, that signature 'in a world' would be the perfect beginning to describe what Cirque du Soleil has created in this stunning yet atypical foray into acro-musical storytelling.

BWW Review: Rubicon Theatre's RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET is Scintillating Sci-Fi FunBWW Review: Rubicon Theatre's RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET is Scintillating Sci-Fi Fun
November 2, 2016

Rubicon Theatre Company lands a winner with its latest musical comedy RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANETby Bob Carlton. The silly sci-fi confection is two hours of deliciously kitschy fun accompanied by a rock and roll score that blasts out more than twenty hits from the '50s and '60s and a dynamite cast that spews planetary puns and classical text faster than the speed of light.

BWW Review: 24th Street Theatre's HANSEL AND GRETEL BLUEGRASS Is Artful StorytellingBWW Review: 24th Street Theatre's HANSEL AND GRETEL BLUEGRASS Is Artful Storytelling
October 31, 2016

24th Street Theatre takes on the Brothers Grimm in its latest world premiere Hansel & Gretel Bluegrass by Bryan Davidson, but forget the fairy tale you think you know. This is no sanitized version of the story. The original, written in 1812, was a cautionary tale, bleak in its portrayal of a time when it was commonplace for impoverished families to abandon their children for lack of food and resources. The thought was that they would somehow find a way to survive and maybe even be better off on their own. It's a heartbreaking decision for any parent to make and, unfortunately, one that families in dire circumstances around the world still face today.



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