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BWW Interview: THE LION's Renaissance Man/Alchemist Benjamin Scheuer RoarsTHE LION's Renaissance Man Benjamin Scheuer Roars
Posted: Dec. 19, 2016


BWW Review: THE SANTALAND DIARIES - An Elf-ing Good, Behind-the-Scenes Exposé of Macy's Santa THE SANTALAND DIARIES - An Elf-ing Good, Behind-the-Scenes Exposé
Posted: Dec. 5, 2016


BWW Review: A HARMONY BOYS' CHRISTMAS: LIVE IN CONCERT! - An Hysterical Satirical Rhapsody in Political Incorrectness - Even For 1962A HARMONY BOYS' CHRISTMAS: LIVE IN CONCERT! - An Hysterical Satirical Rhapsody
Posted: Dec. 19, 2016


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BWW Review: THE UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY OF TROOP BEVERLY HILLS - A Non-Stop, Two-Hours of HIGH-larity & Stunning VocalsPARODY OF TROOP BEV.HILLS - A Non-Stop, 2-Hrs of HIGH-larity & Stunning Vocals
Posted: Jul. 5, 2016


BWW Interview: Lea DeLaria's Jazzing It Up With Bowie for Grand Performances' 30thLea DeLaria's Jazzing It Up With Bowie for Grand Performances' 30th
Posted: Sep. 8, 2016


BWW Review: Such a Pleasure Being Lost in VARLA JEAN MERMAN'S BIG BLACK HOLESuch a Pleasure Being Lost in VARLA JEAN MERMAN’S BIG BLACK HOLE
Posted: Apr. 2, 2016


BWW Interview: The Original Tom Jones Still Improving on His THE FANTASTICKS 50+ Years LaterThe Original Tom Jones Still Improving on His THE FANTASTICKS 50+ Years Later
Posted: Sep. 7, 2016


BWW Review: ZANNA, DON'T! - Sound Glitches Eclipse Some Fine SingingBWW Review: ZANNA, DON'T! - Sound Glitches Eclipse Some Fine Singing
January 16, 2017

Chromolume Theatre at the Attic has produced Tim Acito's very cleverly written ZANNA, DON'T! with very mixed results. Major sound glitches opening night marred the ability to clearly hear all of Acito's very witty lyrics set in a fictional high school where gayness is the norm and heteros are shunned.

BWW Interview: 13 THINGS ABOUT ED CARPOLOTTI's Penny Fuller & The Many Wonderful Things About HerBWW Interview: 13 THINGS ABOUT ED CARPOLOTTI's Penny Fuller & The Many Wonderful Things About Her
January 9, 2017

Actress/LA theatre inaugurator, Penny Fuller has embarked on a new leg of her career as a cabaret artiste. Ms. Fuller will be bringing her solo musical play 13 THINGS ABOUT ED CARPOLOTTI to the Broad Stage beginning January 11. I had the most delightful opportunity to chat with the vibrant, vivacious Ms. Fuller. She possesses a memory of an elephant, effortlessly listing off names of cast compatriots and retelling intriguing incidents of her theatre highlights.

BWW Review: A HARMONY BOYS' CHRISTMAS: LIVE IN CONCERT! - An Hysterical Satirical Rhapsody in Political Incorrectness - Even For 1962BWW Review: A HARMONY BOYS' CHRISTMAS: LIVE IN CONCERT! - An Hysterical Satirical Rhapsody in Political Incorrectness - Even For 1962
December 19, 2016

???????A very fun, irreverent spoof on a Christmastime charity fundraiser, A HARMONY BOYS' CHRISTMAS: LIVE IN CONCERT!, features the harmonious quartet with their mellow four-piece, back-up band and supporting cast hilariously performing at their annual 'Force Feed The World' charity concert. Cleverly written and smoothly directed by Aaron Matijasic, AHBC:LIC easily shows, unfortunately, that political times haven't improved as much as we would like to think.

BWW Interview: THE LION's Renaissance Man/Alchemist Benjamin Scheuer RoarsBWW Interview: THE LION's Renaissance Man/Alchemist Benjamin Scheuer Roars
December 19, 2016

Singer/songwriter Benjamin Scheuer has been sharing his most recent creation - his autobiographical, one-man show THE LION playing in various cities in the US (and the UK) the last two-plus years. Benjamin will be completing his current tour with his Los Angeles premiere performances at the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse.

BWW Review: THE SANTALAND DIARIES - An Elf-ing Good, Behind-the-Scenes Expos of Macy's Santa
December 5, 2016

Humorist David Sedaris' Christmas classic THE SANTALAND DIARIES receives a successfully fun mounting by the Santa Monica Playhouse. Sedaris fills his one-man show with loads of different characters, which a charismatic Patrick Censoplano effortlessly handles. Censoplano seamlessly morphs and delineates into dozens of characters.

BWW Review: A Cool GARDEL'S TANGOBWW Review: A Cool GARDEL'S TANGO
November 28, 2016

The world premiere of playwright John R. Lacey's GARDEL'S TANGO serves as a unabashed showcase for Anibal Silveyra, who's allowed complete free rein in his portrayal of real-life, turn-of-the-century, international film star Carlos Gardel. Silveyra easily commands centerstage in this cast of six with his heightened silent movies/early talkies methodology of theatrics.

BWW Interview: Bryan Santiago's Passionate To Make Everyone SmileBWW Interview: Bryan Santiago's Passionate To Make Everyone Smile
November 28, 2016

Now at the beginnings of the DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS WORLDS OF ENCHANTMENT national tour, Performance Director Bryan Santiago took some time from his polishing rehearsals to answer a few ICE-y questions for BroadwayWorld and myself.

BWW Review: Definitely Game On For THRONES! THE MUSICAL PARODYBWW Review: Definitely Game On For THRONES! THE MUSICAL PARODY
November 28, 2016

The Los Angeles premiere of THRONES! THE MUSICAL PARODY receives a full-throttled, laugh-filled mounting from a very talented cast and its off-stage creatives. John Flynn nimbly directs his committed performers at a smooth, swift pace from laugh to laugh to even more laughs. The combined comic geniuses of Grace, Reino, Samuels, Semar & Wessels must be lauded for this clever, witty script; both spoken and sung.

BWW Interview: Skylight's Gary Grossman Asserting His Passion Creating Safe Harbors For Nurturing New TalentsBWW Interview: Skylight's Gary Grossman Asserting His Passion Creating Safe Harbors For Nurturing New Talents
November 25, 2016

Skylight Theatre's Artistic Director Gary Grossman will be honored at Skylight's SALUTE 2016 December 4 at the Colony Theatre in Burbank.Gary has been the driving common denominator of the Skylight Theatre Company and its previous incarnations: the Katselas Theatre company and the Camelot Artists Productions before.

BWW Review: Tour de Force Duo Drive BAKERSFIELD MISTBWW Review: Tour de Force Duo Drive BAKERSFIELD MIST
November 21, 2016

The revival of playwright Stephen Sach's BAKERSFIELD MIST features two stunning performances from Jenny O'Hara & Nick Ullett. O'Hara whole-heartedly grabs her role of the manic, desperate Maude. Ullett imbues his Lionel with a haughty air of condescension upon entering Maude's trailer home. Ullett's very calm demeanor perfectly balances the high energy antics of O'Hara.

BWW Review: WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES - This Must-See Gots Lotza Swing!BWW Review: WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES - This Must-See Gots Lotza Swing!
November 21, 2016

Aficionados of jazz, blues, or just good music; RUN, don't walk, to experience the world premiere of playwright Carol Eglash-Kosoff's WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES. A stunning combination of musical talents converge to sing, dance and emote the hell out of Eglash-Kosoff's story of jazz pianist/lyricist/arranger/composer Billy Strayhorn.

BWW Review: East West's KENTUCKY Goes Down Smooooth As Its Namesake's BourbonBWW Review: East West's KENTUCKY Goes Down Smooooth As Its Namesake's Bourbon
November 17, 2016

The East West Players' West Coast premiere of playwright Leah Nanako Winkler'sKENTUCKY stuns and enthralls with its highly dramatic, polarizing emotions emoted by its almost perfect cast. Winkler has written a most involving piece of theatre that walks a razor-thin tightrope between knee-slapping comedy and heartstring-tugging drama. Very nice!

BWW Interview: ICEBERGS' Alena Smith - More Than Comfortable Writing in Different MediumsBWW Interview: ICEBERGS' Alena Smith - More Than Comfortable Writing in Different Mediums
November 8, 2016

The world premiere of playwright Alena Smith's latest comedy ICEBERGS begins November 8, 2016 at the Geffen Playhouse. Alena's writing resume encompasses a number of entertainment disciplines; including: Showtime's The Affair, HBO's The Newsroom, her play turned into film The Bad Guys, and her 2014 novel Tween Hobo: Off The Rails.

BWW Interview: Troubie's Matt Walker on Parodies, Funky Punks & Garry MarshallBWW Interview: Troubie's Matt Walker on Parodies, Funky Punks & Garry Marshall
November 7, 2016

Establishing the Troubadour Theatre Company in 1995, Matt Walker today wears three hats quite well as its founder, artistic director and director. Matt found some time before prepping his latest Troubie production LITTLE DRUMMER BOWIE (opening November 30 at the Falcon Theatre) to enlighten us on Troubie, Funky Punks, and the late Garry Marshall.

BWW Review: OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY -A Vivid Illustration of Ruthlessness' Easy Win Over NicenessBWW Review: OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY -A Vivid Illustration of Ruthlessness' Easy Win Over Niceness
November 5, 2016

The InterACT Theatre Company's production of playwright Jerry Sterner's OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY has an extended, very nice, exploratory prelude before the definitely-worth-waiting-for sizzling action dominates the stage with the equally matched, passionate Alexandra Wrightand explosive Rob Shapiro as opposing lawyers.

BWW Interview: Cavalia's Normand Latourelle on Captivating Audiences With ODYSSEOBWW Interview: Cavalia's Normand Latourelle on Captivating Audiences With ODYSSEO
October 31, 2016

With a wide and varied background in the performing arts (including a five-year stint with Cirque du Soleil), Normand Latourelle founded and created Cavalia Inc. in 2003, to showcase the beautiful athleticism of the horse. Just before Cavalia's second production ODYSSEO makes its return engagement in Orange County took some time to explain his passion for horses and for his creative projects.

BWW Review: A Raw LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE Vividly Depicts a Stacked Justice SystemBWW Review: A Raw LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE Vividly Depicts a Stacked Justice System
October 29, 2016

In the American Coast Theatre Company's West Coast premiere of LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE, playwright Warren John Doody has brilliantly adapted Dr. ElizabethDermodyLeonard's verbatim transcripts of interviewed, incarcerated women into a brutal, unrelenting look at our current justice system. Susan K. Berkompas directs her very talented and committed cast with the precision of a surgeon in a tightly-paced, illustrative narrative of what put these five women in prison.

BWW Review: An Excellent Experience of The Actors' Gang's THE EXONERATEDBWW Review: An Excellent Experience of The Actors' Gang's THE EXONERATED
October 24, 2016

The Actors' Gang's Cynthia Ettinger ever so smoothly directs her very exceptional cast as they infuse life to six real-life, wrongly convicted death row survivors and the peripheral people besides them. Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen's script of THE EXONERATED vividly illustrates how these six people managed to find themselves at the crosshairs of the American criminal justice executioner.

BWW Interview: Drew Rausch On In-House Inspirations For His InHouse Theatre CompanyBWW Interview: Drew Rausch On In-House Inspirations For His InHouse Theatre Company
October 24, 2016

A positive person with a healthy outlook on life, Drew Rausch has turned a major lemon into lemonade and, in the process, still manages time to help fight cancer! One of the founding members of InHouse Theatre Company, Drew took time from their now fifth production DINNER WITH FRIENDS to chat with BroadwayWorld and myself.

BWW Review: The Hysterical GROUNDINGS HOOK-UP APP - A Serious Connectivity To Your Funny BonesBWW Review: The Hysterical GROUNDINGS HOOK-UP APP - A Serious Connectivity To Your Funny Bones
October 24, 2016

Groundlings' latest laugh-packed Friday & Saturday night show GROUNDINGS HOOK-UP APP had their packed house in the palms of their hands laughing hard and reacting loudly to every possible twist, turn and diss. Jordan Black deftly directed his very talented cast of eight comedians extraordinaire at a lightning pace covering 14 skits in a little less than two hours.



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