Linda Hodges

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Disney Dazzles at Inaugural Fundraising Gala in San FranciscoSongwriter Richard Sherman Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Posted: Nov. 7, 2015


BWW Review: SHNSF's WICKED Mesmerizing!WICKED Defies Gravity at the Oprheum; Now Thru April 16
Posted: Mar. 12, 2016


BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Enchants at the Orpheum Now Thru July 10BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Enchants at the Orpheum
Posted: Jul. 5, 2016


CABARET: Searing and Sexy Tale for our Times Now Thru July 17CABARET: Searing and Sexy Tale for our Times Now Thru July 17
Posted: Jun. 25, 2016


BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is Solid GoldBWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is Solid Gold
Posted: Jun. 22, 2016


CABARET: Searing and Sexy Tale for our Times Now Thru July 17CABARET: Searing and Sexy Tale for our Times Now Thru July 17
July 8, 2016

San Francisco's Orpheum Theatre plays host to the provocative and still darkly daring, Cabaret now through July 17. Set in 1931 Berlin, on the cusp of all that was to come with the rise of the Nazis, the Kander and Ebb musical revolves around the Kit Kat Club and its cast of characters who are determined to ignore the outside world. 'We have no troubles here! Here, life is beautiful,' shouts the garishly made-up emcee. He and the club's performers do their best to convince us that indeed, 'life is a cabaret' and, for a moment in time, it seems to be true. Yet they set aside the warning signs at their own peril. Coming directly from Broadway and originally directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall, SHNSF's Cabaret is a spectacular sleight of hand, giving us sinfully sexy performances even as the real depravity lies in wait like spider outside the doors of the Kit Kat Club.
BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Enchants at the Orpheum Now Thru July 10BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Enchants at the Orpheum Now Thru July 10
July 5, 2016

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Enchants at the Orpheum Now Thru July 10!
CABARET: Searing and Sexy Tale for our Times Now Thru July 17CABARET: Searing and Sexy Tale for our Times Now Thru July 17
June 25, 2016

San Francisco's Orpheum Theatre plays host to the provocative and still darkly daring, Cabaret now through July 17. Set in 1931 Berlin, on the cusp of all that was to come with the rise of the Nazis, the Kander and Ebb musical revolves around the Kit Kat Club and its cast of characters who are determined to ignore the outside world. 'We have no troubles here! Here, life is beautiful,' shouts the garishly made-up emcee. He and the club's performers do their best to convince us that indeed, 'life is a cabaret' and, for a moment in time, it seems to be true. Yet they set aside the warning signs at their own peril. Coming directly from Broadway and originally directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall, SHNSF's Cabaret is a spectacular sleight of hand, giving us sinfully sexy performances even as the real depravity lies in wait like spider outside the doors of the Kit Kat Club.
BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is Solid GoldBWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is Solid Gold
June 22, 2016

Broadway San Jose's Motown the Musical is a solid gold hit and played to an enraptured audience last night at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. Motown the record company was dreamed up by Berry Gordy in 1959 and the music world has never been the same. Gordy and his cavalcade of artists defined the sound of the sixties and seventies, breaking down racial barriers with a signature soul/pop sound that cut across the black/white divide at a time when segregation was still the law of the land. Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder and the Temptations were just a few of the artists that made up Motown. The staggering amount of talent, creativity and love that was the Motown Sound and the story behind its founder Berry Gordy -- all brought to the Broadway stage in Motown -- will touch your heart and put the beat back in your feet. Playing now through June 26 it is a must see song celebration and surely a show for your theatre bucket list.
BWW Review: A.C.T. Presents Will Eno's THE REALISTIC JONESES Now Thru April 3BWW Review: A.C.T. Presents Will Eno's THE REALISTIC JONESES Now Thru April 3
March 21, 2016

A.C.T. Presents Will Eno's THE REALISTIC JONESES Now Thru April 3
BWW Review: SHNSF's WICKED Mesmerizing!BWW Review: SHNSF's WICKED Mesmerizing!
March 12, 2016

With a book by Winnie Holzman and music and lyrics by the great and powerful Wizard of Broadway, Stephen Schwartz, Wicked has won over 50 major awards and, as Variety stated, it truly is 'A Cultural Phenomenon." All the elements of great theater conspire and come together in this gravity defying show. Playing now through April 16, Wicked is guaranteed to thrust you into the stratosphere of sheer artistry and visual delight even if you've seen it before and especially if this is your first time.
Disney Dazzles at Inaugural Fundraising Gala in San FranciscoDisney Dazzles at Inaugural Fundraising Gala in San Francisco
November 7, 2015

BWW Reviews: Woodminster's THE PRODUCERS Shines Now Thru August 16BWW Reviews: Woodminster's THE PRODUCERS Shines Now Thru August 16
August 10, 2015

Woodminster Summer Musicals celebrated opening night of The Producers, the hit Broadway musical based on the 1968 Mel Brooks film of the same name. With a Book by Brooks and Thomas Meehan and Score by Brooks, The Producers won 12 out of its 15 Tony nominations in 2001. It tells the story of a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his nervous accountant, who together come up with a scheme to make a million dollars (each) by producing the worst flop in Broadway history. They embark on a search to find the worst script, the worst director, the worst designers, and the worst actors. The scheme backfires, with many comic consequences, when their gloriously offensive Springtime for Hitler turns out to be a huge hit. Running now through August 16 at Woodminster Amphitheater in Oakland's Joaquin Miller Park, The Producers is one show you won't want to miss.
BWW Interviews: Grammy-Winning Singer/Songwriter Melissa Manchester Comes to Feinstein's This WeekendBWW Interviews: Grammy-Winning Singer/Songwriter Melissa Manchester Comes to Feinstein's This Weekend
July 8, 2015

FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO WELCOMES GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING SINGER, SONGWRITER MELISSA MANCHESTER, FOR TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY JULY 10 & 11, 2015!
Glittering San Francisco Inaugural TBA Awards Ceremony - Nov. 10!Glittering San Francisco Inaugural TBA Awards Ceremony - Nov. 10!
November 4, 2014

The first ever San Francisco theatrical event on record was held on June 22, 1849. Lacking a true venue, that performance by 'Jeemes Pipes of Pipesville' took place at the police station and didn't exactly put the City by the Bay on the map. They couldn't know then that the San Francisco Bay Area would grow to be the third largest theatre center in the country, boasting over 400 companies in nine counties.
BWW Reviews: Oakland Youth Chorus Dazzles at their Broadway on Broadway PerformanceBWW Reviews: Oakland Youth Chorus Dazzles at their Broadway on Broadway Performance
May 17, 2014

It was a night to remember as the Oakland Youth Chorus (OYC) took to the risers and promptly raised the roof on the 1st Presbyterian Church on Broadway in Oakland, belting out some amazing Broadway tunes and putting on an all-around great show for the sold-out crowd. This was not just a concert for doting parents and dewy-eyed devotees. These kids can sing! The performances from the many choral groups that comprise OYC were impressive and fun and definitely high-energy entertainment.
BWW Reviews: Entertainer Extraordinaire Sam Harris Presents 'Liter-usical' - Now That's Entertainment!BWW Reviews: Entertainer Extraordinaire Sam Harris Presents 'Liter-usical' - Now That's Entertainment!
January 31, 2014

Riding the wave of enthusiasm for his newly released book 'Ham: Slices of a Life,' singer and entertainer extraordinaire Sam Harris played to a sold-out crowd at Feinstein's at the Nikko in San Francisco. They came expecting a great show and he did not disappoint. Calling his performance a 'liter-usical,' a combination of literary book tour and Broadway musical extravaganza, he alternated between reading juicy morsels (amuse-bouche, if you will) from his book with songs that served to highlight the chapters of his life.
BWW Reviews: Joan Ryan Brings Down the House at Feinstein's at the NikkoBWW Reviews: Joan Ryan Brings Down the House at Feinstein's at the Nikko
January 26, 2014

Tucked away in a corner of the Nikko Hotel is Feinstein's - a 140 seat, intimate nightclub with cozy banquettes and tables graced with crystal chandeliers and a stage on which the Steinway holds pride of place. As the 8 o'clock hour approached, smartly dressed San Franciscans along with tourists in casual wear made their way into the hotel, the buzz in the air clearly indicating that they were here to enjoy the best that San Francisco had to offer. And tonight that 'best' was powerhouse performer Joan Ryan.
BWW Interviews: Tony Nominee, Sam Harris, Celebrates Release of New Book, HAM: SLICES OF A LIFEBWW Interviews: Tony Nominee, Sam Harris, Celebrates Release of New Book, HAM: SLICES OF A LIFE
January 13, 2014

Celebrating the release of his new book, HAM: Slices of a Life (a collection of stories and essays), Tony Award nominee Sam Harris will make his Feinstein's at the Nikko debut in a show of the same name on Friday, January 24 at 8:00 PM and Saturday, January 25 at 7:00 PM.
BWW Reviews: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Enchants Now Through Jan 5BWW Reviews: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Enchants Now Through Jan 5
December 26, 2013

The enchanting musical Beauty and the Beast delighted audiences at San Francisco's Curran Theater on opening night and is the perfect dose of holiday entertainment for children of all ages. Disney's timeless tale of love and transformation is touring the country and will be in San Francisco through January 5, 2014. A NETworks Presentations event, this show forgoes some of the more costly set designs of the original Broadway show but loses nothing of the melodic magnificence of Menken, Ashman and Rice's original masterpiece. Musical Director/Conductor Kevin Francis Finn helms the lush orchestrations of Danny Troob, while the beautifully crafted book by Linda Woolverton brings her animated original to the stage in superb fashion.
BWW Interviews: Tony Award Winner Betty Buckley Talks VIXENS OF BROADWAYBWW Interviews: Tony Award Winner Betty Buckley Talks VIXENS OF BROADWAY
December 3, 2013

San Francisco, please join me in welcoming Tony Award winning 'Voice of Broadway,' Betty Buckley to the BroadwayWorld SF page! She brings her acclaimed show, 'The Vixens of Broadway,' to San Francisco's Feinstein's at the Nikko for 8 performances -December 5 - 15, 2013.
BWW Reviews: THE BOOK OF MORMON Is Freakin' AwesomeBWW Reviews: THE BOOK OF MORMON Is Freakin' Awesome
December 2, 2013

'The Book of Mormon' has been hailed as one of the top musicals of the decade and now through January 19, 2014, San Francisco audiences will have the opportunity to judge for themselves as to whether a musical about Mormons on a mission to win converts to the Church of Latter-day Saints deserves such an accolade.
BWW Reviews: TRISTAN & YSEULT - A Marvelous Blend of Modern Theatre and Good, Old-Fashioned StorytellingBWW Reviews: TRISTAN & YSEULT - A Marvelous Blend of Modern Theatre and Good, Old-Fashioned Storytelling
November 30, 2013

Berkeley Rep's Tristan & Yseult is one of those shows that combines the best elements of modern theatre with good old-fashioned storytelling and does so with amazing brilliance.
BWW Reviews: THE GERSHWIN'S PORGY AND BESS Will Capture Your Heart: Now Thru Dec. 8BWW Reviews: THE GERSHWIN'S PORGY AND BESS Will Capture Your Heart: Now Thru Dec. 8
November 18, 2013

San Francisco audiences were delighted to welcome a powerful and wistfully evocative production of The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess to the bay area and to the stage of the Golden Gate Theatre where it plays now through December 8. Opening night was also the launch of the much anticipated national tour of this Tony award-winning revival. Directed by Diane Paulus, with a book adapted by Suzan-Lori Parks from DuBose and Dorothy Heyward's original book, Porgy and Bess's dramatic story of love, death, addiction and hope comes alive once again for a whole new audience of theatregoers.
BWW Reviews: SHNSF's PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Enchants Now thru December 1BWW Reviews: SHNSF's PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Enchants Now thru December 1
November 10, 2013

Swashbuckling adventure and hilarious hijinks await patrons of SHNSF's Curran Theatre with 5-time Tony Award winning Peter and the Star Catcher, which has sailed into San Francisco for a magical turn before returning to Neverland or other parts unknown. This clever prequel to J.M. Barrie's beloved Peter and Wendy is powered by starstuff (which figures prominently in the play) and a high-energy cast that is the tightest ensemble I've seen in a long time. Good, old-fashioned storytelling, reliance on late, 19th century stagecraft -- and two directors (Roger Rees and Alex Timbers) whose imaginations were allowed to run amok -- have created a wildly enjoyable and enchanting show. Playing now through December 1, Peter and the Star Catcher is one show you will definitely want to see.


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