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BWW Reviews: Train to Zakopane: An Uncomfortable Ride to Destination Hate Review BWW Reviews: Train to Zakopane: An Uncomfortable Ride to Destination Hate
by Gil Kaan - November 23, 2014

As a loving homage to his father, Henry Jaglom wrote Train to Zakopane based on the tales his father told him of his times in Poland during the 1920s. (more...)


BWW Reviews: HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN Review BWW Reviews: HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN
by Don Grigware - November 21, 2014

Once again the uniquely talented Hershey Felder endears his audience to him with his newest presentation, the life and work of the one and only composer Irving Berlin in Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin. Currently onstage at the Geffen Playhouse through December 21, Felder's tribute, although a bit long - coming in a tad short of two hours without an interval - is enriching, humorous and replete with most of the brilliant Berlin tunes. (more...)


BWW Reviews: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Review BWW Reviews: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
by Don Grigware - November 18, 2014

Victor Hugo's monumental romantic/gothic novel of the mid 15th century The Hunchback of Notre Dame centers in, around and on top of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. The new musical of the same name written by Peter Parnell, Stephen Schwartz and Alan Menken, which is receiving its U.S. premiere at La Jolla Playhouse, capitalizes on this fact. Alexander Dodge's massive set of the cathedral replete with gargoyles, multiple statues, stained-glass window and huge overhanging bells is a work of art that dominates the action onstage in front of it. In fact, it is impossible to take your eyes off at least a part of it for a split second. (more...)


BWW Reviews: SCROOGE IN ROUGE Generates Lots of Laughs at Rancho Mirage's Desert Rose Playhouse Review BWW Reviews: SCROOGE IN ROUGE Generates Lots of Laughs at Rancho Mirage's Desert Rose Playhouse
by Audrey Liebross - November 18, 2014

The Desert Rose Playhouse, in Rancho Mirage California, is presenting a hilariously funny sendup of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, SCROOGE IN ROUGE. The plot's premise is that a small music hall on London's outskirts plans to present A CHRISTMAS CAROL. When all but three actors in the twenty-member cast develop food poisoning, the three decide to go forward with each of them taking on multiple roles. The puns and other corny jokes fly in this brilliant production. If you see only one version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL this year, it should be this one. (more...)


BWW Reviews: DIRTY Satisfyingly Delivers Its Money Shot Review BWW Reviews: DIRTY Satisfyingly Delivers Its Money Shot
by Gil Kaan - November 17, 2014

Slaughter House Theatre Company's West Coast premiere of Dirty wonderfully involves, intrigues, then incites indignation while always keeping its audience interested. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Chromolume Theatre Really Puts It Together in PUTTING IT TOGETHER Review BWW Reviews: Chromolume Theatre Really Puts It Together in PUTTING IT TOGETHER
by Gil Kaan - November 17, 2014

Chromolume Theatre succeeds in putting together a strong cast of five vocally gifted singers to harmoniously perform the collection of Stephen Sondheim songs strung together in the revue Putting It Together. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Shannon Holt - The Ideal Center of THE VORTEX Review BWW Reviews: Shannon Holt - The Ideal Center of THE VORTEX
by Gil Kaan - November 16, 2014

As the axis of this spinning vortex, Noel Coward's The Vortex, the talented Shannon Holt dominates as Florence. (more...)


BWW Reviews: TAKARAZUKA!!! - Another Fine Production for East West Players' Successful Resume! Review BWW Reviews: TAKARAZUKA!!! - Another Fine Production for East West Players' Successful Resume!
by Gil Kaan - November 14, 2014

Susan Soon He Stanton has woven insights to Japanese philosophy amidst sharp, witty lines in her two-hour, three-dimensional character-driven drama, directed by Leslie Ishii in a smooth, flowing pace. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Pantages Shows Off KINKY BOOTS Review BWW Reviews: Pantages Shows Off KINKY BOOTS
by Don Grigware - November 13, 2014

Following in the footsteps of La Cage Aux Folles, Billy Elliott and Priscilla Queen of the Desert, all foreign films turned into Broadway musicals, Kinky Boots, the 2013 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, brings its spirited message of 'Just Be Who You Wanna Be' to the Pantages in its West Coast premiere for three weeks only through November 30. Replete with splashy direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell and a splendid cast, it's top.of.the.line entertaining fare. (more...)


BWW Reviews: MTW Stages Colorful West Coast Premiere of BIG FISH, Ends 11/16 Review BWW Reviews: MTW Stages Colorful West Coast Premiere of BIG FISH, Ends 11/16
by Michael L. Quintos - November 13, 2014

Broadway's loss is definitely Long Beach's gain now that the big, bright, and buoyant new musical BIG FISH is making a splash as the season opener for Musical Theatre West's 62nd season. Filled to the brim with heart, emotional heft, and colorful storytelling, this slightly flawed but charmingly imaginative new musical wraps up its final remaining West Coast premiere performances at the Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts in Long Beach through November 16. My immediate recommendation? Definitely experience this while you can. (more...)


BWW Reviews: The Illyrian Players Take on OTHELLO Review BWW Reviews: The Illyrian Players Take on OTHELLO
by Ellen Dostal - November 11, 2014

This isn't the first time the Illyrian Players have taken on Shakespeare. In 2011, the company began its provocative theatrical conversation about gender and sex with Twelfth Night, and it has since given LA a BDSM version of The Taming of the Shrew and a gender reversed Macbeth. In addition to Shakespeare, they have produced a number of new plays; bold, edgy works that set them apart from other theatre companies, led by a vision that sees theatre as 'a subversive art form with which to change the world.' (more...)


BWW Reviews: Sultry Jazz Singer Lyn Stanley Does Release Party of POTIONS in Style Review BWW Reviews: Sultry Jazz Singer Lyn Stanley Does Release Party of POTIONS in Style
by Don Grigware - November 10, 2014

On Saturday November 8 at Upstairs at Vitello's in Studio City, international jazz vocalist Lyn Stanley presented a CD release party to celebrate her new recording Potions (from the 50s). Onstage with her were sensational musicians tenor-saxophonist Terry Harrington, pianist Mike Lang, bassist Mike Valerio and drummer Joe La Barbera. The 80-minute set was an evening to remember, a jazz lover's dream come true. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Historic INTO THE WOODS Reunion featuring Sondheim, Lapine and Original B'way Cast Wows Fans Review BWW Reviews: Historic INTO THE WOODS Reunion featuring Sondheim, Lapine and Original B'way Cast Wows Fans
by Michael L. Quintos - November 10, 2014

The historic reunion---formatted as part talk-show, part concert---featured not only its creators Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine waxing nostalgic about the making of this beloved show, but also had several members of the Original Broadway cast including Bernadette Peters, Joanna Gleason, Chip Zien, Robert Westenberg, Kim Crosby, Danielle Ferland, and Ben Wright---all performing together on the same stage for the first time in years. Humorist and CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Mo Rocca served as the evening's wry, very amiable host and moderator. The results? Mind-blowingly awesome... not only for the incredible musical performances given by the reunited cast, but also for all the dishy, humorous, and, at times, emotionally-tinged inside info shared by the musical's genius collaborators. (more...)


BWW Reviews: THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT - THE SMELL OF THE CROWD Provides Solid Showcase for Budding Star Medlock! Review BWW Reviews: THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT - THE SMELL OF THE CROWD Provides Solid Showcase for Budding Star Medlock!
by Gil Kaan - November 10, 2014

Greasepaint's best and most recognizable songs ('Who Can I Turn To?' 'The Joker') receive strong vocal performances, backed by fully-realized acting from the charismatic Alec Medlock (more...)


BWW Reviews: THE PENIS CHRONICLES - 8 Monologues in Search of a Play Review BWW Reviews: THE PENIS CHRONICLES - 8 Monologues in Search of a Play
by Gil Kaan - November 10, 2014

A troupe of 8 talented actors perform essentially 8 separate monologues during this 90-minute show, Tom Yewell's THE PENIS CHRONICLES (more...)


BWW Reviews: THE CHOSEN knocks one out of the park in Rancho Mirage. Review BWW Reviews: THE CHOSEN knocks one out of the park in Rancho Mirage.
by Audrey Liebross - November 07, 2014

The Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre, in Rancho Mirage, California, has mounted a brilliant production of THE CHOSEN as part of its 'American Melting Pot' series. THE CHOSEN examines the lives of two Orthodox Jewish high school friends in Brooklyn during and immediately after World War II. One boy lives in the modern world and one is cocooned in the Hasidic community, but both must deal with their own family concerns, the horror of the Holocaust, and their fathers' estrangement over differing views on Zionism. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Cheyenne Jackson Was Vocal Perfection At The McCallum Theatre Review BWW Reviews: Cheyenne Jackson Was Vocal Perfection At The McCallum Theatre
by David Green - November 06, 2014

You'll get no argument from me: Cheyenne Jackson is a powerhouse vocalist and his charismatic quotient is off the charts. It is easy to gush about his vocal prowess, his versatility as a singer and his movie star magnetism. He is a consummate crooner with a vocal ease that is equally adept at the Broadway, standard and pop/contemporary songbooks. So, why did his recent performance at The McCallum Theatre seem so uneven and why did it leave me and, upon eavesdropping on 'after-show lobby conversations', a myriad of other patrons feeling lukewarm? (more...)


BWW Reviews: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Presents KING LEAR at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica Review BWW Reviews: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Presents KING LEAR at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica
by Shari Barrett - November 06, 2014

The several intertwined stories about characters motivated by the seven deadly sins and shocking scenes of excessive cruelty and suffering (especially the violent blinding of Gloucester, Lear's descent into madness, the raging storm, and the tragic death of Cordelia), make KING LEAR a profound exploration of the human condition in all its extremes and complexities. And when well performed by actors who fully comprehend the psyche of their character as well as the meaning of Shakespeare's vocabulary, brilliance happens. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Kritzerland Salutes JERRY HERMAN Review BWW Reviews: Kritzerland Salutes JERRY HERMAN
by Don Grigware - November 04, 2014

On Sunday November 2, Kritzerland presented its 51st show Put on Your Sunday Clothes, The Songs of Jerry Herman at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal with special guest star Karen Morrow. No surprise that this was an uplifting, thoroughly enjoyable evening of song, for as host Bruce Kimmel stated up front, 'No one brings optimism to Broadway like Jerry Herman.' Fabulous Tom Griep served as musical director at the piano with super songsters David Engel, Valerie Perri, Damon Kirsche, Shannon Warne, Chelsea Emma Franko and 14 year-old Sami Staitman as well as the aforementioned queen of singers Karen Morrow. Singing doesn't get any better than this! (more...)


BWW Reviews: South Coast Rep Presents World Premiere of ZEALOT Review BWW Reviews: South Coast Rep Presents World Premiere of ZEALOT
by Michael L. Quintos - November 04, 2014

In the world premiere production of playwright (and creator of NBC's Smash) Theresa Rebeck's ZEALOT---now performing at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa through November 16---Mecca, Saudi Arabia serves as the setting for a volatile tug-of-war that erupts at the start of the 'Hajj,' the holy city's annual Islamic pilgrimage. Here a young woman's act of civil disobedience incites riots, prompting a carefully-considered, if endlessly circling debate on the merits of whether to comply and honor a host country's 'traditional' rules, or to allow Western ideologies to triumph in order to best serve the needs of a fellow human---a fellow global citizen---in dire need of care and protection. While Rebeck's play, helmed by SCR's own artistic director Marc Masterson, is generally insightful, the play feels pretty unfinished, as if there's plenty more to unearth in the narrative that didn't quite make it to the page (and, consequently, the stage). Regrettably, it doesn't quite reach the point of heightened urgency you would come to expect in a drama with such a politically-charged storyline. (more...)


BWW Reviews: RE-ANIMATOR THE MUSICAL Develops a Cult Following at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood Review BWW Reviews: RE-ANIMATOR THE MUSICAL Develops a Cult Following at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood
by Shari Barrett - November 04, 2014

Get ready all you "Rocky Horror" fans! There's a new show in town that is begging for you to join in the fun, just as long as you don't mind being splattered with blood, breaking pencils, or waving pompoms. Due to robust ticket sales and an ever-increasing dedicated fan base, RE-ANIMATOR THE MUSICAL has added nine additional performances at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood through November 23. The blood flows so freely during the show that the first 3 rows are designated as a "splash zone." So bring your raincoat or accept a plastic trash bag from the stage manager for protection. (more...)


BWW Reviews: West Coast Premiere BIG FISH Reels Us In Big Time Review BWW Reviews: West Coast Premiere BIG FISH Reels Us In Big Time
by Don Grigware - November 03, 2014

Based on Daniel Wallace's 1998 novel and Tim Burton's 2003 film of the same name, Big Fish, with a few minor changes in plot, becomes quite an imaginative musical...with Andrew Lippa composer of some of the best songs written for a Broadway show in a long time. So, it is hard to imagine why its Broadway run ended after a mere three months. Now in its West Coast premiere, Big Fish comes to MTW with a glorious cast directed by Larry Carpenter and choreographed by Peggy Hickey with vibrant sets and costumes from the original New York production. It's a real charmer and another big win for MTW. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Coeurage Theatre Gets Gutsy with CANNIBAL! The Musical Review BWW Reviews: Coeurage Theatre Gets Gutsy with CANNIBAL! The Musical
by Ellen Dostal - November 03, 2014

Long before Trey Parker and Matt Stone became famous and transformed the world of entertainment with their hit television series South Park and Broadway phenomenon The Book of Mormon, they were two unknown college student with big dreams. They shared the same wickedly subversive sense of humor and have always written what they thought was funny, regardless of anyone else's opinion. Love 'em or hate 'em, I think you'd agree that sticking to that formula has turned out pretty well for them. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Whitmore Eclectic's Production of  'NIGHT, MOTHER Absolutely Stuns! Review BWW Reviews: Whitmore Eclectic's Production of 'NIGHT, MOTHER Absolutely Stuns!
by Gil Kaan - November 03, 2014

Everyone in the audience, including the men, ended up sobbing by the end of this, in real time, eavesdropping of a mother and daughter's last conversation, otherwise better known as Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize winning 'night, Mother. (more...)


BWW Reviews: WAIT UNTIL DARK Thrills Audiences in the Intimate Second Story Theatre in Hermosa Beach Review BWW Reviews: WAIT UNTIL DARK Thrills Audiences in the Intimate Second Story Theatre in Hermosa Beach
by Shari Barrett - November 03, 2014

WAIT UNTIL DARK centers on a missing doll carried into the United States by photographer Sam Hendrix (Linden East) for a woman named Lisa he meets at a Canadian airport. When the doll goes missing in Sam and Susy's apartment, three ruthless thugs show up to try and find it, terrorizing Susy in the process. Many will remember the 1966 Broadway play starring Lee Remick and Robert Duvall, or the 1967 film starting Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin, But seeing it in an intimate 99 seat theater brings spine-tingling chills galore. (more...)


 
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