California Musical Theatre News

STAGE TUBE: Watch New Highlights of HUNCHBACK at Music Circus - Starring Deaf Actor John McGinty, Lesli Margherita, Mark Jacoby and More!STAGE TUBE: Watch New Highlights of HUNCHBACK at Music Circus - Starring Deaf Actor John McGinty, Lesli Margherita, Mark Jacoby and More!
by Stage Tube - Aug 27, 2016

The 2016 Music Circus season concludes with the Northern California premiere of a new musical from the mind of Victor Hugo, inspired by one of the most epic stories ever told: The Hunchback of Notre Dame. BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at brand new highlights of the show below! (more...)

BWW Review: Sacramento is 'On Top of the World' with New HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAMEBWW Review: Sacramento is 'On Top of the World' with New HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
by Harmony Wheeler - Aug 25, 2016

Disney musicals generate a lot of hype. The Lion King transformed the art of puppetry. Beauty and the Beast told a tale as old as time. And the upcoming Frozen… well, it's Frozen. But the company's stage adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame took a slight step to the side, never making the move to Broadway. Instead, after successful runs at La Jolla and Paper Mill playhouses, the musical was licensed to three regional theatres for 2016, including Sacramento's Music Circus. The announcement of Sacramento's engagement met much excitement, making Tuesday's less than full house opening a shocking surprise. But the excellent cast did receive a well-deserved standing ovation. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of HUNCHBACK at Music Circus - Starring Deaf Actor John McGinty, Lesli Margherita, Mark Jacoby and More!STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of HUNCHBACK at Music Circus - Starring Deaf Actor John McGinty, Lesli Margherita, Mark Jacoby and More!
by Stage Tube - Aug 24, 2016

The 2016 Music Circus season concludes with the Northern California premiere of a new musical from the mind of Victor Hugo, inspired by one of the most epic stories ever told: The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This daring production sets the classic tale of love, vengeance, and compassion to one of the most sweeping scores ever written for the stage. It's the only stage collaboration between two masters of American musical theatre, Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin). BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at highlights of the show below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Deaf Actor John McGinty, Lesli Margherita, Mark Jacoby and More in HUNCHBACK at Music CircusPhoto Flash: First Look at Deaf Actor John McGinty, Lesli Margherita, Mark Jacoby and More in HUNCHBACK at Music Circus
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

The 2016 Music Circus season concludes with the Northern California premiere of a new musical from the mind of Victor Hugo, inspired by one of the most epic stories ever told: The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This daring production sets the classic tale of love, vengeance, and compassion to one of the most sweeping scores ever written for the stage. It's the only stage collaboration between two masters of American musical theatre, Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin).  BroadwayWorld brings you a first look below! (more...)

Deaf Actor to Play Quasimodo in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME's Los Angeles PremiereDeaf Actor to Play Quasimodo in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME's Los Angeles Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts & McCoy Rigby Entertainment will present the first show of its 2016-2017 season, the Los Angeles premiere production of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Peter Parnell, musical direction by Dennis Castellano, choreography by Dana Solimando and directed by Glenn Casale. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Matt Loehr, Kristie Kerwin, HollyAnn Butler and More in NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT at Music CircusPhoto Flash: First Look at Matt Loehr, Kristie Kerwin, HollyAnn Butler and More in NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT at Music Circus
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

The 2016 season continues with the Music Circus premiere of the Tony Award®-winning new musical comedy Nice Work If You Can Get It, now playing through August 14 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Review: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Has a Fascinating RhythmBWW Review: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Has a Fascinating Rhythm
by Harmony Wheeler - Aug 11, 2016

It's wonderful. It's marvelous. And if Tuesday's immediate standing ovation was any indication, you will more than care for the new Gershwin musical, "Nice Work If You Can Get It," playing through Sunday at Sacramento's Music Circus.  But watch out for that demon rum. You may just end up swinging by a chandelier. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT at Music CircusSTAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT at Music Circus
by Stage Tube - Aug 10, 2016

The 2016 season continues with the Music Circus premiere of the Tony Award®-winning new musical comedy Nice Work If You Can Get It. Matthew Broderick and Kelli O'Hara starred in this smash hit on Broadway in 2012. The song-and-dance spectacular features the music ofGeorge and Ira Gershwin in a sparkling, spirited, high-stepping musical comedy. To a songbook of the greatest American standards ever sung, a cast of bootleggers, chorus girls, playboys, and politicians creates hilarity in a glorious Long Island mansion in the rip-roaring 1920s. With 'Let's Call the Whole Thing Off,' 'I've Got a Crush on You' and 'Someone to Watch Over Me.'  BroadwayWorld has a first look at highlights of the show below! (more...)

Heather Lundstedt O'Neill to Bring Frank Loesser Tribute to The Skokie TheatreHeather Lundstedt O'Neill to Bring Frank Loesser Tribute to The Skokie Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2016

Join celebrated Southern California Musical Theatre star Heather Lundstedt O'Neill as she pays homage to the work of one of America's most accomplished composer/lyricists in 'Loesser Known: The Stories and Songs of Frank Loesser'. (more...)

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Premieres at Music Circus this AugustNICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Premieres at Music Circus this August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2016

The 2016 season continues with the Music Circus premiere of the Tony Award®-winning new musical comedy Nice Work If You Can Get It. Matthew Broderick and Kelli O'Hara starred in this smash hit on Broadway in 2012. The song-and-dance spectacular features the music of George and Ira Gershwin in a sparkling, spirited, high-stepping musical comedy. To a songbook of the greatest American standards ever sung, a cast of bootleggers, chorus girls, playboys, and politicians creates hilarity in a glorious Long Island mansion in the rip-roaring 1920s. With "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," "I've Got a Crush on You" and "Someone to Watch Over Me." (more...)

BWW Review: Music Circus CABARET Somber and RelevantBWW Review: Music Circus CABARET Somber and Relevant
by Harmony Wheeler - Jul 28, 2016

Music Circus welcomed a "perfectly marvelous" Cabaret Tuesday evening, with sparkling costumes and a glittered stage. After an excited and pulsing opening, the suggestive Kit Kat Girls took a back seat. Subdued direction and lackluster choreography made the famous Kit Kat club more of an afterthought next to the subtle rise of Nazi Germany. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Music Circus' CABARET, Starring Robin De Jesus, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka and More!STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Music Circus' CABARET, Starring Robin De Jesus, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka and More!
by Stage Tube - Jul 27, 2016

The 66th Music Circus season continues with the multiple Tony Award-winning musical theatre classic CABARET. Performances began last night and will continue through Sunday, July 31 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Robin De Jesus, Kaleigh Cronin, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka and More in CABARET at Music CircusPhoto Flash: First Look at Robin De Jesus, Kaleigh Cronin, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka and More in CABARET at Music Circus
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

The 66th Music Circus season continues with the multiple Tony Award-winning musical theatre classic CABARET. Performances began last night and will continue through Sunday, July 31 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion.  BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

GRAHAM-A-RAMA: #NOFILTER to Return to Capital StageGRAHAM-A-RAMA: #NOFILTER to Return to Capital Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

Capital Stage and Graham Sobelman present GRAHAM-A-RAMA: #NOFILTER, Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 2pm & 7pm. Sacramento composer/music director/producer GRAHAM SOBELMAN, is returning to CAPITAL STAGE, where he music directed The Behavior Of Broadus, for his second cabaret show this year. (more...)

CABARET, Starring Robin de Jesus and Kaleigh Cronin, Coming to Music Circus This SummerCABARET, Starring Robin de Jesus and Kaleigh Cronin, Coming to Music Circus This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

The 66th Music Circus season continues with the multiple Tony Award-winning musical theatre classic Cabaret. Performances are Tuesday, July 26 through Sunday, July 31 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 7/15; SEUSSICAL at Music Circus, GREY GARDENS at Ahmanson and More!Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 7/15; SEUSSICAL at Music Circus, GREY GARDENS at Ahmanson and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jul 15, 2016

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in Boston, Sacramento, Los Angeles and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include THE MUSIC MAN at Cape Playhouse, SEUSSICAL at California Music Circus, and GREY GARDENS in Los Angeles, just to name a few. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Jason Graae, Sharon Wilkins, John Treacy Egan, Bets Malone and More in SEUSSICAL at Music CircusPhoto Flash: First Look at Jason Graae, Sharon Wilkins, John Treacy Egan, Bets Malone and More in SEUSSICAL at Music Circus
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

The 66th Music Circus season continues with the delightful and enduring musical Seussical, playing now thru July 17. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of SEUSSICAL at Music Circus - Jason Graae, Sharon Wilkins and More!STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of SEUSSICAL at Music Circus - Jason Graae, Sharon Wilkins and More!
by Stage Tube - Jul 14, 2016

The 66th Music Circus season continues with the delightful and enduring musical Seussical. Explore the witty, wild and whimsical world of Dr. Seuss as you've never seen it before. Travel back to your childhood to the land of the Whos and the Jungle of Nool, and rediscover the delightfully zany characters imagined by one of the most beloved storytellers of all time. Created by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island), this is one visit to the doctor that neither kids nor parents will mind, an enchanting musical where anything's possible.  BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Review: Cat in the Hat Visits Sacramento in Bright and Colorful SEUSSICALBWW Review: Cat in the Hat Visits Sacramento in Bright and Colorful SEUSSICAL
by Harmony Wheeler - Jul 14, 2016

Oh the things you can think when you think about Seuss! Imagination runs wild in California Musical Theatre's latest Music Circus production, Seussical the musical, which makes excellent use of the company's mechanized stage and brings classic Dr. Seuss drawings to outstanding scenic, lighting and costume designs. (more...)

SEUSSICAL, Hit Musical Exploring the World of Dr. Seuss, Has Music Circus Premiere on 7/12SEUSSICAL, Hit Musical Exploring the World of Dr. Seuss, Has Music Circus Premiere on 7/12
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2016

The 66th Music Circus season continues with the delightful and enduring musical Seussical. Explore the witty, wild and whimsical world of Dr. Seuss as you've never seen it before. Travel back to your childhood to the land of the Whos and the Jungle of Nool, and rediscover the delightfully zany characters imagined by one of the most beloved storytellers of all time. Created by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island), this is one visit to the doctor that neither kids nor parents will mind, an enchanting musical where anything's possible. (more...)

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