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BWW Review: THE DONNER PARTY, A NEW AMERICAN MUSICAL, Premieres at Sacramento Theatre Company BWW Review: THE DONNER PARTY, A NEW AMERICAN MUSICAL, Premieres at Sacramento Theatre Company
by Courtney Symes - April 23, 2017

Growing up in Northern California, it is impossible not to hear about the Donner Party, the group of 87 pioneers who tried to cross the Sierra Nevada mountains in the winter of 1846. Unfortunately, the name has become synonymous with cannibalism. After being trapped in an early winter storm at Truck... (more...)
BWW Review: Sacramento Will Always Love THE BODYGUARD BWW Review: Sacramento Will Always Love THE BODYGUARD
by Courtney Symes - April 19, 2017

How does a musical do justice to the late Whitney Houston? By casting Grammy Award-nominated Deborah Cox in the role originated by Houston. The Bodyguard the Musical is based off of the 1992 film, which starred Houston and Kevin Costner. It ran in London's West End from December 2012-August 201... (more...)
BWW Review: THE GLASS MENAGERIE Draws Audiences in at Sacramento Theatre Company BWW Review: THE GLASS MENAGERIE Draws Audiences in at Sacramento Theatre Company
by Courtney Symes - March 27, 2017

Tennessee Williams' memory play, The Glass Menagerie, was a timely choice for Sacramento Theatre Company to revive this season. In today's political climate fraught with worry, the average American can relate to Tom Wingfield, who is living in a country on the precipice of war and trying to provide... (more...)
BWW Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at Playhouse Merced BWW Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at Playhouse Merced
by Harmony Wheeler - March 14, 2017

Based on a children's book and built with a mostly adult audience in mind, Peter and the Starcatcher isn't the sort of show you can put in a defined box. The J.M. Barrie-inspired play utilizes an unusual narrative style dependent on a versatile cast and imaginative staging. And of course, familiarit... (more...)
BWW Review: GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at Broadway Sacramento BWW Review: GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at Broadway Sacramento
by Harmony Wheeler - March 09, 2017

I should probably say that A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is murderously hilarious. But the Tony Award winner isn't quite an over-the-top farce. The show's music might remind you of anything from Gilbert and Sullivan operettas to Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, or perhaps even a ... (more...)
BWW Review: WHITE CHRISTMAS at Broadway Sacramento BWW Review: WHITE CHRISTMAS at Broadway Sacramento
by Harmony Wheeler - December 29, 2016

Don't pack away your favorite Christmas sweater quite yet. You have one more opportunity to celebrate Christmas in full color: The national tour of White Christmas the musical visits Sacramento through this Sunday only. It's a quick-paced production that never quite finds its heart, but you can't de... (more...)
BWW Review: Sacramento is 'On Top of the World' with New HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME BWW Review: Sacramento is 'On Top of the World' with New HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
by Harmony Wheeler - August 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 ... (more...)
BWW Review: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Has a Fascinating Rhythm BWW Review: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Has a Fascinating Rhythm
by Harmony Wheeler - August 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... (more...)
BWW Review: Music Circus CABARET Somber and Relevant BWW Review: Music Circus CABARET Somber and Relevant
by Harmony Wheeler - July 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 afterthough... (more...)
BWW Review: 11th Annual FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY - Opening Weekend Celebrating Napa's Finest Wines and Cuisine with Music, Theatre, Fitness and More BWW Review: 11th Annual FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY - Opening Weekend Celebrating Napa's Finest Wines and Cuisine with Music, Theatre, Fitness and More
by Christina Mancuso - July 27, 2016

The 11th annual FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY just wrapped up a ten day celebration, serving up a smorgasbord of Napa's finest cuisine, 100 wineries, stars of music, Broadway, TV, opera, classical, dance, fitness and more. Over 60 events spanned the 10 day festival, enriching art, fitness and local community... (more...)
BWW Review: Cat in the Hat Visits Sacramento in Bright and Colorful SEUSSICAL BWW Review: Cat in the Hat Visits Sacramento in Bright and Colorful SEUSSICAL
by Harmony Wheeler - July 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 c... (more...)
BWW Review: HELLO, DOLLY! Dolly Levi Makes a Match for Sacramento BWW Review: HELLO, DOLLY! Dolly Levi Makes a Match for Sacramento
by Harmony Wheeler - June 30, 2016

It only takes a moment to fall in love with the feel-good melodies and delightful characters of "Hello, Dolly!," the musical that gave film and Broadway star Carol Channing her signature role. Matchmaker Dolly Levi can be played a number of ways, which ensures every production remain refreshing and ... (more...)
BWW Review: A Magical Weekend of Transcendence Theatre's 'Broadway Under the Stars', Wine and More in Northern California BWW Review: A Magical Weekend of Transcendence Theatre's 'Broadway Under the Stars', Wine and More in Northern California
by Christina Mancuso - June 24, 2016

Northern California is home to miles of gorgeous Pacific coastline, over 50 parks with hiking and cycling trails, world-class restaurants, boutique shopping, and of course, majestic vineyards. Sonoma, in particular, offers the rustic charm of down-to-earth locals, farmers, winemakers, tasting rooms,... (more...)
BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE is a Totally Awesome Season Opener at Music Circus BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE is a Totally Awesome Season Opener at Music Circus
by Harmony Wheeler - June 15, 2016

Snaps for Music Circus! Even with some sound balance and microphone issues opening night, "the "endorphin-happy" score of "Legally Blonde" built a momentum ripe for excitement.... (more...)
BWW Review: BIG FISH is a Big Catch at Playhouse Merced BWW Review: BIG FISH is a Big Catch at Playhouse Merced
by Harmony Wheeler - May 09, 2016

Andrew Burkum's enthusiastic Edward leads a glistening Playhouse Merced production with his determined "Alabama stomp" (the glistening much due to a fantastic lighting design). Robert Hypes' direction and casting anchor the show to bottom of the sea, where, perhaps, a rather big fish awaits.... (more...)
BWW Review: NEWSIES are the Kings of Sacramento BWW Review: NEWSIES are the Kings of Sacramento
by Harmony Wheeler - April 14, 2016

'Newsies' made the headlines as a flop Disney film back in 1992, but the musical garnered a cult following that led to its 2012 revamp on Broadway. The national tour of that production, now on its final leg, carries the banner to Sacramento this week with its own outstanding effects worthy of above-... (more...)
BWW Review: Run and Tell That HAIRSPRAY is a Hit BWW Review: Run and Tell That HAIRSPRAY is a Hit
by Harmony Wheeler - February 09, 2016

Friday's opening night audience enjoyed the Playhouse Merced production of 'Hairspray' - perhaps a little too much. The promise of community favorite Jim Kocher in drag and of soulful tunes to show off fantastic vocal talents were more than enough to match the audience energy with that of the cast. ... (more...)
BWW Review: FROZEN on Ice BWW Review: FROZEN on Ice
by Harmony Wheeler - February 04, 2016

The fame of the phenomenon-hit film "Frozen" has already landed it Broadway and theme park versions in the works. But there was one venue for which the popular musical was more than meant. Given its lead female's "cool" powers, it was only a matter of time before Elsa, Anna, and all their friends re... (more...)
BWW Review: Sacramento Goes Under the Sea with THE LITTLE MERMAID BWW Review: Sacramento Goes Under the Sea with THE LITTLE MERMAID
by Harmony Wheeler - February 04, 2016

Since Sacramento last saw "The Little Mermaid," director Glenn Casale has fin(e)-tuned Disney's script and created a near-perfect,  spectacle of a production. The unofficial mini-tour of the show comes to Sacramento courtesy of California Musical Theatre this week only and is already sold out. ... (more...)
BWW Review: You're a Good Show CHARLIE BROWN BWW Review: You're a Good Show CHARLIE BROWN
by Harmony Wheeler - January 11, 2016

Although other vocals and one or two instances of odd timing could use work, the Merced production stays true to the heart of "Charlie Brown." After all, "Happiness" is so often found in live theatre.... (more...)
BWW Review: Broadway Sacramento's PIPPIN is Extraordinary BWW Review: Broadway Sacramento's PIPPIN is Extraordinary
by Harmony Wheeler - December 31, 2015

The "magic to do" in Broadway's "Pippin" owes as much to simple storytelling and relatable "players" as to actual magic tricks and acrobatic wonders. A knife-throwing act here, a disappearing act there, the grand circus tent concept that helped the musical win its Tony Award for Best Revival fits fl... (more...)
BWW Review: Merced's MARY POPPINS Makes the Sun Shine Bright BWW Review: Merced's MARY POPPINS Makes the Sun Shine Bright
by Harmony Wheeler - November 30, 2015

One word describes Playhouse Merced's production of 'Mary Poppins,' and it isn't supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Rather, in a version of the Disney classic that refuses to take itself too seriously, the word of the day is fun. Pure fun. Merced has its share of mishaps. Mary does not fly and Bert... (more...)
BWW Review: Stockton Goes Under the Sea with LITTLE MERMAID BWW Review: Stockton Goes Under the Sea with LITTLE MERMAID
by Harmony Wheeler - November 23, 2015

Stockton Civic Theatre journeys fathoms below to the sights and sounds of the sea with Disney's 'The Little Mermaid.' Those sights and sounds had technical issues at Wednesday's preview performance, but given the excellent overall production value and the strong, positive audience reaction, the big ... (more...)
BWW Review: ELF Decorates Sacramento with Christmas Spirit BWW Review: ELF Decorates Sacramento with Christmas Spirit
by Harmony Wheeler - November 09, 2015

Based on the 2003 Will Ferrell film, "Elf" the musical is as "Sparklejollytwinklejingley" as its title character. Santa reads a children's book. Elves tap dance. And it snows inside the Empire State Building. Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin's infectious songs see romantic skaters at Rockefeller Cent... (more...)
BWW Reviews: WEST SIDE STORY Delivers Something Good at Music Circus BWW Reviews: WEST SIDE STORY Delivers Something Good at Music Circus
by Harmony Wheeler - August 06, 2015

When Music Circus presented a spectacular production of 'Big River' earlier this summer, it seemed nothing could top it. Four weeks later, 'West Side Story' has come 'cannonballing down through the sky, gleam in its eye, bright as a rose.' Playing through Sunday at California Musical Theatre's Wells... (more...)