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Broadway San Jose's BOOK OF MORMON is Heavenly Now thru July 12 Review Broadway San Jose's BOOK OF MORMON is Heavenly Now thru July 12
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - July 02, 2015

The BOOK OF MORMON is holding court at San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts now through July 12! (more...)


BWW Reviews: Steven Brinberg's SIMPLY BARBRA - Simply Fabulous! Review BWW Reviews: Steven Brinberg's SIMPLY BARBRA - Simply Fabulous!
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - June 29, 2015

Steven Brinberg's portrayal of the famous Broadway and music legend is a joy to see and if you have never seen Barbra Streisand in concert, then Brinberg is the very next best thing. (more...)


BWW Reviews: A Weekend in Wine Country - Transcendence Theatre, Sonoma Valley Inn, Wine Tastings and More! Review BWW Reviews: A Weekend in Wine Country - Transcendence Theatre, Sonoma Valley Inn, Wine Tastings and More!
by Christina Mancuso - June 24, 2015

Sonoma County is known as the wine lover's dream destination. More than wine, however, this Northern California region is near to miles of gorgeous Pacific coastline, over 50 parks with hiking and cycling trails, world-class restaurants, boutique shopping, and a one-of-a-kind outdoor theatre experience that makes Transcendence Theatre Company's musical revue the 'Best Night Ever.'  Whether you go for a relaxing couple's retreat, a girls weekend getaway, or a family vacation, Sonoma has something for everyone to enjoy. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Hodges & Hodges Witness THE ILLUSIONISTS at Broadway San Jose - Now Thru June 14th! Review BWW Reviews: Hodges & Hodges Witness THE ILLUSIONISTS at Broadway San Jose - Now Thru June 14th!
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - June 12, 2015

Hodges & Hodges Set the Stage for THE ILLUSIONISTS, a hepta-pod of magicians, each with their own seeming super-power, who will wow you with their high-tech wizardry! (more...)


BWW Reviews: Stunning Creative Choices and Broadway Cast Lead ACT's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Review BWW Reviews: Stunning Creative Choices and Broadway Cast Lead ACT's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
by Harmony Wheeler - May 29, 2015

Taking his inspiration from the summer solstice and a turn of the twentieth century Sweden setting, director Mark Lamos gives Sondheim's A Little Night Music an "erotic" staging at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre . A Little Night Music features breathtaking scenic design from Riccardo Hernandez and stunning costumes designed by Candice Donnelly. Audiences leave with plenty of material worthy of hours of discussion. (more...)


BWW Reviews: SPAMALOT at Playhouse Merced Full of Laughs Review BWW Reviews: SPAMALOT at Playhouse Merced Full of Laughs
by Harmony Wheeler - May 12, 2015

And the Arthur Award goes to… Playhouse Merced for its production of Monty Python's Spamalot. Actually, the production, which plays now through May 24, could win several "Arthur" awards: Best use of "Sir Not Appearing." Best use of original staging. Best reference to previous season shows. Honorable Mention for calling out the visiting reviewer during the second act. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Tan Dun Martial Arts Trilogy at SF Symphony Review BWW Reviews: Tan Dun Martial Arts Trilogy at SF Symphony
by Harmony Wheeler - April 28, 2015

San Francisco Symphony continues to provide innovative, new programming for its film series. Saturday night saw a particularly different kind of film score as orchestra members used their hands, feet and voice next to their usual instruments. (more...)


BWW Reviews: ONCE at Broadway San Jose This Month Review BWW Reviews: ONCE at Broadway San Jose This Month
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - April 23, 2015

Hodges & Hodges couldn't wait to see this eight time Tony award winning show. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Stage 1 Theatre's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR a Huge Hit Review BWW Reviews: Stage 1 Theatre's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR a Huge Hit
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - April 22, 2015

Final Weekend April 24-26, Stage 1 Theatre's production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is a Must-See Performance! It flips this show on its head. (more...)


BWW Reviews: GOTTA DANCE at SF Symphony Review BWW Reviews: GOTTA DANCE at SF Symphony
by Harmony Wheeler - March 31, 2015

San Francisco announced its new season recently, including the continuation of its film series with another John Williams favorite, ET, the reprise of Vertigo, and two Christmas classics - one a musical - Nightmare Before Christmas and It's A Wonderful Life. But Saturday night saw something more familiar to BroadwayWorld's favorite subject: musical theatre (more...)


BWW Reviews: MEGASTAR DAME EDNA'S FAREWELL TOUR: Come See It, Possums! Review BWW Reviews: MEGASTAR DAME EDNA'S FAREWELL TOUR: Come See It, Possums!
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - March 20, 2015

'Hello, possums!' Welcome to Dame Edna's Glorious Goodbye The Farewell Tour! This Dressed to kill, Astonishingly Magnificent, Elegant, Enchanting, Delightful, Nonsensically Amazing diva is now at SHN's Orpheum Theatre now through March 22. And if you can't come see the show - 'Well then, possum, you must not be able to afford it!' (more...)


BWW Reviews: INTO THE WOODS a Wish Come True Review BWW Reviews: INTO THE WOODS a Wish Come True
by Harmony Wheeler - March 02, 2015

Be careful what you wish for… but if your wish is for great theatre, your wish is granted. Playhouse Merced offers a creative set and fantastic cast in Sonheim's "Into the Woods." (more...)


BWW Review: NEWSIES Delights San Fransisco Now thru March 15 Review BWW Review: NEWSIES Delights San Fransisco Now thru March 15
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - February 21, 2015

Stop the presses! Stop the presses! Newsies is hitting the headlines in a way that is worthy of front page, above-the-fold coverage. If you're looking for an uplifting powerhouse show that will inspire you to action then Newsies is the show for you. (more...)


BWW Reviews: CAMELOT a Dazzling Masterpiece Review BWW Reviews: CAMELOT a Dazzling Masterpiece
by Harmony Wheeler - January 14, 2015

The lyrics tell all. "In short there's simply not a more congenial spot than here in Camelot," now lodged at Fresno's Saroyan Theatre through tonight only. Originally launched into success by Julie Andrews and Richard Harris, the classic receives a new, simplified staging with an overwhelming ambiance, as well as a Renaissance acoustic makeover. (more...)


BWW Reviews: CHARLIE BROWN & NUTCRACKER on Van Ness Review BWW Reviews: CHARLIE BROWN & NUTCRACKER on Van Ness
by Harmony Wheeler - December 22, 2014

Short and sweet, A Charlie Brown Christmas does not arrive until the second half of San Francisco Symphony's current holiday concert. But Charlie is worth the wait. In their West Coast debut, Charlie and friends dance about the Davies Hall stage and warm many a heart with feel-good cheer. Celebrating the Christmas spirit does not come any better than what the Symphony offers. Across the street at the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco Ballet continues its run of Tchaikovsky's beloved Nutcracker, set in early 1900's San Francisco. Choreographer Helgi Tomasson's production sweeps young Clara into a world of dreams orchestrated by a magical Drosselmeyer, present throughout to wave his fantastical cape and usher in new surprises. (more...)


BWW Reviews: ELF is MAGICAL at San Francisco's Curran Theatre Review BWW Reviews: ELF is MAGICAL at San Francisco's Curran Theatre
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - December 18, 2014

Get up off your couch; pass through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and head on down to the Curran Theatre to see everyone's favorite Elf - Buddy! This family friendly Christmas spectacular is going to bring the whole family into the holiday season with a hop skip and a Christmas carol with the whole cast of Elf. Playing now through December 28, Santa, Buddy and the whole cast of Elf are sure to bring Christmas joy to every girl and boy - and adults! (more...)


BWW Reviews: PETER & THE STARCATCHER Flies at Theatreworks Review BWW Reviews: PETER & THE STARCATCHER Flies at Theatreworks
by Harmony Wheeler - December 10, 2014

Peter and the Starcatcher may not match your idea of the perfect Christmas show, but it's certainly best friends with the holidays. An emotional and inspirational experience awaits at Theatreworks' production of the Pan prequel. And there's always the company's faux snow after each performance. (more...)


BWW Reviews: KINKY BOOTS in San Francisco Review BWW Reviews: KINKY BOOTS in San Francisco
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - December 08, 2014

Ladies, gentleman and those who are yet to make up your mind -- strut your stuff down to the Orpheum Theatre and march those stilettos into Kinky Boots! This, mind-bending tour-de-force will open up your mind, open up your heart, and maybe open up your legs -- to dancing in your boots (don't think so dirty!) Playing now through Dec 28th at the Orpheum Theatre Kinky Boots is dazzling, joyous and fun. (more...)


BWW Reviews: WHITE CHRISTMAS a Happy Holiday at Hillbarn Review BWW Reviews: WHITE CHRISTMAS a Happy Holiday at Hillbarn
by Harmony Wheeler - December 08, 2014

Pierce Peter Brandt and Jim Ambler lead the energy and talent of Hillbarn Theatre's White Christmas. The two equity actors give great character and Broadway-quality vocals to song and dance partners Bob Wallace and Phil Davis. Behind them, an ensemble provides perfect harmonies attuned to the show's 1950's era. And although the scenic design remains simple throughout, a grand finale features Kuo-Hai Lo's gorgeous mountain background and an audience surprise that we won't spoil here. (more...)


BWW Reviews: KURIOS full of Curiosities with Cirque du Soleil Review BWW Reviews: KURIOS full of Curiosities with Cirque du Soleil
by Harmony Wheeler - November 18, 2014

Cirque du Soleil has always been a cabinet full of curiosities, and the fact of the matter finally found its own title and concept in Kurios, the latest show to tour under the grand chapiteau. While the imagery of the production harkens back to previous LA Cirque show Iris and the robotics of BBC's Dr. Who, Cirque's Kurios finds incredible new ways to display its artistry and talent. (more...)


BWW Reviews: CHICAGO Delights at the Orpheum Review BWW Reviews: CHICAGO Delights at the Orpheum
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - November 11, 2014

You could feel the excitement rising as the crowd began to enter the theatre; the pull of liquor and jazz tugging them towards their seats as the opening night of Chicago at San Francisco's SHN was about to begin. Filled with songs that have become Broadway classics, such as 'All That Jazz', 'Razzle Dazzle', 'Cell Block Tango,' and really the list goes on, the revival is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards, outperforming the 1976 original which received ten nominations but no wins. Celebrity murderesses, jazz, greed, lime light, and amazingly inspired Fosse style dancing - what could be better than a night of Chicago, playing now through November 16 at SHNSF's Orpheum Theatre. (more...)


Reflections: Latest CHICAGO Tour Has Strong Leads in MacLeod, Marroquin Review Reflections: Latest CHICAGO Tour Has Strong Leads in MacLeod, Marroquin
by Oliver Oliveros - November 06, 2014

CHICAGO on Broadway's Terrra C. MacLeod and Bianca Marroquin are back on the road as the accused celebrity killers and reluctant vaudeville partners Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart, respectively, whose combination delivers equally strong lead performances. (more...)


BWW Reviews: THE BOY FRIEND is the Best Friend Around Review BWW Reviews: THE BOY FRIEND is the Best Friend Around
by Harmony Wheeler - November 05, 2014

Today women go to college to get their MRS degree, but apparently, back in the day, the youthful elite traveled to the south of France for school, and with great hopes of finding the perfect boyfriend. Such is the setting for 42nd Street Moon's latest production, "The Boy Friend," a delightful romp through the sunny beaches and high societies of 1920's Nice. It's nicer in Nice, but it's just as lovely at the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco, where director and choreographer Cindy Goldfield offers the most creative dancing and staging for the most adorable characters currently on stage. (more...)


BWW Reviews: 6th Street Playhouse's THE ADDAMS FAMILY Review BWW Reviews: 6th Street Playhouse's THE ADDAMS FAMILY
by Meg Masterson - October 21, 2014

As for The Addams Family musical, the 6th Street Playhouse does the show justice. The production values are high - a live band, well-done lighting and sets, and great costumes - and the acting is very good. (more...)


BWW Reviews: MASKED BALL in San Francisco Review BWW Reviews: MASKED BALL in San Francisco
by Harmony Wheeler - October 20, 2014

Verdi was a master at crescendo. In "Masked Ball," the score foreshadows and defines even while characters defy fate. As Count Anckarstrom laments his wife's betrayal in the opera's third act, the harp and violin take turn in old romance and revenge, building to a grand determination. Like Verdi's "Rigoletto" and "Il Trovatore," "A Masked Ball" concludes with a game-changing revelation in answer to an incredible setup. (more...)






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