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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: Hershey Felder is IRVING BERLIN in Superb TheatreWorks Production BWW Review: Hershey Felder is IRVING BERLIN in Superb TheatreWorks Production
by Harmony Wheeler - January 18, 2016

What do you give the person who has everything? For Irving Berlin, the answer was a song. According to Hershey Felder, the composer wrote for "the people" - in some cases, specifically for his wife and children. Perhaps Felder had the same audience in mind when he wrote his one-man show, "Irving Ber... (more...)
BWW Review: Jodi Benson and Charlie Brown at SF Symphony BWW Review: Jodi Benson and Charlie Brown at SF Symphony
by Harmony Wheeler - December 21, 2015

San Francisco continues a – hopefully – new tradition this week with “A Charlie Brown Christmas – Live!” This delightful program had its West Coast premiere last season, with first-half vocals from Lisa Vroman and the Symphony Chorus. This week, the concert features “Little Mermaid” voice Jodi Benso... (more...)
BWW Review: Brian Stokes Mitchell at SF Symphony BWW Review: Brian Stokes Mitchell at SF Symphony
by Harmony Wheeler - December 18, 2015

Performer Brian Stokes Mitchell speaks of his desire to uplift his audience by adding character to his music. Davies Symphony Hall discovered his exact meaning Wednesday when "Stokes" - "affectionately" called so by conductor Randall Craig Fleischer - immediately lit up the stage with a hearty smile... (more...)
BWW Review: Enchanting EMMA Returns to TheatreWorks BWW Review: Enchanting EMMA Returns to TheatreWorks
by Harmony Wheeler - December 07, 2015

Clever, sharp and witty, "Emma" the musical is as charismatic as it title character. Creator Paul Gordon took the Jane Austen classic and gave audiences a crisp, well-paced and engaging script with a score that wonderfully serves its characters' acerbic humor and innermost thoughts. Gordon's soliloq... (more...)
BWW Review: BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY II BWW Review: BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY II
by Harmony Wheeler - December 04, 2015

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony closes its 25th Anniversary, 2015 tour at San Francisco's Davies Hall this weekend. Outside, Civic Center has its holiday decorations up and a community brass group occasionally plays down the street, while inside the San Francisco Symphony continues its tradition of beaut... (more...)
BWW Review: SCROOGE IN LOVE A New Audience Favorite BWW Review: SCROOGE IN LOVE A New Audience Favorite
by Harmony Wheeler - December 01, 2015

Only in San Francisco will theatregoers find the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and, yes, even Future dancing together on one stage. The mysterious figure clad in all black bops its head back and forth in just one of many surprising delights awaiting audiences throughout new musical "Scrooge in ... (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: IF/THEN - Captivating Tale of What Might Have Been, Now Thru Dec. 6 BWW Review: IF/THEN - Captivating Tale of What Might Have Been, Now Thru Dec. 6
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - November 16, 2015

IF/THEN - Captivating Tale of What Might Have Been, Now Thru Dec. 6... (more...)
BWW Review: Audiences SAIL AWAY with a Fabulous Cast at 42nd Street Moon BWW Review: Audiences SAIL AWAY with a Fabulous Cast at 42nd Street Moon
by Harmony Wheeler - November 03, 2015

Noel Coward's musical "Sail Away" has plenty of charm, but little substance. Its song and dance enchant, but in the end depend on a strong cast to sell a frail plot. 1962 London had Elaine Stitch. 2015 San Francisco has Allison F. Rich. Lively, sharp and ready with a sarcastic whip for any occasion,... (more...)
BWW Review: STOP KISS Sends Message that Love Triumphs BWW Review: STOP KISS Sends Message that Love Triumphs
by Anna Hecht - October 12, 2015

Live, laugh, love: my favorite motto for life, and a saying that couldn't be any more perfect to describe the play Stop Kiss.... (more...)
BWW Review: Broadway San Jose's THE LION KING is Magical! BWW Review: Broadway San Jose's THE LION KING is Magical!
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - September 15, 2015

Broadway San Jose at the Center for the Performing Arts plays host to Disney's THE LION KING now through October 4 only. That's the most important thing you need to know because if you're one for keeping a bucket list of must-see things to do and see before you 'exit stage left,' then this show is ... (more...)
BWW Review: Woodminster's AIDA Passionate and Powerful - Now Thru Sept. 13 Only BWW Review: Woodminster's AIDA Passionate and Powerful - Now Thru Sept. 13 Only
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - September 08, 2015

AIDA at Woodminster. The love triangle between Nubian Princess Aida, Egyptian Captain Radames and his Princess Amneris will tug at your heartstrings. But only thru September 13. Get your tickets now!... (more...)
Hodges & Hodges Set the Stage for Elton John & Tim Rice's AIDA at Woodminster Now thru Sept. 13 Hodges & Hodges Set the Stage for Elton John & Tim Rice's AIDA at Woodminster Now thru Sept. 13
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - September 04, 2015

Hodges & Hodges Set the Stage provides a wide-ranging look into select productions that are premiering or touring in the Bay area. Dedicated to enhancing the theater-going experience, Hodges & Hodges act as your very own dramaturges, theater critics and local restaurant, local tour guides so that y... (more...)
BWW Review: New PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Lush and Romantic BWW Review: New PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Lush and Romantic
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - August 31, 2015

Hodges and Hodges Set the Stage for The Phantom of the Opera at SHNSF's Orpheum Theatre, playing now through October 4th.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Woodminster's THE PRODUCERS Shines Now Thru August 16 BWW Reviews: Woodminster's THE PRODUCERS Shines Now Thru August 16
by Linda Hodges - 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-o... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Sheena Easton, Scott Coulter and THE SPY WHO LOVED ME at SF Symphony BWW Reviews: Sheena Easton, Scott Coulter and THE SPY WHO LOVED ME at SF Symphony
by Harmony Wheeler - July 24, 2015

Singer Scott Coulter joked that those sitting in the Terrace sections had the "view to kill" at Thursday's San Francisco Symphony concert, but truly all who attended enjoyed a "killer" evening of action-packed, sensual scores and vocals.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: MATILDA is Sensational - Now thru August 15! BWW Reviews: MATILDA is Sensational - Now thru August 15!
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - July 23, 2015

Get up off your couch and stop watching TV. Run past Miss Trunchbull's chokey and Miss Honey's shack and go see Matilda the Musical! This Tony award-winning musical is inspiring and uplifting and has just a hint of magic. This is the perfect show for families of all ages - especially if you have a v... (more...)
Broadway San Jose's BOOK OF MORMON is Heavenly Now thru July 12 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! 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! 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 experie... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Hodges & Hodges Witness THE ILLUSIONISTS at Broadway San Jose - Now Thru June 14th! 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 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... (more...)
BWW Reviews: SPAMALOT at Playhouse Merced Full of Laughs 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... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Tan Dun Martial Arts Trilogy at SF Symphony 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...)




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