BWW Reviews: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
(11/18/2014) - 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.
BWW Reviews: SCROOGE IN ROUGE Generates Lots of Laughs at Rancho Mirage's Desert Rose Playhouse
(11/18/2014) - 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.
THE GAME'S AFOOT Begins Tonight at the Santa Paula Theater Center
(11/14/2014) - The Santa Paula Theater Center will close out their 2014 season with Ken Ludwig's hilarious comedy The Game's Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays from tonight, November 14 - 21 at the Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 South 7th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060. Performances are at 8 pm Friday and Saturday and 2:30 pm on Sundays.
BWW Reviews: Pantages Shows Off KINKY BOOTS
(11/13/2014) - 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.
Panic! Holiday Radio Hour to Present THE PLOT TO OVERTHROW CHRISTMAS, Begin. 12/6
(11/12/2014) - Panic! Productions welcomes in the season with special fund-raising performances of The Panic! Holiday Radio Hourfeaturing Norman Corwin's classic radio play, The Plot to Overthrow Christmas, and a Cavalcade of great holiday hits. Performances are December 6 and 7, 19 and 20 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oaks.
Cabrillo Music Theatre's New Selvin Scholarship to Honor Performer at Each Upcoming Production
(11/11/2014) - Cabrillo Music Theatre is honored to announce the formation of the SELVIN CHARITABLE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP. Harry and Maureen Selvin, longtime patrons of the arts and supporters of Cabrillo Music Theatre, have developed this scholarship, to be presented on the final performance of each Cabrillo Music Theatre production, to the performer in that Cabrillo show that best exemplifies the spirit of Cabrillo Music Theatre. Recipients will receive a $1,000 cash scholarship, a personal trophy, and name recognition on a permanent plaque of all those recognized, to reside in the Cabrillo Music Theatre office.
BWW Reviews: The Illyrian Players Take on OTHELLO
(11/11/2014) - 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.'