BWW Reviews: Newest Broadway Revival of PIPPIN Provides Spills and Thrills at the Pantages
(10/23/2014) - In 1972 Pippin opened on Broadway and became one of the longest running musicals in Broadway history, closing in 1977. Stephen Schwartz's bubbling optimistic tunes made the surreal and sensual mood of the piece an ultra-pleasant experience for theatre goers. One actually left the theatre humming the score. Throughout the dreamlike texture of Pippin's quest for his 'Corner of the Sky', however, there blooms a simplistic, timeless message that reverberates to this day. So, even though this brand new revival set in a circus big top is visually more opulent with high swinging artists and feats of magic, the pieces of the puzzle do fit into place - original director Bob Fosse would approve - and the play's substance is untarnished. Director Diane Paulus may take a bow for her simply stunning ambition of embellishment. I prefer the simplicity of the original, which allows your imagination to take flight, but must own up to enjoying most of the new version. How can you not, as the Fosse-esque style with acrobatics added on make for a visually splendid evening of dance and action.
THE GAME'S AFOOT to Begin Performances 11/14 at the Santa Paula Theater Center
(10/22/2014) - 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 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: OC's 3-D Theatricals Presents Epic Production of RAGTIME
(10/21/2014) - Admirably directed by 3-D Theatricals co-founder and resident artistic director TJ Dawson, this ambitiously impressive regional revival of RAGTIME: THE MUSICAL, continues through October 26 at its home-base at the Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton before moving north for its set of performances at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, November 1-9. A stunning, beautifully-rendered production enhanced by a supremely talented cast and Broadway-caliber production values, this rarely-produced musical is a Southern California must-see!
Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST to Play Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 12/4-7
(10/20/2014) - Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to Thousand Oaks as part of the Theater League 2014 - 2015 season. Produced by NETworks Presentations, this elaborate theatrical production will come to life on stage at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza December 4-7. For information on the production, visit www.BeautyAndTheBeastOnTour.com.
BWW Reviews: WICKED LIT 2014 Presents 3 Moody and Atmospheric World Premiere Adaptations of Classic Horror Literature
(10/20/2014) - Each Halloween season, Unbound Productions presents adaptations of classic horror literature as an immersive theatre event that takes place at Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena, California. Yes, that's right - you spend the evening surrounded by dead people with much reverence and respect paid to each vault and tombstone, especially those lucky enough to become part of the show. No doubt, as they have in the past, the shows will sell out this year so order your tickets soon.
BWW Reviews: NICE THINGS Very Nice!
(10/20/2014) - A strong, nicely-matched cast of four playing well opposite, and with, each other; firmly directed at a steady clip by Elina de Santos; and presented with top-notch production elements make Nice Things a very nice 85 minutes of entertainment.
BWW Interviews: 17-Year-Old Madeleine Russell Contemplates To Be or Not To Be
(10/20/2014) - Proving that Shakespeare is for all ages and all people, Westridge School in Pasadena is getting ready to open an all-female 1990's grunge-inspired production of Hamlet, starring Madeleine Russell in the title role. Anyone who has ever worked on the play, and particularly on that role, will tell you that it is a huge undertaking and one that presents many opportunities for growth, both as an actor and as a person.
BWW Reviews: Olson Brothers' Latest DON'T HUG ME, WE'RE MARRIED Plays Group Rep in NoHo
(10/16/2014) - Folks who are unfamiliar with the Don't Hug Me series of shows need look no further than at the signs in the lobby of the group rep that say 'Have a Crappie Day!' It's obvious that the show inside is unlike any other with an unmistakable individuality and peculiarly regional point of view, that everyone can relate to. We've all known people like these crazy characters. In a long series of Don't Hug Me productions the Olson Brothers are at it again, this time around with Don't Hug Me, We're Married, now onstage in NoHo through November 15.
BWW Reviews: SCR Presents Tony-winning VENUS IN FUR
(10/15/2014) - David Ives' fascinating two character play within a play Venus in Fur won a Best Actress Tony Award for Nina Arianda in 2012. It's no wonder as the role in theatrical size and scope is every actress's dream. Now onstage at SCR, Casey Stangl directs two first-rate actors in Ives' thoroughly engrossing, unpredictable story of degradation.
BWW Reviews: 3-D Theatricals' Lush RAGTIME Graces Fullerton Stage
(10/14/2014) - Since its creation in 1997, Ragtime has remained one of my favorite musicals for two reasons. Its simply gorgeous almost opera-like musical score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens moves me to the bone, and it has more meaningful historical content about America at the turn of the 20th century than just about any other show. Now by means of 3D Theatricals' new, freshly staged production, onstage in Fullerton through October 26, Ragtime continues its deeply moving effect on audiences.