HEROES to Open at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 1/28-31
(1/25/2015) - The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center in association with the Santa Paula Theater Center presents HEROES by Gerald Sibleyras, adapted by Tom Stoppard on its more intimate black box space The DownStage January 28, 29, 31 and February 1. Performances are on Wednesday & Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 2 pm and Sunday at 7:30 pm.
BWW Reviews: The Ladies Rule in Cabrillo Music Theatre's COMPANY
(1/26/2015) - A noticeably long, drawn-out silence opens Cabrillo Music Theatre's production of COMPANY as 35-year old Robert comes home to his empty New York bachelor pad. It is the final moment of solitude before the coordinated cacophony of voices begins in Nick DeGruccio's sleekly directed revival of Stephen Sondheim (music & lyrics) and George Furth's (book) 1970 classic.
BWW Reviews: Shen Yun 2015- A Visual Feast for Your Eyes!
(1/23/2015) - Vibrant videos of saturated color on the 30-foot high backdrops combined with the elaborately detailed and bright traditional Chinese costuming make Shen Yun 2015 an explosion of bodies and hues in perpetual motion.
BWW Interviews: Dana Solimando on Chairs, Ballet Girls, and BILLY ELLIOT
(1/22/2015) - Recently, choreographer Dana Solimando took on the monumental task of choreographing Billy Elliot The Musical for La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. The production opened to sold out crowds over the weekend and will run through February 8th. Here Dana talks about making the steps her own and how you've got to be flexible in the theatre because you never know what's going to happen. Here's her behind the scenes look at bringing Billy Elliot to life.
BWW Reviews: Desert Theatreworks' LOST IN YONKERS Deserves To Be Found by Audiences
(1/21/2015) - Desert Theatreworks, a nonprofit theatre company in Palm Desert, has served up a delectable production of Neil Simon's LOST IN YONKERS, at the Joslyn Center's Arthur Newman Theatre. LOST IN YONKERS will be presented on January 23 and 24, 2015, at 7 p.m. and on January 24th and 25th at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at www.dtworks.org or by calling 760-980-1455. Tickets are also available in person in the Joslyn Center lobby, at 73-750 Catalina Way, in Palm Desert.
BWW Reviews: A Triumphant BILLY ELLIOT Comes to La Mirada Theatre
(1/19/2015) - The ensemble effort of La Mirada Theatre/McCoy Rigby's cast of BILLY ELLIOT is an extraordinary accomplishment and especially resonant in a musical that is all about solidarity and overcoming the odds. It also has the kind of opening night story that wins hearts and shows how a company will rally like a family to manage an unexpected, even disastrous, event.
BWW Reviews: SCR Stages Captivating Post-Civil War Drama THE WHIPPING MAN
(1/19/2015) - In South Coast Repertory's excellent new production of Matthew Lopez's captivating play THE WHIPPING MAN---now playing at the Tony Award-winning Costa Mesa theater through January 25---an internal, theological tug-of-war is brewing just as the Civil War has come to an end. The absorbing, character-driven drama presents the uneasy return of an injured war veteran back to his family's home where two of his father's slaves---now free men under the law---have remained. The homecoming coincides with the Jewish holiday of Passover, which all three celebrate inside the war-torn ruins of this once grand Southern mansion.