Cary Ginell

Cary Ginell Cary Ginell has been writing theater reviews in Ventura County since 1996. He joined the staff of the Ventura County Acorn in 2007 and since then, has written over 500 reviews. In 2013, he started his own theater arts blog, VC On Stage (www.vconstage.com), which includes reviews of musicals and plays from Calabasas to Ojai. From 2005 to 2010, Cary was Broadway project manager for Alfred Publishing, producing all of the publisher's piano/vocal songbooks. He is the author of 9 books on music, including "Broadway Musicals: Show By Show," published by Applause Books.


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BWW Interview: Patrick Cassidy of SHREK at 5-Star TheatricalsBWW Interview: Patrick Cassidy of SHREK at 5-Star Theatricals
Posted: Oct. 19, 2018


BWW Review: BUS STOP at Elite Theatre CompanyBWW Review: BUS STOP at Elite Theatre Company
Posted: Oct. 30, 2018


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS at Thousand Oaks Civic Art PlazaBWW Review: KINKY BOOTS at Thousand Oaks Civic Art Plaza
Posted: Feb. 24, 2018


BWW Interview: Kaelia Winterstein of A KLINGON CHRISTMAS CAROL at Lit LiveBWW Interview: Kaelia Winterstein of A KLINGON CHRISTMAS CAROL at Lit Live
Posted: Dec. 1, 2017


BWW Interview: Mazie Rudolph & Fred Helsel of NEXT TO NORMAL at Simi Valley Cultural Arts CenterBWW Interview: Mazie Rudolph & Fred Helsel of NEXT TO NORMAL at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
Posted: Apr. 30, 2018


BWW Review: WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN at Musical Theatre GuildBWW Review: WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN at Musical Theatre Guild
Posted: Nov. 16, 2017


BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts PlazaBWW Review: A CHORUS LINE at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
Posted: Mar. 25, 2018


BWW Review: ANIMAL CRACKERS at Ojai Art CenterBWW Review: ANIMAL CRACKERS at Ojai Art Center
Posted: Nov. 28, 2017


BWW Review: HIGH SOCIETY at Alex TheatreBWW Review: HIGH SOCIETY at Alex Theatre
Posted: Feb. 12, 2018


BWW Review: ZORBA at Alex TheatreBWW Review: ZORBA at Alex Theatre
November 13, 2018

The infectious spirit of living life to its fullest is the message in 'Zorba,' the 1968 musical that starred Herschel Bernardi. Musical Theatre Guild's staged concert version of the musical starred Michael Kostroff in an exuberant display of hedonism that is welcomed after the tragic Borderline shooting in Thousand Oaks and subsequent fires in Southern California communities.

BWW Review: BUS STOP at Elite Theatre CompanyBWW Review: BUS STOP at Elite Theatre Company
October 30, 2018

A stellar cast highlights William Inge's classic play about loneliness on the expansive prairie and a desolate diner on a highway outside of Kansas City. Hayley Georgeanne Cariker and Michael Wayne Beck turn in exemplary performances as the low-grade saloon singer and the wild, untamed cowboy who all but envelopes her with an obsessive desire to marry her and take her back to his ranch in Montana.

BWW Interview: Patrick Cassidy of SHREK at 5-Star TheatricalsBWW Interview: Patrick Cassidy of SHREK at 5-Star Theatricals
October 19, 2018

5-Star Theatricals' new artistic director Patrick Cassidy talks more about his vision for the future regarding the company's forthcoming seasons of musicals.

BWW Interview: Patrick Cassidy of 5-Star TheatricalsBWW Interview: Patrick Cassidy of 5-Star Theatricals
October 9, 2018

Newly appointed artistic director Patrick Cassidy, son of Shirley Jones and the late Jack Cassidy, puts a lifetime of theatrical experience to work as he begins his first season helming 5-Star Theatricals' musical theatre program in Thousand Oaks.

BWW Review: STROKE OF LUCK at El PortalBWW Review: STROKE OF LUCK at El Portal
October 6, 2018

What do you do after suffering a debilitating stroke? Write a one-woman show, of course! On December 20, character actress Farley Cadena suffered an ischemic stroke, which left her unable to speak clearly, sing, or read. But she fought back, with this self-penned show helping in her rehabilitation. Cadena includes a number of familiar as well as obscure Broadway songs - with lyrics occasionally tweaked - to help illustrate her dilemma. The result is a moving, frightening, and also hilarious show about resilience and strength of character.

BWW Review: MAME at Alex TheatreBWW Review: MAME at Alex Theatre
September 24, 2018

Musical Theatre Guild's production of 'Mame' wowed a Sunday evening audience with its broad comedy, Jerry Herman's tuneful score, and winning performances from its cast. The staged reading included full costumes, choreography, and some wonderfully funny moments, thanks to Lewis Wilkenfled's skillful directing.

BWW Review: I DIG ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC at Rubicon Theatre CompanyBWW Review: I DIG ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC at Rubicon Theatre Company
September 13, 2018

'I Dig Rock And Roll Music' celebrates the folk-rock era of the '60s and '70s utilizing a six-person band, three of whom were featured in the successful theatrical concert 'Lonesome Traveler.' The show includes hit songs from the folk-rock movement, including protest songs like 'Ohio,' 'For What It's Worth' and others, as well as newly composed songs for the modern era, such as Trevor Wheetman's incendiary 'Dangerous Clown' and Sylvie Davidson's 'Can't Stop That Train.'

BWW Review: FIFTEEN MEN IN A SMOKE-FILLED ROOM at Elite Theatre CompanyBWW Review: FIFTEEN MEN IN A SMOKE-FILLED ROOM at Elite Theatre Company
September 11, 2018

A dark horse candidate with little political acumen lacking in smarts is battling to become the Republican candidate for president, while keeping silent one in a series of illicit affairs. Sound familiar? In 'Fifteen Men In a Smoke-Filled Room,' playwright Colin Speer Crowley focuses on the candidacy of Warren Gamaliel Harding, who would become the 29th President of the United States. The play examines his loveless marriage and lack of appetite for the political machinations that would eventually result in his election.

BWW Interview: John Loprieno, Nichole Jackson, And Members Of The Cast of CLUE: THE MUSICAL at Moorpark CollegeBWW Interview: John Loprieno, Nichole Jackson, And Members Of The Cast of CLUE: THE MUSICAL at Moorpark College
July 27, 2018

An inventive costume, makeup, and wig design highlights Moorpark College's production of 'Clue: The Musical,' playing through August 5 at the school's black box theatre.

BWW Review: THE LARAMIE PROJECT at Elite Theatre CompanyBWW Review: THE LARAMIE PROJECT at Elite Theatre Company
July 26, 2018

The 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming, is dissected in this riveting anatomy of a hate crime, and how it affected the residents of that small town. Elite Theatre Company's production is well-acted and directed by Morgan Keough for Lit Live Theatre.

BWW Interview: Susan Egan & Yvette Lawrence of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at 5-Star TheatricalsBWW Interview: Susan Egan & Yvette Lawrence of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at 5-Star Theatricals
July 6, 2018

For the first time in 22 years, Susan Egan takes to the stage in her pioneering role as Belle in 'Beauty and the Beast.' 5-Star Theatricals' production (July 20-29) is being directed by Yvette Lawrence, who took over the role of Belle after Egan vacated it in Los Angeles over two decades ago. We spoke with both Susan and Yvette in a fun, nostalgic, and warm conversation about the show.

BWW Review: SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR at Elite Theatre CompanyBWW Review: SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR at Elite Theatre Company
June 25, 2018

Real-life partners Jennifer Ridgway and Kevin Ellis play perpetual adulterers George and Doris in Bernard Slade's timeless comedy 'Same Time, Next Year' at Oxnard's Elite Theatre Company.

BWW Interview: Paul Panico, Erik Sternad, Joelle Vessels of NEXT TO NORMAL at Panic! ProductionsBWW Interview: Paul Panico, Erik Sternad, Joelle Vessels of NEXT TO NORMAL at Panic! Productions
June 12, 2018

An interview with mental health professionals Erik Sternad and Joelle Vessels of Interface Children & Family Services and Panic! Productions co-executive director Paul Panico about the mental illness displayed in its recent production of 'Next to Normal.'

BWW Review: VIOLET at Actors Co-OpBWW Review: VIOLET at Actors Co-Op
June 1, 2018

Claire Adams stars as a young North Carolina woman seeking a miracle - to heal her disfigured face caused by a farm accident from when she was young. Embarking on a Greyhound bus bound for Tulsa just after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was implemented, Violet deals with race, guilt, and shame in her quest to get an Oklahoma faith healer to make her inner and outer scars vanish.

BWW Interview: Mazie Rudolph & Fred Helsel of NEXT TO NORMAL at Simi Valley Cultural Arts CenterBWW Interview: Mazie Rudolph & Fred Helsel of NEXT TO NORMAL at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
April 30, 2018

Mazie Rudolph knows where Diana Goodman is coming from in Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey's Pulitzer Prize Winning musical 'Next to Normal.' In this revealing interview, Rudolph and director Fred Helsel talk about mental illness and Mazie's own journey into rediscovering her own traumas from the past.

BWW Review: LET IT BE at Fred Kavli TheatreBWW Review: LET IT BE at Fred Kavli Theatre
April 1, 2018

The newly revamped national tour of 'Let It Be' includes a fantasy 'reunion' of the group on John Lennon's 40th birthday, October 9, 1980, two months before his murder. The group combined note-perfect renditions of two dozen Beatles songs as well as songs from the group members' solo careers during the 1970s in a generally entertaining, nostalgic trip to the glory years of the Fab Four.

BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts PlazaBWW Review: A CHORUS LINE at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
March 25, 2018

Theater League's national tour of 'A Chorus Line' features a stellar cast, fabulous singing and dancing, but above all, the rock solid directing by Baayork Lee, the original Connie, who has ensured that Michael Bennett's original conception from over 40 years ago remains the same as he intended, as if Lee were encasing the show in amber.

BWW Review: TRUE WEST at Elite Theatre CompanyBWW Review: TRUE WEST at Elite Theatre Company
March 5, 2018

Sam Shepard's 1983 black comedy 'True West' comes to life with Elite Theatre Company's searing portrayal of two brothers at war with one another. One is a struggling screenwriter, the other a parasitic bully. When the two clash, their personalities merge until you can't tell one from the other. Aaron Gardner and Sean Mason star in this devastating satire of Hollywood wannabes and a dysfunctional family relationship that runs amuck.

BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS at Thousand Oaks Civic Art PlazaBWW Review: KINKY BOOTS at Thousand Oaks Civic Art Plaza
February 24, 2018

'Kinky Boots' overcomes a formulaic, predictable storyline with energetic performances and Cyndi Lauper's outstanding score. The national tour features outstanding work from its trio of stars: Lance Bordelon as frustrated shoe factory owner Charlie Price, Jos N. Banks as enterprising drag queen Lola, and Sydney Patrick as spitfire factory worker Lauren. The show plays at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza though Sunday, February 25.

BWW Interview: Alan Waserman of OTHELLO at Playhouse 101BWW Interview: Alan Waserman of OTHELLO at Playhouse 101
February 21, 2018

Alan Waserman plays Shakespeare super-villain Iago in Playhouse 101's production of 'Othello.'



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