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: Brian Robert Harris of FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS at Camarillo Skyway PlayhouseBWW Interview: Brian Robert Harris of FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse
Posted: Jan. 22, 2018


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


BWW Review: MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL at Fred Kavli TheatreBWW Review: MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL at Fred Kavli Theatre
Posted: Jan. 26, 2018


BWW Review: BUYER AND CELLAR at Rubicon Theatre CompanyBWW Review: BUYER AND CELLAR at Rubicon Theatre Company
Posted: Jan. 28, 2018


BWW Interview: Alan Waserman of OTHELLO at California Shakespeare TheaterBWW Interview: Alan Waserman of OTHELLO at California Shakespeare Theater
Posted: Feb. 20, 2018


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: PETER PAN at Cabrillo Music TheatreBWW Review: PETER PAN at Cabrillo Music Theatre
Posted: Jul. 5, 2017


BWW Review: JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at 5-Star TheatricalsBWW Review: JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at 5-Star Theatricals
Posted: Oct. 23, 2017


BWW Interview: Will Shupe of BILLY ELLIOT at Simi Valley Cultural Arts CenterBWW Interview: Will Shupe of BILLY ELLIOT at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
Posted: Aug. 20, 2017


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 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 Interview: KAYLA BAILEY (BWW Interview: KAYLA BAILEY ("INTO THE WOODS") at Thousand Oaks High School
Posted: May. 17, 2017


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.'

BWW Review: HIGH SOCIETY at Alex TheatreBWW Review: HIGH SOCIETY at Alex Theatre
February 12, 2018

Cole Porter's 'High Society' sparkles with wit, glamour, and music in Musical Theatre Guild's concert version of the 1998 Broadway musical.

BWW Review: BUYER AND CELLAR at Rubicon Theatre CompanyBWW Review: BUYER AND CELLAR at Rubicon Theatre Company
January 28, 2018

Brian McDonald brilliantly plays multiple roles in the one-man comic fantasy 'Buyer and Cellar,' about serving as shopkeeper in Barbara Streisand's ornate underground personal shopping mall. A tour de force for McDonald and the Rubicon Theater Company.

BWW Review: MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL at Fred Kavli TheatreBWW Review: MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL at Fred Kavli Theatre
January 26, 2018

'Motown: The Musical' is, plain and simply, Berry Gordy's revenge on 'Dreamgirls.' After getting displayed in a negative fashion in that show, Gordy decided to create his own version of his career, painting himself in noble colors.

BWW Interview: Brian Robert Harris of FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS at Camarillo Skyway PlayhouseBWW Interview: Brian Robert Harris of FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse
January 22, 2018

The recent women's march and #MeToo Movement have suddenly made Alan Ball's comic-serio play 'Five Women Wearing the Same Dress' even more relevant than it was in 1993 when it made its debut. Read about how Brian Robert Harris came to direct the show at the Camarillo Skyway Playhouse.

BWW Interview: Timothy Reese of HEATHERS THE MUSICAL at YA4EverBWW Interview: Timothy Reese of HEATHERS THE MUSICAL at YA4Ever
December 26, 2017

An interview with director Timothy Reese, who discusses the process of a first read-through of 'Heathers: The Musical' - which opens January 5 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oaks.

BWW Interview: A KLINGON CHRISTMAS CAROL at Santa Susana High SchoolBWW Interview: A KLINGON CHRISTMAS CAROL at Santa Susana High School
December 12, 2017

A talk with the actors who portray the Klingon equivalents of Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Present in Lit Live's West Coast premiere of 'A Klingon Christmas Carol,' playing at Santa Susana High School in Simi Valley beginning December 14.

BWW Review: SCROOGE at Big Oak TheatreBWW Review: SCROOGE at Big Oak Theatre
December 6, 2017

A delightful abridged version of 'Scrooge,' the Leslie Bricusse musical adaptation of 'A Christmas Carol,' is now being staged at the rustic Big Oak Theatre in Chatsworth.

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

Producer Kaelia Winterstein talks about Lit Live's West Coast premiere of the new play 'A Klingon Christmas Carol,' which makes its debut December 14 at Santa Susana High School in Simi Valley.

BWW Review: ANIMAL CRACKERS at Ojai Art CenterBWW Review: ANIMAL CRACKERS at Ojai Art Center
November 28, 2017

Ojai Art Center's production of 'Animal Crackers' features impeccable performances by Sean Mason (Groucho), Daniel Mitchell (Chico) and Anna Kotula (Harpo) as the Marx Brothers. Directed by John Medeiros.

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
November 16, 2017

Frantic, broad comedy and an attractive Spanish-flavored score highlight Musical Theatre Guild's recent staged reading of Jeffrey Lane's 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.'

BWW Review: TAKING SIDES at Rubicon Theatre CompanyBWW Review: TAKING SIDES at Rubicon Theatre Company
November 3, 2017

The time: 1946. The place, Berlin, Germany. Esteemed German conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler, who refused to leave his post as head of the Berlin Philharmonic, despite his refusal to acknowledge the vicious Hitler regime, is interrogated by an American de-Nazification officer, who believes Furtwangler was protecting a hidden loyalty to the Third Reich.

BWW Interview: Barry Pearl of ALL SHOOK UP at Studio C Performing ArtsBWW Interview: Barry Pearl of ALL SHOOK UP at Studio C Performing Arts
November 1, 2017

Jukebox musical featuring Elvis Presley catalog is refreshing, funny, and has some of the most energetic, stellar choreography of the year.

BWW Review: JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at 5-Star TheatricalsBWW Review: JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at 5-Star Theatricals
October 23, 2017

5-Star Theatricals (formerly Cabrillo Music Theatre) unveils its first production, an ambitious reworking of 'Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.' Did it work? Read our review to find out!

BWW Interview: Miyuki Miyagi of JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at 5 Star TheatricalsBWW Interview: Miyuki Miyagi of JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at 5 Star Theatricals
September 28, 2017

Newcomer Miyuki Miyagi was stunning in her SoCal debut in 'Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris' and is now making her first appearance with 5 Star Theatricals with 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.' The Brooklyn transplant is an impressive singer and actress and if her past performance was any indication, she will certainly find her place in L.A.'s theater community.

BWW Review: SUGAR at Alex TheatreBWW Review: SUGAR at Alex Theatre
September 25, 2017

The temptation to take a film classic and turn it into a Broadway musical is a road fraught with peril. How do you take something perfect and make it better? This was the question posed in 1972 when producer David Merrick decided to musicalize the uproarious 1959 farce Some Like It Hot. The result was Sugar, which enjoyed a respectable 14-month run on Broadway (505 performances) and received four Tony nominations, including one for lead actor Robert Morse, who played Jerry/Daphne. The 86-year-old Morse was on hand at the Alex Theatre in Glendale Sunday night as Musical Theatre Guild presented a rousing staged reading of the musical. Morse and the audience clearly enjoyed the show (he could be seen doing a virtual karaoke act of the score from his seat), but most of what works for the show is what worked for the film, with little new of substance added to the musical.

BWW Review: INCOGNITO at Rubicon Theatre CompanyBWW Review: INCOGNITO at Rubicon Theatre Company
September 20, 2017

Nick Payne's acclaimed Off-Broadway smash 'Incognito' makes its West Coast debut with this thought-provoking production, staged at the Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura.

BWW Review: AT THE END OF THE DAY at Elite Theatre CompanyBWW Review: AT THE END OF THE DAY at Elite Theatre Company
August 23, 2017

The Elite Theatre Company begins a new theatrical experiment as three high school actors not only perform, but help in writing the script for a new drama, 'At the End of the Day.'

BWW Interview: Will Shupe of BILLY ELLIOT at Simi Valley Cultural Arts CenterBWW Interview: Will Shupe of BILLY ELLIOT at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
August 20, 2017

Versatile actor Will Shupe moonlights as a set designer. Some of his secrets are revealed in this fascinating interview.

BWW Interview: Becky Castells of BILLY ELLIOT at Actors' Repertory Theatre Of SimiBWW Interview: Becky Castells of BILLY ELLIOT at Actors' Repertory Theatre Of Simi
August 18, 2017

Choreographer Becky Castells talks with VC On Stage about working with children and eleven-year-old dance whiz Marcello Silva in the Actors' Repertory Theatre of Simi's production of 'Billy Elliot The Musical'



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