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: Adam Pascal of THE MUSIC MAN at 5-Star TheatricalsBWW Interview: Adam Pascal of THE MUSIC MAN at 5-Star Theatricals
Posted: Oct. 1, 2019


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BWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY at 5-Star TheatricalsBWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY at 5-Star Theatricals
Posted: Jul. 27, 2019


BWW Review: 1776 at La Mirada Theatre For The Performing ArtsBWW Review: 1776 at La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts
Posted: Jan. 31, 2019


BWW Review: RAGTIME at Pasadena PlayhouseBWW Review: RAGTIME at Pasadena Playhouse
Posted: Feb. 20, 2019


BWW Interview: Jonathan Sharp, Jack Stewart, Luna Montana Hoetzel of CAMELOT at Pacific Festival BalletBWW Interview: Jonathan Sharp, Jack Stewart, Luna Montana Hoetzel of CAMELOT at Pacific Festival Ballet
Posted: May. 14, 2019


BWW Review: THE KING AND I at Fred Kavli TheatreBWW Review: THE KING AND I at Fred Kavli Theatre
Posted: Dec. 28, 2018


BWW Review: SOUTH PACIFIC at Rubicon Theatre CompanyBWW Review: SOUTH PACIFIC at Rubicon Theatre Company
Posted: Dec. 21, 2018


BWW Feature: THE KING AND I at Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand OaksBWW Feature: THE KING AND I at Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks
Posted: Dec. 23, 2018


BWW Interview: Adam Pascal of THE MUSIC MAN at 5-Star Theatricals
October 11, 2019

In Part 2 of our interview with Adam Pascal, Adam talks about two traumatic Broadway experiences: going on with 'Rent' right after the sudden death of Jonathan Larson and having to do 'Aida' two days after the 9/11 tragedies.


BWW Review: THE BELLE OF AMHERST at Rubicon Theatre Company
September 3, 2019

Anna Kotula shines as poet Emily Dickinson in William Luce's Tony-winning play, 'The Belle of Amherst.' Kotula plays Dickinson as a young girl and celebrated recluse in a performance that brings alive one of the most brilliant poets in American history. Produced by the Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura.

BWW Interview: Mariah Tobin & Dakota Heer of BAREFOOT IN THE PARK at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse
August 19, 2019

Mariah Tobin and Dakota Heer play Corie and Paul Bratter, two newlyweds who are moving into a fifth floor Manhattan walkup, only to find the apartment has no furniture, no bathtub, and a gaping hole in the skylight. And it's February. Neil Simon's 1966 classic never had better players in Tobin and Heer, whose chemistry lights up the theater in this wonderful production.

BWW Interview: Anna Kotula, Steve Grumette of THE BELLE OF AMHERST at Rubicon Theatre Company
August 14, 2019

Actress Anna Kotula reprises her sold-out performance as Emily Dickinson in William Luce's 'The Belle of Amherst' in a new production staged on August 31 at the Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura. The show features a champagne reception in which Dickinson's famous 'black cake' recipe will be served to guests.

BWW Interview: Patrick Ortiz of WEST SIDE STORY at 5-Star Theatricals
July 30, 2019

Patrick Ortiz, who plays Bernardo in 5-Star Theatricals' production of 'West Side Story,' comes into the show with experience, having played Chino in the Broadway revival and a Shark gang member on the national tour.

BWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY at 5-Star Theatricals
July 27, 2019

Led by stars Brandon Keith Rogers (Tony) and Giselle Torres (Maria), 5-Star Theatricals' production of 'West Side Story' features scintillating new choreography by Karl Warden, including some stunningly visual interpretations of the story. Dynamic performances all around, this is a MUST-SEE production! Plays through August 4 at the Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks.

BWW Interview: Sami Staitman of THE GREEN ROOM at Sargent Theatre, NYC
July 26, 2019

Girl-next-door makes good! Calabasas High School graduate Sami Staitman, who is entering her sophomore year as a musical theatre student at Pace University in New York, has already landed her first Off-Broadway starring role in the theatre-themed musical, 'The Green Book,' which opens September 27. We caught up with Sami during her summer 'break' (Sami never takes time off from acting!)

BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
July 22, 2019

'The Book of Mormon' came a-callin' to Thousand Oaks with its national tour - a fast-moving, crude but hilarious satire of those white-shirted, clean-cut missionaries. The clever score was written by the creators of 'South Park.' Audiences flocked to see the performance at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza in a sold-out run.

BWW Interview: Larry Raben of WEST SIDE STORY at 5-Star Theatricals
July 17, 2019

An interview with director Larry Raben, who is utilizing new choreography (Karl Warden), ethnic-accurate casting, and a more athletic approach to the look of 'West Side Story' to bring it into the 21st century. 60 years after its debut, the Bernstein/Sondheim classic still packs relevant punch in today's gun and immigrant-conscious society.

BWW Review: BLUE/ORANGE at Beacon Theater Company
July 16, 2019

Concepts of madness and racial prejudice cross paths in this tense trialogue drama by English playwright Joe Penhall about an incarcerated patient in a London psychiatric hospital and the tensions between his two doctors as to whether he should be released.

BWW Review: VANITIES at Elite Theatre Company
July 2, 2019

'Vanities' traces the lives of three Texas high school cheerleaders, as their personalities diverge in five-year increments, ending in 1974.

BWW Review: AVENUE Q at Conejo Players Theatre
May 19, 2019

'Avenue Q' uses 'Sesame Street' as a framework to deliver hilarious lessons on friendship and identity, with actors/puppeteers manipulating Muppet-like characters.

BWW Interview: Jonathan Sharp, Jack Stewart, Luna Montana Hoetzel of CAMELOT at Pacific Festival Ballet
May 14, 2019

Pacific Festival Ballet of Thousand Oaks will be premiering its new ballet version of Camelot, the original 'Game of Thrones' in two performances on May 18 at the Fred Kavli Theatre in the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Directed and choreographed by Kim Maselli and featuring new music by Eric Allaman.

BWW Review: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at Fractured Actors Theater Company
April 5, 2019

A story about a murdered dog turns into a character study of a teenager with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), brilliantly portrayed by 19-year-old Benjamin Colby Wilson. This play will warm your heart as it shows Wilson's honest and sympathetic portrayal of a boy in search for comfort and acceptance by his separated mother and father.

BWW Review: RAGTIME at Pasadena Playhouse
February 20, 2019

Pasadena Playhouse's vibrant re-thinking of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's masterpiece, 'Ragtime' is a triumph of innovation and imagination. The show has been extended until March 7.

BWW Review: MINNIE'S BOYS at Musical Theatre Guild
February 12, 2019

Musical Theatre Guild revived an oldie but not so goodie last Sunday at the Alex Theatre. 'Minnie's Boys' purported to be modeled on 'Gypsy,' using a meddlesome, domineering mother to get her progeny, the four Marx Brothers, into show business. Unfortunately, a tepid book and uneven score made this a flop in 1970 and it doesn't fare much better today, despite the valiant efforts of the MTG cast.

BWW Review: HEISENBERG at Rubicon Theatre Company
February 11, 2019

Joe Spano and Ovation-Award nominee Faline England portray two lost souls who meet in a London Underground station and embark on an unlikely May-December romance. The story takes unexpected twists and turns that results in a life-affirmation display of how walls need to be broken down, and not built between people of different backgrounds and experiences.

BWW Previews: MAMMA MIA! at Agoura High School
February 8, 2019

Agoura High School senior Griffen Hamilton has gone all out in directing his first full-length production, the ABBA-driven jukebox musical 'Mamma Mia!' Utilizing the talents of 33 fellow students, Hamilton is putting on a world-class production in the school's black box theater. We talked with Hamilton about the process.

BWW Interview: Shannon Warne & Marc Baron Ginsburg of RAGTIME at Pasadena Playhouse
February 8, 2019

Shannon Warne (Mother) and Marc Baron Ginsburg (Tateh) talk about playing these 'kill for' roles in 'Ragtime,' a show that reflects as much about themes like racism, immigration, and vigilantism in today's society as it did at the time the story takes place.



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