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: 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


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


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

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.



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