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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 (, 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.



BWW Review: THE REVOLUTIONISTS at Santa Paula Theater Center
March 6, 2020

Four Frenetic Feminists Fight Fate In France - Lauren Gunderson's hilarious black comedy groups four French Revolutionaries on their way to the guillotine.

BWW Interview: David Krassner of RENT at Agoura High School
February 29, 2020

Director David Krassner brings a deep theatrical resume to his new role as drama director at Agoura High School, which is currently staging 'Rent,' which made its debut nearly a quarter century ago.

BWW Review: WIT at Elite Theatre Company
February 27, 2020

Margaret Edson's Pulitzer-Price winning play 'Wit' focusers on Dr. Vivian Bearing, a 50-year-old professor of English who is dying from ovarian cancer. The play examines the dispassionate way cancer patients are treated, with Sindy McKay-Swerdlove delivering a startling and emotional performance as Dr. Bearing.

BWW Review: IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU at Musical Theatre Guild
February 22, 2020

A typical mismatched wedding between a Jewish bride and a Catholic groom gets turned on its ear when a shocking revelation stuns the wedding party. This unfairly neglected 2015 musical gets new life with a winning performance (in a staged reading) by Musical Theatre Guild at the Alex Theater in Glendale.

BWW Interview: Gilles Chiasson of RENT at Agoura High School
February 20, 2020

Theater veteran Gilles Chiasson, who performed in the original New York Theatre Workshop, Off-Broadway, and Broadway productions of 'Rent' now is in charge of the Performing Arts Education Centers at Agoura and Calabasas High Schools. We talked to him about his experiencing performing in New York with legendary producer Jonathan Larson, in anticipation of Agoura High's upcoming performance of the musical.

February 14, 2020

Kennedy Caughell gives a heartfelt performance as Carole King in 'Beautiful,' an otherwise flawed musical that does to King's career what most Broadway musicals do to the subjects of jukebox musicals. The musical element of the show, however, overcomes its many deficiencies to result in an overall enjoyable production.

BWW Interview: Kennedy Caughell of BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at American Theatre Guild
February 12, 2020

An exclusive interview with Kennedy Caughell, a stunning multi-talented redhead who is currently starring as Carole King in the national touring musical, 'Beautiful: The Carole King Musical' in Thousand Oaks at the Fred Kavli Theatre.

BWW Review: SHIRLEY VALENTINE at Ojai Art Center Theater
January 30, 2020

'Shirley Valentine' features Anna Kotula in a one-woman show about a middle-aged Liverpool housewife who seeks a change in her life, and does so in drastic fashion, leaving her husband and home to cavort on a beach in Greece. The result is a reaffirmation of life, one that empowers women and those lamenting the absence of passion in their lives - a timely and wonderful journey to help inaugurate the centennial of the passage of the 19th amendment.

BWW Review: BLOOMSDAY at Elite Theatre Company, Oxnard
January 20, 2020

In a 'Twilight Zone' type premise, two people who had a promising romantic relationship years before but cut it off before it could get started encounter their younger selves and try to warn them of the regret they would feel years later. The play is set in the framework of James Joyce's classic novel 'Ulysses,' with Chandra Bond playing an Irish tour guide and Trent Trachtenberg a reluctant tourist she draws into the group. Charming, wistful, and sad, 'Bloomsday' tugs at the heartstrings in all of us who have regretted the 'road not taken.'

BWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND at Fred Kavli Theatre
January 18, 2020

American Theatre Guild's national tour of 'Finding Neverland' is a marvel of imaginative production values, excellent acting, and quirky-jerky choreography, making this 'making of Peter Pan' fantasy a joy from start to finish.

BWW Review: THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER at Lonny Chapman Theatre
December 31, 2019

A riotous script and a veteran cast who know their way around comedy highlight a bravura production of 'The Man Who Came To Dinner,' Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's classic 1939 play about a sidelined theater critic, forced to be wheelchair bound in a house in small town Ohio. Jim Beaver, Barry Pearl, and Kay Cole starr in this outrageously funny revival.

BWW Interview: Scott Bell of BANDSTAND at American Theatre Guild
November 8, 2019

'Bandstand' is a show that fell through the cracks, never sustaining the kind of buzz it deserved on Broadway. But a national tour is different from the Great White Way, and the producers of 'Bandstand,' which won a Tony Award two years ago for Best Choreography, is playing to ecstatic audiences in America's heartland. Its story of a group of musicians who return from World War II to form a band, is one of poignancy and real-life struggle. Trumpet player Scott Bell, who is making his debut performance as an actor, talks about getting used to his new acting muscles as well as sharing his stellar musicianship with audiences across the country.

BWW Interview: Josey Montana McCoy & David Aron Damane of BIG RIVER at Rubicon Theatre Company
November 6, 2019

An interview with Josey Montana McCoy (Huck Finn) and David Aron Damane (Jim), stars of Rubicon Theatre Company's current production of 'Big River.' The immersive, atmospheric production has been critically acclaimed by press and audiences alike and has been extended for an additional week, until November 17.

BWW Interview: Kirby & Beverly Ward of BIG RIVER at Rubicon Theatre Company
November 4, 2019

In Part 2 of our interview, Kirby & Beverly Ward talk about how they decided to stage 'Big River' in the round at the Rubicon Theatre Company. The result is a production of intimacy and atmospheric beauty.

BWW Review: BIG RIVER at Rubicon Theatre Company
November 1, 2019

An innovative immersive production, in which orchestra musicians step on stage to perform with the cast and an in-the-round configuration, highlights Rubicon Theatre Company's evocative, atmospheric production of 'Big River.' With a score by country music's Roger Miller, 'Big River' won 7 Tonys in 1985. The cast features Broadway veterans Josey Montana McCoy, David Aron Damane, and, in a special appearance, Renn Woods as Alice.

BWW Interview: Beverly & Kirby Ward of BIG RIVER at Rubicon Theatre Company
October 29, 2019

An interview with Beverly and Kirby Ward, producers and directors of the new production of 'Big River' at the Rubicon Theatre Company.

BWW Interview: Trent Mills of THE MUSIC MAN at 5-Star Theatricals
October 24, 2019

Trent Mills is one of those versatile young actors who can do it all - a 'five-tool' player who can act, sing, dance, do drama, and comedy and do it all well. Mills is starring as Marcellus Washburn in 5-Star Theatricals' production of 'The Music Man,' which plays through Oct. 27 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. We talked with Mills about the art of physical comedy and his fresh, new approach to his character.

BWW Interview: Antonia Vivino & Adam Winer of THE MUSIC MAN at 5-Star Theatricals
October 23, 2019

In 5-Star Theatricals' production of 'The Music Man,' Antonia Vivino and Adam Winer take on the roles of River City teens Zaneeta Shinn (the mayor's 'oldest girl') and Tommy Djilas (the 'wild kid from the wrong side of town'). We interviewed them about their characters' back story and the energetic dancing paces they are put through by choreographer Peggy Hickey.

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.

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