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 Interview: Scott Bell of BANDSTAND at American Theatre GuildBWW Interview: Scott Bell of BANDSTAND at American Theatre Guild
Posted: Nov. 8, 2019


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: 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.

BWW Interview: Jordan Schneider, Nick Santa Maria of 1776 at La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts
February 1, 2019

In McCoy Rigby Entertainment's production of '1776,' director Glenn Casale utilizes a mixture of young and veteran performers. In the show, seasoned actors like James Barbour (Edward Rutledge) and Peter Van Norden (Benjamin Franklin) co-star with young newcomers like Jordan Schneider (Lyman Hall) and Nick McKenna (A Courier). We spoke with Schneider and Nick Santa Maria (John Hancock) in this enlightening interview about auditions, reacting, and listening as an actor.

BWW Review: 1776 at La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts
January 31, 2019

A brilliant cast and production highlights McCoy Rigby Entertainment's '1776,' with bravura performances from Andy Umberger (John Adams), Peter Van Norden (Benjamin Franklin) and John Barbour (Edward Rutledge).

BWW Previews: RED HOT MAMA: THE SOPHIE TUCKER SONGBOOK at Rubicon Theatre Company
January 14, 2019

Tony Award nominee Sharon McNight stars as legendary vaudeville entertainer Sophie Tucker, 'the last of the red hot mamas' in 'Red Hot Mama: The Sophie Tucker Songbook,' a bravura performance of one of the great performers of the 20th century.

BWW Review: THE KING AND I at Fred Kavli Theatre
December 28, 2018

The national touring company of 'The King and I' (based on the Tony-award winning Lincoln Center production) arrived in Thousand Oaks for a brief, one-weekend run. Angela Baumgardner shines as governess Anna Leonowens, with a luxuriant production of rich costumes and marvelous vocal performances from the entire cast.

BWW Feature: THE KING AND I at Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks
December 23, 2018

Facts and trivia surrounding the original production of 'The King And I,' which starred Gertrude Lawrence and Yul Brynner. Lawrence would die of liver cancer a little more than a year into the run, at the age of 54.

BWW Review: SOUTH PACIFIC at Rubicon Theatre Company
December 21, 2018

The Rubicon Theatre Company brings back a Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, 'South Pacific,' in a uniquely intimate two-piano version, featuring stellar performances and a ravishing set design. This one will be talked about for years to come.

BWW 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.'