Leesa Williams

Leesa Williams


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BWW Review: HEDDATRON at Theater Arts Department Boise StateBWW Review: HEDDATRON at Theater Arts Department Boise State
Posted: Nov. 14, 2017


BWW Review: GOLDEN GIRLS CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA at Alley Repertory TheaterBWW Review: GOLDEN GIRLS CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA at Alley Repertory Theater
Posted: Nov. 27, 2017


BWW Review: THE GREAT TRAILER PARK CHRISTMAS MUSICAL at Stage Coach TheaterBWW Review: THE GREAT TRAILER PARK CHRISTMAS MUSICAL at Stage Coach Theater
Posted: Nov. 28, 2017


BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY at Boise Little TheaterBWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY at Boise Little Theater
Posted: Nov. 27, 2017


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BWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Idaho Shakespeare TheaterBWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Idaho Shakespeare Theater
Posted: Jul. 3, 2017


BWW Review: JULIUS CAESAR at Encore TheaterBWW Review: JULIUS CAESAR at Encore Theater
Posted: Jul. 24, 2017


BWW Review: THE STAR SPANGLED GIRL at Stage Coach TheaterBWW Review: THE STAR SPANGLED GIRL at Stage Coach Theater
Posted: Jul. 5, 2017


BWW Review: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE at Boise Little TheaterBWW Review: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE at Boise Little Theater
Posted: Sep. 7, 2017


BWW Review: THE ADDAMS FAMILY at Boise Little TheaterBWW Review: THE ADDAMS FAMILY at Boise Little Theater
Posted: Oct. 16, 2017


BWW Review: 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL at Stage Coach TheaterBWW Review: 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL at Stage Coach Theater
Posted: May. 27, 2017


BWW Review: HEDDATRON at Theater Arts Department Boise StateBWW Review: HEDDATRON at Theater Arts Department Boise State
Posted: Nov. 14, 2017


BWW Review: THE GREAT TRAILER PARK CHRISTMAS MUSICAL at Stage Coach TheaterBWW Review: THE GREAT TRAILER PARK CHRISTMAS MUSICAL at Stage Coach Theater
November 28, 2017

Stage Coach Theater has returned to Armadillo Acres Trailer Park, the setting for last summers hilarious musical, The Great American Trailer Park musical, to bring you its sequel, THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK CHRISTMAS MUSICAL.

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY at Boise Little TheaterBWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY at Boise Little Theater
November 27, 2017

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 34 years, you have seen the 1983 Christmas comedy film, A CHRISTMAS STORY. The classic film, based on Jean Shepherd's semi-fictional 1966 book, In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash, has been adapted into a two-act play and a Broadway musical.

BWW Review: GOLDEN GIRLS CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA at Alley Repertory TheaterBWW Review: GOLDEN GIRLS CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA at Alley Repertory Theater
November 27, 2017

Are you looking for a fun filled evening of music, comedy and the Golden Girls?! Look no further than Alley Repertory Theater's GOLDEN GIRLS CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA.

BWW Review: HEDDATRON at Theater Arts Department Boise StateBWW Review: HEDDATRON at Theater Arts Department Boise State
November 14, 2017

Let me start off by saying that Heddatron is not a show that most community theaters would choose for a regular season. It is an Absurdist drama that would have a hard time attracting a general audience. Nevertheless, it is a mesmerizing piece of drama with some unique facets that make it an engaging drama for enthusiasts of theatre. First produced in 2005, it's defining characteristic is the use of 'functioning robots' or at least the semblance of such.

BWW Review: Ken Ludwig's BASKERVILLE A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY at Stage Coach TheaterBWW Review: Ken Ludwig's BASKERVILLE A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY at Stage Coach Theater
October 31, 2017

BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY at Stage Coach Theatre directed by Curtis Ransom is a fast-paced comedy revolving around the famous detective and a curious mystery. A cast of five actors tell the tale that involves more than 40 different characters. Sherlock and the ever present side-kick, Dr. Watson, are played by Diana Holdridge and Don VanPraag. It is a bold choice to gender bend a beloved character like Sherlock, but Ransom made an excellent pick because Holdridge is strong as the title character. Her characterization is terrific in all parts and the know-it-all is still likeable and brilliant. VanPraag found just the right element of the 'straight-man' in this quirky comedy as the bulk of the action revolves around Dr. Watson's presence and he also plays the narrator from time to time.

BWW Review: THE ADDAMS FAMILY at Boise Little TheaterBWW Review: THE ADDAMS FAMILY at Boise Little Theater
October 16, 2017

The Addams Family has taken many forms since their creation in the 1930's by cartoonist Charles Addams. Most of us can remember watching the 1960's tv series starring Jon Astin and Carolyn Jones, either live or in reruns. In 2009 the new musical had a trial run in Chicago. After some editing of the musical numbers, they found their way to Broadway in 2010.

BWW Review: 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at Stage Coach TheaterBWW Review: 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at Stage Coach Theater
September 7, 2017

'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' by William Finn, based on the book by Rachel Sheinkin, and conceived by Rebecca Feldman is directed by Cheryl Blauer this month at Stage Coach Theatre. It is a heartwarming, and sometimes heartwrenching, glimpse in the unexpectedly complicated lives of a group of spelling bee participants. Three adult supervisors and six spellers make up the story with the added fun of four audience members being brought up to fill out the contestant seats (don't worry, only those who offered by signing up are considered).

BWW Review: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE at Boise Little TheaterBWW Review: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE at Boise Little Theater
September 7, 2017

Boise Little Theater travels back to the early 1800's for a telling of Jane Austen's classic novel, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE adapted for the stage by Jon Jory. The undertaking could be overwhelming with elaborate sets, props, & costumes, but Director Diana Holdridge, with an excellent production team assisting, does a terrific job of keeping things simple with just the right touches to bring the world to life. The sound, lights, and set make for an easy but effective traversing between multiple locations. Period appropriate costumes for the 21 person cast were beautifully configured by Elizabeth Greeley, assisted by Chanel Johnson.

BWW Review: JULIUS CAESAR at Encore TheaterBWW Review: JULIUS CAESAR at Encore Theater
July 24, 2017

The only time I have ever admitted to liking Shakespeare was when Christian Borle played him in Broadway's SOMETHING ROTTEN. Today, I'll say it for the second time, I actually liked Shakespeare. Specifically, Encore Theater Company's production of JULIUS CAESAR. In addition it was perfect evening weather for an outdoor play in their 9th season of Shakespeare in the park.

BWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Idaho Shakespeare TheaterBWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Idaho Shakespeare Theater
July 3, 2017

The Hunchback come to Idaho Shakes

BWW Review: THE STAR SPANGLED GIRL at Stage Coach TheaterBWW Review: THE STAR SPANGLED GIRL at Stage Coach Theater
July 5, 2017

Neil Simon's Star Spangled Girl

BWW Review: 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL at Stage Coach TheaterBWW Review: 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL at Stage Coach Theater
May 27, 2017

As the editor for BroadwayWorld Boise, I occasionally step onto the stage myself. As a member of the 9 to 5 the Musical cast, I sought out a fellow performer and friend to write the review for this show. Thank you so very much Nichole Stull.

BWW Review: COPPELIA at Les Bois Junior BalletBWW Review: COPPELIA at Les Bois Junior Ballet
April 17, 2017

Great Ballet from Les Bois Junior Balley

BWW Review: BYE BYE BIRDIE at Meridian High SchoolBWW Review: BYE BYE BIRDIE at Meridian High School
March 13, 2017

Bye Bye Birdie is a Hit!BYE BYE BIRDIE hit the musical stage in the early 1960's. The story line was inspired by the popularity of Elvis Presley and his draft notice. BIRDIE is full of great tunes that most will recognize. 'How lovely to be a woman', 'Kids', 'The Telephone Hour' and 'Put on a Happy Face', made famous by Dick Van Dyke in the 1963 film adaptation.

BWW Review: URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL at Boise State Theater ArtsBWW Review: URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL at Boise State Theater Arts
March 6, 2017

There's Trouble in URINETOWN

BWW Review: ANATOMY OF GRAY at Mountain View High School -Delightful, Classic Play at Mountain View!BWW Review: ANATOMY OF GRAY at Mountain View High School -Delightful, Classic Play at Mountain View!
February 8, 2017

Have you been wanting to see a poignant, funny and professional play without spending a lot of money? Look no further than ANATOMY OF GRAY by Jim Leonard. With nothing more than some hay bales and a projection backdrop, the Mountain View High School production takes us back to the 1800's.

BWW Review: TARZAN at Centennial High SchoolBWW Review: TARZAN at Centennial High School
February 6, 2017

Students from Mountain View, Eagle and Centennial High Schools have joined together to bring us TARZAN. Directed by Centennial Drama Teacher, Machaela Burt, this Tarzan rendition is the stage musical based on the Disney film.

BWW Review: ONCE at Velma V Morrison CenterBWW Review: ONCE at Velma V Morrison Center
January 23, 2017

This weekend the Velma V. Morrison Center brought us ONCE, based on the 2007 movie of the same name. The low budget film won an Oscar for for the best original song 'Falling Slowly', and I am thrilled that most of the music (the best part of the movie) is included in the musical version.

BWW Review: LAST ROUND UP OF THE GUACAMOLE QUEENS at Boise Little TheaterBWW Review: LAST ROUND UP OF THE GUACAMOLE QUEENS at Boise Little Theater
January 6, 2017

The Verdeen family is at it again. LAST ROUND UP OF THE GUACAMOLE QUEENS, presented by Boise Little Theater and directed by Wendy Koeppl is fantastically ridiculous!

BWW Review: TRADITIONS OF CHRISTMAS at Laura Little TheatricalsBWW Review: TRADITIONS OF CHRISTMAS at Laura Little Theatricals
December 27, 2016

I saw the final evening show for the Traditions of Christmas on Thursday night. Produced by Laura Little Theatricals and booked as a Radio City Music hall style show, Traditions of Christmas has been playing in San Diego for over 27 years and in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho for the past 5 years. This is the first year it has been performed here in the Treasure Valley.



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