Linda Hodges

Linda Hodges Linda Hodges is a theatre reviewer and playwright who’s been covering the vibrant San Francisco Bay Area theater scene since 2009. She got her start at Broadway Magazine but soon found her true home at BroadwayWorld where she is the senior theatre critic. Highlights include interviewing Stephen Schwartz, Rupert Holmes, Rita Moreno, Betty Buckley, Melissa Manchester and more.

A dedicated theater aficionado, Linda first became involved in the dramatic arts while in college, becoming one of the first “techies” at her school to be voted into Delta Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society. She holds a Master of Theological Studies degree from Pacific School of Religion and maintains that theater, at its best, is a religious experience!




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BWW Review: ROALD DAHL'S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY at SHN's Golden Gate TheatreBWW Review: ROALD DAHL'S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY at SHN's Golden Gate Theatre
Posted: Apr. 22, 2019


SPRING AWAKENING Stunning and Provocative Now Through March 16SPRING AWAKENING Stunning and Provocative Now Through March 16
Posted: Mar. 8, 2019


BWW Review: HELLO, DOLLY is Looking Swell!BWW Review: HELLO, DOLLY is Looking Swell!
Posted: Feb. 22, 2019


BWW Review: Carol De Giere's Book 'Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell to Wicked Revised and Updated 2nd Ed.' SoarsBWW Review: Carol De Giere's Book 'Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell to Wicked Revised and Updated 2nd Ed.' Soars
Posted: Nov. 12, 2018


BWW Review: Disney's NEWSIES Shines Now Through July 13 at Woodminster Summer MusicalsBWW Review: Disney's NEWSIES Shines Now Through July 13 at Woodminster Summer Musicals
Posted: Jul. 6, 2019


BWW Interview: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's Artistic Director Robert Kelley Talks About Winning The 2019 Regional Theatre Tony AwardBWW Interview: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's Artistic Director Robert Kelley Talks About Winning The 2019 Regional Theatre Tony Award
Posted: Jun. 16, 2019


BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY Inspires and Delights, Now Thru Feb. 3BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY Inspires and Delights, Now Thru Feb. 3
Posted: Jan. 14, 2019


BWW Review: ANASTASIA Delights at San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre Now Thru Sep 29
September 8, 2019

The persistent legend, mystique and fascination of what may have happened to Anastasia during Russia's revolution finds a new home in the musical ANASTASIA

BWW Review: MARIN SHAKESPEARE'S SPAMALOT KEEPS AUDIENCES IN LAUGHS-A-LOT NOW THRU AUGUST 25
August 20, 2019

Marin Shakespeare's SPAMALOT is an altogether delightful and uproariously zany production that has their audiences laughing almost non-stop throughout the show. Playing its final week now through August 25, SPAMALOT is a not-to-be-missed, hugely enjoyable show.

BWW Review: WICKED: A STORY FOR OUR TIMES at Broadway San Jose
August 18, 2019

Playing now through September 8, Broadway San Jose's Wicked is a dazzling, deeply satisfying bucket list musical for Broadway aficionados of every age.

BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY DAZZLES AND DELIGHTS NOW THRU AUGUST 11 at Victoria Theatre
July 9, 2019

Bay Area Musical's production of HAIRSPRAY rocks the house early 1960s style, with lacquered bouffants and non-stop music, dancing and comedy – all wrapped up in a story about spunky, plus-sized teen Tracy Turnblad of Baltimore and her dream to be a dancer on the local TV dance program, “The Corny Collins Show.”

BWW Review: Disney's NEWSIES Shines Now Through July 13 at Woodminster Summer Musicals
July 6, 2019

BWW Review: Disney's NEWSIES Shines Now Through July 13 at Woodminster Summer Musicals

SHNSF's 20th Anniverary Tour of RENT Amazes
June 16, 2019

SHNSF's Golden Gate Theatre was electric with excitement as the house filled to capacity for the touring company of RENT. Now thru June 23!

BWW Interview: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's Artistic Director Robert Kelley Talks About Winning The 2019 Regional Theatre Tony Award
June 16, 2019

BWW's Linda Hodges talks with TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's founding artistic director Robert Kelley about winning the 2019 Regional Theatre Tony Award!

BWW Review: ROALD DAHL'S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY at SHN's Golden Gate Theatre
April 22, 2019

Pack up the kids and head to San Francisco's Golden Gate Theater, now thru May 12, to see Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." It's like winning your own golden ticket.

SPRING AWAKENING Stunning and Provocative Now Through March 16
March 8, 2019

Marin Musical Theatre Company's stunning and provocative production of Spring Awakening is a no-holds-barred, deep dive into repression, control and the painful process of growing up.

BWW Review: HELLO, DOLLY is Looking Swell!
February 22, 2019

As the house lights went down and the familiar strains of 'Before the Parade Passes By' wafted through San Francisco's Golden Gate theatre, a buzz of excitement and a ripple of clapping could be heard from the front of the house on up to the balcony seats. The sound of times gone by, captured by the tuneful Jerry Herman score, ushered the audience into the opulent gift of gilded age perfection, the revival of Michael Stewart's 1964 musical, Hello, Dolly.

BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! (and very funny) was afoot at Broadway San Jose!
February 4, 2019

SOMETHING ROTTEN! is a bit of fluff that's easy on the brain, but you absolutely forget your troubles and isn't that a great gift in these troubling times?

BWW Review: Dan Hoyle is spellbinding in BORDER PEOPLE, his solo show at The Marsh.
January 30, 2019

BORDER PEOPLE, written and performed by Dan Hoyle, is based on his conversations with people who straddle, confront or live in the liminal border spaces where they deal with rejection and acceptance, hope and fear.

BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY Inspires and Delights, Now Thru Feb. 3
January 14, 2019

Come From Away is far and away one of the best ensemble pieces to come to the Broadway stage in recent memory, and now theatre-goers in the San Francisco Bay area can see it at the Golden Gate Theatre, now through February 3, 2019.

BWW Review: Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA is Magical at Broadway San Jose
December 4, 2018

Broadway San Jose welcomed the touring company of Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, which made a short stop at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, bringing with it the magical music of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

BWW Review: Carol De Giere's Book 'Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell to Wicked Revised and Updated 2nd Ed.' Soars
November 12, 2018

Carol de Giere's revised and updated second edition to her earlier biography, 'DEFYING GRAVITY: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz,' was a necessary Act II, since, as we all know, Schwartz's star has only continued to rise since 2008. It's a wonderful addition with brand new behind-the-scene insights on his latest projects. As her webpage states, 'This new edition features a Foreword by Alan Menken and four new chapters covering Schwartz's more recent projects like The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Prince of Egypt, and Wicked after Broadway. DEFYING GRAVITY Second Edition includes additional 'Creativity Notes' with comments from Schwartz about overcoming creative blocks, collaboration, and the artistic life.' A stunning 512 pages (with photographs and handwritten notes), de Giere's book is a thoroughly fascinating read as well as something of a musical theatre master class in written form -- one that has been lovingly lensed through the life and creativity of Stephen Schwartz.

Marga Gomez Lights Up the Night with LATIN STANDARDS Now Thru Nov. 18
October 29, 2018

Latin Standards is a belly-laugh funny and loving, side-by-side tale of Willy Chevalier and what he did for laughs and love - and about Marga Gomez - the daughter who followed in his comedic footsteps.

BWW Review: THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD THRILLS AND DELIGHTS NOW THRU NOV. 11 at 3Below
October 18, 2018

Currently playing at San Jose's 3Below, 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood' is at once a dramatic tour-de-force and a Vaudevillian comedic masterpiece that will have you laughing (not to mention cheering and hissing) and leave you thoroughly entertained. Playing now through November 11, it's a grand, must-see show.

BWW Review: ON YOUR FEET! Thrills Now Through October 14th at Broadway San Jose
October 11, 2018

Broadway San Jose is serving up some hot Latin Salsa with the hit Broadway show 'On Your Feet,' a jukebox musical that follows the life -- and rise to stardom -- of Gloria and Emilio Estefan and their band, Miami Sound Machine.

BWW Review: NATIVE GARDENS Sows Mayhem Through Comedy Through 9/16 at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
September 4, 2018

I highly recommend this modern-day war of the roses. If NATIVE GARDENS is a prognosticator of things to come in this country, then the art of compromise and not the art of the deal is what will be needed to overcome all our border disputes and prejudices.

IN THE HEIGHTS Hits All the Right Notes at Woodminster Now Thru Sep 9
September 3, 2018

Woodminister Summer Musicals is closing its season with a dynamic production of In the Heights, which won four Tonys (Best Musical, Score, Choreography and Orchestrations) in 2008. The show was conceived in the heart and soul of composer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda, who was homesick for his Washington Heights, Manhattan neighborhood, and poured all of that longing into song and the first glimmers of a story, which was later fleshed out by playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes. What emerged was a rap-infused, slice-of-life tale about a modern immigrant community on the cusp of change. Who will stay? Who will go? Whose dreams will thrive and how will the neighborhood survive the gentrification that is slowly beginning to take place?



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