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BWW Reviews: TALES OF THE CITY Delights; Tinkering Needed to Tune Up for BroadwayBWW Reviews: TALES OF THE CITY Delights; Tinkering Needed to Tune Up for Broadway
June 9, 2011

Capturing the charm of the original source material, TALES OF THE CITY benefits from a strong cast fully committed to the work. Yet if Broadway is the goal, quite a bit of retooling, balancing and focusing remains, all within the grasp of this talented team.

RICKIE LEE JONES AT SFJAZZ Sings in Great Voice But Poor Form in Davies Symphony Gig 5/27RICKIE LEE JONES AT SFJAZZ Sings in Great Voice But Poor Form in Davies Symphony Gig 5/27
June 5, 2011

A great premise for an evening of music from an iconic singer, RICKIE LEE JONES AT SFJAZZ brought great vocal chops but undermined her gains with a lack of organizational skills as well as taking out her frustrations on the band in front of the audience. Dressed in attire you might roll out of bed in on your way to making coffee for an early morning lounge-about with the crossword puzzle, the evening became an unintentional pastiche of past history with present disorganization. What could have been a 'win-win' became a 'why-what' for all.

BWW Interviews: Diminutive Diva Zadora Returns to the Stage in PIA ZADORA: BACK AGAIN AND STANDING TALL BWW Interviews: Diminutive Diva Zadora Returns to the Stage in PIA ZADORA: BACK AGAIN AND STANDING TALL
June 6, 2011

Diminutive 5' Pia Zadora makes a come back with new act. 'I'm nowhere in my career right now...' Zadora shares, '...except singing.' Zadora combined forces with three-time Emmy-winning director/choreographer Walter Painter and Emmy-nominated writer Jon Macks to create this seamless, steamlined 75-minute act, receiving an exclusive booking at the Rrazz Room in the Hotel Nikko, San Francisco.

INTERVIEW: Kim Nalley Conjures a Charm of Music in SHE PUT A SPELL ON ME  KIM NALLEY SINGS NINA SIMONE June 14-July 17 at RRazz Room
June 3, 2011

Renowned jazz vocalist Kim Nalley --along with stellar jazz pianist Tammy Hall-- conjures the essence of Nina Simone in this 4-week run at the Rrazz Room. Each week the program will slightly alter, bringing in more of Simone's work.

BWW Reviews: VERONICA KLAUS SINGS THE PEGGY LEE SONGBOOK Returns to the Rrazz RoomBWW Reviews: VERONICA KLAUS SINGS THE PEGGY LEE SONGBOOK Returns to the Rrazz Room
May 31, 2011

Glamour. Style. Poise. Presence. Voice. These are the first five things that are abundantly apparent in the opening moments of VERONICA KLAUS SINGS THE PEGGY LEE SONGBOOK. Tammy Hall Trio provides accompaniment, with the ever-magnificent Hall's multi-dynamic piano mastery, Daniel Fabricant's bass providing swinging jazz to Latin licks & Kent Bryson's tuneful timely drums & percussion.

BWW Reviews: BLUE MAN GROUP Bangs All-Out Party in Golden Gate; High-Energy [Dis]Connection a Winner BWW Reviews: BLUE MAN GROUP Bangs All-Out Party in Golden Gate; High-Energy [Dis]Connection a Winner
May 31, 2011

An insightful, dynamic look at our [dis]connect through technology with high-octane rock 'n roll banged out on instruments as unconventional as the players; you'll never look at PVC piping the same way again. Fresh, powerful, slammin' rock with a decidedly Blue Man Group groove.