Robert Sokol is the editor at BAYSTAGES, the creative director at VIA MEDIA, operations manager for the American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA), a diva wrangler, cinefiler, and occasional saloon singer. He has been touching showbiz all his life. (So far no restraining orders have been issued!) His byline also appears in the San Francisco Examiner and other publications and websites.
San Francisco native Francis Jue (M. Butterfly and Pacific Overtures on Broadway) reflects on becoming an actor, being an Asian-American actor, and the intersection of THE KING AND I and SOFT POWER, the new 'play in a musical' by David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori.BWW Review: A.C.T. Takes a Nice WALK ON THE MOON at Geary Theater June 25, 2018
LOVE NEVER DIES is an unnecessary sequel to the megahit PHANTOM that wisely skips Broadway and hits the national tour road for ALW fans. The ladies of this evening rule even though the guys are (supposed to be) in charge of the action in this passable evening of musical theatre.BWW Review: THE KING AND I at Broadway San Jose is a welcome visitor February 23, 2018
While not particularly illuminating on the life of the singer, A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN (now extended to July 9) delivers powerful vocal performances from Kacee Clanton and a strong supporting cast including Sharon Brown.BWW Review: THE BODYGUARD Stands Watch at Broadway San Jose April 27, 2017
Deborah Cox and company make THE BODYGUARD easy to consume pop nostalgia in a slick production that makes few demands and delivers on the expected soundtrack highlights.