Robert Sokol

Robert Sokol 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.


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BWW Interview: Francis Jue becomes David Henry Hwang (sort of) in SOFT POWER, the fabulous fantasy at the CurranBWW Interview: Francis Jue becomes David Henry Hwang (sort of) in SOFT POWER, the fabulous fantasy at the Curran
Posted: Jul. 7, 2018


BWW Interview: Andrew Lippa premieres UNBREAKABLE with the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus at Nourse TheaterBWW Interview: Andrew Lippa premieres UNBREAKABLE with the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus at Nourse Theater
Posted: Jun. 21, 2018


BWW Review: LOVE NEVER DIES at Broadway San Jose but Lloyd Webber lays it to rest in PHANTOM sequelBWW Review: LOVE NEVER DIES at Broadway San Jose but Lloyd Webber lays it to rest in PHANTOM sequel
Posted: Mar. 19, 2018


BWW Interview: Caissie Levy at Feinstein's at the NikkoBWW Interview: Caissie Levy at Feinstein's at the Nikko
Posted: Nov. 18, 2017


BWW Review: THE KING AND I at Broadway San Jose is a welcome visitorBWW Review: THE KING AND I at Broadway San Jose is a welcome visitor
Posted: Feb. 23, 2018


BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is Lighter Than Air at the Orpheum TheatreBWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is Lighter Than Air at the Orpheum Theatre
Posted: Sep. 14, 2017


BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK is an easy roll at the Orpheum TheatreBWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK is an easy roll at the Orpheum Theatre
July 8, 2018

SCHOOL OF ROCK is a fleetingly affable evening composed by Lloyd Webber for lyrics by Glenn Slater (Sister Act) and a book by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey). The kids are more than alright, saving the night and earning an 'A' for natural talent and a refreshingly unaffected stage presence.

BWW Interview: Francis Jue becomes David Henry Hwang (sort of) in SOFT POWER, the fabulous fantasy at the CurranBWW Interview: Francis Jue becomes David Henry Hwang (sort of) in SOFT POWER, the fabulous fantasy at the Curran
July 7, 2018

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 TheaterBWW Review: A.C.T. Takes a Nice WALK ON THE MOON at Geary Theater
June 25, 2018

The new musical A WALK ON THE MOON, based on the 1999 film written by Pamela Gary, does a fine job of telling its story, and patrons will have a good time at this nice musical. In the era of making things great again are fine, good, and nice enuf?

BWW Interview: Andrew Lippa premieres UNBREAKABLE with the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus at Nourse TheaterBWW Interview: Andrew Lippa premieres UNBREAKABLE with the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus at Nourse Theater
June 21, 2018

This weekend marks the world premiere of UNBREAKABLE, an original work by composer and lyricist Andrew Lippa, co-commissioned by a nationwide consortium of ten gay choruses and featuring Lisa Vroman, Britney Coleman, and Marcus J. Paige.

BWW Interview: Carmen Cusack shares A TWIST OF LIMELIGHT for Bay Area Musicals this weekendBWW Interview: Carmen Cusack shares A TWIST OF LIMELIGHT for Bay Area Musicals this weekend
May 18, 2018

Tony-nominee Carmen Cusack is returning to San Francisco to perform May 19 at the annual 'A Twist of Limelight' gala for Bay Area Musicals followed by rehearsals for this fall's VICTOR/VICTORIA in Los Angeles, part of the Reprise 2.0 relaunch season.

BWW Review: VIETGONE deconstructs Vietnam immigrant tropes with laughter at American Conservatory Theater's Strand TheaterBWW Review: VIETGONE deconstructs Vietnam immigrant tropes with laughter at American Conservatory Theater's Strand Theater
April 12, 2018

Vietgone by Qui Nguyen is a refreshingly upending night of theatre. It's also an extremely funny, sexy, tender, and truthful night of theatre.

BWW Review: LOVE NEVER DIES at Broadway San Jose but Lloyd Webber lays it to rest in PHANTOM sequelBWW Review: LOVE NEVER DIES at Broadway San Jose but Lloyd Webber lays it to rest in PHANTOM sequel
March 19, 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 visitorBWW Review: THE KING AND I at Broadway San Jose is a welcome visitor
February 23, 2018

At 67, this King is timely and timeless in a lush tour based on the Tony-winning Lincoln Center Theater revival directed by Bartlett Sher. As on Broadway, Lady Thiang steals the show.

BWW Interview: Caissie Levy at Feinstein's at the NikkoBWW Interview: Caissie Levy at Feinstein's at the Nikko
November 18, 2017

Caissie Levy shares some thoughts on fitting in some cabaret gigs between Frozen runs and how motherhood has changed her approach to her career.

BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is Lighter Than Air at the Orpheum TheatreBWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is Lighter Than Air at the Orpheum Theatre
September 14, 2017

Delicious dancing, gorgeous design, and great Gershwin songs are a joy but can't mask the musical theatre shortcomings of another film-to-stage transfer in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS.

BWW Interview: Riley Costello makes his directing debut with THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Hillbarn TheatreBWW Interview: Riley Costello makes his directing debut with THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Hillbarn Theatre
September 9, 2017

Actor Riley Costello makes the directing leap with a regional production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and reveals his favorite character. It's not who you might guess!

BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON at Broadway San Jose has you at 'Hello!'BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON at Broadway San Jose has you at 'Hello!'
July 18, 2017

There's not a lot to be written about The Book of Mormon that's new but the tour currently in San Jose is definitely worth another joyful, irreverent look.

BWW Review: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Rocks the Geary TheatreBWW Review: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Rocks the Geary Theatre
June 26, 2017

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 JoseBWW 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.