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Steve Murray

Steve Murray

Steve Murray is a writer for Cabaret Scenes magazine, contributor to ForAllEvents and now BroadwayWorld. He started writing rock reviews for his college newspaper in the 1970’s, produced a variety show in San Francisco for 6 years and staged comedy, theatre and music performances in the Bay Area. An avid tennis player and competitive swimmer, Steve worked in Biotech till retiring in January 2024.

 






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Review: MRS. DOUBTFIRE at Orpheum Theatre
Review: MRS. DOUBTFIRE at Orpheum Theatre
July 7, 2024

What did our critic think of MRS. DOUBTFIRE at Orpheum Theatre?

Review: EVITA at SF Playhouse
Review: EVITA at SF Playhouse
July 6, 2024

What did our critic think of EVITA at SF Playhouse?

 HELP IS ON THE WAY: BROADWAY & BEYOND 30th Anniversary Concert & Gala
HELP IS ON THE WAY: BROADWAY & BEYOND 30th Anniversary Concert & Gala
July 2, 2024

The Help Is on The Way: BROADWAY & BEYOND 30th Anniversary Concert & Gala on Sun., July 14, 2024,7:30 pm is truly a milestone to be celebrated. When Ken Henderson and Joe Seiler began the Richmond / Ermet Aid Foundation in 1995 and producing these concerts, they could not have imagined how many lives have been affected, touched and made better due to their ability to bring the community, performers and the many beneficiaries together to give back and raise money for a myriad of worthy causes.

Review: MOTHER ROAD at Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Review: MOTHER ROAD at Berkeley Repertory Theatre
June 22, 2024

What did our critic think of MOTHER ROAD at Berkeley Repertory Theatre?

Review: THE CHER SHOW at Curran Theatre
Review: THE CHER SHOW at Curran Theatre
June 20, 2024

The Cher Show blows through town faster than the multitude of Bob Mackie costume changes and we’re better off for it. Even die-hard Cher fanatics had a challenging time mustering excitement for this tired jukebox musical, settling for the flash and cheese of 60’s style comic vignettes rather than delving into perhaps some interesting insight into the resilient pop icon who bucked the male dominated entertainment scene.

Review: ALL WE NEED IS LOVE: SAN FRANCISCO GAY MEN'S CHORUS & SF SYMPHONY at Davies Symphony Hall
Review: ALL WE NEED IS LOVE: SAN FRANCISCO GAY MEN'S CHORUS & SF SYMPHONY at Davies Symphony Hall
June 20, 2024

There are few things more glorious than over 300 voices raised in perfect harmony. Since 1978 the SFGMC has been a voice for uplifting the LGBTQIA+ community through times of great sorrow and joy. Persevering in the ugly face of intolerance and persecution, the chorus inspired a worldwide choral movement. This summer, they will tour the Midwest where antigay legislation is being enacted. Tuesday’s concert, a high note in their 46th season titled a “Season of Love”, turned Davies Hall into a cathedral, a scared space of inclusion, reverence, and light.

Review: BEING ALIVE: A SONDHEIM CELEBRATION at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Review: BEING ALIVE: A SONDHEIM CELEBRATION at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
June 10, 2024

Let the tributes begin, and there will be many. The enduring legacy of Stephen Sondheim’s music is ours forever and his works ensure he’s one of Broadway’s greatest composers. He is Theatreworks’ most produced composer and Founding Artistic Director Robert Kelly collaborates with Resident Musical Director William Liberatore to celebrate the joyous and complicated human relationships prevalent throughout Sondheim’s musicals and plays.

Review: COMPANY at Orpheum Theatre
Review: COMPANY at Orpheum Theatre
June 9, 2024

What a mess – the characters I mean. Sondheim’s original Tony-winning play examines both the merit and harsh realities of relationships as seen through the perspective of a detached, intimacy avoiding individual. They’re all delightfully dysfunctional, their relationships messy, beautifully mirroring reality.

Review: EVERYONE'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE at Ray Of Light Theatre
Review: EVERYONE'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE at Ray Of Light Theatre
June 3, 2024

Who doesn’t like a good coming of age story, better yet a LGBTQ coming out story to boot? Mix a catchy pop/rock score, a delightfully innocent 16-year-old schoolboy, and some fabulous drag, and you have the makings of a hit show tailor-made for San Francisco’s audiences. Based on a true story and the 2011 documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, this fictional musical follows Jaime New as he battles homophobia and prejudice to self-actualize into a fierce drag queen.

Review: THE LEHMAN TRILOGY at American Conservatory Theatre
Review: THE LEHMAN TRILOGY at American Conservatory Theatre
May 30, 2024

A fresh off the boat Jewish immigrant from Bavaria stands in awe of the musical box that in New York City in 1884. All he can repeat is Baruch Hashem (Blessed be God) and is amused when an immigration officer changes his name so easily from Chaim to Henry. This man is Henry Lehman who, along with his two brothers will create a financial firm that figured prominently in American history prior to its spectacular collapse triggering the largest financial crisis in history.

Review: CABARET at Center Rep
Review: CABARET at Center Rep
May 29, 2024

Center Repertory Company closes its 2023-24 season with a stunning production of the Tony Award-winning Kander and Ebb masterpiece Cabaret. Artistic Producer Markus Potter helms the finely tuned production with a stellar ensemble, marvelous musical direction and a supporting technical crew that confirms Center Rep as a powerhouse Bay Area theatre troupe.

Review: TICK, TICK...BOOM! at New Conservatory Theatre Center
Review: TICK, TICK...BOOM! at New Conservatory Theatre Center
May 24, 2024

What did our critic think of TICK, TICK...BOOM! at New Conservatory Theatre Center? Read here!

Review: GALILEO At Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Review: GALILEO At Berkeley Repertory Theatre
May 16, 2024

What did our critic think of GALILEO at Berkeley Repertory Theatre?

Review: TORCH SONG at Marin Theatre
Review: TORCH SONG at Marin Theatre
May 15, 2024

Marin Theatre closes out their 2023/24 season with a newly revised production of Harvey Fierstein’s Tony Award-winning Torch Song. A smash hit in 1982, the original trilogy opened the floodgate of LGBT representations in theatre, film, and television with its universal themes of self-acceptance, family, and equality.

Review: THE GLASS MENAGERIE at SF Playhouse
Review: THE GLASS MENAGERIE at SF Playhouse
May 9, 2024

Tom Wingfield opens Tennessee William’s haunting memory play with this admonition: “Yes, I have tricks in my pocket, I have things up my sleeve. But I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you the illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion.” What follows in this stunning production is a sometimes surreal, always emotionally devastating remembrance of a broken family teetering on the edges of disillusion and the hope of salvation.

Review: FUNNY GIRL at Orpheum Theatre
Review: FUNNY GIRL at Orpheum Theatre
May 3, 2024

What did our critic think of FUNNY GIRL at Orpheum Theatre?

Review: BITCH SLAP! at SF Oasis
Review: BITCH SLAP! at SF Oasis
April 27, 2024

What did our critic think of BITCH SLAP! at SF Oasis?

Review: FOREVER PLAID at 42nd Street Moon
Review: FOREVER PLAID at 42nd Street Moon
April 26, 2024

Stuart Ross’ 1989 jukebox homage to boy bands of the 1950’s is a pleasant whiff of nostalgia sure to remove you from the stress of today’s less naïve and chaotic present. Forever Plaid follows The Plaids, a youthful quartet with stardom in their eyes killed in a car accident in 1964. Like the baseball players in Field of Dreams, they return to perform one final concert and we’re here to bear witness.

Review: A STRANGE LOOP at American Conservatory Theatre
Review: A STRANGE LOOP at American Conservatory Theatre
April 25, 2024

There was a considerable buzz of excitement at the West Coast premiere of Michael R. Jackson’s A Strange Loop. Could the musical live up to the hype generated by its eleven Tony nominations and wins for Best Musical and Best Book? That would be a hell yes! Right from the opening number “Intermission Song,” A Strange Loop bursts with a kinetic energy and excitement not felt since Hamilton blew my mind.

Review: SWEATSHOP OVERLORD at A.C.T. Strand
Review: SWEATSHOP OVERLORD at A.C.T. Strand
April 5, 2024

It’s March 2020 and the country is shutdown by a new, mysterious virus called COVID-19. Broke, newly unemployed performance artist Kristina Wong is in full crisis mode. She’s got no audience, no kids, and no prospects, but she’s got a plan.



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