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BWW Review: Powerhouse Vocals Celebrate 100 Years of Leonard Bernstein at Segerstrom Center BWW Review: Powerhouse Vocals Celebrate 100 Years of Leonard Bernstein at Segerstrom Center
by Michael Quintos - January 19, 2018

Filled with one amazing powerhouse vocal performance after another, ONE HAND, ONE HEART: ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF BERNSTEIN is a musical theater lover's treat of a concert, celebrating the legacy of one of music's most influential musicians and composers of the last century, Leonard Bernstein. Featuring... (more...)
BWW Review: Laguna Playhouse Stages Gripping Pulitzer Prize winning I AM MY OWN WIFE BWW Review: Laguna Playhouse Stages Gripping Pulitzer Prize winning I AM MY OWN WIFE
by Michael Quintos - January 16, 2018

Featuring a remarkable, awards-worthy, tour-de-force performance by actor John Tufts that will easily win you over no matter what your personal tastes or beliefs or politics may be, this admirable new regional production of Doug Wright's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play I AM MY OWN WIFE---beauti... (more...)
BWW Review: FREUD'S LAST SESSION - Verbal Sparring At Its Apex BWW Review: FREUD'S LAST SESSION - Verbal Sparring At Its Apex
by Gil Kaan - January 15, 2018

In FREUD'S LAST SESSION, playwright Mark St. Germain has written an intricate, very detailed script of what he imagines as a chance meeting between Dr. Sigmund Freud and C. S. Lewis. Set in 1939 London the day England entered World War II, the two very well-read men debate on the existence of God. W... (more...)
Review: BUGABOO AND THE SILENT ONE Offers an Intimate Look at the Power of Female Friendship Despite Devastating Circumstances Review: BUGABOO AND THE SILENT ONE Offers an Intimate Look at the Power of Female Friendship Despite Devastating Circumstances
by Shari Barrett - January 09, 2018

Fans of Orange is the New Black certainly enjoy watching the escapades of female inmates stuck together in prison as they attempt to understand each other and either try to get along or attempt to dominate each other. Marja-Lewis Ryan's fourth original production at The Lounge, entitled BUGABOO & T... (more...)
BWW Review: ENCORE Entertains Audiences with Fun-Filled MARY POPPINS Musical BWW Review: ENCORE Entertains Audiences with Fun-Filled MARY POPPINS Musical
by Shari Barrett - January 08, 2018

Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Disney film, MARY POPPINS delighted the audience of all ages, although the 3-hour run time may be a bit of a challenge for very young children. It tells the tale of everyone's favorite nanny who arrives on the doorstep of the Banks' home on London's... (more...)
Review: Hologram USA Theater Presents Three-Dimensional BILLIE HOLIDAY LIVE! Concert Review: Hologram USA Theater Presents Three-Dimensional BILLIE HOLIDAY LIVE! Concert
by Shari Barrett - January 06, 2018

Since 2003, Hologram USA has delivered more than 700 successful projects, making groundbreaking strides in how people experience live events and communicate with each other using dynamic, cutting edge Holographic 3D technology. Their holographic experiences allow audience members to sit in a theater... (more...)
Review: Youth Participants in the Award-Winning Y.E.S. Program Shine in A WINTER'S TALE Musical Review: Youth Participants in the Award-Winning Y.E.S. Program Shine in A WINTER'S TALE Musical
by Shari Barrett - December 23, 2017

Led by Director/Musical Director/Costume Designer Anne Gesling, along with Choreographer Lauren Blair, the Y.E.S. musical production for November/December 2017 was A WINTER'S TALE, and I can tell you these two talented women worked miracles with a cast of 39 young performers already at the triple-t... (more...)
Review: Contemporary Music Enhances the Classic Tale of Sexual Obsession in WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S ANTONY & CLEOPATRA Review: Contemporary Music Enhances the Classic Tale of Sexual Obsession in WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S ANTONY & CLEOPATRA
by Shari Barrett - December 19, 2017

Thanks to director Gloria Gifford, who retains Shakespeare's text while augmenting the proceedings with a contemporary and very soulful song score in the current production at Grey Studios in NoHo, the overall addition of the much-needed modern sensibility through music makes the complicated plot ea... (more...)
BWW Review: Madcap Romantic Comedy Road Trip ASHES TO ASHES Offers Laughs Galore at Every Stop BWW Review: Madcap Romantic Comedy Road Trip ASHES TO ASHES Offers Laughs Galore at Every Stop
by Shari Barrett - December 16, 2017

ASHES TO ASHES centers on liberal Sara (Lena Bouton) and right-winger Jefferson (Kevin Young), ex-spouses who are polar opposites about everything except their love and devotion for their two, newly deceased, filthy-rich best friends. Trapped by the time-constraints of their friends' will, the two a... (more...)
BWW Review: A FUNNY THING (ABSOLUTELY) HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM at the Garry Marshall Theatre! BWW Review: A FUNNY THING (ABSOLUTELY) HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM at the Garry Marshall Theatre!
by Aimee Curameng - December 14, 2017

The Garry Marshall Theatre (formerly the Falcon Theatre) is currently home to a new, hilarious revival of the Stephen Sondheim classic A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.... (more...)
BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Proves Too Ambitious for CASA 0101 BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Proves Too Ambitious for CASA 0101
by Ellen Dostal - December 12, 2017

Last year Casa 0101 produced a lovely dual language version of Disney's Aladdin, which was so popular it extended its run and eventually transferred to a larger venue. Hoping to repeat that success, they have set their sights on another Disney classic but, this time, the production proves too ambiti... (more...)
BWW Review: ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH Panto Makes Laguna Playhouse Merry BWW Review: ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH Panto Makes Laguna Playhouse Merry
by Michael Quintos - December 12, 2017

The silly, family-friendly fun of those British-borne Pantos are back for a third holiday season in row at Orange County's Laguna Playhouse, this time with a story wrapped around the infamous tale of a smart-aleck street urchin (Jason Gotay) who discovers a magic lamp hiding a genie that grants wish... (more...)
Review: Sondheim's Musical PACIFIC OVERTURES Returns to Los Angeles After a 19-Year Absence Review: Sondheim's Musical PACIFIC OVERTURES Returns to Los Angeles After a 19-Year Absence
by Shari Barrett - December 08, 2017

PACIFIC OVERTURES with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, with additional material by Hugh Wheeler had its Broadway premiere in 1976 and was presented in Kabuki style, with men playing women's parts and set changes made in full view of the audience by people dressed in black... (more...)
BWW Review: A Noise Within Rings in the Holidays with A CHRISTMAS CAROL's Cautionary Tale BWW Review: A Noise Within Rings in the Holidays with A CHRISTMAS CAROL's Cautionary Tale
by Ellen Dostal - December 06, 2017

Of all the holiday stories written, it would be hard to find one more well-known or popular than Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL. The redemption of a miser named Scrooge whose heart has forgotten the meaning of charity has been adapted, musicalized, spoofed, and dramatized in every medium imagina... (more...)
BWW Review: SCROOGE at Big Oak Theatre BWW Review: SCROOGE at Big Oak Theatre
by Cary Ginell - December 06, 2017

A delightful abridged version of 'Scrooge,' the Leslie Bricusse musical adaptation of 'A Christmas Carol,' is now being staged at the rustic Big Oak Theatre in Chatsworth.... (more...)
Review: THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS SHOW (Abridged) Offers Continuous Holiday Hilarity at the Torrance Theatre Company Review: THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS SHOW (Abridged) Offers Continuous Holiday Hilarity at the Torrance Theatre Company
by Shari Barrett - December 05, 2017

THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS SHOW (Abridged) by Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor, directed by Perry Shields with a knowing wink at all the holiday craziness now rampant in the world. Adding to his own stressfully creative holiday season, the production features two casts performing on alternate dates with K... (more...)
BWW Review: The Wallis Uncovers THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD for the Holidays BWW Review: The Wallis Uncovers THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD for the Holidays
by Ellen Dostal - December 04, 2017

This year for the holidays, The Wallis has traded its typical musical theatre fare (Into the Woods/2014, Guys & Dolls/2015, Merrily We Roll Along/2016) for something a little less traditional but even more imaginative and fun Vesturport Theatre's THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD by playwright David Farr.... (more...)
BWW Review: Rousing Vocals & Hilarity Rule UMPO HOME ALONE BWW Review: Rousing Vocals & Hilarity Rule UMPO HOME ALONE
by Gil Kaan - December 03, 2017

Kate Pazakis and her talented creative team once again incorporate their 'secret sauce' in concocting a most delicious holiday treat for Rockwell revelers - THE UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY OF HOME ALONE. The 1990 John Hughes classic Home Alone receives Pazakis' UMPO treatment, resulting in a most si... (more...)
Review: THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES Sing Their Way Down Memory Lane Review: THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES Sing Their Way Down Memory Lane
by Shari Barrett - November 29, 2017

No doubt most of us have fond memories of our senior year in high school, with our Senior Prom being one of the many highlights of that year. Nostalgia for that year fuels the happy story of four friends in THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES, a 1999 musical comedy with a book by Roger Bean that has gone on ... (more...)
BWW Review: CHICO'S ANGELS IN FELIZ NAVIDIVAS - A Most Wonderfully Riotous Show to Jump Start Your Holiday Spirits BWW Review: CHICO'S ANGELS IN FELIZ NAVIDIVAS - A Most Wonderfully Riotous Show to Jump Start Your Holiday Spirits
by Gil Kaan - November 27, 2017

This new and expanded edition of the 2015 FELIZ NAVIDIVA showcases the hilarious comic stylings and tight-knitted teamwork of Kay Sedia, with her fellow Chico's Angels, Frieda Laye and Chita Parol, as well as, sturdy support from their Boss Man. Director Kurt Koehler spoofs (with co-spoofer Kay Sedi... (more...)
BWW Review:  A Lovely Night! Rodgers And Hammerstein's CINDERELLA Is Must-See Musical Magic At The McCallum! BWW Review: A Lovely Night! Rodgers And Hammerstein's CINDERELLA Is Must-See Musical Magic At The McCallum!
by David Green - November 25, 2017

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella is sumptuous and fanciful and bursting with all of the ingredients necessary to make up the perfect family musical . The score is timeless and emotionally stirring. The costumes and scenic elements are candy for the eyes. The dancing ensemble is impeccable and t... (more...)
Review: The Renowned Detective Returns in Style to Theatre 40 in SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE JERSEY LILY Review: The Renowned Detective Returns in Style to Theatre 40 in SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE JERSEY LILY
by Shari Barrett - November 21, 2017

Unlike other plays with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved detective at its center, SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE JERSEY LILY written by Katie Forgette, includes bits and pieces of reality in the mix of characters. The famous actress Lillie Langtry is the focus of Holmes' investigation, which a... (more...)
BWW Review: LEVI! A NEW MUSICAL Gives A One-Of-A-Kind Look Into The Life Of A Well-Known Name BWW Review: LEVI! A NEW MUSICAL Gives A One-Of-A-Kind Look Into The Life Of A Well-Known Name
by Ilana Lifshitz - November 20, 2017

Look in your closet. How many pairs of jeans have the renowned Levi Strauss patch sewn above the back right pocket? I have quite a few pairs but neglected to wear a single one to the premiere of LEVI! A NEW MUSICAL. Although I was disappointed in myself for this missed opportunity, I was not disappo... (more...)
Review: The Brilliantly Creative Yuval Sharon Brings a Modern WORLD OF THE WORLDS Radio Show to the Disney Concert Hall Review: The Brilliantly Creative Yuval Sharon Brings a Modern WORLD OF THE WORLDS Radio Show to the Disney Concert Hall
by Shari Barrett - November 20, 2017

On Saturday, November 18, 2017, I attended the world premiere operatic, four-site adaptation of WAR OF THE WORLDS, adapted and directed by Yuval Sharon, with music by Annie Gosfield, co-produced by The Industry and NOW Art. The production was based on the original radio play by Howard Koch, which w... (more...)
BWW Review: HAMILTON Who? SPAMILTON Reigns Supreme at the Kirk Douglas Theatre BWW Review: HAMILTON Who? SPAMILTON Reigns Supreme at the Kirk Douglas Theatre
by Ellen Dostal - November 16, 2017

For the last 25 years, Gerardo Alessandrini has paid homage to the Great American Musical in the best way he knows how, by skewering it relentlessly. It is an arena where nothing is off limits no diva, no composer, and no quirk of the genre, which is why his FORBIDDEN BROADWAY revues are as belove... (more...)