Sacramento Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND Flies into California Musical Theatre BWW Review: FINDING NEVERLAND Flies into California Musical Theatre
by Courtney Symes - April 11, 2018

Fans of Peter Pan will be thrilled to know that Finding Neverland, the Drama Desk Award-nominated Broadway musical, has arrived in Sacramento! Based upon the play, The Man Who Was Peter Pan, and the Academy Award-winning movie, Finding Neverland, the story follows the perennial young-at-heart J.M. B... (more...)
BWW Review: Sacramento says Hello! to THE BOOK OF MORMON at California Musical Theatre BWW Review: Sacramento says Hello! to THE BOOK OF MORMON at California Musical Theatre
by Courtney Symes - March 09, 2018

Bawdy, blasphemous, brilliant and blithe! The Book of Mormon has returned after a two year absence and Sacramento is ready! The winner of 9 Tony Awards, The Book of Mormon is a hilarious depiction of the Mormon religion by the creators of South Park (Trey Parker and Matt Stone) and Avenue Q (Robert ... (more...)
BWW Review: MACBETH Solicits the Supernatural at Sacramento Theatre Company BWW Review: MACBETH Solicits the Supernatural at Sacramento Theatre Company
by Courtney Symes - February 26, 2018

Director Casey McClellan, fresh off of a Broadway World Best Director win for The Diary of Anne Frank, brings the Scottish play to Sacramento Theatre Company with a creative spin on the dark and supernatural elements of the show. For those who are not familiar with MacBeth, it is arguably one of Sha... (more...)
BWW Review: Oh, What a Night! JERSEY BOYS Returns to California Musical Theatre BWW Review: Oh, What a Night! JERSEY BOYS Returns to California Musical Theatre
by Courtney Symes - January 31, 2018

Fresh off of the 12th longest run in Broadway history, Jersey Boys returns to Sacramento after a four year absence.  Jersey Boys is the Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award winning biographical account of the rise and fall of the musical powerhouse, The Four Seasons.  Baby boomers arrived en masse to the... (more...)
BWW Review: Sacramento Had it Coming! THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS-THE MUSICAL Returns to Sacramento Theatre Company BWW Review: Sacramento Had it Coming! THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS-THE MUSICAL Returns to Sacramento Theatre Company
by Courtney Symes - January 08, 2018

Musical theatre lovers, rejoice! The Musical of Musicals-the Musical! has returned to Sacramento and promises an evening of melodrama, satire, and comedy. Composed by the co-creator of last season's The Donner Party, Eric Rockwell, with lyrics by Joanne Bogart, the show parodies some of Broadway's g... (more...)
BWW Review: There's Something Rotten in Sacramento! BWW Review: There's Something Rotten in Sacramento!
by Courtney Symes - January 03, 2018

In 1848, a Lutheran scholar named Samuel Mosheim Schmucker first raised the question as to how an uneducated and untraveled man such as William Shakespeare could have penned 37 plays and 154 sonnets that dealt with subjects that he should have no knowledge of. Since then many people have cast their ... (more...)
BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL Returns to Sacramento Theatre Company BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL Returns to Sacramento Theatre Company
by Courtney Symes - December 05, 2017

During the holiday season, many people flock to church to find solace, seek forgiveness, practice introspection, and soak up lessons on how to live their lives. Something about this time of year encourages all of us to examine how we have conducted ourselves the previous 11 months. Theatre has been ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BOXED UP BINGE Delivered Laughs at Capital Stage BWW Review: THE BOXED UP BINGE Delivered Laughs at Capital Stage
by Courtney Symes - November 08, 2017

There is a new standard for musical theatre in town, and it has been set by composer David Taylor-Gomes. His original work was showcased in a one-night-only concert entitled, The Boxed Up Binge , featuring songs and snippets from his larger project, Boxed Up the Musical.... (more...)
BWW Review: KINGS OF AMERICA Premieres at Sacramento Theatre Company BWW Review: KINGS OF AMERICA Premieres at Sacramento Theatre Company
by Courtney Symes - November 06, 2017

Sacramento Theatre Company is a regional treasure, unique in the fact that they support and develop local talent. Each season they produce an original work by an area artist. Their 2017-18 season theme of Fate, Fantasy and Forgiveness currently features a play by Sacramento native Ryan Patrick Nill ... (more...)
BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL-THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL is Some Kind of Wonderful at California Musical Theatre BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL-THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL is Some Kind of Wonderful at California Musical Theatre
by Courtney Symes - November 03, 2017

Beautiful-The Carole King Musical is more than a jukebox musical. It's a very personal glimpse into the life of a woman who shaped American music. It's a story of sanguinity, heartbreak, and redemption. Carole King's tale is touching and empowering and will resonate with anyone who has ever had thei... (more...)
BWW Review: THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK Brings a Lesson of Hope to Sacramento Theatre Company BWW Review: THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK Brings a Lesson of Hope to Sacramento Theatre Company
by Courtney Symes - October 01, 2017

Director Casey McClellan again brings a World War II era piece to the Sacramento Theatre Company and makes it relevant to what we are experiencing today. Like last season's The Glass Menagerie, The Diary of Anne Frank deals with the human emotions brought on by betrayal, loss, and, ultimately, hope.... (more...)
BWW Review: Hallelujah! SISTER ACT comes to California Music Circus BWW Review: Hallelujah! SISTER ACT comes to California Music Circus
by Courtney Symes - August 23, 2017

Dancing, singing, bad-guy-catching nuns? You can't go wrong with that combination! Based on the 1992 movie starring Whoopi Goldberg, Sister Act the musical is a feel-good, rousing testament to the power of sisterhood set in 70's funk, soul and disco.... (more...)
BWW Review: Another  Openin' Weekend at Transcendence Theatre, Wine Country Paradise, Sonoma Valley Inn and More! BWW Review: Another Openin' Weekend at Transcendence Theatre, Wine Country Paradise, Sonoma Valley Inn and More!
by Christina Mancuso - June 26, 2017

With more than 900 wineries combined, Napa Valley and Sonoma County are truly a wine lover's paradise.  But more than wine, these regions offer the best of Northern California, including miles of Pacific coastline, towering redwoods, breathtaking views, luxury resorts and spas, world class restauran... (more...)
BWW Review: Intrepid Theatre Lab Debuts in Sacramento with COCK BWW Review: Intrepid Theatre Lab Debuts in Sacramento with COCK
by Courtney Symes - May 01, 2017

Intrepid Theatre Lab, comprised of artistic director Casey McClellan and producer Greg Foro, made its Sacramento debut with Cock, a play by Mike Bartlett. Double entendres aside, this is a play that is not actually about cock (ok, maybe a little), but rather about being labeled and put into a box. I... (more...)
BWW Review: THE DONNER PARTY, A NEW AMERICAN MUSICAL, Premieres at Sacramento Theatre Company BWW Review: THE DONNER PARTY, A NEW AMERICAN MUSICAL, Premieres at Sacramento Theatre Company
by Courtney Symes - April 23, 2017

Growing up in Northern California, it is impossible not to hear about the Donner Party, the group of 87 pioneers who tried to cross the Sierra Nevada mountains in the winter of 1846. Unfortunately, the name has become synonymous with cannibalism. After being trapped in an early winter storm at Truck... (more...)
BWW Review: Sacramento Will Always Love THE BODYGUARD BWW Review: Sacramento Will Always Love THE BODYGUARD
by Courtney Symes - April 19, 2017

How does a musical do justice to the late Whitney Houston? By casting Grammy Award-nominated Deborah Cox in the role originated by Houston. The Bodyguard the Musical is based off of the 1992 film, which starred Houston and Kevin Costner. It ran in London's West End from December 2012-August 201... (more...)
BWW Review: THE GLASS MENAGERIE Draws Audiences in at Sacramento Theatre Company BWW Review: THE GLASS MENAGERIE Draws Audiences in at Sacramento Theatre Company
by Courtney Symes - March 27, 2017

Tennessee Williams' memory play, The Glass Menagerie, was a timely choice for Sacramento Theatre Company to revive this season. In today's political climate fraught with worry, the average American can relate to Tom Wingfield, who is living in a country on the precipice of war and trying to provide... (more...)
BWW Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at Playhouse Merced BWW Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at Playhouse Merced
by Harmony Wheeler - March 14, 2017

Based on a children's book and built with a mostly adult audience in mind, Peter and the Starcatcher isn't the sort of show you can put in a defined box. The J.M. Barrie-inspired play utilizes an unusual narrative style dependent on a versatile cast and imaginative staging. And of course, familiarit... (more...)
BWW Review: GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at Broadway Sacramento BWW Review: GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at Broadway Sacramento
by Harmony Wheeler - March 09, 2017

I should probably say that A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is murderously hilarious. But the Tony Award winner isn't quite an over-the-top farce. The show's music might remind you of anything from Gilbert and Sullivan operettas to Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, or perhaps even a ... (more...)
BWW Review: WHITE CHRISTMAS at Broadway Sacramento BWW Review: WHITE CHRISTMAS at Broadway Sacramento
by Harmony Wheeler - December 29, 2016

Don't pack away your favorite Christmas sweater quite yet. You have one more opportunity to celebrate Christmas in full color: The national tour of White Christmas the musical visits Sacramento through this Sunday only. It's a quick-paced production that never quite finds its heart, but you can't de... (more...)