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BWW Review: TOOTSIE Closes the Season at Broadway Sacramento Photo BWW Review: TOOTSIE Closes the Season at Broadway Sacramento
by Courtney Symes - May 18, 2022

Broadway Sacramento is closing out their 2022 Broadway on Tour season with the first national tour of Tootsie.  Based on the 1982 film of the same name, Tootsie features music and lyrics by David Yazbek (The Band’s Visit, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and a Tony Award-winning book by Robert Horn.  Rollin...
BWW Review: WICKED is Decidedly 'Popular' at Broadway Sacramento Photo BWW Review: WICKED is Decidedly 'Popular' at Broadway Sacramento
by Courtney Symes - April 03, 2022

It’s been almost 19 years since Wicked debuted on Broadway, but you would never know it by the reception Sacramento gave the national tour this week.  The show has lost none of its salability and the energy was palpable in the room in anticipation of the show that surpassed Les Miserables to become ...
BWW Review: August Wilson's FENCES Enchants at Sacramento Theatre Company Photo BWW Review: August Wilson's FENCES Enchants at Sacramento Theatre Company
by Courtney Symes - March 03, 2022

Fence (fens) n. 1. A structure that functions as a boundary or barrier, usually constructed of posts, boards, wire, or rails.  Or, as in August Wilson’s Fences, it can also be an allegory to keep the things out that you fear the most while locking all that is precious within its confines.  Is it eve...
BWW Review: ANASTASIA Holds the Key to our Hearts at Broadway Sacramento Photo BWW Review: ANASTASIA Holds the Key to our Hearts at Broadway Sacramento
by Courtney Symes - February 03, 2022

Broadway Sacramento has hit it out of the park again with Anastasia-The New Broadway Musical.  The 2022 Broadway on Tour season opened on Tuesday, satiating those who were eager for more after December’s hit run of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. ...
BWW Review: Enter a World of Pure Imagination with CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Photo BWW Review: Enter a World of Pure Imagination with CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY at Broadway Sacramento
by Courtney Symes - December 30, 2021

That crazy, crafty confectioner is at it again.  This time in the new musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, playing through January 2 at the newly revamped Safe Credit Union Performing Arts Center.  That’s right, Willy Wonka is back with his national tour that was put on pause, and he’s ready t...
BWW Review: AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN Lifts Us Up at Broadway Sacramento Photo BWW Review: AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN Lifts Us Up at Broadway Sacramento
by Courtney Symes - November 04, 2021

Broadway Sacramento continues its phenomenal comeback season in the newly renovated SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center with An Officer and a Gentleman. Based on the Academy Award-winning 1982 film starring Richard Gere, the musical boasts an impressive 1980’s arrangement including the hit “Up ...
BWW Review: GLORIA: A LIFE Kicks Off a New Season at Sacramento Theatre Company Photo BWW Review: GLORIA: A LIFE Kicks Off a New Season at Sacramento Theatre Company
by Courtney Symes - October 14, 2021

After what Executive Director Michael Laun calls “the longest theatrical intermission ever on record,” Sacramento Theatre Company is back with its 77th season, which is aptly entitled WHO, WHAT & WHERE.  Really, do any of us know who, what, or where we are anymore?  I do know where you should be, th...
BWW Review: HAMILTON Brings Theatre Back to Broadway Sacramento Photo BWW Review: HAMILTON Brings Theatre Back to Broadway Sacramento
by Courtney Symes - September 19, 2021

After a year and a half hiatus, Broadway Sacramento is back in a big way!  Their 2021 season opened on Wednesday in the newly renovated SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center with the most revered piece of theatre in recent memory-Hamilton. Patrons were treated to a beautifully redesigned venue th...
BWW Review: Transcendence Theatre's 'Broadway Under the Stars' Celebrates 10 Years wi Photo BWW Review: Transcendence Theatre's 'Broadway Under the Stars' Celebrates 10 Years with a 'Road-Trip!'
by Christina Mancuso - August 11, 2021

There’s something truly extraordinary that happens when you step onto the grounds of Jack London State Historic Park.  It’s not just any park.  You are whisked away into a magical land of beauty, passion, exuberance -- and immersed in spellbinding talent that is known as the Transcendence Theatre fa...
BWW Review: GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN Streaming from the Ooley Theatre Photo BWW Review: GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN Streaming from the Ooley Theatre
by Courtney Symes - March 27, 2021

When I started writing for BroadwayWorld, never did I think that I would be an audience of one.  Then 2020 happened and here I am, the lone spectator, reviewing a one-act play-the first live performance I've seen in over a year.  Maybe fittingly, it is a play about death.  More specifically, it's ab...
BWW Review: The First National Tour of A BRONX TALE Comes to Broadway Sacramento Photo BWW Review: The First National Tour of A BRONX TALE Comes to Broadway Sacramento
by Courtney Symes - March 04, 2020

Growing up unscathed in the Bronx in the 1960s was not easy. Young men had to deal with racial tensions as well as violent crime. Academy Award-nominated actor Chazz Palminteri somehow made it out successfully and, in 1989, wrote a one-man play chronicling his experiences. It did so well that Robert...
BWW Review: Nothing is Rotten in Sacramento Theatre Company's HAMLET Photo BWW Review: Nothing is Rotten in Sacramento Theatre Company's HAMLET
by Courtney Symes - March 02, 2020

It is said that Shakespeare's Hamlet is being performed every minute somewhere in the world. Now, you can see it at the Sacramento Theatre Company (STC). BroadwayWorld Award-winning director Casey McClellan teams up with Greg Foro to create a modern-day version of the play that focuses on the intric...
BWW Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN Will Be Found at Broadway Sacramento Photo BWW Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN Will Be Found at Broadway Sacramento
by Courtney Symes - January 18, 2020

Once in a while, you're lucky enough to witness something so special that you are forever changed. I've stared at this computer screen for hours trying to verbalize what is still swirling around in my head, impressions that are seemingly impossible to solidify into communicable thoughts. Last night'...
BWW Review: PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES Serves Up High Octane Fun at Sacramento Theatre Co Photo BWW Review: PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES Serves Up High Octane Fun at Sacramento Theatre Company
by Courtney Symes - January 15, 2020

In a place somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, NC, lies the Double Cupp Diner and Pump Boys Filling Station. Go on in and grab yourself a piece of pie! Rhetta and Prudie will take good care of you while Jim, L.M., Jackson, and Eddie top off your car. If you're lucky, you may even bear witness t...
BWW Review: IRISH CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA Brings the Christmas Spirit and the Jameson to Photo BWW Review: IRISH CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA Brings the Christmas Spirit and the Jameson to The Sofia
by Courtney Symes - December 26, 2019

Now that Christmas is over, we have only 364 days to wait until next year's festivities! Even less than that to begin thinking about attending all of the holiday activities that contribute to making the season so special. I will definitely be starting a new tradition of seeing the show, Irish Christ...
BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL Brings the Magic of the Season to Sacramento Theatre Co Photo BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL Brings the Magic of the Season to Sacramento Theatre Company
by Courtney Symes - December 11, 2019

One of my favorite holiday traditions is going to the theatre to see shows that celebrate the magic of the season. For the past three years, I've been fortunate enough to experience that with the Sacramento Theatre Company (STC) and their unique production of A Christmas Carol. This adaptation was w...