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BWW Review: 2017 FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY - An Exceptional Ten Days Pairing the Best in Wine, Food and Entertainment BWW Review: 2017 FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY - An Exceptional Ten Days Pairing the Best in Wine, Food and Entertainment
by Christina Mancuso - July 24, 2017

The 2017 FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY just wrapped up their 12th year, transforming California's wine country into a multi-cultural 10-day celebration, pairing the world's most talented artists -- from classical musicians to famous comedians and Hollywood personalities to Broadway and opera stars to world r... (more...)
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!'
by Robert Sokol - 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.... (more...)
Playwright Min Kahng's 'THE FOUR IMMIGRANTS: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL MANGA' is a World Premiere Masterpiece Playwright Min Kahng's 'THE FOUR IMMIGRANTS: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL MANGA' is a World Premiere Masterpiece
by Linda Hodges - July 17, 2017

Playwright Min Kahng's 'THE FOUR IMMIGRANTS: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL MANGA' is a World Premiere Masterpiece. Get your tickets now at www.theatreworks.org. This show is not to be missed!... (more...)
BWW Review: Imaginative and Thought-Provoking, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, Now Thru July 23 BWW Review: Imaginative and Thought-Provoking, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, Now Thru July 23
by Linda Hodges - June 30, 2017

Playing now through July 23, 'The Curious Incident' gets curiouser and curiouser until you're completely pulled in - at once enthralled and appalled by what's unfolding and what it takes for Christopher to simply be himself in the world. Winner of five 2015 Tonys, including Best Play, it's an imagin... (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: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Rocks the Geary Theatre BWW Review: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Rocks the Geary Theatre
by Robert Sokol - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: Broadway-Bound ROMAN HOLIDAY is A Sweet Confection BWW Review: Broadway-Bound ROMAN HOLIDAY is A Sweet Confection
by Linda Hodges - June 07, 2017

“Roman Holiday” is a sweet confection of a show for sure, though in its present form, it lacks the meaty bite needed to make it a Broadway special.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BODYGUARD Stands Watch at Broadway San Jose BWW Review: THE BODYGUARD Stands Watch at Broadway San Jose
by Robert Sokol - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: Opening Night of HAMILTON: A Rapper's Delight, Now thru August 5 BWW Review: Opening Night of HAMILTON: A Rapper's Delight, Now thru August 5
by Linda Hodges - March 24, 2017

Alexander Hamilton Lin was waiting just to sing for you. Alexander Hamilton We're so happy that your life rings 'new!... (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: Have a Little PATIENCE with Lamplighters Music Theatre BWW Review: Have a Little PATIENCE with Lamplighters Music Theatre
by Harmony Wheeler - February 14, 2017

This production offers the very best of Lamplighters Music Theater.  As of last week's opening, Barbara Heroux has now directed every Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. Once again, she brings the finest ensemble (with leads double-cast) and a pleasant, character-driven staging.... (more...)
World Premiere of A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS is Stunning World Premiere of A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS is Stunning
by Linda Hodges - February 11, 2017

Playing now through February 26, 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' is at once haunting and hopeful; shattering and uplifting and will surely open people's hearts and minds to the plight of women in the world today.... (more...)
BWW Review: BAKER STREET at 42nd Street Moon BWW Review: BAKER STREET at 42nd Street Moon
by Harmony Wheeler - November 08, 2016

Sherlock Holmes relocates his flat on 'Baker Street' to 42nd Street Moon and the Eureka Theatre for an elementary musical adventure, now through November 20.... (more...)
BWW Review: DISNEY'S THE LION KING at San Francisco Orpheum Theatre BWW Review: DISNEY'S THE LION KING at San Francisco Orpheum Theatre
by Linda Hodges - November 07, 2016

Disney's The Lion King, in all its magic and majesty, roared into San Francisco's Orpheum Theater and will be here now through December 31. If you're one for keeping a bucket list of must-see things to do and see before you 'exit stage left,' then this show is surely one for the list. Directed and l... (more...)
Broadway San Jose's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is Spectacular Now Thru Oct. 2 Broadway San Jose's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is Spectacular Now Thru Oct. 2
by Linda Hodges - September 17, 2016

San Jose opened their season with the reimagined production of Phantom of the Opera. For going on three decades this show has enthralled audience members young and old and has once again captured the minds of Bay Area audience members at the beautiful San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. Playi... (more...)
BWW Review: Lamplighters' NEW MIKADO is Excellence Itself BWW Review: Lamplighters' NEW MIKADO is Excellence Itself
by Harmony Wheeler - August 16, 2016

There has been plenty of talk about the "lack of sensitivity" in Gilbert and Sullivan's British farce, "The Mikado," set in a Japan most often comprised of a white ensemble. But - as ready as this critic may be to defend the "great and virtuous man" - this review must sing the praises of a "new," al... (more...)
BWW Review: 11th Annual FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY - Opening Weekend Celebrating Napa's Finest Wines and Cuisine with Music, Theatre, Fitness and More BWW Review: 11th Annual FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY - Opening Weekend Celebrating Napa's Finest Wines and Cuisine with Music, Theatre, Fitness and More
by Christina Mancuso - July 27, 2016

The 11th annual FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY just wrapped up a ten day celebration, serving up a smorgasbord of Napa's finest cuisine, 100 wineries, stars of music, Broadway, TV, opera, classical, dance, fitness and more. Over 60 events spanned the 10 day festival, enriching art, fitness and local community... (more...)
BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Enchants at the Orpheum Now Thru July 10 BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Enchants at the Orpheum Now Thru July 10
by Linda Hodges - July 05, 2016

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Enchants at the Orpheum Now Thru July 10!... (more...)
CABARET: Searing and Sexy Tale for our Times Now Thru July 17 CABARET: Searing and Sexy Tale for our Times Now Thru July 17
by Linda Hodges - June 25, 2016

San Francisco's Orpheum Theatre plays host to the provocative and still darkly daring, Cabaret now through July 17. Set in 1931 Berlin, on the cusp of all that was to come with the rise of the Nazis, the Kander and Ebb musical revolves around the Kit Kat Club and its cast of characters who are deter... (more...)
BWW Review: A Magical Weekend of Transcendence Theatre's 'Broadway Under the Stars', Wine and More in Northern California BWW Review: A Magical Weekend of Transcendence Theatre's 'Broadway Under the Stars', Wine and More in Northern California
by Christina Mancuso - June 24, 2016

Northern California is home to miles of gorgeous Pacific coastline, over 50 parks with hiking and cycling trails, world-class restaurants, boutique shopping, and of course, majestic vineyards. Sonoma, in particular, offers the rustic charm of down-to-earth locals, farmers, winemakers, tasting rooms,... (more...)
BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is Solid Gold BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is Solid Gold
by Linda Hodges - June 22, 2016

Broadway San Jose's Motown the Musical is a solid gold hit and played to an enraptured audience last night at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. Motown the record company was dreamed up by Berry Gordy in 1959 and the music world has never been the same. Gordy and his cavalcade of artists... (more...)
BWW Opera Review: What's Old is New Again in CARMEN from Bad-Boy Bieito for US Debut at San Francisco Opera BWW Opera Review: What's Old is New Again in CARMEN from Bad-Boy Bieito for US Debut at San Francisco Opera
by Richard Sasanow - June 08, 2016

For a director known as opera's bad boy, Calixto Bieito turned to something awfully familiar in CARMEN for his US debut. Then again, he didn't actually show up for it, tied up with a new production of Aribert Reimann's LEAR in Paris and dispatching one of his top collabortors, Joan Anton Rechi, to p... (more...)
BWW Review: LAST FIVE YEARS at ACT BWW Review: LAST FIVE YEARS at ACT
by Harmony Wheeler - May 20, 2016

Relationships are complicated because people are complicated. Take Jason Robert Brown's 'Last Five Years,' which opened Wednesday evening at American Conservatory Theater. The 85-minute, two-person musical is simple. A couple recounts the rise and fall of their love. But just when you think you know... (more...)
BWW Review: BIG FISH is a Big Catch at Playhouse Merced BWW Review: BIG FISH is a Big Catch at Playhouse Merced
by Harmony Wheeler - May 09, 2016

Andrew Burkum's enthusiastic Edward leads a glistening Playhouse Merced production with his determined "Alabama stomp" (the glistening much due to a fantastic lighting design). Robert Hypes' direction and casting anchor the show to bottom of the sea, where, perhaps, a rather big fish awaits.... (more...)
BWW Review: Marin Theatre Presents a Regal ANNE BOLEYN BWW Review: Marin Theatre Presents a Regal ANNE BOLEYN
by Harmony Wheeler - April 29, 2016

Like its title queen, Howard Brenton's 'Anne Boleyn' knocks at curiosity's door, difficult to grasp, but fascinating nonetheless. Henry VIII nearly erased the historical figure from the books, with religious leaders and historians labeling Anne a martyr or a harlot over the years. In his revised his... (more...)