Theatrical Musings

“Dear Evan Hansen” At The Ahmanson Theatre

HOLLYWOOD—“Dear Evan Hansen” is making box office history with its current tour across the country, and now at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. It was a hit on Broadway, making a star of Ben Platt, from Los Angeles, who originated the role of Evan, and winning a Tony Award for Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (Music and Lyrics). In...

Ain’t Too Proud: Life And Times Of The Temptations

HOLLYWOOD—Otis Williams, the founding member of The Temptations, said, “Music: It transcends barriers,” and “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations” certainly does just that, and more. This is no cover band/tribute show, this is the real thing. Dominique Morisseau’s book, a smooth flow of drama, artfully woven through the most classic catalogue of R&B music...

“Band’s Visit” Tony Award Winner

NEW YORK—The biggest accolades in the world of theatre were handed out on Sunday, June 10 from Radio City Music Hall. The 72nd Annual Tony Awards were hosted by singers Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban. I must say I miss Neil Patrick Harris who was a hoot as the host of the ceremony in past years. I was skeptical...

“Mean Girls,” “SpongeBob” Lead Tony Nominations

NEW YORK—The nominees for the 2018 Tony Awards were unveiled on Tuesday, May 1 by Leslie Odom Jr. and Katharine McPhee. Leading all contenders were the musicals “Mean Girls” and “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical” with a total of 12 nominations apiece including Best Musical. Followed close behind were “Angels in America,” “The Band’s Visit” and “Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s Carousel” with...

“Something Rotten!” At The Ahmanson Theatre

HOLLYWOOD—Hamilton has been hot for a while now, but make way for a new meal ticket. “Something Rotten!” offers up a deliciously tasty, and often delightfully tasteless, touch of Hamlet and eggs served with a side of wry. The opening song of “Something Rotten!” says, “Welcome to the Renaissance,” but the Minstrel (Nick Rashad Burroughs) leads it off with a...

It’s All About That Repartee And Repertoire

HOLLYWOOD—John Sebastian steps out on to the cavernous Fred Kavli Theatre stage, “just a man with a guitar,” and you’re instantly smitten, lulled into a state of familiar comfort. He says, “I didn’t know there were that many folkies left in Thousand Oaks,” and you think, “Did he say ‘folkies,’ or ‘fogies’?” It makes no difference as, either way,...

“Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812” Lead Tony Nominations

NEW YORK—Surprises, surprises galore! The nominations for the 2017 Tony Awards were unveiled on Tuesday, May 2 and leading the pack of all contenders is musical “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” that picked up a total of 12 nominations including Best Musical. Followed close behind was the musical “Hello, Dolly!” with 10 nominations. The announcement was made...

Broadway Show “Hamilton” Coming To SF

SAN FRANCISCO—Its finally here, "Hamilton" the Broadway musical will kick off its national tour on Friday, March 10 at San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre. "Hamilton" tells the story inspired by a penniless orphan, who became the nation’s first treasury secretary at the age of 34. Compose of a multicultural cast, “Hamilton” has sold out shows and has astonished the American theater, winning Pulitzer,...

African-American Shakespeare’s “Cinderella” Top Weekend Event

SAN FRANCISCO—Hoodline and ABC7 News reported that on Christmas Eve that the African-American Shakespeare Company's (AASC) production of "Cinderella," which played at The Herbst Theatre on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, was among San Francisco's top weekend events. Based on the classic fairy tale, the musical (directed by Rodney Earl Jackson, Jr. and Marcelo Pereira) showcased its 22nd holiday season in San...

Lorna Luft Comes To SF As Martha Watson

SAN FRANCISCO—"Irving Berlin's White Christmas" is playing at San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre until Christmas Eve, with Lorna Luft, the daughter of Judy Garland. The actress will reprise her role as Martha Watson. Luft starred in the musical 11 years ago including a United Kingdom tour from 2006 to 2011. Producer Nancy Gabriel shared that she was excited for Luft to...
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