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An icy Phèdre at Cutting Ball Theater

Logical holes undercut the coherence of the plot.
A Song to Sing, O! The Gilbert & Sullivan Story - Lamplighters Review

A delightful Gilbert and Sullivan pastiche

When it comes to musical theater, the only thing more fun than a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta is thirteen Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. If you agree, you’ll love the Lamplighters’ A Song to Sing, O!, a pastiche of the duo’s shows that tells their creators’ story. Dialogue between songs offers...
An American in Paris Touring Company

Broadway musicals ‘Something Rotten’, ‘An American in Paris’ highlight upcoming SHN season

SHN has revealed its upcoming 2017/18 season and it looks like another strong line-up of Broadway musicals. See below for the full schedule and details. Those in and around the San Francisco Bay Area will get a chance to see the new show Something Rotten. Those that missed the riotous...
Theater Review: Needles and Opium at A.C.T. San Francisco

Lepage makes high-tech magic at the ACT

The production’s deft use of technology gives 'Needles and Opium' a major “wow” factor.
New Girl in Town - 42nd Street Moon Review

‘New Girl in Town’ a catchy classic

If you asked me to name playwrights whose works were suitable for adaptation into musicals, Eugene O’Neill would be one of the last to come to mind. Length and gloom don’t lend themselves well to song and dance routines. But Bob Merrill boldly wrote not one but two musicals...
San Francisco Theater review

‘Eva Trilogy’ World Premiere leads Magic Theatre’s 2017-18 season

Theater news of interest for those in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. Magic Theatre today took the wraps off its 2017-18 season, and it's looking like another humdinger. See below for full list and details. The season, which kicks off in the fall features three (!) world premieres and...
Theater Review: Frankenstein at City Lights Theater Company, San Jose

Review: Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ re-imagined for stage in dynamic, high-tech adaptation

The perfect marriage of art and technology for an empathy-deprived world.
Hamilton - Orpheum Theatre

‘Hamilton’ on tour lives up to the hype

Never have I seen an audience this excited.
The Strand Theater - Hardhat tour with Carey Perloff

End of a Magical Era: Carey Perloff to depart American Conservatory Theater

Big news today in the world of theater. American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) has announced that after 25 years at the helm as artistic director Carey Perloff is departing. A.C.T. is one of the largest and most widely regarded theaters (and non-profits) in the country. It is also a member of the...

Broadway Backstage: Top Stark Insider videos of all-time on YouTube

Broadway musicals continue to draw massive audiences. Hamilton, no doubt, is the most recent example to demonstrate that we still pine for good song and dance, along with a compelling story. That tickets are so outrageously priced (in many cases) and hard to come by further the notion that perhaps the...