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The Phantom of the Opera: BTS with Chris Mann (Video)

Chris Mann is The Phantom, and Stark Insider has an inside look at the epic Broadway show making its way across the country.Perhaps no Broadway show in history has impacted audiences the world over as dramatically as The Phantom of the Opera. Lavish sets. Gorgeous costumes. That classic Andrew...
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BTS Preview: ‘The Lion King’ with Rafiki (Video)

Can you feel the love tonight?For Broadway fans in Silicon Valley, the answer would be a resounding Y-E-S.Ever popular Phantom of the Opera is now playing in San Francisco. And next week, another epic Broadway hit, The Lion King, opens at the San Jose Center for Performing Arts.If you haven't...
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Broadway Backstage: ‘Matilda the Musical’ at SHN Orpheum (Video)

"It is a full, physical workout, this show."It takes actor Bryce Ryness only about 15 minutes to transform -- warts and all -- into that most likable of an evil headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. But, removing all that makeup, glue, and effect pieces, well... that takes considerably longer.Perhaps most impressive...
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Maggots! Backstage at ‘Matilda the Musical’ (Outtakes)

Want to take control of a room?Here's a handy trick for commanding attention.Watch this outtake as Bryce Ryness shows me a move that should cause everyone to pay attention when first walking into a room. The Broadway actor is now appearing in Matilda the Musical at the SHN Orpheum. I met...
Matilda National Tour - Review

‘Matilda’ musical dazzles at the Orpheum (Review)

Outstanding performances, vocals, and choreography. 'Matilda' is a fine example of intelligent story-telling and the inspiration that live theater can deliver.
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SHN reveals line-up of Broadway musicals

“The homecoming of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical gives us all an opportunity to see how the production has developed since it first had its world premiere with SHN in 2013.”

Still loving Lucy (Review)

Unlike the sitcom Ricky, Losada leads a real band and sings on stage, with a rich tenor that just might make you swoon.

San Francisco: ‘Buyer & Cellar’ a delicious romp (Review)

These old timey shoppes are taken straight out of Streisand’s 2010 book "My Passion for Design", which one imagines the diva dictating and photographing while in an extremis Martha Stewart moment.

Celebrating San Francisco Theater – Awards announced

64 awards were handed out last night at a gala celebrating the best in San Francisco theater. Here's the list of winners. Plus some thoughts.

The Bay Area celebrates 50 years of Fiddler on the Roof

Although the story of 'Fiddler on the Roof' is based on the experience of Jews in rural Eastern Europe, its resonance goes far beyond the Jewish community. The Bay Area celebrates the musical's 50th anniversary.