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“HAMILTON” at the Civic Theatre

“HAMILTON” at the Civic Theatre

Aired on KSDS-FM on 1/12/18 RUN DATES: 1/3/18 - 1/28/18 VENUE: Broadway San Diego at the Civic Theatre  There are few things on earth that live up to their hype. “Hamilton,” the groundbreaking, blockbuster musical, actually exceeds expectations. I was familiar with the fast-paced, word-drunk music and lyrics of the genius Lin-Manuel Miranda. But the production blew me away. It’s every bit as brilliant as the score. The costumes, stylized moves, choreography and lighting create an unforgettable experience – stunning to Read More →

“WAITRESS” from Broadway San Diego at the Civic Theatre

“WAITRESS” from Broadway San Diego at the Civic Theatre

Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 11/29/18 RUN DATES:  11/27/18 - 12/2/18 VENUE:  Civic Theatre You’ve heard of blackbirds baked in a pie. Well, Jenna bakes all her hopes, fears, passions and frustrations into her crusty creations, with amusing, inventive names to match, like the “I wanna play Doctor with my gynecologist pie.” A waitress in a small (Southern? Southwestern?) town, Jenna (Christine Dwyer) is stuck in a miserable marriage to abusive Earl (the villain of the piece, a monster performed Read More →

“THE HUMANS” at the Ahmanson Theatre in L.A.

“THE HUMANS” at the Ahmanson Theatre in L.A.

Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 6/25/18 RUN DATES: 6/19/18 - 7/29/18 VENUE:  The Ahmanson in L.A. The ghost of Willy Loman hovers over “The Humans,” the Tony Award-winning Best Play of 2016, now running at the Ahmanson Theatre in L.A. Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” bemoaned the demise of The American Dream. But nearly 70 years later, we still cling to that notion of just deserts, of getting what you’ve hoped and strived for. Work hard and you’ll be Read More →

“PETER AND THE STARCATCHER” at Lamplighters Community Theatre

“PETER AND THE STARCATCHER” at Lamplighters Community Theatre

Aired on KSDS-FM on 5/4/18 RUN DATES: 4/20/18 - 5/13/18 VENUE:  Lamplighters Community Theatre When you were young, didn’t you wish you could fly? Then disaster struck: you grew up. Everyone’s favorite airborne sprite, the one who never grew up, is back, in “Peter and the Starcatcher,” which is the creation legend of Peter Pan. The wildly imaginative play by Rick Elice, based on a novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, was first seen locally as a Page-to-Stage workshop Read More →

“MEN ON BOATS” at New Village Arts

“MEN ON BOATS” at New Village Arts

Posted at TimesofSanDiego.com on 4/2/18 RUN DATES: 3/23/18 - 4/22/18 VENUE:  New Village Arts If Lin can do it, anyone can, right? Muck with history, that is. In “Hamilton,” Lin Manuel Miranda updated and deracinated the Founding Fathers, giving them a range of ethnicities and a hip vernacular. New York-based playwright Jaclyn Backhaus takes the conceit one step further (sans rap). She changes the gender as well as the race and colloquialism. Even her title is ironic: “Men in Boats” Read More →

“SPAMILTON” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles

“SPAMILTON” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles

Aired on KSDS-FM on  12/29/18 Calling all Hamiltonians! If you’ve been lucky enough to see the musical theater phenomenon of our age – Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” – or if you know the score from the terrific cast recording… don’t rap, don’t belt, just hip hop up to L.A. to see the uproarious spoof, “Spamilton.” Creator/writer/director Gerard Alessandrini is a word-wizard, just like Miranda and his idol, Stephen Sondheim, who gets more than a few lines and jabs in the Read More →