Category Archives: Musicals

Oklahoma at New Village Arts

Oklahoma at New Village Arts

Back in 1943, Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein opened their first musical collaboration, OKLAHOMA. The show was the first to integrate songs into a plot which changed the scene of theater; much like HAMILTON is doing today. OKLAHOMA takes place in 1903 on the plains. Curly is smitten with Laurey and is trying to convince… Continue Reading

“Newsies” at the San Diego Civic Theatre

“Newsies” at the San Diego Civic Theatre

“Now is the time to seize the day!” NEWSIES is a Disney Theatrical Productions musical based on the 1992 film. It was inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City. Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy, has dreams of a life as an artist away from the big apple. After Joseph Pulitzer,… Continue Reading

“Big River” at New Village Arts

“Big River” at New Village Arts

When I was a kid, my siblings and I grew up doing shows together. For some reason, only my brother did BIG RIVER. I vividly remember sitting in the audience entranced. The songs were catchy, heartfelt and moving. To this day, it is still one of my families favorite musicals. With that in mind, I… Continue Reading

The Great Work at the Guthrie Theater

The Great Work at the Guthrie Theater

THE GREAT WORK is a world premiere musical by 7th House Theater. The show follows the world’s most renowned living pianist on a journey into his past. THE GREAT WORK was so beautiful, I’ve decided to highlight my three favorite elements instead of writing a typical review. 1. David Darrow’s Music- I’ve seen David act… Continue Reading

Spring Awakening on Broadway

Spring Awakening on Broadway

Combining sign language and musical theater is not an easy task. However, Deaf West Theatre has taken their California production and mounted it on the Broadway stage like a pro. The story tells of young German children in the 1890’s. They are exploring life in a time when authority is strong and questioning is not… Continue Reading

Something Rotten on Broadway

Something Rotten on Broadway

SOMETHING ROTTEN tells the tale of the Bottom brothers and their quest to write and perform a stellar play. It is set in 1595 in South London where Shakespeare works as well. Nick, played by Brian d’Arcy James was spectacular. You couldn’t help but want to watch him. His facial expressions, gestures and emotions were… Continue Reading

In Your Arms at The Old Globe

In Your Arms at The Old Globe

IN YOUR ARMS is a world premier dance-theatre musical currently playing at The Old Globe in San Diego. The unique events range across cultures and eras to tell stories through the universal language of dance. IN YOUR ARMS runs an hour and forty-five minutes with no intermission.    There are thirteen vignettes which are all… Continue Reading

Big Fish at Moonlight Stage

Big Fish at Moonlight Stage

BIG FISH is a musical that revolves around the relationship between a father and son. The dad, Edward Bloom, is a traveling salesman and his adult son, Will, is looking for what is behind his father’s tall stories. The show started as a book, adapted into a movie and finally, turned into a musical. The… Continue Reading

Shrek at Moonlight Stage

Shrek at Moonlight Stage

Once upon a time, in a swamp far away, there lived an ogre named Shrek. He loved his solitude and was frustrated when it was taken away by an invasion of annoying fairy tale characters. They were banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad. Shrek wanted to save his home so he made… Continue Reading

The Pirates of Penzance at the Ordway

The Pirates of Penzance at the Ordway

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE is a comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan. The story tells of Frederic, a boy who has been released from his apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates on his 21st year. He meets the daughter of a Major-General and falls in love. However, Frederic finds out he was born on… Continue Reading