All stories by David John Chávez on BroadwayStars

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

How the Bay Area helped shape Disney’s blockbuster stage productions by David John Chávez

Thomas Schumacher, who grew up in San Mateo, is the muscle behind Tony Award-winning musical “The Lion King,” making a San Francisco holiday tour stop.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Friday, October 13, 2023

How offstage tragedies made ‘Rent’ seem even more real by David John Chávez

The original “Rent” cast member shares how grief and perseverance shaped his life and career in solo show at San Francisco’s Curran Theater.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Tuesday, October 3, 2023

‘Nollywood Dreams’ at S.F. Playhouse brings humor and honor to Nigerian film industry by David John Chávez

In Jocelyn Bioh’s comedy centering the world of Nigerian movies, the Ghanaian American playwright aims to tell a joyful African story.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Sunday, April 9, 2023

Review: ‘A Distinct Society’ explores the dynamics of the Muslim Travel ban, but fails to reach its lofty ambitions by David John Chávez

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s latest production examines the stories of those who seek shelter and respite at a library that straddles the U.S./Canada border.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:36PM
Friday, February 24, 2023

How a concert inspired a S.F. playwright to tell the story of a Khmer Rouge survivor by David John Chávez

Lauren Yee's anticipated Bay Area premiere of "Cambodian Rock Band" ready to rock Berkeley Rep.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Friday, February 10, 2023

‘Crushing Wheelchairs’ tells stories of trauma and triumph of S.F.’s homeless by David John Chávez

Theatre of the Poor presents play about the Bay Area's homeless crisis, created by and starring the local unhoused residents of San Francisco.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 04:56PM
Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Bobby Conte brings Mafia-boss wisdom to deeply personal cabaret in return to S.F. by David John Chávez

ACT alum and Broadway standout is set to perform his “Along the Way” solo show Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Strand Theater.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Why Lynn Nottage embraces complex, conflicted characters  by David John Chávez

The Pulitzer-winning playwright brings her new play "Clyde’s" to Berkeley Rep.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Tuesday, December 13, 2022

South Bay teen puts goth angst to work in ‘Beetlejuice’ musical by David John Chávez

Isabella Esler, 18, lands gig as Lydia Deetz for the touring production of the Broadway show adapted from the classic '80s film.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Monday, October 17, 2022

Bay Area actress flexes superpowers in new trans musical ‘Red Shades’ by David John Chávez

B Noel Thomas spoke with The Chronicle about finding her true self, and building up her artistic voice before starring in Z Space’s latest production in S.F.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Thursday, September 8, 2022

How huge ‘Moulin Rouge’ stage was recreated inside S.F.’s Orpheum Theather by David John Chávez

Lavish touring production of the Broadway musical plants an elephant and a red mill out in the Orpheum Theatre audience.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 08:25PM
Tuesday, September 6, 2022

With ‘Lear,’ theater leaders come together to celebrate Shakespeare and S.F.’s Fillmore district by David John Chávez

Cal Shakes’ production is a modern translation of one of Shakespeares’ most brutally heartbreaking tales, set in San Francisco’s “Harlem of the West” era.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Thursday, August 11, 2022

Berkeley Rep’s world premiere hopes to become Broadway’s next big hit musical by David John Chávez

The writers and creatives behind “Goddess” spent 16 years perfecting their adaptation of a Kenyan myth that is originally only four sentences long.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Monday, May 23, 2022

At Cal Shakes, ‘Romeo y Juliet’ offers two brave turns for timeless love story by David John Chávez

Playwright Karen Zacarías and director KJ Sanchez make remarkable choices in adapting Shakespeare's classic into a queer, bilingual tale of colonial California.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Tuesday, April 5, 2022

August Wilson’s ‘Gem of the Ocean’ has extra depth for Tim Bond. Now Bond presents it at TheatreWorks by David John Chávez

Wilson once chatted with Bond about a new play he had written, a talk that left Bond mesmerized at every word uttered by one of America's greatest playwrights.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM

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2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater