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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Oh, What Heights They Hit: Relationships, Resiliency And Rap Music Are Spot-Lighted In “The La Mirada Theatre’s” Muy Magnificente “In The Heig by Leo Buck

Overflowing with contemporary music and contemporary dance-club cavorting, all performed by an enthusiastic company of triple-threat performing artists, “La Mirada’s” “In The Heights…

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Sing Out The News! 3-D Theatricals “Newsies” Is A Banner-Headline Worthy Return In Cerritos, California! by Leo Buck

Theater is at its finest when it’s also a celebration of some kind—whether it be life, romance, joy--or even of just theater itself; such is the case with all of them to be abundantly fo…

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

They KNOW The Notes To Sing: The ‘Thrills’ Are Alive At “The La Mirada Theatre” With Their ‘Do-Re-Me-lodious’ New Staging Of “The Sound by Leo Buck

Rodgers and Hammerstein have assembled one of their most celebrated scores, deftly causing this, their final collaboration, to be one of those rare shows where its one recognizable--even tim…

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Thursday, March 31, 2022

Worth Beating A ‘Path’ To The Theater Door: The Brickhouse Theater’s “The Path To Catherine” Is A “Great” World Premiere Of A Hip, ‘He by Leo Buck

Like a big, buoyant ‘World History’ lesson set to music, this ranks as “Must See” viewing for students and History enthusiasts of all ages!! (Think of it as one of those rare theatri…

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Thursday, March 10, 2022

Happy Now And Happy Hence & Happy Ever After? Rights And Wrongs And In Betweens Are Explored In One More Productions’ Hauntingly Magical Musical by Leo Buck

Director Lorton’s version of this newest season opener breathes new life and vibrancy into the fairy tales (and a musical) you thought you knew. It’s more than just ‘wishful thinking…

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Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Isn’t It Rich? Isn’t It Queer? Fidelity Can Be A Real ‘Drag’ As Hollywood’s “Greenway Court Theatre” Explores The Levity Of Love, Lust & by Leo Buck

Ideal for those theatergoers who prefer more non-traditional retellings of classic musicals and shows...in the final analysis (and despite any passing distractions or quirks in casting,) thi…

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

A Real Jewel Of A Way To Ring In The Holiday Season: One More Productions Keeps The Merry Bells Ringing With Their Happiest Edition Of “The Holiday by Leo Buck

“One More Production’s” goal was to create, on the live, in-person stage, the kind of big, buoyant Christmas special, which back in the 1960’s and 70’s, peppered the network airwav…

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Thursday, November 4, 2021

Here They Go Again: “La Mirada Theatre’s” ‘Dancin’ Queen’ Of All Musicals, “Mamma Mia” Reminds So Cal Audiences “Just How Much We’ by Leo Buck

Dawson and Solimando have seen to it that the harmonic happenings are given a brighter, fresher, and newer “look” with even higher spirits and a multitude of feel-good sensations that ar…

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

Color Of Impressed: Matters Of The Heart Are Never Just Skin Deep In “The Chance Theater’s” Heart-Wrenching Orange County Premiere Of “Yellowm by Leo Buck

Questions that linger long beyond the house lights coming up prove the power the story and characters have had on us...such is the strength of Ms. Orlandersmith’s storytelling, and Ms. Hil…

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Let The Games Begin—Again: Mc Coy-Rigby Entertainment Proves Re-Opening Can Be ‘Murder’ With Their Hilariously Hair-Raising West Coast Premiere by Leo Buck

Rightly hailed as the “ultimate whodunit that will leave you ‘dying’ of laughter”, the story is at its most humorous when it references—or even mocks--its source material; Infused …

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

OOOH! SIGH! Give ’Em Your Attention: “One More Productions” ‘Singularly Sensational’ “A Chorus Line” Is Uncommonly Rare, Very Unique–A by Leo Buck

Both the direction and choreography combine to furnish this production with plenty of pleasant surprises where you least expect them. In fact, Director Lorton has accomplished the enviable f…

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Back–And On The Cutting ‘Edge’: Anaheim California’s “Chance Theater” Holds On Fast, Holds On Tight–And Prevails With The O.C. Premiere by Leo Buck

Pasek and Paul’s lyrics exude pithy sentiments and fathom-deep emotional truths, and through them many basic (and often hard) realities are outlined and articulated. These are songs that a…

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The Show DOES Go On: Boy Howdy! LIVE Theater Stages A Rollicking Comeback In So Cal As “One More Productions” Returns With “Always…Patsy Cline by Leo Buck

The poster looming outside the box-office reads: “The Legend Returns”, and there couldn’t be a better way to describe the feat that "One More Productions" has accomplished with the ope…

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Love Is Still A Popular Suggestion: VAI Music’s “One Touch Of Venus” Is One Touch Of Rediscovered Fabulousness! by Leo Buck

“One Touch Of Venus” ranks as a sure-fire spirit-lifter for such ‘challenging’ times of late. Even now this remains one of those productions that’s well-worth revisiting--or if you…

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

They’ve Got The Hit Right Here: One More Productions’ “Guys And Dolls” ‘Wins, Places, Shows’—And Pays Off Big In ‘High Stakes’ Enter by Leo Buck

Director Lorton has demonstrated ample times previously that he definitely knows this era and this understanding benefits this production especially well, preparing him to incorporate small-…

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Caption: An OUT-standing Musical! The Chance Theater In Anaheim CA. Beckons Audiences To ‘Come Out’ And See Their “Fun Home” by Leo Buck

At turns haunting, enthralling, humorous, devastating---and well deserving of every award it has earned; love it or hate it, respect or reject it’s compelling message, this is some powerfu…

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Praises Well Worth Singing: L.A. Premiere Of Del Shores’ “This Side Of Crazy” Is A Madly Entertaining New Dramedy! by Leo Buck

Uproariously funny, devastatingly authentic, and resolutely moving--practically beyond words, this latest chapter in the 'Gospel according to Shores' is a spot-on, slice-of-life ‘dramedy…

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Ever A Surprise: One More Productions Presents ‘Mystery, Romance—And A Happy Ending’ With Disney’s Enchanting “Beauty And The Beast” by Leo Buck

This production benefits magnificently from the understanding that less is often more—relying less on special effects or stage gimmicks and more on stellar performances, always with an eye…

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

There’s No TV Like “Golden” TV: V.A.I. Music’s Very ‘Mary’ DVD Release Of “Annie Get Your Gun” ‘Raitt’s” A Real ‘Live’ Winn by Leo Buck

Ms. Martin and Mr. Raitt’s talents match one another’s flawlessly, helping to make this a “Must See” for fans and aficionados of either (or both) of them; of rare television antiquit…

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Simply Simon: The “Open Fist Theatre Company’s” Debut Of “Musical Fools” Is The No Nonsense ‘Neil’ Deal! by Leo Buck

If you’re in the market for a good, old fashioned. “Forget your troubles” kind of musical you've hit the jackpot here—so what if it all adds up to lunacy, it’s lovable lunacy! Up i…

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Friday, October 18, 2019

No Two Ways About It: 3-D Theatricals’ “Once, The Musical” Is A ‘Roundly’ Stirring Love Story! by Leo Buck

Even with a decade of providing Southland theater enthusiasts with top-flight entertainment under their belts, this marks something of a distinguished achievement for 3-D Theatricals, as it…

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Whoa Mama! One More Productions’ Astronomically Entertaining Bluegrass Musical “Bright Star” Shimmers With Hopes And Dreams And Fine Imaginings by Leo Buck

If the goal of theater is to make one feel and be affected by what they’re seeing and experiencing, the gang at “One More Productions” have certainly succeeded in spades as “Bright S…

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Everybody! ‘Grump’ For Joy: The La Mirada Theatre’s West Coast Debut Of “Grumpy Old Men—The Musical” Is A Clever Curmudgeonly Comedy by Leo Buck

At turns hilarious, while at others startlingly affecting, many of the best lines or crucial plot-twists delightfully take you off guard, making their impact lingering and lasting...it’s u…

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

One ‘Roar’ Time: 3-D Theatricals’ ‘Ogre-hauled’ “Shrek, The Musical” Is A Happily Ever Entertaining Reprise To Please! by Leo Buck

Director Vaughn truly knows this show and possesses plenty of earnest affection for the material. Here his direction is fast paced and colorful—kind of like a frisky and forward-flowing wh…

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

When You’re A Hit, You’re A Hit All The Way: “One More Productions” Breezes It, Buzzes It, And Turns ‘On’ The Juice With Their ‘Pretty A by Leo Buck

Helped tremendously by the more intimate size of the venue, this closer proximity to the action increases the visceral-level responses one gets concerning all the high-stakes emotions and th…

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

It’s A Bonanza And A Mad Extravaganza: The Best Of Times Really Are Now At “The Long Beach Playhouse” With Their Staging Of “La Cage Aux Folle by Leo Buck

This new production at “The Long Beach Playhouse” is a more intimate interpretation of this solid audience favorite, while still maintaining (and doing justice) to all the elements that …

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

A Totally ‘Engaging’ Musical: Santa Monica’s “Morgan-Wixson Theatre” Marries Old-School Hilarity To New-Wave Harmony With “The Wedding Sin by Leo Buck

Ms. Mattsson’s direction is lively, and free-flowing, with an inspiring trend toward finding the ‘realism’ in the outright farcical; this makes the characters, and what they’re doing…

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Monday, May 27, 2019

A Yippee-Yi-Yay To Remember: Sure As Shootin’ “The Skylight Theatre Company” Kicks Up Their Heels With The Wild, Western, And Wonderful World P by Leo Buck

Under his letter-perfect and agile direction, Bird and his cast and crew have concocted a big, bright, bubbly Valentine to hope-against-hope and the good old-fashioned value of having a drea…

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Show Them A Reason And They’ll Soon Show You A Rhyme: The Kentwood Players ‘Spread A Little Sunshine’ With Their ‘Glory! Glori-ous!’ Stagin by Leo Buck

Schwartz’s cutting-edge score (his first for a major Broadway show) adeptly combines the best elements of ‘old school’ classic musicals from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s with the more…

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Not Your ‘Garden Variety’ Musical: 3-D Theatricals Cultivates A Big, Bloomin’ Bouquet Of ‘Spirited’ Delight With “The Secret Garden” by Leo Buck

3-D Theatricals' gives this one the treatment such a monumental, near-epic tale of this caliber fully deserves. Even if you’ve seen the show done before, you’ve NEVER seen it like this…

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Cinema Italiano Vivi Sul Palco: One More Production’s Fellini-esque & Female-Filled “NINE” Scores A Solid TEN Out Of Ten! by Leo Buck

A complex, highly-stylized musical dramedy, style is precisely what the folks at “One More Productions” have given it in spades. Yeston’s songs are some of the smartest and very best w…

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