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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Dot By Dot, THIS Is The State Of The Art: The Kentwood Players’ Picturesque “Sunday In The Park With George” Is A ‘Masterful Piece’ Of Music by Leo Buck

Admittedly, “Sunday In The Park With George” is not at all an easy or simple show to produce; Thrillingly however, the “Kentwood Players” rise to all technical and textual demands (a…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

A Show Of Entertaining Magnitude: The Gem Theatre’s Regional Debut Of “Disaster! The Musical” Will Have You Quaking With Laughter In Garden Grov by Leo Buck

Rudetsky and Plotnick’s book winks at many of these Big-Screen exploits, but never out-and-out ‘steals’ from any of them, resulting in an entirely—and an enthrallingly--new work that…

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Where There’s A ‘Wilkas’, There’s A Way (–A Droege Too!) “Born To Win” Is A ‘Can’t Lose’ Beauty Of A Comedy Debut At Hollywood’s by Leo Buck

Sort of akin to what you’d get were “Honey Boo-Boo” to become a live stage-show (--only the absurd humor here is genuinely intended--) the truly hysterical script combines the best (an…

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

A Six-Feet Under Wonder: 3-D Theatricals’ Regional Premiere Of “A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder” Is A Drop-Dead Gore-geous Musical To by Leo Buck

Just about ALL the music heard in “Gentleman’s Guide” is a sumptuous repast for the ears as would befit any ‘Edwardian era’ Operetta, delivered by a coterie of absolutely magnifice…

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Here’s A Fine ‘Twist’: MTW’s “Oliver!” Is One ‘Dickens’ Of A Jolly Ol’ Pleasure Outing In Long Beach CA. by Leo Buck

Each principal figure we encounter in this ‘saga’ is time-tested and thoroughly unforgettable, and all those playing them do every one justice. So too, this production features an ensemb…

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

A Year They Went ‘MAGA-GA’ Over: The La Mirada Theatre Hatches A ‘Revolution’ In Brilliance With “1776: The Musical” by Leo Buck

A thoroughly delightful “Semi-History” lesson through song, “1776” is most assuredly a brave and uncommon musical—but nonetheless entrancing (maybe for this very reason.) Not only …

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Strong ‘Emma’-nations Worthy Of Ovations: The Chance Theater Goes Back On The ‘Jane Gang’ With Their Regional Premiere Of “Emma, The Musical by Leo Buck

Featuring an intelligent and exceedingly witty score from Tony-nominated Composer Paul Gordon, (who also provided the book,) his lyrics are blithe, bubbly, astute and amusing while remainin…

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

A Steve Mar-‘Tin Pan Alley’ Marvel: None Is Better Than Musical Theatre West’s ‘Stellar’ Regional Premiere Of “Bright Star” by Leo Buck

What’s in store is an authentic theatrical ‘discovery’ waiting to be discovered--even better, this new production in Long Beach surely makes it worth discovering! Yes, it can be an emo…

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

A Ghoul-Tide Tradition Returns: Knott’s ‘Scary’ Farm’s “Halloween Haunt 2018” Delivers The Shivers And Raises The Spirit Of Fright And Fun by Leo Buck

It’s always important to bear in mind that events of this nature always succeed best when giving us the opportunity to live out our most secret or heart-stopping fears (—no matter how un…

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Ach Du Lieber, Und Oh Boy: One More Productions’ “The Producers” Is A Big, Bright “Bloom ’n’ Bialy”-Hoo In Garden Grove CA. by Leo Buck

Co-Directed by “One More Productions” Co-Founders, Nicole Cassesso and Damien Lorton (who also Co-Stars as the hyper has-been Impresario, “Max Bialystock”) the choreography comes gra…

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Stylish With A Quiet Dignity: The Morgan-Wixson Theatre’s “She Loves Me” Is A Show Definitely Worth Trying On In Santa Monica CA. by Leo Buck

Branda Lock’s Direction plays toward the many laughs the script gives rise to—often by means of the downright clever way more than a few of the numbers are staged. By the same token, man…

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Friday, August 10, 2018

THIS Winner Takes It All: They Can Dance, They Can Jive, As SoCal ‘Digs’ 3-D Theatricals’ Regional Theater Premiere Of “Mamma Mia!” by Leo Buck

3-D Theatricals' latest re-imagining takes clear advantage of all the geniality, appeal and undoubtedly many cherished memories connected with both these songs and the show itself, with each…

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Look At The Ol’ Girl Now, Fellas: With The Best Of Them, They Can Hold Their Head Up High As One More Productions Says “Hello Dolly!” by Leo Buck

Calling on the talents of twenty-nine supremely adept performers, their collective enterprise and abilities all aid immeasurably in making this “Hello, Dolly!” a genuinely blithe, boiste…

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

It’s A Gas That Frankie’s Landed! : Fullerton ’s “Maverick Theater” ‘Rose Tints Your World’ With Their “Thrilling, Chilling, Fulfillin by Leo Buck

Numerous elements cleverly reflect—but never wholly reconstruct or ‘copy’ the groundbreaking movie—so those who expect them to, as well as those who hope they don’t, are sure to be…

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Big ‘Pa-Rage’ Goes By: 3-D Theatricals’ Encore Production Puts A ‘Frank’ Miscarriage Of Justice On Full “PARADE”! by Leo Buck

“Unbiased" is one of this productions’ major assets. In fact, it could be argued that the true strength of Dawson’s direction is how, (unlike in several more recent productions of “P…

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

These “Newsies” On A Mission, Kill The Competition: Disney’s “Newsies” In La Mirada CA Is A Production That’s Rich And ‘Banner’ Headli by Leo Buck

Forget the movie! Fierstein’s book is exciting and even considerably moving at turns; Yet if there was one ‘take away” from this particular production (although in truth there are inde…

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Friday, May 4, 2018

She’s A Smooth ‘Operetta’: Vintage Spectacular “The Merry Widow” Waltzes Its Way On To DVD by Leo Buck

Lovingly restored to pristine digital precision—which guarantees a sharp, clean picture and impeccable sound quality, so even in Black-and-White the jewels still sparkle brightly and the s…

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Some Enchanted Musical: There Is Nothin’ You Can Name Like McCoy-Rigby Entertainment’s “Grand And Beautiful” New Staging Of “South Pacific by Leo Buck

Arguably one of the best theatrical romances of all time, “South Pacific” boasts one of the most elegant and eloquent scores in Musical Theater history, with Hammerstein and Logan’s sc…

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

‘Alcott’ In The Family: Big On Heart, Bigger On Talent, Santa Monica’s Morgan-Wixson Theatre’s “Little Women” Is Worth Taking A Chance On by Leo Buck

Boasting a bevy of splendid performances and brimming with lots of catchy tunes (—quite a few genuinely moving,) Howland and Dickstein’s score offers one rousing number after another, wh…

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Gee, Baby Ain’t This A Great Musical: One More Productions’ So Cal Premiere Of “Bullets Over Broadway” Scores A ‘Wild, Simply Wild’ Bullse by Leo Buck

This fun and funny, feel-good frolic features a book that is quintessentially “Woody Allen”--seasoned with witty sight gags, stage-bits, and one-liners--each better than the one that cam…

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Who Do You Love? THIS Musical! 3-D Theatricals’ “Million Dollar Quartet” Rocks, Rolls, And Rollic-King-ly Satisfies Your Soul! by Leo Buck

While this might not be the first ‘Juke-Box’ musical, it unquestionably rates among the very best, sporting a truly sensational score comprised of classic rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, R…

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A Story Needin’ To Be Said–Listen How It Came To Be: The Chromolume Theatre’s L.A. Premiere Musical “Dessa Rose” By Any Other Name Would Be by Leo Buck

To even the most casual observation this is a rich and ambitious work--fast-moving, far-reaching and certainly complex enough; thrillingly, the crew at “The Chromolume” rise to every cha…

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Right This Way—Your Table’s Waiting: The La Mirada Theatre’s “Perfectly Marvelous” Staging Of “Cabaret” ‘Willkommens’ You Into A Thr by Leo Buck

Far richer, vaster and more nuanced than the 1972 Academy Award-winning film, this 1998 revival script utilized for this production explores more facets of its characters and the explosive t…

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Secret’s Out: Come Spirit, Come Charm, Anaheim’s “Chance Theater” Lifts Up The Holiday Season With A Return To “The Secret Garden” by Leo Buck

Brimming with sumptuous melodies, baronial choreography, and a heartwarming story of faith, forgiveness, and renewal, this elegant new production is the perfect panacea to squelch any rumbli…

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A Cut Above The Rest: The World Premiere Of The Sherman Brothers’ Musical “Levi!” Is A Perfect Fit For L.A.C.C’s Theatre Academy! by Leo Buck

A classic “Rags to Riches” story (by earning riches out of rags) set in the early-to-middle decades of the nineteenth century, true to form, many of the numbers heard here gratis the tal…

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Gospel According To Shakespeare: L.A.’s “Open Fist Theatre Company” Is ‘Having A Ball’ With The ‘Excellent Foppery’ Of “DeLEARiou by Leo Buck

Although a piece as elaborate as “King Lear” is not the easiest thing to musicalize, nonetheless, the show’s creators have enviably managed to do just that conjuring copious amounts of…

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Que Bueno! “Company Of Angels” World Premiere Drama “This Land”, Was Made For You And Me! by Leo Buck

Ms. Ordaz has constructed an intricate jigsaw puzzle of a plot with a copious array of layers—but it all becomes crystal clear by the closing scene which brings everything brilliantly full…

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

From The Silver ‘Scream” To A Raging Musical Hit: 3-D Theatricals’ ‘Monster-ously’ Madcap “Young Frankenstein” Will Leave You In Stitche by Leo Buck

Packing his story with one awesome--and awesomely funny--number after the other, Mel Brooks has fundamentally taken an already outstanding screwball comedy from the screen, and transformed i…

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Theater That Really “Bowles” You Over: O.C’s “One More Productions” ‘Wilkommen’s’ Audiences ‘Im Cabaret, Au Cabaret’—To “CABAR by Leo Buck

Were there ever any doubt, “One More Productions” validates its worthiness to be counted among So Cal’s “Big League” theater companies with this outstanding--and astounding new pro…

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Jam, Jive And Everything: Fats Waller’s Jazzy Revue “Ain’t Misbehavin’” Is Lookin’ Good And Soundin’ Great In La Mirada Ca. by Leo Buck

Director Ken Page has the Midas touch as regards his complete understanding of this riveting time and the material that sprang from it, and he deftly applies this knowledge liberally with a …

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Dead-Serious Humor: LA’s Odyssey Theatre Ensemble ‘Digs Up’ Plenty Of Cackles, Crazies And Cadavers With The Classic Comedy, “Arsenic And Old by Leo Buck

Who'd ever think that Murder and Whimsy could go so well together? A silly, sinister—and always satisfying slice of satire, there’s giggles and guffaws galore ripe for the taking courtes…

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