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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Greg MacKellan takes final bow with Moon’s ‘Syracuse’ by Robert Sokol

When the curtain goes down on 42nd Street Moon’s new production of “The Boys from Syracuse,” it will not only signal the end of the show, but the end of » The post Greg MacKellan …

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Hillbarn’s ‘Mockingbird’ fails to soar by Robert Sokol

If the recent death of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee engenders a nostalgic hunger to revisit her seminal work, the production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” at Hillbarn Theatre wi…

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Emily Skinner celebrates Sondheim and more by Robert Sokol

Tony Award-nominee Emily Skinner is becoming a very welcome presence on The City’s performing arts scene. She led a revival of Stephen Sondheim’s seldom performed “Do I Hear a Waltz?…

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Kim Novak offers perspectives on ‘Vertigo’ by Robert Sokol

Legend is a gift that keeps giving and that’s just fine with Kim Novak. The legendary film star returns to The City this weekend to celebrate her work and that » The post Kim Novak of…

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Family drama ‘Sagittarius Ponderosa’ needs focus by Robert Sokol

Called “whimsical” in its promotional materials, the world premiere of “Sagittarius Ponderosa” at New Conservatory Theatre Center was disappointingly vague and unfocused. The shortco…

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

New musical ‘Tinderella’ swipes mostly right by Robert Sokol

Mix a 17th-century Italian folk tale with 21st-century matchmaking technology, shake with a lot of earnest energy and you get “Tinderella,” the new musical at the PianoFight-resident Fau…

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

A Broadway Christmas with Brian Stokes Mitchell by Robert Sokol

“Holidays are about family, about friends, fun and hopefully about relaxing,” says Brian Stokes Mitchell, “though they never seem to be that way for me since I am always working »…

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

‘Gentleman’s Guide’ continues on long path to success by Robert Sokol

If creating a musical based on a vintage film has become a common, if unpredictable, theater practice, it might stand to reason that creating one based on a 65-year-old black-and-white »…

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

‘If/Then’ comes to S.F. with Broadway stars by Robert Sokol

A woman who gets to go in both directions at a major fork in her life’s road is the central theme of the musical “If/Then,” written by Tony Award-winners Brian » The post ‘If/Th…

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Opera’s Stephanie Blythe celebrates legacy of Kate Smith by Robert Sokol

Stephanie Blythe is popping up all over San Francisco lately. She made a surprise appearance at the San Francisco Symphony gala opening last week. She’s also spent the last month » Th…

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Custom Made’s ‘Youth’ is funny and engaging by Robert Sokol

A frequently humorous if talky slice of nothing set in the trickle-down Reagan-era, Kenneth Lonergan’s “This is Our Youth” marks the opening of a new season for Custom Made Theatre …

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Kelsey Grammer sings with the symphony by Robert Sokol

Captain Picard is beaming up Frasier Crane to open the San Francisco Symphony season! Well, actually Kelsey Grammer has agreed to step into the 2015 gala concert this week because » The…

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Meet Minnie Driver, singer-songwriter by Robert Sokol

Judging solely by big screen appearances two decades apart, Minnie Driver’s talents as a singer might be rated really awful (“Goldeneye” in 1995) or unexpectedly classical (2004’s …

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Friday, August 28, 2015

‘Phantom’ re-imagined for a new generation by Robert Sokol

When the auction began onstage at the Orpheum Theatre on Wednesday, the Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” had just completed its 11,474th performa…

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hillbarn Theatre looks forward to 75 years more by Robert Sokol

Making theater is a risky business. Doing so successfully for 75 years is an accomplishment and Hillbarn Theatre celebrates that as it launches its diamond jubilee season this week with …

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Broadway By the Bay’s ‘West Side Story’ an exciting rumble by Robert Sokol

“West Side Story” is a classic — so much so that five productions are now playing or will open around the Bay Area before summer’s end. Happily, the version at » The post Br…

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

BBB’s ‘Lady’ not quite fair by Robert Sokol

by Robert Sokol One of the most perfectly formed musicals of Broadway’s golden age, “My Fair Lady” has a heavenly score – music by Alan Jay Lerner and lyrics by Frederic…

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‘Addams Family’ creepy, kooky and grand by Robert Sokol

by Robert Sokol San Jose Stage Company wraps its current season with a smorgasbord of outstanding local talent in a sparkling two-snaps-up musical production of “The Addams Fam…

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BBB’s ‘Lady’ not quite fair by Robert Sokol

by Robert Sokol One of the most perfectly formed musicals of Broadway’s golden age, “My Fair Lady” has a heavenly score – music by Alan Jay Lerner and lyrics by Frederic…

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‘Addams Family’ creepy, kooky and grand by Robert Sokol

by Robert Sokol San Jose Stage Company wraps its current season with a smorgasbord of outstanding local talent in a sparkling two-snaps-up musical production of “The Addams Fam…

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Non-Equity ‘Annie’ a hard-knock tour by Robert Sokol

by Robert Sokol Though W.C. Fields recommended never sharing a stage with kids and animals, associating with a production of the musical “Annie” makes that impossible. In the…

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Non-Equity ‘Annie’ a hard-knock tour by Robert Sokol

by Robert Sokol Though W.C. Fields recommended never sharing a stage with kids and animals, associating with a production of the musical “Annie” makes that impossible. In the…

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

‘Columnist’ gets off to a bumpy start by Robert Sokol

by Robert Sokol Joseph Alsop was a polarizing figure in the Washington, D.C. press throughout the middle of the last century. Charmingly convivial one minute and harshly critical…

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‘Columnist’ gets off to a bumpy start by Robert Sokol

by Robert Sokol Joseph Alsop was a polarizing figure in the Washington, D.C. press throughout the middle of the last century. Charmingly convivial one minute and harshly critical…

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Interview: Tommy Tune on Telling Tall Tales, Filming Arrested Development and Drinking Through Show Boat by Robert Sokol

If you know anything about Broadway musicals, you know one staged by Tommy Tune is worth whistling about. But even though the Tony Award-winning actor, director and choreographer, known for …

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Interview: Private Practice's Taye Diggs Is Dancing Through Life by Robert Sokol

Taye Diggs is getting his own groove back. He first came to many people's attention on the New York stage: first in the 1994 Broadway production of Carousel (opposite future TV co-star Audra…

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Feature: INTERVIEW: The Kinsey Sicks Win Their Battle With Electile Dysfunction by Robert Sokol

The renowned "dragapella" group take on the political scene in their newest touring show.

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Feature: INTERVIEW: Helen Reddy Wants to Help On and Off the Stage by Robert Sokol

The legendary singer and theater star is returning to performing after 10 years while continuing her career as a hypnotherapist.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Feature: INTERVIEW: Drew Carey Makes a Midnight Run by Robert Sokol

The popular television star discusses hosting The Best of the Midnight Show, his musical theater background, and his favorite Broadway show.

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Feature: INTERVIEW: GrooveLily Moves Into Wheelhouse by Robert Sokol

Guitarist Valerie Vigoda discusses the creation of the group's new musical at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto.

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Feature: INTERVIEW: Adam Shankman Rolls With Rock of Ages by Robert Sokol

The acclaimed director discusses the star-studded film version of the hit Broadway musical.

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