Lin-Manuel Miranda & his father Luis

Sitting center stage at the Geffen Playhouse, Broadway sensation and Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda and his father Luis A. Miranda Jr., enlightened the audience for 90 minutes about theatre, Puerto Rico and Lin-Manuel’s new movie role in Mary Poppins with moderator Soledad O’Brien. Together this father and son team are very entertaining. O’Brien:…

Go See Valley of the Heart at the Mark Taper Forum

As the front doors opened at the Mark Taper Forum, three Japanese style drummers led the audience into the theatre to see Luis Valdez’s newest stage production Valley of the Heart. Sitting in my seat, I looked down admiring John Iacovelli’s exquisite wood floor stage displaying rays of sun, and a mesmerizing thin blue line…

Dear Evan Hansen

It was a star studded opening night at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles as I spotted Nia Vardalos, Producer Stacey Mindich, book writer Steve Levenson, and music creators Benj Pasek & Justin PaulKaty Perry and her entourage take their seats right before the house lights clicked to black. Scenic designer David Korins (Hamilton) symmetrical…

Let Everyone Eat Cake

Walking into the smaller Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater inside the Geffen Playhouse, I admired Peter Hickok’s set for The Cake. It was so detailed that I thought I was walking into a soundstage to watch a taping of the Cake Wars baking show. The Tiffany blue walls and bright pink bakery counter were pleasing to…

BLACK! at the Zephyr Theatre

Sitting in the Zephyr Theatre to watch a touching one man show by British playwright, actor and storyteller Michael Washington Brown, I felt as if I was attending a Black Studies class at a local college.  With a simple set, this multimedia experience is enhanced with images and music as Brown examines race from a…

Hershey Felder Unveils Beethoven at The Wallis

My review was featured in OnStage Blog – http://www.onstageblog.com/reviews/2018/7/30/review-hershey-felder-unveils-beethoven. At the age of nine while attempting to play one of Beethoven’s most recognized and beloved piece’s Fur Elise, Hershey Felder developed an interest in one of the world’s greatest composers.  Not only is Felder a brilliant actor, concert pianist, storyteller, he also is a historian. Right…

Theatre Review: You in Midair

  Sitting in the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood, an older gentleman and two young girls sitting in the front row, step onstage to make an announcement. The man is Benson Schaeffer, the father of Rebecca Shaeffer and the girls are her cousins. Benson informs us he is the husband of the performer, and father of…

Stick It To The Man – School of Rock

It’s been a while since I’ve walked out of a theatre humming a song from a musical. After seeing School of Rock on opening night, I found myself not only humming, but singing “Stick it to the Man” while driving home. The next day, I sang it again while doing chores around the house. Not…

Torn Between Two Lovers – Love Never Dies at the Pantages

I wanted to love the continuation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera in the sequel Love Never Dies. I was a huge fan of the musical when it premiered at the Pantages Theatre in the 1990s starring Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman. I went back to see the beloved musical again, when television…