Bright Star Shimmers in Los Angeles

Opening night at The Ahmanson is always a big deal. Sometimes Hollywood’s favorite stars arrive to be one of the first to see the newest production in Los Angeles. When the Center Theater Group Los Angeles announced it was bringing Bright Star to the Music Center, I knew I had to see it.   First…

Seeing Mary Louise Parker in Heisenberg

I’ve never seen the Mark Taper Forum stage transformed to look like a fashion runway,  and chuckled when I heard one audience member ask an usher “Is the stage always going to look like this?” Scenic designer Mark Wendland’s stage worked well for the two award winning performers Denis Arndt (Tony nominee) and Mary-Louise Parker…

MUST SEE Hershey Felder at The Wallis

The first time I saw Felder onstage was when he starred in his one man show, George Gershwin Alone. He guided the audience on a historical journey about one America’s most famous composer and pianist. When the Artistic Director of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Paul Crewes announced Felder would be coming…

Ezralow Dance at The Wallis Annenberg

Last night I had the opportunity to watch one of the most fascinating modern dance performances I have ever seen. Inside the Bram Goldsmith Theater at the historic Beverly Hills Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, award winning artistic director and choreographer Daniel Ezralow directed a series of dance vignettes that at times were…

Joyous Jersey Boys

Los Angeles has become a theatre destination, similar to NYC. The touring company of Jersey Boys rocks with Mark Ballas (Dancing With The Stars), Aaron De Jesus, Miguel Jarquin-Moreland, Matthew Dailey, Keith Hines, and Cory Jeacoma. Here’s my review of Lyrics by Bob Crewe, Music by Bob Gaudio, Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Directed by Des McAnuff…

Wildly Joyous Georgia McBride at The Geffen Playhouse

Walking into the Geffen Playhouse theatre, I admired how lighting designer Josh Epstein draped an array of jewel colored string lights from the stage out into the side walls of the theatre, creating an ambiance of a dive bar or nightclub. Above the center stage is a framework of lighting trusses with red rope lights,…

Flying High After Seeing Finding Neverland

My friend Toni had an extra ticket to Finding Neverland at The Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Since I love musicals, I enthusiastically said yes. Little did I know, this entertaining show would capture both of our hearts with its talented cast, sets, and multi-media “magical” experiences. Based on the book by James Graham and music…

Another Winner at The Wallis

Director Emma Rice received a phone call from her mother about a wonderful book that she was reading to her nieces. She urged Rice to bring The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, by Michael Morpurgo (one of the Uk’s most beloved storytellers) to life on stage. Read my review about how she and others brought…

Barbecue is Smokin’ Hot at the Geffen Playhouse

Remember James Frey’s mega selling book, A Million Little Pieces? I read it in 2003, before Oprah discovered and picked it for her Oprah’s Book Club. The book shot up to the top of the New York Times best seller list, until Oprah discovered it was not a completely factual memoir. She slammed Frey for…

Beautiful Ends July 17 at Pantages

In two words I describe the current musical at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood – Exquisitely Beautiful! Sitting in row M in the 2700 seat Pantages Theater, actress Abby Mueller portrays songwriter and singer Carole King exquisitely to a sold out crowd. She walks out onto the stage and sits at a beautiful black grand…

Romeo + Juliet in Hollywood

Sitting at a table underneath Juliet’s famous balcony scene in Romeo + Juliet: Love is a Battlefield Volume 2, Juliet sings Whitney Houston’s famous song – “I Have Nothing….if I don’t have you.”  This immersive theatre is similar to Hamilton on Broadway. Hamilton teaches American History with hip-hop and rap music.  At the Prospect Theatre…