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…

Sam Harris Continues to Shine Onstage

I sat in the historic Pasadena Theater today to eagerly watch HAM: A Musical Memoir about Sam Harris, the dynamic singer who won the hearts of 25 million Americans, when he  won the title of  Grand Champion in the popular television show – Star Search. This was the ultimate talent show 30 years before American…

Broadway Ready Breaking Throughy

At opening night of the edgy pop-rock musical Breaking Through, I sat in the Pasadena Playhouse mesmerized by lead actress Alison Luff’s melodic voice. She sat on an empty stage with a white spotlight shining down, and she played the guitar while singing the first song, Breaking Through. Later in the song a back curtain…

Jason Alexander -West Coast Broadway Bound

“As a young boy, I dreamed of becoming a magician,” said actor, director, writer, producer and comedian Jason Alexander, 54. The majority of NBY readers will fondly remember Alexander as George Costanza in the mega-successful television show Seinfeld. Alexander practiced his craft starting at the age of six and perform magic shows for family and…