DeJesus searches for truth as Frankie Valli in SHN’s ‘Jersey Boys’

For the person lucky enough to play the signature role of Frankie Valli in the smash Broadway hit “Jersey Boys,” the lifestyle can be pretty lonely. Take Aaron De Jesus … Continue reading DeJesus searches for truth as Frankie Valli in SHN’s ‘Jersey Boys’

Review: SHN’s ‘Gentleman’s Guide’ fueled by strong performances

The first glimpse of Monty Navarro that stands out is a little smirk at the top of the show. He sits at his desk in prison, dipping the fountain pen … Continue reading Review: SHN’s ‘Gentleman’s Guide’ fueled by strong performances

Snyder’s choices parallel latest role in SHNSF’s ‘If/Then’

How’s this for a career milestone? Actor James Snyder owned his very first Broadway cast album back in the mid-1990’s as a teenager. That album was “Rent.” That soundtrack features, … Continue reading Snyder’s choices parallel latest role in SHNSF’s ‘If/Then’

Sunnyvale’s Stafford returns to the Bay Area in Broadway’s ‘Once’

There is a certain element of sadness when a show closes. The performers who give so much to be on stage bonding with their cast mates can certainly be overwhelmed … Continue reading Sunnyvale’s Stafford returns to the Bay Area in Broadway’s ‘Once’

Review: Easy to feel the love at Broadway San Jose’s ‘Lion King’

What is about Disney’s “The Lion King,” that makes it so special? For starters, it remains one of the most inventive retellings of a Disney cartoon anywhere. Original director Julie … Continue reading Review: Easy to feel the love at Broadway San Jose’s ‘Lion King’

Hobbs relishes her role in Broadway San Jose’s ‘The Lion King’

Tiffany Denise Hobbs has done plenty in her film and theatre career, but there is something very special about her latest endeavor. Hobbs finds herself touring with the worldwide Broadway … Continue reading Hobbs relishes her role in Broadway San Jose’s ‘The Lion King’

Mann finds new challenges after ‘The Voice’ in SHNSF’s ‘Phantom’

It’s all a bit overwhelming for Chris Mann. First there was that little television show he appeared on, something called “The Voice,” where he was a member of Team Christina … Continue reading Mann finds new challenges after ‘The Voice’ in SHNSF’s ‘Phantom’

The legend of Merman the focus of A.C.T.’s ‘Call Me Miss Bird’s Eye’

Ethel Merman is widely known as the first lady of the Broadway musical. But to Irving Berlin, she might have been known as something a little less kind. Merman was … Continue reading The legend of Merman the focus of A.C.T.’s ‘Call Me Miss Bird’s Eye’

Review: San Jose Stage’s ‘Addams Family’ puts the fun in dysfunctional

There is something wholesomely charming about a family that is utterly uncharming. You have a dashing, debonair husband, a wife that is anything but, and kids that find such joy … Continue reading Review: San Jose Stage’s ‘Addams Family’ puts the fun in dysfunctional