Review: Broadway San Jose’s ‘Once’ is a powerful musical experience

“How do you say, ‘Do you still love him’ in Czech?” It’s a critical question that Guy asks Girl in “Once,” the Tony Award winning musical that makes a stop … Continue reading Review: Broadway San Jose’s ‘Once’ is a powerful musical experience

Review: Irreverent romp ‘The Book of Mormon’ is a whole lot of fun

If organized religion can be considered a sacred cow, consider “The Book of Mormon,” a delightfully cheery butcher shop. There is nothing held sacred in the bouncy and peppy musical, … Continue reading Review: Irreverent romp ‘The Book of Mormon’ is a whole lot of fun

Review: Despite flaws, ‘Newsies’ brings about a youthful energy

There is certainly much to like in the touring production of the Disney musical “Newsies,” currently running through March 15th at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. It has a spirit … Continue reading Review: Despite flaws, ‘Newsies’ brings about a youthful energy

Alameda’s DeGuzman returns to his roots with SHNSF’s ‘Newsies’

Call Julian DeGuzman’s dad Joe something of a visionary. When Julian was growing up in Alameda, Joe spent many hours, days and years driving his son around to dance class … Continue reading Alameda’s DeGuzman returns to his roots with SHNSF’s ‘Newsies’

‘Wicked’ in San Jose is solid and sentimental

I have a fairly illustrious history with the musical “Wicked,”  the inventive prequel to “The Wizard of Oz.” I had bought tickets to attend the open-ended run in San Francisco … Continue reading ‘Wicked’ in San Jose is solid and sentimental

Road Review: Hansberry’s play shares top billing with Washington in Broadway’s revival of ‘Raisin’

Upon entering the Ethel Barrymore theatre, director Kenny Leon puts up a most interesting preshow soundscape. It is an interview by famed radio star and writer Studs Terkel with Lorraine … Continue reading Road Review: Hansberry’s play shares top billing with Washington in Broadway’s revival of ‘Raisin’