Bay Area high school students don’t throw away their shot to see ‘Hamilton’ through ‘EduHam’

For young Diana Falcón, the moment was overwhelming. The 17-year-old junior from Downtown High School in San Francisco rarely speaks in front of a crowd and says she struggles with … Continue reading Bay Area high school students don’t throw away their shot to see ‘Hamilton’ through ‘EduHam’

SHN’s ‘Finding Neverland’ a team effort for the Hennessy family

Ask Tyler Patrick Hennessy what San Francisco Giant he’d like to see in the Orpheum Theatre seats at SHN’s upcoming production and he doesn’t hesitate to answer. “Buster Posey.” Makes … Continue reading SHN’s ‘Finding Neverland’ a team effort for the Hennessy family

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’

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’

Review: Fresh coat of paint for SHNSF’s ‘Phantom’ features hits, misses

I have a pretty solid history with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s pièce de résistance “The Phantom of the Opera.” While it has never been an all-time favorite, it has always been for … Continue reading Review: Fresh coat of paint for SHNSF’s ‘Phantom’ features hits, misses

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’

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