Theatres

Showstopping Linda Eder Is Back – And Yet She Never Left

by Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev If you’ve been wondering where Linda Eder has been, you’d likely be surprised she hasn’t gone anywhere. But a lot of her “new” music actually isn’t new at all. Eder has taken more control of her career and sells her music – and art – on her own website, For […] Click to read more »

Tony-Nominated Married Stars Bring Their Love of Theatre to SF’s Feinstein’s

by Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev I just completed the worst interview with three-time Tony nominee Andy Karl and his Tony-nominated wife Orfeh, who bring their “Legally Bound” cabaret act to San Francisco Feinstein’s at the Nikko on Jan. 12 and 13. Don’t get me wrong. They weren’t boring and they had plenty to say. But after […] Click to read more »

A Star is Born in “A Christmas Story”

by Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev   A star is born. Not Barbra Streisand or Judy Garland. Or, even way back to Janet Gaynor.   “A Christmas Story: The Musical” is playing at the SF Playhouse and I caught it when the understudy took on the lead role of Ralphie.   Oftentimes, people think the understudy […] Click to read more »

A “Bright Star” of Broadway Shines Just As Bright on Tour in SF

by Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev The closest one can get to Broadway is to see the touring version of the Tony-nominated musical “Bright Star,” which has made a stop at San Francisco’s Curran Theatre and playing only through Dec. 17. This production has many of the same cast members from New York including two of the […] Click to read more »

Los Angeles Comedic Talent Shows New Yorkers His Bright and Bold Side

by Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev One of Los Angeles’ most powerhouse performers and funniest humans on the planet brings his talents – and a little taste of Southern California – to New York’s Soho Playhouse. Drew Droege, writer and star of the one-man comedy “Bright Colors and Bold Patterns,” is giving New York a taste […] Click to read more »

Donna Summer Musical Should Stamp Its Feet All the Way to Broadway by Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev

The La Jolla Playhouse has a rich history of success and game changing shows. No wonder the theatre itself has a Tony Award. Even Broadway admires its artistry. La Jolla’s own Christopher Ashley won a Tony Award this year for the musical “Come From Away,” which transferred to the Great White Way from La Jolla […] Click to read more »

This “Summer” Heats Things Up at La Jolla Playhouse

by Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev “Summer” is coming to Southern California. Not speaking of one of the four seasons, but something even hotter: “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” makes its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse and is selling out most of its run through Dec. 17 faster than you can sing Donna Summer’s […] Click to read more »

Broadway Kings Make a Praise Worthy Musical “Prince” by Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev

TheatreWorks has a big and spectacular world premiere musical on its hands with “The Prince of Egypt,” playing in Mountain View through November 5 Like in the past, TheatreWorks has introduced us to some spectacular musicals that have gone on to New York to win acclaim and accolades. Let’s hope “Egypt” joins previous successes on […] Click to read more »

“Reefer” has the Stuff Musical Spoofs are Made Of by Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev

It’s rare when the words “satire,” “spoof” and “parody” all can apply to one piece of work. They all mean something slightly different but have some commonalities and aren’t always used interchangeably. The musical parody “Reefer Madness” is one such show. It’s a satirical retelling of the 1930s propaganda film of the same name that […] Click to read more »