Theatres

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 »

Bitches be Slappin’ for Laughs in SF
Soap Spoof

by Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev D’Arcy Drollinger has outdone herself.  She has blown me away with her talents and has set the bar so high, that every one of her shows you’d think it’s her last touch of brilliance.  Well, the writer/director/actor/actress/singer/dancer/comedian has even topped herself (which sounds fun on its own) with her new […] Click to read more »

Quintessential “Cage” Stands Feathers and Bangles Above the Flock

by Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev  “La Cage aux Folles” returns to San Francisco. Again. Yes it was here last year. Yes it’s been a Tony winner on Broadway and has been revived on Broadway twice in the past decade. It seems whoever was going to see “La Cage” would have seen it already. While those […] Click to read more »