“Drag Becomes” Heklina Who Plays It “Straight” In Peaches Christ Production

By Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev   I think something happened to Heklina when she was on her Queens Overboard cruise with Peaches Christ.   She’s back – but she’ll be playing a man. Has this become a topsy-turvy world? Heklina is so popular and famous in drag that one would never think she’d take on […] Click to read more »

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 »

This “Band’s Visit” is Definitely Worth a Trip

By Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev When I am reviewing a show, I try to go in blindly. I don’t want to know others’ opinions and even sometimes a lot about the story or cast.   It was hard to attend “The Band’s Visit” without having a bit of knowledge. Not only did I miss opening […] 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 »