Broadway’s “After Midnight” brings the Cotton Club Jazz Era Back to Life starring Fantasia and Dule Hill

The new Broadway musical, “After Midnight” is fueled with an electrifying pooling of talent ranging from Wynton Marsalis, the music of Duke Ellington, The Lincoln Jazz All-Stars, Dule Hill, Fantasia,  and the poetry of legendary, Langston Hughes.  Under the direction and choreography of Warren Carlyle (CHAPLIN, HUGH JACKMAN BACK ON BROADWAY), the 90-minute production brings the […] Click to read more »

Broadway “Janis Joplin” Mirrors Star’s Singing Career by Kevin M. Thomas

Kacee Clanton didn’t realize it, but she was born to play Janis Joplin. She didn’t grow up on Joplin’s music but has always been a performer and loves to sing. Constantly being compared to Joplin and, after taking on her first acting gig as Joplin in another show, Clanton got to learn more about the […] Click to read more »

San Jose Rep’s “Janis Joplin” Discovered On Facebook by Kevin M. Thomas

Cari Hutson, who is taking over the lead role in San Jose’s “One Night With Janis Joplin,” actually got the part thanks to Facebook. Not quite you’re typical “a-star-is-born” story and definitely not a way that Joplin herself could have been discovered, yet through an Austin, Texas Facebook page where artists refer, recommend and seek gigs. […] Click to read more »

“Blue Velvet Soul” epitomizes the one and only Maysa on her new album – Video Interview

On her 10th studio album, the artist that Soul Train awarded and  named the, “Soul Approved Underground Singer”, Maysa delivers velvety vocals mixed with soulful dance gems. Maysa penned and composed eight of the 15 tracks on the new album and is featured in a beautiful duet,  with Bluey of Incognito,  entitled, “Good morning Sunrise”. […] Click to read more »

More than Jekkies will like this “Jekyll & Hyde” by Kevin M. Thomas ENDS May 12th Final Weekend!!

In 1990, I stumbled across a CD for $1 in the bargain bin. It was a 3-song sampler for the musical “Jekyll & Hyde.” While I love to try out new musicals, besides the $1 price tag, I wanted this because Colm Wilkinson played the lead on the CD and I loved him from “Les […] Click to read more »

Bette Midler’s Sue Mengers Play Shouldn’t Be Seen “Last” by Kevin M. Thomas

Alright already! I saw Bette Midler in “I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers” and I wasn’t going to write about it as I didn’t get press tickets. But I have been talking about it ever since and I keep getting asked when will my review by available. Enough! Here it is! Sure […] Click to read more »

GRACE on Broadway starring Paul Rudd and Michael Shannon

Broadway’s “Grace” deals with faith, guilt and life’s choices in Craig Wright’s new play starring Paul Rudd

The new Broadway play, “Grace”, written by Craig Wright (“Dirty Sexy Money”, “Six Feet Under”) challenges it’s character’s faith and limits of sanity when faced with life’s decisions and hardships. The suspenseful 100 minute piece is set against the peaceful backdrop of sunny Florida, which is benefited by Beowulf Boritt’s scenic design, David Weiner’s Lighting […] Click to read more »

Theater – “8” The New Play by Lance Black deals with the Federal Constitutionality of Proposition 8

On September 19th a stage reading of the new play, “8” written by Dustin Lance Black and directed by Joe Mantello brought to life last year’s federal court hearings where two couples, Sandy Stier & Kristin Perry and Jeff Zarrillo & Paul Katami, filed suit against Proposition 8 in Federal Court. Representing them were Ted […] Click to read more »

Race, Class and Family are Presented with Intelligence and Plenty of Laughs in Lydia Diamond’s Broadway Debut of “Stick Fly” By Steve V. Rodriguez

“Stick Fly” which is presented and produced by Alicia Keys makes it’s Broadway debut after having it’s world premiere in Chicago’s Congo Square Theatre Company in 2006. The play went on to play in D.C and win awards in Los Angeles and New England for best direction, playwright, ensemble and new work. Playwright Lydia R. […] Click to read more »

“Chinglish” translates well on the Broadway stage by Kevin M. Thomas

When you hear the word “chinglish” you might think it’s like spanglish – combining Spanish and English into a pretty coherent sentence.  Chinglish is actually what happens when English is poorly translated from Chinese words, which is demonstrated oh so well by the current Broadway play with the same name. According to playwright David Henry […] Click to read more »