“Bodyguard” Tour Gets Standing O’s on the Road: Can Broadway Be Far Behind?

by Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev “The Bodyguard” starts with a bang and keeps the excitement building in this live production of the Whitney Houston film. The musical, playing at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts through April 30,  prior to an upcoming three week run in Los Angeles, is a musical songbook, paying […] Click to read more »

Little Known Musical “Dogfight” is a Big Hit At SF Playhouse by Kevin M. Thomas

Live theatre often needs our help. When they put on shows that are more commonplace like a “My Fair Lady” or “Into the Woods” that have a built-in audience. But when they take a chance on newer or lesser known material, they rely on word of mouth.  That’s exactly what the SF Playhouse hopes with […] Click to read more »

Magical “Amelie” Likely To Travel From Berkeley to Broadway by Kevin M. Thomas

As magical and mesmerizing as the Oscar nominated film it’s based on, “Amelie” makes its world premiere at the Berkeley Rep and likely could be the next Bay Area show that is Broadway bound. Full of charm that made the French film the classic it is, the musical version brings all of its quirkiness to […] Click to read more »

“Heathers” Is So Very Off-Broadway: Very Funny, Very Spoofy, Very 1980s by Kevin M. Thomas

The lights on the Great White Way continue to diminish whenever a show comes up short – especially one based upon a cult movie and transferred from another stage or city. So what’s your damage “Heathers,” coming from Los Angeles? Well, not really a lot. “Heathers: The Musical” opened in New York on March 31 […] Click to read more »

A “Disaster!” Of A Musical Parodies Broadway By Kevin M. Thomas

“Disaster!” is likely one of the funniest musicals ever to rock the stage. At the same time, it parodies 1970s disaster movies but then manages to poke fun at the trend of current jukebox musicals on Broadway stages. It’s slapstick humor and good natured ribbing might easily win over even the toughest audience. The loose […] Click to read more »

Too early for Tonys but “Gentleman’s Guide” might have the actor to beat by Kevin M. Thomas

Tony voters take note: Jefferson Mays should not be forgotten when it comes time for picking Best Actor in a Musical for his amazing, ribald, riotous multi-character work in “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” He’s so good that he should also be up for featured actor. “Gentleman” has had a bumpy road to Broadway […] 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 »

“The Man That Got Away” Musical Short May Be Leaving SF Soon But Has More Life With Judy Garland Ahead By Kevin M. Thomas

Trevor Anderson has been making the film festival circuit for about a year now with his 25 minute musical gem “The Man That Got Away.” The film plays in a series of shorts called “Something Real” during the Frameline LGBT Film Festival on Thursday, June 27 at 1:45pm at the Castro Theatre. Anderson tells us […] Click to read more »

A Star is Born (redux): Rebecca Naomi Jones and Company Kill in “Murder Ballad” by Kevin M. Thomas

“Murder Ballad” returns to Off-Broadway and kills it. Three of the original actors are back in the production which has moved to New York’s Union Square Theatre. Read Original Review here. Now in this slightly bigger venue, the show still packs a wallop, even without Tony winning Karen Olivio reprising her role.Caissie Levy does a great […] Click to read more »

Congratulations to Jessie Mueller and Condola Rashad for their nominations for Best Featured Actress in a Musical and Play

Jessie Mueller Nominated for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” “I’ve always dreamed about being nominated. I think everybody thinks about what they’d say in their Tony speech. But honestly, it just feels like, ‘Oh, this is happening to me? This is what happens […] Click to read more »