Hard to Enjoy “Silence!” When You Laugh So Hard

by Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev San Francisco’s talent has been bringing us the best of theatre and the current production of “Silence! The Musical” is no exception. Having seen the Off-Broadway version TWICE, I held at bay any preconceived notions I had wondering if the local production can top the amazing work by Jenn Harris […] Click to read more »

“Queer Eye” Jai Rodriguez Brings His Musical Dirty Little Secrets to San Francisco by Kevin M. Thomas

Jai Rodriguez isn’t a household name. Yet you know his face from his Emmy winning work on “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” But Rodriguez’ career doesn’t begin or end with his tenure on “Queer.” He’s returning to his roots in more ways than one as he comes back to San Francisco to the wonderful […] Click to read more »

“Buyer & Cellar”: Comedy Taking Place in Barbra Streisand’s Basement Finds Home in San Francisco by Kevin M. Thomas

“Buyer & Cellar” was perhaps one of the most successful Off-Broadway shows of all time. You didn’t really miss it as its coming to San Francisco’s Curran Theatre on August 19 – with the original lead Michael Urie reprises his role. Too early to review the San Francisco production. But here’s what I wrote about […] Click to read more »

Music Legend, Louis Armstrong’s Most Intimate Moments Unfold in “Satchmo At The Waldorf” By Myrdith Leon-McCormack

An Angel. The embodiment of Jazz music. A messenger from God. These are some of the phrases that have been used to describe Louis Armstrong. Born August 4, 1901 in New Orleans, Louisiana, he grew to be a musician and singer. He could wail on the trumpet and was even called the American Shakespeare. Armstrong […] Click to read more »

“Buyer & Cellar” Shares Emotional Moments That Has Helped Him Prepare For His Debut This Weekend by Kevin M. Thomas

Clancy O’Connor is about to experience what every understudy dreams of: he gets to go on. O’Connor, who has been the only understudy for Michael Urie in the long running Off-Broadway hit “Buyer & Cellar,” has never had the chance to go on as Urie has been at every performance. But fortunately for O’Connor, he […] 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 »

“My Big Gay Italian Wedding”: Writer’s Dream Now A Reality by Kevin M. Thomas

Anthony J. Wilkinson is as charming as the character he plays in the Off-Broadway comedy, “My Big Gay Italian Wedding.” Guess he should be as he wrote the play. “Wedding” had ceased production in New York for awhile and played, with different casts, throughout the country and abroad. Now, by popular demand, it has returned […] Click to read more »

Singing the praises of “Silence!”: Off-Broadway musical big entertainment, little money by Kevin M. Thomas

There’s a lot of shows on and off Broadway that are commanding top dollar. And many of them are worth it. But in the flurry of movies that become theatrical musicals there are few that offer so much for so little money.”Silence!” the riotous satire of “Silence of the Lambs” is only asking for as […] Click to read more »

Enjoying a Period: Costume Musicals, “A Little Night Music” With Catherine Zeta-Jones & “Ernest In Love” Excel On and Off Broadway by Kevin M. Thomas

The London revival of “A Little Night Music” seems to have made a thorough transfer to the Broadway stage, almost intact, and with the addition of a few big names. Almost a carbon copy (which is a good thing) of last spring’s production of the Stephen Sondheim gem, “Night” has added Catherine Zeta-Jones in the […] Click to read more »