Religious Zealots may not Rejoice “Hand to God” but Broadway and now San Jose’s The Stage are Singing it’s Praises!

by Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev Religious zealots will be appalled and offended by “Hand to God,” the award winning play by Robert Askins. The rest of us will rejoice. The acclaimed irreverent play, that was a Tony Award nominee for Best Play in 2016, makes its second appearance in the Bay Area, this time at […] Click to read more »

Women’s Month Is Enhanced By SF Premiere of Tony Nominated “Eclipsed”

By Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev Just in time for Women’s History Month, the Tony nominated female driven “Eclipsed” has come to the new Curran Theatre with guns a-blazing. The first Broadway production with an all black female cast, writer and director, “Eclipsed” is a story of five women bound by circumstances during the Second Liberian […] Click to read more »

Broadway Abuzz With Diversity And Can’t Follow #OscarsSoWhite Come Tony Time by Kevin M. Thomas

With the Tony Award nominations being announced May 3, there is no way they can suffer the same fate as #OscarsSoWhite as almost half of every show that is in consideration has an ethnically diverse cast and creative team. So the color purple  shouldn’t be the only color sparkling come Tony time. The likely leader […] Click to read more »

I Pledge: This “Allegiance” Is Heartfelt and Brilliant by Kevin M. Thomas

Heartfelt, emotional and real, “Allegiance” the musical made its Broadway debut this week after years in development and on-the-road, but the trip was definitely worth the wait. Composer and co-book writer Jay Kuo has taken us back to his roots of the San Francisco Bay Area and tells a story in drama and song that […] 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 »

Tony Nominated “The Visit” Puts Chita Rivera Back on Top by Kevin M. Thomas

Some things are worth the wait. After a pre-Broadway tryout 14 years ago, John Kander and Fred Ebb’s “The Visit” finally makes it to the Great White Way.  Perhaps a bit shorter than its original Chicago production, but Chita Rivera still remains the lead and is still in good form. The musical icon is up for […] Click to read more »

Sexy “Kinky Boots” Dances Its Way From Broadway to LA to SF by Kevin M. Thomas

“Kinky Boots” has become a buzz again with some new cast members on Broadway and a tour currently playing in Los Angeles. I caught up with the current Broadway production to prepare me for when it comes to San Francisco in December. Okay, so I really didn’t need to prep for its San Francisco production, […] Click to read more »

A Chat With A Genie: “Aladdin” Star From the Bay Area Remains Humble Even in Award Season by Kevin M. Thomas

It’s award season in New York and we were able to have a chat with award nominee and our old friend from the Bay Area, James Monroe Iglehart, who is getting a lot of accolades and applause in “Aladdin” the musical. We first met Iglehart many years ago when he had a small part in […] 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 »

“Motown” Star Tells Us What’s Going On by Kevin M. Thomas

To say I met “Marvin Gaye” would be a disservice to the originally talented Bryan Terrell Clark, who plays the music icon in the Tony nominated “Motown The Musical.” Sure Clark has Gaye’s smile. In meeting him it turns out that’s not acting, it’s a gift. But Clark does feel a strong connection to the singer as […] Click to read more »