Tony Award Winners in Hello Dolly!

When I was asked to review the soundtrack for the revival of Hello Dolly starring Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce, I enthusiastically listened to the orchestration over and over. It’s a muscial that will put a smile on your face and tap in your toes. Here’s my review – The Stage Review of Hello Dolly!

The Pride at The Wallis in Beverly Hills

Here’s my review of The Pride at The Wallis in Beverly Hills featured in The Stage Review – https://thestagereview.net/2017/06/21/guest-review-the-pride-wallis-beverly-hills/

Hooray for Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Opening night of Hedwig and the Angry Inch brought a stellar list of celebrities to cheer on Broadway stars Darren Criss and Lena Hall. Jeremy Scott, Taylor Lautner, Demi Moore, Elizabeth Banks, John Stamos, and Courtney Love were mesmerized with the kaleidoscope of colors, sounds and movement. At the end of the show, the entire…

Barbecue is Smokin’ Hot at the Geffen Playhouse

  Remember James Frey’s mega selling book, A Million Little Pieces? I read it in 2003, before Oprah discovered and picked it for her Oprah’s Book Club. The book shot up to the top of the New York Times best seller list, until Oprah discovered it was not a completely factual memoir. She slammed Frey…

The HEAT is Hotter Than Ever

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently held a sold-out screening of Michael Mann’s 1995 classic film “Heat” on Sept. 7 at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The film recently underwent a 4K DCP restoration by Mann and Stefan Sonnenfeld, of Company 3.   Producer and director Michael Mann (left)…

The Fantasticks is Terrific

I was so excited to review the newly opened musical, The Fantasticks at the Pasadena Playhouse, because of the award-winning actor Hal Linden. This esteemed stage, screen and television actor is 85 years old. My own father is one year younger than Hal Linden. Both were big band musicians in the 1950s. Both had stints…

An Intense View From The Bridge

The opening scene of Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge, at the Ahmanson Theatre was a black square box with a peek of orange light at the bottom revealing two pairs of feet on the stage floor. Also on stage are risers on either side of the set filled with audience members. The monochromatic…

The Magic of In & Of Itself

Inside the Geffen Theater is a smaller, more intimate stage, the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater. It’s the ideal venue for master storyteller and award-winning magician Derek DelGaudio. His magical/illusion show is not a typical magic show, it’s performance art that leaves the audience in awe and dumbfounded. The Geffen Playhouse was built in 1929. It was…

Award Winning Director Francis Ford Coppola

I had the opportunity to see and meet one of America’s greatest film director’s Francis Ford Coppola recently at the Directors Guild of America on Sunset Blvd. He was invited to receive an award at the 25th annual UCLA TFT Film Festival Directors Spotlight. Sitting in the front row of the grand theater, Coppola appeared…

Pasadena Playhouse Breaking Through

At opening night of the edgy pop-rock musical Breaking Through, I sat in the Pasadena Playhouse mesmerized by lead actress Alison Luff’s melodic voice. She sat on an empty stage with a white spotlight shining down, and she played the guitar while singing the first song, Breaking Through. Later in the song a back curtain…

Actor French Stewart

Everyone knows the comedic actor French Stewart from the 1990s mega-hit television show 3rd Rock from the Sun. He played Harry Solomon and developed his famous squinting expression. With numerous stage, film and television roles under his belt, I was lucky to meet Stewart after a performance as Buster Keaton at the Pasadena Playhouse. He…