Review: “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” in San Francisco

The Hunchback of Notre Dame was originally scheduled last season at the Spreckels Theatre Company. The musical, whose development started in Germany and ended in New Jersey (having never made it to Broadway), is an atypical Disney production. More Les Misérables than Little Mermaid, it’s an interesting amalgam of Victor Hugo’s gothic novel and music from…

KSRO Interview: Director & Cast Members from “Shakespeare in Love”

Guests on my Thursday, July 5 theatre segment on KSRO’s The Drive with Steve Jaxon included director David Lear and actors John Browning and Sydney McNulty from the Shakespeare in the Cannery’s closing production of Shakespeare in Love. The interview begins at the 2:15 mark. Click below to hear that interview. *** For more information, go to http://www.shakespeareinthecannery.com

Review: “School of Rock” in San Francisco

One might think that the talents behind Downton Abbey and Phantom of the Opera would be odd choices to make a Broadway musical out of a 2003 movie starring Jack Black. One would be correct. School of Rock, now on the San Francisco stop of its national tour, is Julian Fellowes’ and Sir Andrew Lloyd…

Novato Theater Co. announces two-night appearance of Cash & King

On Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14, Novato Theater Company will host the popular Sonoma County-based touring show Cash & King, featuring singer-actor Steven Kent and a band of local musicians putting a highly personal spin on the traditional tribute show. During the two-act production – which has been playing to sold-out houses in…

Review: “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”

The first dinosaur movie I ever remember seeing was Irwin Allen’s ‘The Lost World.’ I was five-years-old when I saw it at the Grove Theater in downtown Upland, in Southern California. From watching that film – about an expedition to a remote jungle where dinosaurs still exist – I learned a number of things. I…

Talking Pictures: Grotesquely Awesome

Called the most frightening movie to hit theaters in years, Hereditary, from first-time director Ari Aster, has not only thrilled film critics and unsettled millions of moviegoers, it’s accomplished a feat that, with very few exceptions, few modern horror stories are able to achieve: it’s given nightmares to those whose profession is scaring people. “I…

Review – “Illyria” in Santa Rosa

In a world of musicals based on movies and TV shows, why not Shakespeare? Such is Illyria, a melodious adaptation of Twelfth Night first produced Off-Broadway in 2002 and now running at 6th Street Playhouse. Don’t let the words ‘Shakespeare’ and ‘musical’ alarm you. Peter Mills has written a book and score that takes the…