Review: “Matilda the Musical” in Rohnert Park

After a two-year pandemic-induced delay, Matilda the Musical finally hits the expansive Codding Stage at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park. The musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s tale of a gifted little girl navigating a treacherous world runs through May 22. Matilda Wormwood (played by Gigi Bruce Low, alternating with Anja Kao Nielsen)…

KSRO Interview – “Matilda, the Musical”

My guests on the May 5 “Theatre Thursday” segment on The Drive with Steve Jaxon on KSRO were Sheri Lee Miller, Madison Scarbrough, Gigi Bruce Low, and Anja Kao Nielsen from the Spreckels Theatre Company production of Matilda, the Musical. Click below to listen: ********* Click the graphic below for more info:

Review: “Saturday Night at Grossinger’s” in Sonoma

The Borscht Belt comes to wine country with the Sonoma Arts Live presentation of Saturday Night at Grossinger’s. The musical with book and lyrics by Stephen Cole and music by Claibe Richardson runs in Sonoma through May 8. It’s co-directed by Larry Williams and SAL Artistic Director Jaime Weiser Love. The Borscht Belt is an…

Review: “The Wedding Singer” in Santa Rosa

To some in the theatre world, the sourcing of an Adam Sandler movie as the basis for a musical was the Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse. Needless to say, American musical theatre did not come to an end with the arrival of The Wedding Singer on Broadway. The show managed to snag five Tony nominations,…

KSRO Interview – “The Wedding Singer”

My guests on the April 21 “Theatre Thursday” segment on The Drive with Steve Jaxon on KSRO were Laura Downing-Lee, Max Bohlke-Slater, Ileene Christianson-Torres, and Reed Martin from the Santa Rosa Junior College production of The Wedding Singer. Click below to listen: ********** Click the graphic below for more info:

KSRO Interview – Levi Lloyd

Our special guest on the Thursday, April 7 broadcast of The Drive with Steve Jaxon on KSRO was local music legend Levi Lloyd for a discussion of his experiences as an actor in the 6th Street Playhouse production of Hank Williams: Lost Highway. Click below to listen: ********** Click the graphic below for more information:

Review: “Rent” in Novato

Every thirty years or so, musical theatre manages to produce something to which the younger members of a generation latch onto. From Hair in the 1960’s through Hamilton today, composers and lyricists’ use of the music of their time has been an effective way to entice younger audiences into theaters. The 1990’s brought Jonathan Larson’s…