INTERVIEW: BONNIE GLEICHER BY RYAN M. LUÉVANO I’ve only met the talented composer/lyricist Bonnie Gleicher once on a Skype session to discuss her ongoing musical The Little Things, and now months later she’s completed her fourth musical Addy & Uno. In addition to Gleicher (music/lyrics), the new musical is a collaboration with Nava R. Silton, Ph.D. (book), […]
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REVIEW: HONKY TONK LAUNDRY BY RYAN M. LUÉVANO Jukebox musical aficionado Roger Bean, creator of the worldwide and off-Broadway hit The Marvelous Wonderettes, along with the sequels Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns, Winter Wonderettes, and Wonderettes: Dream On, brings LA audiences Honky Tonk Laundry. In this LA premiere Bean tackles the country western music of some of the […]
REVIEW: ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY BY RYAN M. LUÉVANO As a frequent theatergoer in Los Angeles I’ve sampled many of the cities theater buildings so when I saw that Proof of Doubt Closer Theater company was producing the musical On the Twentieth Century at the Pan Andreas Theater I was curious. I’ve never heard of […]
INTERVIEW: ROGER BEAN BY RYAN M. LUÉVANO Roger Bean is the master of jukebox musicals and now he’s bringing Los Angeles the premiere of his latest musical Honky Tonk Laundry. Bean is known for creating the longest-running off-Broadway hit The Marvelous Wonderettes and its many successful sequels. His other works for theatre include Life Could Be A […]
INTERVIEW: BYRON LANE BY RYAN M. LUÉVANO As part of its Summer of Celebration, Celebration Theatre presents the new play Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist by Byron Lane, directed by Tom DeTrinis. Byron Lane is an actor, writer, comedian and former personal assistant to Carrie Fisher with writing credits that include Last Will & Testicle (an award-winning […]
REVIEW: BORN FOR THIS BY RYAN M LUÉVANO Opening The Broad Stage’s 2017-18 is the new musical, Born for This, a show that could be more aptly named: “BeBe Winans’ Life in Concert,” as the autobiographical musical gives more the impression of a concert rather than a dramatic musical. That being said, the highlight of Born […]
REVIEW: OUR GREAT TCHAIKOVSKY BY RYAN M. LUÉVANO People all over the world are familiar with the music of Tchaikovsky from his iconic ballet scores, symphonic works to his works for piano—his music is unmistakable and brilliant. However, many are likely unfamiliar with the fact that he lived in fear for all of his life […]
REVIEW: OKLAHOMA! BY RYAN M. LUÉVANO The musical Oklahoma! by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II was know as the “musical heard ‘round the world” in 1943 as it was the first full realization of the new concept of the “book musical” (where the music and dances are woven tightly into the dramatic structure of […]
REVIEW: NICKY BY RYAN M. LUÉVANO When we think of plays by Anton Chekhov lengthy dramatic works come to mind. Even when Chekhov was commissioned to write a comedy in 1887 he instead wrote a four-act drama entitled Ivanov. Now Coeurage Theatre Company brings a world premiere adaptation of Chekhov’s Ivanov, entitled Nicky to the […]
REVIEW: DOG SEES GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD BY RYAN M. LUÉVANO Imagine what happens when the Peanuts are in high school overflowing with hormones and teenage angst. In Bert V. Royal’s play Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead this is the reality as he puts these characters and their problems front and center […]