You can’t stop the beat of this HAIRSPRAY at SDMT

There is an infectious energy that starts with the opening beats of San Diego Musical Theatre’s HAIRSPRAY at the Horton Grand Theatre that grabs the audience and doesn’t let them go. There is no need to ask what gives this show power and punch, because with this top notch cast, the choreography, and the sense…

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK

Love can make many things more wonderful and magical and BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, playing at the Old Globe’s Sheryl and Harvey White theatre in the round, is a charming homage to those first heady days of marriage, and what happens when reality starts to settle in. Paul (Chris Lowell) and Corie (Kerry Bishé) are…

Seize the day and see NEWSIES at moonlight before it’s gone

Extra! Extra read all about it! NEWSIES, playing at the Moonlight Amphitheatre through Saturday, August 4th is a high energy, song and dance filled evening that has the audience leaving while humming a tune and doing a dance to their vehicles. NEWSIES can be a difficult show to get right; after all the actors have…

ON YOUR FEET will have you dancing in your seat

San Diego has had some hot summer weather lately, and now ON YOUR FEET is bringing the rhythm to Broadway San Diego to make it feel like we’ve all taken a trip to Miami.  Luckily, this musical, playing at the San Diego Civic Theatre through Sunday, August 5th is not only a vibrantly entertaining show…

LEGALLY BLONDE is fizzy and fun

LEGALLY BLONDE, now playing at the New Village Arts, is the theatre version of a perfect summer cocktail.  It is effervescent, fun, has a distinctive color (pink, naturally), and is a refreshing respite from the world (and heat) outside. Based on the 2001 movie of the same name, LEGALLY BLONDE follows the irrepressible Elle Woods…

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM….at the North Coast Rep

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, playing through August 12th at North Coast Repertory Theatre is a colorful and fun summer trip to Ancient Rome, as told with a small detour through vaudeville for style. The play even announces its intentions at the top of the show “Tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight”…

THE LORAX is a fantastical and fun fable

On the opening night of THE LORAX, when the house lights dimmed and the stage lights grew bright, the excited giggles and murmurs that flitted through the audience proved that children and adults alike were excited to see another Seuss book take onstage. While based on a more serious theme then some of his other…

SPAMALOT is silly and sidesplitting at Cygnet Theatre

Are some things in life looking really bad? Other things are making you really mad? Have a strong desire to swear and curse? True, it may seem like every news cycle brings more stress so the Cygnet Theatre in Old town invites you to “look on the bright side of life” with their wonderfully silly…

ROMEO, ROMEO, AND JULIET

Much like the potion the Friar makes Juliet in Shakespeare’s classic, turning the world’s greatest love story (even though everyone dies), putting it in a barn on Cape Cod, and adding unresolved sexual tension is a potent mixture.  Too much of any one ingredient could cause a calamity in the storytelling (like Juliet potentially waking…

THE KING AND I is “something wonderful”

As another famous musical once said “It starts at the very beginning.”  The opening sequence is proof that this is a different THE KING AND I that you may have expected from the Rogers and Hammerstein classic.  With sets, colors, and costumes setting the tone, THE KING AND I playing at the San Diego Civic…