Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Green Day's theater tour coming to Berkeley next month by Compiled By Tony Hicks, [email protected]

Green Day releases 'Revolution Radio’ Oct. 7, plays UC Theatre on Oct. 20.

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 03:55PM

Bruce Springsteen has dealt with depression for more than 30 years by Compiled By Tony Hicks, [email protected]

Bruce Springsteen said, like his father, he suffers from depression and the two managed to patch up their differences before his father died.

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 03:40PM
Thursday, September 1, 2016

'Willy Wonka,' 'Blazing Saddles' screening in Cupertino in AMC Gene Wilder tribute by Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- AMC Theaters nationwide are bringing two of Gene Wilder's most beloved films back to theaters this weekend.

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 02:03PM
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Audible launches Channels service to become 'HBO for audio' by Steve Johnson , Chicago Tribune

Amazon's Audible -- a go-to destination for what used to be called 'books on tape' -- has launched the Channels app for smartphones, and it has started production on 40 shows, most with six …

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 08:21PM

'Hamilton': Yes, we have dates for San Francisco run by Karen D'Souza

A national tour of 'Hamilton,' the breakaway hip-hop musical, is set to launch in San Francisco March 14-Aug. 5

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 02:47PM
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Long-time theater veteran launches Broadway Repertory Theater by Marta Yamamoto, For The East Bay Times

Steve Kinsella will launch new troupe with 'The Fantasticks' on Sept. 9

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 04:38PM

Nike heir Travis Knight followed dad's advice to forge his own path -- as animator, filmmaker by Rebecca Keegan , Los Angeles Times

Travis Knight's first film as director -- the animated epic 'Kubo and the Two Strings,' now in theaters -- has gotten positive reviews for originality and style.

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 08:03AM
Monday, August 29, 2016

Review: 'The Hamilton Affair' is founding father fiction that fascinates by Amy Reyes, Miami Herald

Elizabeth Cobbs' novel tells the separate stories of Alexander Hamilton, his wife Eliza, and the love triangle that wrecked his career.

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 06:14PM

Review: Andrew Lippa fans will savor 'Life of the Party'; but for anyone else ... by Karen D'Souza

Tony-nominated composer Andrew Lippa lends his charm to 'The Life of the Party,' an uneven medley of his songbook getting its American premiere at TheatreWorks.

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 01:33PM

Chihuahua dog stars in 'Legally Blonde: The Musical' by John Orr, Daily News Arts & Entertainment Editor

Wilbur -- stage name Bruiser -- got the casting call from the Peninsula Humane Society

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 06:46AM
Friday, August 26, 2016

Longtime Disney 'imagineer' Rolly Crump recalls Walt's magic by Pam Kragen , San Diego Union-Tribune

Though Rolly Crump's animation portfolio was disappointing, and he initially was hired at Disney as just a 'finisher' for cels created by better artists, he made a lasting mark with designs …

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 01:45PM

See Edward Snowden, Oliver Stone in live talk at movie theater near you by Compiled By Martha Ross, [email protected]

NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden appears in a live satellite talk with director Oliver Stone following a sneak preview of 'Snowden' at Bay Area movie theaters Sept. 14.

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 11:45AM
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Oakland puppet theater is nation's longest-running by Mark Hedin, [email protected]

Fairyland in Oakland to celebrate nation's longest-running puppet theater.

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 01:17PM
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Fall arts 2016: 'Hedwig's' back; so is Tom Stoppard and ... Donald Trump on stage? by Karen D'[email protected]

Fall stage season features 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch,' a new Tom Stoppard play, and a Berkeley Rep political satire featuring a guy who sounds a lot like The Donald.

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 10:32PM
Sunday, August 21, 2016

Review: Merola Opera singers mount an Olympic-style triumph by Georgia Rowe, Correspondent

Impressive arias, duets and ensembles pile up onstage at the S.F. Opera training program's Grand Finale concert at War Memorial.

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 06:40PM
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Review: 'WaistWatchers the Musical' is as silly as it sounds by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

'WaistWatchers the Musical' subverts classic and contemporary songs in a 90-minute comedic revue about women with body issues; it's playing in Walnut Creek and San Jose through Sept. 25.

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 10:26AM
Friday, August 12, 2016

Review: Carole King musical 'Beautiful' soars in Bay Area return by Karen D'Souza

Smash Broadway musical 'Beautiful,' built around the life and music of pop legend Carole King, returns to the city where the jukebox hit was born starring Abby Mueller, the big sister of ori…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 09:07AM

Review: 'Chicago' will slay you at Woodminster by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Woodminster Summer Musicals' production of the classic Kander and Ebb musical 'Chicago' is a first-rate production that's a blast from start to finish.

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 09:07AM
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Review: 'Florence Foster Jenkins' will drive you crazy by Karen D'Souza

'Florence Foster Jenkins' is a heartfelt look at the real-life New York socialite who thought she could sing, although everyone around her could tell she couldn't; but despite lovely turns b…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 08:18PM
Monday, August 8, 2016

Review: Guilt-free 'Mikado' unveiled by Lamplighters by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Japanese references and stereotypes are gone in this new adaptation of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic, being staged by Lamplighters Music Theatre through Aug. 28.

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 10:32PM
Sunday, August 7, 2016

Review: Barbra Streisand strolls down Memory Lane in San Jose by Jim Harrington, [email protected]

Barbra Streisand thrills fans during her show at the SAP Center at San Jose.

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 02:47PM
Friday, August 5, 2016

Palo Alto: Closure of popular theater uncertain

Conflicting reports, no comments from theater company leave situation murky.

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 08:25AM
Thursday, August 4, 2016

Review: War rules in new play 'Hunting Love' by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Susan-Jane Harrison's impressionistic play invokes characters from Greek mythology to create a world where love can't seem to overcome war for people's attention; it plays at Oakland's Fligh…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 06:16AM
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Review: West Edge Opera opens summer season with winning works by Janacek and Adès by Georgia Rowe, Correspondent

Fanciful 'Cunning Little Vixen' enchants, and sardonic 'Powder Her Face' transfixes.

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 03:10PM
Saturday, July 30, 2016

New at Disneyland: 'Frozen' stage show, new rides by Tony Hicks, [email protected]

There are plenty of new things to discover at Disneyland and California Adventure this year, and we're not just talking 'Star Wars' attractions. The popular Soarin' ride has gone global, and…

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 10:37AM
Thursday, July 28, 2016

'Hamilton': Lin-Manuel Miranda to take PBS viewers inside Broadway hit by Chuck Barney, [email protected]

Miranda will host the PBS Arts Fall Festival, which includes a documentary that provides a glimpse into the creative process behind 'Hamilton.'

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 09:26PM

'Sesame Street' fires three longtime actors by Compiled By Tony Hicks, [email protected]

'Sesame Street’ has let go Bob, Gordon and Luis while retooling show for a modern audience.

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 09:26PM

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley schools young artists in classics by Anne Gelhaus, [email protected]

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley is prefacing its New Works Festival with a contemporary retelling of Aristophanes' 'The Birds.' Like last year's festival lead-in, a reimagining of 'Lysistrata,' …

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 06:52AM
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Review: Livermore Shakes conjures an enchanted 'Tempest' by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Livermore Shakespeare Festival presents a lighthearted adaptation of the Bard's 'The Tempest' at Wente Vineyards through Aug. 7.

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 10:42AM
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

'Odysseo,' the $30 million equine circus, returning to Bay Area by Randy McMullen, [email protected]

The $30 million production that is 'Odysseo,' with its 65 horses, 48 acrobats and dancers and large-scale special effects, will play in San Jose Sept. 14-Oct. 2.

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 04:10PM
Monday, July 25, 2016

West Edge Opera has new home, bold summer season by Georgia Rowe, Correspondent

West Edge Opera is all aboard with its new fulltime home, the Abandoned Train Station in Oakland, and a summer season featuring 'The Cunning Little Vixen,' 'Powder Her Face' and 'Agrippina.'

SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News at 09:54PM

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