The Fantasticks- Fantastically Awesome and Awesomely Fantastic production at Village Theatre

Verbal Gymnastics, Humor and a Serious Message, in one Delightful Evening.

I was truly awe-struck by the Village Theatre’s flawless production of The Fantasticks which opened to a sold out audience on Friday, March 15. The world’s longest running musical, written by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmiddt, opened off-Broadway in 1960 and ran for 42 years; it is not only highly entertaining with catchy, witty, poetic dialogue and lyrics, beguiling musical, physical humor, but also a profound message. Expertly directed by Adam Immerwahr, this production also had some intriguing and expertly executed magic on stage. And of course there was the memorable song Try to Remember.


Beehive-A Hive of Music, History and Joy

Jack Kennedy is going to do for sex what Eisenhower did for Golf.

Beehive, a musical revue dedicated to telling both the historical changes the US went through during the 1960’s and a tribute to the female soloists and singing groups of that era, was a smash hit at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse this weekend.
The 40 songs were well chosen representatives of the best female hits of both the early 60’s and the later 60’s, from the hormonal beehive era to the heavy rock and blues of Woodstock. It had a great live band, great costumes, great singer/dancers, warm human connection with the audience and everything necessary for a thoroughly enjoyable evening and was definitely worth the drive to Tacoma.


Shout Sister Shout-Sing Sister Sing

“Like Rosetta, I want to leave an audience with joy and perhaps a deeper realization that there’s power in love,”

Playwright Cheryl L. West

There is no doubt that playwright Cheryl L. West’s intention was completely successful, everybody in the audience of Seattle Rep’s production of Shout Sister Shout on opening night left with an incredible feeling of joy and love. Everything about this musical was magnificent beginning with the fabulous script chocked full of witty yet profound dialogue, superb acting, singing and dancing, beautiful costumes and a flawless production, directed by Randy Johnson


Emboldened/Unsung Jazz Heros

Theater-off-Jackson hosted an evening dedicated to early Jazz musicians; some local to Seattle, and some making history in New Orleans. The first show, upstairs in an art gallery/cabaret was a “Live Installation”, Unsung Heroes of Seattle Jazz, produced by Freehold Theatre in partnership with the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas and the Mahgany Project, the second was Emboldened, the Rise and Fall of King Bolden the First, an original script by one of Seattle’s most distinguished actors, Reginald André Jackson. King Bolden was actually Charles Buddy Bolden, a Cornetist, often credited with improvising Ragtime to create what came to be known as Jazz in New Orleans.



Neanderthal Marines Trolling for Girls

Adapted from the 1990 film of the same name, Dogfight the Musical, opened at Artswest on Thursday. Taking place on November 21, 1963, the eve of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, three teen-aged U.S. Marines spend their last shore leave in San Francisco, before shipping out to Viet-Nam. While there they look for girls to bring to a “Dogfight,” a party where the guy who brings the ugliest girl wins a door prize. Like many adolescent boys in men’s bodies they have both contempt for, and insecurity about, women for which they overcompensate with macho posturing.


Man of La Mancha

Poet in Prison Puts on a Play.

Seattle Musical Theatre kicked off the 2014-2015 Season with Man of La Mancha, a 1965 Tony Award winning adaptation of the novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. Considered the first novel ever written, it was published in two volumes in 1605 and 1615, that is to say long after its subject matter, Chivalry and Knights, had ceased to exist.



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Total Family Massage: The Musical!

All happy families are alike, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Leo Tolstoy

For Gay-themed shows, I usually send a 23-year old reviewer who moonlights as a drag-queen, but he was unavailable, so I covered The Total Family Massage. Clearly, I didn’t fit into the demographic for which this show was written.


Santa’s First Magical Ride-The Musical

The Origin of Santa Claus explained by the Elves

Adapted by the book of the same name, by Paul S. Carr, Santa’s First Magical Ride-the Musical, is the only Christmas tale, which explains the secular origins of the American Santa Claus. Original Bluegrass Music, by director and adapter, Ricky Gene Powell adds a delightful musical dimension to the Santa legend.

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