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My September Seattle Theatre Summary; 20 for 20 as the Season Opens

L. Steven Sieden | Posted 10.02.2015 | Arts
L. Steven Sieden

During the last twenty days of September, I attended twenty Seattle area theater productions. I didn't go to one each day, but some days I'd attend a matinee and then an evening show. It was a wonderful whirlwind that continues in October. Here are a few of what I consider to be highlights that are still playing.

Tacoma Musical Playhouse's Oliver!; A Full-Tilt Entertaining Local Musical Experience

L. Steven Sieden | Posted 09.29.2015 | Entertainment
L. Steven Sieden

Tacoma Musical Playhouse's latest production Oliver! is a tribute to what can be done locally when a classic gem of a show is produced at an excellent venue with great talent.

First Nighter: Flying Off Course While 'Finding Neverland'

David Finkle | Posted 06.15.2015 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Weinstein has certainly toiled industriously to render the movie he produced into a hit. Maybe the hordes of Peter Pan fans will turn it into one.

John Oliver Just Made Us All Feel Like Jackasses

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 10.21.2014 | Comedy

On Sunday night, John Oliver pointed out that the U.S. process for issuing special immigrant visas for translators is so difficult that it has more st...

The Great Songwriter And Producer Bob Crewe Dies At 82

Charles Alexander | Posted 11.12.2014 | Entertainment
Charles Alexander

Crewe, one of the most successful songwriters and producers in pop-music history, died on Thursday at 82 after a long illness. It's a personal loss for me, because I got to know Crewe a bit when I helped produce and write liner notes for a box set of Four Seasons' hits in 2007.

Go Here, Not There: 10 Alternative Destinations

Cheapflights | Posted 06.07.2014 | Travel
Cheapflights

The world is filled with must-see destinations we are told we need to tick off our ever-growing bucket lists. Behind these well-traveled hotspots are smaller, lesser-known attractions that are definitely worth your time.

Nu Jazz: Conversations with The Manhattan Transfer's Tim Hauser, Janis Siegel, Alan Paul & Cheryl Bentyne, Plus SmoothJazz.com's Sandy Shore & Donna Phillips

Mike Ragogna | Posted 03.04.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Davy Jones and Me: A Teen Dream Comes True

Marjorie Hope Rothstein | Posted 05.01.2012 | Fifty
Marjorie Hope Rothstein

As a pudgy faced pre-teen, I was beyond words with excitement and also mortified. I was going to spend the day with teen idol, Davy Jones and my father.

'My Date With Davy Jones'

sayville.patch.com | Posted 03.01.2012 | Entertainment

When I heard that one of the Monkees had died Wednesday, it was one of those "Watch at 5 p.m." teases, but I got a chill. Then I thought, "Oh I'll bet...

PHOTOS: From Kitsch To Oliver Twist: Haiku Reviews

Posted 09.06.2011 | Arts

HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews is a weekly feature where invited critics review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the traditio...

Going Back: A Conversation with Phil Collins

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Collins remembers, "When I was twelve or thirteen The Beatles' first album came out. They had some Motown and early soul record covers, like the Stones did. This is the music that I kind of lived my life to."

Mad Men: "The Gypsy and the Hobo" -- HuffPost Review

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
William Bradley

"The Gypsy and the Hobo" has significantly stepped up the pace of this season of Mad Men. And it contains the big confrontation we've all been waiting for from the beginning.

Nico Pitney

GOP Senator Roger Wicker Sings In Musical

HuffingtonPost.com | Nico Pitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republican Sen. Roger Wicker could probably think of a better time for voters to discover his musical theater talents. But with just over a week unt...