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Cramming as Much Action Onstage as Possible

George Heymont | Posted 04.28.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

Part of the appeal of musical theatre is its potential for wowing audiences with spectacle. Costume design has always been an important element in creating memorable stage experiences.

Meanwhile, Back at the Missing Persons Bureau

George Heymont | Posted 06.07.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

Two missing person mysteries recently took center stage in San Francisco. One was a contemporary drama making its debut as part of the National New Play Network's Rolling World Premiere program.

Big: The Musical, Reduced

Steven Suskin | Posted 12.13.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

This Big, alas, seems just as unengaging as the Broadway version; given the lack of orchestral accompaniment, it is even less entertaining.

How Jim Dale Turned His 60+ Years in Show Business Into 90 Minutes of Broadway Magic

Jim Hill | Posted 08.09.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

So how do you know Jim Dale? To be honest, it kind of depends on which decade you grew up in.

Easy Listener: 5 You-Gotta-Have CDS From Five You-Must-Know Women

David Finkle | Posted 08.05.2014 | Entertainment
David Finkle

If you like great songs -- not necessarily great songs you already know -- and you like women delivering them, here are CDs that you'd be extremely foolish to think you can live without: