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First Nighter: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Is Beautiful Where It Counts

David Finkle | Posted 03.14.2014 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Before we get to what's wrong with Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Stephen Sondheim, let's establish what's so right that it instantly joins the ranks of irresistible jukebox tuners Jersey Boys, Motown The Musical and Mamma Mia.

In Search of Fresh Holiday Fare

George Heymont | Posted 02.27.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

For some theatre companies, the challenge of the holiday season is to find a way to make an old story seem relevant to contemporary audiences. Two of 2013's Bay area productions (based on classic pieces of literature) offered audiences an unintentional opportunity to do just that.