`Wicked’ witches head west, Taylor Hicks follows

Sep 15

Wicked, the hit musical positively rolling in green, had its world premiere at San Francisco’s Curran Theatre before heading to Broadway ‘s Gershwin Theatre, where it has broken the house record 18 times and regularly grosses more than $1.4 million each week. Now one of the most successful shows in Broadway history (3.6 million people have seen it on...

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AIDS fundraiser getting very `Drowsy’

Aug 10

The cast of the national tour of The Drowsy Chaperone will raise money for the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation Monday, Aug. 11 at Club Fugazi, the home of Beach Blanket Babylon. Photo by Joan Marcus For one night only, and to raise money for a good cause, the cast of The Drowsy Chaperone, along with special guests Susan Anton and “American Idol” contestants...

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Celebs warble through `Help’ Aug. 3

Jul 31

The Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation’s annual gala fundraiser, Help Is on the Way 14: Blame It on the Movies, is this Sunday, Aug. 3, at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. As usual, the roster of performers is impressive. Among the locals you’ll find singing songs from movies (both great movie musicals and pop songs from contemporary blockbusters)...

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Frenchie Davis ready for `Misbehavin’

Jul 25

When her stint on season two of “American Idol” flared into controversy, Frenchie Davis became infamous. The promising young singer had been kicked off early on because of some risqué photos found on the Internet. The singer managed to turn that infamy into hard-won fame through sheer hard work and by maintaining a focus on what was really important to...

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Taylor Hicks gets `Grease’-y

May 17

News from the Rialto: “American Idol” winner (Season 5) Taylor Hicks is going to fly onto Broadway as Teen Angel in the revival of Grease (you know, the one you didn’t want but came with a reality TV show anyway). Hicks, who will be making his Broadway debut (alert the Tony Award nominating committee), is following in the footsteps of other...

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Sir Andrew Lloyd `Idol’

Apr 23

According to “American Idol,” Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber is responsible for some of the most “important” musicals of all time. Wow. That’s pretty big. Step aside, Rodgers and Hammerstein. Back of the bus, Stephen Sondheim. The man who brought us Starlight Express and Catsis assuming the position of importance. It’s undeniable that...

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