Broadway San Jose announces inaugural season

Jun 09

From the ashes of the American Musical Theatre of San Jose rises a whole new series bringing Broadway tours to the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, and it’s called Broadway San Jose. A Nederlander Presentation, part of the national Nederlander Organization, is the producing agency that will bring in the shows starting in September in association with...

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Reviving Muppet mania: Next stop Broadway?

Oct 27

I’m always surprised when theater pops up in pop culture, more specifically, in popcorn movies. Sitting at home, I was thoroughly enjoying Forgetting Sarah Marshall, a comedy written by and starring Jason Segel (of TV’s “How I Met Your Mother” – an admirable sitcom set in New York but none of the 20somethings ever goes to the theater!)....

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K-K-K-Katie Holmes on Broadway, `Tales’ in tune

Mar 31

Yes, Katie Holmes, late of Dawson’s Creek, she of the couch-jumping husband, the ever-changing cute hairdos and the impossibly adorable Suri parentage, is being rumored to be heading to Broadway for a revival of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons starring John Lithgow and Dianne Weist. Ms. Holmes must have had a conversation with Jennifer Garner, who had such a...

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2007 theater Top 10

Dec 27

I can always tell whether a theater year has been good or not so good when I sit down to hammer out my Top 10 list. If I can summon five or more shows simply from memory, it’s a good year. This year’s entire list came almost entirely from memory (which is a feat in itself as the old noggin’ ain’t what it used to be), so it was a good year...

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Make `ShowBusiness’ your business

Oct 12

One of the most interesting documentaries of the year had nothing to do with health care or Iraq. ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway sort of slipped in and out of theaters without a whole lot of fanfare, which is really too bad because director Dori Berinstein has created a fascinating glimpses behind the scenes of four major musicals opening in New York during the...

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It’s OK if Sen. Craig is gay

Aug 30

Gotta love the YouTube. Some genius mashed up the song “If You Were Gay” from Avenue Q and paired it with disgraced Sen. Craig’s emphatic declaration that he is not gay. Have a look. (This is a clip featuring the original Broadway cast, by the way). The San Francisco production of Avenue Q closes Sunday. See it if you...

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