From the CD/download rack

Nov 14

Some interesting show and show-related CDs are popping up just in time for the holidays. In the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting some of winners and losers. Judy Kuhn, “Serious Playground: The Songs of Laura Nyro” (Ghostlight Records) — Kuhn was Broadway’s original Cosette in Les Miserables and she just joined the cast of the current...

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The Dog House

Oct 29

Hey, Theater Dogs — it’s time to check in with the hip, the hot, the happening in the world of theater and beoynd. I figure that a common-denominator blog such as this one, where readers (and the writer) gather because they love theater, will also enjoy similar tastes elsewhere, in music, books, TV, movies, etc. So, from time to time, I’ll share...

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Road trip = show tunes!

Aug 05

Howdy, Theater Dogs. I’ve been on vacation for the last week or so, but I’m back, eager to bring you interesting tidbits of theater news and reviews. Took a roadtrip up the Oregon coast — took 101 from San Francisco to the beautiful little hamlet known as Rockaway Beach. Breathtakingly beautiful pretty much the entire way. I highly recommend it. At...

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Show tunes and fireworks

Jul 06

Every year around the Fourth of July, I like to celebrate something entirely American: the musical. I’m a little late this year, but it’s my patriotic duty. So here, better late than never, are some show tune suggestions to get you through the summer. Of course the original cast album of the moment is Spring Awakening (Decca Broadway). The Duncan...

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Marty sings!

Apr 02

Now here’s an original cast album that will be near and dear to many a Bay Area theater-loving heart: Martin Short’s Fame Becomes Me. Last year, under the auspices of Best of Broadway and SHN, Canadian comic Short and his intrepid crew unveiled a Broadway-bound musical at San Francisco’s Curran Theatre that was messy but fun. The idea was that...

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`Spring’ has sprung

Mar 23

In honor of this week’s vernal equinox, I want to sing the praises of my latest musical theater obsession: Spring Awakening. Having been a Duncan Sheik (below, left) fan from the moment I listened to his first album (1997′s Duncan Sheik), I was anticipating greatness when I heard that Sheik and his frequent songwriting partner, Steven Sater(below,...

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