It’s Curtains for Diablo Theatre Company

Feb 12

Curtains, the final collaboration of legendary John Kander and Fred Ebb (Rupert Holmes came in to finish the show after Ebb’s death), is finally taking a Bay Area bow. Diablo Theatre Company (formerly Diablo Light Opera Company) opens the show tonight (Feb. 12) at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, where it runs through Feb. 28. A combination backstage...

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Tours, tours everywhere

May 22

We still don’t know what’s in store for the new SHN/Best of Broadway season (announcement to be made soon). But news out of New York is that there are all kinds of tours heading out on the road that may or may not be coming San Francisco way. One of those tours is Disney’s Mary Poppins. And the news there is that original Broadway stars Ashley...

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Clay it isn’t so!

Oct 16

Claymates rejoice while the rest of us ponder why Clay Aiken ever stuck his fingers in Kelly Ripa’s mouth (OK, he covered her mouth with his hand, but like she said at the time, she didn’t know where that hand had been — right on, sister). Aiken, the “American Idol” second-place finisher behind Ruben Studdard, will make his Broadway...

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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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Tony’s winning quartet

Jun 11

A salute to the big musical winners from Sunday’s Tony Awards: (from left) Frank Langella, best actor for Frost/Nixon, Christine Ebersole, best actress for Grey Gardens, Julie White, best actress for The Little Dog Laughed and David Hyde Pierce, best actor for Curtains. The number from Mary Poppins, a little “Chim Chim Cheree,” “Step in...

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