Watch it: `In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams’

May 26

Everything wonderful about the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In the Heights is captured in the new PBS documentary “In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams.” (The show airs at 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 27 on KQED Channel 9) The program, part of the “Great Performances” showcase, is only an hour, but in exploring why the musical is so...

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Delighted by `Ruined,’ Nottage nabs Pulitzer

Apr 21

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage. Photo by the LA Times Lynn Nottage’s play Ruined, inspired by Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children, won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for drama. The play, about a Congolese brothel run by a woman named Mama Nadi, is about a country torn apart by civil war and about a woman who is either protecting women or...

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Video heaven! [title of show], Beautiful People, Legally Brown

Oct 20

Oh, so many things to watch in this YouTube world of ours. Let’s get started with a tribute to the now-closed Broadway show [title of show], which had an incredibly devoted and active fan base, as you’ll see in this version of “Nine People’s Favorite Thing.” Now here’s a taste of the BBC series “Beautiful People,”...

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Odds & ends: Legally Brown, `Spring’ cast blog

Sep 09

You’ve gotta see this hilarious spoof of MTV’s terrible “Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for the Next Elle Woods.” It’s related to In the Heights, and it’s called “Legally Brown: The Search for the Next Piragua Guy.” Matthew Morrison, Cheyenne Jackson, Hunter Bell and other Broadway folks show up. Also, now that...

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A Broadway blast: `South Pacific,’ `Gypsy,’ `In the Heights’

Sep 01

A quick Labor Day trip to New York allowed me a little long overdue catching up on some Broadway shows. I had three slots available, and I filled them all with musicals. Yes, I could have seen August: Osage County and any number of plays. Yes, I could have seen my dearly beloved [title of show], which apparently could use every audience member it could get. But I...

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Helping Broadway musicals go (sh-k-) Boom!

Aug 16

Kurt Deutsch didn’t mean to get into the record business. The self-described “total theater guy” grew up in St. Louis going to theater whenever possible (usually at The Muny) and then studied directing and acting in college. His big break came when Evan Handler had to leave the Broadway production of Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound for health...

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