Not even Oompa Loompas can save this foundering Factory

Apr 18

Not even Oompa Loompas can save this foundering <i>Factory</i>

A golden ticket doesn't buy you much these days – a cut-rate touring musical with chintzy sets, a mediocre score and about as much joy as you'd find in a board meeting about turning wacky movies into boring musicals. You'd be justified in hoping for more from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a new musical re-working of the 1964 novel by Roald Dahl and the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

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Prop. 8 battle gets theatrical

Nov 11

The following letter, by musical theater performer Susan Egan (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast) has been making the rounds of various social networking sites and includes a long quote from Hairspray composer Marc Shaiman. Ms. Egan discovered that Scott Eckern, artistic director of California Music Theater in Sacramento, donated $1,000 to support Proposition 8,...

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`Mamma Mia!’ and other movie musical mistakes

Jul 30

I know some people who have just flipped over the movie version of Mamma Mia! now plaguing movie theaters. I am not among them. Having seen the stage version several times, I knew just what I was in for. I enjoyed the show on stage, especially the first time, when the show made its U.S. premiere in San Francisco. I adore the music of ABBA and though the stage...

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