Enchanting Starcatcher has all the right star stuff

Nov 07

Enchanting <i>Starcatcher</i> has all the right star stuff

The company of Peter and the Starcatcher opens Act 2 with a rousing number involving Neverland mermaids. The Tony Award-winning play continues through Dec. 1 at the Curran Theatre as part of the SHN season. Below: Peter (Joey deBettencourt) takes a leap of faith into a golden lagoon. Photos by Jenny Anderson Is it the fantasy of flying? The lure of perpetual...

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Look! You can see Jersey Boys from The Mountaintop

Mar 15

Look! You can see <i>Jersey Boys</i> from <i>The Mountaintop</i>

Two reviews in print this week for two wildly different shows: the return of Jersey Boys to the Curran Theatre as part of the SHN season and the local premiere of Katori Hall's The Mountaintop, an imagined look at the last night in the life of Martin Luther King Jr..

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Roger Rees ramps up What You Will

Jul 19

Roger Rees ramps up <i>What You Will</i>

"I'm so old people will say, `Is he still alive?'"

That's Roger Rees exaggerating people's response to his arrival in San Francisco with his one-man show What You Will, an evening of Shakespeare, stories about Shakespeare and about performing Shakespeare, that begins performances today (July 18) at the American Conservatory Theater.

The Welsh-born Rees, 64, is one of those extraordinary actors who can seemingly do anything. He won a Tony Award in 1982 for his work in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre's production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, a gargantuan, two-part undertaking in which Rees played the leading role. He's also familiar from his many TV appearances – Robin Colcord on "Cheers," Lord John Marbury on "The West Wing" and more recently, Dr. Colin Marlow, the surgeon who patted Cristina Yang's ass on "Grey's Anatomy."

Rees also co-wrote, with his partner, Rick Elice (co-writer of Jersey Boys) a hit comedy thriller called Double, Double (which ran for a year in London's West End with Rees starring opposite Jane Lapotaire), and he ran the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts for three years.

As previously stated, the man can do just about anything.

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Creepy and kooky: An Addams Family musical!

Jun 26

Variety reports that Andrew Lippa’s musical version of The Addams Family is moving full steam ahead. In a closed reading in August, Gomez will be played by Nathan Lane (not often you think of Lane in a role once inhabited — onscreen — by Raul Julia) and Morticia will be played by Bebe Neuwirth. How perfect is that? From Lilith Crane to Velma Kelly...

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Live from Las Vegas! `Jersey Boys’

May 04

Opened May 3 at the Palazzo Las Vegas OK, so technically we’re not “live” in Las Vegas anymore (6:05 a.m. flight from LV to SFO – ouch). But given that it feels like I’m still at the opening-night party of Jersey Boys at the Venetian (next door to the Palazzo, where the show actually resides), I feel as live as is humanly...

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The boys of `Jersey’

Feb 15

Earlier this month, I sat down with the stars of San Francisco’s Jersey Boys, the quartet driving audiences into a frenzy every night as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. You can read the story here. Here are some tidbits that didn’t make it into the newspaper. If this were a DVD, we’d be in the “special features” section right...

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