The brilliance, literally, of Dolly Parton

Aug 06

There’s no getting around the fact that for more than 40 years now, Dolly Parton has been a bright light of show business. She quickly transcended her beginnings on country radio and corny country TV shows to become a pop icon, movie star and savvy businesswoman. She’s one of the most recognizable women in the world, and the curious thing is that under...

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Idina Menzel wants your video

Jul 15

Tony Award-winning singer/actress Idina Menzel once was Wicked. Now she’s going viral. Menzel, who is on a concert tour promoting her most recent solo album, “I Stand,” received a fan video as a birthday present inspired by the title song from her new album. Now Menzel has her own channel on YouTube:...

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Idina Menzel flying into SF

Jun 19

A Tony Award-winner for Wicked (and we all know it isn’t easy being green), Idina Menzel is bringing her concert tour to the Bay Area. The former Rent star, who just released a major label album called I Stand, will play the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre on Aug. 14. Though touring to support her new disc, Menzel (who appeared on big screens, but did not sing in...

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Stephen Schwartz shares musical `Snapshots’

Jun 18

In terms of Broadway composers, Stephen Schwartz is up there with Sondheim and Lloyd Webber as one of the latter-day saviors of modern musical theater. From his first show, Godspell, right up through his most recent hit, Wicked, Schwartz has been up, down and in between, but his work has been constant. Some of that work has been for movies as well. He won Oscars...

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SHN/Best of Broadway’s new season

Jun 10

Megan Hilty (left) as Glinda and Eden Espinosa as Elphaba from the original LA company of Wicked. Photo by Joan Marcus Old friends, new winners mark 30th anniversary season Carole Shorenstein Hays and Robert Nederlander’s new SHN/Best of Broadway season marks a milestone: 30 years of bringing Broadway to the Bay Area. The new season, announced today, kicks...

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Sucked into the `Idol’ maw

Apr 17

I knew there’d be a theater connection eventually so I could write about it here. A point of pride for me the last seven years or so was that I had never so much as seen an episode of “American Idol.” It was hard not to know every detail of the show, even without watching it, because it is treated as big news by every news outlet imaginable (except...

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