Debbie Allen’s ‘Brothers of the Knight’: An Electrifying Family Musical Loaded With Young Hard-Hitting Hip-Hop Swinging, Singing and Winging Performers

Debbie Allen's BROTHERS OF THE KNIGHT musical concluded a successful three days run at WASHINGTON, DC's WARNER THEATRE July 10-13, 2014.

By Danny R. Johnson WASHINGTON, DC – Today, at 64, the incomparable Debbie Allen has proved herself on Broadway, in film and in television as a dancer, actor, singer, choreographer, director, writer and producer. At a time when black male film directors are establishing themselves in Hollywood, she is among the very few black women […]

San Diego Students To Compete At National High School Musical Theater Awards

SAN DIEGO–Southwest Region (San Diego and Tucson) Ben Vereen Awards top winners, Jonathan Norwood and Aubree Bouche, both San Diego students, are now headed to Broadway to compete at the National High School Musical Theater Awards on June 30 for a chance to win $10,000 towards a college scholarship. The inaugural Ben Vereen Awards, sponsored […]

The Second City Returns To La Jolla Playhouse

LA JOLLA–The Second City returns to the La Jolla Playhouse, following a successful run last summer of their original San Diego-centric show, The Good, the Bad and the I-5. This time they’ll light up the stage with The Second City’s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue, to run November 28 to December 21 in the Mandell Weiss Forum in La Jolla. This hilarious […]

Creator Of “La Pastorela” Bring New Play To The La Jolla Playhouse

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LA JOLLA–A multiracial trio of angels never had a clue they could get into so much trouble when they decided to head to Earth to take part in the Dia de los Muertos ceremony. They have to deal with skeletons in their closets while fighting for their souls with the lord of the Aztec underworld […]

‘Motown The Musical’: A Joyous Broadway Musical Celebrating Legendary Motown Artists Who Made Berry Gordy Famous

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL ensemble performing JACKSON 5 number at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, BROADWAY on May 23, 2014.

By Danny R. Johnson BROADWAY – The late Bob Fosse, who was one of the world’s greatest Broadway producers and choreographers of hit musicals, once stated that the trickiest thing about a musical was to figure out a way for the characters to break gracefully into song. Maybe that was all wrong. Perhaps the hardest […]

La Jolla Playhouse And San Diego Museum Of Man Partner To Present Border Crossing

LA JOLLA–The San Diego Museum of Man will partner with La Jolla Playhouse in a production of Border Crossing  in 2015 The site-specific theatre program will immerse people in the experience of crossing the border illegally from Mexico into the United States. It will offer a vivid first-person experience, cutting through polarized political debates. Actors will break stereotypes as […]

Cygnet Theatre Brings Back Musical Pageant

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SAN DIEGO– Cygnet Theatre Season 12 gets off to a rollicking start with the return of audience favorite and off-Broadway hit, Pageant, just in time for summer fun.  James Vasquez directs and choreographs this hilarious mash-up of a beauty pageant and a drag musical that let’s audience members decide who is crowned the winner. The talented and funny David McBean returns […]

Oceanside Theatre Company Mixes Theater With Art

Cast of Lost in Yonkers

OCEANSIDE–Oceanside Theatre Company will present a stage production of Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers this weekend at the Brooks Theatre. Lost in Yonkers, written Simon, is the winner of 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and 1991 Tony Award for Best Play. The play is set in a Yonkers in 1942. Bella is a 35-years-old, mentally […]

Arena Stage’s ‘Smokey Joe’s Café-The Songs of Leiber and Stoller’ is An Insatiable and Dazzling Rhythmic Musical

 
Stephawn P. Stephens and the cast of Smokey Joe’s Café—The Songs of Leiber and Stoller. Photo by Teresa Wood.

  Danny R. Johnson WASHINGTON, DC – The multitalented cast members takes the last bow in Washington, DC’s Arena Stage’s latest production, Smokey Joe’s Café-The Songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the sparkling new musical revue celebrating the music of one of America’s most celebrated and successful songwriters currently playing at Arena Stage’s Fichandler’s […]

La Jolla Playhouse Selects Local Choral Group To Perform In New Musical

San Diego-based choral group SACRA / PROFANA.

LA JOLLA–San Diego choral group SACRA / PROFANA will participate in the upcoming U.S. premiere of  La Jolla Playhouse’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The acclaimed musical was written by the multiple Academy, Grammy and Tony Award-winning team of composer Alan Menken (Newsies, Little Shop of Horrors) and lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin), featuring a book by Peter Parnell (The West Wing,On a Clear […]