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Totally 80’s – The Wedding Singer : The Musical @ The GEM Theater in Garden Grove – Review

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Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

I’ve given it some real consideration, and I think everyone should try to see a comedy semi-regularly –something fun and lighthearted.  If it’s a musical then go ahead and consider that a bonus.  The world is overflowing with dark and edgy stories about tragedy and pain, so for gosh sake LIGHTEN UP! One way to do that would be to see the Gem Theater’s current production of The Wedding Singer. Continue Reading

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AMB Theatre Podcast #50 presented by OCR : Always Patsy Cline @ The Gem Theatre in Garden Grove – Podcast

Always…Patsy Cline is based on the true story of Patsy Cline’s friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. Having first heard Cline on the “Arthur Godfrey Show” in 1957, Seger became an immediate and avid fan. A chance meeting at Patsy’s concert started a friendship that lasted until Cline’s untimely death in a plane crash in 1963. Taken from the Website

April 7 – May 1, 2016

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AMB Theatre Podcast #46 presented by OCR : Funny Girl @ The Gem Theater – Podcast

From “ugly duckling” to Vaudeville star, the career of Fanny Brice spanned from The Ziegfeld Follies, to Hollywood films to radio; making her one of the most celebrated entertainers of all time. But behind all the glitz and glamour was a woman searching for love and battling a stormy relationship. FUNNY GIRL is her story. Featuring the timeless hits I’m the Greatest Star, Don’t Rain On My Parade, People, The Music That Makes MeDance, and You Are Woman, I Am Man. FUNNY GIRL remains one of the greatest musicals ever written. Taken from the Website

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Funny Girl In Concert At The Gem Theater – Review

Written by Mike Martin 

The Gem Theater’s production of Funny Girl has a lot going for it. It is fast paced, well-executed, sounds nice, and looks nice. It’s also good to see a production of this particular show, which doesn’t get produced very often and has a lot going for it in terms of music and script. I watched it on Valentine’s Day, and the show seemed to hit every note save one. The audience certainly enjoyed themselves, and all-in-all, Funny Girl is another feather in the cap of the Gem, which has quietly made a name for itself as one of the very best in Orange County at producing musical theater. Continue Reading

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AMB Theatre Podcast #40 presented by OCR : The Holiday GEM @ The Gem Theatre in Garden Grove – Podcast

The celebration begins with a journey into the magical world of Christmas Fantasy Land, where you’ll discover that anything is possible as long as you believe. Featuring well-known standards and contemporary holiday classics that are sure to fill you with the spirit of the season. Enjoy favorites such as Winter Wonderland, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Baby It’s Cold Outside and Sleigh Ride as you’ve never heard them before.

The magic continues when the second act curtain opens to reveal a breathtaking scene reminiscent of Victorian England from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Dressed elegantly in ball gowns and top hats and tails, the cast brings to life the traditional songs of the season including Carol of the Bells, White Christmas, Do You Hear What I Hear andSilent Night. Taken from the gem theatre Website

November 27 – December 20, 2015

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Double Dose of Emotion : Next To Normal @ The Gem Theatre in Garden Grove – Review

Written by Daniella Litvak 

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Next to Normal  is the gripping story of an American woman named Diana Goodman and her family’s struggle with her bipolar disorder. In rock n’ roll fashion we are treated to the various effects the disorder has on herself and the people around her. In both tone and message the show manages to fit in with other rock musicals/operas like The Who’s Tommy or Pink Floyd’s The Wall.  Some of the larger differences between the shows have to do with the fact that Tommy and The Wall can give their audiences comfort in that the horrors visited upon their  protagonists are so absurd, so surreal, they feel unlikely to happen in real life. What makes Next To Normal so dark is that the Goodman family feel like people who make up our normal, everyday lives–and the tragedies they experience could happen to anyone.

For what it’s worth, the show tries to end as optimistically as possible. However, one still leaves feeling emotionally exhausted. So if you are looking for a light-hearted romp or an escapist fantasy, this isn’t the show to see. On the other hand, don’t let the fear of angst make you miss out on a really good show. Continue Reading

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