Orange County Theatre Reviews

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Chess: the musical @ Irvine Barclay Theatre in Irvine – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

We’re in a politically charged climate and UCI has elected to put on Chess the musical.  While I have heard of Chess, before tonight I had not heard any of the score, nor had I read up on the synopsis–I walked in blind.  Believe it or not I kind of thought it might be in the same vein as the “Putnam Spelling Bee” musical–I was wrong.  So very wrong.  Chess could not be more dramatic if it tried, and it really really tries.  Continue Reading

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1776 @ Newport Theatre Arts Center in Newport Beach – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

As we approach our annual time of summer patriotism, I find myself hard pressed to name shows that are appropriate for the season.  American politics is often a heated subject and an exhausting constant in the United States. When it comes to arguing about it, the most enthusiastic debaters often resort to invoking the founding fathers.  “Our founding fathers fought for freedom, therefore…!”  Now with the 4th of July drawing nearer, it seems only fitting to watch a play featuring these historic men.   For anyone staying in the New York area sometime soon, I hear good things about Hamilton.  Although it’s currently easier to get into the Pearly Gates while still living than it is to get into that show.  For us west coasters there is a smaller, less lavish musical to attend about that time period– 1776, playing over at the Newport Theatre Arts Center. Continue Reading

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DCMS productions presents Urinetown @ The Gem Theatre in Garden Grove – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

It’s time to welcome a new theater company to the Orange County area.  DCMS (Don’t Cut My Song) Productions has come to town, and they’ve set up shop for their first show over at the Gem Theatre in Garden Grove.   Considering the fact that just last week I was writing about a company leaving Orange County, it’s comforting to see some new groups sidling in to keep our community’s theater culture up and running.  New companies bring new experiences, as DCMS’s production of Urinetown at the Gem Theater demonstrates.  It’s an eye catching show with beautiful costumes and appealing set pieces bountifully sliding across the floor, but some of the main characters needed a bit more polish and energy before going onto the stage. Continue Reading

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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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Bonnie and Clyde The Musical @ Curtis Theatre – Review

Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

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Bonnie & Clyde (1967) Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway

Bonnie and Clyde are no strangers to the spotlight.  Although I am certain not everyone knows exactly who they were and what they did, their names are forever linked with a certain sense of notoriety and tragedy.  Now, I remember meeting an older gentleman who expressed frustration that a movie like the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde would be made considering the nature of the subject matter (he viewed the couple as contemptible and any film featuring them to be needless glorification of thuggery). Had he watched the Curtis Theatre’s production of the Broadway musical Bonnie and Clyde, he might have noticed that glorification of criminality occurs at a minimum.  The show is much more about the title characters’ relationship than it is about how exciting it is to rob banks.  And the story of that relationship is played up well enough to be more exciting than any bank robbery any day. Continue Reading

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Bonnie & Clyde : The Musical Opens This Week @ The Curtis Theatre

Bonnie & Clyde, the classic story of love, adventure and crime, explodes on stage at the Curtis Theatre February 5, 6 & 7 and 12, 13, 14 and 19 & 20. Performed with a live seven-piece orchestra, the compelling musical combines the monumental sound of Broadway with blues, gospel, country and rockabilly in a score that celebrates the roots of American music and history. From the team that brought you last season’s Into the Woods, powerful voices and a charismatic cast bring the epic story of the notorious outlaw couple to life. Produced by Southgate Productions in association with the Curtis Theatre, Bonnie & Clyde is directed by Jonathan Infante with musical direction by Sara Weinzetl and choreographed by Tara Pitt. Taken from the Press Release photo courtesy : DANIEL FENSTERMAKER

The Two leads Courtney Daniels and Trevor Shor singing a Taylor Swift Cover together.

 

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