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42nd Street, Musical Theatre West

Photo by Alyssa Brennan.

 

42nd Street by Mark Bramble, Michael Stewart, Harry Warren and Al Dubin.

 

David C. Nicols – L.A. Times

Audiences craving unbridled pizazz should race to 42nd Street at the Carpenter Center in Long Beach. Musical Theatre West opens its 60th season with the indestructible backstager, and scores a toe-tapping triumph.  Read more…

 

Shirle Gottlieb – Gazette Newspapers

If you’re a musical theater buff, you’re undoubtedly acquainted with 42nd Street. Based on one of Busby Berkeley’s inimitable movies, it tells the story of Peggy Sawyer –a starry-eyed, gifted, wanna’ be performer who goes to New York during the Depression to audition for a new musical. Read more…

 

Melinda Schupmann – ArtsInLA.com

Ever since 1934 when Ruby Keeler sweetly but awkwardly tapped her way into America’s collective heart, this show has been a feel-good offering, and Musical Theatre West has mounted it with flash and dazzle. With more than a little nod to Busby Berkeley, director-choreographer Jon Engstrom channels those extravagant floor patterns and over-the-top production numbers to give an audience a lot to smile at.    Read more…

 

 

 

Julius Caesar, The New American Theatre at McCadden Place Theatre

Photo by Jack Stehlin.

 

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare.

 

Dany Margolies – ArtsInLA.com

Apparently this Shakespeare play doesn’t need to be performed on the steps of a real-life city hall to impress. Here, a chamber version captures the story’s expanse while feeling immediate, near, and unfortunately modern. Add in the casting of women in traditionally male roles, modern-day business attire, and non-declamatory performances, and the production plays like an Aaron Sorkin series. Read more…