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SISTER ACT at Musical Theatre West

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Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

Mix mobsters, doctrinarians, disco and polyester, and the last thing this farrago should produce is a story about finding one’s blissful true self. But somehow the musical “Sister Act” does just that, particularly in the hands of Musical Theatre West, under Michael Matthews’ direction.   Read more…

Shirle Gottlieb – Stage Happenings

Following the knock-out production of “West Side Story,”  Musical Theatre West has done it again! “Sister Act” is another smash hit, with all performances during the opening weekend entirely sold out!  Take a hint: The run is so short (it ends April 24); so if you want to see “Sister Act,” you should call the box office immediately.  Read more…

Now running through April  24

WEST SIDE STORY at Musical Theatre West

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Dany Margolies – The Daily Breeze

The curtain rises to reveal a New York stoop, as the overture blossoms into an iconic score and eight young men in jeans and tennies burst into a dance of seething frustration and endless energy. Unmistakably, this is “West Side Story.” Read more…

Now running through February 28

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN – Musical Theatre West at Carpenter Performing Arts Center

Photo by Caught in the Moment Photography.

Photo by Caught in the Moment Photography.

Dany Margolies – Press-Telegram

More rain is coming down on the Carpenter Performing Arts Center’s stage through the end of this month than has been seen in Long Beach all year. Read more…

Melinda Schupmann – Arts In LA

Perennially listed in the top films of all times, MGM’s Singin’ in the Rain is an early rarity: a film that preceded the subsequent theatrical production. Co-directed and choreographed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, with a screenplay by Adolph Green and Betty Comden, the film is inventive and iconic.em>Read more…Loredana Nesci

Shirle Gottlieb – Gazette Newspapers

Although I didn’t know it until recently, this is Musical Theatre West’s third production of “Singin’ in the Rain.”

If practice makes perfect and three is a charm, it’s not surprising to learn that tickets are hard to get, nor that MTW is almost sold out for the entire run. So act fast if you’re anxious to see what the excitement is all about, because “Singin’ in the Rain” closes Sunday.Read more…

Now running through July 23.

 

SOUTH PACIFIC – Musical Theatre West at the Carpenter Center

 Photo by Caught in the Moment Photography

Photo by Caught in the Moment Photography

Jonas Schwartz -  Arts In LA

Musical Theatre West accentuates everything best about the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic South Pacific. Director Joe Langworth has acquired a talented cast, enhanced the naturalistic script so that the songs emerge from the actors conversationally, and made sure the Pulitzer Prize–winning book scenes are as enticing as the enchanting songs. Read more…

Now running through March 1.

 

SUNSET BOULEVARD at Musical Theatre West at Carpenter Performing Arts Center

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Les Spindle – Frontiers L.A.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1993 musical adaptation of writer-director Billy Wilder’s legendary 1950 film classic Sunset Boulevard is perhaps as well known for its behind the scenes melodrama as its Gothic-flavored narrative about faded Hollywood glamour and unrequited love.

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Shirle Gottlieb – Gazette Newspapers

It’s no wonder that “Sunset Boulevard” received an Academy Award for Best Picture in 1950, nor that it has become an American film classic. People marvel at the continuing resonance of this black and white “film noir” that starred Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond (the grand dame of the silent screen) and William Holden as Joe Gillis (a young struggling screen-writer).
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Oklahoma! Musical Theatre West

 

Oklahoma! by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II.

 

Shirle Gottlieb – Gazette Newspapers

Written in 1943 by musical titans Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Oklahoma! was a theatrical milestone that changed the face of musical theater forever.   Read more…

 

David C. Nichols – LA Times

A bright golden haze of timeless musical theater invention suffuses Oklahoma! at the Carpenter Center. It carries Musical Theatre West’s affable, fleet-footed 70th anniversary revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s indestructible 1943 classic past some minor oddities in casting and tone.   Read more…

 

 

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…