Posts Tagged ‘Andrew Lippa’

ANDREW LIPPA’S WILD PARTY

Dramatically dark and daringly sexual, Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party, the latest from Cal State Fullerton, showcases not just its multitalented ensemble headed by a phenomenal Hannah Clair as blonde bombshell Queenie. CSUF’s Wild Party is direction, choreography, and design at their SoCal pro-level best.
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THE ADDAMS FAMILY

They’re creepy. They’re kooky. They’re mysterious. They’re spooky. And down Vista way, they sing, dance, and above all entertain like their deaths depended on it as Moonlight Stages treats SoCal audiences to the Broadway treat that is (snap, snap) The Addams Family.
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ANDREW LIPPA’S WILD PARTY

Kristina Miller ignites the stage as Queenie in Quentin Garzón’s passion-project intimate staging of the 2000 off-Broadway musical adaptation of Joseph Moncure March’s 1928 epic poem The Wild Party, one which Garzón and company have redubbed “Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party,” the better to distinguish it from the Michael John LaChiusa Wild Party that played on Broadway the same year.
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THE ADDAMS FAMILY

The “creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky” family known as The Addams have arrived at the Simi Valley Performing Arts Center in a production that proves an audience-pleaser even without Broadway sets and Equity performers, particularly as captained by a sensational George Chavez as Gomez Addams.
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THE ADDAMS FAMILY

The “creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky” family known as The Addams have arrived in Fullerton as 3-D Theatricals debuts its star-powered Broadway-caliber big-stage production of (snap, snap) The Addams Family.
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BIG FISH

Big Fish The Musical may have floundered on Broadway two years back, but it’s the furthest thing from a flop given the emotional depth and heart of Steven Glaudini’s direction and the abundant pizzazz of Karl Warden’s choreography at Vista’s Moonlight Amphitheatre.
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john & jen

A pair of outstanding lead performances highlight the first local production in as far back as I can remember of Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald’s john & jen, costars Ann Villella and Taylor Minckley alone providing more than enough reason to celebrate the 1995 off-Broadway gem’s all-too-brief arrival at North Hollywood’s Secret Rose Theatre.
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BIG FISH

A deeply conflicted father-son relationship, a husband and wife’s lifelong love, a spellbinding lead performance, a bunch of captivating supporting turns, some terrific dance sequences, an often quite gorgeous production design, and above all one of the most beautiful scores of recent years add up to an entertaining and often quite moving West Coast Premiere of Andrew Lippa and John August’s Big Fish at Long Beach’s Musical Theatre West.

Still, when a Broadway musical closes less than three months after its opening and fails to score a single Tony nomination or even a non-Equity tour, it is worth asking why.
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