Posts Tagged ‘Kander & Ebb’

CABARET

Michael Matthews takes Cabaret, a director’s show if there ever was one, and transforms it into the summer’s most spectacular intimate musical, an almost perfect rendition of the 20th-century Broadway classic, a production blessed by superb performances, breathtaking choreography, and the most jaw-dropping design I may ever have seen at Celebration Theatre.
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CABARET

USC’s Musical Theatre Repertory once again rivals the finest intimate professional theater in town with its all-around smashing student-performed, student-directed, student-designed revival of the 1966 Kander and Ebb classic Cabaret.
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STEEL PIER

Few musicals have faded into obscurity more unjusty than John Kander and Fred Ebb’s Steel Pier, just one reason to celebrate its two-decade-awaited West Coast Premiere, and don’t let the term “student production” scare you away. Though its cast may be younger than many of the characters they are playing, in all other respects this UCLA Department Of Theater stunner is second to none.
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KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN

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Kander and Ebb’s Kiss Of The Spider Woman is back in a rarer-than-rare revival at Santa Ana’s Theatre Out, news that would be a good deal more exciting were its leading lady a better fit for the title role.
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STEEL PIER

Though I’d be hard pressed to pick just one of the fifty concert staged readings reviewed here as the Absolute Best Concert Staged Reading Ever, I can’t recall a more spectacularly staged “reading” of a Broadway musical than last night’s Reiner Reading Series staging of Kander & Ebb’s Steel Pier.
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CABARET

It takes a combination of inspiration and chutzpah to reinvent a 58-year-old musical theater classic that’s been reinvented time and time again—but director Gary Lamb has done just that with Kander & Ebb’s Cabaret, his creative touches adding up to the best of the five intimate Cabarets I’ve seen and one of the top two or three of the ten productions I’ve experienced in all.
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CHICAGO


You may have seen Kander & Ebb’s Chicago at your nearby regional, community, or 99-seat theater, but you haven’t seen Chicago in all its Broadway brilliance till you’ve seen the National Tour of the Walter Bobbie-directed, Ann Reinking-choreographed 1996 revival, now dazzling Southern California audiences this week only at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center For The Arts.
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THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL!)


How would you like to relive every single musical ever written by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Kander & Ebb … all in under two hours and performed by a cast, not of thousands or hundreds (or even dozens) but a mere four terrifically talented triple-threats?
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