Posts Tagged ‘Stephen Schwartz’

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

Take a classic novel by Victor Hugo, half-a-dozen songs from a favorite Disney film, and the inspired casting of a deaf actor as Quasimodo and you’ve got three, though hardly the only reasons for The Hunchback Of Notre Dame to top any musical theater lover’s must-see list as summer turns to fall.
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CHILDREN OF EDEN

An onstage cast of fifty multitalented musical theater performers, an absolutely exquisite production design, and above all what may well be Stephen Schwartz’s most gorgeous score (Wicked included) add up to a glorious Children Of Eden, now being given the kind of Grade-A professional staging you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere other than Cabrillo Music Theater.
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THE BAKER’S WIFE

Actors Co-op breathes fresh new life into Stephen Schwartz and Joseph Stein’s largely forgotten The Baker’s Wife, still a delicate, tuneful, très charmant gem of a musical some forty or so years after Angelinos first discovered it in a “pre-Broadway” tour that never quite made it to the Great White Way.
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THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

From family-friendly animated funfest to powerful grown-up fare, Disney’s The Hunchback Of Notre Dame has been transformed by the folks at La Jolla Playhouse into a new stage musical so darkly dramatic that Broadway’s Phantom Of The Opera seems almost light and frothy by comparison. In other words, what they’ve come up with is that rarity—a Disney musical with the proviso “Leave the kids at home.”
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PIPPIN

The spectacular and the personal mesh to perfection in the most extraordinary Pippin you will ever see, and if you don’t believe me, check out the 2013 Best Revival Tony winner during its two-week stop at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center For The Arts.
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GODSPELL

It’s not your grandparents’ Godspell anymore, just one of several reasons to catch Actors Repertory Theatre Of Simi’s revival of the 1971 Stephen Schwartz off-Broadway-to-Broadway classic as reconceived for The Great White Way in 2011 and now brought to effervescent life by an impressive young cast at the Simi Valley Performing Arts Center.
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