He’s a Mean One, but a Charmer – The Grinch Musical

Segerstrom Center - L to R - Brance Cornelius, Serena Brook, Brooke Lynn Boyd, Stefan Karl, Rebecca Prescott and Ryan Knowles - Photo by PaparazziByAppointment

She did it! 90 minutes of no-intermission and not a tear in her eye or a whine in her voice. No, not Athena! She clapped loudly after every scene and sat wide-eyed with excitement as the Grinch won her heart along with Cindy Lou’s.

Last night, we attended Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” at Segerstrom Center for the Arts and it showed me that children are more capable than we give them credit for. Continue reading

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Purrly Theatrical Magic – CATS at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Yesterday,  I saw Cats at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. After experiencing the Pacific Chorale’s annual Tis the Season at Segerstrom Center, I longed to return.  It is committed to supporting artistic excellence on and off the stage. The futuristic design and quality seating make viewing performances comfortable for everyone, including vastly-growing pregnant ladies. People who have seen Cats often rave over the costumes, makeup, and its choreographer’s ability to train humans to do what comes naturally to cats, but they seldom are able to explain the plot of the pussy cat production. Putting perplexity aside, Cats is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical based on T.S.Eliot’s, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats that offers insight into the night time life of cats at the Jellicle Ball. Cats believes in “purrly” theatrical magic, and on that faith it unquestionably delivers. Continue reading

Wickedly Good – Take Me to Oz!

Los Angeles first encountered Wicked the Musical in 2005 when it broke box office records. It returned two years later for an extended run that lasted two years. Now, Wicked is back at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, and it is so powerful that the magical spell that is casts on everyone will never be broken.  Unlike the movie, The Wizard of Oz, this musical takes us back to a time before Dorothy arrived.  It is a brilliantly imaginative back story that explains how Elfaba came to be the Wicked Witch of the West, starting with the conception that led to her being born green. It follows her relationship with Glinda after they meet at school and a misunderstanding lands them as hostile roommates who eventually become lifelong friends. The mysteries of how there came to be a Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion are revealed, as well as how the flying monkeys got their wings. With elaborate sets and costumers, memorable songs in the score, just the right amount of sentimentality in the plot line, a entire cast that was mesmerizing, and a balanced mixture of singing and spoken dialogue, the hit Broadway musical created a recognizably Wicked world. Continue reading