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“Falsettos” – family, and extended family

“Falsettos” – family, and extended family

Hitting the high notes “Falsettos” on stage at the Ahmanson Theatre, a review by Bondo Wyszpolski To some extent, you get double your money’s worth with “Falsettos,” currently through May 19 at the Ahmanson Theatre. This sung-through musical, a modern day light opera, has a book written by William Finn and James Lapine, with Finn […]

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Tempted by one of Motown’s legends…

Tempted by one of Motown’s legends…

The Ups and Downs of the Motown Legends “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg–The Life and Times of the Temptations” (a review) by Bondo Wyszpolski All the ingredients are here: The memorable songs, the singing, and the choreography. During the mid- and latter-1960s, soul music (the Detroit sound, etc.) was everywhere, up and down the charts, […]

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London Calling… from downtown L.A.

London Calling… from downtown L.A.

“Something Rotten!” – a final whiff by Bondo Wyszpolski You need lemons to make lemonade, but you don’t need water to make a splash–or a splashy musical, which is what brothers Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick did when they conceived and then wrote music and lyrics for “Something Rotten!”, which is playing out its run at […]

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A “Bright Star” lights up the Ahmanson

A “Bright Star” lights up the Ahmanson

Lighting up the Sky “Bright Star” at the Ahmanson, a review by Bondo Wyszpolski How often do you read a review of a show where the first thing a writer tells you is that it’s contrived, predictable, melodramatic and rather implausible, and then adds that’s it’s captivating and entertaining and that you should go and […]

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Sparkling “Red Shoes” at the Ahmanson

Sparkling “Red Shoes” at the Ahmanson

Actions Speak Louder Than Words Matthew Bourne gives “The Red Shoes” the silent treatment by Bondo Wyszpolski There is no one else quite like choreographer Matthew Bourne, and the Ahmanson Theatre, first under Gordon Davidson and then Michael Ritchie, has been presenting his work on a near-regular basis since his astonishing all-male “Swan Lake” in […]

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Four Seasons music bio is one for the ages

Four Seasons music bio is one for the ages

Always in Season “Jersey Boys” – a review by Bondo Wyszpolski It’s been lighting up the Ahmanson Theatre for a few weeks, but for anyone who’s never seen “Jersey Boys” time is growing short in order to experience one of the deservedly successful musicals of this century. It’s the story of an East Coast pop […]

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Amélie, from screen to stage

Amélie, from screen to stage

“Amélie: A New Musical” – a review by Bondo Wyszpolski Many of us enjoyed the 2001 French film “Amélie” that starred Audrey Tautou. The picture is charming and sweet, and years later Craig Lucas (book), Daniel Messé (composer, co-lyricist), and Nathan Tysen (co-lyricist) thought they could turn it into an equally charming musical. Well, they’ve […]

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Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge” at the Ahmanson Theatre

“A View from the Bridge” – obscured by clouds (a review) by Bondo Wyszpolski We often go to the theater for the visceral, but we also go for the visual as well. Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge” is a strong if overly-wrought play, and Ivo van Hove’s take on it has merit, but […]

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Getting away with “Love & Murder”

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” – going once, going twice by Bondo Wyszpolski In case you haven’t gotten around to seeing (nay, experiencing!) one of the most delightful musicals of the past few years, let me make my way into the belfry so I can toll the bells that say: Last call! “A […]