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The King and I: ectera, ectera, ectera

Posted on March 3, 2017 at 1:13am 1 Comment

The King and I, based on the 1944 novel “Anna and the King of Siam, by Margaret Landon, tells the story of Anna Leonowens (Laura Michelle Kelly) and her son as they arrive in Siam. Anna has been hired to be a teacher for The King of Siam’s children and wives in a epic clash of cultures and opinions. The relationship between The King of Siam (Jose Llana) and Anna is comparable to a choreographed tug-of-war and is portrayed through spectacular acting.…


Mamma Mia!: I wanna go again

Posted on February 9, 2017 at 11:30pm 1 Comment

As the curtain rose on opening night of Mamma Mia!, I came to the realization that I had never been more anxious or excited for a show. Mamma Mia! is a classic that returned for the eighth time to play at The Orpheum Theater through February 12 as part of its farewell tour. Based on the book by Catherine Johnson and with music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus (and few songs by Stig Anderson), Mamma Mia! did not disappoint.

The soundtrack was filled with some of…


The Bodyguard is Bittersweet

Posted on January 13, 2017 at 12:00am 2 Comments

As the curtain rose and fell, the opening night of The Bodyguard both started, and ended with a bang. The Bodyguard, based on the 1992 movie, merges theater, film, and music into a bittersweet story elevated by masterful actors and actresses. The actors and actresses were electrifying, but the plot was at best, mediocre. The storyline was clear in its premise; on stage however, it was often cluttered and hard to recognize…


One Moment of Perfect Balance

Posted on December 15, 2016 at 10:56pm 2 Comments

Fun Home ends with Alison Bechdel proclaiming that just sometimes, there were moments of perfect balance in her life. Fun Home itself however, is a real moment of perfect balance of light and dark. Based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel, Fun Home is on its first nationwide tour. In 2015, Fun Home won five Tony awards, including one for Best Musical.…


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