Theater Review: Anastasia at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre

If you, like me, grew up on the 1997 animated film version of Anastasia, you probably remember the creepy and scary Rasputin, and the titular heroine eventually defeating him by destroying a magical glass vial. While much of the plot, and all of the memorable songs, are the same in the musical version that opened last … More Theater Review: Anastasia at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre

Theater Review: Miss Saigon at the Pantages Theatre

Miss Saigon, the musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby Jr., opened this week at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood following a successful Broadway revival in 2017 and 2018. Based on Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly, it takes place in 1970s Saigon during the Vietnam War and tells the story of a South Vietnamese woman and … More Theater Review: Miss Saigon at the Pantages Theatre

Theater Review: The Phantom of the Opera at the Pantages Theatre

The longest running show on Broadway is back in Los Angeles for a spell, this time with a new staging specifically designed with touring in mind. The Phantom of the Opera has been a musical theater mainstay since its West End debut in 1986, and with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart, and … More Theater Review: The Phantom of the Opera at the Pantages Theatre

Theater Review: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Pantages Theatre

Believe it or not, the characters in the musical version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory do not actually enter the titular chocolate factory until the very end of act one. That’s right, over an hour in to this perplexing adaptation there is nary an Oompa Loompa in sight. Willy Wonka sings about a world of … More Theater Review: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Pantages Theatre

Theater Review: Hello Dolly! at the Pantages Theatre

Put on your Sunday clothes and get down to the Hollywood Pantages Theatre because there’s a new matchmaker in town, and her antics are bound to warm even the coldest of hearts. The Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival of Hello Dolly! is currently making its Los Angeles debut as part of a national tour, and it … More Theater Review: Hello Dolly! at the Pantages Theatre

Theater Review: A Bronx Tale at the Pantages Theatre

“The saddest thing in life is wasted talent, and the choices you make will shape your life forever.” A Bronx Tale, a musical based on the play of the same name, opened at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles this week after a nearly two year run on Broadway. Often described as a cross between … More Theater Review: A Bronx Tale at the Pantages Theatre

Theater Review: Beautiful- The Carole King Musical at the Pantages Theatre

Jukebox bio-musicals are seemingly a dime a dozen these days—Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations is currently playing at the Ahmanson Theatre, and the Pantages Theatre was recently home to On Your Feet, the Gloria and Emilio Estefan musical. But Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which just reopened at the Pantages in … More Theater Review: Beautiful- The Carole King Musical at the Pantages Theatre