Monthly Archive:: March 2015

Paul Wong Talks About Doing Dramatic Readings for the Academy for New Musical Theatre

BY CARY GINELL Paul Wong made his Ventura County theater debut in 2013 as Hysterium in Panic! Productions’ A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. A Los Angeles-based actor, Wong got his

Oak Park High School Struts Its Stuff in “A Chorus Line”

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL A Chorus Line, the 1975 Broadway musical that broke barriers and ran for over 6,000 performances, is one of those shows that you rarely see on local stages, which causes one

Say Hello to “Bye, Bye Birdie!”

REVIEW BY NATALIA VIVINO This past Saturday, the Camarillo Skyway Playhouse delivered a fun and friendly production of the classic Tony-award winning musical Bye, Bye Birdie. As many theatregoers know, Birdie was inspired by

Andrew Metzger Kills It as “Sweeney Todd”

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL In just a few short years on Ventura County stages, Andrew Metzger has proved himself to be a master of physical comedy in the tradition of such classic clowns as

Chris Lemmon – How Music Brought Me & My Father Together

BY CARY GINELL In Jack Lemmon Remembers, now playing at the Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura, music plays a key role in Chris Lemmon’s performance. Music is featured throughout the show, as Chris uses the

Actor Paul Wong Discusses Florence Foster Jenkins and Cross-Ethnic Casting in Musical Theater

BY CARY GINELL Last month, Southern California audiences got a special treat when the Musical Theatre Guild presented a rare stage reading of the 1954 Broadway musical The Golden Apple. The show, an updating of

Memories of Jack Lemmon By His Son Chris

BY CARY GINELL After last Sunday’s matinee performance of Jack Lemmon Returns, we met his son Chris Lemmon in the green room at the Rubicon Theatre Company to talk about the show, his father, and

Andrew Metzger stars as “Sweeney Todd” at Ventura College This Weekend

BY CARY GINELL Beginning Thursday and continuing for four performances this weekend, Ventura College will be presenting Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, starring a familiar name and face to Ventura

Theater League’s Formulaic “Buddy Holly” Musical Is Strong on Music

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL Fifty-six years ago, Buddy Holly, who was, with Elvis serving in the army, the reigning King of Rockabilly, died in a plane crash along with two other rock pioneers, disc

Chris Lemmon: Walking in the Footsteps of a Giant

REVIEW BY CARY GINELL Ever since Hal Holbrook first portrayed Mark Twain in 1954, the one-man play-as-tribute has become a staple of the Broadway stage. Subjects have been wide-ranging, from presidents and politicians to