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“Paradise Square” Celebrates Song & Dance in Civil War Manhattan, at Berkeley Rep

“Paradise Square” Celebrates Song & Dance in Civil War Manhattan, at Berkeley Rep

World Class Musical Shows Black & Irish Lives Matter by Jennifer Ann Charron It’s rare to witness a momentous new musical.  My shoulders clench and my jaw drops, like a dumb-struck child. That’s me watching “Paradise Square: A New Musical” that tells the history of Black and Irish people living together in Manhattan—just before the Civil War. “Paradise Square” explores the little-known history of New York’s Five Points neighborhood through the eyes and music of Stephen Foster (touching Jacob Fishel),…

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“Come from Away”—Finds New Land in Our Hearts, at SHN, S.F

“Come from Away”—Finds New Land in Our Hearts, at SHN, S.F

Sankoff & Hein Offer Hope & Hospitality for ALL by Rachel Norby & Barry David Horwitz With Celtic overtones and intriguingly accented songs, the driving beat of “Welcome to the Rock” lands us on the island of Newfoundland, in remote Canadian waters. By the end of the musical, we realize that we, too, would like to be Newfoundlanders, because “the island makes the man.” SHN’s Touring Company of “Come from Away” shows what happened to passengers in the air after…

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“Dear Evan Hansen” Challenges Millennial Myths, at The Curran, S.F.

“Dear Evan Hansen” Challenges Millennial Myths, at The Curran, S.F.

Benj Pasek & Justin Paul Make Music for Harsh Times by Rachel Norby and Barry David Horwitz The plot of “Dear Evan Hansen” could be a teenie bopper movie: boy makes up story, the lies spin out of control, he comes clean. But this multiple Tony Award winning musical phenomenon has a Dickensian theme: Poor, invisible Evan ingratiates himself with the wealthy family of a classmate who has committed suicide. With a top-notch cast and a flashing backdrop of floating…

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“Avenue Q” Spices Up the Holidays, at NCTC, S.F

“Avenue Q” Spices Up the Holidays, at NCTC, S.F

Lopez & Marx’s Adult Sesame Street Meets Queer Musical by Kim Waldron “I love the lively ones,” said my friend, after seeing “Avenue Q.”  She’s right. Spirited and profane, with smart lyrics, this musical pleases everyone—except The Grinch and Ted Cruz. For some an adult parody of “Sesame Street” seems an odd staple for the holidays. Yet opening night was sold out for this, the sixth consecutive December of “Avenue Q” at New Conservatory Theatre Center, a true San Francisco…

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