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“Wizard of Oz”—Charming Stage Pictures, at Berkeley Playhouse

“Wizard of Oz”—Charming Stage Pictures, at Berkeley Playhouse

Millennial Notes Lexie Lazear Orchestrates Lovely Performance by Rachel Norby At Berkeley Playhouse, Director Lexie Lazear’s version of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz” includes a talented cast, well-choreographed musical numbers, and exquisite costuming. She brings together many moving parts to create a fantastical journey along the yellow brick road. The costume designers outdo themselves in the visually stunning Emerald City. Each costume is a fantastic concoction of green, yet no two costumes are the same. Everything sparkles and…

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“In the Heights” Elevates Immigrant Spirit, at Custom Made, S.F.

“In the Heights” Elevates Immigrant Spirit, at Custom Made, S.F.

Millennial Notes  Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Strong Women Carry the Barrio by Carly Van Liere It’s clear that now is a perfect and poignant time for this awesome musical, as the lights come up on “Abolish ICE” graffiti on Usnavi’s tiny bodega. The growing pains of huge economic changes ring true to the San Francisco audience. From the top of Harlem, Lin-Manuel Miranda tells all… But the message of this play echoes throughout the Bay Area and world. Home is not necessarily…

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“Aida”—A Kinetic Explosion! at Broadway by the Bay, Redwood City

“Aida”—A Kinetic Explosion! at Broadway by the Bay, Redwood City

Millennial Notes Elton John, Tim Rice Expose Imperialism Today by Tyler Jeffreys Broadway by the Bay’s “Aida” explodes with energetic performances that give me goosebumps. The ensemble’s game is tight. My eyes are glued to the brilliant dancers–Angelica Scott, Daniel Lloyd Pias, and Ali Lacer. In the Egyptian desert, Scott dazzles in “The Dance of the Robe,” my favorite number.   Choreographer Nicole Helfer adds gorgeous West African dance moves to Elton’s John’s drum driven score. The Nubian slaves are celebrating…

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“The Boy from Oz” Dances into Our Hearts, at Rhino, S.F.

“The Boy from Oz” Dances into Our Hearts, at Rhino, S.F.

Peter Allen Inspires Tears, Joy from Down Under by Barry David Horwitz Director John Fisher has done it again. He has revived the most fabulous gay musical, telling the story of famous lounge singer, dancer, and songwriter Peter Allen. Even though I didn’t know the fabulous story of Peter, Judy, Greg, and Liza, the music and heartfelt performances impart warmth and understanding to 40 years of LGBTQ struggle and triumph. Little Peter Allen as a young boy (brilliant, adorable Cameron…

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