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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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“Thoroughly Modern Millie”—Antiquated, yet Charming, at CCMT, Walnut Creek

“Thoroughly Modern Millie”—Antiquated, yet Charming, at CCMT, Walnut Creek

Millennial Notes Morris, Scanlan, Tesori Lift Spirits with Light Pastiche Musical by Meaghan Gates Millie is one of my favorite shows and inspired me when I was a teenager yearning for Broadway. Based on the 1967 movie musical hit, Contra Costa Musical Theatre’s production is toe-tappingly enjoyable. In 1922, Millie Dillmount (spunky Samantha Rose Cardenas) moves to the Big Apple from a small town, ready to take the world by storm. Defining herself as a “modern” woman, Millie has big…

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“Black Odyssey” Returns, Astounds! at Cal Shakes, Orinda

“Black Odyssey” Returns, Astounds! at Cal Shakes, Orinda

Millennial Notes Marcus Gardley Sails into Black History with Music by Evelyn Arevalo Award-winning playwright Marcus Gardley, a renowned son of Oakland, morphs Homer’s Odyssey into a Black History saga.  Cal Shakes has remounted Gardley’s lyrical piece that pays homage to the African-American oral tradition. In “Black Odyssey,” Ulysses Lincoln (talented J.D. Mollison) is trying to get back from war in the Middle East to his home in Oakland. “Black Odyssey” leads us on a extravagant adventure which includes family,…

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“Detroit ‘67” Depicts Days of Fear & Rebellion, at Aurora, Berkeley

“Detroit ‘67” Depicts Days of Fear & Rebellion, at Aurora, Berkeley

Dominique Morisseau Aims for Motown Glory by Barry David Horwitz In Detroit in the long hot summer of 1967, the political winds are burning hot—under Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and the anti-Vietnam war protests. Police brutality against African Americans in the big cities is boiling up and the lid is about to blow off. The season of political uprisings is raging, already, leading up to the Anti-War demonstrations in Chicago in 1968, at the Democratic Convention….

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