Ed Rampell: The large cast of 30-plus performers stunningly brought the South Africa-set anti-apartheid story vividly alive for a nearly sold out audience at UCLA’s capacious Royce Hall.
Ed Rampell: Director James Robinson has reset Mozart’s 18th century Singspiel – with lyrics, spoken dialogue and story written by Christoph Friedrich Bretzner, adapted and enlarged by Johann Gottlieb Stephanie – in the Roaring Twenties.
Ed Rampell: At a time when many Americans declare “Black Lives Matter!” the 1949 anti-apartheid Broadway musical created by composer Kurt Weill and playwright Maxwell Anderson is having a rare revival.
Ed Rampell: The Last Five Years is sort of La La Land set in Manhattan, instead of Hollywood, although this musical by multi-Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown actually opened Off-Broadway about 15 years before Damien Chazelle’s movie was released.
Patrick O’Heffernan: Athena is a magical musical angel whose songs release emotion like endorphins.