10th time’s the charm

Now and Again

I had seen a better Doctor in Novato, a better Dan in Morgan Hill. I liked the set more in Santa Cruz and the intimacy of the Bakersfield stage.
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Idina Menzel shines in ‘If/Then’ at Orpheum Theater

When Idina Menzel first appeared onstage, her presence abruptly bringing the swelling overture to a stark silence, there was perhaps no greater applause during the nearly three-hour performance of “If/Then” than when she delivered the show’s opening line: “Hey, it’s me.” And that immediate enthusiasm is completely warranted, because a
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‘Next to Normal’ production only stays true to title

Unlike in the days of Gershwin, Lerner and Loewe or Rodgers and Hammerstein, musicals are no longer only about extravagant tap numbers and happy endings. In the age of “Rent” and “Spring Awakening,” with the worlds of Broadway and rock music colliding, musicals today tell all sorts of stories —
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