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Calendar, Night&Day Mamma's Homecoming

Mamma's Homecoming

It's hard to go wrong with a show like Mamma Mia! Catherine Johnson's feel-good musical has a little something for everyone: a young girl on the eve of her wedding, mysterious lovers from the past, a Greek island setting,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Converted to Crass

Converted to Crass

There isn't much to say about The Book of Mormon that hasn't already been said. The musical, from the brains behind South Park and Avenue Q, is about two silly missionaries in Africa and has already won nine Tony…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>American Idiot</em>: Our Podcast Review

American Idiot: Our Podcast Review

We've all heard of adapting books and movies for the stage. But albums? Green Day's American Idiot, a musical now at the Orpheum, at least came from a concept album that features recurring characters and a continuous story. It's…
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Calendar, Night&Day Kirk Here

Kirk Here

For children of a certain generation, the Starship Enterprise’s earnest Capt. James T. Kirk was a cardboard cousin of Dudley Do-Right. The latter, a dim-bulb Canadian Mountie created for The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, was a cartoon character, you see,…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • DJ Harvey put on one of the best parties of the year at Public Works, mixing disco funk, classic house, and lots of rare grooves to keep an ecstatic crowd moving into the morning. The whole thing opened…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>Billy Elliot</em> at the Orpheum Theatre Delivers the Brassy Broadway Goods

Billy Elliot at the Orpheum Theatre Delivers the Brassy Broadway Goods

Billy Elliot Through September 17 at Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market (at Hyde), S.F. Tickets are $35-$200; visit www.shnsf.com. When I first saw the film version of Billy Elliot back in 2000, I found it a bit treacly and unconvincing. I…
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Culture, Stage

Catch the Moon

It's not often an authentic work of genius comes our way. But until Jan. 21, we've got one in West Side Story. With a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the touring production…
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