An American version of an English panto, “A Snow White Christmas,” starring Ariana Grande at Pasadena Playhouse, offers sparkling music while appealing both to kids and adults.
Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick’s 1979 Broadway flop “Murder at the Howard Johnson’s” gets a cozy and amiably acted revival. It’s trite and shallow, but the laughs come consistently.
“Hot Mess in Manhattan,” a “Sex and the City”–inspired one-act musical by Cait and Meggie Doyle that’s part of the Araca Project, shows promise and has a sweet but cheeky spirit.
Tracee Chimo talks about working in downtown theater, the pressure to move to Los Angeles, and believing in yourself no matter what.
“Tender Napalm,” English playwright Philip Ridley’s pretentious portrait of a troubled marriage, at 59E59 Theaters, submerges two terrific actors in a sea of overwrought verbiage.
Rob McClure showcases some of his new talents - tightrope walking, violin playing, rollerskating - that he learned for the role.
Starring Carolee Carmello, Gifford’s new musical, “Scandalous,” re-creates the life of legendary preacher Aimee Semple McPherson.
The Tony winner, who also had famous roles on TV's "Who's the Boss?" and "One Life to Live," shared with Backstage her secrets to maintaining a long and successful career. Light will be back on Broadway this spring in "The Assembled Parties," which starts performances March 21.
Lindsay Joy Murphy’s well-acted “Rise and Fall of a Teenage Cyberqueen,” from LabRats Theater Company, has an unclear point of view about the Internet’s effect on family life.
Ben Hill founded the Hollywood Fringe Festival (and designed the website), which runs June 5–30 (including previews) at venues around Hollywood.