War and Family Legacy Haunting in ‘Elliot, a Soldier’s Fugue’

War and Family Legacy Haunting in ‘Elliot, a Soldier’s Fugue’

War has been depicted in countless plays and movies. Quiara Alegría Hudes’ “Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue,” which opened this weekend in the Los Angeles area, presents a multigenerational family legacy of silent stoicism in the face of war’s horrors and haunting aftermath. It also illustrates the impact of trying to follow in a parent’s footstep, when […]

‘Something Rotten!’ Fun Spoof Skewers Broadway and Bard

‘Something Rotten!’ Fun Spoof Skewers Broadway and Bard

A musical called “Something Rotten!” begs to be panned. However, “Something Rotten!” is actually a lot of fun with its over-the-top spoof on Broadway and skewering of the Bard. The musical that opened Tuesday in Los Angeles at the Ahmanson Theatre is a high-spirited romp through the Renaissance about two struggling playwrights living in the aura […]

‘Spamilton’ Spoofs ‘Hamilton,’ Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Broadway

‘Spamilton’ Spoofs ‘Hamilton,’ Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Broadway

The overwhelming success of Broadway juggernaut “Hamilton” currently playing to sell-out crowds in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and soon London has producers wondering how to top it or at least capitalize on it. So, it is no wonder that Gerard Alessandrini, an impresario who has made his career spoofing musical theater, developed a show […]