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SF Playhouse’s ‘Mary Poppins’ is ‘practically perfect’

SF Playhouse excels at plays, but I’ve remained relatively unimpressed with its works of musical theater. However, the theater’s production of “Mary Poppins” provides a welcome exception. “Mary Poppins” is also a highly unconventional choice of musical—originally performed in 2004, it never really became popular for professional theaters to perform; however, the iconic story makes…

On Easy Street with the Hollywood Bowl production of ‘Annie’

Directed by Michael Arden, “Annie” at the Hollywood Bowl was an unforgettable experience from the moment it opened. With a three-day run that brought together actors, singers and multi-talented performances for a star-studded production, “Annie” was well worth the show. “Annie” was performed with a 19-piece orchestra directed by Todd Ellison — and the overture…