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Articles by Theda Kleinhans Reichman

Lin-Manuel Miranda won the Pulitzer Prize and 2016 Grammy Award for best Best Broadway Musical Album this year.  He now has the chance to take home an armload of Tony Awards for his sensational hip-hop Broadway smash-hit “Hamilton.” On Tuesday, May 3, when the Tony nominations were announced, the show also made Broadway history by garnering 16 Tony nominations.  In the past Mel Brooks’ hit musical “The Producers” and Britain’s delightful “Billy Elliot” held that honor when they received 15 nominations.

In 1997, Kander and Ebb’s razzle dazzle smash hit musical “Chicago” garnered six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The show revolves around a merry murderess named Roxie Hart, who bumps off her lover when he tries to walk out on her. Filled with hit after hit and dance numbers created by Bob Fosse, the show still packs a punch.

Noted director Jon Favreau, like many of us, fell in love with the story of Mowgli when he saw the Disney animated version of “The Jungle Book” as a kid in 1967. Now, nearly a half century later, he brings this classic story back to the silver screen in an all new and totally amazing way. The plot remains basically the same, but this time Mowgli is played by a live boy. About 2,000 youngsters auditioned for the part, but in the end, 10-year-old Neel Sethi landed the coveted role of Mowgli.

Due to popular demand, "Kinky Boots,” winner of six Tony Awards in 2013, is back at the Hollywood Pantages for a limited run.  The upbeat, high-heeled hit, with songs by Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper and book by four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein, is a celebration of friendship and  the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind.

It's April and spring is in the air. It's a time when we feel light and cheerful, with a spring in our steps and in our spirits. And even if we can't dance, now is the time for us to enjoy dance on stage at both the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC) in the San Fernando Valley. 

If you were not able to catch the eight nominated films for this year’s Academy Award, fear not because they are now available on Blu-ray and DVD. “Room,” from Lionsgate, did not take home the gold for Best Picture, but lead actress Brie Larson won an Oscar for her stellar leading performance as Ma in the film. Young Jacob Tremblay, who played her 5-year-old son Jack, was not nominated, but he too turned in an Oscar-worthy performance.

The absolutely daft, delightful comedic confection "A Gentleman's Guide to Murder" won the Tony for Best Musical in 2014. Now this tale of multiple murders has arrived at the Ahmanson Theatre where it will keep folks laughing until May 1.

“Sex With Strangers,” written by Laura Eason, is set in a bed and breakfast in rural Michigan in Act I, and in Olivia’s Chicago apartment in Act II.

As the play opens Olivia (Rebecca Pidgeon) is curled up on the couch reading proof sheets of her latest manuscript. This marks her second book which may never be published because she is still shell shocked from the critical reception for her first novel.

Disney’s “Zootopia” is a crime caper, a buddy movie and a delightful comedy seamlessly rolled into one fabulous film that is so much fun you’d like to be able to stay and see it twice.

Sunday, Feb. 28 marked the 88th Academy Awards presentation, but unfortunately a great deal of controversy was generated prior to the telecast. There was even the threat of a possible boycott because no actors of color were nominated this year, or last.