With both the aim and professional motto being to bring readers: "Broadway, Theater and Entertainment news you’re NOT going to find in the pages of 'People Magazine' or 'Entertainment Weekly'," Leo has been covering various aspects of the Entertainment industry for close to two decades now. From DVD, film and theater reviews, to celebrity interviews, to book and restaurant reviews, and events designed for more mainstream as well as alternative tastes, Leo's pretty much handled it all for such publications as "The O.C. Blade", "4-Front", "Rage", "Gay Chicago", and "Camp Magazine" (in Kansas City) and even "N.O.W. Magazine" in the UK, and "Gay News Amsterdam" in the Netherlands. In addition, he served as the on-camera "Entertainment Correspondent" for two years on "The Gay News" broadcast via the internet television service, "Village TV". Six years ago he discovered this thing called the internet, establishing his on-line review column, "Buck-ing Trends". Since then he's been pleased to return to his first love of live theater--particularly musicals--where, on top of keeping local theater-goers informed, his new goal has been to demonstrate to as wide an audience as possible that the local Southern California theater scene is just as vibrant, creative, traditional, alive, and (at times) down right eclectic as any other major metropolitan area--including that world-famous Boulevard in New York City.

PARADE

While admittedly, not a show for those who prefer that their musical entertainments promote more ‘light-hearted’ and easily-digested sentiments, for mature theater enthusiasts who yearn for thoroughly compelling, thought-provoking fare, “The Chance Theater’s ’ latest is well worth the trip.

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Oklahoma!

Dawson’s direction attempts to add gravitas and deeper relevance to this musical-romance—What’s more, it should be noted that the Director’s point isn’t so much that any issues raised here necessarily get resolved here—but rather that we, as the audience, see them in a different and weightier light; concrete resolutions and/or conclusions he leaves up to our own individual acumen.

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MAN OF LA MANCHA

Director Casale has astutely packed his cast with some genuinely astonishing talents—vocally and dramatically. In addition, his direction bestows on us a more earthy and realistic production than has been seen recently, while making terrific use of humor to create greater relatability between his characters and the audience.

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HELLO AGAIN

This is an exceptional sort of musical, and dramatically, there’s quite a lot of very clever elements; Van Slyke’s fast-moving and fluidly-paced direction is infused with discerning little nods to the differing decades each romantic intrigue transpires in. He also inserts plenty of insights regarding the nature of relationships—most notably when the heart and mind are over-ridden by the libido!

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West Side Story

Superbly staged, though-provoking and heartbreaking all at once, Richard Israel’s direction is fluid—giving rise to excellent continuity from one scene into the next. The world he paints is one where all is definitely NOT ‘peaches and cream’ as far as adolescent love is concerned, but he shrewdly capitalizes on the show’s plethora of strengths and as a result, the production doesn’t just flow—it sails at a spirited clip.

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CAROUSEL

MTW’s new staging is a Top-Notch re-mounting of a true-blue, honest-to-goodness classic of both Americana and Musical Theater. Small wonder that opening night’s performance was to a completely sold-out house…Even smaller wonder was how at its conclusion, all the ‘first-nighters’ couldn’t jump to their feet fast enough to give this old favorite a thunderous, much-deserved standing ovation!

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Claudio Quest - Video Game Musical

Along with a nice, (and periodically, even ‘bouncy’) contemporary score, Fornarola and Pailet’s book is commensurately sly and always witty; billed as “An 8-‘Bit’ Musical that asks ‘What if life is more than just A or B’”, we’re also reminded that sometimes true heroes can arise in the most unexpected places and take on the most unusual forms.

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URINETOWN THE MUSICAL

Staged at “The Lankershim Arts Center’s” theater upstairs, Director Hayter sets a fast-pace and fun stride something akin to a theatrical rollercoaster ride that’s bound to leave you breathless and howling for more.

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