Ryan Luévano is a professional music director, composer, musicologist and music educator. Ryan is an experienced music director and conductor for musical theater, opera, film and concert music. Past productions include: Experience Magic!, Annie, The Sound of Music, Into the Woods, Chess, The Pajama Game, Bells Are Ringing, and Funny Girl. Additionally, he works as a professor of music at Woodbury University and Santa Ana College. When he’s not producing shows he pens as a theater critic for his blog Tin Pan L.A. where you can read all about the L.A. theater scene.

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A TALE OF TWO CITIES: EMBRACING COURAGE

REVIEW: A TALE OF TWO CITIES

BY RYAN M. LUÉVANO

Whether you’ve read Charles Dicken’s epic novel A Tale of Two Cities, or not, you’re likely familiar with the novel’s opening lines: “It was the best of times. . .” and if you’re even more well versed, you may also know the last line too: It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done. . .”. The two famous lines also bookend the new stage adaptation by Mike Poulton that makes its United States premiere at A Noise Within Theatre Company this fall.

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HONKY TONK LAUNDRY review

If you’re okay with a jukebox full of country western music then Honky Tonk Laundry is the show for you, and if not, then Bets Malone and Misty Cotton might just change your mind because they’re superb.

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REVIEW: HONKY TONK LAUNDRY

BY RYAN M. LUÉVANO

Jukebox musical aficionado Roger Bean, creator of the worldwide and off-Broadway hit The Marvelous Wonderettes, along with the sequels Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns, Winter Wonderettes, and Wonderettes: Dream On, brings LA audiences Honky Tonk Laundry. In this LA premiere Bean tackles the country western music of some of the greatest female country artists to tell a story about two ladies working at the Wishy-Washy Washateria.

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ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY review

REVIEW: ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

BY RYAN M. LUÉVANO

As a frequent theatergoer in Los Angeles I’ve sampled many of the cities theater buildings so when I saw that Proof of Doubt Closer Theater company was producing the musical On the Twentieth Century at the Pan Andreas Theater I was curious. I’ve never heard of this theater before and now I know why: the theater does not have air conditioning. In the peak of LA’s heat wave the audiences are forced to sweat it out while trying to enjoy this production. However, I would like to commend all the actors and the musicians who seem unfazed by the smoldering heat with their bright smiles and glowing performances.

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BORN FOR THIS: THE MUSICAL review

REVIEW: BORN FOR THIS

BY RYAN M LUÉVANO

Opening The Broad Stage’s 2017-18 is the new musical, Born for This, a show that could be more aptly named: “BeBe Winans’ Life in Concert,” as the autobiographical musical gives more the impression of a concert rather than a dramatic musical. That being said, the highlight of Born for This is BeBe Winans energetic gospel R&B score that sizzles with the top-notch vocals with its stellar cast, many of which are Broadway veterans.

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HERSHEY FELDER'S "OUR GREAT TCHAIKOVSKY" review

REVIEW: OUR GREAT TCHAIKOVSKY

BY RYAN M. LUÉVANO

People all over the world are familiar with the music of Tchaikovsky from his iconic ballet scores, symphonic works to his works for piano—his music is unmistakable and brilliant. However, what many maybe unfamiliar with the fact that he lived in fear for all of his life up to his death in 1893. Now, actor, writer, pianist, Hershey Felder brings audiences the LA premiere of his latest play, Our Great Tchaikovsky, opening the curtain to reveal the man behind the music. It is through his music and the circumstances in which it was music is written that Hershey Felder eloquently tells the story of this magnificent, yet deeply troubled Russian composer.

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TURBULENCE! review

Turbulence! is a perfect example of the group’s ingenuity for top notch concept, craftsmanship and performance... If there is any new musical to see at the Fringe Festival this is the one—it’s chock full of high-energy music and storytelling that’s out of this world.

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CHECKOV IN PALM SPRINGS

REVIEW: NICKY

BY RYAN M. LUÉVANO

When we think of plays by Anton Chekhov lengthy dramatic works come to mind. Even when Chekhov was commissioned to write a comedy in 1887 he instead wrote a four-act drama entitled Ivanov. Now Coeurage Theatre Company brings a world premiere adaptation of Chekhov’s Ivanov, entitled Nicky to the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Writer Boni B. Alvarez takes this work to present-day Palm Springs and includes one major plot twist that makes this work even more scandalous and relevant in today’s society.

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DOG SEES GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD review

REVIEW: DOG SEES GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD

Imagine what happens when the Peanuts are in high school overflowing with hormones and teenage angst. In Bert V. Royal’s play Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead this is the reality as he puts these characters and their problems front and center for audiences to experience. At this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival, following an extended entirely sold-out run at The Blank in Hollywood, Worst First Kiss Productions stages this play at the McCadden Place Theatre. Given that this theatre company is run completely by high school students, Dog Sees God makes for a prime choice and it’s completely satisfying and authentic.

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PUTTIN’ THE TURB IN ‘TURBULENCE!’

REVIEW: TURBULENCE!

Robot Teammate has returned to this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival with their latest original musical Turbulence!and they’ve hit the mark once again. When it comes to original Fringe musicals, Robot Teammate sets the standard, and the standard is high. Turbulence! is a perfect example of the group’s ingenuity for top notch concept, craftsmanship and performance. This musical is set at the 4242 Intergalympics and follows the bitter rivalry between the people of Earth and Mars at an all-time fever pitch. If there is any new musical to see at the Fringe Festival this is the one—it’s chock full of high-energy music and storytelling that is out of this world.

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