The fresh premise of "Hands on a Hardbody" -- the last of 10 Texans to break contact with a Nissan pickup truck drives it away -- doesn't disguise a debt to other tuners.
The most thoughtful and scintillating reading of the Webber/Rice rock opera since its 1969 recording.
It's looking increasingly likely that we can add "Jesus Christ Superstar" to the list of Des McAnuff-helmed productions that launched at San Diego's La Jolla Playhouse prior to landing on Broadway.
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When actors decide to step up their careers, they do theater. When freelance directors want to raise the level of their game, they run one.
Coming off the recent Broadway-bound success of "Tommy," the La Jolla Playhouse has nabbed another coup with the world premiere next season of a musical from Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine.