Now streaming: the July episode of ‘The Munro Review’

I’m proud of this month’s episode of “The Munro Review” on CMAC! It includes my first story shot on location. Producer Kyle Lowe and I trekked out to Reedley’s River City Theatre Company to check out a rehearsal for “Memphis: The Musical,” which opens Friday, July 6. We interviewed Camille Gaston and Jonathan Wheeler, who star in the show.

And for my second major segment, I interview “the three Alisons” (Haley White, Thani Brant and Novi Alexander) of the StageWorks Fresno production of “Fun Home.” The episode includes a performance by Novi singing “Ring of Keys.” We also taped Thani singing the show-stopping song “Changing My Major” but couldn’t use it because of time constraints. I will post the clip separately on Wednesday as a holiday bonus.


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Now streaming: the May episode of ‘The Munro Review’

It’s our most ambitious episode of “The Munro Review” yet! The May edition features three guest segments, including a musical song-and-dance number. (Not by me. Although that would have been a sight.)

Here’s what you can catch in this chock-full episode:

♦ Kathleen McKinley, director of the new Fresno State production of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” fills us in on this ambitious and cutting-edge experience, which opens Friday, May 4. She’s joined by William Ramirez, a student in my Fresno State journalism class, who drops in to talk about our special class project covering “Streetcar” from a number of story angles. (It’ll be unveiled later this week.)

♦ Mas Masumoto tells us about the campaign to put a sales-tax-increase on the November ballot that will fund parks, recreation and arts programs for 30 years in the city of Fresno.

♦ And two very special guests from the Selma Arts Center give a preview of the upcoming “The Little Mermaid.” Maria Monreal and Joshua Plowman chat about the show and also perform.

As always, I also offer my roundup of what I’ve been covering this month online and give a sneak preview of coming May attractions. Share the link (https://youtu.be/Y2_G9Oh98zE) and enjoy!


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Now streaming: the March episode of ‘The Munro Review’

A special thanks to Gina Sandí-Díaz, Ruby Arreguin and Lupe Perez for being my guests on the March installment of “The Munro Review,” produced by the Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC). Gina and Ruby talk about the new Fresno State production of “Lydia,” which opens March 16. And Lupe gives us an update on the new public art that was just unveiled at downtown’s Mariposa Plaza.

Also, I recap “Trashique 2018,” tip my hat to Children’s Musical Theaterworks for bringing the original Elle Woods to Fresno, and preview lots of March events to come, including concerts from Soli Deo Gloria and the Fresno Philharmonic. Enjoy!


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Now streaming: the January episode of ‘The Munro Review’

A special thanks to the cast of Selma Arts Center’s “Spring Awakening” for being my January guests on “The Munro Review,” produced by the Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC). I interview director Dominic Grijalva and actors Kindle Lynn Cowger and Kai DiMino about the production, which opens Jan. 26, and host two musical performances from the entire cast. They sound great. You don’t want to miss it.

Plus, I recap my coverage of Good Company’s “A Christmas Carol,” Fresno State’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” CMT’s “Annie,” Good Company’s “Breaking Up is Hard to Do,” and Audra McDonald’s upcoming concert with the Fresno Philharmonic. And I preview Good Company’s “Sense and Sensibility” and “Annie,” tell you about a quirky little show called “Calculus: The Musical,” discuss the upcoming national tour of “Kinky Boots,” and give a shout-out to the Fresno Art Museum’s winter exhibitions.

You can watch the episode on demand on YouTube (above). And you can see it on broadcast TV on CMAC 1 (Comcast 93, AT&T 99) the following dates:

Monday, January 1 – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, January 3 – 8:00 pm
Friday, January 5 – 2:30 pm
Sunday, January 7 – 12:30 pm


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Now streaming: the December episode of ‘The Munro Review’

The third episode of my monthly half-hour arts talk show, done in collaboration with the Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC), is now streaming. My guests for December:

• Carla Lippert and Shirley Winters of Central California Ballet’s upcoming weekend production of “The Nutcracker,” along with local dancer Marin Brant.

• Julie Carter, artistic director of the women’s choral ensemble Soli Deo Gloria, which performs Friday. A special treat: A group of her singers came with her to the studio to offer a beautiful tune. (My first live-to-tape musical performance on my show!)

I also offer recaps of my profiles of new Fresno Philharmonic music director Rei Hotoda and Joan Schulze, the Fresno Art Museum’s distinguished woman artist for 2017; a rundown on my news coverage of the saga of Children’s Musical Theaterworks and the Veterans Memorial Auditorium; capsule reviews and shout-outs about College of the Sequoias’ production of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” and Selma Arts Center’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Plus, I offer a preview of the December arts scene, including a Bob Hope tribute and the Broadway in Fresno production of “Cirque Dreams Holidaze.”

As always, thanks to my volunteer CMAC crew and producers Lisa Talley and Kyle Lowe.


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Check out the video version of ‘The Munro Review’

Plus: Don’t forget Thursday’s big CMAC Fest

Last month I introduced you to the first episode of “The Munro Review,” an arts talk show in collaboration with the Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC). Now my second episode focusing on November is streaming. My guests this month are Thomas-Whit Ellis of Fresno State talking about “Native Son,” which continues through Saturday, Nov. 4; and Tony Carranza of fres.co, which is open for ArtHop tonight (Thursday, Nov. 2).

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