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Panto in the Presidio

An all-star team of theater icons is bringing panto to San Francisco this holiday season. Fun for the whole family, The Magic Lamp turns the classic children’s tale of Aladdin on its head with magnificent costumes, musical parodies, dance, magic, and over-the-top silliness. Join Aladdin, a bike messenger, and Jazz, the daughter of a successful tech entrepreneur, as they discover new love and ancient magic in modern day San Francisco. The Magic Lamp is brimming with humor, featuring work by Grammy and Emmy award-winning comedy writer and musician Mason Williams (Classical Gas, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and Saturday Night Live), and Musical Direction by Bill Keck (Beach Blanket Babylon).

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Mama Mia! Dazzles Crowd

"Jen Brooks graced the stage as Donna and stole each scene she was in. Her stage presence was strong, and her vocals were powerful."

- Kira Reklei | The Scoop | Guam Daily Post

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Nice Work If You Can Get It: The Western Stage

"Jen Brooks  [as Billie] sings wonderfully and doesn’t miss a beat in the plot  which, true to a longstanding musical theater tradition, requires her to masquerade as a lot of other people, from a reluctant honeymooning bride to a food-wielding cockney housemaid.

It’s a show that turns the clock back to those dear dead days before the Rodgers and Hammerstein revolution when the book of a musical hit was still just a flimsy arrangement of chorus girl and top-banana gag situations strung between vocal numbers. A savvy 21st century writer named Joe DiPietro has mined who knows how many clunky old character types and plot situations and cobbled them together skillfully enough to earn a 2012 Tony nomination for this nice piece of Prohibition-era pastiche.”- Philip Pearce | Performing Arts Monterey Bay

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We're off to see the Wizard. Finally!

A production previously scheduled for 2020 at The Western Stage went the way of  Zoom during the Pandemic. Now with the exciting return of theater OZ will make it's way to the TWS main stage at last. 

The show will be directed and choreographed by mother-daughter team and OZ experts Ellen & Jen Brooks.

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Drowsy Chaperone: The Western Stage

"Jen Brooks is all Theda Bara vampery in the title role!"

 

The Drowsy Chaperone, which has just opened a four weeks’ run at The Western Stage in Salinas, doesn’t just imitate a 1928 fun and flappers musical. It serves it up garnished with wry and informed comments on the razzle-dazzle period quirks and clichés in what’s happening on stage while it’s up there happening. -Philip Pearce | Performing Arts Monterey Bay  

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Into The Woods: Broadway By The Bay

"The Witch is one of my favorite characters ever written for Broadway. She's so epic -- I hoped the actor playing her tonight is also epic."

I was not disappointed. Jen Brooks brought the trifecta -- great acting, adding just the right amount of zany, quirky, over-the-top, without spilling into camp. Great comedy. Smooth vocals with incredible breath support ...How do you get a witch who is terrifying, uncomfortable, lovable, and silly all at the same time? Cast Jen Brooks! 

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Singin’ in the Rain: Broadway By The Bay

"Brooks has a ball in the standout role of Lina!"

 

"Singin' in the Rain" offers a light-hearted satirical look at a key time in the motion-picture industry: the shift from silent films to "talkies.” In 1927, Don Lockwood (played by Ryan Blanning), is a debonair screen star with vaudeville song-and-dance-man roots. His on-screen partner and paramour is the glamorous Lina Lamont (Jen Brooks), a vain and conniving vamp whom he loathes in real life.- Karla Kane | Palo Alto Weekly