Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Crystal’ to transform SAP Center into a frozen playground March 28-April 1

By Khalida Sarwari For those who find themselves missing the sight of ice and skates now that the Winter Olympics are over, good news is on the horizon. A certain Canadian company is coming to town at the end of the month with plenty of skaters and gymnasts to put on a show featuring acrobatics on the ice and in the air. The result is an experience that features synchronized skating, freestyle, figure and extreme Read More …

Rodgers and Hammerstein classic plays at Center for Performing Arts stage Feb. 20-25

By Khalida Sarwari Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I,” regarded as a timeless classic about a governess hired as part of an effort to modernize Siam (now known as Thailand), has successfully made the jump over the ocean from Broadway to West End, and this month, the national tour stops in San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts. Set in 1860s Bangkok, “King” tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops Read More …

Spend a night with the Italians for Valentine’s Day

By Khalida Sarwari If the names Martucci, Verdi and Mascagni don’t evoke romantic feelings, then you are out of luck. But if spending the evening listening to those guys is your cup of cappuccino, then the Trianon Theatre is the place to be on Saturday. That’s when the Mission Chamber Orchestra of San Jose will present a concert featuring orchestral pieces, songs and arias, all by Italian composers. The program, titled “A Night with the Read More …

‘Rent’ headed for San Jose’s Center for Performing Arts

By Khalida Sarwari Broadway San Jose will open the new year with a show that carries an inspiring message of hope in the face of fear and remind audiences at the Center for Performing Arts to measure their lives with love. That show is the critically acclaimed “Rent,” touring nationally 20 years after its premiere on Broadway, with a stop in San Jose Jan. 23-28. A modern-day take on Puccini’s “La bohème,” Jonathan Larson’s “Rent” Read More …

‘Little Mermaid’ starring San Jose’s own Bety Le kicks off Broadway San Jose’s new season

By Khalida Sarwari There is good news for those staring longingly at summer in the rearview mirror, not ready to let go just yet. There is one more journey to take, even though the destination isn’t on any world map. Broadway San Jose will kick off its 2017-18 season at the Center for Performing Arts by taking audiences to a magical kingdom beneath the sea with the national touring production of the beloved Disney animated Read More …