James Hebert

Writer

James Hebert is the U-T's theater critic, and has covered the San Diego arts scene for more than two decades. He earned his master's degree at Columbia University in New York and worked as a magazine editor in Boston before joining the U-T. Hebert's awards include a national arts-writing prize from the Society for Features Journalism (for a profile of the choreographer Twyla Tharp), and some two dozen local and regional journalism honors; his work also has been republished in two college writing textbooks. In 2009, Hebert served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

Recent Articles

  • Leslie Odom Jr. talks Aaron Burr, San Diego and life after 'Hamilton'

    Leslie Odom Jr. talks Aaron Burr, San Diego and life after 'Hamilton'

    To those who know Leslie Odom Jr. for his Tony Award-winning turn in the world-conquering musical "Hamilton," the dashing singer-actor might seem some kind of overnight success. The truth is, Odom, now 35, spent years striving to make a name for himself in a very tough business before landing the...

  • Summer arts preview: Top 10 theater picks

    Summer arts preview: Top 10 theater picks

    From rock to pop-opera to classic show tunes, musicals rule San Diego's stages this summer. But there's still room for some promising plays, too. Here's a look at what's likely to heat up local theaters this season:   "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" Two San Diego theaters buddy up for this co-production...

  • Talking surf (and Tourmaline) with Jimmy Buffett

    Jimmy Buffett is a stand-up guy. Half the time, anyway. The massively popular singer-songwriter and Parrothead-in-chief has been in and out of San Diego of late, helping shepherd the La Jolla Playhouse world premiere of "Escape to Margaritaville," a Broadway-bound musical built around his songs....

  • Last call for 'Jersey Boys' in San Diego?

    Last call for 'Jersey Boys' in San Diego?

    Des McAnuff still laughs when he recalls what the writer Marshall Brickman once said of "Jersey Boys": "If it were about four physicists, there wouldn't be any songs." That remark gets to the heart of what McAnuff, who shepherded "Jersey Boys" from La Jolla Playhouse to massive Broadway success...

  • Tips for taking your shot at 'Hamilton' tickets

    Tips for taking your shot at 'Hamilton' tickets

    Three hundred seventy-seven thousand two hundred minutes. No, that's not how the lyric from that big song in "Rent" will go once the new presidential administration's funding cuts begin to downsize the arts. (There remain 525,600 minutes in a year, and in the opening line of "Seasons of Love.")...

  • 'First Date' ready for first fling at Horton Grand

    'First Date' ready for first fling at Horton Grand

    "First Date" gets its first local dates starting this week, as San Diego Musical Theatre stages the area premiere of the Broadway-tested musical comedy. It's not the first go-round for SDMT at downtown's Horton Grand, which the growing company added as its second performance space last year. But...

  • National Comedy Theatre laughs its way to 5,000 shows

    National Comedy Theatre laughs its way to 5,000 shows

    When San Diego's National Comedy Theatre marked its 5,000th show last weekend, the celebration was pretty low-key: a small pre-performance reception, the unveiling of a proclamation from the mayor. Of course, "I think every puppet show has a proclamation from the mayor," says NCT founder and artistic...

  • San Diego's Meryn Beckett swinging with 'Kinky Boots'

    San Diego's Meryn Beckett swinging with 'Kinky Boots'

    For a stage actor, appearing in a Broadway show can be a dream come true. Appearing in the road production of a Broadway show? That can be fun, too - but you still don't hear many theater artists say they were born to tour. Meryn Beckett, though, can go that one better: The San Diego Junior Theatre-trained...

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