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Theatre Review: “Paradise Found” @ Menier Chocolate Factory, 06/22

To find the words to describe how terrible Paradise Found is quite difficult. Do I call it boring? awful? dreadful? Maybe I should use all three words to describe it; whatever the case may be it felt like it was six long hours (even though it was just two) and unfortunately, I want my money and two hours of my life back.

Paradise Found closed it’s five-week run last Saturday (June 26th, 2010) which I’m sure everyone in the cast was grateful for. On paper, Paradise Found should be a hit and not any old hit – a HUGE one! First off, the Menier Choclate Factory is riding high with all of their Tony Awards for their transferred production of La Cage aux Folles on Broadway and A Little Night Music (Catherine Zeta-Jones also won a Tony Award for Best Actress). They also transferred Sweet Charity to London’s West End to well-earned rave reviews. (I saw the latter and loved it!) On top of all of that the creative team and cast of this production is to die for.

Here’s the creative team line-up: Co-Director – Hal Prince (who’s won 24 Tony Awards), Co-Director/Choreographer – Susan Stroman (who’s won 5 Tony Awards), Jonathan Tunick – Adaptor/Arranger/Orchestrations (one of 8 people who holds a Tony, Emmy, Grammy and Academy Awards), Howell Binkley – Lighting Designer (Tony Award winner for Jersey Boys), Beowulf Boritt – Set Design (5 Broadway shows and over 50 Off-Broadway shows – 3 Drama Desk nominations and others), Judith Dolan – Costume Design (Tony Award winner), Duncan Edwards – Sound Design (started Audio Design International) and the list continues. And this is just the creative team.

You then have the cast (to name only a few): George Lee Andrews (original cast of Phantom of the Opera), Kate Baldwin (2010 Tony Award nomination for Finian’s Rainbow), Shuler Hensley (Jud Fry in Oklahoma! – Olivier and Tony Awards), Pamela Winslow Kashani (original Rapunzel in Into the Woods), Judy Kaye (Tony Award winner), John McMartin (Tony Award nominations for five shows), Nancy Opel (Tony nomination for Urinetown), and Mandy Patinkin (Tony Award winner, Film star, Emmy Award winner, Solo Recording Artist).

Do you see why I bought tickets?

With all of these incredible people working on a show, you think that you might have a sure-fire hit, right? Wrong. No one – even the incredible Hal Prince and Susan Stroman – can save a show if the material is bad. Yes, it might be “high” quality, but high quality work on the worst script and score doesn’t equal success.

With all of these extremely talented people working on  Paradise Found, did anyone ever stop and think, “Is this worth even producing?”

In a nutshell, the reason why Paradise Found was boring, awful and dreadful was because of these three reasons:

  • The story adapted from the novel, The Tale of the 1002nd Night by Joseph Roth, was confusing, hard to follow and extremely hard to grasp.
  • The music was written by the 1800’s Viennese composer, Johann Strauss II. The entire score sounded exactly the same – a lot of waltzes.
  • The lyrics, by Ellen Fitzhugh, were colloquial, strangely adapted for the music and overall inconsistent.

With those three things going against it, Mandy Patinkin’s nuanced performance as the Eunuch or Kate Baldwin’s incredibly beautiful voice or Shuler Hensley’s conflicted protrayal of The Baron or even Nancy Opel’s comedic genius couldn’t fix the problems with the score, script and lyrics. I honestly couldn’t believe how much talent there was on that intimate stage and yet, I couldn’t care less about any of the characters or story.

If it wasn’t for the fact that Patinkin and the rest of the cast were only five feet away from my seat, I probably would have joined the twenty to thirty percent of the audience that left during intermission. But come on, it’s Patinkin! I couldn’t make myself leave, even though I hated it. (Unfortunately, the second act was worse than the first!)

Paradise Found confirms that just because you might have an outstanding production team and an extremely celebrated and talented cast, doesn’t mean that your production will be good. All it means is that if it does suck, it’s just all the more embarrassing. And frankly, the Menier Chocolate Factory should be very embarrassed.

Lesson hopefully learned.

 
 

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Five Shows You Should See on Broadway – #3

I get asked this question a lot: “What shows should I see on Broadway?” I get asked from friends who are visiting New York City for the weekend, teachers who are taking their students on an extended field trip and even friends who live in the city. Now, I usually try to answer that question, keeping in mind, what my friends or students would be interested in seeing – making sure its content and style appropriate.

Back in November, I posted my top five favorite shows and since then two have closed and the other three have significant cast changes. Then back in March, I posted my new list, but that was before all of the new Broadway shows had opened and there have been several that have opened but it’s still a very similar list.

Here’s my top 5 that you should check out this summer in New York City:

1. Next to Normal at Booth Theatre – Next to Normal continues to be #1 on my list for a number of reasons, even with the new cast changes. Husband-and-wife actors Jason Danieley and Marin Mazzie will join the cast of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical in July. Next to Normal is a breath of fresh air, especially when comparing it to such shows as Billy Elliot or even Disney’s Mary Poppins (which I happen to love).

Tom Kitt’s beautifully crafted rock opera deals directly with heartache in a way that’s never been presented in musical theatre.  With the difficult level of the score, intensity of the acting and fiery energy that the actors bring to the show every night, I thought that it might actually get “tired” as the run went on. My friend saw it last week and said it was the best he’s ever seen it! (It was his 5th or 6th time seeing it.) You have till July 18th to see the Tony-winning performance by Alice Ripley.

It’s my all-time favorite show I’ve seen on Broadway. Don’t miss it!

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2. American Idiot at St. James Theatre – American Idiot didn’t win the Tony Award for Best Musical, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t see this show! It did win the Tony Award for the lighting and set design (which were well-deserved). I saw it four times at Berkeley Rep in it’s out-of-town try-out and I can tell you it will blow your mind. It was the musical that actually inspired me to start this website.

“Finally, someone has come along and given musical theatre the electro shock therapy it has needed for so long. While Tom Kitt’s newest musical, Next to Normal, deals directly with the affects of electro shock therapy, American Idiot is electro shock therapy for the audience. It screams independence and acceptance in a way that is nothing short of brilliant.” You can read the full review here.

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Playbill Cover3. A Little Night Music at Walter Kerr Theatre: I actually gave up my ticket to see this to see the closing performance of Finian’s Rainbow.(Read the full story here.) I’ve only heard fabulous things about this production and that Angela Lansbury and Catherine Zeta-Jones are exquisite in their roles. Zeta-Jones did just win the Tony Award for Best Actress on Sunday.

In the New York Times Catherine Zeta-Jones is said to be, “…drop-dead gorgeous in David Farley’s wasp-waisted period dresses, Ms. Zeta-Jones brings a decent voice, a supple dancer’s body and a vulpine self-possession to her first appearance on Broadway.” This is your last week to see Miss Zeta-Jones and Miss Lansbury as their final performance is on June 20th. But on July 13th, you’ll have a chance to see two other theatre legends take over the roles: Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch. I have a feeling that this is a show you won’t want to miss!

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4. La Cage aux Folles at Longacre Theatre: First off, you have to congratulate La Cage aux Folles for being the first musical in history to win “Best Musical” or “Best Musical Revival” three times! Talk about a huge triumph and making musical theatre history! The Menier Chocolate Factory’s acclaimed revival hits the Broadway stage, starring Douglas Hodge (Olivier Award and Tony Award) as Albin, a drag performer with a heart of gold, and Kelsey Grammer as his partner Georges.

I haven’t seen this production yet, but from what I’ve heard, you don’t want to miss it – the Cagelles are worth the price of admission. (Did you see them on the Tony Awards? Talk about fierce!)

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5. In the Heights at Richard Rodgers Theatre – In the Heights won the 2008 Tony for “Best Musical” and has been a hit on Broadway ever since. I caught the In the Heights tour in San Francisco last month and absolutely fell in love with the show all over again. (Read review, here)

I took 35 theatre/music students to this production on Broadway in March ’09 and they absolutely fell in love with it, just as I had when I saw it for the first time. The infusion of Latin/Rap/Pop music into musical theatre isn’t groundbreaking or new, but Lin-Manuel Miranda’s lyrics are. The end of Act I, when they sing “Blackout” — fireworks literally and figuratively go off on stage. It’s electrifying!

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Shows I hope to see in August:

  • Promises, PromisesI can’t resist seeing a show with Kristen Chenoweth, Sean Hayes or Katie Finneran (who won the Tony for Best Supporting Actress) all in it! If you have time for one more revival, then this one should be on your list!
  • Next to Normal: It’s one of the rare shows that’s open on a Monday night and I can’t wait to see the new replacements: Jason Danieley and Marin Mazzie.
  • American Idiot: Yes, I know – with all of the shows that I haven’t seen on Broadway that are open, why see a show I’ve already seen four times! Well, I haven’t seen it on Broadway yet! And I want to see the changes and new discoveries they have made since Berkeley Rep.
  • La Cage aux Folles/A Little Night Music: It’s basically going to come down to which one will I be able to afford tickets to! I have never seen either show in any production, so I’m looking forward to seeing at least one!

It looks like, I might just have to return sometime in October to catch a few more…

 
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Posted by on 06/15/2010 in Broadway

 

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The Bay Area & London Sweep The Tony Awards

First off, congratulations to all of the winners! The Tony Awards this year were quite entertaining besides the technical audio snafus and weird camera shots. I loved Sean Hayes as the host. He was funny and made fun of all the right things – especially the disgustingly straight kiss between him and Chenoweth. Very Funny. (Oh, and the Spiderman reference was quite funny too…)

Favorite announcers: Kristin Chenoweth and Bebe Neuwirth/Nathan Lane. I loved that they made fun of the fact they weren’t even nominated for a Tony. I was dying laughing. Kristin’s faint was classic.

Favorite acceptance speech: Catherine Zeta-Jones. She was so genuinely humble about the fact that she had just won! It was cute and not at all what I had expected to come from her. Her performance of “Send in the Clowns” was a bit, um… schizophrenic. She has it all wrong though – Michael Douglas is the one that’s sleeping with a hot movie star/Tony-winning actress now!

Favorite performance: My favorite performance of the night goes to Green Day and the cast of American Idiot. I got chills listening/watching their performance. Those cast members had more energy than everyone else combined. Memphis did a good job and the cast is obviously extremely talented. It’s just not my favorite song and I’m not a huge fan of the choreography from that specific number. Million Dollar Quartet’s number was fun, but what you learned was why Levi Kreis won the Best Actor – he works his butt off and is incredibly talented as a singer and pianist!

Least Favorite Announcer: Green Day’s Billy Joe Armstrong. I think someone needed to give him a little coaching so he didn’t end up sounding like a complete ass. I think he genuinely loves Broadway and his new “community” but he acted so above it all last night.

Least Favorite Acceptance Speech: The really weird segue-way between the Best Musical acceptance speech and Sean Hayes and then to Memphis performing again became the most anti-climatic moment of the evening.

Least Favorite Performance: Fela‘s number didn’t translate very well on TV – I think you really need to be at the show to understand what’s going on. I absolutely loved the production when I saw it (see review here) but for some reason, it did not work last night on the Tony Awards.

OVERALL FAVORITE: My favorite moment of the show last night had nothing to do with who was actually nominated or won the Tony Award, but with Glee’s Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele performing. Those two had so much charisma and talent in their short number – more than most of the other performances! I thought Lea Michele’s vocals were the best of the entire evening rivaling all of the performances up on that stage (except for Montego Glover and Christiane Noll who nailed it as well). I think, overall, it just goes to show that this year’s Broadway Season wasn’t all that great.

OVERALL DISAPPOINTMENT: I’m still annoyed that Michael Mayer wasn’t nominated for Best Director. But my biggest disappointment of the night was that American Idiot didn’t win Best Musical. I had a feeling they weren’t going to, but that doesn’t make me any less disappointed. I’m still extremely happy that the Bay Area was being represented by the fact that Memphis won, but I fell in love with American Idiot when it had it’s short out-of-town tryout at Berkeley Rep and I wanted it to win! At least it still won two design awards! But congratulations to Theatreworks and the cast of Memphis!

Represent the Bay Area!

TOTALS:

Red – 6
Memphis – 4
Fences – 3
Fela – 3
La Cage aux Folles – 3
American Idiot – 2
A View from the Bridge – 1
Promises, Promises – 1
Million Dollar Quartet – 1
The Royal Family – 1
A Little Night Music – 1

Best Musical

American Idiot
Fela!
*Memphis
Million Dollar Quartet

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical

Kelsey Grammer, La Cage aux Folles
Sean Hayes, Promises, Promises
*Douglas Hodge, La Cage aux Folles
Chad Kimball, Memphis
Sahr Ngaujah, Fela!

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical

Kate Baldwin, Finian’s Rainbow
Montego Glover, Memphis
Christiane Noll, Ragtime Sherie Rene Scott, Everyday Rapture
*Catherine Zeta-Jones, A Little Night Music

Best Revival of a Musical

Finian’s Rainbow
*La Cage aux Folles
A Little Night Music
Ragtime

Best Play

In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play
Author: Sarah Ruhl
Next Fall
Author: Geoffrey Nauffts
*Red
Author: John Logan

Time Stands Still
Author: Donald Margulies

Best Revival of a Play

*Fences
Lend Me a Tenor
The Royal Family
A View From the Bridge

Best Choreography

Rob Ashford, Promises, Promises
*Bill T. Jones, Fela!
Lynne Page, La Cage aux Folles
Twyla Tharp, Come Fly Away

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play

Jude Law, Hamlet
Alfred Molina, Red
Liev Schreiber, A View from the Bridge
Christopher Walken, A Behanding in Spokane
*Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play

*Viola Davis, Fences
Valerie Harper, Looped
Linda Lavin, Collected Stories
Laura Linney, Time Stands Still
Jan Maxwell, The Royal Family

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical

Kevin Chamberlin, The Addams Family
Robin De Jesús, La Cage aux Folles
Christopher Fitzgerald, Finian’s Rainbow
*Levi Kreis, Million Dollar Quartet
Bobby Steggert, Ragtime

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical

Barbara Cook, Sondheim on Sondheim
*Katie Finneran, Promises, Promises
Angela Lansbury, A Little Night Music
Karine Plantadit, Come Fly Away
Lillias White, Fela!

Best Direction of a Musical

Christopher Ashley, Memphis
Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Ragtime
*Terry Johnson, La Cage aux Folles
Bill T. Jones, Fela!

Best Direction of a Play

*Michael Grandage, Red
Sheryl Kaller, Next Fall
Kenny Leon, Fences
Gregory Mosher, A View from the Bridge

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play

David Alan Grier, Race
Stephen McKinley Henderson, Fences
Jon Michael Hill, Superior Donuts
Stephen Kunken, Enron
*Eddie Redmayne, Red

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play

Maria Dizzia, In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play
Rosemary Harris, The Royal Family
Jessica Hecht, A View from the Bridge
*Scarlett Johansson, A View from the Bridge
Jan Maxwell, Lend Me a Tenor

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Jonathan Deans, La Cage aux Folles
*Robert Kaplowitz, Fela!
Dan Moses Schreier and Gareth Owen, A Little Night Music
Dan Moses Schreier, Sondheim on Sondheim

Best Sound Design of a Play

Acme Sound Partners, Fences
Adam Cork, Enron
*Adam Cork, Red
Scott Lehrer, A View from the Bridge

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Marina Draghici, Fela!
*Christine Jones, American Idiot
Derek McLane, Ragtime
Tim Shortall, La Cage aux Folles

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

*Kevin Adams, American Idiot
Donald Holder, Ragtime
Nick Richings, La Cage aux Folles
Robert Wierzel, Fela!

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Neil Austin, Hamlet
*Neil Austin, Red
Mark Henderson, Enron
Brian MacDevitt, Fences

Best Scenic Design of a Play

John Lee Beatty, The Royal Family
Alexander Dodge, Present Laughter
Santo Loquasto, Fences
*Christopher Oram, Red

Best Costume Design of a Musical
*Marina Draghici, Fela!
Paul Tazewell, Memphis
Matthew Wright, La Cage aux Folles

Best Costume Design of a Play

Martin Pakledinaz, Lend Me a Tenor
Constanza Romero, Fences
David Zinn, In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play
*Catherine Zuber, The Royal Family

Best Book of a Musical

Everyday Rapture
Fela!
*Memphis
Million Dollar Quartet

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

The Addams Family
Fences
*Memphis

Best Orchestrations

Jason Carr, La Cage aux Folles
Aaron Johnson, Fela!
Jonathan Tunick, Promises, Promises
*Daryl Waters & David Bryan, Memphis

 

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Listening to Glee: “Funk” Season 1, Episode #21

(Sorry this is a bit late… I was crazy busy with the Top Honor Awards – see below for the winners)

The Glee Club gets some jarring news as Will gets revenge on Sue (for the time being). Quinn connects with her “funky” side, with some help from Mercedes. Watch this all-new episode of GLEE airing Tuesday, June 1st (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

FUNK Track-list:

“Another One Bites The Dust” (Queen)
“Tell Me Something Good” (Chaka Khan)
“Loser” (Beck)
“It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World” (James Brown)
“Good Vibrations” (Marky Mark)
“Give Up The Funk” (Parliament)
 
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Posted by on 06/10/2010 in Glee, Music

 

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The 2010 Stage Top Honor Award Goes to….

San Jose Stage Announces Top Honor Awards to Local High School Students

Two Top Honor Award Winners Got to New York for the 2010 National High School Musical Theatre Awards

San Jose, CA — June 8, 2010San Jose Stage Company and Broadway San Jose are pleased to announce the winners of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards. Two bay area students, Matt Hill and Katherine Dela Cruz, were also chosen for Outstanding Performance by an Actor and Actress in a musical to participate in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards 2010 JIMMY Awards and compete for a four-year academic scholarship to New York University.

Local high school students learned on Monday, June 7 at the California Theatre in downtown San Jose, at a gala ceremony worthy of red carpet pomp and circumstance, that they were winners in various categories in the Top Honor Awards.  From Best Actress and Actor, Costume or Hair and Make Up Design, to Lighting and Scenery, and Orchestra and Chorus, the winners and their fan clubs celebrated.

“It is so exciting to witness the growth and accomplishments of the students, designers and directors in the Top Honors program,” said Spencer Williams, Director of Education for the San Jose Stage Company.  “The musical theatre talent in the Bay Area is astounding and it was fantastic to have all of that talent be recognized for one night in the California Theatre. I can’t wait to see what the schools produce next year!”

And the winners are:

GRAPHIC DESIGN:

• Nate Marshall and Judy Fuller – Singing in the Rain – Valley Christian High School

HAIR/MAKE-UP DESIGN:

• Sundee Medeiros – Aida – Irvington High School

COSTUME DESIGN:

• Tammy Davies and Amanda Craine – Into the Woods – Westmont High School

LIGHTING DESIGN:

• Natti Pierce-Thomson – Les Miserables – The Harker School

SCENIC DESIGN:

• Fred Alim – Aida – Irvington High School

DIRECTION:

• Doug Santana – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Archbishop Mitty High School

CHOREOGRAPHY:

• Robyn Tribuzi – 42nd Street – San Mateo High School

MUSICAL DIRECTION:

• Mason Kimont – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Archbishop Mitty High School

ORCHESTRA:

• Dave Gregoric – Singing in the Rain – Valley Christian High School

CHORUS:

• 42nd Street – San Mateo High School

BEST FEATURED PERFORMER:

• John Ammatuna (Enjolras) – Les Miserables – The Harker School

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

• Sarah Bernosky (Muriel Eubanks) – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Archbishop Mitty High School

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

• James Seifert (Marius) – Les Miserables – The Harker School

BEST LEADING ACTOR:

• Matt Hill (Freddy Benson) – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Archbishop Mitty High School

BEST LEADING ACTRESS:

• Katherine Dela Cruz (Aida) – Aida – Irvington High School

BEST OVERALL PRODUCTION:

• Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Archbishop Mitty High School

The Top Honor Awards recognize excellence in High School Musical Theater in the Bay Area.  The program is spearheaded by San Jose Stage Company’s Director of Education, Spencer Williams, who is also a musical theatre educator at Pinewood School in Los Altos Hills and served as an adjudicator for the Papermill Playhouse’s “Rising Star” program in New Jersey, which the Top Honor Awards are specifically modeled after.

Broadway San Jose is among nineteen other professional theater programs participating in NHS Musical Theatre Awards.  The winners will be awarded scholarships to NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts upon acceptance.  The 2nd Annual NHS Musical Theatre Awards will take place at the Marquis Theatre in New York this June.

Successfully launched last year, the NHS Musical Theatre Awards is a national celebration of outstanding student achievement in high school musical theater.

Nicknamed “The Jimmy Awards” after James Nederlander, Sr., this program recognizes individual artistry in vocal, dance, and acting performance, and also honors teachers and their schools’ commitment to excellence in performing arts education.

 
 

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2010 Bay Area Summer Theatre Guide

The summer is quickly approaching and I wanted to feature some of the best theatre in the Bay Area during the months of June, July and August. There’s a huge variety of musicals/plays that will be playing and they are pretty evenly spread across the Bay Area from San Francisco down to San Jose. Of course, you can always go to Artsopolis.com or Theatre Bay Area for a full listing of all performing arts events in the Bay Area but here are the shows that I’m most looking forward to this summer!

JUNE

Red, White & Tuna at San Jose Stage Company – The Stage explodes with laughs this Summer in the South Bay premiere of Red, White and Tuna! The latest bombastic comedy in the Tuna trilogy will sell out, so order tickets now to what critics call “the greatest Tuna of all!” It opens this weekend and runs all the way through July 4th. Obviously, it’s a perfect choice to get you into the patriotic mood! The Broadway Critic will be giving away tickets so make sure you check back soon to win yours!

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Into the Woods at Diablo Theatre Company – In this fractured fairy-tale fantasy, a baker and his wife cannot have a child unless they do the bidding of the witch next door. Good thing they’ve got neighbors like Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella to help them on their journey in the woods. Who doesn’t love Into the Woods?

June 4th – June 27th 2010

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The Marvelous Wonderettes at San Jose Rep – LIMITED ENGAGEMENT! These girls are only in town for two weeks. Get your tickets today! Follow the Wonderettes – Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts and voices to match – from their 1958 Springfield High School prom to their ten year reunion!

June 15th – June 27th 2010

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Young Frankenstein at Golden Gate Theatre (San Francisco) – Based on the Oscar-nominated smash hit 1974 film, Young Frankenstein is the wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Mary Shelley classic from the comic genius of Mel Brooks. Clive Barnes of the New York Post called Young Frankenstein,“the Broadway musical at its dizziest, glitziest and funniest” while Pat Collins of MY 9 News declared Young Frankenstein “a monster hit.” You have to see this production just for the “Puttin’ on the Ritz” number; it’s spectacular.

June 30th – July 25th 2010

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Other Shows Still Running in June:

  • Peter Pan at Ferry Landing (San Francisco)
  • In the Heights at Curran Theatre (San Francisco)
  • Little Shop of Horrors at Bus Barn (Los Altos)

JULY

Annie at Broadway by the Bay – This timeless Tony-winning tale of Little Orphan Annie features a cast of unforgettable characters including Miss Hannigan, Lily, Rooster, and Daddy Warbucks. Featuring one of Broadway’s most memorable scores, including“It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “N.Y.C.”and “Tomorrow,” you can bet your bottom dollar the whole family will love this classic musical! There’s only 13 performances! It’s directed by Alex Perez and musical directed by Billy Liberatore.

July 15th – August 1st 2010

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Urinetown at Coastal Rep Theatre – This irreverent comedy pokes fun at American Musical Theatre, our cultural institutions, corporate America, and even petty small town politics. Winner of several Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, Urinetown, the Musical is an outrageous spoof, and a hilarious tale of love, greed, corruption, and revolution in a time of drought, when even ‘restroom activities’ are controlled by the mega-corporation. Fun for the whole family. Directed by Martin Rojas-Dietrich.

July 23rd – August 21, 2010

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RENT at City Lights Theatre – This fresh and daring spin on Puccini’s La Bohème follows the triumphs and tragedies of eight young Greenwich Village bohemians. As the spectre of the AIDS virus looms and threatens to cut short their time together, this small band of artists and thinkers finds beauty in the grit and grime of Manhattan and comes to realize that there is, truly, “no day but today.” (Disclosure: I’m playing Mark in this production.)

July 24th – August 29th 2010

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Anything Goes at Foothill Musical Theatre – Anything Goes spotlights Cole Porter’s deloveliest hits, including Friendship, I Get a Kick Out of You, All Through the Night, Blow Gabriel Blow, You’re the Top, It’s Delovely, and the classic title song. Award-winning director Jay Manley helms these seafaring shenanigans with musical direction by Catherine Snider and choreography by Dottie Lester-White.

July 23rd – August 15th 2010

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AUGUST

Beauty and the Beast at Golden Gate Theatre (San Francisco) – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to San Francisco! Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. Just so you know, this is the non-equity tour.

August 17th – August 29th 2010

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Menopause, The Musical at California Theatre (San Jose) – Since March 2001, the hilarious show Menopause The Musical has entertained and inspired women from coast-to-coast and internationally. Menopause The Musical is the work of writer Jeanie Linders. This uplifting 90-minute production includes parodies from the ‘60s and ‘70s and ‘80s. It culminates with a salute to women who are experiencing The Change.

August 18th – August 22nd 2010

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Dreamgirls at SHNSF (Theatre not announced yet) – Direct from Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater in New York City, a sensational new stage production of Dreamgirls comes to San Francisco this summer! Full of onstage joy and backstage drama, Dreamgirls tells the story of an up-and-coming, 1960s singing girl group, and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. Do not miss this one!

August 24th – September 26th 2010

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Upcoming Shows in the Fall & Beyond:

  • The Light in the Piazza – Theatreworks – August 25th – September 19th 2010
  • Smokey Joe’s Cafe – Bus Barn Theatre – September 2nd – October 2nd 2010
  • La Cage Aux Folles – Broadway by the Bay – September 16th – October 3rd 2010
  • Burn the Floor – Broadway San Jose – September 21st – September 26th 2010
  • The Music Man – South Bay Musical Theatre – September 25th – October 16th 2010

Enjoy your summer! Be sure to tell us what your favorite productions are in the comments, Facebook or Twitter!

 
 

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