Monday, March 21, 2005

I've been terribly remiss...

So, you may (or may not) have notice my little FMT blogging hiatus over the last 10 days.

I've been busy, busy, but really no excuses.

Anyhoo, Sweeney closed on the 12th, and I just discovered yet another person working on the show has a blog. Check this out and hear about how an unrehearsed understudy had to go on for a principal role (and only found out 1 hour before curtain.)

Sweeney closed on an up note, unplanned substitutions nonetheless, with sold-out houses and rave reviews.

But Foothill Music Theatre has already moved on to the summer show Brigadoon.

Auditions were held, and callbacks. Now it's all over but the waiting...for the cast list announcement.

I'll keep you posted.

Friday, March 11, 2005

NY Times revew of NYC Opera "Candide"

The first production I ever saw of Candide was nearly two decades ago: a NYC Opera version on Great Performances on PBS.

It starred Erie Mills as a fantastic show-stealing Cunegonde. And Ivy Austin was one of the memorable sheep that all you FMT blog readers know are my favorite part of the show :)

The NYC Opera is tackling the show again, and the Times reviews it Here.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

My "Sweeney" review

I can't believe I forgot to post the link to my Sweeney review here. OK, I might be writing in too many blogs now...I'm getting confused.

Anyway, I tried not to put in too many spoilers, so check it out here.

Urinetown prequel on the way?

Although neither Sweeney nor Brigadoon-related, I thought this article on Broadway World was interesting enough to share.

So they're working on a prequel to Urinetown...and they ultimately envision a trilogy, of which Urinetown is the centerpiece.


Can I be the Little Girl more grown up and more jaded in the impending sequel?

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Positive Sweeney Review with very few spoilers!

Since I complained in my last posting of reviews that it is tough to review Sweeney without giving away major plot points, someone one was kind enough to send me a link to this review which manages to do just that.

Check it out

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Brad Handshy's next cabaret evening: March 30th and March 31st

Brad, an Foothill a performer and a putting on another one of his cabaret evenings.

Many Foothill alumni are featured...including me! I'll be singing two numbers (as will each of the 12 performers I think.)

For you Sondheim buffs, the theme of this evening will be to celebrate Sondheim's 75th birthday by singing selections from the list of songs he wished he had written! Should be fun.

Other Foothill alumni include:
Diane Milo
Kendra Holt
Barbara Reynolds
Mike Earley
Kereli Jones
and Candied himself, Mike Amaral

More details are here.

Discount for 42nd St. Moon's Next Show

I also blog for 42nd St. Moon, and they're offering a discount for blog readers for their next show, Minnie's Boys. It's the story of the Marx Brothers in their early years, and features some Foothill alumni, including David Curley.

You can get 20% off all tickets for all performance, excluding Sunday matinees.

Details at the blog or

Here at this special web site with full details.

The show starts previews on March 30th, opens April 2nd and runs through April 17th.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

More Sweeney Reviews

Warning, it is nearly impossible to review Sweeney without giving away some key plot points.

If you've never seen Sweeney, I would highly recommend avoiding reading these reviews until you've seen it.

That being said, rave reviews follow:

The Metro

Palo Alto Weekly

4 BATCC Noms Turn Into Awards!

Congratulations to all the "Ragtime" winners:

Paul Araquistain for Best Supporting Actor (Role: Tateh)

Cathy Snider for Best Musical Direction

Kurt Landisman for Best Lighting

Fumiko Bielefeldt for Best Costumes

Check out all the winners here.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Congratulations "Ragtime" cast and crew!

Say what you will about awards, especially artistic awards, but it is pretty thrilling that Foothill has received eleven Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award nominations this year!

That is a record for Foothill, even though we've had some heavily nominated shows in the past.

All aspects of production were honored: direction, musical direction, sets, lighting, costumes.

Individual actors were honored: James Iglehart, Mary Melnick, Julie Valentine and Paul Araquistain.

Plus in addition to a nomination for best overall musical, "Ragtime" also snagged a Best Ensemble nomination,

I remember in 1995 when we won that last one for "Assassins." That was back when they did a whole awards banquet and everything. It was pretty cool.

Anyway, it's pretty cool. The complete list is here.

Congratulations again everyone!

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