Thursday, May 06, 2010

From a closing weekend to an opening one: Very Warm For May

Yesterday I told you about a show closing its run, today I'm going to urge you to see a show where you actually have some time to get to it!

42nd Street Moon theatre (on whose board I sit) is opening the Jerome Kern "uncommon" musical "Very Warm For May" this weekend.

The Chronicle has a great article today that talks about the history of the show, how it was lost after its Broadway close, and how it came to be revived.

The show only plays for three weeks, so I urge you to get your tickets now!

WHAT: Very Warm for May by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II
WHERE: 42nd Street Moon Theatre
at the Eureka
215 Jackson Street
San Francisco, CA
WHEN: Now through May 23rd

Special events you should know about:

Special Family Matinee
Saturday, May 15
at 1 pm

Post-Show Discussions
with Director & Cast
Sunday, May 9 & 16
at 3 pm

MOONShine - Young Professionals Night:
Wednesday, May 12
5 pm pre-show party
at the Old Ship
followed by a 7 pm show

Glitter & Be Gay - LGBT Community Night:
Friday, May 14
6 pm pre-show party
at the L'Oliviers
followed by an 8 pm show

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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Closing weekend for Sunnyvale Community Players' "Urinetown"

Little know fact: I grew up in Sunnyvale and did more than my fair share of time with the Sunnyvale Community Players. I was in a couple of their Junior shows, then played piano for a couple of more. And long ago they used to do "Young Adult" productions (meaning high school and college age mostly) during the summer, and I did three of those in a row.

I'm actually not sure I ever did a regular old Adult production, now that I think of it, although I did spend a last-minute evening playing in the pit for "Oliver"!

This is all a preface to say that I hear tell their production of "Urinetown" is closing this weekend, and that it's pretty damn good. I know several of the folks in it, and looks like they have a good cast. The reviews on Artsopolis certainly support that!

I love "Urinetown", so if you're free this weekend and looking for something to do, it's your last chance!

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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Tony nominations announced

Full listing here.

One really striking thing I noticed: Have they ever had so few musicals to choose from that one of the (only) four nominations for Best Original Score has been background score of a play????

Happy to hear any explanation about why that's not a sad statement about the state of the American musical today.

Also kind of interesting to me how Broadway is clearly a favorite destination of "serious" Hollywood actors right now. And Broadway producers, faced with mounting budgets, are gobbling that opportunity up to get a big name on their marquee. Lots of the Leading Actor/Actress nominations are folks better known for film.

"American Idiot" score a Best Musical nod, and some technical nominations, but nothing for actors or direction or book. And it wasn't eligible for score, since the songs were all already recorded.

Of course we're long past the days when I would have seen most (or even any) of these shows. I have no dog in the hunt, no opinion really.

How about you?


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