Monday, June 28, 2010

Big Grease fan?

Then perhaps you've been waiting for the day you could singalong with the movie.

A la the recent Buffy, Sound of Music and other singalong movie showings, a singalong version of the movie Grease is opening around the country on July 8th. Including at the Metreon in San Francisco.

So, is this the "one that you want"?

Tell me about it [your Grease obsession], stud!

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Indian Theatre Comes to San Francisco in West Coast Premiere

Mahesh Dattani is a prominent Indian playwright and screen writer, and next month one of his works will be debuting in San Francisco. While a few Indian movies have broken into the mainstream here in the States, I can't think of another play that has done the same, at least a modern-day family drama type of play.

This area has a large East indian population, but hopefully the play reaches out to a multi-cultural audience. here are the deets:

WHAT: West Coast premiere of 30 Days in September by Mahesh Dattani
PRODUCED BY: The IndiStage
WHERE: Off-Market Theatre, 965 Missions St. in San Francisco
WHEN: July 23rd through August 1, 2010 (that's just two weekends)
MORE INFO (although not much):

DESCRIPTION (from the show's press release):
Mala’s childhood horrors are hardly behind her; well alive in the dark shadows of her family secrets, they continue to live in her hateful attachment to her mother. Unexpectedly comes along Deepak, with a hopeful promise to change everything with love, but he doesn’t know that he has only scratched the surface. This family’s secrets go far deeper than anyone imagined…

30 Days IN September takes an intricate and in-depth look into a typical atypical Indian family. It follows the painful journey of Mala, who after years of abuse and dysfunctional relationships meets Deepak, a man who refuses to stop loving her. But with his love comes a shattering reckoning and unearthing of darker, deeper secrets no one is ready for. With characterizations and an ending only Dattani can create, 30 Days in September promises an experience that will stay with you long after the performance.

If you see it, come back and share!

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Do I need to Tivo Regis and Kelly?

back in the day (ore specifically the late 80s) I actually used to watch Live with Regis and Kathie Lee. And I enjoyed it. There. Now you know.

It looks like I might need to Tivo this decades rendition, Live with Regis and Kelly, this week, because check out this week's guest-cohost lineup, courtesy of

* Thursday, June 24: Kristin Chenoweth (co-host)
* Friday, June 25: Bernadette Peters (co-host)

Oh my goodness. One is my idol. (That would be BP...and how much do you think she's bumming about her initials right about now?) And one is, maybe not my idol, but definitely someone whose big big talent in a small small body is much-admired!

I'll probably be disappointed. I mean, of course I will be, it's not like co-hosting is going to entail one-hour concerts from them.

But maybe even one song will be worth it.

What do you think?

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Where in the world will I be Monday nIght? The 42nd Street Moon annual gala of course!

[Disclosure: I am on the board of 42nd Street Moon.]

One night only, just like every year, 42nd Street Moon brings its brightest talent together to perform in a fundraising gala for the theatre.

This year that one night is this Monday, June 21, and the theme is "The songs of Broadway and Hollywood in the 1940s". Which means lots of poignant WWII songs, I would imagine.

It's called Kiss the Boys Goodbye (see, there's that WWII connection) and I'll be there, along with the eight other folks I'm bringing.

I mean check out the composer list: Cole Porter, Harry Warren, Jerome Kern, Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, Johnny Mercer, Irving Berlin

I'll be honest: I don't know who those Rainger and Robin guys are, but everyone else on that list? The creme de la creme.

There's a cocktail reception and silent auction at 5:30, and the show starts at 7PM.

42nd Street Moon is doing something unique and preserving a truly American legacy: The musical theatre. If you're a fan of anything from Rodgers & Hammerstein to Ahrens & Flaherty, their work is part of keeping American musical theatre vibrant and appreciated. I hope you'll join me in helping them do just that. I'm sure you know the recession has hit arts organizations hard, so your $100 ticket makes a HUGE difference.

That's my pitch, so will I see you there?


New one-woman show brings Piaf to SF

If you're a Piaf fan...either one of those obsessive kinds that think her music is the soundtrack of your life, or just someone who really enjoyed the recent Oscar-nominated biopic, you may be interested in this new show hitting the City ealr next month. Here are all the details:

WHAT: Piaf: Lover Conquers All
WHEN: July 7 - August 7, 2010 at the Eureka Theatre (215 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA – near the Embarcadero).
HOW MUCH: $25-$36
HOW TO PURCHASE: 1-800-838-3006 or at

WHO: Naomi Emmerson besides starring in the PIAF: CONQUERS ALL is also the show’s Director, Production Designer and Producer. Piaf was written by Quebec’s Roger Peace and Adam Blanshay is the Associate Director. Local pianist Alan Choy joins this Bay Area production.


SONG LIST: La Goualante Du Pauvre Jean, Mon Manege A Moi, Sous Le Ciel De Paris, Milord, Padam Padam, L’accordéoniste, La Vie En Rose, Hymne A L’amour, La Foule, C’est L’amour, Bravo Pour Le Clown, Les Blouses Blanches, Mon Dieu, Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien

So, if you love Piaf I know you won't want to "regrette rien" and miss it!

Ha! That was a groaner, eh?


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

So, in keeping with my theatre-loserdom...

...I slept right through the Tony awards this year :(

At 7:30 I was lying on the couch thinking, "Oh, awesome, I'm actually home and can watch the Tonys as they happen...well, tape-delayed for the West Coast anyway..."

At 12:30AM I woke up on the couch. Tony-less.


It sounds like it was a fun one too, what with the Glee element. Yes, I like Glee...while it started out painting really shrill stereotypical characterizations, particularly of the women characters, the episodes deepened over the season, until Glee was delivering some of the best dramatic moments on TV.

I also hear Sean Hayes was charming. I was wondering if there would be any references to the Newsweek dust-up, and I guess there was at least one.

This is probably the first year I missed watching the Tonys in I don't know how long. Even though I rarely have seen any of the productions anymore I still love watching, so bummer for me.

What did you think of them?


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