Sunday, March 27, 2011

Who doesn't like Forever Plaid? And for $10 off?

No one, that's who.

[I now fully expect to bring the Secret Society of FPHs (Forever Plaid Haters) out to tell me how wrong I am, and why there are SO MANY REASONS to hate it!]

I digress (and hallucinate).

If you're among the wise majority who think Forever Plaid is nothing but adorable simple good times, then you'll be glad to know it's being produced on the Peninsula, starting this week. It has played in the South Bay pretty frequently, but I'm not thinking of a recent production further North.

Until now, thanks to Broadway By the Bay.

The Deets:

WHAT: Forever Plaid
WHEN: MARCH 31—APRIL 17, 2011, 12 Performances only!
WHO: Broadway By The Bay
WHERE: Fox Theatre, Redwood City, 2223 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA 94063-1641 (CalTrain accessible)
HOW TO SAVE $10: Click here and enter offer code: YELLOW
FINE PRINT: Restrictions may apply. Subject to availability. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. Excludes balcony and student tickets. Cannot be combined with any other offer. $2 Service Fee applies. Not valid on Target Family Matinee Series.

IN CASE YOU'VE BEEN LIVING UNDER A PLAID-LESS ROCK: Forever Plaid is a tuneful, clean-cut musical revue features 50s-style crooning by a foursome of (usually) adorable males. It features well-known songs, such as: “Sixteen Tons,” “Love is a Many Splendored Thing,” “Three Coins in the Fountain” and more!


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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Memphis on Broadway, by way of Palo Alto, coming to a (movie) theatre near you!

Did you get all that from the headline?

That's right: Memphis, the Tony-Award-winning musical, got its start right here in the Bay Area at Theatreworks. It went on to acclaim in NYC, and now it's participating in an interesting phenomenon that has popped up over the last few years.

A taped performance of Memphis is going to be shown in select movie theatres over a four-day period in late April/early May, produced by Fathom Events, which is part of National CineMedia. This has been going on with concerts and other live events for a while, but I'm not sure they've ever done it with a Broadway musical before, and certainly not with the reigning "Best Musical" on Broadway.

Another local tidbit: James Monroe Iglehart, a longtime local performer here in the Bay Area, traveled to NYC with Memphis and is still one of the featured performers.

There are lots of local showings.

So, my questions for you are: Have you ever gone to one of these kind of events before? Did you see Memphis when it was at Theatreworks? Or have you seen it on Broadway? And finally, of course, would you go see it in a movie theatre?

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