Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Jerry Herman Salon at 42nd Street Moon, starring Faith Prince!

This coming week may I suggest a little entertainment for your calendar?

42nd Street Moon is the theatre on whose board I serve, and they are doing one of their composer salons this Thursday night. Jerry Herman is the man behind Mame, Hello Dolly, and Mack and Mabel among others.

Faith Prince is a Tony-winning actress who burst on the Broadway scene with her Adelaide in Guys & Dolls, opposite Nathan Lane.

These salons are both full of lovely singing from talented performers, but also come with a bit of history and story-telling around the featured composer. Herman is still alive and both Faith and her co-star Jason Graae have worked with Herman, so we should expect some good insider info on the great composer who was a staple on the Broadway stage in the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.

Check it out!

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Woodminster Theatre announces their season

And here it is, their 46th season at the outdoor amphitheater in Oakland's Joaquin Miller Park:

Fiddler on the Roof, July 13-22, 2012
What else is there to say? This is a perennial favorite for most musical theatre companies.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, August 10-10, 2012
Sondheim's first Broadway show as lyricist *and* composer

Cats, September 7-16, 2012
The first time they've gotten the rights to perform this one.

Season ticket sales are open now, with individual ticket sales starting on March 1st.

And by the way: They haven't held auditions yet, so if you're interest they're taking place on March 31st-April 1st. If you're Equity, you can call 510-531-9597 to make an appointment after March 20th.

Woodminster has lots of ticket deals...children, seniors, groups...and also opens the final dress rehearsal of each show as a preview performance costing only $12, which is pretty cool. Also cool is the "Kids Come Free" program, where kids 16 or younger may be able to come free when accompanied by a paying adult. They give away about 3,000 tickets per summer this way (so it's understandable they're seeking sponsorship for the program).

I've been to Woodminster many times...outdoor summer theatre is always a lovely outing...especially when you go with a group. Woodminster sort of reminds me of the summer stock theatre where I got my own Equity Card, the Barn Theatre in August, MI. These theaters are a labor of love, so I hope you support them!


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