"Avenue Q" show #436

This past Friday afternoon I decided to take a stroll along Avenue Q at Fresno City College (which closes tonight; they a matinee and evening show today). I entered this production having seen two National Touring productions, and several regional stagings. However, this production provides a fresh, extremely well-directed staging of the Tony-winning musical. Do not underestimate the power that Fresno City College has brought to life on their stage.

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"Jersey Boys" show #435

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. That’s the old phrase that accompanies most patrons on the infamous Strip. However, there is a production of Jersey Boys currently playing that I had the fortunate pleasure of seeing at The Paris Hotel during my visit a couple of weeks ago. In fact, it reinstated the faith I have in his show to be one that can actually leave audiences feeling more than just that notion of having been to a Four Seasons tribute concert (like the 1st national tour did with me back in 2007). This production is a fantastic stage representation of what the Jersey Boys creatives would want their audiences to experience.

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Season Announcement Wednesday

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This week’s Season Announcement Wednesday highlights a company that I have yet to highlight in the blog years. However, not only have I seen a production of theirs, but it was a solid production of a musical theatre Olympic show. So here is the 2014/2015 season of Contra Costa Musical Theatre!

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Musical Monday

The hills are alive with Musical Monday. This weeks’ musical was actually a tie with another Best Musical that will be highlighted next week. Forgive the two week absence. Two Mondays ago I went into tech for the current show I am performing in: The Addams Family. Last week at this time I was enjoying the sights and sounds and liquids of Las Vegas (don’t worry, I saw a show: Jersey Boys). But this week I highlight one of the most beloved stories in all of Broadway. Happy Musical Monday!

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"The Normal Heart" show #434

StageWorks Fresno is concluding their 2014 season by producing Larry Kramer’s Tony-Award winning play, The Normal Heart. Set in the early 1980’s during the ignorant yet passionate times of the AIDS crisis; The Normal Heart follows several men banded together by their common sexuality preference; or their connection to someone who is. Director J. Daniel Herring and company have taken a devastating story and made it fulfill what I can only imagine is Kramer’s sole intent; to impact the audience deeply.

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Season Announcement Wednesday

This week’s Season Announcement takes us to the college days to one of the Valley’s local CSUs. Not only is this my alma mater, but I love supporting fellow thespians in their pursuit of theatrical education on the stage and in the classroom. Here is the 2014/2015 season for Fresno State University!

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