This evening I attended Harvard Law School in Walnut Creek, CA at Diablo Theatre Companys’ production of “Legally Blonde”. The big name in this show is Bailey Hanks who reprises her MTV won, Broadway closing role of Elle Woods. With a Broadway performer leading this energetic cast this show, the level of enjoyment was raised to the ultimate Delta Nu standard.
This evening I attended the 2nd performance of the show, “When We Are Married” at the 2nd Space Theater in Fresno, CA. This was a show that I knew very little about going in. From time to time it’s nice to go into a theater not knowing what the piece is about. I knew the basic outline, but after seeing this wonderful J.B. Priestly work, the basic plot is only the framework for what is a humorous and enticing play.
On Wednesday, 2/15, I saw the non-equity national tour of “Young Frankenstein” at the Saroyan Theater in Fresno, CA. I have seen this tour twice before. The first time was an equity tour starring Roger Bart as Frankenstein (the role he originated in the Broadway Cast) and Brad Oscar as Inspector Kemp/Hermit. With that as a template I was a bit skeptical to see the non-equity turn at this Mel Brooks piece; however, this production delivered comedy and musicality very well.
So in order to provide the most exposure for our beloved art of Theatre, every Wednesday I will be posting information on a selected companys’ season. Mainly it will be theatre companies that just recently announce their season. This week’s company is Sacramento Music Circus. They announced their 2012 summer season this past Sunday. Below is all of the info you need to know to go see a show!
Shows/Dates:Grease (June 26-July 1), The Little Mermaid (July 10-22), The Music Man (July 31-August 5), Fiddler on the Roof (August 14-19), Crazy For You (August 28-September 2)
Venue/Address: Wells Fargo Pavilion @ 1419 H Street, Sacramento, CA
Description: Sacramento Music Circus is a theatre-in-the-round, professional, summer stock theatre company that brings Broadway stars, as well as other Equity talent in for their casts. Stars such as Gary Beach, Max Von Essen, Vicki Lewis, and Joel Grey have performed with this company. I have seen several shows there and believe me, it is absolutely worth the ticket price and trip. They have great production values, and there’s never a bad seat in the house! Tons of parking lots, restaurants and nearby downtown Sacramento amenities surround this theatre. Pick a show(s) and go!
To top off my Broadway filled weekend, I took in the classic, also Tony Award winning “Anything Goes” starring the hall of fame Sutton Foster (Reno Sweeney) and Joel Grey (Moonface Martin). It was a delightful, de-lovely evening filled with all the great Cole Porter hits, amazing choreography by Kathleen Marshall doing double duty as director and choreographer. In all, it was a classy way to end the trip of shows.
My second show of my Broadway filled weekend is the Stephen Schwartz revival of “Godspell.” It is being performed in the Circle in the Square Theater, which makes for a very up close and intimate occasion when I saw this Saturday matinee performance. This was one of those times where I was seeing this show for the very first time. It was a treat having seen this Broadway cast break my “Godspell” cherry. The only sad part is that they performed it so well I feel bad for the next production of “Godspell” I see (assuming it’s not this powerful Broadway cast).
So I just came back from my very first weekend in New York, and saw several Broadway shows. The first one being the 2011 multi-Tony Award winner, “The Book of Mormon.” This show has comedy, offensive material, energetic choreography, drama, love, and passion. To sum up what you are about to read, this show 100% deserved the Tony Awards it received.
Oh, we got trouble in River City! But not down at the Mercedes Edwards Theater. Tonight I went and saw the opening night performance of Clovis High School’s spring musical production, “The Music Man.” This vibrant cast of 80+ was well staged by Director Mrs. Susan Kehler. With kids ranging from 2nd grade up to 12th grade, you may be timid in seeing this Broadway classic being produced by this group. However, you need not worry patrons; this show delivers.
So today is February 1st, and there is a whole month of great theatre going on all around the place. Like all lists, this may not include every show going on, but it’s what I know to date. If know of a show, make sure you add it on! So here is a listing of shows that will be running this month, that way if you’re ever at a loss and don’t know what to do, go support theatre through seeing a show!