The Road to 1,000

Apr 16

"Amadeus" show #409

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It has been awhile since I have sat through a straight play and thought, “I do not want this to end.” So was the case this past Saturday night as I saw the two-act, three-hour staging of Amadeus at City Lights Theatre Company. Peter Shaffer’s clever, and poignant script meeting with Lisa Mallette’s careful, and well-paced staging makes this Amadeus majestically beautifully on the City Lights stage.

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Apr 12

"Wicked" show #408

Prior to this past Thursday evening, I have seen Wicked 7 1/2 times (3 times “officially” to my count; and don’t ask about the half). I saw the San Francisco company 5 and a half times, the tour when it came to Pantages Theater, and when the tour later went to Sacramento. So when I saw it in Fresno this past week, it would be the fourth different setting I have seen this show in. One thing I can safely admit is that Wicked is always going to be good no matter what limits the venue (Fresno’s Saroyan Theater) may impose on the production.

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"Once on this Island" show #407

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Last week I had the chance to catch, just in time, Theatreworks’ production of Once on this Island. This underrated, underplayed Ahrens and Flaherty musical is the show based off Rosa Guy’s book, “My Love, My Love”. A story of Ti Moune and Daniel’s peasant/rich divided love which is sourced from a bet between the four Gods we meet is a tender story that is filled with tradition, pride, and devastating loss. Although it has since closed, if you were one of the lucky ones to see this production, then you experienced as close to a perfect production as there can be.

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Apr 09

Season Announcement Wednesday

This week’s season announcement highlight is fresh off the press! This has been one of the premier companies to see tours with. I have been attending shows here for several seasons now, and have always enjoyed my time, and the titles they bring. So without further wording or introduction, here is the 2014/2015 season of Broadway Sacramento!

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Apr 07

Musical Monday

Imagine my surprise when I realized that the very first musical I EVER DID has yet to be highlighted in a Musical Monday spot. I mean, this is the musical that began all musicals for me! I mean, sure, I had seen a couple of musicals prior to performing, but this was the musical that gave me the “acting” bug as they call it. So this I week I will pay tribute to the musical that is first on my performance resume history of musicals.

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Apr 03

"The King and I" show #406

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Last Thursday I attended Good Company Players’ second musical of their 2014 season; The King and I. I had only seen one previous staging of this title, and it was years ago at a Bay Area theatre company. I have actually never seen the movie (the whole way through) so I was in for quite a treat. Walking in, I assumed it would follow a typical Rodgers and Hammerstein musical plot, which it does. However, Elizabeth Fiester’s swift direction paired with a cast who knows when to be serious and when to be funny makes this classic title a modern hit.

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Season Announcement Wednesday

So I ALMOST didn’t think I would have any new seasons to highlight this week; until Broadway Fresno announced their 2014/2015 lineup. Now, usually there are only a couple of titles Broadway Fresno brings to the Valley, and only a few of those are actually interesting. However, I can safely say that their next season is sure to be a hit with audiences. So here it is!

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Musical Monday…err…..Wednesday

Ohhhhhhh we got trouble this week! I have finished the Broadway Playbill Yearbook for the most recent season in New York. Tony Award nominations are nearing us, so for the next few weeks I will be highlighting some classic Broadway titles that have blessed audiences for decades. Enjoy!

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Mar 31

"Les Miserables" show #405

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With the viewing of Sierra Repertory Theatre’s currently running production of Les Miserables, I have now seen 7 different productions of the epic musical. That is the most times (in my Road to 1,000) I have seen one specific title. So, at this point I feel as if I have a pretty good understanding as to what makes a staging of this show a successful one. Director Dennis Jones has utilized an amazingly sounding and acting cast to paint a modern staging of Les Miserables that is relevant to audiences, and highlights the high level of talent Jones has cast to be in this piece.  

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Mar 27

"reasons to be pretty" show #404

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The inaugural show of Open Book Productions opened this past weekend at The Voice Shop in Fresno’s Tower District. Director Miguel A. Gastelum chose Neil LaBute’s poignantly revealing reasons to be pretty to be the debut production. If Gastelum’s staging of this wonderful piece  is any indication as to the caliber of theatre Fresno audiences can expect from this newly born company, then theatre audiences are in special luck because they will be in store for a solid, thought-provoking experience.

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