A breach in etiquette has been made by seeing the remake of a show before seeing the original. However, the impact of said remake was still made heavily upon my viewing experience. I am talking about this past Sunday’s matinee watching of Side Show at La Jolla Playhouse. My annual journey down to the sunny San Diego area led me to peeking at the freaks, in what is sure to be a very successful run of the re-imagined “2.0” version the creators are calling it.
Happy pre-Thanksgiving to you all! This week contains the holiday where we are called upon to be thankful and gracious for what we have. I am so grateful for the arts, theatres working endlessly to keep their doors open, stages filled with wonderful theatre, patrons who financially support groups to allow art to be created. This week’s company is a company in which art is always produced, and I am thoroughly in favor of. Here is the (already in progress) 2013-2014 season of City Lights Theatre Company!
This week’s delayed Musical Monday honors the letter “F”. However, last season the only two “F” shows were Fela! (which I have already highlighted after seeing the tour in 2011), and “Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons” (which was more of a special event concert from the infamous singer). Therefore, I chose to dig a little deeper in recent Broadway history and highlight an “F” show that dancers can fall in love with. Happy Musical Monday!!
This week’s Season Announcement Wednesday takes us back up to the Bay Area. There are many nightlife locations and beautiful beach amenities among the costal communtiies. However, there is also theatre! So this week’s post highlights Half Moon Bay’s pride and joy theatre company and their 2013/2014 season for Coastal Repertory Theatre!
This past Saturday brought me up to Sacramento to see what King Arthur and company were doing at Runaway Stage Productions’ newest show, Monty Python’s Spamalot. A musical spoof on the classic Monty Python movie, Holy Grail, won several Tony Awards during its Broadway run, including Best Musical. The reason for its success is the cast and creative team’s ability to create a hilarious musical showing for its audiences. Other than some great vocals and entertaining choreography, this staging of Spamalot does not quite hit the “ha-ha” laugh factor that it should.
This week’s musical brings us to that beloved vowel we all know and love, E. There are surprisingly very few “E” shows; however, only one is needed to keep the alphabetic streak going. Most, if not all, people have seen this treasured holiday movie. It’s a fun, funny, cheery Christmas movie that families can enjoy. So take some time this week to enjoy the holiday-esque Musical Monday!
Oh Rockyyyyyyyyyyy. Yes, it has returned to Fresno! Frank N’ Furter, Columbia, Brad, Janet, Magenta, Rocky, Riff Raff and the whole gang have penetrated Cal Arts Severance to present another energetically invigorating production of The Rocky Horror Show. There is little to no excuse why you have not seen it; so after reading this go buy a ticket and enjoy the time warp done right!
Mel Brooks’ classic telling of Dr. Frankenstein and his Monster has come to inhabit Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater. Young Frankenstein is among the most often quoted of the Brooks saga of comedic films. To successfully convert it to the musical stage takes a great deal of factors. You have to honor the movie bits that are legendary (“What hump?”) while still making it your own. Also, your cast needs to be effortlessly funny. Director Fred Bologna’s solid cast brings a delightful ring of Brooks humor to Fresno audiences with this delightfully staged production.
This week’s company is one of my Bay Area favorites. Not only have I had the pleasure of seeing a good number of their shows, but I have also performed with them (years ago!). They are currently running a production of Guys and Dolls, so if you can’t wait until 2014, go see a show there now! Here is the 2014 season for Broadway By The Bay.