Musical Monday

Now that the show I am currently performing in has opened, and I have survived through tech week, a much needed break after, and week 2 of our run, I can finally get back to my normal weekly postings. We start by continuing the trail of Best Musical winners from the first Tony winner to the current. We pick it up in the 1954/1955 Broadway season. Happy Musical Monday!

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"Title of Show" show #431

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Four performers, a pianist, and a unit set. That’s all one really needs to stage [title of show].However, if the four performers you have cast have an aptitude to understand how to perform and bring out the [title of show] material in a challenging and personally effective way, it will be even better. If your pianist is a master of the instrument, as well as has some wonderful comedic timing, it will be even better. And if your unit set and few props and chairs are well -designed for the space you are performing in, then it will be even better. Director Joel Abels nailed all three of these aspects in the recently closed, yet very memorable, production of [title of show].

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"Once" show #428

I only saw the show on Broadway because it had won the Tony Award for Best Musical recently, and the original cast was still playing. Little did I know or expect just how exquisitely crafted a show like Once is. I felt the feelings. I enjoyed the music. I loved every bit of the ride that Edna Walsh’s book, and Glen Hansard/Marketa Irglova’s music and lyrics took me on. Therefore, when SHNSF announced they would staging the currently touring production of Once I lept at the chance to see it again. So that’s what I did a few Sunday matinees ago, and enjoy it again I did!

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"In The Heights" show #427

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The lights have dimmed on Broadway By The Bay’s Washington Heights. In The Heights marked the second show of the Peninsula-based theatre company’s 2014 season. I had the pleasure of catching Usnavi and the gang just before they closed two Sundays ago. As an audience member who saw this title twice during its national tour run, I was entering the Fox Theater with interest and anticipation as to how Broadway By The Bay would approach and stage such an intimately intense show on both sides of the emotional spectrum. They presented this show with talent, honesty, and a simplistic way of just telling the story. This production was, indeed, a fantastic showing.

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"Pump Boys and Dinettes" show #426

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Sierra Repertory Theatre has a knack for turning what could be an “easy to please” musical script and book, into a thrillingly good time at the theatre for its audience. Such is the case with their currently running country-type review, Pump Boys and Dinettes. The coffee is hot, the mechanics are distracted, and the pie is ready to be gobbled. This staging of Pump Boys and Dinettes (my first time ever seeing the show) is a silly good time, with comfortably forced moments of depth.

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"Forbidden Broadway: Comes Out Swining!" show #425

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My 2014 New York trip was wrapped up in the best way possible; seeing a professional (off-Broadway) show that makes fun of and spoofs the previous nine shows I just saw! Such was the case with the newest edition of Forbidden Broadway. When you take four talented performers and let them run rampant on all modern and classic things Broadway, you’re in for laughs, tears (from laughter), and holding your stomach (from laughing so much).

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"A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder" show #424

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It won the Tony Award for Best Musical. After seeing this Broadway trip concluding show, there is no doubt in my mind why it won the coveted title. It’s smart. It’s witty. It’s engaging. It will probably run for quite some time; but boy am I happy I saw A Gentlema’s Guide… for my final Broadway show this past trip!

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Season Announcement Wednesday

This weeks’ Season Announcement highlight honors a Valley community that has been near and dear to me for a few years. They always pick titles that please the patrons and performers. Whether you know the show or not, you are sure to have an enjoyable theatrical evening when stepping into these doors. So, here is the 2014/2015 season of Playhouse Merced!

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