Burn the Floor – September 21-26, 2010
It’s interesting that Broadway San Jose is opening their 2010-2011 season with Burn the Floor because it started right here in the Bay Area at San Francisco’s Post Theatre less than a year ago. From San Francisco, it transferred to Broadway where it performed at a limited run at Longacre Theatre. I saw neither productions but it would seem that some of their audience base will have already seen this dance sensation. Maybe no one will care, since dance has become again popularized because of the hit show, So You Think You Can Dance. Even though I’m not a huge fan of the TV show, I am excited that I’ll finally get a chance to see this.
Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles – October 26-31, 2010
While technically not a musical, Rain: A Tribue to the Beatles, is a obviously a really great tribute band singing Beatles’ tunes. “The history of Rain actually predates the Broadway hit “Beatlemania”, from which Rain’s all-star cast was recruited. No other group can claim the level of talent and true musicianship contained within this band.” For a musical theatre lover, as myself, I am a bit disappointed that it’s not a musical, but hey I might just be surprised by this one. Keep your fingers crossed! Catch up on your Beatles’ music by buying the complete anthology or playing some Beatles’ Rock Band. Read a review here.
The Color Purple – November 23-28, 2010
L.A. just finished a run of The Color Purple to critical acclaim. Fantasia was starring in it and when she actually showed up to a performance, I heard it was extremely heart-breaking! I have a feeling that because of Fantasia’s vocal issues, (she’s had a lot of problems, even since she was on Broadway) she will never be able to continue the run into November. Out of all of the shows in the season, this one is the most exciting. The Color Purple will be making it’s South Bay debut (maybe Bay Area?) and it will be nice to finally see this musical.
Grease – January 18-23, 2011
Really? Didn’t this just come through San Francisco last year with Taylor Hicks? (Blech!) The revival wasn’t even a hit on Broadway and it had the TV show, “You’re the One That I Want” to help publicize it. Even though I’ve never seen a professional production of Grease (I’ve seen it so many times at the high school level), I’m thinking there could have been a better choice.
Fiddler on the Roof – March 15-20, 2011
The touring cast of Fiddler on the Roof, starring Harvey Fierstein just played the Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco last month. I’m doubting that Fierstein will be a part of this tour when it comes to San Jose next Spring. So who will be Tevye? I’m not sure, but hopefully someone who’s just as funny as Fierstein but can also sing. Filled with a rousing, heartwarming score, which includes “Tradition,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were A Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset,” Fiddler on the Roof is a timeless classic.
Stomp – April 12-17, 2010
Even though I’ve never seen this, I figured that Stomp was a lackluster choice for Broadway San Jose’s season until I read more in the press release:
The international percussive hit, Stomp, is making its triumphant return to the Bay Area bringing new surprises, updated and restructured sections of the show and the addition of two new full-scale routines — the biggest changes since the late 1990’s.
Okay, now I’m sold. I’m so glad they’ve updated the performance to bring something new to it, so it stays edgy and current, while remaining true to the original production. (Riverdance should have thought about doing that as well.) Bring the stomp on; I’m ready for it!
I listed Mamma Mia as one of the “Five Broadway Shows You Should Skip” mostly because it’s taking up the beautiful Winter Garden Theatre and it’s not letting other new and exciting shows replace it. Now, because it’s coming on tour, I don’t have the same opinion. I’m happy to see this show (since it’s one of those Broadway “staples” that I’ve never seen). But, it better be a better cast than the cast that performed on the Tony’s last year or I will walk out. Let’s hope for the best!!
Overall, I think that Broadway San Jose was overlooked by all of the new touring productions like: Next to Normal, Mary Poppins, Shrek, 9 to 5, Billy Elliot and Rock of Ages. But, that’s probably because San Francisco gets first dibs on what shows come through the Bay Area. What I don’t understand is why people don’t people grasp the fact that San Jose has a population of over a million and is the 10th largest city in America and 3rd in the State?
Subscriptions run from $140 to $425 and for that amount, seven shows is a great deal. But it all depends on whether or not you’ve already seen these shows! And, I’m betting that most of you have seen at least four, and others five or six. Interestingly enough, I’ve only seen one.
WHERE: San Jose Center for the Performing Arts – 255 Almaden Blvd, San Jose
TICKETS: For season ticket information, the public may call (866) 395-2929 or visit www.broadwaysanjose.com.