Can you believe it? School is starting, summer is nearing it’s end and generally it should be very depressing, right? Wrong. There’s so much great theatre happening in September that it should keep you totally occupied from the fall blues. Currently, I have 10 shows scheduled to see in September and I have a feeling that there might be a few more that I sneak in there! It should be a great time to catch up on my shows! Lately, I’ve been so busy with performing in RENT I haven’t had time to see the shows in the area, but September is a different story.
Here’s my schedule and what I recommend seeing:
Smokey Joe’s Cafe – Bus Barn Stage Company: Opening September 2nd and running through October 2nd, 2010, this sizzling cast does more than justice to this smokin’ hot score of 1950’s standards like: “Kansas City”, “Jailhouse Rock” and “Saved”. I can 100% say that this show is not to be missed! (I’m co-musical directing this show.) You can learn more about the cast on the Bus Barn Stage Company’s website and get tickets there.
Get out of the September heat with the jukebox musical that was the most acclaimed of 1995 and nominated for the Tony Award for Best Musical!
The Broadway Critic’s Review: Chicago @ Hillbarn Theatre – 2.5 out of 5 stars
Chicago – Hillbarn Theatre: In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap…until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another “Merry Murderess” Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the “American Dream”: fame, fortune and acquittal. This sharp edged satire features a dazzling score that sparked immortal staging by Bob Fosse. Chicago won six Tony Awards!
Chicago is one of my favorite musicals and very interested in checking this one out because I’ve never seen an amateur production of Chicago. Here’s hoping it’s sexy! Runs September 2nd – 26th, 2010.
The Broadway Critic’s review: She Loves Me @ Center Rep Theatre – 3 out of 5 stars
She Loves Me – Center Rep: She Loves Me is a musical and movie with a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock. The musical is the fifth adaptation of the play Parfumerie by Hungarian playwright Miklos Laszlo, following the 1940 James Stewart-Margaret Sullavan film The Shop around the Corner and the 1949 Judy Garland-Van Johnson musical version In the Good Old Summertime. It would surface yet again in 1998 as the Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan feature You’ve Got Mail.
This show is a classic: “the crown jewel of the golden age musicals”. I saw a university production almost 10 years ago and loved it. I can’t wait to see this particular cast because it stars: Dane Paul Andres, Noel Anthony, Evan Boomer, Derek Travis Collard, Jackson Davis, Lynda Divito, Ryan Drummond, Richard Farrell, Zachary Franczak, Emma Goldin, Jason Hite, Mary Kalita, Brittany Ogle, Sharon Rietkerk, Kelsey Venter. I’ve had my eye on Hite, Kalita and Ogle!
Opens September 3rd – October 10th, 2010.
The Broadway Critic’s review: Black Pearl Sings @ San Jose Rep – 4.5 out of 5 stars
Black Pearl Sings at San Jose Rep: Black Pearl Sings! is the compelling musical drama that tells the story of two extraordinary women – a jailed African-American songstress and a white Library of Congress folk music researcher – whose fates have become intertwined.
A West Coast premiere that you won’t want to miss.
Runs September 2nd – 26th, 2010.
The Light in the Piazza at Theatreworks: Beneath the Tuscan sun in 1953, this illuminating Broadway hit celebrates the many facets of love with a vibrant heart. A protective American mother is vacationing with her radiant but fragile daughter, who falls head over heels for a passionate young Florentine. To the soaring melodies of what The New York Timescalled “the most intensely romantic score since West Side Story,” all three embark on a life-changing journey beyond danger into light.
This is one of my favorite musicals of all time. Guettel’s score is absolutely magnificent. I’m hearing great things about this production and I’m highly looking forward to revisiting this show at Theatreworks.
Runs August 25th – September 19th, 2010
Jerry Springer the Opera at Ray of Light Theatre: The only work in history to earn “Best Musical” honors from all four major British award groups, Jerry Springer the Opera is a fascinating mix of high art and low culture. Inspired by America’s most lurid TV talk show, Jerry Springer the Opera channels all the mayhem and excitement that held worldwide television audiences in utter rapture. After opening in London to unprecedented raves, this outlandish, shockingly hilarious opera will rage at the Victoria Theatre in the Mission for six weeks.
Can I say excited? I have the London cast recording, but I think I’m going to wait to listen to it until after I see it because I wanna be shocked!
Running September 10 – October 16, 2010.
Dreamgirls at Curran Theatre (San Francisco): The all-new stage production of Dreamgirls is coming to the Curran Theatre August 24 through September 26! Full of onstage joy and backstage drama, Dreamgirls tells the story of an up-and-coming, 1960s singing girl group, and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. Featuring the unforgettable hits: “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going”, “One Night Only” and “Listen”, Dreamgirls returns to the stage in this brand new production that sparkles like never before!
I can’t wait to see my first professional production of Dreamgirls.
The Broadway Critic’s review: Compulsion @ Berkeley Rep – 5 out of 5 stars
Compulsion at Berkeley Rep: Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor Mandy Patinkin makes his Berkeley Rep debut as Sid Silver, a man obsessed. When he learns about a young girl named Anne Frank and her extraordinary diary, Silver makes it his mission to ensure her tale is heard. But is the manuscript a work of art? A cultural treasure?
A moving story that combines stellar acting with marvelous marionettes, this world-premiere production takes us on a journey from passion to Compulsion.
The Broadway Critic’s review: La Cage Aux Folles @ Broadway by the Bay – 2.0 out of 5 stars
La Cage Aux Folles at Broadway By the Bay: Travel to St. Tropez where the best of times will happen when family values and outrageous comedy collide in Jerry Herman’s legendary musical La Cage aux Folles. Winner of 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this unforgettable and funny tale of unconditional love, and above all, the need to celebrate who we are, features the anthem “I Am What I Am” and the beloved “Song on the Sand.”
Why go to New York City to see this when you can see it here! It will be my first time seeing La Cage Aux Folles and I plan to see the Broadway revival in October!
The Broadway Critic’s review: Burn the Floor @ Broadway San Jose – 4 out of 5 stars
Burn the Floor at Broadway San Jose – The international dance sensation Burn the Floor visits San Jose direct from its record-breaking run on Broadway! You’ve seen Ballroom dance on shows like “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” Now, with Burn the Floor, you will feel, live on stage, all the passion, the drama and the sizzling excitement of 20 gorgeous champion dancers, in a true theatrical experience, a performance with a grace and athleticism that The New York Times calls, “Dazzling!”
I missed this on Broadway, so I’m very happy that Broadway San Jose is bringing this to us! Can’t wait!
Runs only one week: September 21 – 26th, 2010. Don’t miss it!
On My Radar (but don’t have a set date to see it yet):
- Sweeney Todd at Sunnyvale Community Theatre: 1979’s Tony Award-winning Best Musical, is a rare theatrical event: a heart-pounding thriller told with a howlingly sharp wit, a darkly comic smile, and one of Broadway’s most impressive scores. It features Walter Mayes in the title role. Runs September 17 – October 10th, 2010. Website
- The Music Man at South Bay Musical Theatre: This award-winning, critically acclaimed Broadway classic is an all-American institution, thanks to its quirky characters, charmingly humorous dramatic situations, and one-of-a-kind, nostalgic score of rousing marches, barbershop quartets and sentimental ballads that have become popular standards (“Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Till There Was You,” “Lida Rose.”) Runs September 25 – October 16, 2010. Website
Anything I missed? What are you most excited to see this upcoming September?