`Chicago’ will go on in San Jose

Dec 02

American Musical Theatre of San Jose announced Dec. 1 that it was ceasing operations effectively and that its slate of upcoming shows, both self-produced and touring, were canceled. A call today from the press office of the touring musical Chicago refutes that claim, and a press representative said that the show will go on as planned and that other producing...

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AMTSJ ceases operation

Dec 01

The final curtain has fallen abruptly on the American Musical Theatre of San Jose. The group sent out a press release today announcing that it will cease operations effective immediately and that their productions of Tarzan and 42nd Street and the presentations of touring shows Chicago and Avenue Q have been canceled. Here is more information from the press...

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New musicals are hot, hot, hot

Oct 21

Audiences around the country are clamoring for …wait for it…wait for it…musicals. Sue Frost, a founding partner of Junkyard Dog Productions, a group dedicated to the development and production of new musicals, says that last year, she was part of a new musicals panel at a Theatre Communications Group conference and it was overflowing with 800...

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First a tea cup, then stardom

Jul 12

Remember the name James Zongus. You just might be able to say you knew him when. Though only 12 years old, James, a Foster City resident, has been performing for nearly a decade, and his story is strikingly familiar if you know the song “I Can Do That” from A Chorus Line. Like the kid in the song, James would follow his two older sisters to dance class,...

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Mandragona shakes it up

Jun 13

They’ve shaken up All Shook Up, the new juke-box musical that spins a new story out of old Elvis Presley songs. The show began performances on Broadway in March 2005 and closed seven months later. Producers were hoping for another Mamma Mia! and ended up with something closer to Good Vibrations, the dismal musical that attempted to recycle Beach Boys...

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All-4-`Joe’

Apr 05

A member of a once-popular boy band is taking a break from his group to perform in some musical theater. No, Justin Timberlake is not starring in Broadway by the Bay’s Show Boat. Nor is Jordan Knight aiming for respectability in TheatreWorks’ Merrily We Roll Along. This boy-band member may not be a household name, but you’ve definitely heard him...

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