High schoolers win big `Beach Blanket’ bucks

Jun 09

After San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom took his foot out of his mouth (he made an inappropriate comment about gay marriage), and after former SF Mayor Willie Brown introduced a film clip, and after the Beach Blanket Babylon cast throttled a song from Wicked, the Beach Blanket Babylon Scholarship for the Arts competition got under way and did what it has been doing...

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It’s good to be…Colman and Francis

May 20

Two wonderful actors, formerly of the Bay Area, are having some good days in the New York theater world. We’re sorry they’re not having good theater days in the Bay Area, but we wish them well. Here’s the scoop: Colman Domingo is starring in the Tony-nominated Passing Strange, which, incidentally, just won three Drama Desk Awards including Best...

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`Beach Blanket’ selects finalists

May 19

Every year, the Steve Silver Foundation and Beach Blanket Babylon present $10,000 scholarships to three talented high school seniors from the Bay Area. Jo Schuman Silver, producer of BBB, announced the nine finalists today, who will then go on to perform at Club Fugazi on Monday, June 9. The winners will be selected that night. Finalists in the acting category...

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Cassie Beck is a winner

May 15

Cassie Beck, local actress and co-artistic director of San Francisco’s Crowded Fire Theatre Company went off to New York to be in Adam Bock’s Drunken City. And what do you know? She won a Theatre World Award for her New York debut! Beck first worked on Bock’s play when it was part TheatreWorks’ New Works Festival (the play was developed as part of the...

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Tony, Tony, Tony!

May 13

Tony Award nominations are out today. Here’s how it shook out: BEST PLAY: August: Osage County by Tracy Letts Rock ‘n’ Roll by Tom Stoppard The Seafarer by Conor McPherson The 39 Steps by Patrick Barlow BEST MUSICAL: Cry-Baby In The Heights Passing Strange Xanadu BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL: Cry-Baby by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan In the Heights...

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Letts’ bittersweet Pulitzer

Apr 07

News came down from on high today that Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County, currently on Broadway, won the Pulitzer Prize for drama. The Chicago playwright and actor is the author of Man from Nebraska (a Pulitzer contender) Bug (also a movie starring Ashley Judd) and Killer Joe, a hit for Marin Theatre Company that transferred to the Magic in San Francisco. The...

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