A mighty Spring awakens at San Jose Rep

Sep 10

A mighty <i>Spring</i> awakens at San Jose Rep

The original production of Spring Awakening, the musical based on the 1891 play by Frank Wedekind, was so vivid, so powerful and so widely seen throughout the Bay Area, it's rather astonishing that San Jose Repertory Theatre has the cheek to produce the show's first regional production. Ah, but what cheek. Director Rick Lombardo, also San Jose Rep's artistic director, choreographer Sonya Tayeh (a guest judge and choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance) and musical director Dolores Duran-Cefalu have done such original work that they make the show their own.

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Broadway San Jose announces inaugural season

Jun 09

From the ashes of the American Musical Theatre of San Jose rises a whole new series bringing Broadway tours to the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, and it’s called Broadway San Jose. A Nederlander Presentation, part of the national Nederlander Organization, is the producing agency that will bring in the shows starting in September in association with...

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Green Day at Berkeley Rep

Mar 30

Berkeley Repertory Theatre is rocking and rolling with Green Day. After the success of Stew’s Passing Strange, it seems Berkeley Rep can’t get enough of the rock. Already announced for the 2009-10 season was the world premiere of Girlfriend, a stage adaptation of Matthew Sweet’s album of the same name. Today comes official word that Berkeley Rep...

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`Spring Awakening’s’ Kyle Riabko in SF concert

Sep 10

Kyle Riabko has two jobs: he’s starring as Melchior in the national tour of Spring Awakening, now at San Francisco’s Curran Theatre through Oct. 12. He’s also a rising Canadian pop star who scored a hit with “What Did I Get Myself Into” from his 2005 album Before I Speak. While Riabko is in town, he’ll promote the release of his...

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Odds & ends: Legally Brown, `Spring’ cast blog

Sep 09

You’ve gotta see this hilarious spoof of MTV’s terrible “Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for the Next Elle Woods.” It’s related to In the Heights, and it’s called “Legally Brown: The Search for the Next Piragua Guy.” Matthew Morrison, Cheyenne Jackson, Hunter Bell and other Broadway folks show up. Also, now that...

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Review: `Spring Awakening’

Sep 08

Opened Sept. 7, 2008 at the Curran Theatre, San Francisco   Kyle Riabko and Christy Altomare are Melchior and Wendla, the doomed lovers in Spring Awakening, the Tony Award-winning musical that launched its national tour at San Francisco’s Curran Theatre. Photos by Paul Kolnik.   Sex, violence and rock ‘n’ roll: `Spring Awakening’ jolts...

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