Saturday, October 12, 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Smuin Ballet's XXtremes Explores Desire, Loss and Paradox Palace of Fine Arts Theatre (3301 Lyon StreetSan Francisco, CA 94123)
A heart-rending debut, a crowd-pleasing favorite and an iconic work are the highlights of Smuin Ballet's XXtremes Fall Program. For the first time ever in Northern California, the company will perform Jiri Kylian's acclaimed Return to a Strange Land, set to music by Czech composer Leos Janacek. Composed in a time of deep grief, Return expresses the journey from loss to hope with rare elegance and astonishing form. Brought back by popular demand, the company will also dance Dear Miss Cline, a buoyant and colorful romp through the music of Patsy Cline. Choreographed by the company's own Amy Seiwert, the piece features 10 Nashville tunes, including the immortal "Walkin' After Midnight." Finally, Smuin Ballet will pay tribute to its late, great founder Michael Smuin by performing his Carmina Burana. Set to the pulse-thumping cantata by Carl Orff, the choreography of Carmina Burana exemplifies the rhythm, speed and syncopation for which Smuin Ballet is beloved
THE GROWNUP'S PREQUEL TO PETER PAN
|PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, the most magical evening of madcap fun, is now on tour! Hailed by The New York Times as "The most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades," this musical play takes a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew. The winner of 5 Tony Awards®, this swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan will have you hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight.|
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER is the innovative and imaginative musical play based on the best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. A company of a dozen actors play more than a hundred unforgettable characters, all on a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up? This epic origin story of popular culture’s most enduring and beloved character proves that your imagination is the most captivating place in the world.
For more information, please visit www.PeterandtheStarcatcher.com
THE GERSHWIN MASTERPIECE
|See what Time Magazine exclaims is, “A don’t miss theatre event! The #1 Broadway musical of the year.” Winner of the 2012 TONY AWARD® FOR BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess is hitting the road with award-winning members of the Broadway cast in this stunning and stirring new staging. Accompanied by a lush 23-piece orchestra, this re-envisioned Broadway production includes such legendary songs as “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing.”|
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess is set in Charleston’s fabled Catfish Row, where the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the courageous Porgy. Threatened by her formidable former lover Crown, and the seductive enticements of the colorful troublemaker Sporting Life, Porgy and Bess’ relationship evolves into a deep romance that triumphs as one of theater’s most exhilarating love stories.
For more information, please visit www.PorgyandBessTheMusical.com
WE'RE OFF TO SEE...
|The most magical adventure of them all.|
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage. Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this new production contains all the beloved songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for all the family.
The blood will flow once again during Carrie the Musical, a staged retelling of Stephen King's best-selling novel. A legendary flop on Broadway when it was produced in 1988, the show was rebuilt from the ground up by the show's original authors for a hit off-Broadway production, and now makes its West Coast premiere. You know the story: Outcast Carrie White is bullied by the popular kids and tormented by her overprotective mother, only to discover she has an inner power that has the potential to change everything. Experience this powerful work in a surprisingly effective new way with this evocative musical production that features a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the classic 1976 film), music by Academy Award winner Michael Gore (Fame, Terms of Endearment) and lyrics by Academy Award winner Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose).