jcm’s Top 10 Performances of ’13

It was another stunning year of live performance in the Bay Area and beyond. I’m forgoing reviews this time, thanks to grad school demands. I’m grateful yet again for the embarrassment of riches…one of the many reasons I gladly call San Francisco home!

1) Matt Alber @ The Rickshaw Stop
Presented by SF Bear Pride
November 8
With NAKIA, Jeb Havens…
Program incl.: Monarch, The River, Velvet Goldmine, Old Wallingford, Tightrope, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Field Trip Buddy, Hide & Seek, Always (ACAP), End of the World, Yellow, New York, Old Ghosts…
A taste of Matt live

Matt Alber

2) Pink Martini @ The Hollywood Bowl
July 19
With China Forbes, Storm Large, Saori Yuki, Ari Shapiro…
Program incl.: Brazil, Zundoko bushi, Splendor in the Grass, Eugene, Hang on Little Tomato, Get Happy/Happy Days medley, And Then You’re Gone/But Now I’m Back medley, Yo Te Quiero Siempre…

(Photo by jcm)

(Photo by jcm)

3) Mephistopheles, San Francisco Opera
September 14
With Ildar Abdrazakov, Patricia Racette, Ramón Vargas, Marina Harris…


4) Anything Goes, Broadway Tour, Curran Theatre
January 28
With Rachel York, Fred Applegate, Erich Bergen, Alex Finke…


5) Carrie, Ray of Light Theatre, The Victoria Theatre
October 30
With Heather Orth, Christina Oeschger, Nikita Burshteyn, Jessica Coker, Jef Valentine…


6) Laurie Lewis @ The Freight & Salvage
May 8
With Tom Rozum, Nina Gerber…
A taste of Laurie & Tom live


7) Falstaff, San Francisco Opera
October 24
With Bryn Terfel, Ainhoa Arteta, Heidi Stober, Meredith Arwady…


8) Hedwig, Boxcar Theatre
April 19
With Arturo Galster, Flyn Whitmeyer, Amy Lizardo, Kevin Singer, Elinor Bell…

(Photo by jcm)

(Photo by jcm)

9) Our Practical Heaven, Aurora Theatre
February 2
With Joy Carlin, Anne Darragh, Julia Brothers, Lauren Spencer…


10) Golden Girls, The Victoria Theatre
December 19
With Matthew Martin, Heklina, Cookie Dough, Pollo del Mar, Peter Griggs, Manny Caneri, Laurie Bushman, Jordan Wheeler…


Honorable Mentions:
Missa Solemnis, San Francisco Symphony
Drag Diva Extravaganza, Magic Theatre @ The Costume Shop
Stuck Elevator, ACT

Standout Performances (in shows not included above):
Julia Bullock, Somewhere Soloist, West Side Story, SF Symphony
Jef Valentine, Fagin, Oliver, Broadway By the Bay
Claudia Russell & Bruce Fagan, Freight Holiday Revue, Freight & Salvage

Enjoy jcm’s past Top 10 lists here: 2012201120102009
…Now, what were YOUR favorites in 2013?

1 comment so far

  1. R.Alexander on

    Beautiful, Wonderful, and WOW!! Thanks for sharing:P

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