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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
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
2) Pink Martini @ The Hollywood Bowl
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…
3) Mephistopheles, San Francisco Opera
With Ildar Abdrazakov, Patricia Racette, Ramón Vargas, Marina Harris…
4) Anything Goes, Broadway Tour, Curran Theatre
With Rachel York, Fred Applegate, Erich Bergen, Alex Finke…
It’s that time again! I’m serving up my second annual Top 10 LIVE Performances of the year. It’s a follow-up to my ‘09 list. Sadly, there are no Broadway shows on this list. I plan on remedying that in 2011!
1. Die Walküre, San Francisco Opera (Details)
This production offered one of the finest casts that could possibly be assembled for this opera (and The Ring) in the current operatic landscape. The production said some new things, and offered a few fresh perspectives, but didn’t try too hard, or overshadow the score. Maestro Runnicles is a Wagnerian master, and he and the orchestra rose to the occasion again. Yeah, I was a “Supernumerary” in the production, but I was able to watch much of it from the orchestra during rehearsals, and even accounting for my bias, this would still takes my top spot. Enjoy my full review here.
2. Scalpel! The Musical, Brava Theatre (Details)
Can you say fun? It had me at the opening number, with countless heals and drag runway walks. It was the first show I’ve seen in the Brava, and I immediately loved this venue…the warm lighting, the urban ambience, and the straight, raked seating offering direct views. Even with all the camp and hijinks, the entire cast was completely committed to the material. This was the second mounting of the show, and my fingers are crossed that it returns yet again. Apparently, there was a bit of a curse on the production, with multiple cast injuries (including a very unfortunate broken leg for leading man, Mike Finn), but they pushed through, with some quick and fortuitous replacements and prevailed. Picturing Sara Moore as “poop-raking” TV reporter Kitty Kelly (“Hardballs” host) still makes me laugh.
3. Heidi Melton: Salon at the Rex, The Rex Hotel (Details)
To hear Heidi Melton plead in spoken french AND debut her chest voice was alone faint-worthy, and positively scintillating. And, to hear her in repertoire much outside her core operatic rep and comfort genres was a treat (ie: Irving Berlin and Kurt Weill cabaret, and Korngold songs). Her rendition of Berlin’s “Always” left not a dry eye in the audience. (Her Noe Valley Chamber Music Recital a few weeks before was also very beautiful). No thanks to the Adler “Future is Now” concert, which was on the same night, the recital was over all too soon (evidenced by a jcm quotation here and here)! I stuck around and imbibed and dined at the bar…I wanted to savor the spell Heidi had cast.
The nominations for the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards (BATCC) were just announced. I was so thrilled to see that the production, cast and artistic staff of The Rocky Horror Show, of which I was a part have received some well deserved nominations! I also applaud my friends and colleagues from other shows who have received notice as well.
I applaud the noms too for both Quality of Life, at ACT, and Figaro, at Berkeley Rep, which I was very pleased to attend. Although, I’m very surprised JoBeth Williams, also of Quality of Life isn’t on this list!? (Noted below are just my highlights.)
(For Theatres 100-300 Seats – Musicals):
The Rocky Horror Show, Victoria Theatre:
ENTIRE PRODUCTION, Ray of Light Theatre
Cate Caplin: Choreography
Rebecca Pingree: Supporting Performance, Female
Sarah Kathleen Farrell: Supporting Performance, Female
Dustin Snyder: Lighting Design
Brandon Adams: The Musical of Musicals, Center Repertory Company
Martin Rojas-Dietrich: Cabaret, SF Playhouse
Stephanie Rhoads: Ben Franklin in Paris, 42nd Street Moon
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(For Theatres over 300 – Drama):
Principal Performance, Female:
Laurie Metcalf: Quality of Life, American Conservatory Theater
Principal Performance, Male:
Dominique Serrand: Figaro, Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Figaro: Berkeley Repertory Theatre & Theatre de la Jeune Lune
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(Theatres Under 99 Seats – Drama):
Original Script Solo Performance:
Katya Smirnoff-Skyy: From Russia with Love, New Conservatory Theatre Center
Supporting Performance Female:
Christine Macomber: The Cocktail Hour, Ross Valley Players