Tuesday, February 07, 2006

3 musicals in TheatreWorks new season.

Here's the Merc blurb [reg. Req'd. Sorry.]

But you can also see the list at the TheatreWorks site.

Of the three musicals, two are new.

Let's start with the revival: Sondheim's Follies! I'll be excited to see that show again. A little sorry that this pretty much seals the deal that this musical could never be called rarely-produced in the Bay Area (if AMTSJ's two productions didn't already seal that deal.)

The two new musicals are a mixed bag as far as I'm concerned.

Will be very interested in seeing Dessa Rose, since it's by the same team that created Once on This Island and Ragtime.

Not so keen on the other new musical: Vanities, the story of "three vivacious Texas teens from cheerleaders to sorority sisters to housewives, liberated women and beyond." Written by a coupla guys.

It could be cringe-worthy, don't you think? I haven't seen the play on which it's based. Anyone out there?

Yes, I've seen the play! I actually stage managed "Vanities" when I was in college. It is really a very good, intimate piece that falls into that 70s/80s vein of bittersweet "life didn't turn out like I thought it would when I was 18" plays. It follows the stories of these three women from their early days of college through the disillusioning years of adulthood. If I recall correctly, the original cast had a young Cathy Bates as one of the three women. It still might be a cringeworthy musical but the play itself is really a nice piece.

Josh Powell
Thanks for the insight Josh!
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