September Show Round-up

It’s the start of the 2011-2012 season!  What are YOU planning to see?

September is going to be a busy month for shows, and now Metblogs has a new Arts author, Kerry Smith.  Between the two of us we’ll do our best to keep you up to date and informed on everything theater.  We are all so lucky to live in a place where there are so many theatrical opportunities, where even the smallest theater puts on fantastic shows!

These are the shows I’m hoping to review this month.  And guess what?  Music is featured in every one of them.  Put your favorites on the calendar and get ready for an exciting 2011-2012 season!

City of Angels
Hillbarn Theatre
September 1 – September 25

Set in the glamorous, seductive Hollywood of the 1940s the world of film studios and filmy negligees, the show is two stories occurring simultaneously: a Hollywood comedy and a detective drama. The “real-life” scenes are in color and the “reel-life” scenes in black and white. The show chronicles the misadventures of Hollywood author Stine and we meet Stone, Stine’s alter-ego detective who sidles through a Hollywood netherworld of vicious thugs and femmes fatales.City of Angels is the first Broadway musical hit to have a full-blown jazz score; you’ll swing all the way home!

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Idomeneo
Opera San Jose
September 10 – September 25

Idomeneo, the king of Crete, is returning from the Trojan War. To gain a safe return to shore during a violent storm at sea, Idomeneo vows to sacrifice to Neptune the first person he sees on land. Unfortunately, it’s his son, Idamante, so Idomeneo flees instead of greeting him. Idamante, meanwhile, is in love with Ilia, the captured daughter of the king of Troy. Neptune, cheated out of his sacrifice, sends a sea monster to ravage Crete. Idamante slays the monster and presents himself for sacrifice, but Ilia comes between them declaring her love for Idamante. Will the gods be appeased? A divine voice declares that Idamante and Ilia shall reign as the new king and queen of Crete.

Mozart was just 25 years old when his mythological music drama premiered in Munich on January 29, 1781. Idomeneo is considered to be Mozart’s first dramatic masterpiece, and was his personal favorite of all his operas.

Spring Awakening
San Jose Repertory Theatre
September 1 – September 25

Caught between their sexual urges and society’s contradictory teachings, a group of teenagers reveals their alluringly melancholy story of self-discovery and coming-of-age anxiety as seen through the eyes of young teenagers. Set in repressive 19th-century Germany, these students attempt to reckon with the thrilling, complicated and confusing time of their sexual awakening. This haunting and provocative rock-musical is a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion in a daring fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll.

Shrek
Broadway San Jose
September 20 – September 25

The hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a villain with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek.

 

 

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  1. HILLBARN THEATRE & THE FOSTER CITY LIBRARY BEGIN NEW “BARN TALKS” SERIES | San Jose Metblogs (pingback) on August 22nd, 2011 @ 10:12 pm

    […] The Will Roger Follies,” “Little Me, ” and Hillbarn’s current
    hit “City of Angels.” Coleman also wrote such popular standards as
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