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RAIN, a Tribute to the Beatles at the CPA, San Jose

Rain: The Beatles Experience

If you’re looking for something non-Halloween to do this week, Broadway San Jose has another great show playing.  Rain, A Tribute to the Beatles is putting smiles on the faces of a pretty packed audience at the Center for Performing Arts.  If you love the Beatles, are a fan of the 60s, or just enjoy an evening of great music, this is the show for you.

Not just a bunch of Beatles impersonators, this was a fun, interactive show that gets everyone involved.  There are three large screens playing old newsreels, hilarious commercials from the 60s, animations, and lots of film of screaming girls interspersed with footage of the CPA audience as well.  Like it or not, there’s a good chance you’ll be up on that screen!  There are several great costume changes (with the Sgt. Pepper period my favorite), and the show moves chronologically from the Ed Sullivan Show through Abbey Road.

I was a big Beatles fan in my younger days but have never really sat down and listened to their music in chronological order.  I really enjoyed seeing and hearing the growth and changes in their sound and messages, and it made me appreciate their music even more.  The show starts out a little slow but quickly picks up steam and by intermission the audience is up on their feet clapping and dancing along.  As everyone streamed out of the CPA when it was over I heard several very happy and pleased comments from the audience.

The Sgt. Pepper period

I took my 18 year old daughter, usually the toughest critic in San Jose, and she loved it.  She said it wasn’t what she expected and that she really wanted to see it again.  That is just about the strongest piece of praise you can get from this child.

But time is running out to get your tickets.  Don’t miss out on this super fun show.  Give up the tricks for one night and give yourself a treat instead.

Broadway San Jose

Center for Performing Arts
October 26 – 31
Tuesday – Thursday – 7:30 p.m.
Friday – 8 p.m.
Saturday – 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday – 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Burn the Floor sets the stage and our souls on fire

Before you start reading this review, before you pass Go, before you collect $200, go here to buy tickets for Burn the Floor before it is sold out.  It is only playing through this Sunday, September 26 and (SPOILER!) you do NOT want to miss this show.  Go ahead, I’ll wait…

The original Broadway cast in "Club la Narcisse" Photo credit: Joan Marcus

Now, on to the review!  Well, it was okay.  HAH! Totally kidding!  I hope all the Bay Area establishments that offer salsa and ballroom dancing had their telephones manned today because I am sure there was an overload of calls from people wanting lessons.

The original Broadway cast in "Ballroom Beat." Photo credit: Joan Marcus

This show is exciting, infectious, sexy, fun and mesmerizing.  From the intense opening percussion beats you can’t help but have a smile on your face as the stage is filled with gorgeous male and female dancers shakin’ what their mama gave ‘em.  Cast with many familiar (and extremely talented) dancers from “So You Think You Can Dance”, the men and women you will see on stage have won more than 100 Championship Dance Titles between them.  You don’t need to know Anya and Pasha or Ryan and Ashleigh from SYTYCD to enjoy Burn the Floor.  This show has been around for over a decade and most of the dancers started with it on Broadway, long before SYTYCD ever aired.  You don’t need to know the difference between the Foxtrot and the Paso Doble, or the Rumba and the Samba, but you’ll see all of those plus the Cha Cha, Swing, Lindy, Jive, Quickstep, Salsa, Tango and the Viennese Waltz.  You’ll enjoy music ranging from Irving Berlin to Duke Ellington to Brian Setzer to Steve Perry to Louis Prima, and many, many more.  You’ll see costumes ranging from the skimpiest fringed bikinis to the loveliest pink feathered gowns – but mostly you’ll see sexy, sexy, sexy.

On the other hand, if you are a fan of SYTYCD, you will get to see Ryan and Ashleigh, and Anya and Pasha, plus Karen Hauer and Janette Manrara, live on stage and dancing better than ever.  Other dancers come from SYTYCD seasons from around the world.  Even more exciting is the special guest appearance by Mary Murphy!  She stars in at least three of the dances, and you can see the joy and love for dance on her face as she glides and shimmies across the stage.

If you have never seen SYTYCD or DWTS, rest assured that this is not your ordinary ballroom dance.  In fact, rest quite a bit before the show, because you’ll be clapping, stomping, and dancing around in your seat through the entire two hours.  This is ballroom dancing at its best and most exciting, the sexiest dancing done by the sexiest dancers.  There is drama, romance, comedy and just plain fun, but there is never, ever, boring. (Click through! Keep reading!) (more…)

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