Not Quite Opera Productions launches its third Round One Cabaret, an evening of new songs from musicals by Bay Area composers and writers of musical theater, at the charming Alcove Theater located at 414 Mason Street, one block from Union Square, in San Francisco. Performances are Friday and Saturday, November 9-10 and 16-17, at 8 p.m. The stated mission of Not Quite Opera Productions is to develop musical theater, using the talent-rich Bay Area as its proving ground. "Round One Cabaret III: Taking Charge In A Crazy World" is the third in a series of unique showcases devoted to new songs by San Francisco Bay Area writers and composers. It follows the success of NQO’s first two “Rounds” staged in October, 2011, and April, 2012 respectively. The eight writers and composers for November’s Round One Cabaret were chosen from dozens of submissions. The November show is a charming 110- minute musical revue, directed by Jonathan F. Rosen with music direction by Ben Prince. Round One features songs from eight different musicals by Peter Alexander, Billie Cox, Paul James Frantz, Richard Jennings, Bill Johnson, Sandy Kasten. Allison Lovejoy, Michael Lunsford and Peter Master. The soaring melodies and insightful, witty lyrics are sung by a sextet of talented performers, all of them veterans of the local musical theater scene: David Bicha, Helen Laroche, Jihan Sabir, Ernie Tovar, Rana Weber, and Ted Zoldan.
“Taking Charge in a Crazy World" features an eclectic mix of songs using the sophisticated rhythms and melodies of contemporary Broadway. The creative team, assembled by NQO artistic director, Anne Nygren Doherty, has woven their work into an enthralling evening that is part concert, part musical theater. Among eight new musicals represented are: Scary, Scary Night - a camp Halloween comedy, In the Hands of the Raven, a spiritual “dramedy” about coping with loss, Uncle Sam’s Lament - a contemporary American political satire.
Risks and challenges
Although a constantly popular live theater experience, musical theater is far more expensive and time consuming to create than straight plays. While many talented writers for the medium struggle devotedly away, they have very few outlets for trying out their work. Not Quite Opera fills that need, in part by producing the Round One Cabaret both as a means of testing material in front of a live audience and of creating working relationships with writers, composers, directors, etc. in a relatively low risk setting. It is key to our development process as the first 2 cabarets have led to several major projects in the works right now. Because each song is an entirely fresh creation, it's important to hire the best people available to serve the vision of the composers. BUT the Cabaret is not a self-sustaining venture yet: even if the Cabaret sells out, which we're sure it will, it won't entirely recoup its costs. Campaigns like Kickstarter are crucial to helping keep this effort to constantly energize the musical theater medium alive.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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