Round One Cabaret is the second in a series of unique showcases devoted to new songs by San Francisco Bay Area writers and composers of musical theater.
The cabaret is produced by Not Quite Opera Productions at the charming new Alcove Theater near Union Square: 414 Mason Street, San Francisco. Performances are at 8pm on Friday and Saturday, April 20th and 21st; and at 4pm on Sunday, the 22nd. Direction is by Anne Nygren Doherty with music direction by Scott DeTurk.
The theme of the April showcase is “Coping with the Ever Changing World.” It features an eclectic mix of songs in styles ranging from driving rock ‘n roll, pleasant pop, blast-from-the-past pastiche and the soaring melodies of classic and contemporary Broadway.
Among the 10 new musicals represented are: The Texas Chainsaw Musical - a comedy about a serial killer, .Love in which a middle-aged couple reunites through online dating, Meet the Zeroes - a satire on the American family, Another Man’s Treasure, an intimate piece set in a second-hand store,and The Anti-musical - in which an average office worker finds himself swept into a real-life musical against his will.
The composers and lyricists (whose works were selected from dozens of submissions) are a veritable Who’s-Who of Bay Area rising talent: Cory Bytoff, Owen Dockham, Richard Jennings, Randy Kasten, Sandy Kasten, Ron Lytle, Pat Morris, Tracy Held Potter, Liz White Salk and Patrick Wills. The sextet of talented performers, many of whom are staples of the local musical theater scene, are: Diana DiCostanzo, Jenna Davi, Brett Hammon, Dale Murphy, Kate Offer, and David Sasse.
Each cabaret is built around a kind of abstract story - inspired by the theme - that utilizes the songs with roughly the same dramatic purpose as their parent musicals. So, although the songs are presented outside their original contexts, the evening captures the drive and feel of a plotted show. The result is an enthralling evening that is part concert, part musical theater.
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