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Lauren Keene

DMTC’s ‘Chicago’ wins top awards at Ellys

The Davis Musical Theatre Company was the big winner at the 30th annual Elly Awards on Sunday, taking home the award for the best musical for last fall’s spectacular production of “Chicago.” It was DMTC’s sixth win for overall production. The company took home the award for “Sweeney Todd” in 1985, for “Follies” in 1989, […]

September 27, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

Upbeat ‘Chaperone’ is a throwback to yesteryear

It would be difficult to find something to dislike about the Woodland Opera House’s delightful new production of “The Drowsy Chaperone.” This musical by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, which made its debut in Toronto in 1998, opened on Broadway in 2006 and won the Tony Award for best book and best score. The WOH […]

September 19, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

‘City of Angels’ is a devilish time

“City of Angels” is — producer Steve Isaacson boasts — the most technical show the Davis Musical Theatre Company has ever done. The book for this comedy was written by Larry Gelbart (“M*A*S*H”), who has, not surprisingly, filled his story with double entendres and razor-sharp word play. Music is by Cy Coleman with lyrics by […]

September 20, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Ambitious season on tap for DMTC

Check it out What: “City of Angels” When: Friday, Sept. 14, through Sunday, Oct. 2; Fridays and Saturdays, 8:15 p.m; Sundays, 2:15 p.m Where: Davis Musical Theatre Company, 607 Peña Drive Cost: $18 general, $16 students/seniors Info:  530-756-3682 or www.dmtc.org Steve Isaacson, general manager and company leader, is very excited about the Davis Musical Theatre […]

September 12, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘Crazy for You’ is more than an energetic musical

Check it out What: “Crazy for You” When: Thursday, Aug. 30, 2 p.m., 8 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 31, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 1, 2 p.m., 8 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m. Where: Music Circus, Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H St., Sacramento Tickets: $30 to $55 matinees; $30 to $60 evenings Information: www.sacramentomusiccircus.com To describe […]

August 30, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

DMTC, Woodland Opera House, Emerson snag Elly Award nominations

More than 400 Elly nominees for the 2011-12 season were announced at an informal nomination reception Sunday, Aug. 12, in Sacramento. Actors, directors, technicians and producers were on hand to listen excitedly for their names to be called. This year’s theme was Old Hollywood and the historic Tower Theatre was resplendent with a red carpet, […]

August 21, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Tradition maintained in Music Circus’ ‘Fiddler on Roof’

Details What: “Fiddler on the Roof,” presented by Sacramento Music Circus When: Through Sunday, at 2 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday Where: Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H St., Sacramento Tickets: Start at $30; (916) 557-1999, www.tickets.com SACRAMENTO — Music Circus is presenting “Fiddler on the Roof” this week, […]

August 16, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

Laughs fill the rafters at Barnyard Theatre’s ‘Or,’

That’s the ticket What: “Or,” presented by the Barnyard Theatre Company When: 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday Where: Schmeiser Barn, 35125 County Road 31, west of Davis Tickets: $15 general, $10 students/seniors; www.brownpapertickets.com/event/255961; (530) 574-1318 Aphra Behn was the first professional English female playwright, in the middle of the 17th century. She was one of […]

August 15, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

‘The Music Man’ hits all the right notes

Check it out What: “The Music Man” When: through Sunday How much: $30 to $60 Info: (916) 557-1999 Last night I had one of those special theatrical moments that I will remember for a long time. It was opening night of Music Circus’ 20th production of “The Music Man,” one of my favorite musicals. Shirley Jones, […]

August 02, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

That’s the way it should be, wahoo, yeah!

That’s the ticket What: “Grease,” opening the 2012 Music Circus season Where: Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H St., Sacramento When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday Tickets: $30-$60; (916) 557-1999; www.tickets.com SACRAMENTO — It was nice to see the Wells Fargo Pavilion filled to near capacity as Music Circus began […]

July 01, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

‘Hairspray’ cast wins our hearts

Details What: “Hairspray” When: 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:15 p.m. Sundays, through July 15 Where: Davis Musical Theatre Company Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive Tickets: $18 general, $16 students/seniors, $14 per person for groups of 10 or more; www.dmtc.org, (530) 756-3682 You just can’t stop the beat going on at the Davis Musical Theatre Company these days. […]

June 27, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged , ,

Who needs a cast of thousands for ‘Henry V’?

That’s the ticket What: Davis Shakespeare Ensemble’s production of “Henry V” When: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 6:30 p.m. Sundays through July 1 Where: Arboretum Gazebo, on Garrod Drive at UC Davis Tickets: $15 general, $12 students/seniors, $10 children 12 and under; www.brownpapertickets.com/event/245131; (530) 802-0998 Before I went to review the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble’s production of “Henry V,” […]

June 20, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

‘Triple Espresso’ offers a big shot of humor

That’s the ticket What: “Triple Espresso” When: Through July 22, at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays Where: Cosmopolitan Cabaret, 1000 K St., Sacramento Tickets: $20-$43 general; $10-$21.50 students; tickets.com, (916) 557-1999 There are some for whom “Triple Espresso,” the new “highly caffeinated comedy”at […]

June 13, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,

‘How I Learned to Drive': brilliant play, outstanding cast

That’s the ticket What: “How I Learned to Drive,” a Capital Stage production When: 7 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through June 17 Where: Capital Stage, 2215 J St., Sacramento Tickets: $18-$32; www.capstage.org; (916) 995-5464 SACRAMENTO — One of the first things that hits you in the first monologue of […]

June 01, 2012 | Posted in Theater | Tagged ,
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