I’m delighted to announce I’ve been cast in two fantastic shows performing in the Bay Area this Fall! From October to November, I’ll be back at Ray of Light Theatre, playing the role of Jan-the-Unnamed — a blind, prophetic narrator-type — in the West Coast premiere of YEAST NATION, a new musical from the writers who brought us the Tony Award-winning URINETOWN. Then, from November to December, I’ll be starring in the Ethel Merman-originated role of Blossom Hart in 42nd Street Moon’s production of SOMETHING FOR THE BOYS, a zany 1940s Cole Porter classic. Can’t wait to get started on both of these projects!
Ray of Light teams up with Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann, the brains behind the smash-hit URINETOWN, to develop the West Coast premiere of this bizarrely hilarious rock musical. In the year 3,000,458,000 B.C., the salt-eating yeasts are the only living creatures on earth, and they’re up against a food shortage, a strange new emotion called “love” and the oppression of a tyrannical king. When the king’s dreamer of a son ventures out of the known yeastiverse, the yeasts’ story – and ours – is changed forever.
“This is the rare satire that knows exactly what it’s doing and commits to it.” — New York Times
“When you’ve stopped laughing from this yeast infection, you can tap your toes and clap your hands to a wholly lovable score.” — Chicago Tribune
Runs from October 1st through November 1st at the Victoria Theatre in San Francisco. Visit RAYOFLIGHTHEATRE.COM for tickets and more info!
A special “20th Anniversary” production of one of 42nd Street Moon’s earliest hits – the hilarious Cole Porter farce SOMETHING FOR THE BOYS. Take three unlikely cousins reunited on a ranch in San Antonio, add a character who receives radio signals in her fillings, sprinkle with WWII spirit and a dash of fabulous Porter music, and you’ve got a blockbuster! The great songs include “The Leader of a Big-Time Band”; “Something for the Boys”; “Could it be You?”; “Hey, Good Lookin'”; “By the Mississinewah”; and “He’s a Right Guy”.
Playing from November 26th to December 14th at the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco. Visit 42NDSTREETMOON.ORG for tickets and more info!
Photo by Erik Scanlon
CARRIE THE MUSICAL is now open at Ray of Light Theatre in San Francisco! Based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel, CARRIE THE MUSICAL hasn’t been seen much since its legendary 1988 Broadway production. Now, the show’s original authors have reworked and fully re-imagined this gripping tale. And Ray of Light Theatre is thrilled to present the West Coast Premiere at The Victoria Theatre! Set today, in the small town of Chamberlain, Maine, Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she’s an outcast who’s bullied by the popular crowd yet virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s at the mercy of her loving yet cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power. And if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it…
CARRIE plays October 3rd through November 2nd, 2013.
THE VICTORIA THEATRE
Rehearsals are now well underway for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical OKLAHOMA! at Sierra Repertory Theatre, located in the beautiful Sierra Foothills of California. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration, OKLAHOMA! created a new standard for musical theater. Set in the Western Territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the farmers and the cowboys provides a colorful backdrop for the love story of handsome cowboy Curly and winsome farmgirl Laurey, with Heather playing Laurey’s feisty, fiery Aunt Eller. The beloved score includes ‘Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin” and ‘People Will Say We’re In Love.’
”Songs, dances and story have been triumphantly blended… a striking piece of theatrical Americana.” – New York Herald-Tribune
Through April 21st, 2013 at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, CA
Broadway’s longest running musical is now playing in Redwood City! Created by Andrew Lloyd Webber and inspired by Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, CATS first opened in the West End in 1981 and then on Broadway in 1982, winning numerous awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical. It tells the remarkable story of the Jellicles and the fate of one cat who will be chosen to come back to a new life. This magical journey delves into the vitality and vulnerability of this mysterious tribe through song and dance and is truly one of musical theatre’s most profound and stunning works. Directed and choreographed by Robyn Tribuzi, and music directed by Sean Kana. Not to be missed!
October 26th – December 22nd at The Fallon House in Columbia
“It’s been nearly a decade since we first introduced Cinderella to our audiences and a whole new generation of children is excited for her return! In a holiday celebration for the whole family, the timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers and Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and zany fun. The hearts of children and adults alike will soar when the slipper fits. Musical highlights include ‘In My Own Little Corner,’ ‘Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?’ and ‘Ten Minutes Ago.’
‘Sparkling! A grand show, a wholesome delight.’ – USA Today”
Directed and choreographed by Scott Viets
Cinderella – Samantha Bruce
Prince – Jake Delaney
Stepmother – Heather Orth
Grace – Jennylind Parris
Joy – Daniella Painton
Fairy Godmother – Illeana Kirven
Steward – Kenny Wade Marshall
King – Ron Randall
Queen – Caitlin Randall