Virtual Variety Show/Music/Drama:Saturday, February 27 @8 pm. ‘Winter Classic’, presented by Occidental Center for the Arts.OCA is pleased to present our fifth virtual variety show, titled ‘Winter Classic’. It will emphasize early 20th century classics and standards, and features pianist Mary Watkins and members of the Santa Rosa Symphony. Other stellar musical acts to be included are Dirty Cello Band, Meredith Axelrod & Craig Ventresco, Eric Wiley, Teal Collins & Josh Zee, Barbara Higbie, Black Brothers Band, Ricky Mier, Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen, Miles McKenzie, Jazz Messengers and Black Sheep Brass Band. A bit of classic drama from Sheridan’s ‘The Rivals’ (1775) will be performed by Steve Fowler & Andrea Van Dyke. This most excellent program, produced by Tina Marchetti, will be presented at 8 pm on YouTube and FaceBook. Free; Donations appreciated. No politics, no Covid, just pure talent guaranteed to lift your spirits! Keeping the Arts in Our Hearts at www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org.
It’ll be all treats, no tricks when a lineup of Broadway and drag favorites bring the Halloween chills and thrills to the cinematically striking stream of I Put a Spell on You at 8 pm Eastern on Thursday, October 29.
Save the date now for this virtual Halloween blowout, a musical spoof of and tribute to the cult classic Hocus Pocus. I Put a Spell on You finds the Sanderson Sisters breaking the internet and diving into a world of pop culture’s favorite villains. Watch for performances from Todrick Hall, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Eva Noblezada, Will Swenson, Bob The Drag Queen, Alexis Michelle and many more.
After selling out a live, in-person show the last four years, the Sanderson Sisters won’t disappoint in this year’s digital film complete with larger-than-life performances, over-the-top costumes and makeup and a healthy dose of Broadway magic. Visit broadwaycares.org/spell to discover insider perks for sponsors and VIPs.
And though the stream is free, all donations benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Your support during this sensationally spooky evening helps individuals living with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses receive healthy meals, vital medication, housing, emergency assistance and much more. Their needs are critically heightened during the COVID-19 crisis.
The groundbreaking queer Broadway show Slave Play has achieved a Tony Awards first, racking up the most nominations for any non-musical play in its 73-year history.
With 12 nominations, Slave Play has overtaken Angels in America, which previously held the record for the most Tony Awards nominations for a non-musical.×
The three-act play was written by Jeremy O Harris, and follows three interracial couples, including a same-sex couple, on a disturbing retreat undergoing “Antebellum Sexual Performance Therapy”, as the Black characters are not getting sexual satisfaction from their white partners.
The set of the play featured a giant mirrored wall and the house lights are kept dimly on so the audience is forced to put themselves into the narrative, and confront their own reactions.
The New York Times critic Jesse Green described it as “one of the best and most provocative new works to show up on Broadway in years”.
Slave Play is in some ways a “thought experiment”, Green said, asking the questions: “If Black people in intimate partnerships with white people felt safe to say how they needed to be seen, would their white partners be able and willing to comply?
“Or are Black people forever condemned by the legacy of slavery to live ‘squarely in the blind spot’ of their non-Black partners’ ‘myopia?’”
|Before summer ends, Transcendence presents one final holiday weekend — our Gala! It’s not only our biggest fundraising event of the season — this year, it’s the best of the best from our last 8 years!|
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We are so close to meeting our goal of $575,000 before the end of our summer season. If you, our supporters and community, can dig deep and help us raise approximately $100,000 by 11:59 pm (PST) on September 13, we will meet our goal with the match! There are many ways to donate, and your donation will be matched dollar for dollar! We plan to continue making magic and uplifting and inspiring audiences around the world, but we cannot do it without you. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
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|Jack London State Park Sponsor SpotlightEnsuring a sustainable park that would make Jack London proud.|
|Jack London State Park has been the gorgeous backdrop for Transcendence Theatre Company’s (TTC) Broadway Under the Stars summer series since the very beginning. When TTC arrived in 2012, a state crisis threatened to shut down the Park, which gave the Transcendence founders an idea to help save the Park; by making it their stage. With six weeks and $83 in their pockets, the company put on on the show of a lifetime. Nine hundred members of the community came out to save the Park and join the magic. At the same time, Jack London Park Partners (JLPP) emerged. JLPP was the first nonprofit organization to take up management of a state park on behalf of the people of California, and it has been successfully running Jack London State Historic Park ever since. |
The Park Partners is the outgrowth of Valley of the Moon Natural History Association, a citizens’ group established nearly a half-century ago to support the interpretive needs of three parks in Sonoma County, including Jack London State Historic Park. The Association has played a vital role in recruiting and organizing the band of hundreds of volunteers, which supports all functions of the Park. It contributes funds to advance cultural and recreational programs, creates educational exhibits, displays, and signage at the Park.
Jack London Park Partners depends on the generosity of private citizens in providing programming, operating, and maintaining the land and historic structures of this treasure of natural beauty and historical significance, which is why Transcendence has teamed up with JLPP as their nonprofit partner for the Gala Celebration. Jack London Park Partners will receive 10% of all donations made during the Gala! Make sure to show your support for both Jack London Park Partners and Transcendence Theatre Company by watching and donating during the Gala!
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|Community Member ShoutoutsStaying connected to our Transcendence family.|
|As we continue to find ways to strengthen our transcendent connection with you all, we asked some of our staff members to give shout outs to some phenomenal community members that have touched their hearts. Every one of you is so very important to us, we hope this finds you well and brings a smile to your heart. |
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The Zwerling family are my PEOPLE! They volunteer for us EVERY SUMMER for EVERY SHOW. Their faces fill me with love and joy whenever I see them. We all had a lovely dinner at the MAYO reserve room years back and it bonded us for life. Beautiful, magical, people – I am so thankful you are Son-home-a family!
I would love to shout out to our Team Skittles Awesome Volunteer Judy Mahoney! Judy is always there for our team whether it is making cobbler for the office or being at the park helping the box office anytime we need to fill a spot. She always brings Skittles with her to make us happy. Some weekends she volunteers 3 nights in a row! When I moved into my new house and didn’t have very many things she brought me a bag full of kitchen pots and pans and clothes. She has given endlessly and is always there for us.
Tony Award-winning composer Jerry Herman, who wrote the cheerful, good-natured music and lyrics for such classic shows as “Mame,” “Hello, Dolly!” and “La Cage aux Folles,” died Thursday. He was 88.
His goddaughter Jane Dorian confirmed his death to The Associated Press early Friday. He died of pulmonary complications in Miami, where he had been living with his partner, real estate broker Terry Marler.
The creator of 10 Broadway shows and contributor to several more, Herman won two Tony Awards for best musical: “Hello, Dolly!” in 1964 and “La Cage aux Folles” in 1983. He also won two Grammys — for the “Mame” cast album and “Hello, Dolly!” as song of the year — and was a Kennedy Center honoree.
Herman wrote in the Rodgers and Hammerstein tradition, an optimistic composer at a time when others in his profession were exploring darker feelings and material. Just a few of his song titles revealed his depth of hope: “I’ll Be Here Tomorrow,” “The Best of Times,” “Tap Your Troubles Away,” “It’s Today,” “We Need a Little Christmas” and “Before the Parade Passes By.” Even the title song to “Hello, Dolly!” is an advertisement to enjoy life.
Herman also had a direct, simple sense of melody and his lyrics had a natural, unforced quality. Over the years, he told the AP in 1995, “critics have sort of tossed me off as the popular and not the cerebral writer, and that was fine with me. That was exactly what I aimed at.”
In accepting the Tony in 1984 for “La Cage Aux Folles,” Herman said, “This award forever shatters a myth about the musical theater. There’s been a rumor around for a couple of years that the simple, hummable show tune was no longer welcome on Broadway. Well, it’s alive and well at the Palace” Theatre.
Some saw that phrase — “the simple, hummable show tune” — as a subtle dig at Stephen Sondheim, known for challenging and complex songs and whose “Sunday in the Park with George” Herman had just bested. But Herman rejected any tension between the two musical theater giants.
“Only a small group of ‘showbiz gossips’ have constantly tried to create a feud between Mr. Sondheim and myself. I am as much of a Sondheim fan as you and everybody else in the world, and I believe that my comments upon winning the Tony for ‘La Cage’ clearly came from my delight with the show business community’s endorsement of the simple melodic showtune which had been criticized by a few hard-nosed critics as being old fashioned,” he said in a 2004 Q&A session with readers of Broadway.com.
Herman was born in New York in 1931 and raised in Jersey City. His parents ran a children’s summer camp in the Catskills and he taught himself the piano. He noted that when he was born, his mother had a view of Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre marquee from her hospital bed.
Herman dated his intention to write musicals to the time his parents took him to “Annie Get Your Gun” and he went home and played five of Irving Berlin’s songs on the piano.
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“I thought what a gift this man has given a stranger. I wanted to give that gift to other people. That was my great inspiration, that night,” he told The Associated Press in 1996.
After graduating from the University of Miami, Herman headed back to New York, writing and playing piano in a jazz club. He made his Broadway debut in 1960 contributing songs to the review “From A to Z” — alongside material by Fred Ebb and Woody Allen — and the next year tackled the entire score to a musical about the founding of the state of Israel, “Milk and Honey.” It earned him his first Tony nomination.
“Hello, Dolly!” starring Carol Channing opened in 1964 and ran for 2,844 performances, becoming Broadway’s longest-running musical at the time. It won 10 Tonys and has been revived many times, most recently in 2017 with Bette Midler in the title role, a 19th-century widowed matchmaker who learns to live again.
“Mame” followed in 1966, starring Angela Lansbury, and went on to run for over 1,500 performances. She handed him his Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2009, saying he created songs like him: “bouncy, buoyant and optimistic.”
In 1983 he had another hit with “La Cage aux Folles,” a sweetly radical musical of its age, decades before the fight for marriage equality. It was a lavish adaptation of the successful French film about two gay men who own a splashy, drag nightclub on the Riviera. It contained the gay anthem “I Am What I Am” and ran for some 1,760 performances. Three of his shows, “Dear World,” “The Grand Tour” and “Mack and Mabel,” failed on Broadway.
Many of his songs have outlasted their vehicles: British ice skaters Torvill and Dean used the overture from “Mack and Mabel” to accompany a gold medal-winning routine in 1982. Writer-director Andrew Stanton used the Herman tunes “Put on Your Sunday Clothes” and “It Only Takes a Moment” to express the psyche of a love-starved, trash-compacting robot in the film “WALL-E.”
Later in life, Herman composed a song for “Barney’s Great Adventure,” contributed the score for the 1996 made-for-TV movie “Mrs. Santa Claus” — earning Herman an Emmy nomination — and wrote his autobiography, “Showtune,” published by Donald I. Fine.
Sunday August 25 @ 3 pm . Occidental Center for the Arts proudly presents: The Gorgon Medusa: Her Significance for Women of Our Time. Archaeomythologist Joan Marler will trace the ancient roots of the Gorgon Medusa’s multi-layered powers and explore her myths, stories, and iconography in a multi-media presentation that will reveal her timeless significance for women of our time. Drummer Barbara Borden and friends will begin and conclude this memorable event, which is a fundraiser for O.C.A!Admission $15.@ https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4295297 or at the door. Fine refreshments. Wheelchair accessible. Art Gallery open for viewing. www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org. 707-874-9293. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct. Occidental, CA. 95465
Saturday July 13 @ 7 pm. Zipline Improv at Occidental Center for the Arts. Skilled Bay Area actors led by local actress and founder Laura Wachtel present an evening of delightful improvised scenes and stories with your suggestions to inspire them. Their focus is on narrative improv both short scenes and full length. What will it be this time? Join us to see! $15 Adv/$20 at door. Fine Refreshments. Accessible to persons with disabilities. 707-874-9392. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct. Occidental, CA. 95465 www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org
The Boys In The Band has won the Tony Award for Best Play Revival at last night’s Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The awards celebrate the best of Broadway.
Mart Crowley’s late 1960s play focuses on a group of gay men who come together for dinner one evening. The groundbreaking play was turned into a film in 1970.
Other winners last night included Stephanie J. Block. She won the lead actress in a musical award for her role as Cher in The Cher Show.. In her acceptance speech, she thanked ‘the goddess Cher, and her legacy.’
The show also won best costume designer for legendary designer, Bob Mackie. Mackie is famed for creating many of Cher’s more flamboyant creations in the 1970s.
Both wins prompted jubilation from Cher herself. She tweeted: ‘I cannot stop jumping, crying,laughing,….I feel like I won an award!’ And, ‘I’m so crying … Bob Mackie deserves this award more than anyone will ever know.’
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Hadestown wins big at Tony Awards
The biggest winner of the night was the musical Hadestown. The folk opera took home eight awards, including Best Musical and Best Director.
Collecting her award, director Rachel Chavkin noted she’s currently the only woman on Broadway directing a musical. She called on the theatreworld to do better: ‘It is a failure of imagination.’
The Ferryman by British playwright Jez Butterworth won the Tony for Best Play.
Bryan Cranston (of Breaking Bad fame), won his second Tony. This time it was for his performance in the revival of Network, about network news broadcasters.
He dedicated his award for best actor in a play to real-life journalists, saying the media, ‘is not the enemy of the people. Demagoguery is the enemy of the people.’ The remark was understood by the audience as a reference to President Donald Trump, who regularly blasts media coverage of his administration.
Elaine May won the award for best actress in a play for her role in The Waverly Gallery.
Best actor in a musical award went to Santino Fontana for his role in Tootsie – a stage version of the hit 1982 film in which a man pretends to be a women in order to land a role on a TV show. Tootsie also won Best Book.
Rainbow red carpet and Billy Porter
The 73rd Tony Awards, was hosted by James Corden. Before the show, celebrities walked a red carpet against a rainbow backdrop made up of thousands of roses. The rainbow was incorporated into the red carpet in honor of World Pride, which takes place in New York City this month.
‘Focusing the red carpet theme around World Pride marks a seminal moment for New York City, as it hosts both the Tonys and World Pride in the same month,’ event designer Raul Àvila told Vogue beforehand.
‘These two communities have been closely intertwined since the beginning of Pride.’
One of those to make the biggest impression was Pose star Billy Porter. The actor has become a fixture on red carpets with his eye-catching looks. This time he wore a costume by Celestino Couture, created from the velvet curtains from the show Kinky Boots, in which he starred.
Kinky Boots closed in 2018. The curtains were purchased by Scenery Bags, who create bags from retired show material. The brand asked Porter if he wanted to carry a bag made from the curtains, but instead, he worked with Scenery and Celestino to come up with a tuxedo top and tulle skirt combo!
Lesbian musical The Prom has landed seven nominations at the Tony Awards.
The nominations for the 73rd annual Tony Awards were announced on Tuesday (April 30), with The Prom among the most-nominated shows.
The musical tells the story of a girl who is denied permission to bring a female date to her high school prom, mirroring several real-life news stories.T
The show was nominated for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score.
The Prom stars Caitlin Kinnunen and Beth Leavel were both nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, while Brooks Ashmanskas was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
Casey Nicholaw was nominated for Best Direction of a Musical.
In November, The Prom sparked an outpouring of joy after its Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade performance featured the parade’s first ever same-sex kiss.
The passionate embrace, which took place during a performance of “Build a Prom,” was broadcast by NBC to an estimated audience of 50 million people who tuned in for the annual parade through the streets of New York City.
The show is to receive a film adaptation from Pose creator Ryan Murphy, set for release on Netflix in September 2020.
On April 10, Murphy wrote in an Instagram post: “The Prom is one of the most uplifting, heartfelt and special musicals I have ever seen on Broadway.
“It’s truly an original that celebrates the underdog and says in a loving spectacular way that LGBTQ rights are human rights. I feel a special connection to it because it’s set in Indiana, and that’s where I grew up, too. I’m thrilled to announce I’m turning it into a MOVIE EVENT for Netflix, and I’m bringing producers @billdamaschke and @dori.berinstein and the amazing creative team with me.”
He added: “It has a musical score that will leave you singing for days, a hilarious and moving book and some of the most showstopping direction, choreography and performances I’ve ever seen on Broadway.”
The Boys in the Band also nominated for two Tony Awards
The revival of gay play The Boys in the Band also landed two nominations.
The play was nominated for Best Revival of a Play, while Robin De Jesús was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play.
Ryan Murphy, known for juggling many projects at once, is also making a Netflix adaptation of The Boys in the Band as part of his production deal with the streaming platform.
Murphy announced on April 18 that the show’s Broadway stars Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells and Charlie Carver are all in line to return to their roles.
He teased: “Last summer, The Boys in the Band were on Broadway, breaking house records at The Booth. THIS summer, The Boys In the Band will be filming a Netflix movie event.
“The Broadway cast of BOYS was so important to me, and as equally groundbreaking as Mart Crowley’s seminal work.
“Everyone in the cast was out and proud…and feeling so blessed to mark the 50th anniversary of Mart’s landmark play. The entire Broadway cast will reprise their roles in the film.”
Productions about gay men in New York City, friendship after the Sept. 11 attacks and love in Mississippi dominated Britain’s prestigious Olivier Awards for best theatre on Sunday.
In a distinctly American-themed night, “The Inheritance”, a play about the generation after the peak of the AIDS crisis, was joint overall winner with four awards: best new play, best director (Stephen Daldry), best actor (Kyle Soller) and best lighting.
Written by Matthew Lopez, the two-part play transposes E.M. Forster’s classic 1910 novel “Howards End” to modern New York, where a group of young, ambitious men ponder their existence and the previous generation’s legacy.
“I don’t have the proper vocabulary … It feels like an out-of-body experience … a bit crazy,” Soller told Reuters after winning the award over other nominees like Ian McKellen and David Suchet.
“To be speaking for a community where there’s so much pain, so much healing to be done, it is just really incredible, very emotional,” he added.
In his acceptance speech, Soller paid tribute to the victims of AIDS and lamented that in some nations people can still be stoned to death for being gay.
“Come From Away”, a musical about the power of kindness among air passengers grounded in Canada after the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, also won four awards including best new musical.
“Company”, a reworking of U.S. composer Stephen Sondheim’s comedy with a woman instead of a man in the lead role, took three prizes including best musical revival.
“Summer And Smoke”, a rarely-staged Tennessee Williams’ drama about love, loneliness and self-destruction set in small-town Mississippi, took two honours for best actress (Patsy Ferran) and best revival.
“I wasn’t expecting it … Nobody knows who I am,” Ferran told Reuters afterwards, clutching a glass of champagne. “I might be slightly hung over tomorrow, don’t tell anyone!”
Prince Charles’ wife Camilla joined stars of British theatre for the glitzy ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London.