Monday, May 21, 2012


Cabrillo Stage is getting into a New York state of mind for its upcoming 2012 musical theater season. On deck for summer are two musical classics and one exciting world premiere, each with a connection to the Big Apple.

If you've been eating up Smash on TV, you'll love A Chorus Line, the much-lauded Marvin Hamlisch musical about a bunch of Broadway ''gypsies" (singers and dancers looking for their big break) auditioning for the chorus of a new Broadway show. Cabrillo veteran Janie Scott directs the show, opening July 13.

Anything Goes is an updated revival of a classic Cole Porter musical from the '30s. The frothy plot about a mismatched group of New Yorkers setting sail for madcap comedy and romance on board a luxury ocean liner bound for England is the merest sketch on which to hang such vivid Porter tunes as "It's De-Lovely," "You're the Top," and "Let's Misbehave," as well as the title song. This production will feature the book from the Tony-winning 1987 revival. Directed and choreographed by Kikau Alvaro, it opens July 27.

The world premiere comes from none other than Santa Cruz's own restaurateur, caterer, and foodie gadabout, Joe Ortiz. Testing his chops as composer, author, and co-librettist, Ortiz presents Escaping Queens, an autobiographical musical memoir about a boy growing up in an immigrant Puerto Rican-Italian family in the shadow of the Queensboro Bridge. Greg Fritsch is director-choreographer on this one, which launches August 10 with a gala kickoff party; of course, there's food involved, provided by Gayle's Bakery and Rosticceria. Watch this space for further details.

Further down the road, Cabrillo's holiday show will be A Night at The Nutcracker, a modern musical based on classic Marx Brothers comedies in which zany characters inspired by Grouch, Harpo, and Chico invade a ballet company at Christmastime. Cabrillo's secret weapon, the irrepressible Andrew Ceglio, has the helm for this one, and I can't wait!

So it should be quite the season. Click here for more info.

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