July’s Theatre Remains Hot and Gay All Around the Bay

by Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev

BOOK OF MORMON

Bay Area musicals are keeping the theatre scene hot, making for a nice refugee from the heat and an ideal staycation.

San Jose brings back the laugh-your-ass off musical as it sports the return of “The Book of Mormon,” to Broadway San Jose through July 23, 2017. It was such a huge success last season with so many sold out nights that they decided to bring it back so even more Bay Area folks can check out this 9-time Tony winning Best Musical off of their bucket list.

THE TOXIC AVENGER: THE MUSICAL

The hilarity of it’s songs from “South Park” geniuses Trey Parker and Matt Stone (and their EGOT partner Robert Lopez) are reason enough to go but this national tour cast features a San Jose native – Myha’la Herrold. She is playing Nabalungi and grew up in San Jose (she attended Archbishop Mitty High School).

Come enjoy Herrold’s homecoming by going to  www.broadwaysanjose.com for tickets and information.

San Jose is also just finished “The Toxic Avenger: The Musical.” This spoof of a 1984 B-movie is of a 98 pound weakling who literally rises from the ashes as a vat of toxic waste transforms him into a gory, disgusting avenger of hate crimes. Add fun songs and brilliant spoof writing from the Tony winning team of David Bryan and Joe DiPetro (“Memphis”) and you have a laugh riot night at the theatre.

This production made its Regional Premiere at The Stage in San Jose. They’ve done a lot of quality work in previous seasons with “The Wild Party” and “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” and “Toxic” also delivered. Can’t wait for their next show “Hand to God.” Keep up with the troupe at www.thestage.org.

San Francisco Playhouse is doing a production of

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES

 One might think this show’s been done to death. And, they’d be right. “La Cage” may be one of the two most produced shows in the Bay Area – along with “Noises Off.”

I would typically skip this show for that reason. But I’ve developed a trust level with SF Playhouse and they have yet to disappoint with their productions or their selection of shows.

I have felt transformed to Broadway on so many of their recent shows – “She Loves Me,” “City of Angels,” “Company” and “Dogfight” to name a few. So who am I to challenge their choice of material. I am eager to see their “La Cage” and continue to celebrate Gay Pride through the fall with the show’s wonderful Jerry Herman score including the very gay anthem “I Am What I Am.”  It plays July 12-Sept. 16 and tickets are available at www.sfplayhouse.org.

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