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“Avenue Q”—Well Worth the Jaunt, at NCTC, S.F.

“Avenue Q”—Well Worth the Jaunt, at NCTC, S.F.

Witty Musical Comedy Pornifies Sesame Street by Kim Waldron Songs ranging from “You Can Be as Loud as the Hell You Want (When You’re Makin’ Love)”  to “Schadenfreude” to “It Sucks to Be Me”  guarantee laughter and a light heart in the now-classic “Avenue Q,” a racy version of Sesame Street. “Avenue Q” has grown into a bona fide holiday tradition— extended two weeks even before it opened. “Avenue Q” has what every tradition needs: energy and joy, plus the…

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“Bright Star” Shoots for the Moon, at Curran, S.F.

“Bright Star” Shoots for the Moon, at Curran, S.F.

Millennial Notes Martin and Brickell Blend Banjos and Blessings by Tyler Jeffreys “Bright Star” celebrates U.S. pride in Deep South music and culture. The Tony-nominated musical, now at The Curran Theater, showcases Steve Martin’s playful comedic style with dynamic dialogue and love for the banjo. In this musical, the book outshines the music. The show begins with the whole company singing “If You Knew My Story.” Each character, intent on following her or his own bright star, seeks light in…

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“Girls of the Golden West” Comes Home Empty-Handed, at S.F. Opera

“Girls of the Golden West” Comes Home Empty-Handed, at S.F. Opera

John Adams’ Premiere More Ken Burns than Ken Branagh by Jeff Dunn Why do I go to opera? For the same reason that tenor Andrea Bocelli does: “… because opera offers such deep sensations that they will remain in a heart for a lifetime.” Excellent singing, staging, and pit work distinguish San Francisco Opera’s new production, John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West, about the California Gold Rush. Unfortunately, composer Adams and librettist Peter Sellars each finds his own way…

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“Ain’t Misbehavin’”: A Crowd Pleaser, at 42nd Street Moon, S.F.

“Ain’t Misbehavin’”: A Crowd Pleaser, at 42nd Street Moon, S.F.

Fats Waller and Friends Still Swingin’ and Jivin’  by Kim Waldron Picture two men dressed to the nines, bowler hats to spats, with three women, draped in purple, shimmery green and scarlet dresses. They dance and sing to “Handful of Keys,” Fats Waller’s 1933 love song to the piano. Suddenly, the dapper five line up across the stage without missing a step. They extend right and left hands and demonstrate how to play stride piano. It’s a stunner, the simultaneous…

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