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“A Walk on the Moon” Rocks the Crowd, at ACT, S.F.

“A Walk on the Moon” Rocks the Crowd, at ACT, S.F.

Pamela Gray Pens Summer of ’69 Musical by Robert M. Gardner  Sex, drugs, and rock and roll rule Pamela Gray’s bold new musical “A Walk on the Moon.” Premiering at ACT, based on her 1999 movie and book, Gray has turned her 1969 retrospective into a high energy musical, featuring fabulous singers and actors. Infidelity, teen age angst, and suburban tedium erupt into a cataclysm of emotions in the idyllic Catskill Mountains. ACT audiences are blessed to be the first…

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“Man of La Mancha” Shines Amidst Challenges, at Custom Made, S.F.

“Man of La Mancha” Shines Amidst Challenges, at Custom Made, S.F.

Millennial Notes Katz and Dietrich Deliver Hope in Quixotic Musical by Michael Jeong A greying man with a silvery vest, like armor worn by knights of old, gazes into the distance. He sings wistfully about his “Impossible Dream” to “fight the unbeatable foe” and “reach the unreachable star” in an unforgiving world, surprisingly tender for an old guy wearing a basket for a helmet. Vain hope dominates “Man of La Mancha” at Custom Made Theatre, in at their cosy, intimate…

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“Man of La Mancha” Gives Dreamers Hope, at Custom Made, S.F.

“Man of La Mancha” Gives Dreamers Hope, at Custom Made, S.F.

Katz and Dietrich Deliver a Timely & Rousing Musical by Robert M. Gardner In the opening scene of “Man of La Mancha,” Miguel de Cervantes (striking Edward Hightower) transforms himself onstage from the aristocratic writer to the woeful Don Quixote in dress and manner. He quickly musses up his hair, and adds age lines, bushy eyebrows, and beard.  While his creation, Don Quixote, wears medieval faux armor and fake sword, the rest of the cast appear in modern dress, bridging…

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