Round One Cabaret
Round One Cabaret is the second in a series of unique showcases devoted to new songs by San Francisco Bay Area writers and composers of musical theater.
The cabaret is produced by Not Quite Opera Productions at the charming new Alcove Theater near Union Square. Direction is by Anne Nygren Doherty with music direction by Scott DeTurk.
Not Quite Opera Productions is a theater company dedicated to the development of musical theater. NQO Artistic Director Anne Nygren Doherty created the cabaret as a means of discovering local musical theater writing talent, with the intent of forming collaborations between the theater and artists. Submissions to the cabaret must originate from new musicals, whether completed or still in progress.
The theme of the April showcase is "Coping with the Ever Changing World." It features an eclectic mix of songs in styles ranging from driving rock 'n roll, pleasant pop, blast-from-the-past pastiche and the soaring melodies of classic and contemporary Broadway.
Among the 10 new musicals represented are: The Texas Chainsaw Musical - a comedy about a serial killer, .Love in which a middle-aged couple reunites through online dating, Meet the Zeroes - a satire on the American family, Another Man's Treasure - an intimate piece set in a second-hand store, and The Anti-musical - in which an average office worker finds himself swept into a real-life musical against his will.
The composers and lyricists (whose works were selected from dozens of submissions) are a veritable Who's-Who of Bay Area rising talent: Cory Bytoff, Owen Dockham, Richard Jennings, Randy Kasten, Sandy Kasten, Ron Lytle, Pat Morris, Tracy Held Potter, Liz White Salk and Patrick Wills.
Each cabaret is built around a kind of abstract story - inspired by the theme - that utilizes the songs with roughly the same dramatic purpose as their parent musicals. So, although the songs are presented outside their original contexts, the evening captures the drive and feel of a plotted show. The result is an enthralling evening that is part concert, part musical theater.
The Alcove Theater (View)
414 Mason Street, Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
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