Dear Readers ... in this issue, we tip our hat to several showbiz announcements to share with you. Firstly, the long-hoped-for search for a new Associate Artistic Director Jared Nelson, to support California Ballet Founder Maxine Mahon, and to further enable the California Ballet to grow historically.
Mr. Nelson will focus on expanding CBC’s repertoire to include works of current choreographers, assist in planning and acquiring productions, and represent the company in the community. Mr. Nelson often chooses innovative works that include live music, multiple dance genres and something out of the ordinary to draw in a more diverse audience. Last season with California Ballet he premiered new works: Ruled by Secrecy, and for California Ballet’s inaugural presentation of Beer and Ballet, Work Song and Samson et Dalila. Mr. Nelson also staged Septime Webre’s The Great Gatsby.
CBC’s Founding Director, Maxine Mahon, commented on Jared’s appointment:
“He has already brought in new repertoire and is helping us connect with a larger demographic in the community. I foresee that our collaboration will bring the company to an exciting new standard. Jared’s fresh energy and innovative ideas, along with his commitment to keeping the classics alive, will help move California Ballet to its 50th Season and beyond!
Regarding his new position, Mr. Nelson says that he wants to, “. . . stay true to California Ballet’s pure classical technique, while bringing in exciting, outside-the-box programming to electrify new audiences and new colleagues.” His vision is to, “. . . help make California Ballet a world class ballet company.”
From the classic ballet announcment, we go to the modern dance world, with Michael Mizerany's "Manhandled".
Renowned choreographer Michael Mizerany, returns to the Diversionay stage with "Manhandled" - a provacative dance program, from his company COMPULSION Dance Theatre.
"Manhandled" is a visually stunning and viscerally potent evening, featuring the premiere of a new duet - two critically acclaimed works (one with a gender twist), and a piece by guest artist Bradley R. Lundberg. Apparently, this is a not-be-missed special evening, for one weekend only, and is expected to sell-out!
From 'modern dance', we go to musical comedy dance, with Welk Theatre producer Josh Carr - meet SWEET CHARITY, the girl who wants to be loved so much that she has lost sight of who she is. Charity sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through romances with the "animal magnetism" hero, the "ultrachic continental" hero and the "impossible-to believe-but-he's-better-than-nothing" ... hero!
SWEET CHARITY, is a Bob Fosse dance musical based on Federico Fellini's screenplay for "Nights of Cabiria". This is a bright and sophisticated show in every sense. Cy Coleman has captured the rhythms and sounds, and Dorothy Fields the vernacular and fun of New York, in this touching comedy. Neil Simon has a particular talent for looking at the truly amusing side of life. It's a dancing show too, with great opportunity for use of dramatic movement. Wonderful musical numbers include "Big Spender", "If My Friends Could See Me Now", "Too Many Tomorrows", "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This", "I'm A Brass Band" ... and "Baby, Dream Your Dream". Please call the Welk Box Office (888) 390-7372 for SWEET CHARITY, playing Sept 2nd thru Nov. 20th.
From one popular musical, to another ...
VISIONARY Community Theatre and the City Ballet Orchestra, comes together to present "All That Jazz", in a concert tribute to the legendary team of KANDER and EBB, at the SD Performing Arts Center (at 4579 Mission Gorge Place, in San Diego 92120) , on August 19th thru 20th (at 7pm)
Composer John Kander, teamed up with lyricist Fred Ebb, to forge one of the longest-running and most successful creative partnerships in Broadway history. Their bold, brassy style, giving rise a series of enormously popular and provocative musicals - including CABARET, CHICAGO, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN ... and many more. In 1991, they were inducted into the New York Theatre Hall of Fame - and in 1997, they were announced as recipients of the 21st Annual Kennedy Center Honors. For additional information on this Visionary Theatre adventure, contact Mickey Mournarath at (619) 723-9460.
And finally, we acknowledge what should be an inspired marriage of two excellent theatre production companies - the SD Musical Theatre and the Intrepid Theatre ... at the SD downtown Horton Grand Theatre.
This Off-Broadway series will complement and enhance their current season at the Spreckels Theatre and make SDMT a year-round presence downtown. SDMT is partnering with Intrepid Theatre Company to begin sharing the Horton Grand Theatre this fall.
New home of the SDMT and Intrepid Theatre.
Editor - Rob Appel