Dear Readers, alas ... it is said that "sad loss" happens in "threes" - recently, we felt the pain of losing Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall ... and now Joan Rivers. Then, to add to our sadness, for Joan Rivers was a "comedy legend" - Broadway executives say, they won't dim-the-lights on Broadway marquees, to honor this performer who passed away this past week.
Joan Rivers earned a TONY Award Nomination in 1994, and appeared three times on Broadway! It's ridiculous, that Broadway execs think, she does not merit the same 'tribute' that Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall, and other stars have received! I just signed a Care2 Petition (below), asking Broadway to reconsider, and dim the lights for Joan Rivers. Will you sign too? Please cut-and-paste the LINK below, to reach the petition:
Thank you .....Editor
Brandon Joel Maier & Randall Dodge
Friends, you will rarely hear this Editor say ... absolutely, DON'T MISS this or that show production. However, the current Lamb's Players production of LES MISERABLES - extended now, through the end of October - is just one such RAVE! Having seen LES MIZ originally on Broadway several times, on its subsequent national tour, and not to ignore, repeated local and West Coast productions - Lambs, dropping the expected majesty and grandness so frequently displayed in LES MIZ productions - Lamb's Players have fine-tuned their version to be the ecstasy of music excellence - featuring all San Diego superb voices, along with a solid 6-member chorus (not the 50-plus singing chorus, one might anticipate), the finesse of Larry Meads direction, the musicality of their 8-piece show orchestra, and the smooth transitions from scene to scene, is a professional treat - seldom experienced!
Opening night, Deborah Smith,
you were simply a "joy" to behold -
the apex of performance artistry!
BODHI TREE CONCERTS - Performing random acts of kindness .... presents A SING-A-LONG H.M.S. PINAFORE, on September 21st (4pm) - a Gilbert & Sullivan gem - presented by San Diego's finest singers, to benefit Veterans Valor Fund of San Diego. All Souls' Church (at 1475 Catalina Boulevard), will be the venue for the H.M.S. Pinafore - featuring Lisa Archibeque, Chad Frisque, Craig Johnson, Sam Bravo, Martha Howe, Walter DuMelle and Janie Prim.
H.M.S. Pinefore, is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan, and a libretto by W.S. Gilbert. It opened at the Opera Comique in London, England, on May 25th, 1878 - and ran for 571 performances - which was the second-longest run of any musical theatre piece up to that time. For further information, call (646) 457-8707, or go online at ... www.bodhitreeconcerts.org.
LOVE FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE ...
The California Ballet Company, introduces GISELLE in its San Diego Civic Theatre 'debut' on November 1st & 2nd. Often referred to as the "Hamlet" of dance, GISELLE, is the qintessential romantic ballet - good and evil, reality against the supernatural ... and love versus deceit. For further information or reservations, call (858) 560-6741.
MARTINIS Above Fourth
Supper Club - Hillcrest
THREE DIVAS In ...
" A Diva ... A Darling ... and A Delinquent! "
On the local CABARET scene, at MARTINIS Above Fourth, on Monday, Sept 15th ... Featuring Leigh Scarritt, Eileen Bowman and David McBean. For reservations, Contact ... (619) 400-4500, and go to 3940 Fourth Avenue (2nd Floor) - Hillcrest, San Diego.
Also, reliable rumor-has-it, that the popular musical director of past BRAVO SD Galas, Todd Schroeder will be returning to Martinis Above Fourth, with hit singer Sam Harris, on October 30th ..... check-them out ... a great show! Call ... (619) 450-4500.
CIRCLE CIRCLE DOT DOT, will offer the RED PLANET RESPITE (on Sept 12-28th) ... SAN DIEGO, I LOVE YOU 3.O (in February, 2015), and WILD CALIFORNIA (in May / June, 2015) - featured during their Residency at the La Jolla Playhouse.
Family of ... Circle Circle Dot Dot 2
"Good Night ... and Goodbye"
Also if you have not yet looked-over our new Future Show Announcements lay-out, check-out our SHOWBIZ Calendar ... click-on the
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Editor - Rob Appel