Perfect timing for San Diego Musical Theatre’s production of The Producers. Recently, Mel Brooks received the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama.
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Director/choreographer, Ray Limon, recently staged several musicals at the Welk Resort Theatre that have connections to Bob Fosse. After well-received productions of Chicago and Cabaret (Fosse directed the motion picture version), Limon’s latest Fosse influenced interpretation is the 1966 comedy-drama, Sweet Charity.
Musicians are often taken for granted when performing at concerts headlined by famous singers. One of the most impressive aspects of the August 26 Bernadette Peters’ concert at the Embarcadero Marina Park South was seeing the San Diego Symphony given their due throughout the evening.
In the last few years, Vista’s Broadway Theater co-owner Randall Hickman, directed several light comedies and musicals including Spamalot and The Odd Couple. However, his Premiere Productions interpretation of Arsenic and Old Lace features darker laughs than those recent shows.
For summer 2016, the San Diego theatre company, Different Stages, selected two comedies that incorporate humor and pathos. Earlier this season at Lamplighter’s Community Theatre, Jerry Pilato directed a friendship dramedy, The Dixie Swim Club.