Theatre - Directing

    Sunnyvale Community Players
    Sunnyvale, California

    April 13 - May 6, 2001

    This was the second musical I directed in California. I am a tremendous fan of the comic writing of Ken Ludwig, who wrote book and other plays such as "Lend Me a Tenor." And, as they say in The Fisher King, I like a Gershwin tune, how 'bout you? Known mainly as a dance show, I worked long and hard to make sure the comedy stood strong with Geri Sauls' wonderful choreography.

    In addition to directing the show, I staged several of the musical numbers, including "Bidin' My Time," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "Tonight's the Night," "Embraceable You," "They Can't Take That Away From Me," and "But Not For Me." I also staged the long "Two Belas" sequence in early Act Two, wherein the hungover Bela and Bobby (dressed as Bela) comically, unwittingly mirror each other for several minutes onstage.

    This production overlapped with my first California production, Damn Yankees. Rehearsals overlapped by a month, and performances overlapped two weeks. It was a great, unique feeling to have two productions running at the same time.

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