We reported yesterday on Berkeley Lab’s broad economic impact. But pound for pound, Berkeley’s export powerhouse seems to be Berkeley Rep. Tiny Kushner, the series of short plays directed by Rep Artistic Director Tony Taccone, is transferring to London’s Tricycle Theatre in September, with original cast and design team intact. The Tricycle has long been […]
Will “American Idiot”, the musical, become a movie?
Just days before American Idiot, the musical based on the Green Day album of the same name, makes its Broadway debut, rumors are swirling that Tom Hanks wants to turn it into a film. Hanks already has plenty of experience turning musicals into mega-hits. Playtone, his production company, turned ABBA’s Mamma Mia into a movie […]
Enjoy the rain this weekend at “Singin’ in the Rain”
On our family’s to-do list for the weekend is the show, Singin’ in the Rain, produced by Berkeley Playhouse. It promises to be a delight, with excellent singing, great dancing, and a wonderful sense of fun. How do I know, when I haven’t seen the production? Because I have loved every other performance this Berkeley […]
Steve Jobs, Chekhov and Afghanistan
Artistic Director Tony Taccone today announced the 2010-11 season for the Berkeley Rep, which includes plays about Steve Jobs and Afghanistan, Anton Chekhov’s The Three Sisters, world premieres from Daniel Handler (better known as Lemony Snicket) and Rinne Groff, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ruined by Lynn Nottage, and a new play by Taccone written for Berkeley […]
How Berkeley can you be on TV?
Parenting prevented me from attending the Parenthood premiere bash held in — oops — Oakland not Berkeley. So instead of viewing the pilot with local luminaries at the beautifully restored Fox Theater in downtown Oaktown, I watched the start of the series from the comfort of my couch in a modest west Berkeley cottage. Berkeleyside […]
Top honor for Rita Moreno
Berkeley’s own Rita Moreno yesterday received the nation’s top cultural honor, the National Medal of Arts. President Obama presented the award to the star of stage and screen after spending the day in healthcare lock-down mode. Moreno is the only Latina actress to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony for her dance and acting […]
Shotgun throwing costume sale
The Shotgun Players are giving up their costume shop space in Berkeley “after years of luxurious accumulation”, as they put it, and they are throwing a sale when many of the costumes you will have seen on stage in their recent productions will be up for grabs. The “everything must go” sale will include women’s […]