Sorry it has been so long since the last post, but the calender has been so full that one suspects it of gluttony.
Several interesting things though. Since the last time there has been a post, Boomtown has undergone several interesting developments both in scheduling and position.
First is the Opening of the Atrium Stage for Friday Night Performances.
John installed the notorious Andrew Arnold scented River City Playhouse theatre curtain in the Atrium a few weeks back, and I must say that it is truly nice to be able to see the damn thing finally unfurled in all of its 30 foot burgundy brocaded glory.
The first performance to be hosted with such a breathtaking swoosh of a backdrop? The delightful Sherry Chung.
We finally got back the video from Josh Skierski of the Real American Cabaret, Episode Three: Five Points. I have an advance clip of the DVD up on YouTube.com. Look up 'stephendare' on youtube, and when you get my postings, click on "Why Don't They?" (scroll down to the bottom of this post!)
The coincidentally named Blake Osner's run as the lead of the Not Necessarily Pink Cabaret came to a fairly ignonimous end and we have cast an all new performance group to man the sentimental tribute to the oh-so-gay cabaret performances of the 50s and 60s. The Not Necessarily Pink Cabaret is performed on the final Friday Nights of the month, following the ever evolving Mad Cowford Comedy Improv Troupe.
NNPC is a tribute to the cabaret tradition in the style of the brilliant Blake Edwards productions best encapsulated in Victor/Victoria (although with wonderful references in The Pink Panther series as well) and recreates some of the legendary stock characters from three centuries of small stage performances and conventions. The 'Blake' character is the show's host and Emcee, who works the crowds with improv comedy, song, and monologue as seques between 5 full production musical theatre acts. The new 'Blake' will be played alternately by both Bill and John Allen Harrett.
The first show lineup has already been tentatively set, featuring performances of:
Eartha Kitt's "I Wanna be Evil".
A great costume dance number to Bob and Tom's hilariously blue "Pussy Cat Song".
A gay lounge version of "I Like em Big and Stupid"
"When you're Good To Mama" from Chicago
and a fully rendered Jazz Performance of Malcolm McLaren and Catherine Denueve's "Jazz is Paris"
A sentimental homage to Gilda Radner's wonderful wit with "Let's Talk Dirty to the Animals."
And Finally, the link to the above discussed clip. Melissa Cox, looking every inch a star in her performance as Christy Clark, the unambiguously interesting lead of Five Points.