The MUSE

Setting sail from San Francisco, ‘Anything Goes’ a rollicking journey

POSTED BY  ⋅ JANUARY 17, 2013 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

By J.M. Brown Only three weeks remain before the raucous Broadway revival of Cole Porter’s nearly 80-year-old musical “Anything Goes” sets sail from San Francisco, taking with it the masterful lyricist’s magical melodies and a revamped, Tony Award-winning choreography. Anchored in the commanding talent of Broadway vet Rachel York, “Anything Goes” takes audiences on a …Continue reading »

coolpicks: GAIL RICH AWARDS

POSTED BY  ⋅ JANUARY 15, 2013 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

NEXT WEEK GAIL RICH AWARDS Call it Santa Cruz’s version of the Lincoln Center Awards. From the among the vast numbers of artists, performers and writers making their home in Santa Cruz, six individuals are chosen for their contributions to the local cultural scene, and the whole community comes out to appreciate their artistic … Continue reading »

Some jewels to be found in ‘8 Tens’

POSTED BY  ⋅ JANUARY 8, 2013 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

By Joanne Engelhardt It’s always smart to offer up a smorgasbord of 10-minute plays because if one or two of them aren’t interesting, well, they’ll be over in 10 minutes. Of course that also means if there are some really good ones, they, too, will be gone in the twinkling of an eye. That’s the …Continue reading »

2013 Gail Rich Award Winners

POSTED BY  ⋅ JANUARY 5, 2013 ⋅ 2 COMMENTS

Santa Cruz County is that place where the guy behind the café counter is a singer/songwriter, the woman showing you a house for sale is a landscape painter and your next-door neighbor is writing her third novel. Creativity isn’t some indulgence for the idle elite; it’s a common language among neighbors. It’s why many of … Continue reading »

After 18 years, Santa Cruz’s 10-minute play festival ’8 Tens @ Eight’ still has lots to draw from

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Of all the events that festoon the Santa Cruz County cultural calendar, the annual “8 Tens @ Eight” Festival is inarguably the first and probably the most varied and diverse. For 18 years, the Festival has welcomed 10-minute play submissions from all over the country and produced them in a month-long smorgasbord of comedy, drama … Continue reading »

Past Gail Rich Award Winner

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1997 Rick Walker, musician Peter, Diana, Marina and Lyle Troxell, family of artists Holt Murray, sculptor Bob Lowery, blues musician Laura Ellen Hopper, radio pioneer Sara Wilbourne, dancer Eric Schoeck, talk-show host Joe Ferrara, comic-book merchant Philip Collins, composer Guillermo Aranda, muralist Tracye Lea Lawson, music programmer Bud Kretschmer, benefactor 1998 Bruce Lee, performance artist … Continue reading »

Skip Epperson

POSTED BY  ⋅ JANUARY 1, 2013 ⋅ 5 COMMENTS

As a visual artists go, Skip Epperson must be the envy of many. After all, people typically encounter his work by sitting in a comfortable seat and gazing at it for an hour or two. Skip’s art is theater set design and few would argue with calling him Santa Cruz County’s finest in that field. … Continue reading »

The Marx Brothers meet Christmas ballet in Cabrillo Stage’s zany holiday comedy ‘A Night at the Nutcracker’

POSTED BY  ⋅ DECEMBER 12, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

Christmas concerts are everywhere. Holiday TV specials all over the place. But plays that riff on the season? Not so much. There’s “A Christmas Carol” (and it’s musical version “Scrooge”). There’s “Miracle on 34th Street.” And then there’s … Meet the newest entry into the Christmas theatrical canon. “A Night at the Nutcracker,” written by … Continue reading »

Is Frankie Moreno the next great Vegas icon?

POSTED BY  ⋅ DECEMBER 4, 2012 ⋅ 2 COMMENTS

By Wallace Baine This is not how it is supposed to be done. You’re supposed to get rich and famous before coming to Las Vegas. That’s what Elvis did – and Frank Sinatra, and Elton John, and Celine Dion, and a 1,001 other superstars who reached the career pinnacle where they could stop the relentless … Continue reading »

Kirby Scudder: Under the big lights with Emerson Sanderson

POSTED BY  ⋅ NOVEMBER 8, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

It’s a breezy Sunday in downtown Santa Cruz and people seem to be enjoying a lazy afternoon. A few blocks over, at Center Stage Theater, the energy is high. I cross Center Street and enter the theater, wind my way through the corridors and up a short flight of stairs to the control booth where … Continue reading »

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