Seems San Jose is the place to be this fall for exciting theatre.
First, one of my favorite “too much fun to be had in a theatre” musicals returns to the Bay Area – “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.”
Like the bus of drag queens the show is named after, this show has really has become its own road show as it has toured the U.S. and seems it just left San Francisco. Well, it’s back and with the same amazing cast headed by Wade McCollum, Scott Willis and Bryan West. If you think the 10 days it played in San Francisco was too short, then you better snap your tickets up now as it’s in San Jose until Nov. 3 only.
Then the show will pack up its award winning costumes that look like everything from cakes in the rain to various birds and its foot-stopping disco music and take its party of a show to another city. It really should be subtitled the happy show as it can turn any bad mood into jubilation in 60 seconds. And if our talented trio and those high energy songs won’t win you over, then come for the eye candy, especially the delicious Taurean Everett who gets me going every time he’s on stage.
Get tickets and more information at www.broadwaysanjose.com.
San Jose Rep has another Broadway production playing through Nov. 11 – “Next Fall,” making its Bay Area Premiere.
Like “Priscilla” from New York, it did get its share of attention, including a Tony Award nomination for Best Play.
Geoffrey Nauffts’ original play mixes humor and drama in the story of Luke and Adam, a contemporary “Odd Couple.” Adam is a responsible but neurotic atheist, while Luke is an impulsive, underemployed actor and a devout Christian. Their faith, love and “family” are challenged when fate steps in.
“This is a beautiful story infused with humor that will challenge our audiences, celebrate our diversity and have us all thinking about our own journeys of tolerance and unconditional love,” says Rick Lombardo, San Jose Rep’s Artistic Director. “I’ve been looking forward to presenting this thought-provoking show since we announced it last year. It’s both hilarious and heartbreaking and reveals the underlying truth that we love people both because of – and in spite of – who they are.”
And if anyone in “Fall” wants to fight off the “Priscilla” hunks for eye candy, star Adam Shonkwiler is up for the challenge. Sure he’s got a nice body and bedroom eyes, but its enhanced by his talent. Whether leading man or musical star, Shonkwiler has been building up quite a resume and soon he’ll be a house hold name.
See him before his careers explodes. Tickets for “Next Fall” are $29 for most adults but if you’re 30 or under or a full time student, you can get them 50% off.
Get tickets and show times at www.sjrep.com.