The cast of Big River brings a classic back to life

By | 2019-01-02T06:46:18+00:00 January 2nd, 2019|2018-19 Season, Behind The Scenes, Meet The Cast, Photos|

Big River is a 1985 musical based on Mark Twain’s beloved 1884 novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This is the first time SBMT has staged the show, and the cast and staff have turned it into a passion project that is shaping up to be another in a long list of outstanding productions. The show took Broadway by storm in 1985, winning Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score. In a period dominated by British imports, this was a uniquely American story, and it ran for more than 1,000 performances, featuring catchy bluegrass and country music by [...]

SBMT up for seven TBA awards!

By | 2018-09-25T18:25:00+00:00 September 25th, 2018|Announcements, Behind The Scenes, Photos|

Congratulations to South Bay Musical Theatre’s seven finalists competing in the fifth annual Theatre Bay Area (TBA) Awards, which take place November 5, 2018. Theatre Bay Area is the third-largest regional theatre service organization in North America, and the TBA Awards, now in its fourth year, honors the excellence of professionally-oriented theatre in the Bay Area by offering a peer-based adjudication process and awards celebration. This year, more than 400 adjudicators cast approximately 10,000 ballots to evaluate over 300 productions staged by 122 participating Bay Area arts companies. With that much competition, this is indeed a great honor, and SBMT is [...]

Semi-annual Members Meeting generates lively discussion

By | 2018-08-28T01:12:05+00:00 August 28th, 2018|Announcements, Blog-erviews!, Board meetings, Photos|

On Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, the South Bay Musical Theater Board of Directors hosted its semi-annual Members Meeting at the Saratoga Civic Theater. Nine of the 12 board members attended, and a full agenda kept the meeting rolling for 90 minutes—and beyond. The lively discussion then adjourned to the lobby, where complimentary mimosas and light snacks were served. The lobby TV displayed a slideshow demonstrating the new SBMT website. What follows is a brief summary of what took place: Newly elected board chair Jay Steele greeted attendees and introduced new and returning board members. Kevin Brownstein gave a preview of “My [...]

Toasting the terrific cast of Mame

By | 2018-08-22T22:27:08+00:00 August 22nd, 2018|2018-19 Season, Meet The Cast, Photos|

The musical Mame traces its origins back to 1955 when Patrick Dennis published the novel Auntie Mame. The book became a Broadway play the next year, a movie two years after that, and by 1966 it was given a wonderful score by Broadway legend Jerry Herman (Hello Dolly, Mack and Mabel, and later, La Cage Aux Folles) and was back on Broadway again. The musical won Tony Awards for Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur—setting them both on the path to long, illustrious careers—and then went on to run for more than 1,500 performances over four years on the Great White Way. Over [...]

Kudos to the many, many hands behind the ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ magic

By | 2018-07-27T07:39:36+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Behind The Scenes, Photos, Video Link|

Musical theatre offers a tremendous range of entertainment options. Some shows are simple—with a unit set, a small cast, and perhaps a single keyboard accompanist. Others—like SBMT's current production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame—pull out all the stops to create an unforgettable spectacle. When you're working with a team of volunteers, that's a remarkable accomplishment, and now that the show has opened, we wanted to give a well-deserved shout-out to the huge team behind the scenes so you can more fully appreciate what goes into a production this rich. Such a massive production requires many hands to execute, and I [...]

"Peter's" Opening Weekend

By | 2018-01-29T22:27:10+00:00 January 29th, 2018|Behind The Scenes, Photos|

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER opened this weekend to cheers and laughter from our audiences. Here are some photos of Friday's "Preview Night" awards, and of our Opening Night gala on Saturday, January 28. Have YOU purchased tickets yet? Get them now: https://www.southbaymt.com/shows/peterstarcatcher.html   Chris Beer, Co-Props Designer and Co-Sound Designer: Harriette Hill Technical Award     Brad Wetmore, percussion: Barbara Weaver Special Merit Award Michael Champlin, "Black Stache:" Bobo Reardon Newcomer Award Mae Haegerty-Matos, costumes: Joan Huff Producers Award (for helping costume designer Michael Johnson) Chuck Manthe, "Mrs. Bumbrake:" the Gypsy Robe [...]

Congratulations to our BRIDGES winners – Now get your tickets!

By | 2017-09-27T22:55:57+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Photos|

Opening weekend of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY was a success! Audiences raved, with comments like "MORE shows like this!" and "buy your tickets right away before the inevitable word of mouth renders it impossible!" Opening weekend is also when SBMT honors members of the cast, crew, and staff for their efforts to bring the show to the stage. Receiving honors during our Friday, September 22 preview performance, were: Kelly Weber-Barrera, Stage Manager: Bobo Reardon Newcomer Award Ruth E. Stein, Properties Manager: Harriette Hill Technical Achievement Award Beverly Hansberry, Ensemble: Gypsy Robe Award Our sincerest thanks and appreciation to Kelly, Ruth, [...]

The Bridges of Madison County opens next week!

By | 2017-09-16T14:12:19+00:00 September 16th, 2017|Board meetings, Photos|

THE EXCITEMENT OF A NEW SHOW: How SBMT's musicals are selected   At the most recent SBMT membership meeting on August 27, Board member Walter Mayes explained to attendees the philosophy our play selection committee follows when choosing a slate of musicals each year to present to our subscribers. It’s a tricky balancing act, because if you ask people what musicals they want to see, they are likely to suggest the old chestnuts that have been around for half a century (e.g. My Fair Lady)—or at the other end of the spectrum, they may list shows that are still on Broadway [...]

MY FAIR LADY Opens to Applause / CHESS Opens Sunday

By | 2017-05-27T08:55:22+00:00 May 27th, 2017|Photos|

Audience members and local media agree: MY FAIR LADY is terrific! An absolutely enjoyable, exceptionally well-done show ... This production captivates the audience from the moment the curtain rises to the closing scene. -- Camille Bounds, Morgan Hill and Gilroy Life Opening night audiences cheered the entire production, and then enjoyed a sparkling champagne reception by Laura Hager. There are still three more weekends to catch this production, now (May 27) through Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 8:00pm - but hurry, tickets are going fast! Click below to order your tickets now: https://www.southbaymt.com/shows/myfairlady.html Erin Reis (Eliza Doolittle) and Dina Jacobson [...]

Coming up Soon: CITY, PATSY, and SBMT Board Meeting

By | 2016-09-15T22:17:48+00:00 September 15th, 2016|Announcements, Board meetings, Photos|

Lots of activity for SBMT in the next few weeks! Saturday, September 17: CITY OF ANGELS CITY OF ANGELS opens at 8pm on Saturday, Sep. 17 at the Saratoga Civic Theatre. Join us for a gala opening, complete with bubbly champagne and delicious treats! And of course, the terrific cast, orchestra, and crew will dazzle you with this movie-within-the-show. Move from the black-and-white film noir world to the color of Hollywood in the 1940s ... and see what happens when those worlds collide! It's a a hilariously creative combination of film noire detective story and an all-too-real writer’s battle for his [...]

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