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ROUND ONE CABARET
An evening of new songs by local composers of musical theater
Thursdays, October 13th and 20th, 2011
Union Square theater launches new talent!
San Francisco, CA – Not Quite Opera Productions launches Round One Cabaret, an evening of new songs by Bay Area musical theater composers, at the Alcove Theater, two consecutive Thursdays, October 13th and 20th, 2011 at 8pm. This 105 minute musical revue, directed by Not Quite Opera artistic director Anne Nygren Doherty, features works by Peter Alexander, Dennis Campagna, Peter Tucker, and Scott de Turk. The performers are Peter Alexander, Katherine Goldman, Cliff McCormick, and Melissa O’Keefe.
Soaring melodies with witty and insightful lyrics are accompanied by top-notch vocal performances in this uplifting night of 19 original songs from seven new musicals.
Not Quite Opera, whose mission is to develop new musical theater, recently launched a search for Bay Area talent. The four composers were chosen from dozens of submissions. Nygren Doherty, the creator of the long-running hit, Absolutely San Francisco, compiled their work into an entertaining evening that is part concert, part musical theater.
Round One Cabaret is the first step in Not Quite Opera’s mission to showcase the wealth of quality musical theater originating in the Bay Area. A request for submissions received overwhelming response and has spawned two separate productions. The first will take place in for October, 2011, and the second in February 2012. Composers, who must be Bay Area residents, could submit up to five songs. To be accepted, each song had to be wholly original – that is, not a parody – and belong to the score of an original musical. The winners run the gamut from the unproduced (Dennis Campagna) to self-produced (Peter Tucker) to produced (Peter Alexander) to published (Scott de Turk),
Each “Round” will feature the works of different writers, and each revue will have a unique structure. The October show features 19 songs from seven separate musicals and will have the general form and feel of a musical. The singers will play themselves and take turns acting as narrator or catalyst for each successive scene or song. The unifying theme is that all musical theater stories share elements that their creators respond to: love (and its incumbent joys and sufferings) and also the wrongs in the world that need to be righted. The musical style for October is upscale Broadway with a smattering of folk music. The February show, in contrast, creates a series of one-acts around musical styles–40s pastiche, rock ‘n roll, pop, etc.
Anne Nygren Doherty –Director
Anne Nygren Doherty, artistic director of Not Quite Opera Productions, is the author and composer of the long-running hit Absolutely San Francisco. By age 27, Anne was an actress, award-winning playwright and songwriter whose works had been performed in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. The Chicago Reader called her “an actress with appreciable presence” and “a writer with real promise.” In Los Angeles, her late mentor Bob Merrill – the musical theatre legend who wrote Funny Girl – called her lyric writing “brilliant.” But at age 28, her career took a detour when she was stricken with severe rheumatoid arthritis. The next twenty years were a journey to healing in which she learned, as Sutro Tower so wisely puts it in Absolutely San Francisco, that what appear to be curses may be actually gifts. After years working as a story analyst in Hollywood, the journey took her to San Francisco, where she has lived with her husband and two children for 13 years. There, she formed Not Quite Opera productions to develop new works for musical theatre – both her own and those of local writers. She plans to use The Alcove Theater as a place to workshop musicals until they are ready to be launched to the world at large.
Peter Alexander – Composer/Performer
Composer/Lyricist/Dramatist/Song-and-Dance man Peter Alexander comes to life through music. Peter earned his B.A. in music theory from UC Santa Barbara. His music education includes more than 15 years of choral and small ensemble singing, piano and composition. He also regularly performs on Bay Area stages. Peter draws on all his artistic experience to write for the stage. Peter has spent four years writing Can’t Say I Do – a six-person chamber musical “dramedy.” It’s a musical Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner for the 21st century.”
Dennis Campagna – Composer
A writer, composer, and musician, Dennis has been writing short stories for over forty years, as well as “gigging” as a guitar player. He has an intense, playful imagination, creating works rife with symbolism and double meaning that appeal to children and adults alike. In recent years he has been converting these stories into stage plays and screenplays. A member of the East Bay group, Play Café, Dennis has enjoyed several staged reading of his works. He recently completed a musical for stage (book, lyrics and music) called, Songtown.
Scott de Turk – Composer, Music Director
Scott graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Music in composition. He has lived in Los Angeles, New York, Denver and the San Francisco area. He has worked extensively in theater, film, television, and recording as a composer, arranger, orchestrator and musical director. Scott has nine published musicals, including Western Star, A Boy Called Lizard and Yo Ho Ho (A Pirate’s Christmas). Scott collaborated on the award-winning musical, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir as well as Dorian, Pest Control, The Thief, and Insanity, all of which have been produced in Los Angeles. The workshop of his new musical, Born & Raised, created with writer-director Jon Tracy; played in May of 2011 at the Berkeley Playhouse.
Peter Tucker – Composer
A San Francisco native, Peter initially focused on performing in high school with the Young People’s Teen Musical Theatre Company- a free Parks and Rec program offered. Beginning in college, Peter’s focus on composition culminated in being awarded a Senior Fellowship for the acclaimed production of Credo, a full-length music drama and the first student musical to be performed in Dartmouth College’s mainstage theatre. Subsequent studies with composers Paul Moravec (Pulitzer prize, 2004), and Osvaldo Golijov (Musical America Composer of the Year, 2006) led to a Master’s in Music from Boston Conservatory. Peter brings As Always to the stage as benefit and homage to the Parks and Rec program that inspired him in his youth.
Not Quite Opera Productions
Not Quite Opera Productions was founded in 2002 by John Doherty and Anne Nygren Doherty to develop original musical theater. In addition to Absolutely San Francisco, they have produced four shows, and have developed works by local writers Diane Sampson, Brad Erikson, Richard Kogl, Michael Kaulkin and C.J. Ver Burg. Between the October and February versions, Round One Cabaret will expose Union Square audiences to the works of 12 writer/composer teams.
The long-term goal of Not Quite Opera is to rotate multiple shows in various stages of development. Artistic director Nygren Doherty believes new work needs to be audience-centered, and believes the typical musical theater workshop model (writing a show, then presenting to an invited audience for criticism) is too slow and costly in today’s theatrical world. Quality writers leave the Bay Area to do high-profile workshops in New York and Los Angeles. These opportunities, however, are expensive, time-consuming, and rarely result in production before a neutral ticket-buying public. Not Quite Opera, by contrast, will rotate new shows from week to week. This affords writers time to rework their material without the expense of production breaks, new rehearsals, and recasting. The Union Square location of The Alcove Theatre attracts national and global audiences, as well as local theatergoers.. What better location in which to experiment and develop new works?
The Alcove Theater, near Union Square
The Alcove Theater is a new 49-patron venue at 414 Mason Street, Suite 502. With its modular, raised platform stage and environmentally friendly LED lighting, The Alcove is an intimate, flexible performance space, conveniently located in the Union Square theater district.
FOR CALENDAR EDITORS
San Francisco, CA – Not Quite Opera Productions launches Round One Cabaret, an evening of new songs by Bay Area composers and writers of musical theater, at the new Alcove Theater, two consecutive Thursdays, October 13th and 20th, 2011, at 8pm. This charming 105 minute musical revue, directed by Not Quite Opera artistic director Anne Nygren Doherty features the works of Peter Alexander, Dennis Campagna, Peter Tucker, and Scott de Turk. The cast includes Peter Alexander, Katherine Goldman, Cliff McCormick, and Melissa O’Keefe.
Soaring melodies with insightful, witty lyrics are accompanied by top-notch vocal performances in this uplifting night of original songs. Not Quite Opera, whose mission is to develop new musical theater, launched a search for Bay Area talent. The four composers – Alexander, Campagna, de Turk and Tucker – were chosen from dozens of submissions. Nygren Doherty, the author and composer of the long running hit, Absolutely San Francisco, compiled their work into an enthralling evening that is part concert, part musical theater.
DATES and TIMES: Thursdays, October 13th and 20th, 2011, at 8pm
WHERE The Alcove Theater, near Union Square; 414 Mason Street, 5th floor, San Francisco; one block from Union Square
TICKETS $30 For tickets, call 415-992-8168 or go to www.TheAlcoveTheater.com.
Not Quite Opera Productions