THIS WEEK ON STAGE – Leanne Borghesi, Tom Orr, Teatro ZinZanni, New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball with SF Symphony

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

TONIGHT – Tuesday, 12/28
B.O.O.B.S.! Defying Gravity
At the Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason Street

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B.O.O.B.S.! – Leanne Borghesi (center), Jessica Coker and Soila Hughes

Join Leanne Borghesi, Jessica Coker and Soila Hughes in a 90 minute titillating musical journey as Busty, Outrageous, Over-the-Top, Broads, Singing defy the gravitational pull of life with class, sass and powerhouse vocals! Fall into the musical cleavage of this year’s hottest comedic cabaret experience with the musical styling of: The Graham Sobelman Trio! An evening of harmonies, shimmy shakin’ talent and a variety of music to tantalize, “You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want a pair of your own!”
Click here to order tickets on-line: B.O.O.B.S.! Defying Gravity

DIRTY LITTLE SHOWTUNES
Wednesday, 12/29 through Sunday, 1/16/11
New Conservatory Theatre Center

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Cameron Cummings, Tom Orr, and Joe Wicht
Photo, Lois Tema

Directed by F. Allen Sawyer and musical direction by Scrumbly Koldewyn. The show runs through January 16th: Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. All performances will take place at The New Conservatory Theatre Center (Decker Theatre), located at 25 Van Ness Ave. near Market Street in San Francisco. As an off-color, adults-only antidote to the sugarplum saturation of the holidays, Dirty Little Showtunes! is back and naughtier than ever. In 1997, lyricist and performer Tom Orr seduced San Francisco with his bawdy Broadway bastardizations in “perhaps the gayest show ever,” Dirty Little Showtunes! This six-man sweet, smart, sassy, sexy, and satirical revue finally returns with all of your old favorites plus new parodies from Wicked, The Producers, Hairspray, Grey Gardens and more!
Click here to order tickets on-line: DIRTY LITTLE SHOWTUNES

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Pier 29 – San Francisco

Celebrate the New Year with Teatro ZinZanni’s special New Year’s Eve Gala!
Bid farewell to 2010 with a night in ZinZanni’s glamorous antique
spiegeltent, enjoying an incredible gourmet meal and an intoxicating blend
of interactive theater, zany comedy and glamorous spectacle.  
Tickets start at $250 and include show, multi-course gourmet dinner and
special New Year’s eve festivities.  Visit: TeatroZinZanni

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ALEXA HUKARI Photo, Cory Weaver

Teatro ZinZanni’s latest show, Licence to Kiss II, A Sweet Conspiracy, is just the ticket to a New Year ‘s Eve of fun, fabulousness, and festivity. In typical zany ZinZanni style, License to Kiss II, A Sweet Conspiracy combines film noir glamour, espionage and comic hijinks, starring the amazing Kevin Kent as our international man of mystery, Mr. C, who uses his unique improvisational comedy skills to thwart all those who would hinder his search for the perfect dessert. Indulge in fine dining with a five-course gourmet dinner finishing with a Milk Chocolate Mousse Cake & Cherry Sauce designed by Top Chef Desserts 2010 winner Yigit Pura.  Join the cast for a countdown at midnight, complete with a champagne toast and dancing until 1:00 am with the acclaimed Teatro ZinZanni orchestra.

NEW YEAR’S EVE MASQUERADE BALL WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY
Friday, December 31st
Doors open and pre-concert entertainment begins at 8:00 pm
Orchestra concert begins at 9:00 pm 

Ring in the New Year at the city’s most elegant celebration, the New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball with the San Francisco Symphony. The December 31st event stars the San Francisco Symphony, conductor and violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky, soprano Katie van Kooten, and the period dancers of Dance Through Time. The Orchestra performs polkas, waltzes, and dances. Beginning at 8 p.m., before the 9 p.m. Orchestra concert, The Martini Brothers entertain and perform their “swingin’ cocktail music” in the Davies Symphony Hall lobby. Celebrate after the Orchestra concert with complimentary sparkling wine, desserts, and savories. Guests are invited to dance on stage to The Peter Mintun Orchestra. When the clock strikes midnight 2011, colorful balloons will cascade from the ceiling. Tainted Love performs covers of favorite 1980s dance hits in the First Tier lobby.

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KATIE VAN KOOTEN, Soprano — JOHANN STRAUSS, Jr.

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THE MARTINI BROTHERS – New Year’s Eve at Davies Hall

Special pre-concert dinner packages include an elegant buffet supper with wine in the Wattis Room at Davies Symphony Hall, special surprises, party favors, and live entertainment. The Wattis Room dinner package ($155) also includes complimentary parking in the Performing Arts Garage and sparkling wine and desserts in the Wattis Room at intermission. A special three-course Italian dinner package with a glass of wine at Caffé Delle Stelle ($105) on Hayes Street also includes special party favors, complimentary parking in the Performing Arts Garage, and admittance to the Wattis Room for sparkling wine and desserts at intermission.

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PETER MINTUN

Click here to order tickets on-line: NEW YEAR’S EVE MASQUERADE BALL

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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