SF FOLLIES THE PERFECT ROAST OF SAN FRANCISCO PERSONALITIES, SAN FRANCISCO’S PAST AND PRESENT

JOHN BISCEGLIE’S SF FOLLIES
Opens Friday, February 6th at Actors Theatre in San Francisco

THE SHOW THAT THE SAN FRANCISCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
DOESN’T WANT YOU TO SEE

A Wicked Wink at San Francisco’s Past, Present, and Future
Pokes Fun at the City’s Landmarks, Attractions, Personalities, and Events

Irreverent New Musical Revue Roasts San Francisco to Perfection

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Gavin Newsom played by Brett Hammon

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

John Bisceglie’s SF FOLLIES opens Friday, February 6th at Actors Theatre in San Francisco. The show takes a wicked wink at San Francisco’s past, present and future. SF Follies pokes fun at the City’s popular landmarks, attractions, personalities, neighborhoods and events. With hippies, flappers, rabid sea lions, earthquakes, and a nearly naked gold miner, Bisceglie’s SF Follies is as unique and zany as the city itself. Discover 300 years of SF’s history, secrets, scandals and urban folklore as they are revealed in this 90 minute hilarious musical revue overflowing with singing, dancing and outrageous comedy. Click here to order tickets on-line: BISCEGLIE’S SF FOLLIES

SF FOLLIES roasts San Francisco to perfection, while revealing 300 years of history, secrets, scandals and urban folklore. The show lampoons the city’s popular landmarks, attractions, personalities, neighborhoods, institutions and events, making it the one show the San Francisco Board of Supervisors doesn’t want you to see. With hippies, flappers, rabid sea lions, earthquakes, and a nearly naked gold miner, the SF Follies is as unique and zany as the city itself. It has big production value with glittery and electric sets of San Francisco famed landmarks and institutions combined with video projection. The show is set to a hit parade of popular and upbeat rock, pop, blues and show tunes. Listen to a sample of the singing and comedy at SFFollies.com/preview

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SF FOLLIES – Going Green In San Francisco
and the Nearly Naked Gold Miner

Bisceglie, a San Jose native, is no stranger to the Follies. In 1995, he created and produced the long running San Jose Follies and San Jose Follies Strikes Back that played for two years at both Bella Mia Restaurant and the Victory Theater in Downtown San Jose. For years, Bisceglie has wanted to create a Follies production for San Francisco. Over the past 12 months, he has been busy developing SF’s own Follies with co-author and friend Jason Tarshis, who also co-wrote both of the San Jose productions. Though both writers had great fun working on the San Jose Follies, they agreed that only a San Francisco setting could do the follies justice. They proved to be right as the final result does just that.

Although the show is risqué at times with definite attitude, it is by no means mean-spirited, and in fact celebrates San Francisco. Included in the SF Follies “Hit List” are over 300 SF and California personalities, businesses, landmarks and institutions. As an audience member, you may even be lucky enough to run into one of the celebrities on the “Hit List” as many are being offered special VIP tickets to the show. Click here to view the: SF FOLLIES Hit List

In addition to directing and producing the show, Bisceglie has created the marketing collateral, made the set and costume designs and secured a location for the show. “Finding the right location in San Francisco was a bit of a challenge”, states Bisceglie, “I literally hit the streets with my presentation folder and laptop with a demo of the show, and pitched the concept to nearly 50 locations. Making cold calls to banquet managers and meeting with hotel and restaurant managers who didn’t know much about theater was rough. Most of them thought it was a good idea, but their meeting room and banquet spaces were too valuable to give up for a 9 to13 week run.”

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Brett Hammon (as Gavin Newsom) – Millie DeBenedet & Erica Gerard

“We needed a theater that wasn’t too big or too small, and the stage needed to have a large enough area for our sets and costumes. After seriously considering about 10 venues, we decided to go with the Actors Theatre at 855 Bush Street (at Taylor.) The space is a perfect location for both locals and visitors and is large enough for our set and technical needs, while maintaining the intimacy and perks of a 90-seat house.”

The wildly talented and diverse cast includes:
Alan Hoshida, Brett Hammon, Brian Vouglas, Christopher John Lindstrom, Erica Gerard, George Patrick Scott., Jenna Davi, Jepoy Ramos, Jessica Payne, Jujuana ShaRon Williams, Mandy Wilczynski, Millie DeBenedet, Ryan McBrearty, Sarah Wintermeyer, Tenaya Hurst, and Tiffany Joy Swenson.

SF FOLLIES plays at Actors Theatre SF, located at 855 Bush (near Taylor). The show runs Thursday through Saturday, 8:00 pm; Sunday matinees at 2:00pm. Tickets are $33/$40. Click here to order tickets on-line: BISCEGLIE’S SF FOLLIES

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Seán Martinfield 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”, which is being prepared for publication. 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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