GAY PRIDE 2009 – Theatre and Music this weekend in San Francisco

BERNADETTE PETERS – At Davies Symphony Hall
NEW CONSERVATORY THEATRE – Katya, Some Men, and
My Life On The Craigslist
THRILLPEDDLERS – Pearls Over Shanghai

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

BERNADETTE PETERSSaturday Night At Davies Symphony Hall. An official event of San Francisco Pride.

Bernadette Peters returns to Davies Symphony Hall to perform a special concert with the SFS at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 27th. Throughout her illustrious career the Tony Award-winner has dazzled audiences and critics with her performances on stage and television, in concert, and through recordings. In 2003, she received her seventh Tony Award nomination for her electrifying portrayal of Momma Rose in Gypsy. Ms. Peters first performed with the SFS in 1991, and most recently during last year’s Summer in the City series.

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BERNADETTE PETERS

Of her performance for the 2008 Season, the San Francisco Sentinel said, “The woman is insatiable. In company with the San Francisco Symphony and her music director Marvin Laird, Bernadette Peters made passionate love to her audience for over an hour, then exited with much flourish, leaving us wilted and panting in the aisles.” In addition to her solo appearance, Conductor Donato Cabrera will lead the SF Symphony in Gershwin’s Overture to Girl Crazy, Rodgers’ Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, and Bernstein’s Overture to Candide.

NEW CONSERVATORY THEATRE CENTER
Recognized for its top quality creative productions, The Pride Season is an eleven month subscriber based gay theatre performance program. The Pride Season produces the work of local, national and international playwrights. On the boards this weekend:

nctc-pride-week-2009KATYA, SOME MEN, MY LIFE ON THE CRAIGSLIST

KATYA – In this musical spectacular, Countess Katya recalls her 40 year career and the madcap misadventures that made her the legend she believes she is today.
SOME MEN – NCTC’s 2008-2009 Pride Season comes to a close with the West Coast Premiere of Tony award-winning playwright Terrence McNally’s Some Men. Set in the modern framework of a gay wedding, the play examines the importance and necessity of gay culture in America from the 1920′s to present day. From Harlem to Stonewall, to the internet and a funeral for a U.S. soldier lost in Iraq, the play encompasses important eras in gay culture and ties the past to the present through common history.
MY LIFE ON THE CRAIGSLIST – Featuring Jeffrey Self. When you are sexually frustrated, terribly self-conscious and willing to do anything to spice up your life, the best place to turn is Craigslist.com. After finding the “Men 4 Men” section, Jeffery Self’s sordid dreams become reality and he begins to live life ‘On The Craigslist.’  Dirty, sleazy, and funny – this is a one night stand you don’t want to miss!
The New Conservatory Theatre Center is located at 25 Van Ness Avenue near Market Street.

THRILLPEDDLERS Presents
”PEARLS OVER SHANGHAI” – a comic mock-operetta about white slavery and miscegenation set in the colorful world of 1937 Shanghai, China. Now at the Hypnodrome (located at 575 10th Street near Division) this show is the centerpiece of the second annual Theatre of the Ridiculous Revival, and will mark the 40th anniversary of the formation of The Cockettes, a gender-bending theatrical troupe who not only originated this show, but also exerted a profound influence on the culture of our times, from the phenomenon of midnight movies to glitter rock stars and their outrageous fashions.

pearls-over-shanghaiPearls Over Shanghai. Photo, David Allen

Hypnodrome’s “interactive audience-invading” Shock Boxes are themed loveseats (Heaven and Hell, The Pharaoh’s Tomb, and The Asylum of Shock), that offer the same opportunity for illicit trysting that was once a feature of the Parisian Theatre du Grand Guignol – thanks to a sheer curtain that can be drawn to conceal the goings on inside each private booth.  A “Shock Box” couple can see the show, but the show cant see them!  In the “Turkish Lounge” for two, couples may bask in decadent languor and kick back among oriental carpets and silken pillows while enjoying the show. For more information: ”PEARLS OVER SHANGHAI”

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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”, 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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