HAIL CAESAR! – Gymnast Dreya Weber is “Cleopatra” at Teatro ZinZanni

Frank Ferrante as “Caesar” – August 19th through October 31st

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Teatro ZinZanni’s new production – Hail Caesar! – opens August 19th and runs through October 31st in the glamorous Pier 29 spiegeltent. Hail Caesar! stars the irrepressible entertainer Frank Ferrante as “Caesar” and introduces Dreya Weber as “Cleopatra”.  Featuring original songs composed by The Motels chanteuse Martha Davis, Hail Caesar! is ZinZanni’s zany take on the love story between two of history’s most famous lovers. Hail Caesar! features hilarious characters such as the ping-pong ball juggling Mr. PP;  the diva, Lady Moundsajoy; an acrobatic King of Scotland; Doctor Rosetta Champollion, the great grand-daughter of the translator of the Rosetta stone; and Nep, daughter of Osiris.  Music, laughter romance and desire ensue when a resurrected Cleopatra sets her sights on a fast-talking, wise-cracking chef named Caesar. Don’t miss this colossal epic that proves that not all great couples meet online- sometimes they meet at Teatro ZinZanni.  Does Cleopatra’s love for Caesar win out in the end?  To find out, join the performers of Teatro ZinZanni for Hail Caesar!, a risqué romp through Egyptian history complete with Love, Chaos and…Dinner!
Click here to order tickets on-line: Hail Caesar!

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DREYA WEBER

Making her Teatro ZinZanni debut as Cleopatra, Dreya Weber is an acclaimed actress, musician, aerialist and choreographer.  As an actress, she most recently starred in Ned Farr’s, A Marine Story and in The Gymnast, in addition to Nicole Holofcener’s Lovely and Amazing – all films that garnered numerous awards at Film Festivals around the world.  As an aerialist, she most recently performed in and choreographed Pink’s acclaimed 2010 Grammy performance.  Dreya’s lengthy list of choreography and aerial performing credits includes work with many of the greatest artists of our time including Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Leona Lewis, Rihanna, Cher, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, and Carrie Underwood.  Dreya comes from a musical family and has been performing as a singer and musician most of her life.  In 2009 she starred in and choreographed an international theatrical production of Dante’s Divine Comedy for the NNT in Holland – which was the first time she integrated her aerial work with her singing on stage. 

Watch the trailer from The Gymnast:

Frank Ferrante as “Casesar” has been described as “the greatest living interpreter of Groucho Marx’s material.”  Written by Groucho’s son Arthur, Frank originated the title role in Groucho: A Life in Revue in New York, London and on PBS television. He earned New York’s Theatre World Award, a NY Outer Critics Circle nomination and London’s Laurence Olivier nomination for ‘Comedy Performance of the Year.’ He has been profiled on The Today Show, Regis, CNN, Entertainment Tonight, and the BBC and was a question on TV’s Jeopardy. He directs and acts throughout the world and has been a regular at Teatro ZinZanni since 2001.

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FRANK FERRANTE

The stellar international cast assembled for the show also stars the amazing Tim Tyler as Mr. PP, Chinese acrobat sensations Ming and Rui, US National Champion gymnast Alexa Hukari, diva Christine Abraham, and the incredible team of Sausalito residents Sam Payne and Sandra Feusi in Vertical Tango.
 
Teatro ZinZanni has entered its second decade of performance on San Francisco’s fabled Embarcadero.  The show is presented in a gorgeous antique Spiegeltent, imported from Belgium and nicknamed the Palais Nostalgique. More than 100 years old, the Palais Nostalgique boasts stained glass, hand-carved wooden interior columns, polished crystal and mirrors.  Since it opened in 2000, it has become a permanent fixture and an integral part of the lively entertainment and culinary scene in San Francisco, offering a bewitching blend of European cabaret, cirque arts, music, and comedy, combined with a 5-course gourmet dinner.

Show schedules change weekly, so check the website for specific details week by week.  The regular schedule runs Wednesday through Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m.  Tickets priced from $117 – $145 are available at the on-site Box Office at Pier 29 on the Embarcadero weekdays from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, and weekends from noon – 6 pm, or by phone at 415-438-2668. Premium and preferred seating is also available.
Click here to order tickets on-line: Hail Caesar!

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TIM TYLER

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Seán Martinfield
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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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