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Gypsy at the Gem Theater – Preview

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Written by: Alina Mae Wilson 
 

It is 12:45 pm.  In just 2 days, 17 hours, 14 minutes and 7 seconds I will be seeing Gypsy at the Gem Theater in Garden Grove.  Having heard the songs and being familiar with the show’s reputation, I am very excited.

 

Set in the 50’s Gypsy is a musical loosely based on Rose Louise Hovick’s glorious ascension from less-talented-second-fiddle-playing-runner-up-child  to Queen of Burlesque Dancing.

 

Having spawned a critically acclaimed Broadway musical and two movies (plus the very loosely inspired film, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?) you can be pretty well assured that the story holds up. Whether the set work or the acting does this play justice. That remains to be seen  but with such a fun score and classic story I anticipate nothing but an entertaining night.

 

Location & dates :

 

August 21st – September 14th

 

12852 Main Street
Garden Grove, CA 92840

 

Admission : $25 general admission, $20 for seniors, $15 children, $10 student rush tickets

 

buy tickets @ this link GEM 

 

Below is a broadway version of Gypsy with famous song – EVERYTHING’S COMING UP ROSES sung by  Patti Lupone


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Little Chapel of Errors, Holds You With Spirit : Hair @ The Mysterium Theatre in Santa Ana – Review

hair1Written by Alina Mae Wilson 

Tonight I had my first experience with Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical at the Mysterium Theater in Santa Ana.

Yes that is correct, my first time seeing this iconic musical known for naked singing hippies, and I chose to see it in a little chapel.  There were multiple technical problems,  but the zeal of the people on stage balanced it out a bit.   Continue Reading

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The Long Road Today/El Largo Camino de Hoy – Preview

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Written by Alina Mae Wilson 
 
“With no park in his neighborhood, young Andrés plays in the street. One day, he chases a stray ball into tragedy. Two families and a community must confront the aftermath and take action to make a change.”


Already I’m feeling downbeat. I can’t help it, someone getting injured in traffic is one of the most horrific and commonplace occurrences in American culture, made significantly worse when that person is an innocent child. Because the premise is already so depressing I am going into this with fairly high expectations. If we are starting off on such a low note I really want to feel some sort of spiritual transformation, some nearly tangible display of love and happiness being at least possible after an event so catastrophic. Particularly because it is being recommended for children as young as six.

 

I am also going to be looking for a lot of well-portrayed emotion since they seem to be marketing this as a bilingual production. No complaints here since this is a chance for people in Orange County to glimpse into a society they may not always be thinking about and I am very in favor of anything that gets more Hispanic people involved in musical theatre. It will be wonderful if they can introduce people to differing perceptions and lifestyles, but not if people who aren’t fluent in Spanish struggle to understand what is going on. And of course people who are only fluent in Spanish have to understand everything as well. Here’s to them overcoming these challenges.

 

Location & Dates : City of Santa Ana Civic Center Plaza September 18th,2014-September 28,201

 

Admission : Free

 

Check out the plot synopsis and ticket information here:http://www.scr.org/calendar/view?id=7331

 

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