Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Love Never Dies,” two Italian operas, and Oakland Symphony make my list of 10 cool things going on in SF Bay Area arts scene. 1 “Love Never Dies”: Andrew Lloyd Webber at first declined to call this musical a sequel to “Phantom of the Opera” even though the Phantom is in it, as is his beloved soprano Christine Daaé. Webber’s point is that he feels you don’t need to have seen “The Phantom” to enjoy “Love Never Dies,” but that seems moot anyway — everybody has seen “The Phantom,” haven’t they? In any event, the sequel/not-sequel sets the action in Coney Island, N.Y. and has been robustly retooled after it didn’t exactly wow critics in its 2010 London opening. The touring production lands in San Jose next week.
Center Repertory Company: “Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical,” starring Lynda DiVito, Sept, 4-Oct, 10; “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” comedic sendup of Chekhov ballet pendant plays, Oct, 23-Nov, 21; $37-$63; 925-943-7469, www.centerrep.org, Central Works: “Ada and Memory Machine,” world premiere Lauren Gunderson’s play about Ada, estranged daughter of poet Lord Byron, with music by Bay Area group the Kilbanes, Oct, 17-Nov, 22; Berkeley City Club; $15-$28; www.centralworks.org..
The main point of the story, rather, is to talk about the effects of war on the human condition. The novel is written as the memoirs of a spy who recalls glimpses of her actions during a decades-long war when she wakes from a bomb blast. “She has become emotionally blank and slightly addicted to war,” Mohan said. “She’s writing [the story] as a memoir and clearly regrets some things but can justify it.”. In some small ways, Mohan, now part of the prestigious Georgetown University Global Law Scholars program, said she can identify with the emotionally distant character.
Princeton’s story is accompanied by plenty of odd-ball songs including “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist” and “The Internet is for Porn.” Some of these songs were performed by the Sunnyvale Community Players at San Jose gay bar Renegades last Saturday before WooWoo’s Cirq-Us Halloween drag show, Artistic director Matt Welch, ballet pendant who had a big hand in choosing this season’s shows, said he was excited to take on the various challenges “Avenue Q” presents for the company, noting it can bring in different audiences than the ones Sunnyvale Community Players usually draws..
Details: Find concert listings, free movie nights and more at beachboardwalk.com. Oakland’s First Fridays event is free and totally cool, with hip stuff to see and do, all manner of art, music, food, dancing and more. What began more than a decade ago as a cool gallery walk has swelled into the city’s biggest monthly public block party, a massive street festival drawing about 20,000 people, shutting down Telegraph Avenue between West Grand Avenue and 27th Street in Oakland’s Uptown and KONO (Koreatown Northgate) districts.