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From Broadway to the Curran: Next to Normal

Nobody's family is precisely normal, but when you throw serious chemical imbalance into the usual crock pot of love and dysfunction, you get mayhem in the kitchen. When a bipolar mother flushes her meds down the toilet, her family falls into complete (though musically harmonious) disarray. From the director of Rent, Next to Normal is a Broadway smash that hits home with anyone who’s ever been prescribed antidepressants, from low-dose mood adjusters to high octane pill regimens. Or anyone who’s ever gone through their parents’ medicine cabinet in search of something to numb the pain. 

Broadway Showgirls Launches Toy Drive

On November 20th, in partnership with the San Francisco Fire Fighters Toy Program, Broadway Showgirls helped launch a month-long charitable event running from Thanksgiving through Christmas that gathered toys and money for families in need. Patrons earned entry by donating an unwrapped new toy instead of paying a cover charge. Over 11 clubs throughout San Francisco participated in the program by offering nightly benefit dances at prime business hours as well as providing toy donation receptacles for patrons and employees. The month-long promotion concluded with a check and toy presentation on Tuesday December 21st at San Francisco Fire Station #1, just in time for Christmas!

 

The Best of This Season's Broadway Offerings

The menu for the 2009-2010 theater season features some of the most buzzed about direct-from Broadway shows. Plays opening in San Francisco in the coming months include Tony-winning musicals, some old chestnuts and at least one high-profile flop. Two of the hottest Broadway shows - a new revival of West Side Story and In the Heights - reflect a newfound attention to racial and cultural diversity, specifically Latino culture.

Here's what's on our radar.

West Side Story

Movicals vs. Movies Smackdown as "Billy Elliot" and "9-to-5" nab Tonys

The nominations for the 63rd annual Tony Awards were just announced and even if you had seen most of the nominated plays -- and gave a fig -- the Tonys broadcast is not exactly must-see TV. (It’s June 7, if you must know.)

A not half bad alternative: rent the movie versions! This year, some of the top Broadway nominees are actually movicals – stage musicals based on movies.  

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