This weekend, actress Jane Lynch is coming to town. Best known to tweens as Sue Sylvester in Glee—and to everyone else as part of the comedic genius of such gems as A Mighty Wind, Best in Show, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin—she’s showing fans another side of herself with her new musical comedy show “See Jane Sing,” a combination of cabaret, comedy, and show tunes, on Saturday, May 9 at the Palace of Fine Arts. We caught up with Lynch about her Broadway run in “Annie,” her trademark humor, and food worthy of the f-bomb.
Here's what you need to know about seven amazing stage shows headed our way.
There’s an inherent danger in marrying blockbuster musical theater with weighty subjects like political and social oppression. On one hand, the people must be entertained and stimulated...shiny lights everywhere, please! On the other, such stories demand a faithful and meaningful reading, with all respect paid to the maligned. And somehow, neither can be compromised.
If you’re prone to searching musicals for life lessons, the takeaway in Little Shop of Horrors is that you can find fame and fortune as a florist — if you’re willing to feed human flesh to a ravenous Venus flytrap.
Seymour (the florist) and Audrey II (the extraterrestrial plant he thinks will solve all his problems) have a mutually exploitative arrangment — Seymour uses Audrey II as his ticket out of his sketchy neighborhood and into a better life, and the man-eating space plant uses him for dinner.
Somehow women became hopelessly entrenched in the idea that success requires us to make ourselves miserable - whether because current denim sizing declares wordlessly yet emphatically that brownies are a bad idea or because we think mentally pummeling ourselves will keep us on the right track. (Why?) (Dear god, why?)