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16 September 2006 @ 08:24 am
"Urinetown" at Manoa Valley Theatre & the weekend's here! :)  
Last night Mark & I saw "Urinetown" at Manoa Valley Theatre and we were pleasantly surprised by all the talent on stage! Going in we were a little afraid, since we'd seen and loved the Broadway production so much, but (little things aside) this production of "Urinetown" has to rank up there with us as one of the better local productions we'd seen in a long time!

Matthew Pennaz, who we'd previously seen and LOVED in "The Fully Monty" and "Jesus Christ Superstar" (both at Diamond Head Theatre) was a GREAT Officer Lockstock. He had just the perfect blend of humor and wackiness to make Lockstock hilarious and walked that fine line of being over-the-top very well. Admittedly, his baritone is not as strong as his beautiful tenor voice that I'd heard in "Superstar", but I would definitely say that his performance was one of the strongest in the cast. I've become a great admirer of Matthew's talent and can't wait to see what other local production he appears in. :)

R. Andrew Doan, who we'd previously seen in "The Full Monty" at Diamond Head Theatre as well was a great Cladwell... However, after having seen the glorious John Cullum on Broadway, it was a little hard to see anyone else effectively in the role. That unfair comparison aside, he was one of the stronger members of the cast and his "Don't Be the Bunny" was one of the highlights of the show. The entire cast as a whole was one of the best local production casts that we'd seen in a very long time (since "The Full Monty", probably) and that alone made the show a joy to see.

All in all it was a great production and Mark & I are so glad that we went to see it. It was the first time we'd seen a show at Manoa Valley Theatre and we were definitely impressed. The theatre itself reminded me of the Stella Adler Theatre in LA, where the audience enters through the top and the seat formation is block style (behind a railing) without a wrap around the stage. That formation usually gives the audience a little feeling of detachment, but thankfully this theatre is small enough (150 seats) to still have that intimate feeling. We're seriously thinking about becoming subscribers after seeing this production - they have a few shows (including "Working") that we'd be very interested in seeing this season. :)

This weekend is a pretty standard one for us... I'm spending most of it stuck to the computer finishing up some web stuff, but tonight Mark & I are eating dinner with Susan and Frederick at Gyotaku - which is a wonderful Japanese restaurant nearby. It's been such a long time since I've seen Susan so it'll be really nice to catch up with her! :) Hope you all have a lovely weekend!! *HUGS*
 
 
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Daniel the California Highway Guy: theatrecahwyguy on September 16th, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
I'm glad the local productions worked out for you. I find it quite nice to see a mix of local stuff (allows you to see up and coming talent) and the "big" stuff.
Sheri: Kevin - as Trevor Graydon in shutterbug93 on September 18th, 2006 07:08 am (UTC)
There are some really great local productions here! :) This production of Urinetown especially was wonderfully cast - down to the ensemble. The girl who played Becky Two Shoes reminded me of Jennifer Cody - down to her facial expressions and mannerisms. :)

Next up for us (locally) is the Diamond Head Theatre production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie"... With Darren Lee directing it, I'm sure it'll be wonderful. :)
carush_girl on September 16th, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC)
I wondering how often someone has commented here as how jealous they are in regards to you being able to see so many musicals?

I tell you Im often jealous....
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on September 18th, 2006 07:11 am (UTC)
Awwww! Not often, let me tell you. ;) I often comment to others how jealous I am of them because they live so NEAR to great theatre... I always have to fly 5 hours to see great shows. :) Not that I mind, but once in a while I'd love to be able to get into my car and just drive to a great show. :D
Sabine: Micki's placesabine10 on September 16th, 2006 10:22 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear that "Urinetown" and the Manoa Valley Theatre gave you both a nice surprise. :)

Hope you have a nice time with Susan and Frederick and I wish you a wonderful weekend. Big *hugs* to you, Sheri! :)
Sheri: Familyshutterbug93 on September 18th, 2006 07:14 am (UTC)
VERY nice surprises, really. :) I think that Mark and I will probably end up subscribing to the season. We're always looking to support local theatre as much as we can. :)

We had a lovely dinner with Susan and Frederick! It's always so nice to see Susan - I don't get to see her nearly as much as I'd like to...

Hope you've had a nice weekend, Sabine!! Big *HUGS* to you!!
karen: jersey boys all singwakedistracted on September 17th, 2006 06:42 am (UTC)
I'm glad you had such a great time at the show! It always nice to find local theatre that you can support. I hope you had a lovely rest of the weekend and a great dinner with Susan and Frederick. :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on September 18th, 2006 07:17 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Karen! :) We had a wonderful time at "Urinetown!" The cast was wonderful and we're beginning to recognize and become fans of the local performers here. :) And looks like Mark & I will most likely subscribe to their season! :)

Hope you had a nice weekend, Karen!! Big *HUGS* to you!!