Ahoy! A Q&A with the Cast of "Peter and the Starcatcher"

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Photo by: Jenny Anderson Courtesy of: SHN Curran Theatre

Imagine that your job description includes shipwrecks and sword fights. Now imagine that your coworkers are all pirates and together you have to build forts, spew witty banter and brave the make-believe ocean tides eight times a week for nine months straight all across the country.

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Forty Years After The Devil in Miss Jones: Georgina Spelvin's Happy Ending

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Georgina Spelvin's memoir about her strange journey from the bright lights of Broadway to the dark world of porn.
She came to New York in 1954, with stars in her eyes and dreams of becoming a ballet dancer. She didn't find fame in ballet, but she did make it to Broadway -- twice.

For about 15 years, Texas native Georgina Spelvin earned a modest living as a chorus girl, primarily in touring companies and summer stock. When stardom finally came, at age 36, it wasn't on the stage of her dreams.

Porn auteur Gerard Damiano conceived The Devil in Miss Jones in the aftermath of the unexpected success of his legendary film Deep Throat. With Miss Jones, he hoped to bridge the gap between porn and art films. The pron film told a dark tale of a frustrated, middle age virgin (Spelvin), who commits suicide on camera. Condemned for committing a mortal sin, she bargains for a temporary return to Earth so she can experience all of her sexual fantasies. The film's downbeat ending found Miss Jones back in Hell, on the verge of achieving a climax that would never "come." This was to be her eternity.

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The Jersey Boys at the Curran Theatre: Our Boozy Backstage Interview With the Cast

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The Jersey Boys tour bus arrives at the Curran Theatre
If falsetto warblings make you weak in the knees, Jersey Boys could induce a seizure. The boys are back in town and opened on Saturday at theCurran Theatre, kicking off an eight-week run. On Friday night, we got the chance to quaff choice cocktails (Walk like a MANhattan or Joy-zee Juice anyone?) and talk a little dirty with the handsome-as-hell cast at a Q&A happy hour; we're still convinced the Curran Balcony's never seen that much booze.

Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons are played by Nick Cosgrove (Frankie Vallie), John Gardiner (Tommy DeVito), Miles Jacoby (Bob Gaudio), and Michael Lomenda (Nick Massi). The four "men" -- (sorry but Nick looks like a fresh-faced elfin boy, all sweet grin and fair skin) -- were all dashing in full suits, coiffed do's, and winsome smiles. They poised, preened, and waxed a bit poetic about "the process," their journeys as performers, and of course, San Francisco; they also got a little naughty. Here's a juicy little round-up of what these blue collar Broadway badasses had to say for themselves.


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The Book of Mormon Review: Hilarious and Foul-Mouthed, but Also Sweet

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Gavin Creel and National Company

The Book of Mormon, the incredibly popular Broadway musical from the geniuses behind South Park (Trey Parker and Matt Stone), which has won 6,000 Tony Awards (actually nine, including Best Musical), is gracing the San Francisco stage. And like the new iPhone and Pound Puppies on eBay, the show's run sold out immediately.

But don't worry, there's still hope.

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"Reborning": Theater Review

"Clue": Theater Review

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Review: The Lion King (Broadway in San Francisco)

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This past weekend was the opening night of Disney's The Lion King, and we'd first like to tell you that attendance is mandatory. Regardless of anything else in this review, or anything you may read in any other review for that matter, The Lion King is absolutely and undeniably not to be missed -- by you, your children, or any of your friends and family. This has been a public service announcement from the Foundation for Spreading Unbelievable Amounts of Joy.*

(*Definitely not a real foundation, but probably should be.)

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The Roxie, S.F.'s Longest Running Theater, Needs Our Help

Disney Buys Lucasfilm, New Star Wars Planned for 2015

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The Lion King Tickets Available June 8

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After a successful run in 2004, The Lion King is coming back to San Francisco this fall for an 11-week engagement at the SHN Orpheum Theatre, according to a statement from SHN. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale Friday, June 8, at 7 a.m. The dates for the San Francisco run are Nov. 1 of this year through Jan. 13, 2013.

The production, a musical stage adaptation of the Disney film by the same name, is in its 15th year and has become the highest grossing Broadway show in history, according to SHN. It has been translated into multiple languages and has toured around the world.

The Orpheum showings include Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 1 p.m. In addition, select Wednesday matinees at 2 p.m. and Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m. are available.

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