But what would a musical be without music? Surprisingly in this lively revue, all of it is supplied by two top-drawer pianists, Katie Coleman and Lauren F. Bevilacqua, who pound the ivories with ferocity and verve at two dueling pianos facing each other right in front of the set. Pat Tyler’s wonderful costumes add color and excitement to the production, though it would have been nice for the women’s usher outfits to fit a bit more flatteringly on top. Nikolaj Sorensen lends his talents as technical director, and Jeff Grafton’s sound along with Edward Hunter’s lighting work seamlessly.
Performances are March 8-10 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; $40-$65; sfperformances.org, Also on the dance horizon, San Francisco Ballet revives Helgi Tomasson’s acclaimed adaptation of “The Sleeping Beauty” (Jan, 23-Feb, 4) and reprises Liam Scarlett’s controversial hit “Frankenstein,” and presents a two-part Festival of New Works (April ballerina clipart-ballet clipart-ballerina clip art & digital paper set-lavender-aqua-ballet shoes-flowers-floral-tiara-buy2get1 20-May 6), www.sfballet.org, Renowned Bay Area choreographer Alonzo King celebrates his 20 years of collaborating with Zakir Hussain by presenting another new work developed with the Indian tabla master and world music icon, April 5-15 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (tickets go on sale Feb, 1, www.linesballet.org..
Actors not involved in a scene sit on the side with one of them following the script just in case someone needs a line — two called out for lines when I was there. It was fascinating to watch, especially Nick Medina, who as Horatio and Ophelia, often had to shift quickly back and forth changing costume pieces and physicality in a second. This wildly ambitious and highly successful “Hamlet” begins the company’s 25th anniversary, where “Hamlet” will play in repertory with four other productions through Jan. 29, 2017. For more information, call 510-841-6500 or go to www.shotgunplayers.org.
Symphony Silicon Valley: 8 p.m, March 16-17, 2:30 p.m, March 18, California Theatre, 345 ballerina clipart-ballet clipart-ballerina clip art & digital paper set-lavender-aqua-ballet shoes-flowers-floral-tiara-buy2get1 S, First St., San Jose, Pianist Jon Nakamatsu will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No, 3, The remainder of the program includes works by Debussy, Carreno and Respighi, $45-$90, http://bit.ly/2G82Wny, Niles Canyon Railway Beer on the Rails: 1-3:30 p.m, March 17, 37029 Mission Blvd., Fremont, Enjoy a two-hour train ride while tasting a variety of Bay Area beers, live music and lunch, $50, http://ncry.org..
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