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Not Quite Opera Taps Bay Area for Best of Rising Musical Theatre Talent

NQO’s Round One Cabaret Showcases New Works by Bay Area Writers and Composers, April 20-22

San Francisco. March 21, 2012. Not Quite Opera Productions launches its second Round One Cabaret, an evening of new songs from musicals by Bay Area composers and writers of musical theater, starring Diana DiCostanzo, David Sasse, Kate Offer, Brett Hammon, Dale Murphy and Jenna Davi at the new Alcove Theater, Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 22 at 4:00 p.m. The Alcove Theater is at 414 Mason Street, 5th Floor, a block from Union Square in San Francisco.

Above: Dale Murphy and Jenna Davi in the newest edition of Round One Cabaret, April 20-22 at Alcove Theatre

The stated mission of Not Quite Opera is to develop new musical theater, using the talent-rich Bay Area as its proving ground. Round One Cabaret is the second in a series of unique showcases devoted to new songs by San Francisco Bay Area writers and composers. It follows the success of NQO’s first Round One staged last October.

The ten writers and composers for April’s Round One Cabaret were chosen from dozens of submissions. The April 20-22 show is a charming 110- minute musical revue, directed by Not Quite Opera artistic director Anne Nygren Doherty, the author and composer of NQO’s long-running hit, Absolutely San Francisco. Music direction is by Scott DeTurk.

Round One features songs from ten different musicals by Cory Bytof, Owen Dockham, Richard Jennings, Randy Kasten, Sandy Kasten, Ron Lytle, Pat Morris, Tracy Held Potter, Liz White Salk and Patrick Wills. The soaring melodies and insightful, witty lyrics are sung by a sextet of talented performers, all of them veterans of the local musical theater scene: Diana DiCostanzo, Jenna Davi, David Sasse, Brett Hammon, Dale Murphy, and Kate Offer.

Above: L-R, Diana DiCostanzo, David Sasse, Kate Offer, Dale Murphy and Jenna Davi in the newest edition of Round One Cabaret, April 20-22 at Alcove Theatre.

The theme of the April showcase is “Coping with the Ever Changing World.” It features an eclectic mix of songs in styles ranging from driving rock ‘n roll, lyrical pop, blast-from-the-past pastiche and the sophisticated rhythms and melodies of contemporary Broadway. Doherty has woven their work into an enthralling evening that is part concert, part musical theater.

Among the 10 new musicals represented are Love, in which a middle-aged couple reunites through online dating, Meet the Zeroes – a satire on the American family, The Texas Chainsaw Musical – a comedy about a serial killer, Another Man’s Treasure, an intimate piece set in a second-hand store, and The Anti-musical – in which an average office worker finds himself swept into a real-life musical against his will.

About Not Quite Opera cabarets

Not Quite Opera Productions is dedicated to the development of musical theater. NQO Artistic Director Anne Nygren Doherty created the cabaret as a means of discovering local musical theater writing talent, with the intent of forming collaborations between the theater and artists. Submissions to the cabaret must originate from new musicals, whether completed or still in progress.

Each cabaret is built around a kind of abstract story – inspired by the theme – that utilizes the songs with roughly the same dramatic purpose as their parent musicals. So, although the songs are presented outside their original contexts, the evening captures the drive and feel of a plotted show. The result is part concert, part musical theater, and pure enjoyment.

NQO is in the midst of firming up a two full length shows for the coming year. In addition, they are partnering with the Academy for New Musical Theatre in Los Angeles to offer workshops for more advanced practitioners to polish their craft. Like most theatre companies, NQO is in constant search for funding sources, with proposals out to support projects like their monthly Writer/Composer Forum, songwriting weekends and the commissioning of new musicals.

Dates, Times, and Tickets

WHERE: The Alcove Theater, near Union Square; 414 Mason Street, 5th floor, San Francisco; one block from Union Square

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, 8:00 p.m., Sunday, April 22, 4:00 p.m.

TICKETS: $30. 415-992-8168 or www.TheAlcoveTheater.com.

SHOW CONTACT: Anne Doherty, Not Quite Opera Productions (415) 385-7293, anne@notquiteopera.org

FOR CALENDAR EDITORS

Round One Cabaret, an evening of new songs by Bay Area composers and writers of musical theater, produced by Not Quite Opera Productions. A charming 110 minute musical revue featuring songs by Cory Bytoff, Owen Dockham, Richard Jennings, Randy Kasten, Sandy Kasten, Ron Lytle, Pat Morris, Tracy Held Potter, Liz White Salk and Patrick Wills. Directed by Anne Nygren Doherty. Music direction by Scott DeTurk. Alcove Theater, 414 Mason Street, 5th Floor, a block from Union Square in San Francisco. Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, at 8:00 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at 4:00 p.m. Tickets $30, 415-992-8168 or www.TheAlcoveTheater.com.

SHOW CONTACT: Anne Doherty, Not Quite Opera Productions (415) 385-7293, anne@notquiteopera.org

PRESS CONTACT: Gary Carr, Rising Moon, (925) 672-8717, carpool@pacbell.net.

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