on stage this month

by brad hart SHE LOVES ME While we’re on the topic of love this month, San Diego Musical Theatre

opens its 2020 season with a show to deliver on Old World charm and affairs of the heart. From the creative team behindFiddler on the Roof and based on a play that became both the Jimmy Stewart movie,The Shop Around the Corner and the ‘90s classicYou’ve Got Mail,She Loves Me is a charming romantic comedy about idealism and the promise of true love, guaranteed to lift your spirits and leave you grinning. Set in a 1930s European perfumery, we meet shop clerks Amalia and Georg

who, more often than not, don’t see eye to eye. After both respond to a “lonely hearts advertisement” in a newspaper, they now live for the love letters that they exchange, but the identity of their admirers remains unknown.She Loves Me was nominated for five Tony Awards in 1964. The 1993 Broadway revival won the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical and the 1994 Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. This heart-warming musical welcomes some new creative experts, including directorRichard Israel and Lauren Haughton.During the past 10 years, Israel has directed a wide array of plays, musicals and new works but he is particularly excited to be a part of this show. “She Loves Me is a classic of American musical theatre—and it’s truly in the top tier of the genre. It’s been a bucket list show of mine for years— having seen multiple productions, and even appeared in a production in L.A., I am drawn to the sheer joy of the storytelling.She Loves Me is a musical that appeals directly to the heart, and it’s a beautifully wrought valentine to the highs and lows of human relationships. Bock, Harnick and Masteroff use the art of musical theatre to bring us into the story with great gentleness and sweetness, and I look forward to sharing that joy with our audience.” The music forShe Loves Me was part of the inspiration in picking this musical to open San Diego Musical Theatre’s season. It is reminiscent of the old MGM comedy musicals and is truly some of the best Harnick and Bock compositional writing. All the songs are enchanting little gems. There are fun comedy numbers along with sweeping romantic ballads that you just find yourself humming as you leave the theatre. Performances run Friday, February 7 through Sunday, March 8 at Horton Grand Theatre,444 Fourth Ave in downtown San Diego.sdmt.orgor 858.560.5740

STARDUST FROM BACH TO BOWIE The amazing Complexions Contemporary Ballet is coming to rock the

California Center for the Arts, Escondido stage with an homage to the iconic and chameleon spirit of David Bowie. OnFriday, February 28, experience the brilliance of the music superstar withStardust, an “utterly transfixing” (Billboard) dance tribute to the late rock icon — his beloved music and glam rock-inspired costumes transformed by the award-winning company into powerful, poignant movement. Featuring many of your favorite Bowie hits including “Space Oddity,” “Heroes,” “Young Americans,” “Life On Mars” and “Let’s Dance.” Founded by master choreographer Dwight Rhoden and the legendary

Desmond Richardson, Complexions reinvents dance through a ground- breaking mix of methods, styles and cultures. Complexions represents one of the most recognized and respected performing arts brands in the world. Having presented an entirely new and exciting vision of human movement on five continents in over 20 countries, and to more than 20 million television viewers and well over 300,000 people in live audiences, Complexions is poised to continue its mission of bringing unity to the world, one dance at a time. The program opens withBACH 25. An intricate fusion of contemporary

dance and ballet technique exquisitely performed to the music of German composer and creative genius Johann Sebastian Bach. artcenter.orgor 800.988.4253


RAGE monthly | February 2020

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