They added two performances, but for now, girl group BETTY will call it quits at San Francisco's Magic Theatre. Their hit musical retrospective BETTY Rules: "A Guy From Atlantic Wants to Sign Us!" closes July 29. Michael Grief, known for the rock musical Rent, directs the show, wDirector Michael Greif allied himself with rock music in the theatre when he helmed Rent, and he's about to do it again with girl group BETTY. Now they've settled on a title - - and the women rockers, who have a first performance - June 20. BETTY Rules runs through July 29 at San Francisco's Magic Theatre.
Alyson Palmer and sisters Amy Ziff and Elizabeth Ziff, plus a drummer and guitarist, make up the New York band BETTY. In their world premiere revue, they will visit their best tunes as they tell the fifteen-year story of the group's rise to cult stardom. The group's music is characterized as a mix of a cappella singing and spoken-word performance with a techno beat. BETTY Rules had a reading at New York's Public Theatre April 16 under the title BETTY Play.
BETTY is the final entry in the Magic Theatre's 2000-2001 season, which opened with the world premiere of Sam Shepard's The Late Henry Moss. That production starred Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Woody Harrelson and Cheech Marin.
BETTY Rules: "A Guy From Atlantic Wants to Sign Us!" opened to mixed reviews July 6. Tickets are $15-$30. The Magic Theatre is located on the third floor of Building D at the Fort Mason Center. For reservations, call (415) 441 8822. The Magic Theatre is on the web at http://www.magictheatre.org.
— By Christine Ehren