Director 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 - BETTY Rules: "A Guy From Atlantic Wants to Sign Us!" - and the women rockers, who mix a cappella singing and spoken-word performance with a techno beat, 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 piece, then named BETTY Play, had a reading at New York's Public Theatre April 16.
BETTY isthe 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!" opens 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