Now in its third season, the New Conservatory Theatre Center's In Concert season has announced another mix of popular musical theatre and more difficult, lesser-known works. 2001-02 will bring mountings of the Carole King revue, Tapestry, and the travel-oriented musical comedy Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know as well as Stephen Sondheim's dark Passion.
Tapestry kicks off the season Oct. 31-Dec. 2. Conceived for the stage by Rowan Joseph, John Kroner and Jeffrey Martin, Tapestry features the well-known works of King including "I Feel the Earth Move," "You've Got a Friend," "Up on the Roof" and "One Fine Day" in a rock-n-roll revue format.
The final entry in the season, Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know was based, improbably, on the best-selling series of Fodor's travel guides of the same name. A long-running hit Off-Broadway (it gave 933 performances), Secrets reveals what travelers should and shouldn't know about travel in series of songs with titles like "Aging Planes," "Seeing America First," "Red Hot Lava" and "Customs." The musical comedy revue runs May 29-July 14.
Passion, Stephen Sondheim's latest musical to win Tony Awards on Broadway, is the story of a romantic triangle story between a beautiful woman, a handsome soldier and the ugly creature who falls in love with him. Based on the film "Passione d'Amore," Passion features a book by James Lapine and the songs "Happiness," "Loving You" and "I Wish I Could Forget You."
All Night Strut, the second In Concert entry, runs Dec. 12-Jan. 20, 2002. Another revue, this show revisits the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Loesser and Duke Ellington with hits like "In the Mood," Chattanooga-Choo-Choo" and "It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got that Swing." Subscriptions are $132-$56. The New Conservatory Theatre Center is located at 25 Van Ness Avenue near Market Street. For tickets, call (415) 861-8972. The New Conservatory Theatre Center is on the web at http://www.nctcsf.org.
— By Christine Ehren