Brava Closes Its Season With THE DYNAMITE SHOW 6/17-26
"The Dynamite Show" is a "wildly unique" (NBC) song and dance review best described as Fame meets the Muppets. This up-beat musical spectacle will feature live neo-vaudevillian Dixie brass band tunes with "jaw-dropping dance numbers" and slapstick antics. It will follow the colorful characters of Fou Fou Ha! to Hollywood, as they are invited to audition for a reality-TV talent competition. They go through many dance numbers ranging from tangos to rock-opera tunes and finally arrive in Hollywood to audition in front of a panel of judges (cameos played by local celebrity performers will be announced soon) only to realize that their "foolishness" may not have any room in the mainstream. "It's wonderful for Brava to have many presentations and collaborations throughout the season. It has allowed us to support local artists as well as learn new skills to continue to invest in new work. This show will be a perfect note to end our current season. It will be fun and a big celebration of all we've done thus far as we get ready to go into our 2010-2011 season!" says Raelle Myrick-Hodges, Brava's Artistic Director.
Written, directed and choreographed by Maya Culbertson-Lane, Fulbright Scholar and Artistic Director of Fou Fou Ha! and composed by Ryan Bebee, composer and director of Best of the Bay winning band The Gomorrans Social Aide and Pleasure Club, this original musical review features the talents of some of the bay area's most versatile artists including Gerri Lawler of BATS, Nathan Cottam of the Peninsula Ballet, Jen Colasuanno of Lunatique Fantastique, Vegas Jenkins of Klown-fi rock band Gooferman with costume design by local designers including Dark Garden Unique Corsetry, Medium Reality and Trixie Designs.
Fou Fou Ha! www.foufouha.com is an comedy dance ensemble that combines satire and buffoonery with old-time animated cabaret numbers. Recently featured in The Guardian as one of the up-and-coming performance troupes in the bay area and named San Francisco's "favorite new burlesque troupe" by the Examiner, Fou Fou Ha! has been described as having "wonderfully choreographed performance of comical buffoonery that left the crowd in laughter bordering tears" by Metrowise Magazine. They are coming out of a sold out run of Out of Order: A Musical that comes out of a toilet at Mama Calizo's Voice Factory in Spring of 2009, receiving standing ovations and rave reviews like "If it's Fou Fou Ha! be ready for a fun show!" (SF Chronicle)
The Gomorrans Social Aide and Pleasure Club was voted favorite indie band in SF Weekly's Best the Bay and have been described as "a gloriously lurid whisky - marinated Dixieland delirium" by the SF Bay Guardian. They are lead by Ryan Bebee who writes, directs, and produces for the group. His score composition for Dark Porches' production of The In-Betweens was described as a "catchy" "eclectic" "haunting score" by the local press. A one-act play he wrote was produced twice by Sleepwalkers Theater Company and called "intelligent and playful" by the SF Bay Guardian and "borderline extraordinary" by the SF Weekly. Ryan also founded the Dead Hensons, the world's most celebrated Muppet cover band. Aside from his work with the Gomorrans, he's currently writing and producing songs for a new girl harmony fronted outfit called the Bitter Honeys.
WHEN: June 17-26, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 8pm: $25 Opening Night
Friday, June 18, 8pm: $20 Press Night
Saturday, June 19, 8pm: $25* Benefit for FAM (Foundation for Advancement in Midwifery)
Sunday, June 20, 3pm: $20
Thursday, June 24, 8pm: $20
Friday, June 25, 8pm: $20
Saturday, June 26, 8pm: $25** Announcement of & Benefit for Brava's 2010-2011 Season