MEGABYTES! THE MUSICAL Extended at Shelton Theatre
MEGABYTES! THE MUSICAL is an original musical revue written and directed by Morris Bobrow. The show takes a humorous look at how we navigate technology in our lives. It's about the frustrations, anxieties, annoyances...and occasional joys we encounter as we all struggle to cope with the quotidian challenges created by technology. The point of view of the show is that of the average person using tech devices, not that of a "techie". The comedy arises from the situations, positive and negative, the majority of us encounter in working with these so-called "user-friendly" technological tools. This revue format is a series of 20 plus observational songs and sketches, each depicting its own joy and frustration of living our lives in the modern technological age - with varying results.
Performances at The Shelton Theater - 533 Sutter St. (at Mason St.) Union Sq. in SF 94102. Tickets $36 (Gen. Admission) / $34 (senior / student) available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3114509 or 800-838-3006.
Morris (Morrie) Bobrow is a San Francisco treasure whose nouveau vaudeville style of the musical revue harkens back to a combination of Nichols & May crossed with The Carol Burnett show! He has been writing (book & music and lyrics) and producing his musical revues in SF for over 40 years. With his newest offering, MEGBYTES! THE MUSICAL, that amounts to over 10 original revues. His shows run for years (some 7 years) and his style of "observational comedy" strikes a familiar chord with audiences and fans that return to see his work, show after show. The format of a musical revue, allows him and his cast of singers to work with a minimum of scenery and props - letting the music and lyrics set the mise en scene for the subject of the revue. Within that subject, the songs and sketches mine the comedic pathos of the theme intrinsic to that particular show.
He has received 4 SF Theater Critics Circle Awards (6 nominations), 2 Drama-Logue Critic's Awards and a NYC Backstage Bistro Award for Outstanding Cabaret Revue. Morris is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
For more info on Morris visit: www.bobrowproductions.com
BEN KEIM (Accompanist) - Ben has worked as a pianist in SF for 20+ years. He has been the accompanist for several other Bobrow productions, including Are We Almost There?, Shopping! The Musical, and Foodies! The Musical. Originally from Cincinnati, Ben received a bachelor's degree in piano performance from SF State University in 2003 and studied music therapy at Temple University in Philadelphia.
DAVID GOODWIN started performing in Erie, PA at the Erie Playhouse after high school. David continued to sing and perform throughout Iowa, Missouri and Illinois - performing for community theatre, David has directed and produced productions and served on numerous non-profit production companies throughout the mid-west before his move to the West Coast. HIs most memorable performances include playing Harold Hill in The Music Man - in front of 3000 audience members, singing at the Iowa State Fair, playing Snoopy in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown at the Paddle Wheel Players Dinner Theater, and playing Felix in The Odd Couple. Upon landing in SF he enrolled at ACT, and took many classes before being offered a role in AWAT's production of Shopping! The Musical which started a long run of AWAT hits, including Foodies! The Musical and Are We Almost There? David is currently President of the Board of the nation's longest continuous running LGBTQ theatre, Theatre Rhinoceros in SF.
KIM LARSEN is excited to be working on another Morrie Bobrow show, having already appeared in his productions of Foodies! The Musical, Shopping! The Musical and Are We Almost There? Recent shows include Bread! The Musical at the Shelton Theater and the hit production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert with Theatre Rhinoceros which will be revived in Spring 2018. He's been very active in the Bay Area theater scene for over 25 years and is a board member of Theatre Rhinoceros and the publisher of GayPocket SF guide.
LISA McHENRY is a SF performance artist and soprano. Lisa has been delighting Bay Area audiences in a variety of productions for more than 30 years. Lisa started performing at the Black Point Renaissance Faire in high school and has never looked back. Lisa received her voice training at A.C.T and CCSF where she was a mentor for beginning and intermediate voice students with her hero, Mrs. Judy Hubbell (Julliard). Lisa works for the SF Recreation & Parks Department and has been coordinating walks for Healthy Parks Healthy People (HPHP) since 2013. She graduated Cum Laude from SF State University with a degree in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration and was a full scholarship recipient for the Nat'l. Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) expedition in Alaska. When she is not working as a Parks Ambassador, Lisa can be found singing at various theatres in the Bay Area. Her debut in Bobrow Productions was in 2016 in Are We Almost There. In 2017, Lisa appeared with Theatre Rhinoceros in West Side Gang. Lisa appeared with the Redwood symphony in The Rise and Fall of Mahagonny and Sweeney Todd. She is member of the Thrillpeddlers Theatre Company and appeared in The Untamed Stage, Club Inferno and The Jewels of Paris. A favorite role was the Fortuneteller in the Altarena Playhouse's production of Side Show.
Lisa can also be found performing at local venues such as MoonlightingSF Cabaret with Lowbrowopera, which she co-founded and is most proud of.
DEBORAH RUSSO is thrilled to be back with the "Morrie Family" for this show. She has been performing with Morrie Bobrow for OVER 10 YEARS beginning as a swing in Shopping! The Musical! and then becoming a member of the permanent cast for the remaining run. She performed the full runs of Foodies! The Musical and Are We Almost There?. She was one of the original 4 cast members in the critically acclaimed musical revue New Wrinkles. She recently finished a stage reading of Escaping Queens a musical by Joe Ortiz. She has performed and participated in numerous local films, shows, fundraisers and performed her one-woman show at The Plush Room in SF. Deborah has choreographed and co-directed numerous shows and taught Musical Theater and Drama Fun in the North Bay. She is a native of SF who currently resides in the East Bay. www.gottasingthatsong.com