Cabrillo Stage Musical Season Continues with Oliver!


The Cabrillo Stage has been hard at work with their third production of the summer, Oliver—Lionel Bart’s musical refashioning of Charles Dickens’ timeless tale. Revisit Victorian London with Oliver Twist who just wants some more (please, sir!), Fagin, Nancy and Bill Sykes. Putting song and dance to the story of an orphaned-lad-turned-pickpocket, Dustin Leonard directs…

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Letters to the Editor: Aug 22-28

In order to thank a veteran, one of our readers suggests using more than simply spoken words. Other readers, meanwhile, muse about the recently opened ReStore on the west side, a new Cabrillo College musical and those all too unaffordably priced condos at Walnut Commons.

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‘A Chorus Line’ at Cabrillo Stage

'A Chorus Line' runs July 13–Aug. 12 at Cabrillo Crocker Theater. Photo by Jana Marcus.

In 1975, A Chorus Line shattered and rebuilt the world of musical theater. Within six months of its Broadway opening, before the world had had a chance to pick its jaw up off the ground, most of the cast went to London for the international tour. Finally, after six months of magazine covers, nine Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, they returned to the United States. Janie Scott was 25 at the time and just starting her dancing career. When she saw A Chorus Line in San Francisco, it changed her life forever.

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Corny Fun and Good Harmony in ‘Plaid Tidings’

The Plaids do their holiday take on 'Matilda' in Plaid Tidings. Photo by Jana Marcus.

Not everything went well for Mom on this holiday trip out West. First there was the missed flight, and then there was the other missed flight, and then the fellow passenger who blabbed all the way to Chicago. But Saturday night at the Cabrillo Crocker Theater, things started to look up. That’s when the four stars of Plaid Tidings launched into “Strangers in Paradise,” followed closely by “Sh–Boom,” “Mambo Italiano” and a slew of jazzed-up holiday numbers as only a quartet of clean-cut fraternity brothers from 1950s middle America could perform them.

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