Not Quite Opera’s wonderful showcase of music from new works by Bay Area writers of musical theater returns on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21 at 8pm and Sunday April 22 at 4pm here at The Alcove Theater. NQO is one of the few places in the nation that exclusively develops and produces totally original musical theater. Directed by Anne Nygren Doherty, with musical director, Scott DeTurk, this uplifting revue features top notch vocal performances, soaring melodies, witty lyrics and penetrating insights.
The ten writers and composers for April’s Round One Cabaret were chosen from dozens of submissions. The April 20-22 show is a charming 110- minute musical revue, directed by Not Quite Opera artistic director Anne Nygren Doherty, the author and composer of NQO’s long-running hit, Absolutely San Francisco. Music direction is by Scott DeTurk.
Round One features songs from ten different musicals by Cory Bytof, Owen Dockham, Richard Jennings, Randy Kasten, Sandy Kasten, Ron Lytle, Pat Morris, Tracy Held Potter, Liz White Salk and Patrick Wills. The soaring melodies and insightful, witty lyrics are sung by a sextet of talented performers, all of them veterans of the local musical theater scene: Diana DiCostanzo, Jenna Davi, David Sasse, Brett Hammon, Dale Murphy, and Kate Offer.
Each cabaret is built around a kind of abstract story – inspired by the theme – that utilizes the songs with roughly the same dramatic purpose as their parent musicals. So, although the songs are presented outside their original contexts, the evening captures the drive and feel of a plotted show. The result is part concert, part musical theater, and pure enjoyment.