Coming & Going: Bullets Over Broadway

 PHOTO curtesry of isaac hernandez

PHOTO curtesry of isaac hernandez

    BY JAMES BUCKLEY

    This year is moving just too fast. Earlier, say in January, I spoke with SBHS Drama Department head Otto Layman; we were both in line at Paseo Nuevo waiting to buy a movie ticket. He told me about Bullets Over Broadway, and explained that Santa Barbara High School had the honor of presenting the very first high school production of Woody Allen’s Tony Award-winning musical. I wanted to make sure to cover it and saw that there was plenty of time.

    Well, time has run out and the show opens this weekend, Friday April 28. If you are new to the Santa Barbara area and /or have never seen a local high school production, you are in for a treat. I have not seen any rehearsals and haven’t spoken to any of the cast members this time around, but having seen perhaps as many as a dozen (if not more) Otto Layman musical productions over the past 20 years, I can assure one and all that they will enjoy Broadway tunes, live acting and singing by talented-always talented, and Otto brings out the best in everyone-young performers, professional sets, an accomplished orchestra, and, well, they can’t go wrong. We plan to have more in next week’s issue, including photos and a review.

    Ticket prices are $10 for students, $15 for adults, and a big $25 for up-front reserved seating. Performances are Friday, April 28, at 7pm; Saturday, April 29, at 2 pm and again at 7 pm; Friday, May 5, at 7 pm; Saturday, May 6, at 2 pm and 7pm; and a final performance on Sunday, May 7, at 2pm, at which there will be a special farewell to the senior class performers.

    For tickets, go to www.sbhstheatre.com/tickets/.