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Best of Broadway musicals comes to Cal State East Bay stage


Kira Sullivan, a senior in music, and Nick Tarabini, a junior in theatre and dance, perform in “That’s Life, That’s Love, That’s Broadway.” (Photo: Ben Ailes)

  • November 15, 2011

The best of Broadway's musicals are coming to the Cal State East Bay stage Dec. 8-11 with “That’s Life, That’s Love, That’s Broadway.”

Created by Darryl V. Jones, associate professor in CSUEB's Department of Theatre and Dance, and student Sierra Dee, the musical revue celebrates the ups and downs of life, love, and relationships through a love story covering many of life’s highlights.

The show, to be performed in the Studio Theatre, opens at 8 p.m. Dec. 8 with a special $5 per person admission. It continues with shows at 8 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10, and at 2 p.m. Dec. 11. For those performances, ticket prices will range from $5-15.

The cast will weave its way through a sophisticated mix of numbers by some of Broadway’s best composers, such as Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide,” Stephen Sondheim’s “Not a Day Goes By” from “Merrily we Roll Along,” several selections from “A New Brain” by William Finn, and classics such as “Friendship,” by Cole Porter.

“Sierra and I put the musical review together over the summer to showcase our advanced musical theatre students, and give them the opportunity to sing songs of today’s best Broadway composers and classics from the past,” said Jones, who also directs the show.

Some of the show songs, plus those in a preshow, toured in to Bay Area high schools and community colleges during a November recruitment swing. 

“Some of the teachers really appreciated that I’m part of the cast – as the wise, old sage,” said Jones, who appears on stage with students Dee, a senior in music; Marena MacGregor, a sophomore in theatre; Steven Sloan, a sophomore in theatre; Kira Sullivan, a senior in music;  and Nick Tarabini, a junior in theatre. Evan Alparone will provide the accompaniment.

Tickets may be reserved at or by calling (510) 885-3118.

Campus parking is $10 per weekday, $5 per weekend day, or $2 per hour. Permit dispensers accepting credit and ATM cards are located in Lots K, H and N. A map of the campus featuring the parking locations is available at Hayward Hills Campus Map.

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