San Jose – Entertainment With Blue Man Group, Billy Elliot and Green Day
Broadway Theater comes to Silicon Valley
In an area better known for being the home of the world’s most important technology companies, the Silicon Valley has also built a reputation for the arts and great Broadway theatrical performances. Broadway San Jose, which takes place at the Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown San Jose, presents fabulous west coast productions of the most popular New York Broadway shows.
Able to accommodate 2,665 patrons in theater seats, the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts is a wonderful place to see a Broadway show. Fans of the arts can attend a ballet or enjoy a symphony performance. There are comedy and musical concerts and, of course, a number of great Broadway shows. Coming up in April, May and June are three can’t miss performances.
Blue Man Group (video www.youtube.com )
April 2-7, 2013
Run Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes
Recommended for all ages
If you have never been to a Blue Man show, you are in for a fantastic treat. There is no act anything like this one. Performances combine comedy, music and technology to create a show that is wildly entertaining from start to finish.
Why are they blue? Maybe it is a favorite color or maybe it is an artistic choice. Certainly, it is not because they are sad. Audiences of all ages always have a raucously good time when they watch this talented group perform.
While not a word is spoken, the Blue Man Group communicates with their movements and actions. Whether you are young or old, speak English or are from a foreign country, you will get the same great enjoyment in this well choreographed presentation.
Billy Elliot the Musical (video www.youtube.com )
May 7-12, 2013
Run Time: 2 hours and 50 minutes
Recommended for ages 10 and up – some adult language
Who is Billy Elliot and why did they make a big Broadway show about him? This is a touching story of a young boy in pursuit of his dreams. The scene is a small town in England and Billy goes through a series of adventures and eventually finds that he is blessed with a special talent.
Follow Billy as he discovers who he is and what he wants to be. Billy goes through a series of adventures, deals with personal and family issues and winds up realizing his dream. Along the way he winds up in the boxing ring. He struggles through his young life until he discovers ballet. Billy’s talent turns out to be that he has all of the skills to become an accomplished ballet dancer.
Billy Elliot began in 2005 with a London debut that opened to rave reviews. The show became so popular that performances were held in Sydney, New York, Melbourne, Chicago and Seoul. The theatrical production has toured all across America and won 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. More than 7.5 million people have seen Billy Elliot the Musical.
Elton John created the musical score that brings the whole production together. If you like a story that is emotional, inspirational and celebrates the dreams and aspirations of one special boy, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to see Billy Elliot the Musical.
Green Day’s American Idiot (video www.youtube.com )
June 4-9, 2013
Run Time 1 hour and 30 minutes
Recommended for ages 14 and up – adult content and strong language
Fans of the musical group Green Day will get a chance to see the big Broadway spectacle that has been wowing audiences ever since it opened. Based on Green Day’s incredibly well received album, American Idiot, the show chronicles the lives of three long time friends as they struggle with the choice between living a safe and comfortable life in suburbia or taking chances and pursuing their true dreams.
With lyrics by Green Day vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong and such big hits as Boulevard of Broken Dreams and Wake Me Up When September Ends, audiences get to hear great music and also see a very touching story.
The world changed forever after 9/11 and this musical is a realistic portrayal of how ordinary lives were affected by the tragedy. The winner of multiple Tony Awards, Green Day’s American Idiot is a little bit edgy and definitely will make the audience think about the world we live in today.
For more information www.broadwaysanjose.com