Born and Raised: A New Musical About Family From Berkeley Playhouse
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The last date listed for Born and Raised was Sunday May 8, 2011 / 5:00pm.
Currently at Julia Morgan Theater:
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The high-stakes world of middle-school spelling competitions takes center stage in Berkeley Playhouse's production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee -- along with some added audience participation and improvised moments. This musical comedy follows six overachieving would-be wordsmiths and their neurotic parents. The hilariously catchy songs capture tweenage troubles at their worst, from "Woe Is Me" to "I'm Not That Smart." And the contest teaches the valuable lesson that winning isn't the only definition of success. With music and lyrics by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was nominated for Best Musical and five other Tony Awards in its original run, winning for Best Book of a Musical. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from B. A.
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We were at the Saturday evening performance of Born and Raised and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Both entertaining and thought provoking, it touched on so many current issues revolving around relationships and families today. There were so many excellent performances by both the young ones and the adults, it was hard not to get swept up in the emotional moments. And a couple of musical numbers were so delightfully tuneful and upbeat, it was hard not to start singing along!
As others have noted, this is a work in progress.
The piece we saw Saturday night might not be exactly the one you will see this coming weekend. But that's the excitement of being part of a 'workshop' production. You are asked for your opinion after the performance and yours might be just the one that changes it the very next night!
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Berkeley Playhouse is proud to present the third show in their fourth season and their first commissioned work for the main stage by writer/director, Jon Tracy and music composer, lyricist and director, Scott deTurk.
Formerly under the working title,_ Pride_ and now called Born & Raised, this new musical in development explores the meaning of “family” as it follows a young, San Francisco-based man trying to make sense of the paths, choices, and challenges of family members and friends, gay and straight, who have influenced his life.
Meet Connor, a young and successful comic-book artist whose life begins to unravel when his moms announce they want to marry and his hero Man-Man runs out of villains to fight. To get his mind off of work stress, Connor’s new colleague James sets him up with Lila, a journalist covering the 2004 marriage-equality battle in San Francisco.
In a series of flashbacks, we see young Connor and his best friend Jesse cope with bullies by escaping into a fantasy world of superheroes. We also meet young Lila, whose parents refuse to accept her older sister’s lesbian identity, even in the aftermath of Elena’s brutal gay-bashing.
Born and Raised boldly explores challenges facing LGBT individuals and families – including homophobia, restricted rights, and suicide – while imagining a space where healing can occur and freedom can thrive.