A rock 'n' roll musical that is out of this world

Sci fi emotions
Sci fi emotions

Return to the Forbidden Planet, nominated for the best musical in 2013, is landing in Novato for an encore production after a successful Mill Valley run.

Presented by Marin Onstage and Curtain Theatre, the incredible show is billed as “Shakespeare’s forgotten rock ‘n’ roll Musical” with book, lyrics and music by Bob Carlton, appealing not only to music lovers — but just about everyone. It features tunes from the Byrds, James Brown, the Beach Boys, and more as well as dynamic choreography with colorful characters

“This show is a must-see for Shakespeare lovers, Shakespeare haters, Trekkies, Rock n Roll fans, and everyone in between,” wrote reviewer Wayne Roadie of the Mill Valley performances.

“It has all of the excitement of a ‘60s rock concert staged to the story of Shakespeare’s The Tempest in deep space,” wrote another reviewer.

With a run date from Jan. 9 to 26 at the NTC Theater at 5420 Nave Drive in Novato, this high-energy jukebox musical will guarantee to sell out. With a sci-fi setting that looks like a space ship, hiding keyboards and drums, it features a robot performed by an actor on roller skates. Betty Woolfolk, Nick Corcoran and Leslie Scott, all of Inverness, provided scenic design. Aaron Jackson, an art director who worked on Star Trek Into Darkness, created custom puppets that are used in an innovative new addition to the show.

Tickets are available now at www.marinonstage.org. Show times are at 8 p.m. from Thursday to Saturdaywith a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. Cost is $25, with senior and student ticketsavailable for $20 and $15 for children under 12. A $15 preview show is set for Thursday, Jan. 9.

This production is a team effort of Carl Jordan(director) of Petaluma, Steve Beecroft (co-producer, choreographer) of Mill Valley and Gary Gonser (co-producer, technical director) of Novato. Jordan is a three-time winner of the San Francisco Bay Area Theater Circle critics’ awards including best director.

Cast members include: Phillip Percy Williams of San Rafael as Captain Tempest; Amanda Morando of Corte Madera as Miranda (she is also the musical director for the show); Amy Lizardo of Berkeley as Gloria the Science Officer; Paul Abbott of Novato as Prospero; Beecroft as Cookie; Melissa Claire of Point Reyes as Ariel the Robot; Phillip Swanson of Santa Rosa as Bosun; and Ashley McKenna of San Rafael as Navigator.

Other cast members include Shari Clover of Marinwood, Mark Clark of Novato, Linda Ward of Novato, Trungta Kositchaimongkol of Larkspur, and Will Lamers of Petaluma.

Marin musician James Harman of Novato leads the three-piece band. Lizardo just had her second call back for the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.Williams is an 11-year veteran of Beach Blanket Babylon and is cast in the lead role.

Marin Onstage is a non-profit based in Novato that produces quality entertainment, bringing new entertainment to the stage. The Curtain Theater, also a non-profit, is based in Mill Valley producing freetheater since 2000 with an emphasis on Shakespeare.


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