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Cal Pops Orchestra to perform Sunday at Smithwick Theatre

The California Pops Orchestra has scheduled its “Broadway Musical Hits” concert 3 p.m. Sunday at Foothill College’s Smithwick Theatre.

The program includes music from “The King & I,” “Funny Girl,” “Les Miserables,” “Candide,” “West Side Story,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “The Sound of Music” and “Sweeney Todd.”


West Bay Opera production opens Friday at Lucie Stern

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Maria Fernanda Brea stars in the West Bay Opera production of “L’elisir d’amore.”

The West Bay Opera production of “L’elisir d’amore” is slated to open Friday and run through Feb. 23 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Sung in Italian with English titles, “L’elisir d’amore” (“The Elixir of Love”) is a new production of Gaetano Donizetti’s comic opera. It is the story of a country bumpkin who falls in love with a beautiful and inaccessible landowner, whom he wins over with the help of an Italian-style snake- oil salesman.


'Cat' closes Sunday at Bus Barn

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Robert Sean Campbell, front, plays Brick and John Baldwin portrays Big Daddy in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

The Los Altos Stage Company production of Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” is scheduled to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

A southern tale of greed, lies, desire, repression, death and decay, the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama is widely acknowledged as the playwright’s personal favorite.


PA Philharmonic performs Saturday at First Congregational Church

The Palo Alto Philharmonic has scheduled its third concert of the season 8 p.m. Saturday at First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, 1985 Louis Road.

The event will feature solo organist Joe Guthrie and violin soloist Jennifer Tzeng. Guthrie is the church organist and assistant music director and pianist for Beach Blanket Babylon Productions. Guthrie will play works by Francis Poulenc and Camille Saint-Saëns; Tzeng will play “Chaccone” by Tomaso Antonio Vitali.


'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' sizzles in Los Altos

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Robert Sean Campbell and Patricia Pitpitan star in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

The Los Altos Stage Company actors and staff acquit themselves admirably in the stage production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” scheduled to run through Feb. 16 at Bus Barn Theater.

Many of us remember the movie version of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which starred Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman. The script for the movie was toned down to conform to the moral standards of the time. The play has since been updated and acknowledges its homosexual themes.


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