Broadway San Jose ready to raise the curtain on ‘Hamilton’

“Hamilton” is finally making its way to San Jose this week, and Broadway San Jose General Manager Gretchen Feyer couldn’t be happier to have audiences get to see the hit musical at the Center for the Performing Arts.

“I’ve been waiting patiently to be able to bring ‘Hamilton’ to San Jose,” she said. “If there was one show to kick off our season, our reopening, to have ‘Hamilton’ here for three weeks is the perfect show. Everyone loves it, everyone’s excited about it. The energy is there, the demand is there.”

And Feyer has an even more personal reason to be happy the show has a three-week run in San Jose. Her husband, Daniel Feyer, is the music assistant on the touring show, which means he conducts all the rehearsals as well as two performances each week. He started with the tour when it opened in San Francisco, where the couple lives, but has been with it in Sacramento since mid-September.

“‘Hamilton’ is very much part of my professional life and very much part of my person life,” she said. “We’ve had a lot of ‘Hamilton’ in our house. First show back, reopening, ‘Hamilton,’ and my husband’s back, it’s like our worlds and dreams are colliding at one. We’ve both worked very hard to get here.”

“Hamilton,” which opens Oct. 12 and runs through Oct. 31, leads off a season that includes parts of the 2019-20 season that wasn’t finished and the 2020-21 that was announced and never happened. So, what Feyer likes to call the “revised season” has shows like “Come From Away,” which would have closed 2019-20, along with “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Rent,” “Tootsie,” “Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and “1776” that were supposed to be part of the 2020-21 season, and a couple of new additions like “A Magical Cirque Christmas” and “The Simon and Garfunkel Story.”

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During the 18 months when Broadway San Jose was dark, Feyer said the staff stayed busy trying to stay connected with patrons during the shutdown. There were virtual performances, a Broadway San Jose crossword and even a cookbook with Broadway-themed recipes since everyone at home seemed to be baking or cooking.

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – October 07: “Hamilton” begins a three-week engagement at the Center for the Performing Arts in San Jose on Oct. 12. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group) 

“We were trying to create and educate with them that whole time,” Feyer said, adding that the work included the creation of a Broadway San Jose app that should make ticketing and scheduling easier. The theater also has moved to mobile ticketing to reduce physical contact points.

As with other city-owned facilities, the Center for the Performing Arts has COVID-19 protocols in place, including a vaccination requirement and a mask mandate for patrons. (Guests under age 12 are not required to be vaccinated.) And there are even more backstage precautions being taken for the performers and crew.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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