San Jose Stage Company presents Reefer Madness: The Musical, an irreverent musical that satires the 1936 anti-cannabis propaganda film. My wife, Brett, and I co-choreographed this production and we're both performing in the ensemble too! Note that this production is intended for mature audiences.
I'm portraying Sky Masterson in the Berkeley Playhouse production of Guys and Dolls, the classic musical comedy based on "The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown" and "Blood Pressure" by Damon Runyon. The story adaptation by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows is funny and great for all ages, and the musical score by Frank Loesser includes great standard tunes such as “Luck Be a Lady,” “If I Were a Bell,” “Sue Me,” “I’ll Know” and “My Time of Day.”
Show Times and Tickets
Visit www.sfopera.com or call 415.861.4008 for performance times and tickets
Composer Jake Heggie, in his "finest creation since Dead Man Walking,"
and librettist Gene Scheer adapt Herman Melville's meditation on man and
the sea into "a vibrant, compelling piece of musical theater" (San Francisco Chronicle).
I am honored to perform the small role of Tashtego in San Francisco Opera's epic production of Moby Dick!
Everyday this brilliant story by E.L. Doctorow and book by Terrence McNally conveys our American Dream and ways that people both shortchange it and honor our world with compassionate acts of human connection. With a moving score by Ahrens and Flaherty and a fourteen-piece live orchestra put together by Greg Sudmeier, you can't miss this meaningful piece of theatre. The breadth and heights of human emotion and artistic excellence are in evidence and cannot be missed.
Ensemble Parallele presents this operatic interpretation of The Great Gatsby, featuring a lush compositional sound that shifts from sweeping symphonic flourishes to the music of jazz bands from the Roaring Twenties. My wife, Brett, and I are performing as dancers in this gorgeous production!
What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play. The boys are beautiful…the girls are beautiful…this fall The Stage is beautiful. Presented in a true cabaret-like atmosphere, come hear the music play as The Stage recreates the Kit Kat Klub in 1929 Berlin. Winner of Tony Awards three decades apart, join us for a newly revolutionized version of the classic musical with choreography by myself and my wife, Brett.
Bus Barn Stage Company presents this high energy musical tribute to 1950's song writers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
It includes several hit songs such as Stand By Me, Poison Ivy, Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock, Love Potion #9, and On Broadway. It's all music and all fun!
Samson and Delilah
September 23 and 27, 2010
Broadcast on KQED 9HD and KQED Life
Broadcast Times and Channels
Channel KQED 9HD
8pm Thu 9/23
2am Fri 9/24
This riveting opera features lush music and one of the most thrilling bacchanalian dance spectacles ever conceived for the stage. Make no mistake, this production is a Cecil B. DeMille-like extravaganza. -KQED
I am one of the featured dancers in the bacchanalian dance sequence that appears late in the opera. Set your DVR's to record this one!
Photo by Terry Lee
July 4 - 5, 2010
San Jose, CA
San Jose State Event Center
290 South 7th Street, San Jose, CA
Tahiti Fete is a 4 day celebration of Tahitian culture. Groups from several countries come together to perform the exciting music and dance of Tahiti! I'm performing with Motu'aina on Sunday and Monday of the 4th of July weekend. Come check it out!
Image courtesy of R.C. Staab Productions
Shadows of Pompeii
April 16-26, 2009
San Francisco, CA
Location Eureak Theatre 215 Jackson St San Francisco, CA Performance Times 8pm Thursdays and Fridays 6pm Saturdays 3pm Sundays Special Performance Times 7pm Wednesday, April 22 1pm Saturday, April 25 Tickets Go to www.pompeimusical.com or call (415) 225-8207
42nd Street Moon and R.C. Staab Produtions are collaborating to present this workshop production of the new musical drama, Shadows of Pompeii, the story of a young female artist who seeks to express her artistry despite restrictions of the Roman Empire while disaster looms from Mt. Vesuvius. I'm appearing as the character Victor in this ensemble musical with music by Tony-nominated composer Keith Herrman.
Photo by Scott Belding
December 6-21, 2008
San Mateo, CA
Produced by PeninsulaBalletTheatre PittsburgCreativeArtsCenter 250 School St Pittsburg, California 7:30pm Sat, December 6 2pm Sun, December 7 Tickets: Call (925) 432-4992 or go to www.peninsulaballet.org
San MateoPerformingArtsCenter 600 N Delaware St San Mateo, California 7:30pm Sat, December 13 2pm Sun, December 14 2pm Sat, December 20 2pm Sun, December 21 Tickets: Call (800) 595-4849 or go to www.peninsulaballet.org
Artistic Directors Michael Lowe and Mario Alonzo have assembled some of the Bay Area's finest dancers and musicians (yes there is a live orchestra!) for this year's Nutcracker. We are also expanding our performances to two venues this year, the PittsburgCreativeArtsCenter and the San MateoPerformingArtsCenter. I am featured in the Arabian/Coffee pas de deux, a duet choreographed by Carlos Carvajal that has received rave reviews from both audiences and critics.
Photo by Dave Lepori
July 30 – September 21, 2008
San Jose, CA
Presented by San Jose Stage Company
San Jose Stage Company
490 South First St
San Jose, CA
7:30pm Wednesdays and Thursdays
8:00pm Fridays and Saturdays
Important Schedule Notes
There will be no performances on Saturday August 30 and Saturday September 13
There will be an extra performance at 5:30pm Sunday September 14
The final performance will be at 5:30pm Sunday September 21 (not at 2pm)
I’m appearing in San Jose Stage Company’s production of Altar Boyz, the groovin’ and uplifting show that tells the holy, inspiring story of five deeply religious, small-town guys who are on a divine mission to save the souls of adoring fans through the power of funk and rhyme! I’m playing Matthew, the leader of the Altar Boyz, in this high energy show that is part pop concert, part theatre, and all fun! Even if you’re agnostic, the Altar Boyz will lift your spirits!
Flirtations and trickery, midnight trysts and celestial parties… 42nd Street Moon presents Out of This World, Cole Porter’s saucy farce about Greek Gods and Hollywood movie types on the prowl in 1950s Athens! This revised version was produced to acclaim from the London critics in 2004. One of Porter’s greatest scores, the show includes From This Moment On, Use Your Imagination, Nobody’s Chasing Me, They Couldn’t Compare to You, and Cherry Pies Ought to Be You. I’m playing Zeus (or Jupiter as Cole Porter prefers) in this hilarious musical comedy.
42nd Street Moon presents, Coco, the musical play written by André Previn and Alan Jay Lerner in 1969. The musical focuses on fashion designer Coco Chanel (played by Andrea Marcovicci) and her amazing 1950’s renaissance as a fashion force. It also focuses on her bond with her protégé (Nina Josephs) and her battles with a jealous rival designer (Tom Orr) and the boyfriend of her protégé (played by myself). I’m featured in two great songs, Let’s Go Home and A Woman Is How She Loves. This company presents musicals in staged concert format, so you will see and hear all of the music and scenes in a minimal and intimate concert setting.
I am one of several featured performers in Opera Frontier’s premiere production, Remix 8. This fun production
“features choreography and musical arrangements ranging from hip-hop to alleluia, from Bizet to Broadway, but is always anchored in the sublime sound of superb singing.” – Gail Simpson, Artistic Director
Come check out this new take on opera which is performed by a truly talented group of singers and musicians!
“Blankenship is a show in himself. An admired singer, award-winning actor, ballet dancer and gymnast… His charismatic personality bonds him with the audience as he whimsically moves the show along…” – Keith Kreitman, San Mateo County Times
You don’t need to love ballet to love Carnival of the Animals – a great show for kids and adults. The program also includes two other works by choreographers Michael Lowe and Mario Alonzo.