July 17--The stars of "Jersey Boys" mingled with Broadway San Jose's Presidents Club members at Tuesday's opening night cast party, which was appropriately held in the Little Italy courtyard behind Paesano's Ristorante in downtown San Jose.
There was plenty to celebrate, too. The stop in San Jose this week is something of a homecoming for Quinn VanAntwerp, one of the stars of the touring cast who plays Bob Gaudio. He's also the nephew of former San Jose Rep Artistic Director Timothy Near, and his first professional acting job was on stage for the Rep's production of "The Haunting of Winchester" back in 2006.
Broadway San Jose's Nanci Williams was pretty jubilant, too, as this eight-performance engagement of "Jersey Boys" has shattered the single-week box office record for any show to play at the Center for the Performing Arts, beating out "The Lion King," which had a fantastic run for American Musical Theatre back in 2006.
Little Italy's Bel Bacio coffeehouse and the Charming Kitchen, an Italian bakery in Willow Glen, provided treats for the party including cookies with the show's logo.
"Jersey Boys" runs through Sunday, and there are still tickets available for that evening's 6:30 p.m. show (and it's always worth checking for "rush tickets" at the CPA box office an hour before other performances this week). Go to www.broadwaysanjose.com for information.
POLICE COPTER BACK HOME: There are at least a couple of good reasons to cheer the news that "Air 2," the San Jose Police Department's helicopter, is going to be based back at Mineta San Jose International Airport after spending more than a decade at Moffett Field. This means response times should be quicker when the helicopter is needed to search for missing people and suspects.
It also means there'll be a bigger police presence at the airport, which is always a good thing in these security-conscious days. And doesn't it just make sense to have the San Jose Police helicopter at the city's airport instead of in Mountain View?
FOCUS ON YOUTH: CreaTV San Jose is trying to get more people involved in its community media center in downtown San Jose, and its upcoming Youth Media Day on Aug. 2 is part of that effort.
Thirty young people will get a chance to see what it's like to work in a TV studio, take part in a workshop and get some hands-on time with the studio equipment that's used to produce shows for the Comcast community channels that CreaTV programs. Registration for the Youth Media Day is $10, and space is limited to the first 30 kids who sign up. Get all the details at www.creatvsj.org.
Contact Sal Pizarro at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him at Twitter.com/spizarro.
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