Here are some lessons I have learned while putting together our annual preview of the upcoming 2012-13 arts season in the Palo Alto area. The preview comes out in this Friday’s issue.
1. A lot of theater people want to be in “Legally Blonde: The Musical” right now. It’s the current trend-o-rama of community theater. However, there is no guarantee that an equal number of audience members want to see the show.
2. Classical music is so not dead, you guys. There are young composers premiering new works every year. And guitar concertos rock.
3. I no longer have to miss the Toad the Wet Sprocket CD I lost in college. Lead singer Glen Phillips is playing two gigs at Red Rock Coffee in Mountain View on the same day, Nov. 3. I could go to one, and then go to the other. It’s just like replaying a CD incessantly, without the roommates getting mad and screaming.
4. Everybody still likes Bach.
5. If you type the URL for West Bay Opera without paying attention to what you’re doing, it comes out woopera, which sounds funny.
6. You can make anything into a musical. Like “The Importance of Being Earnest,” which premieres at TheatreWorks next spring.
7. Let’s hope it’s better than “Big River.”