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Bikers in Camelot Premieres in San Miguel with Engines Revved

BIKERS

Fredric Dannen

Imagine you are among the first to see a Broadway-bound musical with an international cast of performers (New York, México, and Norway), a five-piece orchestra, New York-quality production values, and a rich musical score featuring 17 new songs. The story of the musical is pure fantasy, but your opportunity to attend the musical’s debut production is entirely real.

The show is called Bikers in Camelot, and it is the work of the wife-and-husband team of Wendy and Ken Bichel, both New York theater veterans. It opened last week to rave reviews around town by early attendees.

Wendy, who wrote the book, music, and lyrics, has performed one-woman shows in New York for over a decade, received a master’s in music theater on a full-fellowship from New York University, and wrote several successful musicals, including one commissioned by New York’s Public Theater. Ken has performed in and conducted numerous Broadway shows, garnering a Drama Desk Award in the process.

Bikers in Camelot is a four-character musical romp, a romantic fable with a supernatural twist. Two authors, live-in lovers, are at a critical point in their relationship. Michael, who writes biographies of Victorian women, proposes to Holly, who pens chivalrous sci-fi fantasy. But the timing of Michael’s proposal is terribly wrong, and in the throes of a nasty argument, the authors somehow conjure up characters from their own books—their fantasy lovers made flesh. What ensues is a crazy and instructive night in which Michael and Holly learn the wisdom of the adage “Be careful what you wish for.” In the process, the authors rediscover one another, but there’s an unexpected problem: their dream lovers have no intention of dematerializing.

The show is staged with all the sparkle of a Broadway production. The outstanding cast features Santa Claire Hirsch and Joshua David Cavanaugh, both from New York. Magnus Dorholt Kjeldal of Norway and Clara Dunham from México round out the leads. This production’s brilliant Canadian director, Ken Albanese, specializes in developing new musicals.

Bikers in Camelot is scheduled to run for 10 performances between February 20 and March 3 at the San Miguel Playhouse, located at Avenida Independencia 82. However, the run may be extended, so check online at boletocity.com or sanmiguelplayhouse.com. Or visit Boleto City, the ticket kiosk on the second floor of the Mercado Sano, Ancha de San Antonio 123, Mondays–Saturdays, 11am–5pm.

Performances of Bikers in Camelot will take place Wednesdays through Sundays. The Wednesday and Sunday performances are 3pm matinees; the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows take place at 7pm. And now it will be extended from March 5 to March 7 at 7pm.

The theater features secured free parking and taxi-concierge service. A car or taxi ride to the theater from the center of town takes no more than 10 minutes. This is a reserved-seat event. The San Miguel Playhouse has 124 official seats, but more can be added at showtime for performances that are sold out. With its three-quarter thrust stage, the theater is intimate, and there are no bad seats in the house.

 

Theater

Bikers in Camelot

Fri–Sat, Mar 1–2, 7pm

Sun, Mar 3, 3pm

San Miguel Playhouse

Avenida Independencia 82

boletocity.com

sanmiguelplayhouse.com

Boleto City, Ancha de San Antonio 123

 

 

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