The San Jose Rep may be gone, but a bit of it has been living on in Manhattan the past couple of weeks as former Rep staffers have presented last winter's hit show, "The Snow Queen," as part of the New York Theatre Festival.
Rick Lombardo, the Rep's former producing artistic director, and Kirsten Brandt, the Rep's associate artistic director, and composer Haddon Kime collaborated on the San Jose production and took the show to the festival with hopes of bringing it to more audiences in the future. These plans were in the works before the Rep closed down and filed for bankruptcy in June, but you've got to think this effort is going a long way to heal some wounds.
My former Mercury News colleague Charlie McCollum has been on the road with the cast and crew and reports that audiences at the Griffin Theater cheered and filled seats during its short run, which should be no surprise to Silicon Valley audiences who absolutely loved the fantasy tale that shares source material with Disney's "Frozen."
And those who did enjoy the show when it was here can vote for the show to win the "Best of the Fest" prize. Voting is open through July 27 at www.nymf.org/tickets/vote-best-fest.
MORE REP RELIEF: San Jose Stage Artistic Director Randall King wants to make sure that San Jose Rep patrons who bought next season's tickets know they can be exchanged for a subscription to San Jose Stage for next season, with just a $12 handling fee.
Other South Bay theater groups including City Lights, Children's Musical Theatre of San Jose, Tabard Theatre, Sunnyvale's California Theatre Center and TheatreWorks have either announced or are planning some form of ticket exchange or discount for San Jose Rep castaways.
Your best bet is to call the box office of a theater that you're interested in and find out if they've got a deal for you.
STADIUM DRAWS CHEERS, TEARS: I was among the great mass of humanity at the ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday for the 49ers' new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. Both the venue and the event were impressive, with former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell joining many, many elected officials and community leaders from Silicon Valley for the hoopla.
And while there may be no crying in baseball, a couple of guys -- 49ers CEO Jed York and Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews -- choked up a little when talking about the tremendous effort it took to reach Thursday's opening and what they look forward to from the stadium in the future. As Matthews pointed out, we often see historic photographs of famous stadiums and other buildings being opened and wonder what it would have felt like to be part of that moment in history. "Well, this is what it feels like," he said.
In any case, the emotion was officially sanctioned by the NFL, as Commissioner Goodell told York, "Jed, you have every reason to be emotional today."
But hands down, the best emotional moment was when the crowd gave a standing ovation to hundreds of construction workers who helped build the stadium as they gathered on the steps leading to the entrance.