Center REP musical 'Life Could Be a Dream' aimed at off-Broadway run?


"LIFE COULD BE A DREAM": Roger Bean, who wrote the 2009 jukebox musical, has retooled the doo-wop-flavored show and is directing its premiere at the Lesher Center. Reportedly, it's being eyed for an off-Broadway run.

This style of mini-musical has become something of a tradition for Center Repertory Company, which has a knack for excelling with this sort of high-energy, tuneful and thoroughly entertaining show. Produced by Center Rep in association with Bean and San Francisco-based producer Jonathan Reinis (a producer of the current hit "Pippin the Musical" revival on Broadway), the show catches the zeitgeist (just wanted to use that word one more time) of the boppin' late 1950s and early '60s to tell the story of a doo-wop primed for the big time. But things get dicey when Lois is brought in to polish the act, especially when Danny falls in love with her, and heartthrob Skip enters the scene. Skip is played by Derek Keeling, who starred in "Grease" on Broadway and appeared on NBC's "You're the One That I Want!"

The show is not exactly Ibsen, but it does feature such classic hits as "Fools Fall in Love," "Tears On My Pillow," "Runaround Sue," "Earth Angel," "Stay," "Unchained Melody" and more.

The show previews on Friday. The main run is through Oct. 5. All performances are at the Lesher Center. Tickets, at $37-$66, may be reserved at 925-943-7469 or


-- Pat Craig, San Jose Mercury News, August 26, 2014