Start with the wit of Oscar Wilde, blend in an Austin Powers palette and an effervescent musical score and you get “Being Earnest,” the exuberant new musical making its world premiere at TheatreWorks in Mountain View.
When “The Importance of Being Earnest” premiered in 1895, London’s The Times reported, “The story is almost too preposterous to go without music.” Read More
Given the six-year difference between them, Barbara Gruska and her kid brother Ethan didn’t really get along when they were young. But that all changed with adulthood. Today, these scions of composer Jay Gruska (and grandkids of film scorer John Williams) make Fleetwood Mac-peppy music together as the Belle Brigade. Read More
What creative outlet do you pursue when your father is noted songwriter Jay Gruska and your grandfather happens to be legendary film composer John Williams? Why, percussion, of course! Or at least that’s how Barbara Gruska saw it, when she first constructed a pan-lid drum kit in her room at age nine. Once she studied jazz drumming at Oberlin and Cal Arts, she hit the professional trail, slapping skins for Jenny Lewis and Inara George’s The Bird And The Bee. Read More