Broadway By the Bay

Rating: 5 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 851 Burlway Rd. Ste. 300 Burlingame CA 94010 USA

Mission: Each season, Broadway By the Bay produces three or four full-scale musicals at the 1,600 seat San Mateo Performing Arts Center (SAMPAC), which is the largest stage between San Francisco and San Jose. In addition to reaching an audience of more than 7,000 subscribers and 4,000 single ticket buyers for each show, the productions provide performance opportunities for the Bay Area’s most talented musical theatre performers and six Equity performers per season.
Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area
Programs: Musical Theatre Education & Outreach

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Why go all the way to New York City when Broadway By the Bay is right here in our community? The shows are terrific! Bravo to Brooke Knight and Jim Gardia! The artistic group plan two hugely popular shows, a third show that is creatively edgy, and the fourth show highlights a famous producer. They are passionate about arts for the youth in the community with the outreach program. I'm a long time sponsor of BBBay and am proud to be associated with such a class act.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the years I have been involved. Each staff member, volunteer and board member is passionate about BBBay.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Our family is passionate about musical theater. But, we can be quite critical about the quality of local productions. That said, Best of Broadway consistently surpasses all our expectations. The professionalism, talent, and creativity, that goes into each production is apparent every time the curtain rises. And the personal touch of their box office staff makes the whole experience a wonderful encounter.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my attending their productions over the past decade - all of which were thoroughly entertaining, and worth much more than the price of the ticket (but dont tell them I said so!)

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Is the incredible quality of their productions - we are convinced that Broadway By The Bay puts on the best and most entertaining musical shows in the entire bay area!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Of the highest degree of professionalism, enthusiasm, and passion for what they do. What a treat it has been to get to know the whole staff!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build it's own venue, with state-of-the-art facilities, and provide a broader range of community outreach and youth enrichment programs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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2 people found this review helpful

I have been attending the musicals produced by BBB (and PCLO)for over 20 years. the shows have been outstanding and more fun than those in SF. We ahve cancelled our subscripion to the SF shows because the BBB shows are better, cheaper and more accessible.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

After mony years as an outsider, I joined the Board of Cirectors in 2009.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build a theater for BBB.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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2 people found this review helpful

Broadway By The Bay truly puts out top notch performances at bargain prices. Serving the San Francisco Peninsula with musical classics and occasionally more cutting edge offerings. Great direction, casting, and music are typically the expectation from BBB. A great organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working on the baord and enjoying the fabulous lerformances

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

The venue was updated

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I have always enjoyed all of the musical performances. We have been major financial supporters for many years, and my husband and I have served on the Board of Directors a long time. The tickets are affordable, parking is free, and all performances are spectacular.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my capacity as a member of the Board of Directors, and as a spectator.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the performances, meeting many wonderful people and making lasting friendships.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and very professional.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build a performing arts center and be the very best musical theater company on the San Francisco peninsula.

Ways to make it better...

The theater would have air conditioning and the seats were much better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Finances.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I've been a tremendous fan of BBB for many years! Never miss a production and I completely agree with the quote "Who needs Broadway in New York when we have Broadway by the Bay." I've also had the privilege of sitting on the Board and am so impressed by their dedicated, energetic and very talented staff. Hooray for BBB!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

both as part of the audience and as a current Board member. I applaud BBB for their conscientious efforts to maintain the high quality of their wonderful productions. Brooke Knight is a marvel - not to mention the rest of the staff.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build their own theater and become a magnet for all the entire Peninsula.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I have enjoyed Broadway By The Bay as a performer, audience member, board member, and assisted with fundraising, costume, makeup and hair design and volunteer regularly to support this grand organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

and behind many productions, my favorites being "Ragtime", "Jesus Christ Superstar", "West Side Story", "The Sound of Music" and "Into the Woods".

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to print tickets at home, as Fandango does.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

sharing quality musical theater with kids and grandparents and everyone in between, with low prices and easy parking.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always cheerful and dedicated! Tony always had a smile, and Kevin is the best House Manager! Backstage, kudos to Kirsten!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

start to build a new theater that could house both it's productions and its wonderful education and outreach programs.

Ways to make it better...

our theater had the benefit of climate control and decent seat and bathrooms. The theater we love needs desperately to be renovated!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of venues on the Peninsula for fine theater of the quality that BBB supplies. I wish BBB had a home of its own...

One thing I'd also say is that...

BBB is am outlet for the phenomenal talent that is in the area. It draws the best talent and uses the time of it's actors well. The artistic staff is stellar!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I've been a stage manager for Broadway by the Bay for 16 years, and volunteered on the crew for a few years before that. The company provides a wonderful opportunity for community performers to appear in a professional quality production alongside theater professionals. Volunteer opportunities exist for crew members, where valuable technical theater skills are taught. I am a big fan of the company, because they provide an opportunity for community involvement in every area of musical theater production, without compromising artistic quality.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being part of fantastic musical theater productions, such as "The Full Monty" and "Jesus Christ Superstar."

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to work with talented and enthusiastic people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind and professional.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

educate thousands of kids in theater, put on some terrific shows, and improve the venue to better accomodate the audience.

Ways to make it better...

there was a larger budget to allow more flexibility in the artistic process and greater community participation.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the increased cost of theatrical space, and the limited availability of rental sets of broadway quality.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I've been a patron, season-ticket holder and cast member of shows for Broadway by the Bay for the past 10 years. Its an invaluable institution and we are a better community for it. From its high-quality productions to its children's theatre program it is one of the few non-profits that gives something to everyone (actor and audience member alike). Above it all, its leaders and staff are some of the finest, most dynamic and dedicates people I've had the privilege to know and work along side.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being in and having the privilege to see many of its shows over the years.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its sense of community and dedication to bringing quality theater productions to the Bay Area.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazingly dedicated, fun, professional and hard-working.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Broadway By The Bay has been a fixture in the community for the past 45 years and I have had the privledge to be involved with the organization for the past 8 years. I am continually amazed at the quality of productions presented and the talent on the stage (this is all due to the talented staff Broadway By The Bay has behind the scenes). I started with BBB as a volunteer for their annual fundraising gala eight years ago and today I have been elected President of the Board of Directors for a second term. During my seven years on the Board of Directors, I have chaired and co-chaired the annual fund raising gala and spent time volunteering to support our casts and crew at Tech Dinners and Opening Night. I look forward to my continual involvement with BBB and the future growth of the organization and local theatre.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

We could build our own theater and offer more variety of productions in addition to classes and youth camps. We currently rent a facility and we are limited to their time frames and the rental costs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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