An ambitious small-town girl steps off a Manhattan bus with nothing but tap shoes in her suitcase and a prayer in her heart. In a musical lovingly packed with Broadway archetypes, she of course becomes a star overnight. Along the way, she encounters a cast of characters that are, well, straight from a Broadway musical. Singers, dancers, tappers; the wacky sidekick, the diva, the dreamy sailor. And they unite by putting on a show. On a Navy ship.
Directed by Larry Williams for Sonoma Arts Live, Dames at Sea (from 1966) is a glorious homage to the flashy musicals of the 1930s — back when the word ‘Dames’ was acceptable.
Above: Serena Elize Flores and Joey Favalora. September 8-24. Thurs-Sat, 7:30pm, Sun. 2pm. $25-$42. Rotary Stage at Andrews Hall, 276 E. Napa St. Sonoma. Sonomaartslive.org