Thursday, January 16, 2020

Photo Flash: ROCK OF AGES at The Bourbon Room

The Cast of Rock of Ages

Rocker alert! Rock of Ages, the ‘80s rock musical that took Broadway by storm has officially opened and is now playing an open-ended in Hollywood. “The five-time Tony Award-nominated hit classic is back with an immersive theatrical and dining experience at a specially built performance venue and nightlife destination named after the venue at the center of the show, The Bourbon Room.” Sure to be a don’t-miss destination for both visitors and locals alike, you can get tickets now at www.rockofageshollywood.com.

Sean Yves Lessard as Stacee Jaxx

Nick Cordero as Dennis

Ian Ward as Drew

Nick Cordero (Dennis), Frankie Grande (Franz)

Matt Wolpe as Lonny

Callandra Olivia (Sherrie) and Ian Ward (Drew)

The Cast of Rock of Ages

Pat Towne (Hertz) and Frankie Grande (Franz) 

Ian Ward (Drew), Nick Cordero (Dennis) and Matt Wolpe (Lonny)

The Cast of Rock of Ages

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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Photo Flash: Anne of Green Gables at Chance Theater

Emily Abeles as Anne Shirley.
All photos by Doug Catiller, True Image Studio

Chance Theater brings the heartwarming musical Anne of Green Gables back to its stage for the fifth time, directed by artistic director Casey Long and starring Emily Abeles as Anne Shirley. Based on the best-selling novel, it is a perfect holiday story the whole family can enjoy. The Cuthberts expect to adopt a boy, but receive, instead, a red-haired, wide-eyed orphan girl named Anne. Though clever, this precocious young girl has a penchant for getting into trouble but still manages to work her way into the hearts of her adoptive parents as well as the residents of rural Prince Edward Island. The show runs through December 29th at Chance Theater in Anaheim so get your tickets today! www.chancetheater.com

Maya Valenciano (Diana Barry) and Emily Abeles

David Šášik, Caleb Smith, Grace Bates, Maya Valenciano, and Darla Jacobs

William Crisp (Matthew Cuthbert) and Emily Abeles

Marina Coffee (Marilla Cuthbert)and Emily Abeles

David Šášik (Gilbert Blythe) and Emily Abeles 

Maya Valenciano, Samantha Bussard, Carolina J. Flores, Emily Abeles,
and Marina Coffee

Caleb Smith, Emily Abeles, David Šášik, Samantha Bussard, Owen Di Sciullo,
and Lily Bryson

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Photo Flash: PLAID TIDINGS at Rubicon Theatre in Ventura

Sean Bell, Joshua David Cavanaugh, Adolpho Blaire and Zak Edwards.
All photos by Jeanne Tanner

A loveable, nerdy “guy group” from the 50s and 60s struck down in the prime of life gets sent back to Earth for one night to perform the big holiday concert they never got to perform in life, in Plaid Tidings, written and directed by Stuart Ross. The fun-filled, hilarious musical comedy features a slew of holiday favorites such as “Cool Yule,” “Let it Snow,” and “Joy to the World”; a hysterically funny speed-date version of “The Ed Sullivan Show” featuring the Rockettes, the Chipmunks and The Vienna Boys Choir; and other memorable hits from the era, like “Sh-Boom,” “Fever” and “Hey There.” Now through December 29th at Rubicon Theatre in Ventura. Get your tickets now at www.rubicontheatre.org

Adolpho Blaire, Sean Bell, Joshua David Cavanaugh and Zak Edwards

Joshua David Cavanaugh, Zak Edwards, Adolpho Blaire and Sean Bell

Sean Bell, Joshua David Cavanaugh, Adolpho Blaire and Zak Edwards

Adolpho Blaire and Sean Bell

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

First Look: A Christmas Carole King, The Troubies at the El Portal Theatre

L-R (front): Rick Batalla, Dave C. Wright, Beth Kennedy and Chelle Denton.
Back row: Janelle Lillian, Matt Walker and Luis “L.T.” Martinez. All photos by Ed Krieger

Troubadour Theater Company is back and better than ever for the holidays with A Christmas Carole King, combining the soulful songs of Carole King with that seasonal favorite, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Adapted by Matt Walker and featuring musical direction by Derrick Finely choreography by Matt Walker, Suzanne Jolie Narbonne and Luis “L.T.” Martinez, it runs through December 22nd at the El Portal Theatre. Starring Rick Batalla, Chelle Denton, Beth Kennedy, Janelle Lillian, Luis “L.T.” Martinez, Mike Sulprizio, Cloie Wyatt Taylor, Matt Walker and David C. Wright, with set design by Christopher Murillo; sound design by Daniel C. Tator; and costume design by Halei Parker. It’s the hottest ticket in town so get them now at www.elportaltheatre.com!

Mike Sulprizio and Matt Walker

Mike Sulprizio, Janelle Lillian, Matt Walker, Chelle Denton and Cloie Wyatt Taylor

Mike Sulprizio and Rick Batalla

[Center] Cloie Wyatt Taylor and Mike Sulprizio with the Company

Mike Sulprizio Matt Walker and Dave C. Wright

L-R: Dave C. Wright, Matt Walker, Mike Sulprizio, Chelle Denton, Luis “L.T.”
Martinez, Janelle Lillian, Rick Batalla and Beth Kennedy

Mike Sulprizio, Patrick Steven Toth and Kendall Johnson

Luis “L.T.” Martinez, Cloie Wyatt Taylor, Beth Kennedy, Matt Walker, Janelle Lillian,
Chelle Denton, Rick Batalla and Dave C. Wright

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Photo Flash: Peter Pan and Tinkerbell: A Pirates' Christmas at Laguna Playhouse

John O'Hurley and the Company of Peter Pan and Tinker Bell: A Pirates' Christmas.
All photos by Cathy Cunningham

Peter Pan and Tinkerbell: A Pirates' Christmas is a singing, swashbuckling adventure performed in the high-flying style of a British holiday Panto. Take off on a wild quest with Tinker Bell (Ashley Argota), Wendy (Bryce Charles) and Peter Pan (Lincoln Clauss) as they try to put a stop to the plot of some dastardly pirates who plan to kidnap Peter as a present to Captain Hook (John O'Hurley). Filled with big laughs, magic, dancers and contemporary songs by everyone from Taylor Swift to The Bee Gees, this family show has a little bit of something for everyone. Make it your new holiday tradition! Tickets are available at www.lagunaplayhouse.com.

Lincoln Clauss and Ashley Argota

L-R: Dakota Lotus, Daniel Peters, Lincoln Clauss and Bryce Charles

Clarice Ordaz (center) and the Company

Lincoln Clauss (center) and the Company

John O’Hurley and Ben Giroux

Dakota Lotus and Bryce Charles

Ben Giroux and John O’Hurley

John O’Hurley, Dakota Lotus, Bryce Charles, Daniel Peters and Lincoln Clauss

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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Photo Flash: FROZEN at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre


Caroline Ixnnerbichler (Anna), Caroline Bowman (Elsa), and the Company of Frozen.
|All photos by Deen van Meer

The Frozen North American tour by Disney Theatrical Producitons has officially opened for a nine-week run at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre starring Caroline Bowman as Elsa and Caroline Innerbichler as Anna, the sisters at the heart of the joy-filled musical. Joining them are principal cast members Austin Colby (Bowman’s husband) as Hans, F. Michael Haynie as Olaf, Mason Reeves as Kristoff, Jeremy Morse as Weselton, Collin Baja and Evan Strand alternating as Sven, as well as Stella Cobb (Young Anna), Alyssa Kim (Young Elsa), Jaiden Klein (Young Elsa), and Arwen Monzon-Sanders (Young Anna).

Frozen also features Caelan Creaser, C.K. Edwards, Michael Everett, Berklea Going, Michael Allan Haggerty, Tyler Jimenez, Hannah Jewel Kohn, Marina Kondo, Dustin Layton, Nika Lindsay, Tatyana Lubov, Adrianna Rose Lyons, Ralph Meitzler, Kelly Methven, Michael Milkanin, Kyle Lamar Mitchell, Jessie Peltier, Naomi Rodgers, Daniel Switzer, Zach Trimmer, Brit West, and Natalie Wisdom.

A mysterious secret. A family torn apart. As one sister struggles with being an outsider and harnessing her powers within, the other sets out on a thrilling adventure to bring her family together once again. Both are searching for love, but they’ll learn that to find it they’ll have to look inside themselves first.

This all-new production is created for the stage by an award-winning team. It features the songs you know and love from the original Oscar®-winning film, plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers by the film’s songwriters, Oscar winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez and EGOT winner Robert Lopez. Joining them on a creative team that has won a cumulative 16 Tony Awards are Oscar winner Jennifer Lee (book), Tony and Olivier Award winner Michael Grandage (director), and Tony winner Rob Ashford (choreographer). Get your tickets now at HollywoodPantages.com!

Caroline Bowman as Elsa

Collin Baja (Sven) and F. Michael Haynie (Olaf)

Caroline Innerbichler (Anna), Naomi Rodgers, and Caelan Creaser

Caroline Innerbichler (Anna) and Mason Reeves (Kristoff)

The Company of Frozen

Mason Reeves (Kristoff) and Collin Baja (Sven)

Caroline Bowman (Elsa)

The Company of Frozen

Caroline Innerbichler (Anna) and the Company of Frozen

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