Sunday, October 27, 2019

Photo Flash: La Mirada Theatre's MATILDA, THE MUSICAL

The Company of Matilda the Musical. All photos by Jason Niedle

From the genius of Roald Dahl comes the Tony Award-winning Matilda, the Musical by Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly, the story of an extraordinary girl who - armed with a vivid imagination, a sharp mind and a love for books - dares to take a stand against the tyranny of adults who seek to crush her imagination. Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs and featuring a gifted young actress, Matilda is a joyous girl-power romp! Get your tickets now at www.lamiradatheatre.com. 

Constance Jewell Lopez and Audrey Cymone and the company

The company of Matilda, the Musical

Erica Hanrahan (center) and the company

Michael A. Shepperd and Nicole Santiago

Audrey Cymone (center) and the company

Nicole Santiago (left) and Michael A. Shepperd (right) with the company

Danil Chernyy, Nicole Santiago and Erica Hanrahan

The company of Matilda, the Musical

Erik Hall, Josh Adamson, Erica Hanrahan and Audrey Cymone

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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Photo Flash: BIG RIVER at Rubicon Theatre in Ventura

David Aron Damane (Jim) and Josey Montana McCoy (Huck).
All photos by Loren Haar

Rubicon Theatre’s environmental production of Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry  Finn runs through November 10th. The show is propelled by a soul-stirring score of country, pop, gospel and bluegrass music created by Roger Miller (“King of the Road”), and is a theatrical celebration of pure Americana. Directed by Kirby Ward, with a company of 23, the production runs Wednesdays through Sundays in Ventura’s Downtown Cultural District at 1006 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA  93001. Tickets: www.rubicontheatre.org.

L-R: Mike Nappi, Nick McKenna, Emma Vielbig, Brandon Ruitter, Sara Freedland,
and Josey Montana McCoy

Sara Freedland, Cassidy Stirtz, and Emma Vielbig

Josey Montana McCoy

Josey Montana McCoy, Summer Greer, Cheyenne Green, Renn Woods,
Carter Michael, and Joshua Valerion 

David Aron Damone, Larry Cedar, Richard Hebert, and Josey Montana McCoy

Teri Bibb, Josey Montana McCoy, David Aron Damone, and Clarinda Ross

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Photo Flash: 5-Star Theatricals' THE MUSIC MAN

Katharine McDonough, Adam Pascal and the cast of The Music Man
All photos by Ed Krieger

Adam Pascal stars as Professor Harold Hill in 5-Star Theatricals’ production of
The Music Man at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. The Meredith Willson classic musical is directed by Larry Raben, with musical direction by Brad Ellis and choreography by Peggy Hickey. The cast also includes Katharine McDonough as Marian, Trent Mills, Joshua Blond, Lisa Dyson, Savannah Fischer, Dani Gonzalez, Rich Grosso, Joe Hart, Christie Lynn Lawrence, Antonia Vivino, Chris Hunter, Jonathan Matthews, James Thomas Miller, Richard Storrs, L. Michael Wells, Adam Winer, and an ensemble of 24. Now through October 27th. 5startheatricals.com


Adam Pascal and Katharine McDonough

Adam Pascal and Trent Mills

L. Michael Wells, Jonathan Matthews, Chris Hunter and James Thomas Miller

Adam Winer and Antonia Vivino

Adam Pascal and Katharine McDonough

Adam Pascal

Adam Pascal, Joshua Blond, and Katharine McDonough

Katharine McDonough and Adam Pascal (center) and cast

Adam Pascal (right) and the company of The Music Man

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Photo Flash: 3-D Theatricals' ONCE The Musical

Aurora Florence (Girl) and Tom Frank (Guy)
All photos by Caught in the Moment Photography.

3-D Theatricals launches its 2019-2020 season with ONCE, The Musical directed by Kari Hayter and choreographed by Linda Love Simmons with musical direction and conducting by David Lamoureux. Adapted from the Academy Award-winning motion picture written and directed by John Carney, ONCE follows a heartbroken Irish guitarist who has given up on love and music until an immigrant girl inspires him to keep going. Their shared love of music draws the two together and the unexpected friendship quickly evolves into a powerful but complicated love story. Through October 27th at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. 3dtheatricals.org

The cast of ONCE the Musical

Scott Warra (Da) and Tom Frank 

Katherine Washington (Reza) and the cast

Andrew Huber (Andrej) and cast

Leota Rhodes (Ex-Girlfriend)

Aurora Florence

Katherine Washington and the cast

Cynthia Marty (Barushka), Aurora Florence, and Quinn Copeland (Ivanka)

Tom Frank

Aurora Florence and Tom Frank

Aurora Florence and cast

Andy Taylor (Bank Manager) Aurora Florence, and Tom Frank

Tom Frank, Quinn Copeland, and Aurora Florence

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Photo Flash: LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL at International City Theatre

Karole Foreman. All photos by Pat Loeb.

Join International City Theatre for an intimate evening with legendary jazz songstress Billie Holiday in Lanie Robertson’s glorious musical portrait of one of the greatest jazz and blues vocalists of all time. Starring Karole Foreman in the title role, and with music direction by Stephan Terry and Ebony Rep founding artistic director Wren T. Brown directing, Lady Day at Emersons Bar & Grill takes the audience through what will be Holiday’s last performance in a seedy Philadelphia bar in 1959. Foreman performs more than a dozen of her best loved songs including “God Bless the Child,” “Crazy He Calls Me,” “T’ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do” and “Strange Fruit.” Oct. 18 – Nov. 3. Get your tickets now at ICTlongbeach.org.

Stephan Terry and Karole Foreman

Karole Foreman

Karole Foreman and Stephan Terry

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Photo Flash: OLIVERIO: A BRAZILIAN TWIST at Lewis Family Playhouse

Patricia Jewel and Ella Saldana North. All photos by Ed Krieger.

Join MainStreet Theatre Company at the Lewis Family Playhouse for the west coast premiere of OLIVÉRio: A Brazilian Twist beginning October 12th. This musical retelling of Oliver Twist is set in modern-day Rio de Janeiro and features book and lyrics by Karen Zacarías and music by Deborah Wicks La Puma. A live Brazilian band accompanies the production so get your tickets now at www.lewisfamilyplayhouse.com. Show runs October 12 - 27!

L-R: Reuben Uy, Gigi Bermingham, Patricia Jewel, Anthea Neri Best,
Janet Greaves, and Max Torrez

Ella Saldana North

Patricia Jewel

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Monday, October 7, 2019

First Look: ANASTASIA at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre

Lila Coogan as Anya. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Adapted by Terrence McNally and set to a gorgeous score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Anastasia is currently celebrating an open-ended run on Broadway and now the touring production comes to the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, Oct. 8 - 27, directed by Tony Award®-winning director Darko Tresnjak. For tickets and more information, visit www.hollywoodpantages.com/anastasia.


Victoria Bingham (Little Anastasia) and Joy Franz (Dowager Empress).
Photo by Evan Zimmerman, MurphyMade.

Lila Coogan (Anya) and Stephen Brower (Dmitry). Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Lila Coogan (Anya) and the company. Photo by Evan Zimmerman, MurphyMade.

Edward Staudenmayer (Vlad), Lila Coogan (Anya), Stephen Brower (Dmitry) and the company.
Photo by Evan Zimmerman, MurphyMade.

Jason Michael Evans (Gleb). Photo by Matthew Murphy, MurphyMade.

Lila Coogan (Anya) and Stephen Brower (Dmitry). Photo by Evan Zimmerman, MurphyMade.

Lila Coogan (Anya), Stephen Brower (Dmitry) and the company.
Photo by Evan Zimmerman, MurphyMade.

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