Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Today's Musical Theatre News

Rubicon Theatre Company presents Lonesome Traveler, a world premiere musical event that takes audiences on a journey down the rivers and streams of American Folk Music -- from the hills of Appalachia to the nightclubs of San Francisco and New York; from the 1920s to the 1960s. Written and directed by Rubicon’s Artistic Director James O’Neil, with musical direction and arrangements by Dan Wheetman, Lonesome Traveler will run April 13 - May 15 and is performed by nine artists who create musical portraits inspired by folk immortals such as Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, The Carter Family, Lead Belly, Cisco Houston, The Kingston Trio, and Peter Paul & Mary. For tickets, call 805-667-2900 or go to http://www.rubicontheatre.org/.

Broadway/L.A. announces two Los Angeles return engagements both of which will play the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood: Monty Python’s Spamalot (February 28 – March 4, 2012) and Rock of Ages (March 20 – 25, 2012) Casting for both productions will be announced at a later date. http://www.broadwayla.org/.

Producers David Elzer and Peter Schneider have announced that their smash-hit, Having It All, is extending through Sunday, May 29th at the NoHo Arts Center. The world premiere musical is directed by Richard Israel with musical direction by Greg Nabours. It was conceived by Wendy Perelman and written by John Kavanaugh, with book by David Goldsmith and Wendy Perelman, and lyrics by David Goldsmith. For tickets, call 323-960-7776 or visit http://www.havingitallthemusical.com/.
 

Martin/Apelgren in association with the Group Rep present A STITCH IN TIME A Night at the Cabaret, featuring Carmen Apelgren with Nick Martin, for two performances only, Saturday, April 9th at 5pm and Sunday, April 10th at 6pm, at the Lonny Chapman Theatre. Apelgren has been visually impaired since she was a young girl but didn’t let that stop her from having a successful career as a singer, actor, and songwriter both internationally and in the U.S. Tickets are available online at www.thegrouprep.com/BuyTickets or by calling 818-700-4878.

Show at Barre welcomes Valarie Pettiford, star of Broadway’s Fosse (Tony and Outer critics circle nominations) and recording artist, to the cast of For the Record: Baz Luhrmann. Ms. Pettiford will offer an exclusive special guest performance in the sell-out live concert event this Friday, April 8th only. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at http://www.showatbarre.com/.

GODSPEED A Rock Opera, an original musical by Sammy Oriti will have its world premiere at The Grove Theatre in Upland beginning April 15. Accurately based on the life of Jesus, it is a hybrid of live theater, rock concert and multi-media effects, complete with an on-stage rock band, operatic themes and digital integration. Singer/songwriter John Bisaha stars as Jesus. He has toured nationally and internationally working alongside, and opening for such artists as Heart, Cheap Trick, Robin Trower, and Blue Oyster Cult. GODSPEED runs through May 1st. For tickets call 909-920-4343 or go to http://www.grovetheatre.com/.

Los Angeles Rock Opera presents an evening of exciting new work in experimental dance theatre with music entitled Push Play that will run for three nights only, April 29 – May 1st at the Highway Performance Space, 19th Street Arts Center, 1651 18th Street in Santa Monica. Described as “a live performance mix tape” it features four segments directed and choreographed by Janet Roston, that make up a unified evening. They are:

Pete Townsend’s 10-minute rock operetta, A Quick One While He’s Away. British Music Hall meets Steampunk in the tale of a young maiden lead astray.

Perseus at the Oki Dog, which sets the classic Greek myth in 1980’s Los Angeles using music from the legendary punk rock scene of that time, including a live band with members of original punk bands (X, The Germs) plus members of current hot L.A. band the Stripminers. Seductive nymphs lounge on Hollywood Blvd. while Medusa prowls the dance floor at Madame Wong’s.

15 Minutes of shAme, an abridged version of LAROC’s original work shame, composed by Mark Governor and based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.

More Alive Than Dead, a work-in-progress by Lisbeth Scott, and the story of breaking through our isolating habits of quick judgments and victimization to come to a place of loving each other and ourselves. Ms Scott is as a vocalist or composer on over 100 feature films including Avatar, Iron Man 2, and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.

For more information and tickets go to http://www.highwaysperformance.org/

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