Thursday, July 14, 2011

STAGES Festival of New Musicals Moves to Los Angeles July 15, 16, 17

The 16th Annual STAGES FESTIVAL is just about here. For fifteen years the festival took place in Chicago but this year it moves to Los Angeles, hosted by The Academy for New Musical Theatre. See eight brand new musicals in concert in one weekend July 15, 16 and 17. Here’s a rundown of the new musicals featured in the festival:

By Robin Share (book & lyrics) and Clay Zambo (music & lyrics), Peter Welkin, (director), Ross Källing (musical director)
Starring: Zachary Ford, David Holmes, R. Scott Thompson, Daniel Stewart, Rebecca Johnson, and Melissa Bailey

Now and Then a Hero
By Larry Todd Johnson (book & lyrics) and Jake Anthony (music), John Sparks (director), Jake Anthony (musical director)
Starring: Mark Arthur Miller, Celia Chavez, Dana Meller, Elise Dewsberry, Ed Martin, and Jimmer Bolden

Powder Puff Pilots
By Marian Partee (book), Cindy O’Connor (music), and Noelle Donfeld (lyrics), Myrona DeLaney (director), Dennis Castellano (musical director)
Starring: Melissa Dunham, Jenna Locke, Kari Marie Yancy, Hallie Dickinson Mayer, Sarah Weiss, Melissa Glasgow, Samantha Hertz, Sarah Beth Markus, Whitney Kane, Kayla Hart, Madeleine Barker, Molly Samson, Stephanie Leatham, Erin Suth, Ian Parmenter, Garrett Bales, Anthony Fontana, Chris Hull, Sinan Zafar, and Tony McConville

In The Mind of Olympians
Musical revue by Shrubshall & Free and Scott Guy (book), music & lyrics by writers and composers at Mercury Musical Developments (London) and ANMT (Los Angeles)
Directors: David Holmes, Andrea Press, and Christopher Hamilton
Starring: Stephen Simon, Noelle Britton, Christina Valo, Sari Rose Poll, Ben Hensley

Performances for these shows will take place at the Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd in N. Hollywood. Click here for a complete schedule of show times.

90-minute showcase versions of four additional musicals will also be presented at ANMT, 5628 Vineland Avenue in N. Hollywood. They are:

Mary Marie
By Chana Wise (book & lyrics), Carl Johnson (music & lyrics)

The Angel of Painted Post
By Adrian Bewley (book), Matthew Levine (music), Richard Castle (lyrics)

By Kincaid Jones (book), Brian Woodbury (music & lyrics), Noelle Donfeld (lyrics)

The Ring
By Eric Dodson (book & lyrics), Alan Ross Fleishman (music)

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