Friday, October 21, 2011

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La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and Chris Isaacson will kick off Upright Cabaret’s American Icon Series’ 3rd season with Heart and Soul, starring American Idol finalist Syesha Mercado, Broadway’s Shoshana Bean, and Sylvia Maccalla, celebrating the music of Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick & Whitney Houston. Todd Schroeder directs this one night only multi-media concert event which takes place on Sunday, November 6th at 7:30 pm in the theatre’s new Cabaret Lounge

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The Coterie at The Renaissance Hollywood Hotel will present Les Misérables: Unplugged on November 3, 4, 12, and 13. Produced by Jordan Beck with original direction by J. Scott Lapp and musical direction/arrangements by Brian P. Kennedy, the cast will feature Broadway performers David Burnham, Kathy Deitch, Julie Garnyé, Adam Hunter, Richard Kinsey, James Snyder and Jessica-Snow Wilson.

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Take it from the Top Productions and Broadway Dreams will present a Broadway Master Class workshop on Saturday, November 5, at Los Angeles Theatre Center to be taught by Broadway veterans Paul Canaan and Tyler Hanes. Participants will learn a dance combination focusing on style and storytelling, and may also perform an ‘audition’ song for feedback from Canaan and Hanes. There will also be a talkback session with cast members from the new musical Bring It On, which opens at the Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center on November 11.


The instructors are Broadway veterans Paul Canaan (Kinky Boots, Catch Me If You Can, Legally Blonde, Miss Saigon, Thoroughly Modern Millie, La Cage Aux Folles and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), and Tyler Hanes (Oklahoma!, Urban Cowboy, The Boy From Oz, The Frogs, Sweet Charity, Hairspray, and A Chorus Line). Canaan’s passion for education in the arts inspired his company ‘Take It From The Top’ with partner Laura Bell Bundy. The workshop is $65 per person. Click here for more information.

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West Coast Ensemble has announced that after 30 years as a membership company, it is discontinuing its membership component effective November 1. Comments Co-Artistic Directors Les Hanson and Richard Israel,  “Over the past few years, it has become increasingly challenging for West Coast Ensemble Theatre to provide an artistic home for its membership. While WCE has continued to present award-winning theatre in a variety of spaces over the last several years, the membership component of the company has suffered due to the lack of a dedicated space.  Without the ability to provide a true artistic base, it no longer makes sense to maintain a corps of dues-paying actors without providing them with the creative outlet that brought them to WCE in the first place.  Therefore, after careful consideration and soul-searching, a decision has been made to discontinue the membership of West Coast Ensemble Theatre.


We are tremendously proud of the journey West Coast Ensemble has taken in its 30 years in Hollywood and we applaud the courageous actors and artists who have comprised our membership, served our patrons and graced our various stages over the years.  We hope that this decision will not be seen as an end, but as the beginning of new opportunities for all of us.  West Coast Ensemble Theatre will continue to operate as a non-membership theatre producing entity, and is actively pursuing opportunities for co-productions, as well as options for partnerships with other companies.”

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