Sunday, August 12, 2012

Upcoming Musical Events Around Los Angeles

A concert reading of Wanting Miss Julie - A New Musical by John Sparks (book), Jake Anthony (music & music direction), and Patricia Zehentmayr (lyrics) will take place one more weekend, August 17-18 at 8pm at NoHo Arts Center. Alison Kalmus directs a cast that includes Megan Heyn as Julie, John D. Holloway as John, and Emily Kimmel as Christine, plus Julie Bersani, Larray Grimes, Jaclyn Holtzman, Kila Packett, and Zach Sandberg.

Julie Stoddard is a stunning, smart and dangerous young woman who is looking for a sign that her powerful father is vulnerable to her twisted machinations. Julie's anti-establishment defiance enmeshes John Reade, a rising young MBA in her father's firm, and their torrid affair spirals out of control creating a reality that rivals any fantasy - hopeful or fearsome. $20 suggested donation. The writers are specifically interested in responses to this workshop production (rehearsal conditions, no costumes, sets, or lighting plot - just actors, words and music.) Click Here for reservations.

Mack & Poppy, the nation’s best least-known lounge act, return to Los Angeles with their acclaimed ‘Til Death Do Us Part. The duo will play two shows only on Wednesdays, August 15 and 22 at 8pm, at Cavern Club Celebrity Theatre inside Casita Del Campo Restaurant in Silver Lake. With a musical look at their tumultuous, legendary marriage and professional partnership, this dynamic duo of comedy and song will take audiences on a trip down memory lane that recalls their first meeting, courtship, marriage, and their meteoric rise from total obscurity to semi-fame. Mack & Poppy are the creation of Christopher Michael Graham and Tod Macofsky.

Click Here for tickets, or call (800) 838-3006. Tickets are $20 at the door. For more information, visit Casita Del Campo is located at 1920 Hyperion Avenue in Los Angeles, 90026.

Stephanie Hutchinson has just released her musical Museum Tour: The Musical on CD Baby. It’s adapted from her 10 minute play, Museum Tour. In it, the Old West meets The Twilight Zone when a sophisticated screenwriter/director visits the Autry Museum. It’s Americana with a Broadway twist! The musical debuted at the Secret Rose Theatre in North Hollywood as part of The Start of Something Real: Short Musicals and Plays by Stephanie Hutchinson. Click Here for the full synopsis and to preview the songs.

Der FrankLloydWrightenlieder. A musical feud for rich dilletante and freak architect. Based on actual letters between the grande patronesse of Hollyhock House, Aline Barnsdall, and her nemesis Frank Lloyd Wright, who absolutely refuses to build her famous home the way SHE envisions it. Starring Elise Dewsberry as the rich dilettante and Scott Guy as the freak architect, in this touching two-hander tour de farce. A fundraiser for the Academy for New Musical Theatre. Wednesday August 22, 2012; 8:30 PM. $10.

Milburn & Vigoda are a theatrical songwriting team who spent 15 years on the road with their band GrooveLily, and now divide their time between writing musicals (Disney's Toy Story: The Musical, Striking 12, Sleeping Beauty Wakes) and songs for movies (Tinker Bell & the many sequels, Planes 2) and teen pop stars (Zendaya). Most of the concert will be the duo with special guests, performing their favorite songs (including some good ones that got cut from shows and films); and a little bit will be Valerie's mind-blowing solo looping vocals and violin. Monday, August 27, 2012. 8:00PM. $20.

Madwomen – a new musical, presented in concert at the NoHo Arts Center on Tuesday, August 28, 2012; 8:00PM. Songwriter Hannah Johnson is astonished to find herself in a psychiatric hospital with the residents who claim to be the very "madwomen" she learned about in her women's studies class: Vivien Leigh, Zelda Fitzgerald, Mary Todd Lincoln, Camille Claudel, and Queen Juana "La Loca" of Castile. The ladies are determined to break out of the hospital where the enigmatic Doctor Ward has confined them, but are they ready to face the men and the messes they left behind? Book by Marian Partee Lamb, music by Patrick Burns & lyrics by Patricia Zehentmayr. Featuring Sophie Oda, Hillary Rollins, Julie Bersani, Dina Buglione, Mindi Erlich, Emily Spalding, and Kila Packet. Presented by the Academy for New Musical Theatre at NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia, North Hollywood, CA 91601. For tickets go to

On October 6th, Theatre West’s Storybook Theatre will open Hansel and Gretel, an interactive musical featuring book by Lloyd J. Schwartz, music & lyrics by Hope and Laurence Juber, and directed by Elliot Kevin Schwartz. Storybook Theatre presents its popular musical about the brother and sister who leave home, follow bread crumbs through the theatre, meet a funny witch and a wacky bird, have all kinds of adventures, and along the way learn that no matter what trouble you are in, it’s never a good idea to run away. It’s a happy, fun show, inspired by the beloved Grimm’s fairy tale. Hansel and Gretel is ideal entertainment for kids aged 3 to 9 and will run Oct. 6, 2012 – March 16, 2013 Saturdays at 1pm at Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West, in Los Angeles, 90068. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children. For reservations call (818) 761-2203 or go to

The red carpet premiere of Loving the Silent Tears: A New Musical will be held on October 27 at the Shrine Auditorium. The musical will star Jon Secada, Jody Watley, Debbie Gravitte, Kiril Kulish, Michael Maguire, and Liz Callaway, joined by international artists Black Uhuru, Siavash Shams, Camellia Abou-Odah, Mark Janicello, Liel Kolet, Katie McMahon, and Fabiana Passoni. Loving the Silent Tears will take the audience on a cultural journey across six continents and 16 countries, to tell a story about humanity’s search for inner peace and happiness.

The show was inspired by a poetry anthology titled Silent Tears, by world-renowned spiritual teacher, humanitarian and artist Supreme Master Ching Hai. It is directed by Vincent Paterson, choreographed by Bonnie Story, and written by Cynthia Ferrell, with Supreme Master Ching Hai’s soulful verses to music by Jorge Calandrelli (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Al Kasha (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), Doug Katsaros (Footloose), Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls), Don Pippin (Oliver!), Nan Schwartz (Harry Potter), and David Shire (Big).

Pacific Opera Project presents Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Pasadena Oct. 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 and in Santa Monica Oct. 31, Nov. 2, 3, and 4. Directed and designed by Josh Shaw with Stephen Karr conducting the nine-piece orchestra. The cast includes Phil Meyer as Sweeney, Amanda Carlin as Mrs. Lovett, Hallie Silverston as Johanna, Tim Campbell as Anthony and E. Scott Levin as Turpin along with Robert Norman, Rachel Payne, Eddie Sayles, Alex Rodin Mendoza and David Fetterman. For reservations call (323) 739-6122 or go to Those attending the October 31 (Halloween) performance are encouraged to come in costume. There will be prizes. Locations: Porticoes Theatre, 2033 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA and Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403.

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