Sunday, August 26, 2012

What's Happening Around Town for August 26

Join Jeremy Lelliott for 'Till I Get It Right, a night of live musical theatre selections at Gardenia, a New York-style supper club that has hosted cabaret performances for over 20 years. Spending your life doing theatre means searching for something you can't hold on to. Night after night, we chase after "bigger, faster, and funnier," but we are actually trying to express the truth in a way that everyone in the room can feel. Jeremy’s cabaret celebrates theatre and anything that is just out of reach. Cover is 10.00, plus a 2 drink minimum. No drink minimum with dinner reservations, plus you are guaranteed a table. For more information or to make dinner reservations call: (323) 467-7444.

The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown will play the Hudson Guild Theatre, September 13 – October 6 [now extended through October 20]. It will be directed and produced by Kristen Boule with musical direction by Peter Darling, and starring Kate Bowman and Juan Lozano. The Last Five Years is the story of a struggling marriage told from two points of view. Jamie begins with their first date and moves forward. Cathy starts at the conclusion of five years and recedes backward. They intersect on the day of their wedding. The Gala Opening Night on Friday, September 14 will begin with a press reception at 6:30 pm, followed by the performance at 8:00 pm, and a post-performance party. Performances run Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 pm at The Hudson Guild Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90038. Tickets are $18, except for the Gala Opening Night, which are $25 (includes reception, party, and beverage voucher). Preview: $5. For tickets and reservations call (323) 960-5521 or go to

First Look Events - Festival of New American Musicals
For the Record: John Hughes at Rockwell
Now through September 15 (Thurs – Sun)
For the Record is a rollicking retrospective of the musical magic of the Hughes' oeuvre that brings the audience into the show, led by a colorful cast of showbiz alums from Broadway and Hollywood. This exciting edition of the celebrated series features music and clips from Hughes' classic films like The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, and more starring Barrett Foa (NCIS LA). Rockwell is located BEHIND 1714 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027. Valet parking and Rockwell entrance are located in the alley behind Vermont Kitchen and Bar. For more information, call 323-669-1550. Click Here for tickets. 

The Existents at Rockwell 
September 17th
This live rock-n-roll theatrical experience uses a "VH-1: Behind the Music"-esque formula to tell the story of a fictitious band, "The Existents," and their incredible and almost immediate climb to music superstardom. Along the way, the very dynamics that brought them to success, tears them apart, eventually, leading to tragedy. The show is also about life - any individual life. The characters that make up The Existents represent the archetypes that comprise any one's existence. By using a band as a metaphor for a single human life, the writers are able to examine from creation to death the intricate challenges and lessons that make us who we are. Click Here for tickets. 

In response to the enthusiastic reception by Sierra Madre Playhouse audiences last year of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Yeomen of the Guard, the Playhouse will present Ruddigore re-setting the action to Morro Bay, California in the late 1950s. It’s a mash-up of G&S’s original story with surfers, cheerleaders, ghosts, and allusions to the films of Roger Corman and William Castle. Eugene J. Hutchins directs a cast that includes Maria Elena Altany, Allen Andrews, Richie Ferris, Michelle Holmes, Catherine Leech, Nick Molari, James Simenc, Kaylie Ann Warfield, Jen Faith Brown, Mirna Carbajal, Elena Juliana Casados, and Joshua Clark. Ruddigore runs September 21 – November 19 with a Gala Opening Night performance, Champagne reception and light buffet on Sept. 22 at 8 pm. Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA91024. Ample free parking behind theatre. For tickets call 626-355-4318

San Diego Musical Theatre presents Footloose, (music by Tom Snow, lyrics by Dean Pitchford) directed and choreographed by Robert Marra with musical direction by Don LeMaster September 28 - October 14, 2012 (press opening on September 29) at the Birch North Park Theatre. This heartfelt story is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind. For tickets please call 858-560-5740 or visit

In response to Metro’s recent announcement of Carmageddon II, a consortium of LA-based artists and arts organizations are uniting to create ARTmageddon, a two-day citywide celebration of the prolific and inspiring art happening all over Los Angeles. 
At, Los Angeles residents can discover a comprehensive list of all the great visual, performing and media arts events happening on Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30, 2012. Artists & arts organizations interested in getting involved should contact:

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