Saturday, November 3, 2012

What's Happening Around Town for Saturday, November 3, 2012


Plaid Tidings in Laguna  Beach 
Plaid Tidings, written and directed by Stuart Ross, is coming to the Laguna Playhouse beginning November 27, with an official opening night on December 1, and will run through Dec. 30. The cast will feature William Martinez as Frankie, Scott Dreier as Smudge, David Brannen as Sparky and Ciaran McCarthy as Jinx.

On February 9, 1964, the semi-professional harmony group ‘Forever Plaid’ was tragically killed en route to their first big gig, but Frankie, Sparky, Smudge and Jinx are back on The Laguna Playhouse stage in the heart-warming holiday musical, Plaid Tidings. The only problem for this quartet of confused doo-wop wanna-be’s is that they have no idea why they’ve been sent to Laguna Beach or why they all have the overwhelming urge to sing Christmas classics such as “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas,” “ Let It Snow,” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” It’s a terrific holiday entertainment for everyone. Tickets can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.

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Little Women - Chance Theater 
Chance Theater is delighted to presents Little Women for the holidays, featuring book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland, and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein. Casey Long will direct. Music Direction is by Bill Strongin and choreography by Jessie McLean. Little Women runs Nov. 16 – Dec. 23, with opening night on Saturday, Nov 17 at 8pm. The cast includes Erika C. Miller (Jo), Laura M. Hathaway (Meg), Tasha Tormey (Beth), Valerie Sloan (Young Amy), Kelsey Jones (Older Amy), Eloise Coopersmith (Marmee), Brandon Sanchez (Laurie), Chris Caputo (Professor Bhaer), Sherry Domerego (Aunt March/Mrs. Kirk), Taylor Stephenson (John Brooke), and Glenn Koppel (Mr. Laurence). Chance Theater, 5552 E. La Palma Ave. in Anaheim Hills. www.chancetheater.com.

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The Old Globe goes Grinchy
The Old Globe has announced the cast for its 15th annual production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The holiday musical will run Nov. 17 – Dec. 29.  Previews run from Nov. 17 – Nov. 23. Opening night is Nov. 23 at 7pm.  As previously announced, Steve Blanchard reprises his role as The Grinch. Alternating as Cindy-Lou Who are Caitlin McAuliffe and Lilith Freund. Steve Gunderson returns as Old Max and Jason Edward Cook plays Young Max.


Rounding out the cast are Geno Carr (Papa Who), Kelsey Venter (Mama Who), Phil Johnson (Grandpa Who), Amanda Naughton (Grandma Who), Annie Buckleyand Kaitlyn O’Leary (Annie Who), Sydney Rose Horowitz and Madison Pyle (Betty-Lou Who), Dylan Nalbandian and Jordi Bertran (Boo Who) and Aaron Acosta and Liam James Brandt (Danny Who) with Luke Babbitt, Ava Marie Bunn, Jacob Caltrider, Nancy Snow Carr, Kevin Davison, Sophia Dimmick, Randall Dodge, Katrina Heil, Brooke Henderson, Kyle J. Johnson, Gabi Leibowitz, Alison Grace Norwood, Carly Nykanen,Allison Spratt Pearce, Avalon Robbins and Maxine Sutton (Ensemble). The Grinch is directed by James Vásquez with book and lyrics by Timothy Mason and music by Mel Marvin. An autism-friendly performance will take place on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 10:30 am and the annual Christmas Tree Lighting is Nov. 18 at 6pm. Photo: (L-R) Lilith Freund, Steve Blanchard, and Caitlin McAuliffe. www.theoldglobe.org

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Telly Leung at The Coterie
The Coterie is proud to present Playlist, An Evening with Telly Leung, November 9 and 10 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. Both shows begin at 8:30 pm. Join Broadway's Telly Leung (Godspell, RENT, Allegiance, "Glee") as he shares his unique journey through the music that has inspired and molded him, "shuffling" through his personal "playlist" in an eclectic evening of songs and anecdotes. Featuring special guests Curt Mega & Dominic Barnes (Nov. 9) and Luke Edgemon (Nov. 10). Click Here for tickets.

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Barbara Cook and the LA Phil
Legendary Tony-winning singer/actress Barbara Cook joins the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a rare appearance with orchestra on November 14 at 8pm at Walt Disney Concert Hall. For tickets (starting at $49) Click Here.  "…a transcendent American voice sharing the wisdom she has gained in 80 well-lived years with a tenderness and honesty that could break your heart and mend it all at once." – The New York Times.

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Mack & Poppy Celebrate the Holidays
Mack & Poppy will return to Los Angeles to celebrate the holidays with It’s Christmas! (F#*k The Mayans!), for two shows only on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 8pm and 10pm, at the Cavern Club Celebrity Theatre inside Casita Del Campo Restaurant in Silver Lake. Accompanied by Jack Cheddar at the piano, their show will feature favorite tunes from last year's show as well as new material, in an irreverent evening of song and laughter that's sure to be talked about ... at least until New Year's Eve. Tod Macofsky is Mack and Poppy Fields is Christopher Michael Graham. Click Here for tickets ($15 in advance, $20 at the door), go to or call (800) 838-3006. Casita Del Campo is located at 1920 Hyperion Avenue in Los Angeles, 90026. www.mackandpoppy.com.

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Traveling with Angels
René Peña presents her one woman show, Traveling with Angels, a story of adventure, adversity & divine guidance Saturday, November 10 at 7:30 pm. The performance will take place at The Missing Piece Theater, 2811 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank 91505 and features a musical performance by Sarah Flannery. Click Here for tickets or call (800) 838-3006.


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