Friday, December 14, 2012

What's Happening Around Town For December 14, 2012


In the Heights
Teatro Nuevos Horizontes is presenting the west coast regional premiere of In The Heights now through December 22 at Casa 0101 in Boyle Heights, 2102 East 1st. Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033. The story explores three days in the characters’ lives in the New York City Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights. In the Heights is directed by Rigo Tejeda and produced by Olga Durazo, with choreography by Daniel Lazareno and musical direction by Olga Durazo. It features Michael Torrenueva (Usnavi), Parissa Koo (Nina Rosario), Benjamin Perez (Kevin Rosario), Graciela Valderrama (Camilla), James Oronoz (Benny), Melissa Anjose (Vanessa), Phillip Garcia (Sonny), Carole Ann Salerno (Abuela Claudia), Vivian Lamolli (Daniela), Chrissi Erickson (Carla), Chris Marcos (Graffiti Pete), Felix Sotelo (Piragua Guy), and ensemble members Marissa Herrera, Daniel Ferguson, Andy Eubanks, April Sheets, Brittany Freeth, Shafik Wahhab, Michael Gallardo, Yvonne Senat, Fernando Nunez, and Brenda Perez. www.tnhcompany.com.

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Eden Espinosa Album Release Party
Borderlight Records is proud to present Eden Espinosa’s Debut Album Release Party on Monday, December 17 at Dim Mak Studios in Hollywood. Come join Eden and her friends and celebrate the release of her highly anticipated debut album, Look Around, available December 18. Espinosa and the same amazing musicians who performed on her album will perform the entire CD tracklist. The event will last all night, so come prepared to experience an epic night of music. Joining Eden and her band will be Tracie Thoms and Ty Taylor, with additional performances by Paul David, Sarah Mears, and Stefanie Sidler. Paul David is master of ceremonies. Dim Mak Studios, 6356 Hollywood Blvd. 2nd Floor, Hollywood, CA 90028. Showtime is 8:00 pm. Click Here for tickets. Look Around is scheduled for release on December 18 on all major online retailers including Cd Baby, iTunes, and Amazon. Eden will also host a live chat on her website www.edenespinosa.com on December 14, 9pm EST.

ALBUM TRACK LIST:
1. I’m Not That Girl, Wicked
2. Stone Cold Sober, The Existents
3. Petrified, Taboo
4. I Know The Truth, Aida
5. I Miss The Mountains, Next To Normal
6. With You, Ghost
7. Once Upon A Time, Brooklyn
8. One Song Glory, Rent
9. Look Around, Will Rogers Follies

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A West Hollywood Holiday
Ryan O’Connor and Musical Mondays Los Angeles has announced a list of scheduled performers for A West Hollywood Holiday at Musical Mondays LA Monday, December 17 at 10:00 pm. Performers scheduled to appear include Deborah Craig, Curt Hansen, Frankie Grande, Jen Malenke, Haviland Stillwell, Sarah Wolter, Craig Taggart, Joe Donohoe, and The Tinsletone Carolers. The show will also feature a special ticket giveaway for New Year’s Eve with Idina Menzel at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the LA Philharmonic. Musical Mondays Los Angeles is a weekly celebration of musical theatre in West Hollywood co-produced and hosted by Ryan O’Connor and Scott Nevins and featuring VJ Keith Jacobson. Jacobson plays videos from Broadway and movie musicals followed by a LIVE show at 10pm. Admission is always FREE. Eleven Nightclub is located at 8811 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069. For more information visit www.eleven.la or www.facebook.com/groups/musicalmondaysla.

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Steve Ross is Puttin’ On The Ritz
Legendary Manhattan-based singer/pianist Steve Ross brings his critically acclaimed Puttin’ on the Ritz… The Music of Fred Astaire to Vitello’s Upstairs Jazz and Supper Club for two performances only, Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13, 2013. Ross’ show weaves together a string of over two dozen songs from Gershwin, Porter, Berlin, Kern and Arthur Schwartz, along with anecdotes and/or observations about Astaire, the songwriters, and the dance partners; especially Astaire’s sister Adele, who was initially thought to be the star of Astaire’s act. Ross sings from the heart on such songs as “Fascinating Rhythm,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “They All Laughed,” and “Cheek to Cheek.” Tickets are $35 on Saturday, January 12 at 8:00 pm with the dinner seating beginning at 7:00 pm; and $25 on Sunday, January 13 at 7:00 pm with the dinner seating beginning at 5:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased online at www.ticketweb.com or www.vitellosjazz.com. For more information, call Vitello’s at (818) 769-0905. Vitello’s Upstairs Jazz and Supper Club is located at 4339 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604.

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Belz! A Jewish Vaudeville Musical
Belz! A Jewish Vaudeville Musical, written and directed by Pavel Cerny, opens March 2, 2013 at the Whitefire Theatre. The show depicts 50 years (1918- 1968) in the life and career of fictional Jewish stand-up comic Hugo Schwartz as he emerges from Ukraine to Prague, Vienna, the Catskills, and finally to Broadway. It follows both the momentous world events of the turbulent early to mid- 20th Century, as well as the history of Cabaret entertainment during that period. The show is filled with songs and Jewish jokes. Cerny has directed and produced works from every genre in Czechoslovakia, Germany, Austria and the United States. His most recent local stage credits include Circus Welt, Komitas, Nathan the Wise, A Lovely Place for a Picnic, Love, Sex, Violence, etc. and Three Sisters or Perestroika. Belz! Runs March 2 – April 14, 2013 at the Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. For reservations call (800) 838-3006 or go to www.brownpapertickets.com/event/276015. 

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The Circus is Coming to Town
Storybook Theatre’s The Circus is Coming to Town is set to open at Theatre West on March 22, 2013. It’s the ultimate interactive musical with the kids in the audience joining the ringmaster, animal trainer and clown to become the acts in the circus. The show features lots of songs as the kids learn that they have talents of their own as they put on their own show. It’s a happy, original show with a huge amount of opportunities for audience participation and perfect entertainment for kids aged 3 to 9. Book & lyrics are by Lloyd J. Schwartz; music is by Brian Feinstein. The show is directed by Elliot Kevin Schwartz and produced by Barbara Mallory Schwartz. Storybook Theatre has presented musicals for children at Theatre West for over 25 years. The Circus is Coming to Town runs Saturdays at 1:00 pm March 22 – July 6, 2013 at Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West, in Los Angeles, 90068 (near Universal City and Studio City). There is free parking in a lot across the street. For reservations and information call (818) 761-2203 or visit www.theatrewest.org.

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