Monday, January 21, 2013

What's Happening Around Town for January 21, 2013



Stay On The Line Set to Rock Hollywood
Stay On The Line will open at Theatre 68 in Hollywood on February 22. The rock musical centers around the lifeline of a crisis center and documents the journey of a handful of young volunteers and their callers as they face life and death in the course of 24 hours. Originally titled 24 Hours, the Ovation-nominated musical now features an entirely new book and even some new songs in its rock/pop score by Rob Hartmann. Taking place over the course of a single day, a timid 19-year-old named Brian shows up at a crisis hotline center wanting to become a volunteer phone counselor. When the supervisors question his ability, Brian agrees to stay and train for 24 hours straight to prove he has the mind strength to handle the pressure. 

The cast includes Jimmy Traum, Katy Jacoby, Christopher Maikish, Jacqueline Real, Stefan Rich, Deosick Burney, Nick Echols, Stephanie Andersen, Christopher Callen, Eric B. Anthony, Masaya Palmer, Ryan Foy, Chelsea Costa, Katherine Washington, Daniel May, Catherine Hwang, Cy Creamer, Bradley Estrin, Jennifer Saltiel, and Kourtney Sonntag. Theatre 68 is located at 5419 West Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027, one block east of Western Avenue. Free rooftop parking. For tickets and information visit http://stayonthelinethemusical.com/.

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Stepping Out at The Group Rep
The Group Rep presents Richard Harris’ Stepping Out directed by Stan Mazin, produced by Linda Alznauer Feb. 8 - March 24. This sweet tale about an eclectic mix of neighborhood locals is told against the backdrop of an adult community center tap dancing class, as the earnest amateurs struggle to learn the routine for their big charity show. We witness them challenge their fears and triumph over their troubles, teaching us that the bonds of family are not always determined by blood relations. The cast features Michele BernathCynthia BryantIrene ChapmanJulie DavisSusy LondonSandy ManssonLaurie MorganMichael RobbColette Rosario, and Kathleen Taylor. Talk-back Sundays: Feb. 17 & March 3. Ladies Night Fridays: 1/2 price tickets. Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., NoHo 91601. For tickets and more information call 818-763-5990 or go to www.thegrouprep.com.

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The Trouble With Words Returns
In June 2011, Coeurage Theatre Company brought a workshop production of the new musical The Trouble With Words to the Hollywood Fringe Festival that I absolutely loved. [Click Here to see the review] Despite it being unfinished, underfunded, and severely restricted by a small space, it ran for 4 months (instead of 4 weeks) to sold out houses and critical acclaim. The project went on to win Best Musical at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, and an Ovation Award for Best Original Music and Lyrics. Now the company is ready to give The Trouble with Words a fully realized production in a properly equipped venue with a beautiful set and costumes. Check out their fun Kickstarter campaign to see how they’re doing and come on board if you feel so inclined. Click Here to go to their page. TTWW will run March 2nd – March 31 (Previews: Thursday, February 28th and Friday, March 1st at 8pm). Performances will take place at The Lost Studio, 130 S La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036. For more about the production you can also visit their website at http://thetroublewithwords.com/

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LA LA Land Moves
LA LA Land, the hit online radio program with host Brett Chapin and new co-host Dorothy Dillingham Blue, can now be heard at LATalkLive.com every Saturday at 12 noon PST. Broadcast to a national audience of over 100,000 every week, LA LA Land offers a vast array of actors, filmmakers, musicians, designers, directors, and more, sharing their perspectives on the entertainment industry, offering timely advice, and discussing in general the various elements that make Los Angeles the entertainment capital of the world. On January 5, Brett was joined by new co-host Dorothy Dillingham Blue, who was chosen by listeners at the conclusion of a four-month search. Blue is an actress, stand-up comedian, v/o artist, director, choreographer, and teacher. In addition, she currently serves as director of the youth program at Theatre Palisades. For more info on LA LA Land, Brett Chapin, Dorothy Dillingham Blue, and LATalkLive, visit www.facebook.com/lalalandtalk, www.brettchapin.com, or www.latalklive.com.


A Stephen Schwartz Kritzerland
Kritzerland at Sterling’s Upstairs at The Federal presents The Stephen Schwartz Album Monday, February 4th at 8pm. The show features Dan Callaway, Kim Huber, Dennis Kyle, Lexi Lawson, Lisa Livesay, Jenna Rosen, Sami Staitman, and Sarah Staitman, with special guests Karen Morrow and Adrian Zmed. Musical direction is by Lloyd Cooper. Based on the hit album produced by Bruce Kimmel, the evening will feature songs from Godspell, The Baker’s Wife, The Magic Show, Children of Eden, Working, Pippin, and, of course, Wicked. Kritzerland evenings usually sell out, so make your reservations early: 818 754-8700. Sterling’s Upstairs at The Federal, 5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.

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Karen Gedissman Performance
The Catalina Jazz Club will host cabaret artist Karen Gedissman for a special performance on Sunday, January 27th at 7pm. Ms. Gedissman returns to the cabaret scene in Los Angeles after having performed her critically acclaimed one-woman show Karen G. Passionately! as well as starring in such musicals as A Chorus Line, Hair, Three-Penny Opera, Evita, Violet, and Judy Garland in Babes, an original musical based on Garland’s life. The show is directed by Bruce Kimmel, and accompanied by Shelly Markham, the show’s musical director and arranger, and Nate Light on bass. The performance will include a tribute to Gedissman’s longtime friend and dance teacher, Annette Cardona, best known for her performance as Cha-Cha in the hit film Grease, where she dazzled audiences in a dance number with John Travolta. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Annette Cardona College Fund. For tickets go to www.catalinajazzclub.com or call (323) 466-2210.

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Chromolume Radio Returns
Chromolume Radio is back, bringing you the best of Broadway and the musical theatre repertoire with one of the largest collections available at nearly 350 hours of programming available. You’ll hear Broadway’s best shows, like Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, Carousel and Sound of Music to Sondheim winners, Company, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George. They also have many of the current hits such as Spring Awakening, Spamalot, Avenue Q, In The Heights, Hairspray, The Producers, Wicked and much, much more. Both popular and obscure musicals are in constant rotation and with new musicals added daily. You can listen to Chromolume Radio at www.chromolumeradio.comChromolume’s Cabaret Series also continues with Bonnie LaVallo on March 17, 2013, 6:00 pm. Tickets are $15 or 2 or more for $13.50 each. For more information visit www.crtheatre.com/cabaret.html.

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