Sunday, February 10, 2013

What's Happening Around Town for February 10, 2013


Sketches from the National Lampoon
National Lampoon presents the world premiere of Sketches from the National Lampoon, conceived and produced by Matty Simmons, with original songs by Richard Levinson, and directed by Pat Towne. The limited engagement opens Friday, February 15 at the Hayworth Theatre and will run through March 17. The cast features Henry Ditman, Jesse Merlin, David Haverty, Erin Matthews, CJ Merriman, Darrin Revitz and Pat Towne, and is currently in previews.

Sketches is National Lampoon’s first live stage production in over 25 years. Featuring the most hilarious and classic monologues, sketches, songs and other humor derived from the best known comedy company in entertainment history and written by more than thirty Lampoon magazine, radio and theatrical writers including Michael O'Donoghue, Doug Kenney, John Hughes, and PJ O'Rourke. The show takes an irreverent look back at the best of the best in Lampoon history and will feature 6 original songs written for this production. It is being produced by National Lampoon founder Matty Simmons, who created, not only the humor magazine, but also the radio shows, albums, theatre and such films as National Lampoon’s Animal House and Vacation series. Performances take place at the Hayworth Theatre, 2511 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles. Click Here for tickets or call 323-337-1546. For additional information, please visit www.nationallampoon.com.

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Man of La Mancha in Santa Ana
Jim Huffman directs Man of La Mancha, which runs Feb 14 - March 9 at Attic Community Theatre in Santa Ana. At the height of the Spanish Inquisition, author Miguel de Cervantes is imprisoned and uses the story of the knight-errant Don Quixote to defend himself by telling the story of Alhonso Quiana, a man who has set his own reality aside and become Don Quixote De La Mancha. Assisted by his squire, Sancho Panza, Quixote attempts to avoid his mortal enemy, the Enchanter, and woo the serving wench, Aldonza, who he takes to be the lady Dulcinea. The musical features such well-known songs as “The Impossible Dream,” “Man of La Mancha,” “Dulcinea,” and more. Attic Community Theater, northwest corner of Segerstrom & Fairview, 2995 West Segerstrom Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92704. For tickets visit www.atticcommunitytheater.com or call 714-662-2525.

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SDMT opens Chicago
San Diego Musical Theatre will razzle dazzle audiences with Kander & Ebb’s Chicago, February 15 - March 3 at the Birch North Park Theatre. The show is directed by Ron Kellum, choreographed by Randy Slovacek, with musical direction by Don LeMaster. Emma Radwick (pictured above) stars as Roxie, along with Kyra DaCosta (Velma), Robert J. Townsend (Billie Flynn), Alonzo Saunders (Mary Sunshine), Ria Carey, Marisha Castle, Chris Cortez, Alexis Henderson, Jason James, Aurore Joly, Andrew Koslow, Ariel Lowell, Mike Motroni, Marco Puente, Joshua Ross, Chuck Saculla, Jennifer Simpson, Katie Whalley, and Matthew Williams. Photo credit: Ken Jacques. For tickets call 858-560-5740 or visit www.sdmt.org.

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The Trouble With Words
Coeurage Theatre Company has announced a return engagement of The Trouble With Words. The 2011 Ovation Award-winner for Original Music and Lyrics (Gregory Nabours), will once again be directed by Patrick Pearson and will run February 28 – March 31 at The Lost Studio on S. La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles. The Trouble With Words is a song cycle that explores the relationship people have with words, as well as with each other, as they struggle to connect. In examining how human beings are brought together and pulled apart by words, the songs range from devastating to laugh-out-loud funny. The cast will feature Julianne Donelle, Aimee Karlin, Jamie Mills, Chris Roque, Ryan Wagner, and Robert Wallace. Choreography is by Janet Roston, and Nabours serves as musical director. 

There will be two preview performances on Thursday, February 28 and Friday, March 1, and opening is set for Saturday, March 2 at 8pm. All seats are available on a Pay What You Want basis, and may be reserved online at https://coeurage.secure.force.com/ticket, or by calling (323) 944-2165. The Lost Studio is located at 130 S. La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, 90036. Street parking is available.

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Having It All – Laguna Playhouse
Laguna Playhouse, in association with David Elzer and Peter Schneider, present the regional theatre premiere of Having It All by John Kavanaugh (music), David Goldsmith (lyrics), David Goldsmith & Wendy Perelma (book), and conceived by Wendy Perelman, opening March 9th at Laguna Playhouse. Richard Israel directs a cast that features Lindsey Alley, Michelle Duffy, Kim Huber, Shannon Warne and Jennifer Leigh Warren. Musical direction is by Gerald Sternbach.

In 1982, when Helen Gurley Brown wrote the landmark book, “Having It All,” it proposed that women could in fact, “have it all” -- successful careers, children, husbands, family life, and still have time to cook dinner and do the laundry. Now, 30 years later, five women find themselves trapped together in a boarding area at JFK airport. When delay after airport delay forces them to get to know each other, they come to find that each of them can’t take flight in more ways than one. As they share their stories and dreams, they ultimately change one another’s destinations for the better, while discovering that they may in fact, be already having it all. Previews are March 5 – 8, with opening night on Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 pm. The show will run through Sunday, March 31 at Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. Tickets are available at www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). Mature themes and subject matter.

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March Madness in La Mirada 
It’s March Madness at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts as they present three unforgettable musical experiences during the month of March. All events will perform at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. For tickets go to www.lamiradatheatre.com or call (562) 944-9801 or (714) 994-6310. March Madness Schedule:


March 1
– 8pm
Liverpool Legends 
The Liverpool Legends Beatles Tribute Band are four talented musicians and actors who were hand-picked by Louise Harrison - sister of the late George Harrison of the Beatles. Liverpool Legends perform songs spanning the entire career of The Beatles and on through the solo years. 

March 2 – 8pm
Classic Albums Live performs Led Zeppelin IV

Led Zeppelin's widely acclaimed and influential album, Led Zeppelin IV is recreated live on stage note-for-note, cut-for-cut by the world-class musicians of Classic Albums Live. 
www.ClassicAlbumsLive.com

March 15 – 8pm
Roots & Boots
Featuring Aaron Tippin, Joe Diffie and Sammy Kershaw 
Three country music legends, Aaron Tippin, Joe Diffie and Sammy Kershaw, share the stage in a one night only concert to perform more than 40 Top Ten hits. Roots & Boots is an evening filled with stories and songs featuring three of the best country artists getting back to the roots of their music.

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Cabaret Awesome
Joey Bybee and Lee Huff, creators of Cabaret Awesome, proudly present The Dollface Dames, LA’s Theatrical Burlesque Troupe on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Show at 8:00 pm. This will be a jam packed show full of comedy, dancing, and singing for one unforgettable experience from start to finish accompanied by a live band. Starring Debbie Dagger, Dixie Mae Rebel, Eva Eden, Lola Boutée, and Mona Bella. Afterwards, join the cast for a dance party spun by Lil Drummer Dude. VIP tickets available, and include complimentary dessert and a picture with the Dames.

Then on Tuesday, Feb 19, Cabaret Awesome presents All American Girl Starring Candice Moll. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Show at 8:00 pm. Cabaret Open Mic at 9:15 pm. Open Mic sign-up 7:00 – 7:45 pm. All American Girl is a journey of the perfect girl next door… If next door were Australia. There will be an open mic following the performance. Signup is before the main stage show. The first 10 people to sign up will be guaranteed to sing, and slots fill up fast. Accompanist provided. http://www.vitellosjazz.com/events/

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