Monday, February 11, 2013

What's Happening Around Town for February 11, 2013


DOMA's Dreamgirls Cast
Marco Gomez directs a cast of 30 in Dreamgirls, with musical direction by Chris Raymond and choreography by Marco Gomez and Rae Toledo. The six-week run opens March 1 at the intimate MET Theatre in Hollywood. Leading the cast are Jennifer Colby Talton (Mimi in the national tour of Rent), Tyra Dennis (Ephraim’s Song–NAACP Theater Award nomination) and Constance Jewell Lopez (Justin Love and The Color Purple at the Celebration Theatre), who star as Deena Jones, Lorrell Robinson and Effie White, the young and hopeful “Dreamettes.” When ambitious agent Curtis Taylor, Jr. (Welton Thomas Pitchford) discovers them, he lands them a job as backup singers for the rock and soul sensation James “Thunder” Early (Keith Arthur Bolden) and begins to guide their quickly rising career. However, when the beautiful Deena emerges as the star of the group rather than the full-voiced Effie, the girls are brought to a personal and professional crossroads.


Also featured in the cast are Tiffany Williams (Michelle Morris), Lorenzo T. Hughes (Marty), Parnell Damone Marcano (Wayne), Theodore Mark Martinez (Jerry), and Frank  Andrus Jr. (C.C. White), Stephen Anglin, Ty Brittingham, Regan Carrington, Ra’Shawn Durell, Leon Fleisher, Alan Fleury, Robert Gee, Adair Gilliam, Lina Green, Michelle Holmes, Mookie Johnson, Paul Lange, Leslie Marrero, James Oronoz, Melissa Owens, Desiree Parkman, Nik Roybal, Marni Stone, Tandrea Tarver, Rachae Thomas and Jeremy Whatley. Dreamgirls runs Fridays and Saturdays @ 8 pm and Sundays @ 3 pm from March 1 - April 7 at the MET Theatre, 1089 N. Oxford Ave., Los Angeles CA 90029. For reservations, call (323) 802-4990 or go to www.domatheatre.com.

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The Tallest Tree
La Jolla Playhouse announces a fifth production for its 2013/14 season: the world premiere of The Tallest Tree, a new play with music written and performed by Daniel Beaty (Emergency, Through the Night), directed by Moisés Kaufman (I Am My Own Wife, The Laramie Project). A co-production with Kansas City Repertory Theatre, The Tallest Tree will run October 9 – November 3, 2013. The piece is produced in association with Tectonic Theater Project. As an internationally-renowned vocalist and star of stage and screen, Paul Robeson was one of the best known African American artists in the world in the early 20th century. Through his singing and acting talent, he became enormously popular and wealthy; but as a champion for human rights, he became despised by his people and his country. Featuring excerpts from some of Robeson’s signature songs, including “Ol’ Man River” and “Steal Away,” The Tallest Tree showcases award-winning playwright and performer Daniel Beaty in a stunning piece that explores the bold choices that defined Robeson’s remarkable life. Season tickets are available only by subscription currently. Call (858) 550-1010 or visit www.LaJollaPlayhouse.org.

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Come Fly With Me! - The Sammy Cahn Songbook
Come fly with Perry Lambert, Jessica Bernard, Penny DiMarco, and Jeremy Bernard as they travel through the Sammy Cahn Songbook, a salute to the number one recorded lyricist of the 20th century, featuring songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Mario Lanza, Doris Day, Bing Crosby, Jo Stafford and many more. Music by Jule Styne & Jimmy Van Heusen, with additional music by Nicholas Brodsky, Gene DePaul, Vernon Duke, Shalom Secunda, Sammy Fain, Axel Stordahl & Paul Weston. Written and directed by Perry Lambert. Musical arrangements for orchestra by Peter Matz. Additional musical arrangements by Jerry A. Ranger and choreography by Michael Milligan. The performance takes place Monday, April 8th at Sterling’s Upstairs at the Federal, 5303 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91601. For reservations, please call (818) 754-8700. 5:30 - 6:00 pm Dinner Seating; 7:00 pm Performance. For more information go to www.sammycahnsongbook.com.

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