Monday, March 18, 2013

What's Happening Around Town for March 18, 2013


A Gentlemans Guide To Love And Murder
When Monty Navarro (Ken Barnett), the black sheep of the D’Ysquith family, finds out he is ninth in line to inherit a dukedom, he decides to eliminate the other eight heirs standing in his way – all played by Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays (I Am My Own Wife).  Set in England’s elegant Edwardian era, this witty music hall comedy was proclaimed “gorgeous, funny and melodious” by the Harford Courant. Named one of the top 10 “Hottest Tickets of the Year” by The New York Times, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder explores how low we’ll go to make it to the top. www.theoldglobe.org

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LADCC Winners Announced
The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle has announced the winners and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theatre for the year 2012. The 44th Annual LADCC Awards ceremony took place tonight at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in Downtown Los Angeles. Congratulations to all! Click Here to go to the LA Stage Alliance website for a complete list of winners. 

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RENT Benefits The Stigma Project
Beyond the Stage Productions has announced a special three-performance engagement of Jonathan Larson’s RENT, which is now celebrating its 20th anniversary. Proceeds will benefit The Stigma Project, a Los Angeles HIV/AIDS outreach and education organization. Prior to the show on Friday (April 5), AIDS Healthcare Foundation, The Advocate Magazine, AIDS Project Los Angeles, Project Angel Food, AIDS/Lifecycle, and Manchester Labs will host a star-studded red carpet event and panel discussion with community leaders and outreach professionals. The curtain will rise at 8:00 on Thursday 4/4, Friday 4/5, and Saturday 4/6, at the Founder’s Center Auditorium on West Sixth Street in Los Angeles. Producer Michael Smith promises an exciting re-imagining of the musical theatre classic. “Using state-of-the-art 3D video mapping technology for a portion of the set, we will be presenting the show in a stunning and unique way. The audience is in for a real treat.” Smith says, “Our cast includes veterans of Broadway tours and hit television shows, as well as some incredible new talent from right here in Los Angeles.” For tickets and more information go to www.TheRentProject.com. Founder’s Center Auditorium is located at 3281 West Sixth Street, in Los Angeles, 90020. Ample parking is available adjacent to the theatre.

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Kritzerland’s The Songs of Comden & Green
Kritzerland at Sterling’s Upstairs at The Federal presents Just in Time, The Songs of Comden & Green Sunday April 7th at 7:00 pm. The show stars Cynthia Ferrer, Damon Kirsche, Lisa Livesay, Madison Claire Parks, Jenna Rosen, Robert Yacko, and special guest Jason Graae, with musical direction by Lloyd Cooper. Comden and Green burst on the Broadway scene with On The Town and, after that auspicious debut, wrote an amazing array of Broadway musicals, including Wonderful Town, Peter Pan, Bells Are Ringing, Subways are for Sleeping, Do Re Mi, Fade Out - Fade In, Hallelujah, Baby, On the Twentieth Century, and The Will Rogers Follies. They also wrote the MGM musical, It’s Always Fair Weather, and provided the screenplays for others such as Good News, The Barkleys of Broadway, The Band Wagon and Singin’ in the Rain. For reservations call (818) 754-8700. Dinner reservations are 5:30 - 6:00 pm, Cover charge is $15 plus a $10 food minimum and $3 facility charge. Sterling’s at The Federal, 5303 Lankershim Blvd, N. Hollywood, CA 91601. For more information go to www.msapr.net/Sterling-s-at-The-Federal.html.


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SDMT Announces Cast of The Sound of Music
San Diego Musical Theatre announces their second production of their 2013 season, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, May 10 – 26 at the Birch North Park Theatre. The production will be directed by Todd Nielson, with Don LeMaster serving as music director & conductor. Featured in the cast are Allison Spratt Pearce as Maria Rainer, Randall Dodge as Captain Georg von Trapp, David McBean as Max Detweiler, Jill Van Velzer as Elsa Schraeder, and Victoria Strong as The Mother Abbess. The cast also includes Luke Babbitt, Susan Boland, Annie Buckley, Laura Bueno, Janie d’Avignon, Gabriella Dimmick, Mary Ann DiPietro, Max Gidaley, Jeni Hawkes, Glenn Hermans, Katelyn Katz, Hourie Kilijian, Jim Marshall, Ashlee Mayer, Charles Maze, Kevin McDonald, Jonas McMullen, Chad Patterson, Kelly Prendergast, Alexis Ritchey, Doug Shattuck, and Debra Wanger. For tickets, call 858-560-5740 or visit www.sdmt.org.

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Calling all Performing Groups
Are you part of a band, jazz group, dance group, or singing group? Looking to perform at a venue for 100 – 300 people? The Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival is extending an open invitation to all local performing arts groups to join the SummerFest at Rivendale this July and August. Rock bands, singers, a capella groups, theatre performances, jazz groups or dance groups are invited to join the stage for the festival, which will open July 12 and run through August 4. There are still performance dates available for local groups that are interested in performing for an evening outdoors. So far this year’s SummerFest includes performances by The Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival, The Tribe Theatre Company, SCV Concert Band, and the SCSF Apprentice Company. Others in the works include a series of children’s programming and other music performances. The Rivendale site is located at the entrance of Towsley Canyon and is co-sponsored by City of Santa Clarita. Groups interested in participating in the SummerFest should contact SCSF at info@scshakespearefest.org.

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The REAL Women of LA
Happy Panda Productions is debuting their latest comic video sensation, The REAL Women of LA. Intended as a parody response to comic DJ Lubel’s viral music video The Women of LA, this hilarious short features appearances by actresses from TV, Film & Broadway. Co-producers are Deborah S. Craig and Milena Govich, who also appear in the short. In addition to Craig and Govich, the video features Broadway’s Lisa Datz, Jacqui Polk, Haviland Stillwell and Jessica-Snow Wilsonwww.HappyPandaProductions.com

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