Sunday, March 31, 2013

What's Happening Around Town for March 31, 2013

Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Priscilla Queen of the Desert will celebrate its L.A. premiere at Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre for a limited three-week engagement, May 28 – June 16. Priscilla tells the uplifting story of a trio of friends on a road trip of a lifetime, who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed. An international hit with over 500 dazzling, 2011 Tony Award-winning costumes, the show features a hit parade of dance-floor favorites including “It’s Raining Men,” “Finally” and “I Will Survive.” The musical is written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott. Direction is by Simon Phillips, choreography by Ross Coleman, with musical supervision & arrangements by Stephen ‘Spud’ MurphyWade McCollum, Scott Willis, and Bryan West star as the trio of friends and Joe Hart will play Bob. For tickets, visit The Pantages Theatre is located at 6233 Hollywood Blvd, just east of Vine Street. [Pictured: Bryan West as Felicia. Photo by Joan Marcus]

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Theatre Palisades will open The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, directed by Lewis Hauser, on April 12 and continue performances through May 12. Musical director is Brian Murphy and choreography is by Vicki Miller. The cast includes Brad Akerman, Dorothy Blue, Candice Courtney, Ariella Fiore, David Holguin, Kana Koinuma, Peter Miller, Cynthia Rothschild and Darcy Silveira. Theatre Palisades is located at 941 Temescal Canyon Rd., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272. For tickets, call (310) 454-1970 or go to

Little Women
The March Family is coming to Laguna this April in the beloved classic, Little Women: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, presented live on-stage as part of the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre, April 5 - 14 at the Laguna Playhouse Moulton Theatre, 606 Laguna Canyon Drive in Laguna Beach. Little Women: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy will be directed by Kelly Herman. This is the classic story of the March women waiting for their father to return home from the Civil War. It shares their quest to find their place in the world as kind, generous and productive women in a rapidly changing America. The cast will feature young actors from Laguna Beach and Orange County, including Grace McCarney as Jo, Michael Stancliff as Laurie, Kayla Oldfield as Meg, Luis Castilleja as Mr. Brooke, Syd Ames as Beth, and Hannah Smith as Amy, Jennifer Pearce as Marmee, Charlie McClung as Mr. Laurence, Topher Mauerhan as Mr. March, Margaret VandenBerghe as Aunt March and Naomi Marden as Hannah Mullet. The ensemble includes Aaron Canter, Rudy Buttlar, Nicole Doiron, Kaelin Davis, Troy Huyen,  Sydney Miller, Shawna Yang and Ryan Zipstein.

The Pianist of Willesden Lane
Laguna Playhouse also presents Hershey Felder’s newest production, starring award-winning concert pianist Mona Golabek in the one-woman show, based on a true story, The Pianist of Willesden Lane. Adapted and directed by audience favorite Hershey Felder and based on the book “The Children of Willesden Lane” by Golabek and Lee Cohen, this music-filled evening recounts the personal story of Ms. Golabek’s mother in Nazi-occupied Europe. The Pianist of Willesden Lane will perform for two weeks only beginning Wednesday, May 29 through Sunday, June 9 at the Laguna Playhouse, Moulton Theatre, 606 Laguna Canyon Rd. in Laguna Beach. For more information visit

Inside Out
PLAYdate is excited to present a staged reading of the musical Inside Out Sunday April 21 at the Ebell of Los Angeles by Doug Haverty (book & lyrics) and Adryan Russ (music & lyrics). Desperate, smart, sassy, affectionate, aware and determined women give and get support in spirited weekly meetings guided by Grace, a savvy therapist. A hesitant new member alters the chemistry of the group and stimulates a round of evocative and uplifting breakthroughs in this sensitive, witty musical. The vibrant score ranges from hysterical Broadway patter to no holds barred gospel and good time doo wop. Will Mackenzie directs a cast that includes Teri Bibb, Karen Culliver, Heather Lee, Pat Lentz, Ashley Fox Linton, and Dana Meller. Musical direction is by Alan Chapman. The reading will begin promptly at 5:00 pm in The Art Salon off the patio, followed by a light supper. The entrance is located at 741 South Lucerne Boulevard (Free parking across the street on Lucerne). $40 member / $45 non member. Click Here for tickets.

DOMA's Dreamgirls Extends
DOMA Theatre Company has extended its production of Dreamgirls through May 5. With over two-dozen cast members and a six-piece on-stage band, this story about a black girl group from Chicago that makes it big in a business controlled by white men sizzles with R&B soul, capturing the spirit and hope of Motown. As superstardom challenges the trio’s musical and cultural identity they must fight for recognition, fellowship and love. DOMA Theatre Co. @ The MET Theatre, 1089 N. Oxford Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90029. For tickets, call (323) 802-4990 or visit

BEL CANTO In Concert
MenAlives 16-Member premiere small ensemble Bel Canto will present its very own show this spring at the Church of the Foothills in Santa Ana on Sunday, April 28 at 4:00 pm in the afternoon. Under the direction of Bob Gunn, MenAlive’s assistant director, Bel Canto will be perform a sonically-diverse repertoire that traverses many musical genres to display the group’s multi-faceted sound. Selections will include everything from traditional choral, R&B, and gospel, to modern pop, and even a few eclectic tunes. General seating tickets are $20. For more information, visit

Chromolume Cabaret Series
Chromolume Cabaret presents Rachel Howe, Alissa-Nicole Koblentz and Dana Shaw in a night of cabaret Sunday, April 14 at 6:00 pm. The evening will include contemporary and classical musical theatre favorites. Click Here for tickets and more information.

Red Car Trolley
Join vocal quartet Red Car Trolley on April 7, at 4:30 p.m. as they make a stop at Church of Our Saviour in San Gabriel. The itinerary is a jaunt through the bountiful territories of American Madrigals and Folk Songs. For those who have never heard of American Madrigals, the concert offers a unique opportunity to discover what happens to an old European tradition in the hands of Stateside composers. Highlights of the concert will include Kirke Mechem’s American Madrigal Song Cycle, secular and sacred works by American composers Aaron Copland, Stephen Foster, Jean Berger, Ulysses Kay, and Southern Californian composers Michal Connor, Morten Lauridsen, and Robert Parker. The quartet singers are Rebecca Rasmussen, Jennifer Appleberry, Brian Dyer, and Norge Yip. Click Here for more information.

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