Thursday, April 4, 2013

What's Happening Around Town for April 4, 2013


Falling For Make Believe
The Colony Theatre presents its final production of its “Season of Premieres” with the world premiere of Falling For Make Believe, with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart, book by Mark Saltzman, and directed by Jim Fall, with musical direction by Keith Harrison and choreography by Lisa Hopkins. The new musical will run April 24 – May 19, with opening night on Saturday April 27 at 8pm. As half of the legendary team of Rodgers and Hart, Lorenz Hart lived a life of dizzying heights and crushing lows. Now Mark Saltzman (author of The Colony’s smash hit Clutter: The True Story of the Collyer Brothers Who Never Threw Anything Out) captures them all in an intimate look at the life and times of this lyrical genius, a brand new musical developed by The Colony and featuring some of the most memorable songs of the 20th Century.

The cast will include Ben D. Goldberg as Lorenz Hart and Brett Ryback as Richard Rodgers, with Rebecca Johnson as Vivian Ross, Jeffrey Landman as Doc Bender, Tyler Milliron as Fletcher Mecklen, and Megan Moran as Peggy, Dorothy Rodgers & Policewoman. There are question-and-answer talkbacks after the performances on Friday, May 3 and Thursday, May 16. For tickets, call the box office at (818) 558-7000 ext. 15 or visit www.colonytheatre.org. The Colony Theatre is located at 555 North Third Street, adjacent to the Burbank Town Center Mall.

Brecht On Brecht Opens April 27
Brecht On Brecht by George Tabori is a mixed-media collage of poems, scenes, songs, and images that present the life, times, and work of Bertolt Brecht (Threepenny Opera) one of the great playwrights, directors, and poets of the 20th century. It is a unique introduction to Brecht himself, arranged and directed by Alistair Hunter with musical direction by Gayle Bluemel, and is presented by The Other Theatre Company. Featured in the cast are Gil Hagen-Hill, Daniel Houston-Davila, Belinda Howell, Susan Kussman, and Gregg Lawrence. Performances run Apr 27 – Sun, June 9 at Atwater Playhouse, 3191 Casitas Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90039. For tickets and information go to http://theothertheatrecompany.net/

Mary of the Avenue
Theatre Americana proudly debuts the world premiere of an original musical 30 years in the making, Mary of the Avenue, featuring book & lyrics by Neil Scanlan, music by Greg Wood and directed by Donna Scarantino. Mary of the Avenue is a lighthearted, yet poignant original musical set during the dead of winter on the streets of New York City. It follows Carrie, an eager and engaging young woman as she sets out from her Midwestern town to find her mother who, years before, left without notice. With some help from the local press, she connects with Mary who is now homeless. Determined to bring her mom back home, Carrie begins to explore life on the streets, as Mary introduces her to a cast of colorful characters. As her rocky relationship with Mary grows, Carrie soon realizes that lunch from a dumpster may be the best thing that ever happened to her. The show will run April 20 – 28 at The Stella Adler Theatre (2nd floor), 6773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA. Tickets are $20 for general admission and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/329756.

Leslie Odom Concert
The Coterie presents Leslie Odom Jr. LIVE in a very special concert & fundraising event on April 6th. Odom, star of Smash, Red Tails, House of Lies, Supernatural, Grey’s Anatomy, and CSI: Miami, goes solo for the very first time in Los Angeles in a heartfelt, and often hilarious act that was called “momentous” in its Indianapolis initial performance a month ago. During the 60-minute show, Leslie sings songs from his most popular Broadway and Theater credits (Rent, Jersey Boys, Leap of Faith), his current mainstay NBC’s Smash, and an array of beloved popular hits made famous by Nat King Cole, Marvin Gaye, and Peter Gabriel to name a few. Click Here for tickets.  The Coterie at the Loews Hollywood Hotel (Preston’s Restaurant- mezzanine level), Hollywood, CA.


Movie Musical Heaven in Hollywood
The TCM Classic Film Festival will take place in Hollywood April 25 – 28. Among the many classics they will be showing are a number of movie musicals such as: 

THE DESERT SONG (1943)
An American veteran of the Spanish Civil War leads a team of nomadic tribesmen against the Nazis to stop them from building a railroad through the Moroccan desert. Dennis Morgan and Irene Manning star in this rare screening of the film adaptation of the stage operetta. Print courtesy of Warner Bros. Classics.

FLYING DOWN TO RIO (1933)
Celebrating the 80th anniversary of the film with a new print, Gene Raymond and Dolores del Rio star, and dance duo Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire make their onscreen debut together, in this musical comedy about a bandleader pursuing the woman of his dreams in Brazil.

FUNNY GIRL (1968)
Official Opening Night Gala world premiere restoration of director William Wyler’s musical comedy starring Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford, and Walter Pidgeon. Streisand made one of the great big screen debuts - and won an Academy Award - reprising her Broadway role as comedienne Fanny Brice.

KISMET (1955)
A twist of fate intervenes in the lives of a poor Persian poet and his daughter in director Vincente Minnelli’s musical starring Ann Blyth and Howard Keel.

MY FAIR LADY (1964)
Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn star as a renowned phonetics professor and the crude Cockney pupil he takes on as a wager in George Cukor’s film adaptation of the hit musical play.

ON THE TOWN (1949)
Three sailors search for romance and fun during their whirlwind, 24-hour leave in New York City. Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra star in this musical, which will be presented with a new 35mm print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.

ROAD TO UTOPIA (1946)
Legendary comedy duo Bing Crosby and Bob Hope are former vaudeville performers who take a detour on their way to Alaska after discovering a gold mine map in this fourth film of the Road to… series.

SOUTH PACIFIC (1958)
While stationed on an island during World War II, a naïve nurse falls in love with a wealthy Frenchman in this Rodgers & Hammerstein musical starring Mitzi Gaynor and Rossano Brazzi.

YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942)
James Cagney stars in director Michael Curtiz’s star-spangled musical based on the life of legendary entertainer, composer and playwright George M. Cohan.

For a complete list of all the classic movies, schedules and ticket prices go to http://filmfestival.tcm.com/.

Do Lord Remember Me
Chromolume Theatre has announced a new production of Do Lord Remember Me, a play with music by James de Jongh, directed by Wilson Bell, opening April 19 for a limited engagement through May 19. Do Lord Remember Me was previously presented to great acclaim by Chromolume in 2006, and again in 2007. The words of black men and women in their 80s and 90s, as they recalled their experiences as slaves, have been adapted and structured by de Jongh to create this play. Do Lord Remember Me is a look into the past through the words of ex-slaves, now dead for more than half a century; it is an exploration of the collective memory of the slavery experience told by some of its survivors. The cast will feature Alysia Livingston, Charles Mathers, DeBorah Sharpe-Taylor, Samuel Simmons, Gregory Thompson, Annzella Victoria, and Virginia Watson. Tickets may be purchased at www.crtheatre.com or by calling (323) 205-1617. Chromolume Theatre at the Attic is located at 5429 W. Washington Boulevard (between the 10 freeway and Hauser Blvd), in Los Angeles, 90016.

From the Studio of Dan Callaway
This month in the musical theatre workshop it’s going to be all dance all the time. For those of you who have said, “there isn’t a class in LA where I can feel safe and build my skills as a dancer/mover so that I can just get through/survive/not get crushed/need therapy after the dance call” this class is for you. Join phenomenal dancer, choreographer, and Broadway dance captain Angel Creeks as she leads you through a month of technique, styles, and building actual, usable skills that will always serve you in the dance call. This is a dance class unlike any other. Angel will provide you a safe environment where you can make solid progress. You will also receive tons of individual attention and work. Whatever your skill level, beginner to advanced, you will gain new ability and confidence. Angel challenges advanced dancers while making technique clear and do-able for beginners. You will grow. Class will culminate in a quick-study dance call, taught in an audition style. You will be joined by professional choreographers and working dancers who will give you useful feedback.

Class will be held:
April 9, 16, 23, and 30
7pm at Studio B in North Hollywood
$300 cash, check, credit card
To hold your spot, email Katie Kitani at katie.kitani1@gmail.com
Class is capped at 12 members to make sure you get individual attention.

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