Saturday, April 27, 2013

What's Happening Around Town for April 27, 2013

A Troubies Midsummer Delight
Falcon Theatre is proud to present Troubadour Theater Company’s A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream, directed by Matt Walker. Previews begin May 31st and the show opens Friday, June 7th at 8pm. How Deep Is Your Love for the Troubies?! Join them as they dig down to their roots and dust off their fairy wings, tights and white disco suits to re-imagine Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The star-crossed lovers steam and scheme, and the Bard‘s most famous fairy, Puck, will be Jive Talkin’ as this assorted band of merrymakers heats up into a Disco Inferno. The Night Fevers will break 104 and make you sweat, so don your halter tops and Boogie Shoes and let the Troubies melt your hearts. Feeling the fever already? Take A Fifth of Beethoven and call me in the morning! Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91505. For tickets* call (818) 955-8101 or visit www.FalconTheatre.com. *Tickets go on sale May 4, 2013.

A Little New Music at Rockwell
A new musical theater event, A Little New Music, will take place at Rockwell: Table & Stage on Tuesday May 14 at 8:00 pm. $10 plus 2-item minimum. A Little New Music is a fast-paced hour of the best new or unheard musical theater songs out there. Whether it’s a premiere from an established writer or an undiscovered tuner from a promising up-and-comer, its mission is to entertain with a program that keeps your finger on the pulse. Featuring music from Jeff Marx (Avenue Q), Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (A Christmas Story: The Musical), Jeff Bowen [title of show], Ryan Scott Oliver, Ben Toth & Sam Forman (Sleepless in Seattle), Gregory Nabours, Michael Mahler, Jeff Thomson & Jordan Mann, and more. Performers will be a mix of highly established names together with local up and coming talent. For more information visit http://alittlenewmusic.org/ or their Facebook page Here.
David O’s New Tempest
Composer David O.’s latest project is what he calls a “new kind of opera” based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The piece uses the text of the original play as the libretto for a new piece of live music-theatre, scored-through from beginning to end for singer/actors and instrumentalists. Collaborators include director Jessica Kubzansky (Theatre @ Boston Court), dramaturg Dani Bedau (Shakespeare Center LA), and costume designer Ann Closs-Farley. An Indiegogo campaign is in the works that will fund a workshop reading/singing of the first half of it this Fall. For more information, and opportunities to help fund the project go to www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-tempest-part-one. There are some great perks for funders available now.

The Old Globe’s 2013-14 Season Features Three Musicals
Artistic Director Barry Edelstein announced The Old Globe’s 2013-2014 season this week, which will include a world premiere musical, Dog and Pony, by Rick Elice and Michael Patrick Walker, as well as the previously announced William Shakespeare/Jeff Buckley rock musical The Last Goodbye. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! also returns for its 16th consecutive year.

Alex Timbers
Sept. 20 – Nov. 3, 2013
The Last Goodbye
Conceived and Adapted by Michael Kimmel
Music and Lyrics by Jeff Buckley
The Last Goodbye is a musical fusion of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and the incendiary rock songs of legendary singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley. Directed by Broadway wunderkind Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and choreographed by Sonya Tayeh (“SoYou Can Think You Can Dance”), The Last Goodbye is the must-see event of the fall season.
Nov. 16 – Dec. 28, 2013
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Book and Lyrics by Timothy Mason, Music by Mel Marvin
Original Production Conceived and Directed by Jack O’Brien
Original Choreography by John DeLuca
Everyone’s favorite green meanie will return for his 16th consecutive year in this heartwarming musical based on the classic book and animated film. James Vásquez returns to direct this beloved San Diego holiday tradition.

Michael Patrick Walker
May 28 – June 29, 2014
Dog and Pony
Book by Rick Elice
Music and Lyrics by Michael Patrick Walker
From the award-winning talents behind Jersey Boys, Peter and the Starcatcher and Altar Boyz, Dog and Pony is a romantic musical comedy that follows Mags and Andy, a successful screenwriting team, as their professional relationship evolves into something more. Tony Award winner Roger Rees (The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby) returns to the Globe to helm the world premiere of this delightful new musical. 

The season will also include the world premiere comedy, The Few by Samuel D. Hunter (Sept. 28 -Oct. 27, 2013), the west coast premiere of Bethany by Laura Marks, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch (Jan. 25 - Feb. 23, 2014), Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale  (Feb. 8 - March 16, 2014), the first indoor Shakespeare production at the Globe in over a decade, Time and the Conways by J.B. Priestley (March 29 - May 4, 2014), the California premiere of Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes (April 12 - May 11, 2014), and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, directed by Nicholas Martin (May 17 – June 22, 2014). Season subscriptions are available now at www.TheOldGlobe.org or by calling (619)23-GLOBE [234-5623]. 

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