Wednesday, May 15, 2013

What's Happening Around Town for May 15, 2013

2Cents Theatre Presents RENT
2Cents Theatre Group has announced its production of RENT, Jonathan Larson’s legendary Broadway smash hit, which is now celebrating its 20th anniversary. Directed by Kristen Boulé, with musical direction by Morgan Fitch, RENT will play May 24 – June 30 and run in rep with Private Eyes by Steven Dietz, directed by Shaunessy Quinn (opening May 30) at the Hudson Theatre Mainstage in Hollywood. Based on Puccini's La Boheme, RENT is a rock opera that tells the story of one year in the life of a group of bohemians struggling in East Village New York during the 1990s. RENT’s cast will feature Dedrick Bonner, Kate Bowman, Amber Bracken, Ariel Brooker, Cole Chapman, Brian Gamble, Lauren Joy Goss, Jonathon Grant, Michael Levine, Juan Lozano, Alli Miller, Tyler Olshansky, Reagan Osborne, Deondray Randolph, and Jessika RoweClick Here tickets online or call (323) 960-4410. The Hudson Theatre is located at 6539 Santa Monica Boulevard, on Theatre Row in Hollywood, 90038. Parking is available across from the theatre on Hudson Avenue ($5).

Jerry Herman Awards
The Nederlander Organization and Pantages Theatre, Hollywood are proud to announce that the 2nd Annual Jerry Herman Awards, a celebration in the achievement and excellence in high school musical theatre in Los Angeles will be hosted at the Pantages Theatre on Sunday May 19 at 7pm. Red Carpet celebrity arrivals will begin at 6pm on Sunday evening. Presenters from the worlds of Broadway, film & television are confirmed to present awards to aspiring high school musical theatre performers at the event this Sunday evening. Presenters include Obba Babatunde, Shoshana Bean, Kevin Chamberlin, Sam Harris, Kenny Ortega, Cathy Rigby, Tracie Thoms & Steven Weber. General seating is just $20. Tickets may be purchased at www.JerryHermanAwards.com, www.HollywoodPantages.com, www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-982-2787. The Pantages Theatre is located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard, just east of Vine Street.

Falling For Make Believe Returns
The Colony Theatre is thrilled to announce that the final production of its Season of Premieres, the world premiere of Falling For Make Believe, will have a return engagement starting June 6th, after a brief hiatus, to accommodate the demand for tickets.  With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart, book by Mark Saltzman, and directed by Jim Fall, Falling For Make Believe was greeted by rave reviews and such enthusiastic word-of-mouth that the announced performances sold out. Falling For Make Believe will play June 6 – 30, Thursdays & Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm & 8pm; and Sundays at 2pm. The Colony Theatre is located at 555 North Third Street, at the corner of Cypress, in the heart of the Burbank Media Center. For further information and tickets, call (818) 558-7000 or visit www.colonytheatre.ORG.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Panic! Productions closes its second season with the musical comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, June 1 – 16, at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oaks. The popular musical farce, with music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove & Larry Gelbart, is directed by Broadway veteran Joshua Finkel, with music direction by Diann Alexander and choreography by Mona King. Forum is a frenetic romp based on the ancient Roman comedies of Plautus. Tapping into the show’s famous opening number, “Comedy Tonight,” Finkel has crafted a show-within-a-show concept, where a 1966 theatre troupe is putting on the show on the first day of the Uniform Time Act, which made Daylight Savings Time a national law. Some cast members have forgotten to move their clocks forward and confusion and chaos ensues.

The cast include Silas Benjamin, P.J. Wong, Paul Panico, Lisa Gaston, Kurt Kemper, Amanda Wanamaker, Keith Moreton, John Gaston, Bob Decker, Andrew Metzger, Alexandra Gonzales, Jamie Baer, Danielle Samson, Michelle Miller, Shanni Tal, Amber Langford, Chava Caiyem, and Heidi Appe. Tickets are $20 for adults; $18 for students/seniors. 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks CA 91360 (across from the Oaks Mall/ 101 off at Lynn Road). Click here for tickets and more information.

The Little Mermaid
D.E.E. Studio Productions Performing Arts Academy presents The Little Mermaid, directed by Nancy Horak, with musical direction by Virginia Stewart and choreography by Annie Horak, for one weekend only May 23 – 26 at The Hudson Backstage Theatre. Audiences will delight in this musical stage adaptation of both the animated movie and the 2007 Broadway revival as characters glide across the stage, employing techniques from the Broadway show. Performances will be Friday 8pm, Saturday 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday 2pm & 6pm, at The Hudson Backstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 90038. General admission is $15 for Adults; $10 for students & children (use promo code 007), and $18.00 VIP (front & center seating). For tickets, call (323) 960-4418 or go to www.plays411.com/mermaid.

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