Saturday, May 18, 2013
Tilted Field, in association with Son of Semele Theater, presents the world premiere of The Last Days of Mary Stuart, an electro-opera, through the curated guest-production program SOSEhost. This immersive music theater experience is conceived, written and directed by Becca Wolff, with music by Byron Kahr and John Nixon of TONY. The show will run June 21 – July 20, with opening night on Saturday, June 22. In an immersive club atmosphere, The Last Days of Mary Stuart blurs the lines of history to create a musical allegory for our time.
Mary Stuart is the disgraced and charismatic Queen of Scots, fast becoming an It-Girl on a meteoric rise in 16th-Century England. As she drives herself into the rift over Queen Elizabeth’s legitimacy, foreign powers threaten and youths are radicalized abroad. It is in this political hothouse that Mary Stuart grows her cult of personality that menaces the future of the English Empire and the new world in which we live.
The sound has evolved over the two years of the project’s development from a rock idiom to the more dramatic, flexible and sweeping sounds of electronica. The vocal style is straightforward and powerful and the piece is structured in the aria/recitative mode of classical opera where the music tells the story as much as the words within it. The cast includes Laila Ayad (Elizabeth), Alex Knox (Judge #2/Badge Man), Daniel David Stewart (The Kid), and Marianne Thompson (Mary Stuart). Performances are Thursdays & Friday at 8:00 pm; Saturdays at 8:00 & 10:30 pm (no performance on Thu. July 4) at Son of Semele Theater, just west of Downtown LA at 3301 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004. For more information, please call (213) 351-3507 or visit www.sonofsemele.org. For more about the show visit www.tiltedfield.com/projects.html.
Ryan Black’s 88’s is back at Don’t Tell Mama, every Wednesday beginning May 15th at 8pm. There is no cover charge and seats may be reserved with a dinner reservation by calling (323) 380-7209, or you can reserve online HERE. The lineup for May 22nd includes Cortes Alexander, Shane Alexander, Laura Dickinson, Tawny Dolley, Erin Duncan, Ava Gaudet, Adam Hunter, Paulette Ivory, Matt Scott, Craig Taggart, Pam Trotter, and Coco & Ruby (Courtney Freed & Rebecca Johnson). Open mic after the show so bring your music. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/RyanBlacks88s.
Joanne Tatham brings her jazz-infused vocal storytelling back to Catalina Jazz Club in Soundtrack New York: Music from Movies Made in Manhattan on June 6th at 8:30 pm. From Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Midnight Cowboy, from West Side Story to Tootsie -- this brand-new show includes the work of The Gershwins, Burt Bacharach, Kander and Ebb, Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Henry Mancini with Rod McKuen, and many more. Visit www.JoanneTatham.com for more news. Quinn Johnson is the musical director for Soundtrack New York and the show is produced by Clifford Bell. www.Cabarabia.com
Kritzerland presents Mad About the Boy: The Songs of Noël Coward June 2 at 7:00 pm at North Hollywood’s Sterling’s Upstairs at the Federal, with musical direction by Lloyd Cooper. The cast includes Eileen Barnett, Lisa Livesay, Jane Noseworthy, John Sloman and Robert Yacko, with special guest Susan Watson. For reservations call 818-754-8700.
Angel City Chorale (ACC) will celebrate its first two decades in song with special reunion concerts on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, 2013, at 7:00 pm. The 20th Anniversary Concerts will feature the west coast premiere of Grammy Award-Winning Composer Christopher Tin’s "Calling All Dawns." In addition to performing Tin’s highly acclaimed three-movement piece, which celebrates the circle of life in 12 languages, Angel City Chorale will also perform “The Best of ACC,” highlighting much-loved and crowd-favorite songs from the choir’s 20-year history. Conducted by ACC Founder and Artistic Director Sue Fink, the concerts will be held at the historic Wilshire United Methodist Church, 4350 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010. The audience is invited to join the performers for a dessert reception after each performance. For additional information and tickets, please call (310) 943-9231 or visit www.angelcitychorale.org.
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