Sunday, June 16, 2013

What's Happening Around Town for June 16, 2013

Sunset Boulevard at Musical Theatre West
Musical Theatre West presents the much anticipated Southern California 20th Anniversary revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, July 12 – 28 at the Long Beach, Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center. Based on the 1950 Oscar-winning movie about a former star of the silent screen era living in the past in her decaying mansion on the fabled Los Angeles street, it will be directed by Larry Raben with musical direction by David Lamoureux and musical staging by John Todd. MTW’s Sunset Boulevard opens exactly 20 years to the day of the show’s world premiere in London at the Adelphi Theatre where it ran for 1529 performances. Tickets are available online at or by calling (562) 856-1999, Ext. 4. The Box Office is located at 4350 East 7th Street, Long Beach, CA 90804 and is open 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm Tues. - Sat. The Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center is located at 6200 East Atherton Street, Long Beach, CA 90815.

DOMA Theatre Presents NINE
Doma Theatre presents NINE July 12 – August 18 at LA’s MET Theatre, directed by Marco Gomez, with musical direction by Chris Raymond and choreography by Rae Toledo. Embark on a musical journey that explores the passion and pitfalls of an Italian film director grappling with his mid-life crisis and creative block. All Guido Contini wants to do is make a film – but the women in his life are demanding attention. Amid a failing marriage, a distraught mistress and the betrayal of his former muse, Contini ponders his unraveling life and career by revisiting the innocence of his childhood at the age of nine. Through a series of flashbacks and dreams, Contini discovers the solution to his problems by combining art and reality in a spectacular collusion of love, regret and fidelity. The cast features David Michael Trevino, Lovlee Carroll, Michelle Holmes, Emilia Sotelo, Andrea Arvanigian, Brittany Rodin, Leslie Marrero, Devin Holliman, Donovan Baise, Ra’Shawn Durell, Victor Mercado, Alan Lee, Melissa Anjose, Toni Smith, Liza Baron, Amy Garbett and Tania Possick. The MET Theatre is located at 1089 N. Oxford Ave., Los Angeles CA 90029. For reservations, call (323) 802-4990 or go to

Watson Returns to Sacred Fools
Sacred Fools Theater presents Watson and the Dark Art of Harry Houdini, murder, mystery, magic and a heartbreak that is almost too much to bear June 21 - 27. After a string of brutal murders, Watson and Holmes travel to New York on the trail of the killer. The mysterious Harry Houdini seems to know more than he's telling, but is he friend or foe? Nothing is as it seems in this sequel to The Fools’ Watson: The Last Great Tale of the Legendary Sherlock Holmes. Scott Leggett and Joe Fria reprise their roles as Watson and Sherlock Holmes this time matching wits and trying to bring to heel the greatest escape artist of all time, Harry Houdini, who has more than playing cards up his sleeve.

Written & directed by Jaime Robledo with original musical by Ryan Johnson. The cast also includes Carrie Keranen as Violet Hunter, Eric Curtis Johnson as Mycroft Holmes, Cj Merriman as Mary Morstan Watson, Graham Skipper as Sigmund Freud/Pike and Donal Thoms-Cappello as Harry Houdini, along with Lisa Anne Nicolai, Mandi Moss, Brendan Broms, Aaron Mendelson and Perry Daniel as The Stagehands. Click Here to preview the Johnson’s score. For tickets and more information visit

connie and jimmy, Episode 3
In the third installment of connie & jimmy, an episodic 1940’s black & white mini-series, Jimmy breaks shocking news to Connie over a “fancy” meal but the reality of the meal turns out to be just as shocking! Jimmy has all the best intentions but he can’t seem to avoid slipping up. Good thing Connie can keep him in check with her talent for turning classic songs on their heads in an effort to teach Jimmy an important faux pas. “connie & jimmy” keeps your heart all aflutter but your feet on the ground with an homage to Edith Piaf’s ‘No Me Quitte Pas’.

A British Invasion Kritzerland
Kritzerland presents The British Invasion, Songs from the UK Musicals of the ‘60s and ‘70s Sunday, July 7 at 7:00 pm starring Chelsea Emma Franko, Tessa Grady, Kevin Odekirk, Barry Pearl, and Jenna Lea Rosen with special guests Tony Tanner and Kerry O’Malley. Music director is Shelly Markham. For reservations call (818) 754-8700. Cover charge $15 + $10 food minimum + $3 facility charge. Sterling’s at The Federal, 5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.

Lend Me a Tenor
Kentwood Players presents the 1989 Tony Award-winning Lend Me a Tenor by Ken Ludwig July 12 - August 17 at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Avenue, Westchester, CA 90045. The production is directed by Gail Bernardi and produced by Susan Goldman Weisbarth. Lend Me a Tenor is a hilarious comedy/farce taking place in a Cleveland, Ohio hotel suite in 1934. The Cleveland Opera Company has booked the renowned tenor Tito Merelli, known to his fans as “Il Stupendo,” to sing the lead in Otello at their gala fundraiser. Unfortunately, even before the star leaves his hotel room, everything begins to unravel. Chaos ensues when Merelli's wife, who has mistaken an autograph-seeker hidden in his closet for a secret lover, leaves him and the distraught tenor accidentally is given a double dose of tranquilizers to calm him and passes out. Saunders, the opera company's General Manager, is determined that the show will go on, so he asks his assistant Max to impersonate the opera star. What follows is a chain-reaction of mistaken identity, plot twists, farcical double entendres, innuendos, and constant entrances and exits through many doors leading from one comical situation to another. Featured in the cast are Samantha Barrios, Rachel Boller, Harold Dershimer, Matt Landig, Maria Pavone, Scot Renfro, Susan Weisbarth, and Michael Willens. For tickets go to

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