Saturday, June 22, 2013

What's Happening Around Town for June 22, 2013

BARE Revival
Producers Topher Rhys and Jamie Lee Barnard have announced casting for the upcoming L.A. revival of bare, directed by Calvin Remsberg and presented by glory|struck productions this fall at the Hayworth Theatre. Performances begin September 5 with opening scheduled for Friday, September 6th. This will not be the revised incarnation of the musical that was recently seen Off-Broadway; the Los Angeles revival will preserve the authors’ original vision featuring the music of Damon Intrabartolo with book and lyrics by Jon Hartmere. Musical direction and music production is by by Elmo Zapp and Jen Oundjian will choreograph the show. 

A story of discovery, acceptance and love, bare centers on the clandestine relationship between two roommates in a well-locked dorm room: charismatic, golden-boy Jason and sensitive, soulful Peter. As the pair navigates adolescence, we see the consequences of secrecy unravel though their eyes and those around them.

This electrifying rock musical will star Payson Lewis (NBC’s The Sing Off), Jonah Platt (The Office), Lindsay Pearce (Glee, The Glee Project), Katie Stevens (American Idol), Nathan Parrett, (The Voice), Caitlin Ary, Kelsey Hainlen, Casey Hayden, Christopher Higgins, Reesa Ishiyama, Harrison Meloeny and Katherine Washington. Original bare cast members Stephanie Andersen and John Griffin will return to the show alongside Alissa-Nicole Koblentz as the adult figures. Stephanie Andersen will be reprising her role of Sister Chantelle after originating the iconic character in the 2000 Los Angeles premiere and 2007 studio album. John Griffin, who received a 2001 Ovation Award nomination for portraying Jason, will be seeing St Cecilia’s from the other side of the confessional, this time as The Priest. Tickets go on sale in July at For more information visit

Troubies Head to La Mirada
The Troubies take their summer hit, A Midsummer Saturday Night’s Fever Dream directed by Matt Walker to La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts July 12 – 14. 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. La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada. For tickets call (562) 944-9801 or visit

Sunset Boulevard Announces Complete Cast
Casting has been announced for Musical Theatre West’s production of Sunset Boulevard, to run July 12 - 28 at Long Beach’s Carpenter PAC, exactly 20 years to the day (July 28) after the show’s world premiere. Larry Raben directs, with musical direction by David Lamoureux and musical staging by John Todd. The cast features Valerie Perri as Norma Desmond, David Burnham as Joe Gillis, Norman Large as Max von Mayerling, Ashley Fox Linton as Betty Schaeffer, Jeff Skowron as Sheldrake & Manfred and Marc Ginsburg as Artie, along with Lucas Coleman, Peyton Crim, Marisa Field, Brad Fitzgerald, Karla Franco, Juan Guillan, Caitlin Humphreys, Will Huse, Tom McMahon, Tiana Okoye, Kirklyn Robinson, Trance Thomas and John Todd. For tickets call (562) 856-1999, ext. 4 or visit

WCOPA Finals
The 17th Annual World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) Finals Competition will be held Friday, July 19, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the California Ballroom - Westin Bonaventure Hotel, 404 S. Figueroa Street, LA 90071. A limited number of tickets are available for CA residents. Talent contestants from the more than 40 countries and the USA will vie for the crown in various competitive events: dancing, singing, modeling, acting, variety and instrumental. Witness who will take the crown at this finals competition! And returning this year to perform on the World Champions stage is superstar Filipino recording artist and 2005 WCOPA Grand Champion, Jed Madela. Tickets: $25 online at

Brecht On Brecht Returns
Brecht On Brecht, based on the writings of Bertolt Brecht, conceived by George Tabori from various translations and arranged & directed by Alistair Hunter returns to Atwater Playhouse for three performances June 28 - 30. Presented by The Other Theatre Company, it 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. The new cast includes Gil Hagen-Hill, Daniel Houston-Davila, Belinda Howell, Susan Kussman, and Gregg Lawrence with musicians Gayle Bluemel (who also musical directs) and Scott Shepherd. Atwater Playhouse, 3191 Casitas Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90039. For tickets call (323) 960-1054 or go to

Chicago Stars
Initial casting has been announced for the Hollywood Bowl production of Chicago, directed by Brooke Shields and conducted by Rob Fisher, to run July 26 - 28. The cast will star Samantha Barks, as Velma, Drew Carey as Amos, Lucy Lawless as Mama Morton and Stephen Moyer as Billy Flynn. The role of Roxy and rest of the cast are TBA.

Ryan Black’s 88’s June 26 Lineup
Don’t Tell Mama LA - Wednesday June 26 at 8pm with co-hostess Reba Areba and musical director Greg Nabours. Artists include Cortes Alexander, Melissa Bailey, Julie Dixon Jackson, Julie Garnye, Crystal Starr Knighton, Kat Kramer, Alex Mohajer, Jai Rodriguez, Jerry Sharell, Vanessa Stewart, French Stewart, Haviland Stillwell, Rena Strober, Alistair Tober, Danielle Truitt, and the cast of DOMA Theatre’s NINE. Open mic after the show. Click Here for reservations or call (323) 380-7209. 

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