Friday, July 26, 2013

All the Latest Musical News for July 26, 2013

MUSICALS: The Pantages Theatre has announced that Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will replace The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, which has been postponed for a subsequent season. Joseph tells the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers, and the coat of many colors in a musical full of unforgettable songs, including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do” and Close Every Door.” Joseph will run June 3 – 22, 2014. For tickets and more information go to www.HollywoodPantages.com

Creating Arts Company presents Cinderella Aug. 3 – 25 at the Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica. The one-hour mini musical is a magical journey full of audience interaction and fun for ages 3 and up. The company also stages The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Aug 3 – 18. 
For tickets to both shows call (310) 804-0223 or visit www.creatingarts.org.

DANCE: Join hosts Nigel Lythgoe and Adam Shankman on July 27th at The Dizzy Feet Foundation’s Celebration of Dance, presented in partnership with The Music Center. Taking place most fittingly on National Dance Day, this gala performance features amazing performances by talent from So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With the Stars, the Step Up films, Travis Walls Shaping Sound, Philadanco, and many others. Tickets: http://dizzyfeetfoundation.org/tickets and www.MusicCenter.org/DFF.

Note – if you are a dance fan, Performing Arts Live has a complete listing of dance events taking place in Southern California over the next couple of months. Check out their website HERE.  

FESTIVAL: ANMT’s New Musicals Initiative is launching a New Voices Project to help young writers 18-25 showcase their original work on August 24 at 8:30 pm as part of the 17th annual Stages New Musical Theatre Festival. Click Here for tickets to the Festival.


FILMS: Cinespia Cemetary Screenings presents Cabaret, Saturday August 10 at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Bob Fosse’s incomparable film about a cabaret singer in the Weimer days of Berlin features sizzling dance sequences, poignant and hilarious satire, and the eternal, effervescent and irrepressible Liza Minelli as Sally Bowles. (124 mins). Tickets: http://cinespia.org/event/cabaret/


TELEVISION: Live From Lincoln Center will broadcast an expanded edition of its May season finale, Audra McDonald In Concert: Go Back Home, August 30 and September 1st on PBS; check your local listings for times.


HBO will present the new documentary Six By Sondheim, a retrospective of Stephen Sondheim’s career, on December 9. Directed by Sondheim’s frequent collaborator, James Lapine, the film will feature performances by Audra McDonald, Darren Criss, Jeremy Jordan, America Ferrera and others. Sondheim will talk about his experiences writing six of his iconic songs: “Opening Doors,” “Something’s Coming,” “Send in the Clowns,” “Being Alive,” “I’m Still Here” and “Sunday.” It features archival footage and interviews from Sondheim’s personal collection, and will be told primarily by the songwriter himself. 

PODCASTS: The first episode of TELL ALL With Ryan O’Connor, featuring special guest Shoshana Bean, is up on iTunes and ready to download
. The weekly podcast is produced by O’Connor and Jason Powell and will feature a different guest each week, along with O’Connor’s reactions to the latest events in pop culture, plus other fun features.

CABARET/CONCERTS: Laguna Playhouse presents Britishmania, a Beatles Tribute concert, as the first bonus offering of its 2013 season. The show invites you to take a memorable trip back to the experience of seeing the Beatles live at such venues as The Cavern Club in Liverpool, The Star Club in Hamburg, The Hollywood Bowl and Budukon Hall in Tokyo Japan. Re-live what it was like to see them using authentic period correct gear and costumes, August 13 – 25 at Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. www.lagunaplayhouse.com.

The Music Center will host a Friday Night Sing-Along on August 2nd in the W.M. Keck Amphitheatre  of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The event will take place from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Bring your friends and sing along to all your country music favorites. Enthusiasm and a love of singing are all you need to contribute to this exhilarating group experience. Song sheets provided, with musical backing by a live band. FREE (tickets required). Tickets are distributed starting at 6:00 pm, first come, first served. Click Here for info.

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