Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Music News: L.A. Update, a Little Bit of Everything

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: The Book of Mormon has added five additional weeks of performances to the originally announced return engagement at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. The show will begin its run January 2 and play through March 16, 2014. Groups of 15 or more are now available for purchase at www.PantagesGroups.com. Season ticket holders also currently have access to seats at www.HollywoodPantages.com. Single tickets will go on sale at a later date.

Sacred Fools presents an encore of the Hollywood Fringe hit Exorcistic: A The Rock Musical Parody Experiment. Thursdays at 9:00 pm July 25, August 1, 8 & 15.

PRAIRIE-OKE! returns for two weekends only August 16 – 25 at the Cavern Club Theater at Casita Del Campo. Conceived, written and directed by Dane Whitlock, it will feature Drew Droege, Libby Baker, Tom Lowe, Joe Donohoe, Amy Procacci, Brad Griffith, Mark Rowe, Jennifer Blake, Sydney Blair, Matthew Herrmann, Rae Dawn Hadinger and Frances Chewning. www.cavernclubtheater.com  

AUDITIONS: Cabrillo Music Theatre in Thousand Oaks is holding auditions for Kiss Me, Kate on August 5 – 6. Richard Israel will direct, John Todd will choreograph, and Darryl Archibald will musical direct. This is the first time Cabrillo has done the classic musical. Details are available on the AEA website.

San Diego Musical Theatre is holding auditions on August 14th for Irving Berlin’s White Christmas directed by Todd Nielsen. Lisa Hopkins will choreograph and Don LeMaster provides musical direction. Please email Jill@SDMT.org to schedule an appointment. For questions call 619-977-7100.  

CABARET/CONCERT UPDATE: On Fri, July 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm, GLEH and Chris Isaacson present Upright Cabaret at GLEH; a monthly charitable cabaret series raising awareness of GLEH through song. The show will star Broadway’s Matt Zarley.

The Old Globe will present a one-night-only Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert on Monday, August 19 at 7:00 pm that will feature several prominent San Diego artists covering the songs of the legendary musician. The concert coincides with the Globe’s upcoming production of The Last Goodbye, a fusion of Buckley’s music with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

The 3rd Annual LA Skins Music Fest will takes place on July 20th, 2013 at the Autry National Center. This concert series focuses on contemporary Native American music, featuring R&B, Jazz, Hip Hop and Rock. The event is FREE and parking is provided.

On Friday July 26 at 8:00 pm, Under The Oaks at Theatricum Botanicum will offer Songs of Hank Williams performed by special guests in a tribute evening filled with heartaches, humor and honesty. Before his untimely death at 29, Williams wrote some of the best, and best known, songs of the 20th Century such as “Cold, Cold Heart”, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”, “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)”, and “Hey Good Lookin.’” The concert will take place in the S. Mark Taper Youth Pavilion.

Bella Donna, a tribute to Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac, comes to The Grove Theatre in Upland for one night only on August 10th at 8:00 pm. The critically acclaimed concert re-creates the persona and music of the reigning Queen of Rock, Stevie Nicks in concert.

And by popular demand, The Perfect Gentlemen return to The Grove Theatre, also for one night only, on August 31st at 8:00 pm. Their blend of harmony and humor harkens back to the days of Vaudeville by recreating the close harmonies of such legendary groups as The Ink Spots and the Pied Pipers, while including the era’s great comic songs made famous by the likes of Louis Jordan and The Hoosier Hotshots.  

PARTIES!:  Caught Darkly Dreaming - Sacred Fools Theater kicks off its 17th season with a launch party unlike any other. Make your darkest dreams a reality with a spell-binding evening of high-tech interactive games, immersive art installations, and seductive food and drink, all inspired by the dark connections and surrealistic twists that bind the shows of Sacred Fools Theater’s upcoming season. Check out the attractions that will be provided HERE.

The West Coast Cool CD Release Party featuring Cheryl Bentyne and Mark Winkler is September 15 Upstairs at Vitello’s Jazz and Supper Club. Featuring Rich Eames on Piano, Dave Tull on Drums and Tim Emmons on Bass. For reservations call (818) 769-0905.

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