Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Musical Update for July 23, 2013: Here's What's Happening

OPENINGS: 3-D Theatricals’ SHREK the Musical opened over the weekend and continues performances at Fullerton’s Plummer Auditorium through Aug. 4, followed by an additional weekend at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center Aug. 9 – 11. The show is Directed by David F.M. Vaughn, choreographed by Justin Greer, and musically directed by Julie Lamoureux, and stars T.J. Dawson as Shrek, Melissa Wolfklain as Fiona, David F.M. Vaughn as Lord Farquaad, and
Brandon Armstrong as Donkey. http://3dtshows.com/ 

Morris Productions announces the L.A. premiere of the new musical Breakthrough. This new rock/rap musical about overcoming addictions follows the lives of a group of young adults in downtown LA struggling with alcohol, sex and drug addictions, eating disorders and cutting. The show is written and directed by Dana Morris, and choreographed by Steven Nielsen, and features a cast of 14, including Miranda Miller (from the band CHERRI BOMB) and Rapper Jermaine “Jerk” Paul. The show runs Aug. 16 – 25 at ArtShareLA’s theater, downtown in the arts district. 801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013. Tickets: http://morris-productions.weebly.com/

Foothill Music Theatre presents Damn Yankees July 26 – August 18 directed by Tom Gough, and starring Jeff Clarke as Applegate, Caitlyn Lawrence-Papp as Gloria, Richard Lewis as Van Buren, Mary Melnick as Meg Boyd, Dan Mitchell as Joe Hardy, and Jen Wheatonfox as Lola. Middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd trades his soul to the Devil for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. Click Here for more info. Smithwicke Theatre, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte  Rd., (El Monte Rd., exit West off  Hwy 280, Los Altos Hills).

The jukebox musical Ready For The Storm will have its world premiere at Stages of Gray Theatre August 9 – Sept. 14. Written, directed and produced by Randall Gray, it features Mike Callahan, Debbie Kagy, Lisa La Bella and Gray in the cast. Tickets: (909) 461-7375, www.StagesofGray.com. Stages Of Gray Theatre, 299 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107.

BENEFIT: Hugh Jackman will bring his critically acclaimed one-man show from Broadway to Los Angeles for a one night only performance benefitting MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund) on October 12 at The Dolby Theatre. This is Jackman’s first time performing in Southern California. For more information visit www.HughJackmanLive.com.

FESTIVAL: Stages Musical Theatre Festival returns to LA Aug. 23 – 25. Eight new musicals will be presented in concert readings in two locations: the Lonny Chapman Theatre (10900 Burbank Blvd in North Hollywood) and ANMT, 5628 Vineland in North Hollywood. “First Stage” shows at the Lonny Chapman include Mad Bomber, Vlad, Wanting Miss Julie, and Bloodline. The shows featured at the “Very First Stage” at ANMT are LA Carmen, Over the Horizon, The Max Factor Factor, and the New Voices Project. www.anmt.org 

MOVIES: Saturday Matinee Double Feature: The Singing Cowboy (1936) and Loaded Pistols (1949) starring Gene Autry, the singing cowboy, will be screened Saturday, July 27, Noon – 3pm at the Wells Fargo Theater in Griffith Park. Saturday matinee double features (the screening of two motion pictures for the price of one) were an industry standard in the first half of the 20th century. In 2013, the Autry continues the tradition. All showings are free with museum admission. Also free for Autry members.

KICKSTARTER: The Los Angeles revival of bare is asking for community support for its upcoming production directed by Calvin Remsberg at the Hayworth Theatre opening September 6th (preview performance on 9/5). Click Here for more information.

The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival®-Los Angeles re-animates for the fourth year at the exquisite art deco Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro on September 27, 28, and 29. The festival features three days of movies, music, art, literature, and games adapted and inspired by master weird tale author H.P. Lovecraft. Click Here to donate.

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