Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Musical News Around Town for October 2, 2013

OPENINGS: Musical Theatre West opens its 61st season with the regional premiere of Young Frankenstein, featuring music & lyrics by Mel Brooks and book by Thomas Meehan. Based on the 1974 smash hit film Young Frankenstein it is a wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Mary Shelley classic from the comic genius of Mel Brooks. Young Frankenstein will run Nov. 1 – 17 with opening night scheduled for Saturday, November 2.  

Zachary Ford stars as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein with Danny Blaylock as The Monster, Ben Liebert as Igor, Andi Davis as Inga, Rebecca Johnson as Elizabeth, Tracy Lore as Frau Blücher, and Jeffrey Rockwell as Inspector Kemp. John Racca is featured as Victor, Jeffrey Landman as Ziggy, and David Miller as Herald. Ensemble members include Jessica Buda, Ryan Chlanda, Quintan Craig, Michael Deeb, Jessica Ernest, Marisa Field, Annie Hinskton, Donna Louden, Daniel Smith, Alishia Suitor, and Katy Tabb. Lauren Kadel will recreate the original direction and choreography of Susan Stroman. Corey B. Hirsch serves as musical director with Mary Ritenhour as production manager. Tickets: or (562) 856-1999 x 4. All performances are at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center located at 6200 East Atherton Street, Long Beach, CA 90815.

Chromolume Theatre announces its cast of Musical of Musicals, the Musical, directed by Kristin Towers-Rowles, choreography by Anna Rubin and musical direction by Richard Berent, opening Nov. 8. The show will star Jean Altadel, Jason Chacon, Macleish Day, Eduardo Enrikez, Kimberly Hessler, Jason Kennedy, Kelly Meyersfield and Christina Morrell. The Musical of Musicals is a hilarious satire of musical theatre in which one story becomes five delightful musicals, each written in the distinctive style of a different master of the form, from Rodgers & Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim. Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. Click Here for tickets. 

Due to popular demand, Thoroughly Modern Millie is coming back in October for six shows only at the beautiful Curtis Theatre in Brea. Suitable for all ages, this high-energy musical is a singing and dancing extravaganza set in 1920s New York. Produced by InspireD Productions, directed by Stephen Reifenstein with musical direction by Aaron Al-Imam and choreography by Kristina Reifenstein. Performances run Oct. 18 – 27. Click Here for tickets.

AWARDS: Nominations are now open for the 2013 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Regional Awards. These are reader-submitted nominations honoring productions that opened between October 2012 and September 2013. The nominating period runs through October 31, followed by fan voting Nov. 4 - December 31. Winners will be announced in early January. Click Here to nominate your favorites! 

CABARET: On Friday, October 18 at 7pm, GLEH and Chris Isaacson present Upright Cabaret at GLEH; a monthly charitable cabaret series raising awareness of GLEH (Gay and Lesbian Elder Housing) through song. At this performance David Burnham (Broadway – Wicked, The Light in the Piazza) will appear with music director Mark Vogel. Click Here for more information. 

TWITTER: Here's a big shout out to some of our favorite folks on Twitter who have been part of the conversation online lately. Check them out and see what they have to say!

@breakinglanews Curating the best media feeds in Los Angeles.

@LAStageAlliance Empowering and engaging artists since 1975.
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@HairNewNation Michael Butler & Ben Vereen mounting a new production of HAIR in LA
@BeckyBaeling Becky BaelingLythgoe. Be who you are, and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind

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