Monday, October 28, 2013

Musical News Around Town for October 28, 2013

 

MUSICALS: Casting has been announced for the Los Angeles return engagement of Disney’s The Lion King which will play the Hollywood Pantages Nov. 20, 2013 – Jan. 12, 2014. The production features Patrick R. Brown as Scar, L. Steven Taylor as Mufasa, Brown Lindiwe Mkhize as Rafiki, Nick Cordileone as Timon, Andrew Gorell as Zazu, Ben Lipitz as Pumbaa, Jelani Remy as Simba, Nia Holloway as Nala, Keith Bennett as Banzai, Rashada Dawan as Shenzi and Robbie Swift as Ed. The role of Young Simba is alternated between Jordan A. Hall andNathaniel Logan McIntyre, and the role of Young Nala is alternated between Nya Cymone Carter andZyasia Jadea Page. Tickets:  www.HollywoodPantages.com, www.Ticketmaster.com, or 1-800-982-2787. 

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts presents the second show in its 2013-14 Programs for Young Audiences series, Story Pirates Greatest Hits Show. This 60-minute fast-paced, hilarious sketch comedy musical is recommended for audiences ages 4 and up. Performances are Sunday, Nov. 24 at 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm. A collection of the best stories and songs adapted from stories written by elementary school students, Story Pirates will delight and surprise with puppets, enlivening songs and outrageous sketches, all the while motivating kids to pick up a pencil and write down their own fantastic adventures. Story topics run the gamut, from Kung Fu ninja babies fighting crime to cats flying and tickle monsters that rule the world. All seats are $8 for children and $12 for adults. For more info go to www.LaMiradaTheatre.com or call (562) 944-9801 or (714) 994-6310. The theater is located at 14900 La Mirada Blvd. in La Mirada, CA. Parking is free.

The Old Globe has announced that its 2014 summer season will feature Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning musical Into the Woods, which made its world premiere at The Old Globe in 1986. This inventive reimagining by Fiasco Theater originated at McCarter Theatre Center and will run July 12 – Aug. 10, 2014. The musical masterpiece weaves together beloved fairy tales, then ventures into the unknown territory of life after “happily ever after.” Directors Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld conjure a mythical world of theatrical invention where an ordinary rope becomes Jack’s famous beanstalk, a ladder becomes Rapunzel’s enchanted tower, and the power of transformation creates a beguiling theater of the imagination. www.oldglobe.org

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is back for the holidays at San Diego Musical Theatre  December 12 - 22. The beloved movie comes to life at the Birch North Park Theatre featuring a lush Irving Berlin score played by an onstage 22-piece live orchestra. Call for tickets (858) 560-5740 or go to www.sdmt.org

CABARET/CONCERT: Starr Quality – A Rick’s Picks Actors Fund Benefit Concert and Musical Tribute to the life and legacy of Rick Starr will take place Thursday, Nov. 21 at Hollywood’s Catalina Jazz Club. Doors open at 6:30 and the performance begins at 8pm. Come help salute renowned music historian Rick Starr, former manager of the legendary sheet music store Hollywood Sheet Music. Performers scheduled to appear include George Ball, Michele Brourman, Keith David, Nancy Dussault, Dianne Fraser, Julie Garnyé, Ilene Graff & Ben Lanzarone, Babbie Green, Evelyn Halus & Oliviana Marie, Bruce Kimmel & Adryan Russ, Michelle Lee, Gregg Marx, Amanda McBroom, Karen Morrow, Ali B Olmo, Joan Ryan and more, with musical director Tom Griep, Randy Landas on Bass, and Denise Fraser on Drums. Directed by David Galligan. All proceeds will be donated to The Actors Fund. Tickets are $50 for Ringside Seating, $30 General Admission, plus 2-drink minimum. Click Here for tickets.

MUSE/IQUEs “Uncorked Series” presents Girl/Band featuring a screening of documentary film The Girls in the Band and post-screening interactive panel discussion and musical interludes. With Rachael Worby/curator; Judy Chaikin/film director, Mindi Abair/saxophone and other artists TBA, Monday, Nov. 11. Cocktail Hour begins at 6 pm, with music by the Westridge High School Jazz Ensemble, followed by Film Screening at 7 pm. Avon Distribution Center, 2940 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91121. Tickets and more information: (626) 539-7085 or www.muse-ique.org.

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