Friday, November 22, 2013

Musical News for Friday, November 22, 2013 and Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank You for the music, for the theatre, and for being a part of Musicals in LAI am grateful for everyone of you that I see onstage, in the audience, and behind the scenes, shining your light and making a difference with your gifts. Time for a little Holiday Hiatus. Be safe. Be kind. And keep a song in your heart. See you in December!


OPENINGS: Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara begins its 2013-14 Season in its new home, the New Vic with A Little Night Music, inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night. Directed by Ensemble executive artistic director Jonathan Fox, A Little Night Music features one of Stephen Sondheim’s best-known songs, “Send in the Clowns.” The show will run Dec. 5 – 22 with opening set for Saturday, Dec. 7th. Local Santa Barbara musician David Potter will serve as musical director. The star-studded cast will include Piper Laurie as Madame Armfeldt, Stephanie Zimbalist as Desiree Armfeldt, and Patrick Cassidy as Fredrik Egerman. It will aslo include Carly Bracco (Anne Egerman), Max Miller (Henrik Egerman), Jordan Miller (Count Carl-Magnus), Heather Ayers (Charlotte), Misty Cotton (Petra), Michael Byrne (Frid), and Deborah Bertling (Malla). Erika Cummings and Erika Foreman will alternate in the role of 13-year old Fredrika. Tickets: (805) 965-5400  www.etcsb.org.

AUDITIONS: Chance Theater is holding open call auditions for Lysistrata Jones Tuesday, Dec. 3 and Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7:00 pm. To make an appointment for a later time slot, send your headshot & resume to casting@chancetheater.com by November 29. It will be directed by Kari Hayter, choreographed by Kelly Todd, and features music direction by Rod Bagheri. Athens University is in the midst of a thirty-year losing streak, so Lyssie J. and her girl-power posse won’t “give it up” to their basketball-playing boyfriends until they win a game. The hilarious dialogue and upbeat score from five-time Tony nominated playwright Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn is an electric combination of Mean Girls, Glee and Pitch Perfect.

Please prepare a 16-32 bar cut from a pop/contemporary musical and bring a headshot, resume and sheet music. Accompanist provided. Rehearsals begin December 11 (weekday evenings and weekends). The show runs Feb. 7 - March 16, 2014, Friday 8pm; Saturday 3pm & 8pm; Sunday 2pm. Pay: $100 per performance week. For more information and a breakdown of roles, go to www.ChanceTheater.com/auditions
BENEFITS: Star-studded holiday benefit SPARKLE! An All-Star Holiday Concert comes to Los Angeles for the first time with an exclusive and intimate performance at the Acme Theatre in Hollywood for one night only on Friday, December 13 at 7:30 pm. Proceeds will benefit the programs and services of The Actors Fund. Producer and host  Scott Nevins has gathered an all-star cast of performers including Andrew Rannells, Sharon McNight, Ginifer King, Stacey Oristano, Milena Govich, Max von Essen, Shoshana Bean, Matt Zarley, Erin Quill, Constantine Rousouli, Julie Garnye, Emerson Collins, Blake McIver, Lexi Lawson, and Kelly King. The show will also feature a special reading of Twas The Night Before Christmas by the legendary Lainie Kazan. Scott Nevins hosts, with Jesse Vargas serving as music director and arranger. The evening is made possible by generous support from presenting sponsors Jim Burba and Bob Hayes. Tickets range from $35 - $100 (VIP package including priority seating and post-show meet and greet). To purchase, go to http://bit.ly/SparkleLA2013. The Acme Theatre in Hollywood is located at 135 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, 90036.

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