Thursday, November 14, 2013

Musical News for Thursday November 14, 2013

MUSICALS: The Tony Award-winning musical NEWSIES will play an exclusive 4-week premiere engagement at Hollywood Pantages during the 2014-15 season. NEWSIES is inspired by the real-life ‘Newsboy Strike of 1899,’ when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers. The stage version introduces seven brand-new songs by the original team of Menken and Feldman while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” “King of New York” and “Santa Fe.” Information regarding engagement dates and how to purchase 2014-2015 season tickets, single tickets and groups will be announced at a later time. For information or to register for advance ticket access notifications, visit

The Pasadena Playhouse has announced that STONEFACE, originally part of its 2013-2014 season and then postponed, has been reinstated, with its original star French Stewart in the performance of a lifetime. It is now scheduled to close the Playhouse’s season, June 3 - 29, 2014. Chronicled through the lens of his own silent films, STONEFACE recreates some of Buster Keaton’s most memorable gags live on stage, capturing the legend of a bygone era and telling the tale of the redemption of one of Hollywood’s greatest performers. It follows a successful engagement at Sacred Fools Theatre Company in 2012. Tickets are currently available with a 2013 – 2014 Season purchase; single tickets will be available at a later date. Call 626-356-7529 or by visiting The Pasadena Playhouse box office. For more information, visit

Move over A Christmas Carol, Christmas is coming to town with 30 Minute Musical’s version of Home Alone starring Tom Lenk. The fast and furious romp features original songs and choreography, and clocks in at a breathtaking 30 minutes (not including time held for laughter). Premiering with Home Alone, is The Holiday Mashup, 30 Minute Musical’s take on a Christmas Special. Selections from Gremlins, Die Hard, Batman Returns, Citizen Kane, Steel Magnolias, and more all get the 30 Minute Musical treatment. Featuring: Chaz Bono, Brooke Seguin, Clayton Farris, JD Barton, Joey Acuna, KC Lindley, Lauren Leigh Barker, Lindsay Wray, Natalie Cook, Preston Lorio, Samantha Scanlan, Sarah Schrieber, Sean Persaud, Todd Masterson, Tom DeTrinis, and Tom Lenk. December 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 at 8pm at The Hudson Backstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For more information go to

Macha Theatre presents a revival of Marilyn – My Secret written by Willard Manus and Odalys Nanin, directed and produced by Odalys Nanin. This dramedy with music chronicles the life of Norma Jean from unwanted orphan, to bit player, to sex goddess including the untold story of Marilyn’s affairs with both female and male lovers – from her acting coach to the president of the United States. The show opens Saturday, November 16 at 8pm and runs through December 21. Note: There is Nudity. Cast includes Jennifer Lana Harper and Erin Gavin alternating as Marilyn, Hayley Farrell and Serah Henesey alternating as Lily St. Cyr, Merri Jamison and Lori Allen Thomas alternating as Natasha Lytess/Paula Strasberg, and Sean McCracken as Bobby Kennedy/Verge/MC. Macha Theatre, 1107 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood 90069. Tickets: or (323) 969-7482.

The GLEE Season 5 Christmas episode will air Thursday, December 5 on FOX. Check out this video footage of Rachel (Lea Michele), Kurt (Chris Colfer), and Santana (Naya Rivera) performing “Here Comes Santa Claus” at the Burbank Town Center mall in L.A. on November 7.

MUSICAL THEATRE WRITERS: The 2014 ASCAP/DreamWorks Musical Theatre Workshop directed by Stephen Schwartz will takes place in Los Angeles February 11, 12, 13, 2014 at DreamWorks Studios. Please submit the following: (Submissions will not be returned): 
* CD of four (4) songs from your musical 
* Lyric sheets for each of the 4 songs 
* A brief description of each song as to its plot placement 
* A brief synopsis of the musical. 
* Biographical information for each composer, lyricist & book writer. 
* Contact information (Email address, phone number, and mailing address) 
Send your package to
Michael A. Kerker , ASCAP/DreamWorks Musical Theatre Workshop, ASCAP, 1 Lincoln Plaza, New York, NY 10023. Submissions must be received in the ASCAP office by Tuesday, November 26, 2013. PLEASE NOTE: 
1) Submit 4 songs only. If you send us a full recording, we will only listen to the first 4 songs. 
2) Submissions do not need to be produced in a studio. We are looking for talent and potential, not production values. 
3) If your musical is selected, you will need to present 50 consecutive minutes from the musical at the workshop. The 50-minute selection must include book and songs. 
4) Those who have been accepted to present material in the workshop will receive a phone call by Friday, January 3rd, 2014. 
5) Those who will be invited to audit the workshop will receive an email invitation. 
6) Please do not call to ask if you have been selected. 
QUESTIONS: Call 212-621-6264. Note: The workshop is being held in Los Angeles, but submissions are sent to the New York Address.

AWARDS: The Nederlander Organization and Hollywood Pantages have extended an invitation to high schools in the greater L.A. area to participate in the 3rd Annual Jerry Herman Awards, to be held Sunday June 1, 2014 at Hollywood Pantages in Los Angeles. This is a local celebration dedicated to recognizing, encouraging, and rewarding achievements and excellence in high school musical theatre and the local award ceremony for The National High School Musical Theatre Awards, also known as The Jimmy’s™, which will take place at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway in New York City on Monday June 30, 2014. Every year two students are sent to New York to represent Los Angeles at The Jimmy’s to participate in a week long workshop and compete for the coveted Jimmy Award, named after the owner of the Hollywood Pantages: James M. Nederlander. Authorized High School representatives may still register their musical theatre productions for consideration by visiting and filling out the participation form. Good luck!

OPEN HOUSE: LA Stage Alliance is holding an Open House, Saturday, December from 2 - 5pm at its brand new LA Stage Space. This spring, LA Stage Alliance moved its offices from Downtown LA to Atwater Village in order to create LA STAGE Space - a collaborative center for performing artists in Southern California and this is the official opening. There’s a parking lot to the west of the building and ample free street parking. The event is free but RSVPs are encouraged Here. Come celebrate, mingle, snack, and toast. And learn more about LA Stage Space, the Warehouse Co-Op partnership. LA Stage Space, 4200 W. Chevy Chase Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90039.

FUNDRAISERS: Come see the YADA Staff  Benefit Show, Beauty & the Beast on November 22 & 23 at 7:30 pm. All proceeds from ticket sales go toward the YADA scholarship fund, which helps approximately 100 students attend YADA who would otherwise not be able to attend. YADA, 8115 W 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Click Here for tickets or call (323) 655-9233.
A Noise Within announces its annual family-friendly fundraising gala, Fezziwig’s Festive Holiday Tea! Catered by Peggy Dark & The Kitchen for Exploring Foods, this classic British Tea will feature whimsical twists on sweet and savory delights, champagne and, of course, steaming pots of hot tea. The holiday event will also include a live and paddle auction hosted by NBC4’s resident weatherman, Fritz Coleman, followed by a performance of A Noise Within’s original production of A Christmas Carol, based on Charles Dickens’ universal tale of forgiveness. Now in its second year, Fezziwig’s Festive Holiday Tea! will be held inside A Noise Within’s state-of-the-art theatre and will be replete with actors dressed in Fezziwig’s festive costumes, greeting the tea guests. All proceeds from Fezziwig’s Festive Holiday Tea! directly support Classics Live! - ANW’s core education program, which serves more than 12,000 Southern California students each year. Individual adult and youth tickets, as well as adult tables and family tables (for children and adults) are available. Tickets:

Save the Date for STAGE Goes to the Movies, a benefit for AIDS Project Los Angeles, Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. S.T.A.G.E. is the longest-running benefit for AIDS worldwide. In its decades-long history, more than 300 stars of Broadway, film, and television have performed music from the Great White Way while raising millions of dollars for HIV/AIDS organizations in the Los Angeles area. This year’s 30th Anniversary Spectacular will present music from the world of cinema performed by an All Star Cast.

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