Sunday, December 29, 2013

LA’s Next Great Stage Star Competition® to Include Classics, New Music, and More

2013 is almost out the door and with the New Year comes the search for new talent as Executive Producer Michael Sterling and co-producers Barbara Van Orden and Peter Welkin launch the 8th Season of LA’s Next Great Stage Star® on Sunday, January 5th. The competition will run Sundays through February 16 (excluding Super Bowl Sunday on Feb 2), in front of a live audience with 20 contestants competing for the 2014 title, a $1000 cash award, a headlining engagement at Sterling’s Upstairs at the Federal, and other valuable prizes.

The competition has launched the careers of more than fifty rising musical theatre artists, many of whom have been cast in top regional theatre shows, Broadway national tours, Las Vegas productions, and network television shows. Eight of the contestants have also made their Broadway and Off-Broadway debuts.

All contestants will sing each week and will receive feedback from a panel of industry professionals. In addition to the panel of judges (which includes LA based producers, directors and casting directors), audience members will cast their votes in the categories of vocal and acting ability, stage presence, and personality. The musical focus changes weekly with a number of musical theatre styles featured so if you’d like to be in the audience, book your reservations now.  

Week 1: January 5
Contestants Choice. James Lent, Musical Director

Week 2: January 12
Breaking New Ground - A Little New Music. Bryan Blaskie, Musical Director

Week 3: January 19
The music of Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart. James Lent, Musical Director

Week 4: January 26
The music of Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, George & Ira Gershwin, and Cole Porter. James Lent, Musical Director

Week 5: February 9
The music of Stephen Schwartz, Marc Shaiman, Stephen Sondheim, and the Sherman Brothers (Richard and Robert Sherman). James Lent, Musical Director

Week 6: February 16
Producer’s Choice. Contestants will have two solo songs to choose from, either up-tempo or ballad. James Lent, Musical Director

LA’S NEXT GREAT STAGE STAR®
Michael Sterling, Executive Producer/Director
Barbara Van Orden, Co-Executive Producer
Peter Welkin, Associate Producer
Jackie Evans, Choreographer
Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb. 9 & 16
Reservations: 818 754-8700
Brunch seating: 11:15 am - Noon
Competition: Noon – 2:30 pm (Finale ends at 3pm)
General admission: $15 Cover + $10 food or drink minimum
Weekly complimentary raffle tickets for all guests
Sterling’s Upstairs at The Federal, Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91601. www.msapr.net

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