Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Musical News Around Town for Tuesday, December 17, 2013

OPENINGS: International City Theatre opens its 29th season with the California premiere of Let’s Misbehave: The Music and Lyrics of Cole Porter, conceived by Karin Bowersock (book) and Patrick Young (musical arrangements) and directed and choreographed by Todd Nielsen. Darryl Archibald will provide musical direction and the show stars Lindsey Alley, Marc Ginsburg and Jennifer Shelton, Let’s Misbehave runs Jan. 22 – Feb. 16, with opening night set for Jan. 24. Let’s Misbehave weaves together over 30 classic songs by Cole Porter to tell the story of three single friends in 1930s New York who make a pact to find true love. Their quest is all in good fun - until the two women, Alice and Dorothy, find they both have eyes for Walter. It’s clever, funny, and irresistibly romantic, featuring songs like “Night and Day,” “Begin the Beguine” and “Anything Goes” from one of America's most beloved and prolific musical theater composers. For reservations and information, call (562) 436-4610 or www.InternationalCityTheatre.org.

WRITERS: NAMT applications are due January 14, 2014 (or January 28 for a small late fee). Visit www.namt.org/festival for more information.  


CONCERTS: The Valley Performing Arts Center at California State University, Northridge will present two musical theatre events on its January 2014 schedule beginning with Chita: A Legendary Celebration, featuring Broadway legend Chita Rivera Saturday, Jan. 24, at 8:00 pm. An accomplished and versatile actress/singer/dancer, Rivera has won two Tony Awards as best leading actress in a musical and received several Tony nominations. In addition, seven local high schools will join forces for the San Fernando Valley’s first-ever high school music theater showcase, It’s Showtime, Folks: Celebrating 60 years of Bob Fosse, on Friday, Jan. 24 at 8:00 pm. The evening will feature performances from The Pajama Game, Chicago, Kiss Me Kate, Sweet Charity and other Fosse shows. For more information, visit www.valleyperformingartscenter.org or call (818) 677-3000. 

CABARET/CONCERTS: Chris Isaacson Presents and Upright Cabaret have announced the addition of a second show as Laura Benanti makes her Los Angeles solo concert debut in January. The show celebrates the west coast release of her first album “In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention,” featuring musical direction and arrangements by Todd Almond. There will now be two shows, on Wednesday, January 8 and Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 8:30pm at the Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood. Cocktail and dinner service begin at 7pm. Tickets: (866) 468-3399 or www.UprightCabaret.com.

Come celebrate Ryan Black’s 88’s last show ever, Hollywood Holidays on Wednesday, December 18. There is no cover charge and seats may be reserved with a dinner reservation by calling (323) 380-7209. Open mic after the show so bring your music. For more information visit www.facebook.com/RyanBlacks88s.

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