Monday, January 27, 2014

Musical News for Monday, January 27, 2014

MUSICALS: China: The Whole Enchilada, a provocative musical comedy that sheds light on the absurdity of ignorance and intolerance will open a mid-week run at Sacred Fools Theater in Hollywood on Tuesday, Feb. 4th at 8:00 pm. The irreverent comedy musical condenses the 5,000 year history of China into a 90 minute show performed by three people. One loves China, one is paranoid that China is going to overthrow the world at any moment, and the third keeps getting China confused with Japan. In this new production of Mark Brown’s award-winning book and lyrics, director Allison Bibicoff fuses her unique artistic intellect with Sacred Fools foundation of experimental comedy, resulting in a multimedia hurricane of humor from actors Andi Dema, Gregory Guy Gorden, and Gina Torrecilla.  Tickets are $15 at www.sacredfools.org or by calling (310) 281-8337.

La Jolla Playhouse has added the U.S. premiere of the musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame, written by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, featuring a book by Peter Parnell and directed by Scott Schwartz to its 2014/15 season. Produced by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions, the musical will run Oct. 28 – Dec. 7 in the Mandell Weiss Theatre. Based on the Victor Hugo novel and featuring the Oscar-nominated score from the 1996 Disney animated classic, it features a lush, emotionally rich score. This brand-new production highlights the music’s orchestral power and choral beauty in an intimate retelling of the famous love story. Peter Parnell finds a bold, highly-theatrical take on the moving tale of the scorned bell-ringer Quasimodo, the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda and the dashing Captain Phoebus in 15th century Paris. The creative team also includes Josh Bergasse, choreographer; Michael Kosarin, music supervisor and arranger; Michael Starobin, orchestrator; Alexander Dodge, scenic design; Alejo Vietti, costume design; Howell Binkley, lighting design and Gareth Owen, sound design. Tickets to the 2014/2015 season will be available in mid-February through a subscription purchase only by calling the Patron Services Department at (858) 550-1010 or www.LaJollaPlayhouse.org.

CONGRATULATIONS: At Saturday’s grand opening of Chance Theater’s new home, Wylie Aitken, a major arts supporter and chair of the California Arts Council, announced that he has made a $250,000 contribution to name the new home of the Chance after his lovely wife, Bette Aitken. The new name will be the Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center. The official dedication ceremony will be scheduled soon. For those who want to support the Chance’s efforts to complete its capital campaign fundraising, there are still naming opportunities available, ranging from the theater stage to the sound system. You can even adopt a chair in the new theater for $2,500. To make a pledge, or for more information, call Chance Theater’s Development Director Erika C. Miller at (714) 970-0592.

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle has announced its 2013 nominations and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles, Orange County and Ventura County theatre. The 45th Annual LADCC ceremony will take place on Monday, March 17, 2014 at The Colony Theatre in Burbank. Tickets are $40 (plus service fee) and are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/565317. Doors open at 6:30pm for pre-show appetizers and a no-host bar, and the ceremony begins at 7:30pm. Special award recipients include The Ted Schmitt Award for the World Premiere of an Outstanding New Play (Kemp Powers), The Margaret Harford Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatre (LA Theatre Works), The Joel Hirschhorn Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre (David Elzer), The Milton Katselas Award for Career or Special Achievement in Direction (Bart DeLorenzo), and a brand new award, The Kinetic Lighting Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatrical Design (Angela Balogh Calin). For a complete list of nominees and more information, go to www.ladramacriticscircle.com

Congratulations to the 2013 BroadwayWorld/Los Angeles Award Winners announced today. For a list of winners, go to http://bit.ly/1ebTbmD.

CABARET/CONCERTS: Noted cinema expert, critic and host of TV’s “Turner Classic Movies,” Robert Osborne will host the 30th Annual Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E.) S.T.A.G.E. Goes to the Movies, being held on Saturday, May 10th at the historic Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. David Galligan directs for the 30th time with John McDaniel returning as Musical Director. A celebration of cinema, S.T.A.G.E. Goes to the Movies promises to be a spectacular event highlighting many of the most memorable musical moments in Hollywood’s vast film library. Hollywood celebrity columnist Rona Barrett will narrate a stunning costume cavalcade of remarkable cinematic  creations, long-time critic Rex Reed will a take a turn as a performer along with recording legend Helen Reddy and Saturday Night Fever’s Donna Pescow. Additional performers include Obba Babatunde, Mary Beth Black, Patrick Cassidy, Mary Jo Catlett, Carole Cook, David Engel, Julie Garnye, Bill Hutton, Heather Macrae, Pat Marshall, Donna McKechnie, Patricia Morrison, Janis Paige, Valarie Pettiford, Jake Simpson and Kevin Spirtas. Tickets: www.stagela.com

AUDITIONS: San Diego Musical Theatre will hold auditions for Annie Get Your Gun on April 21st and 22nd. Director: Todd Nielsen. Choreographer: John Todd. Musical Director: Don LeMaster. Please prepare a brief song from traditional musical theatre repertoire showing your vocal range. Have second piece available if asked. Bring sheet music in your key and two headshots and resumes. An accompanist will be provided. To schedule an appointment, please email jill@sdmt.org. Specify if you will be coming to the Singer Call OR the Dance Call and if you are Equity or Non-Union. Singer Call will be Friday, Feb. 21 from 5:00 - 10:00 pm. and Saturday, Feb. 22 from 2:00 - 5:00 pm. Dance Call will be Saturday, Feb.22 at 10:00 am and some may be asked to sing. Children attend Singer Call only. Callbacks are Sunday, Feb. 23rd from11:00 am - 5:00 pm. Audition location: San Diego Musical Theatre, 4652 Mercury Street, San Diego, CA 92111. For a complete breakdown of roles and more information, go to www.sdmt.org/audition

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