Thursday, January 9, 2014

Musical News for Thursday, January 9, 2014

OPENINGS: Open Fist Theatre Company presents a remount of their critically acclaimed production, James Joyce’s THE DEAD, book by Richard Nelson; music by Shaun Davey; lyrics conceived and adapted by Nelson and Davey; based on the short story by James Joyce. With choreography by Christine Sang, musical direction by Dean Mora and original direction by Charles Otte. The show runs Jan. 17 – Feb. 22, with opening night set for Saturday, Jan. 18 at 8pm at Greenway Court Theatre, 544 North Fairfax Avenue in Hollywood.

Set in James Joyce’s Dublin, on the night of the Feast of Epiphany (January 6) 1904, Richard Nelson and Shaun Davey’s musical adaptation of THE DEAD is a hauntingly tender and emotionally complex story of an annual gathering of old friends and family. On the 30th anniversary of the Morkan’s annual holiday festivities, two aging sisters -- Aunt Kate and Aunt Julia -- and their niece Mary Jane host an evening filled with food, stories, memories and music.  Principal among the guests is Gabriel, the Aunt’s nephew. Amidst the portrait of revelry and hospitality, with the snow falling all over Ireland, Gabriel is confronted by an unexpected revelation from his wife which leads him to a quiet yet shattering epiphany of his own.

The cast features Devon Armstrong, Charlotte Chanler, Kendra Chell, Martha Demson, Bruce Dickinson, Kiley Eberhardt, John LeMay, Nicola Hersh, Jacque Lynn Colton, Bruce Dickinson, Richard Knolla, Rob Nagle, Mary Linda Phillips, Beth Robbins, Judith Scarpone, and Melissa Sullivan, and Musicians Dean Mora (piano), Eden Livingood (violin), Kelly De Sarla (flute), Jennifer Richardson (cello). For tickets, please call (323) 882-6912 or visit or

CABARET/CONCERTS: MISCAST: Right Singer, Wrong Song is back on January 27th at Sterling’s Upstairs at the Federal featuring three new singers and all new songs, including selections from West Side Story, Mamma Mia, A Chorus Line and at long last…Grease 2! MISCAT stars Mandy Kaplan, Will Collyer, Lori Alan, Erin Torpey, Tom Metz III, JP Karliak, Jennifer Hall, Justin Michael Wilcox, Ewan Chung, Chris Carlisle, and Kathryn Lounsbery. Dinner and drinks at 6:30 pm (no minimum); Showtime 8:00 pm. For reservations call (818) 754-8700. Click Here for more information.

The Valley Performing Arts Center at California State University, Northridge will present an eclectic mix of classical, legendary Broadway and emerging talent as it starts its spring 2014 season with hallmark performances such as Its Showtime, Folks! Celebrating Sixty Years of Bob Fosse, Chita Rivera: A Legendary Celebration and the first-ever high school San Fernando Valley musical theater showcase. For more information go to

BENEFIT: Theatre of NOTE is proud to announce the 19th Annual Hollywood Performance Marathon, on Saturday, January 18 beginning at 3pm and continuing until dawn, at Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd. (just North of Sunset) in Hollywood. NOTE’s Hollywood Performance Marathon celebrates its nineteenth year with over 50 performers who will donate their time and talent to benefit Theatre of NOTE. This highly anticipated local tradition is an all-day-all-night extravaganza of eclectic performances, including comedy, pancake juggling, poetry, puppets, performance art, dance, music, monologues and much more!

Included on the roster of incredibly diverse and exciting performances will be NOTE’s own Kirsten Vangsness, Tom Lenk, Bill Brochtrup, Taylor Negron, John Fleck, Two Headed Dog, Ten West, Scot Nery, and many more. (All acts are subject to change) Tickets are $20 and no reservations are necessary. First come first serve seating. For more information, visit

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