Monday, February 17, 2014

Musical News for Monday, February 17, 2014

OPENINGS: Cabrillo Music Theatre has announced initial casting for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights, to run March 28 – Apr. 6 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Cabrillo’s production will showcase the original Tony Award-winning Broadway choreography of Andy Blankenbuehler, recreated by the national tour’s dance captain, Morgan Marcell, who also directs. Brian Baker musical directs, with music supervision by Darryl Archibald. The cast of 23 includes Lano Medina (Usnavi), Ayme Olivo (Nina), Frank Authello Andrus Jr. (Benny), Robert Ramirez (Sonny), Celina Polanco (Camilla), Benjamin Perez (Kevin) and Tami Dahbura (Abuela Claudia).

The Musical of Musicals, the Musical! returns to Chromolume Theatre for a limited engagement March 7 – 23, directed by Kristin Towers-Rowles with musical direction by Richard Berent. In this hilarious satire of musical theatre, one story becomes five delightful musicals, each written in the distinctive style of a different master of the form, from Rodgers & Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim. The cast includes Jean Altadel, Eduardo Enrikez, Jason Kennedy and Christina Morrell. www.chromolume-theatre.com

CONCERTS/CABARET: The 30th Annual Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event, S.T.A.G.E. Goes to the Movies AIDS benefit concert, will be held Sat. May 10 at 7:30 pm at Beverly Hills’ Saban Theatre, directed by David Galligan, with musical direction by John McDaniel. A celebration of cinema, the show promises to be a spectacular event highlighting many of the most memorable musical moments in Hollywood’s vast film library. Robert Osborne will host the evening which also features legendary celebrity columnist Rona Barrett who will narrate a stunning cinematic costume cavalcade. Performers include Cheyenne Jackson, Betty Buckley, Lainie Kazan, Richard Chamberlain, Mitzi Gaynor, Jason Gould, Obba Babtunde, Mary Beth Black, Debby Boone, Patrick Cassidy, Mary Jo Catlett, Carole Cook, David Engel, Julie Garnye, Nicholas Hosking, Bill Hutton, Dale Kristien, Heather MacRae, Pat Marshall, Donna McKechnie, Patricia Morison, Janis Paige, Helen Reddy, Rex Reed, Jake Simpson and Kevin Spirtas. www.stagela.com

Kritzerland presents The Prince and the Showtune: A Tribute to Harold Prince Monday, March 2 at 8:00 pm. The show stars Josh Grisetti, Jean Louisa Kelly, Ashley Fox Linton, Jenna Lea Rosen, Sami Staitman, Robert Yacko, and special guest Terri White, with music director Richard Berent, Sterling’s Upstairs at the Federal, 5303 Lankershim Blvd., in North Hollywood. Dinner reservations: Doors open at 6:30pm. Show starts at 8:00pm. Click Here for more information. 

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