Sunday, February 23, 2014

Musical News for Sunday February 23, 2014


OPENINGS: Harmony, A new Musical by Barry Manilow & Bruce Sussman is about to start performances March 4 at the Ahmanson Theatre. Harmony is inspired by the true story of The Comedian Harmonists, six young men in 1920s and 1930s Germany who rose from unemployed street musicians to become world-famous entertainers, selling millions of records, starring in over a dozen films, and selling out the most prestigious concert halls around the world. Yet while The Comedian Harmonists’ sophisticated music, paired with hilarious comedy, made them the brightest of stars, the group’s mixture of Jews and non-Jews put them on a collision course with history. The musical celebrates this extraordinary group of friends and ensures their quest for true harmony in the most discordant chapter of human history will never be forgotten. It is directed by Tony Speciale and stars Matt Bailey, Will Blum, Hannah Corneau, Chris Dwan, Shayne Kennon, Leigh Ann Larkin, Will Taylor and Douglas Williams. Tickets: (213) 972-4400 or www.centertheatregroup.org


The Haugh Performing Arts Center in Glendora presents SIRO A: The Technical Digital Comedy Experiment, on Friday, March 14 at 8:00 pm (Doors open at 7:00 pm) at the Haugh Performing Arts Center, 1000 W. Foothill Blvd. in Glendora. SIRO-A is a new and varied, innovative and pretty crazy, energetic, cool, and extremely entertaining troupe who have been compared to The Blue Man Group. The beat of their electronic digital music (EDM) hits a visceral nerve and their visual effects, grand illusions, and perfectly choreographed routines are masterfully woven together to create a totally new live experience. SIRO-A has broken the language barrier with their non-verbal performance art and physical theatre, dazzling audiences across generations. It is the ultimate expression of the collaboration between humans, technology, and music. Tickets: www.haughpac.com


Kentwood Players presents Fiddler on the Roof with book by Joseph Stein, lyrics by Jerry Bock, and music by Sheldon Harnick March 14 - April 19 at the Westchester Playhouse. The production is directed by Harold Dershimer, with musical direction by Catherine Rahm, and choreography by Isabella Olivas. Featured in the cast are Kayla Atkinson, Jason Bornstein, Paul Callender-Clewett, Kryzstofer Charles, Ria Erlich, Marty Feldman, Nathan Fleischer, Samuel Goldman, Barbara Haberman, Trevor Hart, Osi Holt, Spencer Johnson, Andy Kallok, Kirsten Krieg, Carly Linehan, Susie McCarthy, Bradley Miller, Trish Miller, Kelsey Nisbett, Fiona Okida, Roy Okida, Gabrielle Olivas, Joseph Olivas, Jennifer Richardson, Judy Rosenfeld, John  Russell, Michael Sandidge, Bruce Schroffel, Ethan Schyman, Hollister Starrett, Jessica Stone, Jennifer Sperry, Jenny Torgerson, and PJ Waggaman. Tickets: www.kentwoodplayers.org

VARIETY: Artisans Union: Love, a variety show of young musicians, actors, directors, comics and performers will take place on March 1st at 8:00 pm at Fremont Centre Theatre. The evening will consist of short performance pieces linked together by the theme of Love. Artisans Union is the collection of artists of various disciplines creating new work for performance. Created by Jed Reynolds, the show will focus on pieces between 10-20 minutes including music, improvisation, standup comedy and plays. Performances include To The Curb by Jerre Dye, directed by Jed Reynolds. Even rash action has its reasons. A comedy about a mother’s harsh, loving message to her son; Bust a Move directed by Michael Le Blanc. Heartbreak is so hard to heal, but therapy can help. A comedy about neurosis and love; Mister Town City, The house improvisational team at the Upright Citizens Brigade; Michaelann Cervantez, hilarious comic and actor and MC of the show; Daniel Cummings, musician, actor and member of YouTube group New Feelings Time; Soda Pop, artist and band member of LA Bus Fair. Tickets: $10. Call (866) 811-4111 or go to  www.FremontCentreTheatre.com

The Echo Theater Company presents XXXander’s Kids! A zany, cutting edge late-night variety hour for 3 performances only at Atwater Village Theatre. Saturdays at 10:30 pm March 1-15. In this zany, fantastically bizarre variety hour, Alexander Oakwood III unselfishly hosts the first-ever live “telethon” to support “Xander's Kids.” Myriad performers and celebrity guest appearances will help raise funds for Alexander and his “charity.” (Disclaimer: this is not a real charity event). Featuring Mark Teppum, Misty Seger and the Atwater Village Dance Squad, Pickles “Matt” Stevens, Alphonso Prefontaine, Dylan, celebrity guests and more. Tickets: 310-307-3753 or www.EchoTheaterCompany.com

BENEFIT: The Pasadena Playhouse will host its annual fundraiser entitled Premiere Gala – Take The Lead at the Playhouse on the stage of The Pasadena Playhouse Sunday, May 4 at 5:30 pm. This year’s event will celebrate dance and choreography at The Pasadena Playhouse and will honor the Lythgoe Family: Nigel Lythgoe, Bonnie Lythgoe, Simon Lythgoe, Kris Lythgoe, and Becky Lythgoe. The choreographers and dancers of The Pasadena Playhouse represent some of the greatest talent in the field, and The Playhouse is thrilled to celebrate their work on this magical night featuring scrumptious food, the best party in Pasadena, and a sampling of surprise performances. Corporate, patron, underwriting and other sponsorship opportunities are available from $1,000 -$25,000. Single ticket prices will be announced at a later date. www.pasadenaplayhouse.org

CABARET/CONCERTS: A Little New Music returns to Rockwell Tuesday, March 4 at 8:00 pm with featuring fresh music with Broadway and local talent. Guest host will be Tony winner Daisy Eagan and the evening will showcase songs by award-winning writers Kerrigan & Lowdermilk, Miller & Tysen, Lisbeth Scott, Carner & Gregor, Dean & Underwood, Mallamud & Bright, Bohmler & Adler, Joshua H. Cohen, Braverman & Hassler, Johnson & Rollins, Katie Thompson, Barry Wyner, Rosser & Sohne, and Ross Golan. Performances by Matt Caplan, Ashley Fox Linton, Zachary Altman, Katherine Washington, Curt Bonnem, LaVance Colley, Sari Rose Barron, Lisbeth Scott, Joe Donohoe, Heather Lake, Payson Lewis, Matt Musgrove, Katrice Gavino, Daniel Amerman, Matthew Daniel Gordon, Ross Golan, Gabrielle Wagner, and Eric B. Anthony. Musical director Bryan Blaskie joins on keys alongside the band. Tickets: http://alittlenewmusic.org/

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