Thursday, February 6, 2014

Musical News For Thursday, February 6, 2014

MUSICALS: Cabrillo Music Theatre has announced its 2014-2015 season: “Musical Adventures Around the World…. And Right Next Door,” which will include three shows in the larger Kavli Theatre and one in the more intimate Scherr Forum. Tickets and info: (805) 449-2787 www.cabrillomusictheatre.com Here’s the rundown:

MEMPHIS (Regional Premiere) November 14-23, 2014
Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break.

MARY POPPINS (Local Premiere) April 17-26, 2015
Disney’s immortal classic, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, comes to Thousand Oaks for the very first time in a glorious new production. The timeless tale of love and family is more popular than ever. 

OKLAHOMA! July 17-26, 2015
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration revolutionized musical theatre into the art form it is today, and Cabrillo Music Theatre’s all-new production marks a return to the Civic Arts Plaza stage for the first time in nearly 20 years.

COMPANY (in the Scherr Forum) January 23 – February 8, 2015
Sondheim’s  first-ever “concept” musical is by turns funny, pointed and hopeful. His score is packed with some of his best-known tunes, and the honest and witty look at love and relationships is as contemporary as ever.

Obama Spy Drama opens February 15 at Acme Comedy in Hollywood. The world premiere musical comedy is written by Nicholas Zill with additional dialogue by Derek Jeremiah Reid and Karen Zill. Caitlin Hart directs a cast that includes Dan Amerman, Natascha Corrigan, Matthew Harris, Max Lawrence, Guillermo Lozano, Kim Mulligan, Arielle Siler, and Christopher Robert Smith. With the Winter Olympics upon us, and recent attempts to reign in NSA spying, the time is ripe for musical comedy with a Russian accent, and that’s what this new show from City in a Swamp Productions provides in abundance. More than anything, President Obama wants NSA leaker Edward Snowden brought back to the U.S. Obama Spy Drama reveals just how he accomplishes that. Feb. 15 - March 30. Tickets: (626) 864-3173, www.acmecomedy.com or www.cityinaswamp.com.

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts continues this season’s Programs for Young Audiences series with American Family Theater’s original telling of The Wizard of Oz. This fun-filled musical is recommended for audiences ages 4 and up. Performances are Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm. Follow the yellow brick road with Dorothy and her friends in the favorite musical journey of all time in this sparkling production bursting with energy, unforgettable songs and special effects. The Wizard of Oz is directed by David Leidholdt and stars Chelsea Stotter, Shannon Agnew, Stephen Szymanski, Chris Shore, Philip Bolton, and Grace Allen. Tickets: www.lamiradatheatre.com

CONCERTS: Broadway @ The Broad presents Megan Mullally, with special guest Nick Offerman, star of Parks and Recreation, featuring Seth Rudetsky as pianist & host on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 5pm and 8pm. Musically gifted and endlessly entertaining, Megan Mullally is a force of nature. Famous for her iconic role as Karen Walker on the hit TV series Will & Grace, Mullally has also starred on Broadway in Grease, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Young Frankenstein. For tickets call (310) 434-3200.

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