Monday, March 10, 2014

Musical News for Monday, March 10, 2014

OPENINGS: Get up close & personal with La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts’ latest musical in its ONSTAGE series when Floyd Collins opens this month. They’ve created an intimate theatre experience by placing 199 audience seats on the actual stage of the theatre which will be filled with this incredible award-winning musical AND the audience. Floyd Collins features music & lyrics by Adam Guettel, book & additional lyrics by Tina Landau, musical direction by David O and is directed by Richard Israel. Previews begin March 27, the show opens Saturday, March 29, and runs through Sunday, April 13. The cast will include Mark Whitten as Floyd Collins, Kim Huber as Nellie Collins, Victoria Strong as Miss Jane and will also feature Gary Lee Reed, Jay Donnell, Matt Magnusson, Larry Lederman, Jonah Platt, Josey McCoy, Joe Hart, Michael Haller, Zach Spound and Michael Byrne. Tickets: (562) 944-9801 or www.lamiradatheatre.com

Gabrielle Pina’s Letters from Zora will return to Pasadena Playhouse May 10-18 (opening May 11), directed by Anita Dashiell-Sparks, with original music by Ron McCurdy and starring Vanessa Bell Calloway. Playwright Gabrielle Pina says, “Letters From Zora is an authentic multi-sensory experience of an extraordinary woman who defied the social conventions of the day and lived a life of her own creation. The artistic fusion of music, history, and literary prose illuminates the resilience of the human spirit as well as Ms. Hurston’s philosophy of life and literature in her own words.” Tickets: (626) 356-7529 or www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org

KICKSTARTER: Check out Sweet Nothings, an indie musical comedy by Phillip Hughes and Jennifer Daugherty that celebrates love, food, music and that moment you realize that you have to stop wasting time and follow your dreams. Jack is a chef who dreams of opening an all-desserts restaurant; Gwen is an actress afraid to put up her hilariously weird one-woman show. Flitting through life, these two try their very best to avoid failure. But a deflated souffle brings them together. And their lives will never be the same. Here's the link for their Kickstarter page where you can help them make it happen.  http://kck.st/MJTRFd 


CABARET/CONCERTS: Cabrillo Music Theatre next fundraising event will be a performance of Doris and Me, a tribute to Doris Day in celebration her 90th birthday on Sunday, March 30th at 7pm. It will take place in the Founders Room of the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. in Thousand Oaks. Doris and Me is one man’s quirky, loveable obsession with music and movie icon Doris Day. As the ultimate obsessed fan, Scott Dreier (“Smudge” from Cabrillo’s recent Forever Plaid) makes the show more than just a typical tribute show to a timeless artist, taking the audience with him on a sentimental journey to nostalgic times gone by. As he lovingly shares through classic treasured songs, personal anecdotes, humor, heart, and many Doris Day stories and history, Scott never lets us forget how much he loves her, and why he has become Doris Day’s biggest fan. Scott entertains with 26 Doris Day songs, including, “Sentimental Journey,” “Que Sera, Sera,” and “Secret Love.” Tickets: (805) 497-8613 or www.cabrillomusictheatre.com

Chance Theater presents a night with some of your favorite Chance artists performing Broadway hits with a twist Tuesday, March 11th at 8pm. Ten performers will take the stage… and sing the wrong songs! Sorry, Wrong Number has something for everyone with one surprise after another as they switch up gender roles, ethnicities, and any other crazy thing you can imagine. Performers include, Ben Alicea, Miguel Cardenas, Paul Hovannes Hovannes, Robert Parkison, Robert Wallace, Ashley Arlene Nelson, Chelsea Baldree, Melinda Porto, Sarah Pierce, Laura Hathaway and Camryn Zelinger, with musical direction by Robyn Wallace. Tickets: (714) 777-3033 or www.ChanceTheater.com

The Broad Stage & Mark Cortale present Broadway @ The Broad: Adam Pascal featuring Sirius XM Radio’s Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host. Pascal first achieved fame as the original Roger in the iconic musical Rent, a role that earned him a Drama League award and an Obie award, and a Tony nomination. He received his second Drama League award for his role as Radames in the original Broadway cast of Elton John and Tim Rice's musical Aida. From there he played the final Emcee in Studio 54's acclaimed revival of Cabaret, and has also starred on the silver screen in School of Rock and as Roger in the film version of Rent. His impressive Broadway resume also includes featured roles in the musicals Memphis and Chicago. Tickets: Call (310) 434-3200 or go to http://thebroadstage.com/pascal.

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