Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Musical News for Tuesday, March 4, 2014

OPENINGS: The Visceral Company has announced its 2014 season production schedule. Included in the lineup are a fresh from off-Broadway west coast premiere (Recall), an LA premiere and the company’s first musical production (Zombies from the Beyond), plus two world premiere productions developed by The Visceral Company (The Call of Cthulhu and a still-in-development holiday show). You can read all about the shows on their website but Zombies from the Beyond looks especially hilarious. This rarely performed musical comedy is a sendup of 1950s B-movies and takes a satirical look at American ideals and foibles in the Eisenhower era. Cold War and space race paranoia threaten the good folks at the fictional Milwaukee Space Center in 1955 when a flying saucer lands. The craft is piloted by Zombina, a buxom alien aviatrix bent on procuring he-specimens to repopulate her planet. The show brings the 1950s nostalgically and hilariously to life with a tuneful, toe-tapping score. Its long-delayed LA debut will be part of the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival, May 30 – July 20. Book, music, and lyrics are by James Valcq (co-writer of the musical The Spitfire Grill) and the show will be directed by Dan Spurgeon, with musical direction by Garth Herberg and choreography by Anna Safar. The company performs at the Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave., Hollywood, CA. www.thevisceralcompany.com

Chromolume Theatre has announced its cast for Altar Boyz, directed by Kristin Towers-Rowles, featuring choreography by Samantha Whidby and musical direction by Richard Berent. The show runs April 4 – May 11. Purchase now and save 20% off by using the code AB20 (through March 15). Altar Boyz is a foot-stomping, rafter-raising, musical comedy about a fictitious Christian boy-band on the last night of their national “Raise the Praise” tour. The Boyz are five all-singing, all-dancing heartthrobs from Ohio: Matthew (Craig McEldowney), Mark (Michael Marchak), Luke (Jason Chacon), Juan (Joey Acuna, Jr.) and Abraham (Tyler Vess). With their tight harmonies and spectacular choreography, the Altar Boyz will delight you as they perform their signature hits such as "Rhythm In Me," "The Calling," and "I Believe." The Boyz question their loyalty to each other and ask whether or not faith is really holding them together. Will they deliver a message of unity or go their separate ways as many of their boy-band brethren have? Attend their final concert and find out! Click Here for tickets.
The Garage Theatre in collision with Alive Theatre are celebrating 10 years on 7th Street in Long Beach with a diverse 2014 lineup that includes Bertolt Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera. Dates for the show are August 1 – 30 and the production will be directed by Eric Hamme, with musical direction by Ellen Warkantine. Often described as brutal, scandalous, perverted and humorous; The Threepenny Opera is one of the earliest and most successful attempts to introduce jazz into the theatre. Season Subscriptions are on sale at www.thegaragetheatre.org or by calling (562) 433-8337. Single tickets go on sale Monday, March 10th. The season will also include:

Sans Merci by Johnna Adams, directed by Katie Chidester
April 4 – 26, 2014

Night And Her Stars by Richard Greenberg, directed by Matthew Anderson
May 30 – June 28, 2014

Pink Milk by Alex Paul Young, directed by Ashley Allen
Oct. 3 – Nov. 1, 2014

11th Annual Holiday Melodrama, written and directed by Jamie Sweet
December 5 – 20, 2014

CABARET/CONCERTS: Join Color & Light Theatre for an evening of music and a round of pints during A St. Patty’s Day Celebration, an Irish concert of tunes from the lucky isle, including songs from Hansard’s Once. Bringing a bit of Ireland to the blessedly-warm SoCal, this show offers a rollicking and heartwarming way to ring in the holiday the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day. The jamboree is a toast to what riles us up, what knocks us down, and what makes us happy to be alive. Tickets: www.ColorandLightTheatre.org

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