Thursday, April 17, 2014

Musical News for Thursday, April 17, 2014

OPENINGS: James Barbour will star as Jean Valjean in the Los Angeles premiere of Les Misérables at La Mirada Theatre. Directed by Brian Kite, with musical direction by John Glaudini and choreography by Dana Solimando, it will feature a cast that includes Randall Dodge as Inspector Javert, Cassandra Murphy as Fantine, Valerie Rose Curiel as Eponine, Kimberly Hessler as Cosette, Nathaniel Irvin as Marius, Anthony Fedorov as Enjolras, Jeff Skowron as Thenardier, Meeghan Holaway as Madame Thenardier, Emilie LaFontaine as Young Cosette, Olivia Knox as Young Eponine and Jude Mason as Gavroche. The ensemble will feature Caleb Shaw, Tyler Ledon, Alex Mendoza, Jay Donnell, Dino Nicandrus, Christopher Higgins, Cameron Sczempka, Amanda Minano, Madison Mitchell, Stephanie Mieko Cohen, Stella Kim, Sarah Elizabeth Combs, Anna Bowen, Louis Pardo, Marc Ginsberg, Michael Stone Forrest and Bruce Merkle. www.lamiradatheatre.com

La Jolla Playhouse has announced the cast for its Page To Stage workshop production of Chasing the Song featuring book &lyrics by Joe DiPietro, and music & lyrics by David Bryan. Artistic Director Christopher Ashley will direct a cast that includes Stephen Lee Anderson, Nick Blaemire, Kim Yu Blanck, Hannah Corrigan, Julie Johnson, Jay Klaitz, Morgan Marcell, DeQuina Moore, Chloe Tucker, Jim Walton, Jeremy Sevelovitz, Ben Moss, Zach Fineblum, Patrick Dillon Curry, Sidney Franklin, Marco Ramos, Jake Weinstein and Jonny Wexler. Chasing the Song runs May 13 – June 15. The musical follows the evolving American music scene into the early 1960s in this rock ‘n’ roll-inspired new musical. Elegant Edie’s team of hit-makers is upended by the arrival of the newest aspiring songwriter - Edie’s daughter Ginny. As Ginny strives to earn her place in the male-dominated world of songwriting, American rock ‘n’ roll finds itself under siege from the incoming British. www.lajollaplayhouse.org

AUDITION: So you want to be on Broadway? Submit your song or monologue to 6 casting directors in Stagelighter.com’s Broadway Online Showcase. From now through April 30, record a song or monologue on your webcam or phone and submit it HERE. Each casting director will nominate a video for the final round. Then the finalists’ videos will be posted on Stagelighter’s Facebook page and one performer will be chosen by their fans to win the ultimate Broadway experience. The prize package includes private meetings in New York City with all 6 casting directors, tickets to your favorite Broadway show plus a backstage tour, and if you’re not in NYC they’ll cover your airfare plus accommodation. Break a leg!

CONCERTS/CABARET: Chris Isaacson Presents and Upright Cabaret have announced that joining Jeremy Jordan when he makes his Los Angeles solo concert debut on Monday, May 5 at the Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood will be a special guest - his wife, Broadway performer Ashley Spencer. There will be two shows only at 7:30 pm and 10:00 pm; cocktail and dinner service begin at 6pm for the 7:30 show and at 9pm for the 10pm show. www.ChrisIsaacsonPresents.com

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