Monday, April 21, 2014

Musical News for Monday, April 21, 2014

OPENINGS: San Diego Musical Theatre presents Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun starring Beth Malone as Annie Oakley and Steve Blanchard as Frank Butler  May 9-25 (Opening Night is Sat. May 10). Annie Get Your Gun will be directed and choreographed by John Todd with musical direction by Don LeMaster. The cast also includes John Polhamus, Paul Morgavo, Sean Tamburrino, Debbie David, Jeni Baker, Steven Rada, Jim Marshall, Conor Tibbs, Amy Beth Batchelor, Eric Betts, Liz Daniels, Carlos Ferrusca, Siri Hafso, Danny Hansen, Aurore Joly, Tellina Lee, Tamara Rodriguez, Justin Segura, Taylor Simmons, Noah Baird, Ava Bunn, Taylor Coleman and Claire Scheper. www.sdmt.org

Sierra Madre Playhouse will present Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers May 16 – June 21, directed and adapted by Alison Eliel Kalmus, with musical direction by Leonardo Sciolis and choreography by Angela Nicholas. The Gala opening night performance on Friday, May 16 will be followed by a Champagne reception and light buffet. This new adaptation of The Gondoliers re-sets the action to the U.K. in 1952 and follows a company of Savoyards who plan a production of The Gondoliers for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Missing props, sets and costumes just two days before opening inject enough randomness into the proceedings that would make Noises Off seem like a quiet stroll in the garden. The cast includes Maegan Alexandria, Jenna Augen, Beatrice Barrio-Buchman, Jeff Bratz, MarLee Candell, November Christine, Karim Coleman, Elyse Cook, Matt Damone, Mickey De Lara, Ariel Downs, Sarah Fazeli, Aaron Guest, James Jaegar, Brooke Johnson, Randy Wade Kelley, John King, Kara Masek, DW McCann, Christian McClure, Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper, Olivia O’Neill, Kenn Schmidt, Steven Silvers, John Szura, Leslie Thompson, Sunil Vernekar, Joy Weiser and Jessie Withers. Tickets: (626) 355-4318 or www.sierramadreplayhouse.org

MOTHER’S DAY: This Mother’s Day, the 16th annual Momentum Place creates a fantastical world of aerial and circus performers, dancers and musicians in Theatricum Botanicum’s rustic outdoor amphitheater. Bring your mother to honor the MOMentum in her life - always on the go for others. Now, she can sit back, relax and enjoy an uncommon afternoon of performance delights that are kid friendly and full of surprises. For an extra treat, enjoy a scrumptious brunch in Theatricum’s rustic gardens before the performance. The event is curated by Lexi Pearl and takes place on Sunday, May 11. Brunch: Noon -1:30 pm. Performance: 2 pm at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga CA 90290. Tickets: (310) 455-2322 or www.theatricum.com

CONCERT READING: The Academy for New Musical Theatre will present Got Musical! 2014, featuring musical highlights from shows in development at ANMT on Tues., May 6 at the Colony Theatre. You can see excerpts from 15 brand new musicals written by up-and-coming musical theatre writers. The concert will feature highlights from City of Light by Gabrielle Wagner, Jan Roper, and Julie Weiner, Rails to Ruin by Peter Welkin, Ron Barnett, and Randi Wolfe, Roughing it with Mark Twain by Ken Stone and Jan Powell, OK in Wisconsin by Richard Castle and Matthew Levine, It Happened in Roswell by Terrence Atkins and Jeffery Lyle Segal, Smoldering by Mitch Glaser and Marc Macalintal, and The Max Factor Factor by Adrian Bewley, Joseph Blodgett, and Chana Wise.

Also featured will be selections from the New Voices Project winners by writers under the age of 26. These include 6 by Zach Zadek, Canterbury Tales by Danny Bernstein, and Another Happy Ending by Santino DeAngelo. The cast will feature Academy Repertory Company members Sari Rose Barron, Elise Dewsberry, Scott Guy, Evelyn Halus, David Holmes, Andrea Press, Tedd Szeto, and Peter Welkin, with guest artists Jordan Kai Burnett, Randy Guiaya, Justin Jones, Ryan Ruge, Christina Valo, Gabrielle Wagner; and members of the 4x10 Showcase Company. Ron Barnett at the piano. www.anmt.org

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