Thursday, April 3, 2014

Musical News for Thursday, April 3, 2014

OPENINGS: The Group Rep presents the world premiere of The Ghost of Gershwin May 9 – June 22, featuring music by Wayland Pickard, book by Doug Haverty, lyrics by Laura Manning and Wayland Pickard, directed by Jules Aaron. Set in today’s Brooklyn, a struggling young composer is haunted by the music of George Gershwin until he meets the Ghost of Gershwin and his life is never the same. This romantic musical harkens back to the 1930s when artsy tenants of an apartment building were known to burst into song and dance at the drop of the hat. The musical features all original songs, and is a delightful homage to the legacy of American music icons George and Ira Gershwin. Performances are Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 2pm at Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood 91601. Talk-backs on May 18 and June 22. Tickets: www.thegrouprep.com or (818) 763-5990.

BENEFTS: Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles (DSALA) will celebrate World Down Syndrome Day with their 5th annual benefit TWENTYWONDER, A Carnival of the Mind on Saturday, June 28. This is the 4th year that the L.A. Derby Dolls will host the critically-acclaimed, 21 and older fundraising event, at the Doll Factory (1910 West Temple Street) in Los Angeles. The evening will feature an all-star roller derby bout, music, comedy, art, sciences and plenty of last minute guest surprises. Proceeds will benefit DSALA’s efforts to support those born with Trisomy 21/Down syndrome living in greater Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale on May 1st at www.TwentyWonder.org.

Movie, television and recording star James Darren is joining the All-Star company performing in the 30th Anniversary Spectacular, S.T.A.G.E. Goes to the Movies on Saturday, May 10 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Darren became an instant cinematic heartthrob in the legendary beach and surfer Gidget movies. He made 20 films before turning to television as an actor and director. SiriusXM personality Frank DeCaro is also joining the event as Celebrity Auctioneer. DeCaro appeared as the flamboyant film critic for six years on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Among the several priceless packages Frank will be presenting during the event’s live auction are a Tony Award Week trip to New York City that includes airfare, theatre tickets and accommodations; a one week Palm Springs get away in a private villa; and signed “Musical Quotes” from legendary Broadway composers. Tickets: www.stagela.com

CABARET: Lynda Carter returns to the Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood with her new show, The Time of My Life! Joining her will be her All-Star Band including Blue Lou Marini, Paul Leim and Luis Conte. Two shows only, April 11 & 12. Tickets: www.lyndacarter.com/home.html

PUPPETS AND MUSIC: LA Puppet Fest 2014 is back for its second year. The city-wide celebration is dedicated to sharing and promoting the art of puppetry through performances and workshops. Now through April 13 the festival offers over 25 events, many appropriate for children and families and there are adult only programs as well. Venues are located around the city, from Santa Monica, West Los Angeles to West Hollywood and Hollywood. Participating in this year’s LA Puppet Fest are Puppet School; Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams; LA Guild of Puppetry; Little Stage Puppet Theater; Bob Baker Marionette Theater; Rogue Artists; Sock Puppet Theater; Beth Peterson; Leslie K. Gray; Gina Pavlova; Skirball Cultural Center; and more. For the complete schedule and details, including Tales of Longing and Belonging: The Losing, Finding and Making of Place, an Evening of Puppetry and Song on April 11, go to www.lapuppetfest.com.

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