Friday, May 23, 2014

MUSICAL NEWS for Friday May 23, 2014

MUSICAL NEWS: Actors Co-op announces its 23rd anniversary season beginning with The Mystery of Edwin Drood, book, music & lyrics by Rupert Holmes Sept. 19-Oct. 26, 2014. Drood is based the unfinished novel of Charles Dickens and is set in the raucous world of a Victorian era music hall. Follow the journey of a troupe of actors as they sing and dance through the unfinished story of Edwin Drood - allowing the audience to vote on the ending. The season will also include The Diviners (Oct. 17-Nov 23), Pride and Prejudice (Feb. 6-March 15, 2015), My Children! My Africa! (March 21-May 3, 2015), Around the World in 80 Days (May 8-June 14, 2015). Actors Co-op is located at 1760 N. Gower Street, Hollywood, CA 90028, on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. www.ActorsCo-op.org

The MainStreet Theatre Company has announced its 2014/2015 season of family entertainment of children and families. The 3-show season will include the west coast premiere of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe’s The Three Little Pigs (October 4-19, 2014) directed by Jessica Kubzansky with musical direction by Janice Rodgers Wainwright. Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper will follow Feb. 28-March 15, 2015, adapted by Jonathan Bolt and directed by Abigail Deser. Doug Harvey and Jeremy Lelliott will play two boys in 16th century England, who trade clothes on a lark, and accidently trade lives as well. MainStreet will also host the Vital Theatre Company’s production of Fancy Nancy, the Musical May 9 & 10, 2015. Performance take place at Lewis Family Playhouse, Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739. www.lewisfamilyplayhouse.com

Singer/songwriter Susannah Blinkoff will bring her solo show Daughter of ... , directed by Stan Zimmerman, to the Hollywood Fringe Festival for five performances only at Three Clubs Cocktail Lounge beginning June 7 at 9pm. Daughter of ... is Blinkoff’s tale of growing up backstage in Manhattan as the daughter of a successful songwriter. The musical memoir features songs written by her mother Carol Hall (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Free to Be You and Me) as well as her own pop-rock tunes. Daughter of ... bursts showbiz bubbles and celebrates Blinkoff’s creative heritage. Tickets are on sales at www.hollywoodfringe.org or by phone at (323) 455-4585. Three Clubs Cocktail Lounge, 1123 Vine Street in Hollywood, 90038.

The Pianist of Willesden Lane returns to Laguna Playhouse for one week only June 24-29. Award-winning concert pianist Mona Golabek stars in the one-woman show based on a true story adapted and directed by Hershey Felder and based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane by Golabek and Lee Cohen. The music-filled evening recounts the personal story of Ms. Golabek’s mother in Nazi-occupied Europe. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Rd. in Laguna Beach. www.lagunaplayhouse.com

Laguna Playhouse will also present Hershey Felder’s newest production, the west coast premiere of Chris Lemmon starring as his father Jack Lemmon in Jack lemmon Returns, a play with music about a world famous dad and his son, written and directed by audience favorite Hershey Felder, June 11-22. “This remarkable story told by Chris Lemmon in the voice of his father is performed in the style of musical storytelling that audiences have come to know from me,” said playwright/director Hershey Felder. “Being able to work with Chris to present this piece has been an incredible joy both because of Chris’ skill as an actor in the tradition of his father, and as a musician given that music was such an important part of his father’s life.” www.lagunaplayhouse.com

The Attic Theater & InspireD Productions presents Annie Get Your Gun June 6 – July 6 at the Attic Community Theater, 2834 S. Fairview, Santa Ana, 92704. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:30pm. To purchase tickets or for more information, call( 714) 662-2525 or go to  www.ocact.com.

The Grove Theatre in Upland announces the return of Menopause The Musical® for 8 performances, June 18-22. Menopause The Musical® is a groundbreaking celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived “The Change.” Tickets are currently on sale now and can be purchased by calling 909-920-4343. Set in a department store, four women meet by chance while shopping for a black lace bra at a lingerie sale. After noticing unmistakable similarities among one another, the all-female cast jokes about their woeful hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles, weight gain and much more, while forming a unique bond with the entire audience. http://grovetheatre.com/

AWARDS: The nominees for the 3rd Annual Jerry Herman Awards, a celebration of the achievement and excellence in high school musical theatre in Los Angeles have been announced. KABC-7 reporter George Pennacchio will host the awards show at the Hollywood Pantages on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 7pm. All tickets for this awards celebration are $25 and are now on sale to the public online at www.JerryHermanAwards.com or www.HollywoodPantages.com. Award presenters include Obba Babatunde, George Chakiris, Richard Chamberlain, Monty Hall, Shirley Jones, Reneé Marino, Russ Tamblyn & Ben Vereen.

CONGRATS: Congratulation to S.T.A.G.E. Goes To The Movies for raising nearly $275,000 for Aids Project Los Angeles at its May 30th Anniversary production on May 10. Robert Osborne hosted the star-studded event which took place at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. For more information about Aids Project LA go to www.apla.org. www.stagela.com

DANCE: The LA So-Cal Dance Invitational, presented by South Coast Dance Arts Alliance, will play one performance only, on Friday, June 20, at  the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Boulevard East, in Hollywood, CA, 90068. Six acclaimed Southern California dance companies will perform: Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Andy Vaca’s Jazzworks--Long Beach, COLABO Youth Dance Collective, LA Contemporary Dance Company, and Invertigo Dance Theatre. Showtime is 8:30 pm, and tickets are on sale now at www.fordtheatres.org. General admission tickets purchased prior to June 2 receive a $5 discount. For more event info, visit www.socaldanceinvitational.org.

CONCERTS/CABARET: Former Mouseketeer and musical theatre & club favorite Lindsey Alley presents the Los Angeles premiere of her all-new show, Blood, Sweat & Mouseketears, one night only Tues. June 10 at the Cavern Club Theatre at Casita Del Campo, 1920 Hyperion Ave. in Silverlake. During this memorable evening of booze, belting and belly laughs, Lindsey takes us on a comedic musical journey...and her hilarious quest for the elusive “Happily Ever After.”  Along the way, she sings some fabulous songs (including those Disney favorites that tug at your heartstrings), and spills some unforgettable stories (what Justin and Britney are really like!).  Brace yourself, as Lindsey puts her Disney image on the shelf and lets it all hang out...prompting her mother’s unsolicited stock apology, “I tried. I tried and I failed!” Tickets Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door and can be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com.

Kritzerland presents Nobody Does It Like Me – The Songs of Dorothy Fields Sun. June 1st at 7:00 pm starring Tara Browne, Cynthia Ferrer, Zachary Ford, Kim Huber, Jenna Lea Rosen, Sami Staitman, Sarah Staitman and Robert Yacko, with special guest Kerry O’Malley. Musical direction is by Lloyd Cooper. Sterling’s Upstairs at the Federal. To RSVP call (818) 754-8700.

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