Monday, May 5, 2014

Musical News for Monday, May 5, 2014

SEASON NEWS: Laguna Playhouse has announced its 2014-2015 season which will be full of music, memories, midnight, mystery & murder. Here’s a look at the schedule:
July 7 - August 19, 2014 (Press Opening July 12)
Buddy Holly’s short yet spectacular career is told through classic songs we all love including “That’ll Be the Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Not Fade Away,” The Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace,” Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba,” and many more.

Oct. 8 – Nov. 2, 2014 (Press Opening October 11)
Written by Joan Didion
Directed by Jenny Sullivan
Starring Linda Purl
This is a remarkable story of loss, journey, and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit, based on Joan Didion’s National Book Award winning memoir. The play is a tribute to an extraordinary marriage and a love letter to Didion’s daughter. 

Dec. 3 – 28, 2014 (Press Opening December 6)
Book, Music and Lyrics by GrooveLily
A 21st century sensibility combines pop-rock, musical comedy with an old-fashioned uplift. Striking 12 weaves Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fable The Little Match Girl with a modern-day New Year’s Eve twist and is a holiday treat suitable for audiences of all ages.

Jan. 7 – Feb. 8, 2015 (Press Opening January 10) 
Called “the greatest songwriter that has ever lived,” by George Gershwin, Berlin is known for innumerable American classics such as “White Christmas,” “God Bless America,” “Anything You Can Do,” and “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails.”

April 22 – May 27, 2015  (Press Opening April 25)
Book & Music by Joe Kinosian
Book & Lyrics by Kellen Blair
One actor investigates the crime... one actor plays all the suspects... and they both play the piano! This 90-minute musical is a zany blend of classic musical comedy and madcap mystery.

Aug. 13 – 24, 2014
Featuring fabulous male harmonies, stunning female vocals and a supremely- talented 7-piece back-up band, this fast-moving production honors the Motown legends that brought the world to its dancing feet.

ED ASNER stars as FDR
Nov. 19 - 23, 2014
Asner explores the life of one of America’s best-loved presidents in a powerful one-man play that follows the iconic president as he reflects on his years in office, from the Inauguration to the trials of World War II.

Subscriptions: 949-497-2787(ARTS) or at Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.

MOTHER’S DAY EVENT: Laguna Playhouse presents an Intimate Conversation with Leslie Caron, followed by a screening of Lili on Mother’s Day, May 11, 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Ms. Caron’s longtime friend and producer Vincent Curcio will host the conversation which will be a question-and-answer format similar to “Inside the Actors’ Studio.” The conversation will be followed by an opportunity to meet Ms. Caron and purchase her memoir, Thank Heaven. Ms. Caron will be signing books in the lobby. As a special bonus in honor of the 50th anniversary of the 26th Academy Awards (March 25, 1954) in which Ms. Caron was honored as a Best Actress nominee for her performance in Lili (1953), The Playhouse will be showing a free screening of the film at 7 pm. Concessions will be available. It’s the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, and a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear from this living legend. General admission seating is $25 for the Stage and Screen event and book signing. Admission to the film is free. Tickets: (949) 497-2787 or

MOTHERS DAY SPECIAL: San Diego Musical Theatre is offering a $10 discount for tickets to Annie Get Your Gun for Mothers Day weekend. To get this discount for the special mom in your life, call (858) 560-5740 and mention Mother's Day Special or visit and enter promotional code “mom”. Offer valid through opening weekend only in sections A and B (Friday, May 9 at 8pm, Saturday, May 10 at 8pm, and Sunday, May 11 at 2pm). 

OPENINGS: Jim J. Bullock stars in Cabrillo Music Theatre’s rock-and-roll hit Bye Bye Birdie July 18 – 27 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, which features musical direction by Lloyd Cooper, choreography by John Charron, and direction by Lewis Wilkenfeld. America’s rock ‘n’ roll heart-throb drives the teen girls bonkers in this nostalgic, Tony-winning family-friendly Broadway musical. Bye Bye Birdie takes us on a trip to the small town of Sweet Apple, Ohio, where the nation’s most popular rock-and-roll singer, Conrad Birdie, arrives to give his biggest fan one last kiss before going into the army, and he’ll do it on the Ed Sullivan show.

The show includes a cast of over sixty and a full orchestra. Joining Bullock as Mr. MacAfee are Zachary Ford as Albert Peterson, Michelle Marmolejo as Rose Alvarez, and Noelle Marion as Kim MacAfee. The cast also includes Austin MacPhee as Conrad Birdie, Harrison Meloeny as Hugo Peabody, and Francesca Barletta as Ursula Merkle. There will be a signed performance for the deaf and hard-of-hearing on Friday, July 23rd, at 8:00 pm. Tickets: (800) 745-3000 or

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