Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Musical News for Wednesday, June 18, 2014

MUSICAL NEWS: Theatres of Vision productions is proud to present Thanks for the Memories: A Musical Tribute to Bob Hope and the USO, featuring toe-tapping, nostalgic and patriotic favorites performed by an all-star cast in true USO tradition. The show will start with the first Bob Hope USO show at March Field (1941) and will progress through his continued shows during wartimes in our rich history: WWII (1941-1945); Korea (1950-1953); Vietnam (1964-1975) and Iraq (1990) engaging the audience with performances from celebrities of the times that historically donated their time and talents to support the troops, just as our cast and production team are today. Thanks for the Memories is directed by Lani Ridley Pedrini and runs for 3 performances on June 28 at 7:30 pm and June 29 at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm at Sierra Madre Playhouse. Tickets: (626) 355-4318 or www.sierramadreplayhouse.org


Prayer: A Song Cycle opens June 27 at The Eclectic Company. This is an immersive multi-media performance piece about prayer as a conduit of transformation.  Built on a song cycle composed by Sackjo22, and directed by Angela Grillo, this unique cycle of prayers for guidance, relief and gratitude reimagines Evie’s dream of Dorothy Vogel through music, text, video and gesture. June 27 – July 13, 7:30 pm (Dark on July 4. Matinee on Sunday, July 6 at 3:00 pm) at The Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd. (between Chandler and Magnolia), Valley Village, CA 91607. Tickets: $12, www.eclecticcompanytheatre.org


The Attic Theater & InspireD Productions presents Annie Get Your Gun now through July 6th (no performance on July 4) at the Attic Community Theater, 2834 S. Fairview, Santa Ana, CA 92704. The show is directed by Stephen Reifenstein, choreographed by Kristina Reifenstein and features musical direction by Kyle Short. www.ocact.com


PASADENA STONEFACE DISCOUNT: The Pasadena Playhouse celebrates “Pasadena Day” with a performance of Vanessa Claire Stewart’s STONEFACE on Thursday, June 26. Pasadena residents and employees will have the opportunity to purchase $20 tickets for the 8pm performance and are available in person at the box office, 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena CA 91101, with a valid Pasadena driver's license or employee ID card. www.pasadenaplayhouse.org


TICKETS:Individual tickets to performances during the 2014-2015 season of the Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC) at California State University, Northridge are now on sale. The season will feature 46 different performances from 15 countries that present an eclectic range of Latin, country, jazz, theatre, dance, classical, and entertainment for the whole family. Featured performers include Yo-Yo Ma, the Martha Graham Dance Company, Angélique Kidjo with special guest Red Baraat, Jane Monheit, the Second City 55th Anniversary Tour, Lee Ann Womack, the London Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Vladmir Jurowski, and the PBS children’s show Dinosaur Train Live. For more information call (818) 677-3000 or visit www.valleyperformingartscenter.org.


EXTENSIONS: Rick Elice & Michael Patrick Walker’s new musical Dog and Pony, directed by Roger Rees and starring Heidi Blickenstaff, Beth Leavel, Eric William Morris, Nicole Parker and Jon Patrick Walker, has been extended through July 6 at The Old Globe in San Diego. Tickets: www.theoldglobe.org

The new comedy review Don’t Leave it all to your Children has been extended through June 29 at the Whitefire Theatre. Written, directed and produced by Saul Ilson, it stars Barbara Minkus,  John Shull, Kit Smythe, and Kenny Ellis. Sundays at 2:00 pm at The Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. Reservations: (800) 838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/526560



FRINGE SHOWS: Lots to see at the Hollywood Fringe Festival this year so dont miss it. For all the latest news, reviews and inside info on what to see, go to www.hollywoodfringe.orgThe festival runs through June 29!


The Cave: A Folk Opera by Melanie Rose Thomas is a new story inspired by Beauty and the Beast and the Persephone myth told entirely through folk music. Set in an opium den at the turn of the 20th century, Willow sacrifices her life to pay off her father’s debt and goes to work and live in an underground society called The Cave, a decaying, bohemian, stone palace where people leave the grit of the everyday mundane to live a life of pleasure. There are three more performances, June 19, 21 & 23 at Three Clubs Cocktail Lounge, 1123 Vine Street in Hollywood. Tickets: $12 at http://hff14.org/1671.


The world premiere of Fancy: Secrets from my Bootydoir has two more performances on its Hollywood Fringe Festival schedule, June 20 and 26 at Three Clubs in Hollywood. Based on the song “Fancy” by Bobbie Gentry and made famous by Reba McEntire, this Fancy is a sassy, warm, campy lady-drag character who made her debut at the 2013 Fringe and now returns in a new interactive cabaret show that weaves songs, stories, sass, and social media into a fun time for all. Fancy is written and performed by Chris Farah, directed by Kurt Koehler and features musical direction by Jake Anthony. Remaining performances are June 20 and 26. Tickets: $12 at http://hff14.org/1681.


FILM: Pop culture phenomenon A Hard Day’s Night opens nationwide July 4th in a 50th Anniversary Re-Release, with a state of the art digital restoration from the 35mm original camera negative, and new sound mix approved by sound producer Giles Martin. The final result was approved by director Richard Lester, and is in its original theatrical aspect radio of 1.75:1. This exuberant classic will screen in Los Angeles at The Cinefamily, July 4 – 10.



Just one month after they exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen. A Hard Day's Night, in which the bandmates play wily, exuberant versions of themselves, captured the astonishing moment when they officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever. Directed with raucous, anything-goes verve by Richard Lester, it features a slew of iconic pop anthems, including the title track, “Can't Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “If I Fell.” For more info go to http://janusfilms.com/harddaysnight



DANCE: Bellydance Evolution presents Alice in Wonderland Friday, August 1st at 8:30 pm at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood. Founded in 2009 by world renowned choreographer Jillina Carlano, the company presents a revolutionary approach to the art of belly dance, presenting theatrical dance shows with a storyline, much like a ballet. The show features a cast of 20 international artists from diverse backgrounds in Middle Eastern dance and music, break dance, theatrical hip hop, contemporary, tribal and fusion dance, each bringing their own unique vision to the production. Alice in Wonderland takes you on a magical journey filled with spinning mushrooms, dancing caterpillars and a charismatically acrobatic rabbit all set to an original and theatrical soundtrack. Based on Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, the performance is appropriate for all ages. Tickets: www.fordtheatres.org or (323) 461-3673.


CONCERTS/CABARET: Sing Me Home, an original musical by Amber Romina Cassell (book) and Kristy Hanson (music & lyrics) will offer a preview concert performance at Rockwell Table & Stage on July 13 prior to its appearance at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. The evening will feature performances by Hanson, Mandy Gonzalez, Telly Leung, Dominic Barnes, Julie Garnye, Curt Mega, Kate Pazakis, Kelli Provart, Haviland Stillwell and musical director Angela Parrish and her band. Click Here for the show’s Indiegogo campaign and more information. Tickets for the LA performances will be available shortly.


Fraser Entertainment Group presents another Evening of Classic Broadway, featuring GLEE's Brad Ellis, Terron Brooks, Dan Callaway, Stephen Kramer Glickman, Ashley Fox Linton, Susan Edwards Martin, Louise Marie Cornillez and Ruth Williamson. June 23 at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7), Upstairs at Vitello’s. $15 cover + 2-item minimum. Click Here for tickets.


Sandy Bainum Sings Gershwin in S’Wonderful on Sunday, June 22nd at Sterling’s Upstairs at the Federal. There is no cover charge; just a $10 minimum for food and drink. Sterling’s at The Federal, 5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. Reservations: 818 754-8700.

Kritzerland Goes Off Broadway on Sunday July 6th at 7:00 pm. The show stars Brennley Brown, Kim Huber, Madison Claire Parks, Jenna Lea Rosen, Sami Staitman, Robert Yacko with special guest Jason Graae and music director John Boswell at the piano. Sterling’s at The Federal. 5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. Reservations: 818 754-8700.



GIRL TALK: An Evening of Cabaret Insight and Song will take place one night only on Thurs., June 26 at The Mermaid Tavern, 1345 E Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362. The show will feature Zoe Reed, Jade McGlynn, Kylie Vincent, Laney Panico and Allison Martinez, Joshua Finkel and musical director Ben Ginsberg. Reservations: (805) 777-7418. Doors/Dinner at 6pm and Show at 7:30 pm, out by 9pm. $10 food or drink minimum. Don’t miss this amazing evening of talented Broadway Bound Teens sharing their truth and original cabaret sets with great original specialty numbers they created.

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