Sunday, July 6, 2014

Musical News for Sunday, July 6, 2014

MUSICAL NEWS: Overtone Industries will share the stage at REDCAT with two other LA-based arts organizations during the kick-off weekend of the New Original Works Festival 2014 (NOW Festival), July 24 - 26. Overtone Industries will present the first glimpse of ICELAND, a new multidisciplinary music theatre work written, composed, and directed by Overtone Industries’ artistic director O-Lan Jones, in collaboration with Emmett Tinley, best known as front man for the folk-indie band The Prayer Boat. The contemporary story is set against a mythic backdrop, inhabited by elemental forces and ancient creatures that influence and guide the protagonists, Vala (Cesili Williams) and Mundur (David O). The piece explores the archetypal passage through the “dark night of the soul,” as the heroine and hero travel through a hidden world in order to find themselves and each other. This story is told through a visually fluid world, vertically and horizontally, using a chorus of multidisciplinary performers to create landscapes, weather, pathways, and flashbacks. Click Here for tickets or call (213) 237-2800.


REP East Playhouse in Santa Clarita is opening Return to the Forbidden Planet this week. The show runs July 11 - August 16. Written by Bob Carlton, the musical is very loosely based on the 1956 film Forbidden Planet which was a sci-fi version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest and features a score of rock n’ roll classics like “Great Balls of Fire,” “Good Vibrations,” “Heard It Through the Grapevine” and “Born To Be Wild.”  While working late one stormy night, mad scientist Doctor Prospero develops an elusive formula that will change the world. Duped by his wife Gloria, he is sent light years into the future through hyper-space in an old spacecraft along with his daughter, Miranda. Fifteen years later, a routine survey flight under the command of the chisel-jawed Captain Tempest leaves earth’s orbit with a new Science Officer aboard. As a shower of meteorites hits the ship, the Science Officer flees, and the craft is pulled inexorably towards the plant D’Illyria - the Forbidden Plant where the adventure begins. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 Students/Seniors at www.repeastplayhouse.org.


Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group will present 4 performances of Creepshow Cabaret, Mia Morte’s dark, sexy and sinister burlesque side-show-spectacular, Fridays at 11:00 pm July 18 – August 8. The show features Mia Morte, Rynie Das Wreckless, Vincent Wolf, Darin Malfi, Joey Dynomite, Zachariah and MaliciouSid...The Greatest Show Unearthed! ZJU Theatre Group is located at 4850 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601. For reservations, call (818) 202 - 4120. Tickets are $15. www.ZombieJoes.com


New Musicals Inc., in association with Celebration Theatre, will produce the world premiere of The Max Factor Factor, August 1 - 31 at the NoHo Arts Center. Written by Adrian Bewley (book), Joe Blodgett (music), and Chana Wise (lyrics), it will be directed by Michael Shepperd and features a cast that includes Jeff Scot Carey, Jeffrey Christopher Todd, Jessica Howell, Jessica Snow Wilson, Heather Olt, Jordan Kai Burnett, Kevin Michael Moran, Kevin McIntyre, Stefan Rich, Everjohn Feliciano, Trevor Shor, and Alex Boling. The golden age of Hollywood, and two rival movie studios are in a heated battle for survival when their opposing leading men fall in love. Reminiscent of screwball comedies of the past, this new musical takes place in a world of artifice, backstabbing, lavender weddings, double-crossing starlets, and a moral crusader from the Legion of Rectitude, making it increasingly more difficult for the leading men to hold on to the one real thing each has ever found. NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA. Tickets: www.nmi.org or (818) 506-8500.


The Last Five Years is coming to Chromolume Theatre July 18 – 27, Fri. and Sat. at 8:00 pm and Sun. at 2:00 pm. It is produced by Carly J Worden and Jason Klamm and directed by Brian Robert Harris. The story explores a five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein (Michael Worden), a rising novelist, and Cathy Hyatt (Laura Zimmerman), a struggling actress. The show uses a form of storytelling in which Cathy’s story is told in reverse chronological order (beginning the show at the end of the marriage), and Jamie’s is told in chronological order (starting just after the couple have first met). The characters do not directly interact except for a wedding song in the middle as their timelines intersect. Click Here for tickets ($20). Chromolume Theatre is located at The Attic Theater 5429 W. Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016.


AUDITIONS: Performance Riverside will hold auditions for Legally Blonde the Musical directed by Roger Castellano on August 3 and 4 at Landis PAC in Riverside. 3:30 pm - 6pm (Equity) and 7pm Non-union. Equity Guest Artist Tier 2 agreement pending; professional pay for non-Equity actors. Rehearsals begin August 25 (Mon.-Thurs., Sat. & Sun. TBA) and the show performs Sept. 26-Oct. 5, 2014 at Landis Performing Arts Center, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA. For complete details and a breakdown of roles visit www.performanceriverside.org.


FILM CONCERT: La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts will offer a high definition screening of the rock & roll concert of the decade, Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day, to be broadcast on Friday, August 8 at 8:00 pm. (Recorded live in high-definition). On December 10, 2007, Led Zeppelin took the stage at London's O2 Arena to headline a tribute concert for dear friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. What followed was a two-hour-plus tour de force of the band's signature blues-infused rock’n’roll that instantly became part of the legend of Led Zeppelin. Founding members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were joined by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham, to perform 16 songs from their celebrated catalogue. Tickets ($20): 562-944-9801 or www.lamiradatheatre.com

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