Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Tonya Harding The Musical returns to Upright Citizens Brigade Theater for two more performances on July 3, and July 22. The musical comedy is a new take on the infamous Tonya Harding, told from her point of view, that chronicles her journey from living in Portland with her mother, to rising to stardom after winning the ‘91 nationals, right into the crazy media storm of the 1994 Winter Olympics. The cast includes Stevie Nelson, Mano Agapion, Mark Rennie, Ben Parks, Ariana Lenarsky, Erika Heidewald, Dan Amerman, and Dina Zugec, directed by Steve Szlaga, and features music by Manny Hagopian and script & story by Jesse Esparza. Click Here for tickets.
FRINGE AWARDS/EXTENSIONS: The Encore! Producers’ Awards return for the fifth year with extended runs of the best of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, running July 5-31, 2014 at eight Hollywood venues. Musicals extended include Bronies: The Musical (which also won a Best Musical Award), Zombies from the Beyond, Giraffenstein, Belli Gemelli: An Opera Sitcom, RSVP: RIP, Snow White the Musical, The Last Five Years, Rapture, Fancy: Secrets From My Bootydoir (Best Cabaret/Variety Award), Lydia Trueblood: The Black Widow of the Atlantic Coast, and The Cave: A Folk Opera. For a complete list of awards and extended shows, go to www.hollywoodfringe.org/learn/article/1578.
MUSICAL BIZ CONFERENCE: New Musicals Inc. has announced the panelists for its fifth biennial Biz of the Musical Theatre Biz Conference, set for July 18-20 in North Hollywood. Those who will be speaking on a variety of topics include: John Caird (director, Les Misérables; writer, Jane Eyre, Daddy Long Legs), Randy Johnson (writer/director, A Night with Janis Joplin; original producer, Always, Patsy Cline), Michael Alden (Broadway producer, Grey Gardens), David Bryant (Broadway producer, A Tale of Two Cities), Karyl Lynn Burns (producing artistic director, The Rubicon Theatre), Sheldon Epps (artistic director, Pasadena Playhouse), Paul Gordon (lyricist/composer, Daddy Long Legs, Jane Eyre), Dana Harrel (creative executive director, Walt Disney Imagineering), Daniel Henning (founding artistic director/producer, The Blank Theatre Company), Michael Jackowitz (Broadway producer, How to Succeed..., Tuck Everlasting), Michael A. Kerker (ASCAP director of musical theatre), Terence McFarland (executive director, LA Stage Alliance), Brendan Milburn & Valerie Vigoda (Striking 12, Sleeping Beauty Wakes, Beautiful Poison), Heather Provost (Broadway/film/ TV producer), Cheri Steinkellner (Tony nominated bookwriter, Sister Act), Michael Weiner & Alan Zachary (First Date, Second Hand Lions), Michael R. Blaha (entertainment lawyer, producer), and Cate Caplin (award winning LA director/choreographer). For a complete schedule of conference events, visit www.nmi.org/develop/conference.
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