Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Musical News for Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Andrea Martin in Pippin. Photo credit: Joan Marcus

MUSICAL NEWS: Andrea Martin will reprise the role of Berthe for the L.A. premiere of PIPPIN at the Hollywood Pantages Oct. 21 – Nov. 9. With a book by Roger O. Hirson and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Previously announced casting for the national tour includes Sasha Allen (NBC’s The Voice) as Leading Player, Kyle Selig (The Book of Mormon on tour) as Pippin, Tony Award winner John Rubinstein (created the role of Pippin in the 1972 original Broadway production) as Charles, Sabrina Harper (Pippin, original Broadway Revival cast) as Fastrada and Kristine Reese (Wicked on tour) as Catherine. The company also includes Skyler Adams, Sascha Bachman, Bradley Benjamin, Callan Bergman, Dmitrious Bistrevsky, Mark Burrell, Mathew deGuzman, Fernando Dudka, Mirela Golinska, Kelsey Jamieson, Preston Jamieson, Lisa Karlin, Alan Kelly, Melodie Lamoreux, Zachary Mackiewicz, Lucas Schultz, Tory Trowbridge, Mackenzie Warren and Borris York. Tickets:

Actors Co-op opens its 2014-15 season with The Mystery of Edwin Drood, featuring book, music & lyrics by Rupert Holmes, musical direction by Jake Anthony, choreography by Julie Hall, and directed by Stephen Van Dorn, Sept. 17 – Oct. 26. Winner of Five Tony Awards including Best Musical and based on the unfinished novel by Charles Dickens, the raucous world of a Victorian era music hall will come to life in this environmental take of the classic musical play-within-a-play. 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 cast will feature Eva Abramian, Emily Armstrong, Greg Baldwin, Conor E.K. Dagenfield, Gina D’Acciaro, Catherine Gray, Tim Hodgins, Craig McEldowney, Lucas Moore, Brandon Parrish, Michelle Parrish, Lauren Thompson, Selah Victor, Peter Allen Vogt and Issac Wade. Actors Co-op Crossley Theatre, 1760 N. Gower St. (on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood) in Hollywood. Tickets: (323) 462-8460 or

Rubicon’s Musical Theatre Camp and Stinky Feet Theatre Workshop will present the shows they have been working on over the summer. For the Musical Theatre Camp it is the Tony Award-winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone, with music & lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison based on a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar. Directed by Brian McDonald, with musical direction by Miriam Arichea and choreography by Carolanne Marano, it features over 25 local youth performers in a production well suited for children, adults and families. The show is 90 minutes with no intermission and will be presented Aug. 13 (7 pm), 14 (2 pm & 7 pm), 15 (8 pm), and 16 (2 pm & 8 pm). Kids 12 & under are $15 in advance/ $20 at the door. Adults $20 in advance/$25 at the door. Tickets: (805) 667-2900 or

Then on August 2nd at 12 pm & 2 pm Rubicon’s Stinky Feet Theatre Workshop presents Journey of the Noble Gnarble. The ocean floor is filled with the rarest of creatures, but none are as rare as gnarbles. Their fins are small, their tails are floppy, and they have never strayed far from their homes...until now. Journey of the Noble Gnarble is a story of a little gnarble with a big dream, who tries to make it past doubting blyfish, sneaky subbalubbles, and hungry plinks on his way to the surface of the sea. Along the way he befriends the glinny glims who teach him the importance of positivity and determination. The show is 35 minutes with no intermission and is perfect for Preschool & Elementary aged children. Tickets are $5.  

FRINGE TOWN HALL: If you attended or were involved in this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival, the fringe folks invite you to join them for a Post-Fringe Town Hall public forum and Q&A session on Saturday, August 16 at 2:00 pm at Theatre Asylum (6320 Santa Monica Blvd). There will also be an informal mixer to follow at Three Clubs (1123 N. Vine St.) at 4:00 pm.. 

AUDITIONS: Performance Riverside will hold auditions for Shrek the Musical Aug. 24 & 25 at the Landis Performing Arts Center in Riverside. The production will be directed by Gary Krinke, with choreography by Jodi Julian. Audition times for both days are as follows:

3:30 pm Check-in
4:00 pm Kids Audition
6:00 pm Equity Auditions
7:00 pm Open-call (everyone)

Rehearsals begin Oct. 8 (Mon.-Thurs., plus Sat. & Sun. TBA); show runs Nov. 7-16 at the Landis Performing Arts Center, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA. Equity Members will be hired under the Guest Artist Agreement, Tier II, pending Equity approval; professional pay for non-union; students must enroll in a class. For complete details go to

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